Bournemouth in 2017

A new Tourist Information Centre and Seafront Strategy

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If you have been down to the seafront at Pier Approach lately you will have seen plenty of changes.  This is one of the first sites to benefit from the detailed plans of Bournemouth’s Seafront Strategy, which will transform the seafront over the next twenty years.

There will be better facilities for all visitors (and residents!), including new landscaping and water play features in the Lower Gardens and in front of Bournemouth Pier; and an iconic new Tourist Information Centre, which will move from its old building in Westover Road to the new ‘leaf’ shaped building by Bournemouth Pier in mid June. Apart from the traditional Victorian carousel, this area will be clear to give unrestricted access straight down to the sea.

Also new at the seafront is Rock Reef – an all-weather, all-year attraction for all ages!  Situated at the end of the Pier in the old Pier Theatre, there are four attractions: Clip ‘n’ Climb climbing walls, an indoor highline route; the Pier Cave experience and the UK’s first Pier Zip so that you can fly from the end of the Pier to the Beach!

As you know, the Oceanarium is one of Bournemouth’s best known attractions whatever the weather, and in 2015 there will be a brand new part of the complex, a £1.5 million extension which will house a colony of penguins as well as a new café.