INTREPID explorers have been getting to grips with Boscombe’s latest attraction.

Youngsters have been testing-out the newly-installed boulders at Boscombe Beach, which will be officially opened today at the launch of the Coastal Activity Park.

The attraction promises to provide a range of activities for locals and visitors, including slacklining, paddle-boarding and boulder climbing.

The project is also set to bring new life to the failed £3million surf reef, which will now be used for diving and snorkelling, as well as kitesurfing and windsurfing.

To celebrate the launch, a range of free activities and entertainment will be on offer along the seafront from 5pm today. A spokesman from the park said: “We’re hoping there will be a real carnival atmosphere.

“There will be people walking around on stilts and performing circus tricks and we’ll have a steel drum band and a barbecue.”

“We’re expecting lots of people to come down.”

On Sunday, the fun continues from 11am, with more circus acts, sports demonstrations, dance performers and life-guarding and rescue stunts. The park has been co-funded by Bournemouth Borough Council and a grant from central government.

Cllr Lawrence Williams, Bournemouth council’s cabinet member for tourism, said: “This will be a fantastic opportunity for everyone to come and see our Coastal Activity Park; there’ll be something for every age and sports ability.

“We are planning a fun, carnival-like atmosphere on the Saturday night, with entertainment for all the family, while the Sunday will provide lots of opportunities to spectate or participate, depending on what you fancy doing.”

Cllr Williams added: “The day will give the ideal opportunity for everyone to come and experience the Coastal Activity Park’s new equipment, to come and see water sports displays, try out the new table-tennis tables, gym buddy trail, have a go at slack-lining, enjoy volleyball competitions – it’s a real chance to discover what is available year round at the new Coastal Activity Park at Bos-combe seafront.”