BOURNEMOUTH'S stunning overnight-stay beach lodges won a silver award at the Dorset Tourism Awards.

The 15 lodges, situated between Boscombe and Southbourne, earned the award in the Glamping and Alternative Accommodation of the Year category.

The lodges, which form part of the multi-million-pounds regeneration of Bournemouth seafront, have proved popular since they opened earlier this year.

Beach lodge manager Kim Bowden said: "We opened the lodges just seven months ago and we’re absolutely thrilled to have won our first award so soon. It has been an honour to work on such an exciting and successful new project offering a truly alternative place to stay in Bournemouth right by the sea."