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Bournemouth Dorset Photographs

looking Down on the Pier

From this vantage point it is easy to see why Bournemouth is such a popular place. Looking at this photograph with bright blue sky and sea you can't tell that there was a very cold wind this day but t......

Added: 19th February 2016

Reflected Lights

The light of the pier reflected in the sea and sand were photographed just before the sun went down and we had a glorious sunset.

Added: 21st January 2016

Gorgeous Sunset

It was well worth braving the freezing cold wind to get such an amazing sunset but we did go for a hot drink right after taking photographs.

Added: 21st January 2016

Sunny Day and Pier

We love Bournemouth although it can get very busy and it is often difficult to find somewhere to park. By going out of season it is not as crowded.

Added: 21st January 2016

Red Sea

This was one of the best sunsets we have seen in a long time and the pier at Bounrnemouth looks amazing. It was freezing cold with a bitter wind blowing but of course this does not show in the photogr......

Added: 28th December 2015

About Bournemouth Dorset.

Bournemouth today is a very modern lively seaside resort and busy shopping centre with much to offer both the tourist and shopper. It was a different story 200 years ago when this area was known as Bourne and was little more that a heathy wasteland used mainly by smugglers and fishermen.
During the Napoleonic Wars Captain Lewis Tregonwell of the Dorset Yeomanry was put in charge of the defence of the area and he and his wife came to love Bourne and the climate. He built a house there in 1812, he soon realised the potential of the place and built houses for holiday lets he also planted pine trees in the valleys.
It was not until 1849 that a bridge was built to carry the Christchurch Poole road. The first shop was opened on Commercial Road in around 1850 when the population numbered nearly 700. Bournemouth had a reputation for its fresh pine scented air which was thought to be a cure for tuberculosis. The writer Robert Louis Stevenson wrote "Kidnapped" while taking "the air" to give him some relief from his condition.
Bournemouth might not have the long history associated with its near neighbours of Poole and Weymouth but today it is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the South coast. People are attracted to the mild climate, still scented by the pine trees planted so many years ago, the wonderful miles of sandy beaches, the splendid shopping centre and the many attractions that Bournemouth has to offer.
Bournemouth's is justifiably renowned for its beautiful Pleasure Gardens that have won many national awards, the gardens include flower borders with displays of colourful bedding plants, large pines trees, palms, ornamental shrubs, ponds, aviaries, squirrels, a bandstand with regular concerts etc. One of the latest crowd pullers in the lower gardens is the Bournemouth Eye, a hot air balloon that takes visitors up to 500 ft which gives wonderful views over the town, the English Channel and the surrounding countryside. The basket is large enough to take 25 to 30 passengers and, if you are looking for a romantic treat, the balloon is illuminated in the evening.
Near the seafront is the Oceanarium which is advertised as "a fully interactive experience with touch screen games, feeding demonstrations and talks, plasma screen documentaries, walk-through underwater tunnel and exhibits to help discover more about the fascinating underwater world."
The first pier in Bournemouth was a short wooden jetty built in 1856. In 1861 this was replaced by a much longer wooden pier that was designed by George Rennie, Following an attack by the Teredo worm the wooden piles were changed to cast iron replacements in 1866. The Rennie pier was finally demolished in 1877 and replaced by a new pier, designed by Eugenius Birch at a cost of 21,600 pounds. The pier as it appears today has been changed several times since Birch with a two storey octagonal leisure complex and a reconstructed pier neck in concrete that gives it the bridge-like appearance. The very popular Pier Theatre was opened on 3rd June 1960 with the show "Carry on Laughing" starring Ted Rogers and every year famous faces appear in a variety of different shows and pantomimes.
Bournemouth has so many attractions that it is the ideal place to holiday any time of the year.

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