Bournemouth has ‘Britain’s Best Beaches’
With seven miles of golden sands, Bournemouth is really something special. So it should come as no surprise that we have been crowned ‘Britain’s Best Beach’ the TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice award for the second year in a row.
What’s more, the TripAdvisor panel deemed us the sixth best beach in Europe and the 20th best in the world.
Bournemouth is famous for its eight Blue Flag beaches and 10 Seaside Awards, an award-winning, multi-million-pound project to landscape the waterfront, and eco-campaigning. Leave Only Footprints encourages residents, visitors and workers to be more environmentally conscious, and beach clean-ups are enthusiastically supported by local volunteers.
Chris Saunders, Head of Operations in Tourism Services, said: “This award is testament to the hard work, dedication and resilience of our Seafront Team. As well as the slick running of our Tourist Information Centre, the beaches are raked and cleaned daily to the highest standard and rangers work in and out of season to ensure the safety and comfort of visitors. We team up with LV= to run the KidZone in the summer RNLI life guards are stationed at regular intervals along the beach.
“The successful launch of the Leave Only Footprints campaign in 2018 has also contributed to this fantastic accolade. We want nothing more than for people to come and enjoy our stunning beaches and we just ask that visitors help us to maintain these award-winning standards by clearing up after themselves, putting rubbish and recycling in the bins provided.”
New overnight-stay beach huts, the world’s only pier-to-shore zip line plus free family friendly activities throughout the summer also impressed the voters. After all, where else in the UK can you enjoy boat parties, paddle-boarding, surfing, kayaking, jet-skiing and kite-surfing? The Bay Run, Air Festival and Arts by the Sea are also well run and well supported by local businesses.
Plenty of boutique bars and B&bs have revitalised the nightlife in the town too. No longer overrun with just students, chic cocktail bars such as Canvas, and superclubs such as Halo, the BIC and the O2 Academy, we attract the best live artists and superstar DJs.
We are also equally popular in the winter months.
Jon Weaver, Head of Resort Marketing and Events for Bournemouth & Poole Tourism, said: “Our brand new Christmas Tree Wonderland attracted 3.3million visitors in its first year, proving that Bournemouth is the ultimate year-round, family friendly destination. This commitment to providing free family entertainment is designed to complement our existing prowess in terms of our location and natural surroundings. It adds another dimension beyond simply offering a great holiday by the sea.”
Councillor Pat Oakley, Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure and Arts in Bournemouth, said: “Tourism makes a £1bn contribution to the local economy here in Bournemouth. We are resolute in our commitment to developing, improving and modernising services for visitors to ensure that people are inspired to visit the resort and that they have a truly memorable experience while they’re here. And it’s clearly working! The popularity of Bournemouth’s beaches translates into visitor spend that’s invested back into the town. We’re extremely proud of this achievement.”
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