Bournemouth nightlife: what can we do to make it even better?

Sadly, Bournemouth and its magnificent afterdark culture is all too often associated with violence, booze and tacky hen and stag weekends. A report to decide the future of Bournemouth’s nightlife has considered four crucial spaces and the results are full of both praise and dismay.

Consultant Richard Eastham has spent the last six months investigating the ways in which Bournemouth can shake off the misconception and showcase the quality clubs better. Mr Eastham gave a presentation to business people and council staff and laid out a revolutionary blueprint for transforming and linking up the four key town centre spots to achieve that aim.

The main areas were: The Square, Pier Approach, The Triangle and Horseshoe Common. Each had its merits – the rebuilt Triangle was called “terrific” – and its problems – Horseshoe Common was a “non-space” associated with violence.

Mr Eastham gave his presentation to around 50 nightclub bosses, police officers and council staff at Chilli White. His report concludes: “Bournemouth fails to use the seafront to best effect in the evenings and at night and its public realm is often shabby and neglected. Events and culture can add diversity and appeal to the town at night and efforts should be made to identify funding for events that occur exclusively after 6pm.”

He recommended better links between the seafront and leisure venues to keep families in town and fill the 6pm to 10pm slot.

We recommend The Square for post-shopping cocktails and The Triangle and down Poole Hill to Bar So for clubbing. Check out our What’s On calendar to plan your night.



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Editor in chief Suzi Dixon studied at Bournemouth university, went away for a while to work at The Daily Telegraph, then moved back to the sunny South coast for a quiet (er) life. Bournemouth News & Info is her website and she is assisted by the fabulous Fred From France in all things geeky and technical. Hire us to make your website, too, if you like.

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