Bournemouth beach named best in the UK in TripAdvisor survey

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IT’S official – Bournemouth has the best beach in the UK.

The resort came top in a list of the top ten UK beaches in a survey by the TripAdvisor company, and even proved a match for the Costas and the Canaries by coming fourth in a list of Europe’s top sands.

Dorset fared particularly well in the UK list, with Swanage named as the ninth best beach and Weymouth claiming the number eight spot.

The second best UK beach was St Brelades in Jersey, with Woolacombe in Devon coming third.

The top European beach was Oludeniz in Turkey, while another Turkish beach, Icmeler, took second place and Puerto Alcudia in Majorca came third.

TripAdvisor spokeswoman Emma Shaw said: “These awards recognise the UK’s and Europe’s best beach destinations, according to those that really matter – travellers themselves.

“Bournemouth has long been a popular seaside resort and recent investment in the area has clearly paid off.

“Not only has it been named the UK’s best beach destination, up from third place last year, but it’s also ranked ahead of almost every Mediterranean beach destination.”

Mark Smith, director of Bournemouth Tourism, said, “We’re absolutely thrilled that Bournemouth has been voted the best beach in the UK.

“There’s no doubt that the seven-mile sweep of sandy beaches draws visitors of every age here year round, and to have topped the poll not only in the UK but also to be the only British beach in the European top 10 is fantastic.

“With a huge choice of seafront accommodation and restaurants, a line-up of the best beach huts in the country and plenty of water sports, we offer something special for every taste and interest.”

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5:02am Wed 7 Mar 12

penhale says...

It's not April 1st already is it.
I would like to know exactly how many people actually voted as there are a lot of beaches that are much better that Bournemouth around the U.K.
It's not April 1st already is it. I would like to know exactly how many people actually voted as there are a lot of beaches that are much better that Bournemouth around the U.K. penhale
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5:09am Wed 7 Mar 12

penhale says...

It's not April 1st already is it.
I would like to know exactly how many people actually voted as there are a lot of beaches that are much better than Bournemouth around the U.K.
It's not April 1st already is it. I would like to know exactly how many people actually voted as there are a lot of beaches that are much better than Bournemouth around the U.K. penhale
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5:28am Wed 7 Mar 12

penhale says...

Is it April 1st already.
Tripadvisor is only one site where people leave comments about their holiday, there's no mention of how many people left praising comments or people who left damming comments.
There are many other beaches around the U.K which leave Bournemouth way down any list.
Is it April 1st already. Tripadvisor is only one site where people leave comments about their holiday, there's no mention of how many people left praising comments or people who left damming comments. There are many other beaches around the U.K which leave Bournemouth way down any list. penhale
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7:13am Wed 7 Mar 12

uvox44 says...

Bournemouth does have a lovely beach, must be why so many of the people that use it want to leave their rubbish on it when they leave , so the crisp wrappers, cans and other detritius can continue to enjoy the scenery..what a bunch of lazy,selfish *******s ....
Bournemouth does have a lovely beach, must be why so many of the people that use it want to leave their rubbish on it when they leave , so the crisp wrappers, cans and other detritius can continue to enjoy the scenery..what a bunch of lazy,selfish *******s .... uvox44
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7:54am Wed 7 Mar 12

Gastines2 says...

How high was the rating on the Surf Reef? About as high as the surf? Hopefully the tides will help clear the mess of Boscombe beach as the Council seem unable to deal with the embarrassment.
How high was the rating on the Surf Reef? About as high as the surf? Hopefully the tides will help clear the mess of Boscombe beach as the Council seem unable to deal with the embarrassment. Gastines2
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8:15am Wed 7 Mar 12

Edwinton says...

When will Bournemouth Mafia Development Partnership sell it off to their mates at Morgan Sidnall for flats?
When will Bournemouth Mafia Development Partnership sell it off to their mates at Morgan Sidnall for flats? Edwinton
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8:16am Wed 7 Mar 12

jobsworthwatch says...

Just what we didn't want! Now the clowncillors and jobsworths can just sit back in the belief that everything is ok, there is no need to do anything. Just carry on as we are with the defunct surf reef, the Imax factory, the pier approach fairground tat, the Pavilion terrace with its panoramic sea views, the derelict winter gardens and bus station sites....
The report refers to Bournemouth as having an old-fashioned reputation and being a place for retired couples and party political conferences...they obviously didn't sample the night time riot economy!
Just what we didn't want! Now the clowncillors and jobsworths can just sit back in the belief that everything is ok, there is no need to do anything. Just carry on as we are with the defunct surf reef, the Imax factory, the pier approach fairground tat, the Pavilion terrace with its panoramic sea views, the derelict winter gardens and bus station sites.... The report refers to Bournemouth as having an old-fashioned reputation and being a place for retired couples and party political conferences...they obviously didn't sample the night time riot economy! jobsworthwatch
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8:19am Wed 7 Mar 12

High Treason says...

They obviously never went through Fir Vale Road to get home or their views may have been different.
They obviously never went through Fir Vale Road to get home or their views may have been different. High Treason
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8:22am Wed 7 Mar 12

PaulOvey says...

Why everyone feels the need to put Bournemouth down even when there is a good story, I will never know.

Take it for what it is, a bit a good news and for once feel proud of Bournemouth, I know I am.
Why everyone feels the need to put Bournemouth down even when there is a good story, I will never know. Take it for what it is, a bit a good news and for once feel proud of Bournemouth, I know I am. PaulOvey
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8:31am Wed 7 Mar 12

casperella says...

Totally agree PaulOvey. Just would like to ask Bmth Council to provide metal bins for hot BBQ coals this year like Poole Council do. It's permitted to BBQ after six o clock but when I asked last year, one employee suggested I bury the hot coals in the sand when we had finished! Many mornings there are used disposable BBQs stacked by the bins as people don't know where else to leave them.
Totally agree PaulOvey. Just would like to ask Bmth Council to provide metal bins for hot BBQ coals this year like Poole Council do. It's permitted to BBQ after six o clock but when I asked last year, one employee suggested I bury the hot coals in the sand when we had finished! Many mornings there are used disposable BBQs stacked by the bins as people don't know where else to leave them. casperella
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8:56am Wed 7 Mar 12

jobsworthwatch says...

casperella wrote:
Totally agree PaulOvey. Just would like to ask Bmth Council to provide metal bins for hot BBQ coals this year like Poole Council do. It's permitted to BBQ after six o clock but when I asked last year, one employee suggested I bury the hot coals in the sand when we had finished! Many mornings there are used disposable BBQs stacked by the bins as people don't know where else to leave them.
They throw them on the cliffs at Durley chine!
[quote][p][bold]casperella[/bold] wrote: Totally agree PaulOvey. Just would like to ask Bmth Council to provide metal bins for hot BBQ coals this year like Poole Council do. It's permitted to BBQ after six o clock but when I asked last year, one employee suggested I bury the hot coals in the sand when we had finished! Many mornings there are used disposable BBQs stacked by the bins as people don't know where else to leave them.[/p][/quote]They throw them on the cliffs at Durley chine! jobsworthwatch
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8:59am Wed 7 Mar 12

P Barker says...

So went Tripadvisor praises somewhere its a proves we have agreat beach, but if they slag off a hotel, they are the most unrelaible website out there & shouldent be trusted ?.
So went Tripadvisor praises somewhere its a proves we have agreat beach, but if they slag off a hotel, they are the most unrelaible website out there & shouldent be trusted ?. P Barker
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9:04am Wed 7 Mar 12

Dorset99 says...

So this time we are to being asked to believe Trip Advisor?

I seem to remember not too many months ago an article in the Echo about a local hotelier slating the feedback from Trip Advisor which had branded his Hotel a 'brothel'. I seem to remember that as the comments left were negative we were to take the opinions of Trip Advisor with a pinch of salt.

As we now have had some positive feedback are we now saying that Trip Advisor is to be believed?
So this time we are to being asked to believe Trip Advisor? I seem to remember not too many months ago an article in the Echo about a local hotelier slating the feedback from Trip Advisor which had branded his Hotel a 'brothel'. I seem to remember that as the comments left were negative we were to take the opinions of Trip Advisor with a pinch of salt. As we now have had some positive feedback are we now saying that Trip Advisor is to be believed? Dorset99
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9:09am Wed 7 Mar 12

High Treason says...

PaulOvey wrote:
Why everyone feels the need to put Bournemouth down even when there is a good story, I will never know. Take it for what it is, a bit a good news and for once feel proud of Bournemouth, I know I am.
Tripadvisor is hardly a worthy source of accurate information, very much like the rubbish in BH Life. Its hardly going to encourage visitors to come here whilst we have snippets about druggie Boscombe, Fir Vale Road and Bedsit land.
[quote][p][bold]PaulOvey[/bold] wrote: Why everyone feels the need to put Bournemouth down even when there is a good story, I will never know. Take it for what it is, a bit a good news and for once feel proud of Bournemouth, I know I am.[/p][/quote]Tripadvisor is hardly a worthy source of accurate information, very much like the rubbish in BH Life. Its hardly going to encourage visitors to come here whilst we have snippets about druggie Boscombe, Fir Vale Road and Bedsit land. High Treason
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9:17am Wed 7 Mar 12

retry69 says...

PaulOvey wrote:
Why everyone feels the need to put Bournemouth down even when there is a good story, I will never know.

Take it for what it is, a bit a good news and for once feel proud of Bournemouth, I know I am.
Absolutely spot on the negativity of posters on the Echo website about Bournemouth in general is appalling if its that bad perhaps if they all moved out we would have a better town or even city
[quote][p][bold]PaulOvey[/bold] wrote: Why everyone feels the need to put Bournemouth down even when there is a good story, I will never know. Take it for what it is, a bit a good news and for once feel proud of Bournemouth, I know I am.[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on the negativity of posters on the Echo website about Bournemouth in general is appalling if its that bad perhaps if they all moved out we would have a better town or even city retry69
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9:18am Wed 7 Mar 12

woby_tide says...

High Treason wrote:
They obviously never went through Fir Vale Road to get home or their views may have been different.
I agree, Fir Vale is probably the worst of the town centre beaches. I can see why people forgot to vote for it.
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: They obviously never went through Fir Vale Road to get home or their views may have been different.[/p][/quote]I agree, Fir Vale is probably the worst of the town centre beaches. I can see why people forgot to vote for it. woby_tide
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9:20am Wed 7 Mar 12

Edwinton says...

How much do we pay Mark Smith? and more confusingly why?
How much do we pay Mark Smith? and more confusingly why? Edwinton
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9:39am Wed 7 Mar 12

Nan's Pockets says...

What a bunch of grouchy old geezers! Bournemouth is not perect, but the beach IS lovely. And so are the parks, and the town, better than a lot of places I've lived. Cheer up!
What a bunch of grouchy old geezers! Bournemouth is not perect, but the beach IS lovely. And so are the parks, and the town, better than a lot of places I've lived. Cheer up! Nan's Pockets
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9:51am Wed 7 Mar 12

jobsworthwatch says...

retry69 wrote:
PaulOvey wrote:
Why everyone feels the need to put Bournemouth down even when there is a good story, I will never know.

Take it for what it is, a bit a good news and for once feel proud of Bournemouth, I know I am.
Absolutely spot on the negativity of posters on the Echo website about Bournemouth in general is appalling if its that bad perhaps if they all moved out we would have a better town or even city
It depends how long you've lived in Bournemouth, It could be that its 'that bad' because of those that have moved into the town and are now running the place.
Those that grew up in the town in the 60s will have witnessed the systematic destruction of the town over the decades with a display of incompetence by successive councils that has led to Bournemouth looking as if it hasn't recovered from the blitz.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulOvey[/bold] wrote: Why everyone feels the need to put Bournemouth down even when there is a good story, I will never know. Take it for what it is, a bit a good news and for once feel proud of Bournemouth, I know I am.[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on the negativity of posters on the Echo website about Bournemouth in general is appalling if its that bad perhaps if they all moved out we would have a better town or even city[/p][/quote]It depends how long you've lived in Bournemouth, It could be that its 'that bad' because of those that have moved into the town and are now running the place. Those that grew up in the town in the 60s will have witnessed the systematic destruction of the town over the decades with a display of incompetence by successive councils that has led to Bournemouth looking as if it hasn't recovered from the blitz. jobsworthwatch
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10:12am Wed 7 Mar 12

Azphreal says...

I love that the story went on about the surf pods and Boscombe pier pmsl and how 11 million was being spent on Boscombe seafront,any chance of some of it being used IN Boscombe???
I love that the story went on about the surf pods and Boscombe pier pmsl and how 11 million was being spent on Boscombe seafront,any chance of some of it being used IN Boscombe??? Azphreal
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10:28am Wed 7 Mar 12

BarrHumbug says...

Maybe people would have left nicer comments if the heading read "South Coast beach between Poole and Christchurch wins top honours" As soon as the word Bournemouth is entered people jump on the surf reef, imax, mouchel, surf pods, boscombe, dave wells, eddie mitchell, druggy's, drunks, stag/hen partys, too many cinemas, not enough cinemas, bus station, winter gardens, dog walkers and cyclists, bandwagon!
Maybe people would have left nicer comments if the heading read "South Coast beach between Poole and Christchurch wins top honours" As soon as the word Bournemouth is entered people jump on the surf reef, imax, mouchel, surf pods, boscombe, dave wells, eddie mitchell, druggy's, drunks, stag/hen partys, too many cinemas, not enough cinemas, bus station, winter gardens, dog walkers and cyclists, bandwagon! BarrHumbug
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10:51am Wed 7 Mar 12

super_soup says...

"Nan's Pockets says...
9:39am Wed 7 Mar 12
What a bunch of grouchy old geezers! Bournemouth is not perect, but the beach IS lovely. And so are the parks, and the town, better than a lot of places I've lived. Cheer up!"

Hear, Hear. I've spent the last 2 years living in East London, and, believe me, Bournemouth is paradise in comparison!
"Nan's Pockets says... 9:39am Wed 7 Mar 12 What a bunch of grouchy old geezers! Bournemouth is not perect, but the beach IS lovely. And so are the parks, and the town, better than a lot of places I've lived. Cheer up!" Hear, Hear. I've spent the last 2 years living in East London, and, believe me, Bournemouth is paradise in comparison! super_soup
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11:19am Wed 7 Mar 12

The Liberal says...

The beach is nice, but that's probably because it's about the only thing the council can't ruin (even with a rubbish surf reef).
The beach is nice, but that's probably because it's about the only thing the council can't ruin (even with a rubbish surf reef). The Liberal
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11:24am Wed 7 Mar 12

dailyechoreader247 says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
Maybe people would have left nicer comments if the heading read "South Coast beach between Poole and Christchurch wins top honours" As soon as the word Bournemouth is entered people jump on the surf reef, imax, mouchel, surf pods, boscombe, dave wells, eddie mitchell, druggy's, drunks, stag/hen partys, too many cinemas, not enough cinemas, bus station, winter gardens, dog walkers and cyclists, bandwagon!
Nicely said! The whole coastline is stunning. 10 miles of beach (yes I am including Poole) on our doorstep. We are spolit! Shame you miserable scrunts can't see through the hype of other things. Please leave nice comments or go and play in the road.
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: Maybe people would have left nicer comments if the heading read "South Coast beach between Poole and Christchurch wins top honours" As soon as the word Bournemouth is entered people jump on the surf reef, imax, mouchel, surf pods, boscombe, dave wells, eddie mitchell, druggy's, drunks, stag/hen partys, too many cinemas, not enough cinemas, bus station, winter gardens, dog walkers and cyclists, bandwagon![/p][/quote]Nicely said! The whole coastline is stunning. 10 miles of beach (yes I am including Poole) on our doorstep. We are spolit! Shame you miserable scrunts can't see through the hype of other things. Please leave nice comments or go and play in the road. dailyechoreader247
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2:44pm Wed 7 Mar 12

Jim'llFixIt says...

dailyechoreader247 wrote:
BarrHumbug wrote:
Maybe people would have left nicer comments if the heading read "South Coast beach between Poole and Christchurch wins top honours" As soon as the word Bournemouth is entered people jump on the surf reef, imax, mouchel, surf pods, boscombe, dave wells, eddie mitchell, druggy's, drunks, stag/hen partys, too many cinemas, not enough cinemas, bus station, winter gardens, dog walkers and cyclists, bandwagon!
Nicely said! The whole coastline is stunning. 10 miles of beach (yes I am including Poole) on our doorstep. We are spolit! Shame you miserable scrunts can't see through the hype of other things. Please leave nice comments or go and play in the road.
Nice to see the Bournemouth Councillors are still reading The Echo ;-)

'Jumping on the bandwagon...Spoitl!?
' I take it you don't go out in Bournemouth on weekend night to witness the result of cheap drink clubs AND you ignore the rubbish, gum, and dogsh*t that plague our streets?? Wake up and smell the mess!
[quote][p][bold]dailyechoreader247[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: Maybe people would have left nicer comments if the heading read "South Coast beach between Poole and Christchurch wins top honours" As soon as the word Bournemouth is entered people jump on the surf reef, imax, mouchel, surf pods, boscombe, dave wells, eddie mitchell, druggy's, drunks, stag/hen partys, too many cinemas, not enough cinemas, bus station, winter gardens, dog walkers and cyclists, bandwagon![/p][/quote]Nicely said! The whole coastline is stunning. 10 miles of beach (yes I am including Poole) on our doorstep. We are spolit! Shame you miserable scrunts can't see through the hype of other things. Please leave nice comments or go and play in the road.[/p][/quote]Nice to see the Bournemouth Councillors are still reading The Echo ;-) 'Jumping on the bandwagon...Spoitl!? ' I take it you don't go out in Bournemouth on weekend night to witness the result of cheap drink clubs AND you ignore the rubbish, gum, and dogsh*t that plague our streets?? Wake up and smell the mess! Jim'llFixIt
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3:08pm Wed 7 Mar 12

yohodi says...

Seven miles of Bournemouth beach?....I thought it was divided up, Southbourne, Sandbanks, Boscombe sur la Merde, Bournemouth, not in that order but you get my tidal drift
Seven miles of Bournemouth beach?....I thought it was divided up, Southbourne, Sandbanks, Boscombe sur la Merde, Bournemouth, not in that order but you get my tidal drift yohodi
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3:39pm Wed 7 Mar 12

dailyechoreader247 says...

Jim Jim Jim. Oh how I love this forum and the people it attracts. I truly love this town and weekend evenings are fine! Don't be scared, Jim! Not all those scaliwags are terrorists. Why don't you have a nap then ring the bell and hopefully someone will attend you and take you out for the afternoon and let you have some fresh air. Mind the dog mess though! Don't want to get it on your new slippers!
Jim Jim Jim. Oh how I love this forum and the people it attracts. I truly love this town and weekend evenings are fine! Don't be scared, Jim! Not all those scaliwags are terrorists. Why don't you have a nap then ring the bell and hopefully someone will attend you and take you out for the afternoon and let you have some fresh air. Mind the dog mess though! Don't want to get it on your new slippers! dailyechoreader247
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5:35pm Wed 7 Mar 12

s-pb2 says...

Jim'llFixIt wrote:
dailyechoreader247 wrote:
BarrHumbug wrote:
Maybe people would have left nicer comments if the heading read "South Coast beach between Poole and Christchurch wins top honours" As soon as the word Bournemouth is entered people jump on the surf reef, imax, mouchel, surf pods, boscombe, dave wells, eddie mitchell, druggy's, drunks, stag/hen partys, too many cinemas, not enough cinemas, bus station, winter gardens, dog walkers and cyclists, bandwagon!
Nicely said! The whole coastline is stunning. 10 miles of beach (yes I am including Poole) on our doorstep. We are spolit! Shame you miserable scrunts can't see through the hype of other things. Please leave nice comments or go and play in the road.
Nice to see the Bournemouth Councillors are still reading The Echo ;-)

'Jumping on the bandwagon...Spoitl!?

' I take it you don't go out in Bournemouth on weekend night to witness the result of cheap drink clubs AND you ignore the rubbish, gum, and dogsh*t that plague our streets?? Wake up and smell the mess!
I read the article and thought it was about Bournemouth beach not about the town centre!
[quote][p][bold]Jim'llFixIt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dailyechoreader247[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: Maybe people would have left nicer comments if the heading read "South Coast beach between Poole and Christchurch wins top honours" As soon as the word Bournemouth is entered people jump on the surf reef, imax, mouchel, surf pods, boscombe, dave wells, eddie mitchell, druggy's, drunks, stag/hen partys, too many cinemas, not enough cinemas, bus station, winter gardens, dog walkers and cyclists, bandwagon![/p][/quote]Nicely said! The whole coastline is stunning. 10 miles of beach (yes I am including Poole) on our doorstep. We are spolit! Shame you miserable scrunts can't see through the hype of other things. Please leave nice comments or go and play in the road.[/p][/quote]Nice to see the Bournemouth Councillors are still reading The Echo ;-) 'Jumping on the bandwagon...Spoitl!? ' I take it you don't go out in Bournemouth on weekend night to witness the result of cheap drink clubs AND you ignore the rubbish, gum, and dogsh*t that plague our streets?? Wake up and smell the mess![/p][/quote]I read the article and thought it was about Bournemouth beach not about the town centre! s-pb2
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5:36pm Wed 7 Mar 12

s-pb2 says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
Maybe people would have left nicer comments if the heading read "South Coast beach between Poole and Christchurch wins top honours" As soon as the word Bournemouth is entered people jump on the surf reef, imax, mouchel, surf pods, boscombe, dave wells, eddie mitchell, druggy's, drunks, stag/hen partys, too many cinemas, not enough cinemas, bus station, winter gardens, dog walkers and cyclists, bandwagon!
You forgot foxes!
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: Maybe people would have left nicer comments if the heading read "South Coast beach between Poole and Christchurch wins top honours" As soon as the word Bournemouth is entered people jump on the surf reef, imax, mouchel, surf pods, boscombe, dave wells, eddie mitchell, druggy's, drunks, stag/hen partys, too many cinemas, not enough cinemas, bus station, winter gardens, dog walkers and cyclists, bandwagon![/p][/quote]You forgot foxes! s-pb2
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6:47pm Wed 7 Mar 12

retry69 says...

jobsworthwatch wrote:
retry69 wrote:
PaulOvey wrote:
Why everyone feels the need to put Bournemouth down even when there is a good story, I will never know.

Take it for what it is, a bit a good news and for once feel proud of Bournemouth, I know I am.
Absolutely spot on the negativity of posters on the Echo website about Bournemouth in general is appalling if its that bad perhaps if they all moved out we would have a better town or even city
It depends how long you've lived in Bournemouth, It could be that its 'that bad' because of those that have moved into the town and are now running the place.
Those that grew up in the town in the 60s will have witnessed the systematic destruction of the town over the decades with a display of incompetence by successive councils that has led to Bournemouth looking as if it hasn't recovered from the blitz.
What a load of nonsense the negativity of the people is nothing to do with how long you have been living in Bournemouth by your generalisation one can only assume you have hidden agendas making those sort of comments and blaming councils, Bournemouth is what it is because of the negative outlook from people such as yourself ,i wonder if you witnessed the blitz and also i wonder if you are one of my pet hates failed councillor or failed candidate ??
[quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulOvey[/bold] wrote: Why everyone feels the need to put Bournemouth down even when there is a good story, I will never know. Take it for what it is, a bit a good news and for once feel proud of Bournemouth, I know I am.[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on the negativity of posters on the Echo website about Bournemouth in general is appalling if its that bad perhaps if they all moved out we would have a better town or even city[/p][/quote]It depends how long you've lived in Bournemouth, It could be that its 'that bad' because of those that have moved into the town and are now running the place. Those that grew up in the town in the 60s will have witnessed the systematic destruction of the town over the decades with a display of incompetence by successive councils that has led to Bournemouth looking as if it hasn't recovered from the blitz.[/p][/quote]What a load of nonsense the negativity of the people is nothing to do with how long you have been living in Bournemouth by your generalisation one can only assume you have hidden agendas making those sort of comments and blaming councils, Bournemouth is what it is because of the negative outlook from people such as yourself ,i wonder if you witnessed the blitz and also i wonder if you are one of my pet hates failed councillor or failed candidate ?? retry69
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7:01pm Wed 7 Mar 12

PaulOvey says...

retry69 wrote:
jobsworthwatch wrote:
retry69 wrote:
PaulOvey wrote:
Why everyone feels the need to put Bournemouth down even when there is a good story, I will never know.

Take it for what it is, a bit a good news and for once feel proud of Bournemouth, I know I am.
Absolutely spot on the negativity of posters on the Echo website about Bournemouth in general is appalling if its that bad perhaps if they all moved out we would have a better town or even city
It depends how long you've lived in Bournemouth, It could be that its 'that bad' because of those that have moved into the town and are now running the place.
Those that grew up in the town in the 60s will have witnessed the systematic destruction of the town over the decades with a display of incompetence by successive councils that has led to Bournemouth looking as if it hasn't recovered from the blitz.
What a load of nonsense the negativity of the people is nothing to do with how long you have been living in Bournemouth by your generalisation one can only assume you have hidden agendas making those sort of comments and blaming councils, Bournemouth is what it is because of the negative outlook from people such as yourself ,i wonder if you witnessed the blitz and also i wonder if you are one of my pet hates failed councillor or failed candidate ??
I have to agree with retry69, ive only lived here for the past 18 years, and yes there have been changes, some good, some bad.

But on the whole we all have to count ourselves very lucky for where we live. I have travelled a lot for work, and there are worse places to live. If you dont like whats happening to the local area theres a simple answer. Move!
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulOvey[/bold] wrote: Why everyone feels the need to put Bournemouth down even when there is a good story, I will never know. Take it for what it is, a bit a good news and for once feel proud of Bournemouth, I know I am.[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on the negativity of posters on the Echo website about Bournemouth in general is appalling if its that bad perhaps if they all moved out we would have a better town or even city[/p][/quote]It depends how long you've lived in Bournemouth, It could be that its 'that bad' because of those that have moved into the town and are now running the place. Those that grew up in the town in the 60s will have witnessed the systematic destruction of the town over the decades with a display of incompetence by successive councils that has led to Bournemouth looking as if it hasn't recovered from the blitz.[/p][/quote]What a load of nonsense the negativity of the people is nothing to do with how long you have been living in Bournemouth by your generalisation one can only assume you have hidden agendas making those sort of comments and blaming councils, Bournemouth is what it is because of the negative outlook from people such as yourself ,i wonder if you witnessed the blitz and also i wonder if you are one of my pet hates failed councillor or failed candidate ??[/p][/quote]I have to agree with retry69, ive only lived here for the past 18 years, and yes there have been changes, some good, some bad. But on the whole we all have to count ourselves very lucky for where we live. I have travelled a lot for work, and there are worse places to live. If you dont like whats happening to the local area theres a simple answer. Move! PaulOvey
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7:23pm Wed 7 Mar 12

Dorset Dude says...

No mention of Sandbanks beach. TA probably thought it was in Bournemouth like most tourists - Poole annoyingly gets overshadowed by Bournemouth as usual
No mention of Sandbanks beach. TA probably thought it was in Bournemouth like most tourists - Poole annoyingly gets overshadowed by Bournemouth as usual Dorset Dude
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8:19pm Wed 7 Mar 12

gameon says...

I would like to know on what basis they judge there findings on best beach is it the amount of people who visit like on a hot summers day when the whole world it seems descends on the BMTH Beach and it looks like a writhing ants nest if thats it and thats what people like good luck to them have these so called experts never heard of Shell Bay or Studland which are a different class to the masses across the ferry and beyond
I would like to know on what basis they judge there findings on best beach is it the amount of people who visit like on a hot summers day when the whole world it seems descends on the BMTH Beach and it looks like a writhing ants nest if thats it and thats what people like good luck to them have these so called experts never heard of Shell Bay or Studland which are a different class to the masses across the ferry and beyond gameon
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9:53pm Wed 7 Mar 12

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

retry69 wrote:
jobsworthwatch wrote:
retry69 wrote:
PaulOvey wrote: Why everyone feels the need to put Bournemouth down even when there is a good story, I will never know. Take it for what it is, a bit a good news and for once feel proud of Bournemouth, I know I am.
Absolutely spot on the negativity of posters on the Echo website about Bournemouth in general is appalling if its that bad perhaps if they all moved out we would have a better town or even city
It depends how long you've lived in Bournemouth, It could be that its 'that bad' because of those that have moved into the town and are now running the place. Those that grew up in the town in the 60s will have witnessed the systematic destruction of the town over the decades with a display of incompetence by successive councils that has led to Bournemouth looking as if it hasn't recovered from the blitz.
What a load of nonsense the negativity of the people is nothing to do with how long you have been living in Bournemouth by your generalisation one can only assume you have hidden agendas making those sort of comments and blaming councils, Bournemouth is what it is because of the negative outlook from people such as yourself ,i wonder if you witnessed the blitz and also i wonder if you are one of my pet hates failed councillor or failed candidate ??
Clearly your association with the town doesn't go back very far, it was a better kept place in the 60s.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulOvey[/bold] wrote: Why everyone feels the need to put Bournemouth down even when there is a good story, I will never know. Take it for what it is, a bit a good news and for once feel proud of Bournemouth, I know I am.[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on the negativity of posters on the Echo website about Bournemouth in general is appalling if its that bad perhaps if they all moved out we would have a better town or even city[/p][/quote]It depends how long you've lived in Bournemouth, It could be that its 'that bad' because of those that have moved into the town and are now running the place. Those that grew up in the town in the 60s will have witnessed the systematic destruction of the town over the decades with a display of incompetence by successive councils that has led to Bournemouth looking as if it hasn't recovered from the blitz.[/p][/quote]What a load of nonsense the negativity of the people is nothing to do with how long you have been living in Bournemouth by your generalisation one can only assume you have hidden agendas making those sort of comments and blaming councils, Bournemouth is what it is because of the negative outlook from people such as yourself ,i wonder if you witnessed the blitz and also i wonder if you are one of my pet hates failed councillor or failed candidate ??[/p][/quote]Clearly your association with the town doesn't go back very far, it was a better kept place in the 60s. The-Bleeding-Obvious
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10:33pm Wed 7 Mar 12

beachcomber1 says...

here we go, Mark Smith trotting out the "7 miles of sandy beaches" nonsense. there's about half a mile either side of the Pier which they cleared of the pebbles and flints from the botched replenishment, but once you get a bit further away then the beach is covered in shingle.
here we go, Mark Smith trotting out the "7 miles of sandy beaches" nonsense. there's about half a mile either side of the Pier which they cleared of the pebbles and flints from the botched replenishment, but once you get a bit further away then the beach is covered in shingle. beachcomber1
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9:00am Thu 8 Mar 12

Rally says...

"IT’S official – Bournemouth has the best beach in the UK."

Er, how can the results of a survey by a private company be regarded properly as 'official'?
"IT’S official – Bournemouth has the best beach in the UK." Er, how can the results of a survey by a private company be regarded properly as 'official'? Rally
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10:01am Thu 8 Mar 12

BarrHumbug says...

Jim'llFixIt wrote:
dailyechoreader247 wrote:
BarrHumbug wrote:
Maybe people would have left nicer comments if the heading read "South Coast beach between Poole and Christchurch wins top honours" As soon as the word Bournemouth is entered people jump on the surf reef, imax, mouchel, surf pods, boscombe, dave wells, eddie mitchell, druggy's, drunks, stag/hen partys, too many cinemas, not enough cinemas, bus station, winter gardens, dog walkers and cyclists, bandwagon!
Nicely said! The whole coastline is stunning. 10 miles of beach (yes I am including Poole) on our doorstep. We are spolit! Shame you miserable scrunts can't see through the hype of other things. Please leave nice comments or go and play in the road.
Nice to see the Bournemouth Councillors are still reading The Echo ;-)

'Jumping on the bandwagon...Spoitl!?

' I take it you don't go out in Bournemouth on weekend night to witness the result of cheap drink clubs AND you ignore the rubbish, gum, and dogsh*t that plague our streets?? Wake up and smell the mess!
Jim, If you don't want to see drunks poring out of nightclubs at 2 in the morning then why do you go down there? And if you live there then more fool you. Maybe you could move next to Hurn Airport and then you could moan about planes taking off all the time! If you go looking for double you will inevitably find it!
I do go often enough to know that the beach is not on Fir Vale Road. And that, if you'd understood my comment, was the whole point! The article is about the Beach, the clues in the title, but because it also contains the word Bournemouth it seems some use this as an excuse to throw in all their pet hates about the town and the council.
Sure for everyone there are things they don't agree with, or things they feel were handled badly, but it appears for some there are 20 things they hate and nothing they are happy with.
So for all those, here's an idea, write down a list of all the things your not happy with and then a list of the things you are, that part won't take long, and when you find your bad list is twice as long as your good one then sell your house and move!
And if once you've moved and your still not happy then why not try doing another list of thing your like/dislike about Britain and if your not happy with that result then leave the country.
A word of warning though, when you've run out of countries life on the Moon is not yet an option!
[quote][p][bold]Jim'llFixIt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dailyechoreader247[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: Maybe people would have left nicer comments if the heading read "South Coast beach between Poole and Christchurch wins top honours" As soon as the word Bournemouth is entered people jump on the surf reef, imax, mouchel, surf pods, boscombe, dave wells, eddie mitchell, druggy's, drunks, stag/hen partys, too many cinemas, not enough cinemas, bus station, winter gardens, dog walkers and cyclists, bandwagon![/p][/quote]Nicely said! The whole coastline is stunning. 10 miles of beach (yes I am including Poole) on our doorstep. We are spolit! Shame you miserable scrunts can't see through the hype of other things. Please leave nice comments or go and play in the road.[/p][/quote]Nice to see the Bournemouth Councillors are still reading The Echo ;-) 'Jumping on the bandwagon...Spoitl!? ' I take it you don't go out in Bournemouth on weekend night to witness the result of cheap drink clubs AND you ignore the rubbish, gum, and dogsh*t that plague our streets?? Wake up and smell the mess![/p][/quote]Jim, If you don't want to see drunks poring out of nightclubs at 2 in the morning then why do you go down there? And if you live there then more fool you. Maybe you could move next to Hurn Airport and then you could moan about planes taking off all the time! If you go looking for double you will inevitably find it! I do go often enough to know that the beach is not on Fir Vale Road. And that, if you'd understood my comment, was the whole point! The article is about the Beach, the clues in the title, but because it also contains the word Bournemouth it seems some use this as an excuse to throw in all their pet hates about the town and the council. Sure for everyone there are things they don't agree with, or things they feel were handled badly, but it appears for some there are 20 things they hate and nothing they are happy with. So for all those, here's an idea, write down a list of all the things your not happy with and then a list of the things you are, that part won't take long, and when you find your bad list is twice as long as your good one then sell your house and move! And if once you've moved and your still not happy then why not try doing another list of thing your like/dislike about Britain and if your not happy with that result then leave the country. A word of warning though, when you've run out of countries life on the Moon is not yet an option! BarrHumbug
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2:05pm Thu 8 Mar 12

H2o-hara says...

The beach is fine but I think it's the town itself that needs to aim for a blue flag . When it's ready that is . At the moment I'd give it a red one .
The beach is fine but I think it's the town itself that needs to aim for a blue flag . When it's ready that is . At the moment I'd give it a red one . H2o-hara
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4:25pm Thu 8 Mar 12

bornINpoole69 says...

and where does the sand drift in from to cover these "lovely beaches"?
Sandbanks!
I am sure Sandbanks does not appear in the survey because it is mainly used by the locals. lets keep it that way!
and where does the sand drift in from to cover these "lovely beaches"? Sandbanks! I am sure Sandbanks does not appear in the survey because it is mainly used by the locals. lets keep it that way! bornINpoole69
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7:28am Fri 9 Mar 12

kinsonboy says...

Sandbanks does not need to be included in any list because it is vastly more outstanding than bournemouth and especially drugscombe and poohle.just ask eddie mitchell and harry redknapp and all the other duckers and divers and dodgy geezers that have pads there ha ha ha.
Sandbanks does not need to be included in any list because it is vastly more outstanding than bournemouth and especially drugscombe and poohle.just ask eddie mitchell and harry redknapp and all the other duckers and divers and dodgy geezers that have pads there ha ha ha. kinsonboy
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12:00pm Fri 9 Mar 12

elite50 says...

Recently took my wife to the overcliff.
Her comment, (We came from Queensland), was "What is so good about this dump?".
I told her about 7 miles of golden sand.
She asked if it was buried under the rubbish!
I took her home!
Recently took my wife to the overcliff. Her comment, (We came from Queensland), was "What is so good about this dump?". I told her about 7 miles of golden sand. She asked if it was buried under the rubbish! I took her home! elite50
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8:56pm Fri 9 Mar 12

Hobad1 says...

elite50 wrote:
Recently took my wife to the overcliff.
Her comment, (We came from Queensland), was "What is so good about this dump?".
I told her about 7 miles of golden sand.
She asked if it was buried under the rubbish!
I took her home!
lol
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: Recently took my wife to the overcliff. Her comment, (We came from Queensland), was "What is so good about this dump?". I told her about 7 miles of golden sand. She asked if it was buried under the rubbish! I took her home![/p][/quote]lol Hobad1
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