Bournemouth Council

Alum Chine

Meander down to our world-class seafront

We have four Chines in Bournemouth and Alum Chine is the largest.

Find out about the history of Alum Chine and Argyll Gardens which is at the top of the Chine, on West Overcliff Drive.

Walking down through Alum Chine is a nature ramble in itself as you wind your way down to the beach. Why not also visit the tropical gardens? 

Where Alum Chine reaches the seafront, there is plenty to do, with a popular play park, cafes, kiosks and of course Bournemouth's golden sand.

In 2017 we are looking to provide new equipment and landscaping to the play park as part of a wider scheme at Alum Chine. This is part of the Seafront Strategy, a long term ongoing vision to create public spaces and facilities to inspire new generations of visitors.

Part of the proposed new scheme will be the introduction of four new superhuts on the site of the small splash park at the base of the Chine, which was sadly decommissioned early in 2015 due to repeated vandalism.

Income from the huts, if planning permission is granted, will be ear-marked to pay for the adjacent play park improvements.

We talked to enthusiastic play park users, parents and carers during 2016.
They told us that the park can get very busy, and it needs some 'tlc'.

In 2017 we hope to address the wear and tear to the facilities, while also extending the area of the park, to incorporate the wooden banking. 

Park visitors requested 'more equipment for all ages, but especially for the under fives', and 'more swings please!'

By creating a ‘treasure island’ themed playground and introducing a more naturalised landscape, the popular park would continue to be an asset to the seafront for future visitors to enjoy. New pieces of equipment would be installed, with the initial concept including a sand pit with a ‘sunken’ pirate ship, a buried treasure chest and a low maintenance water feature - all ideal for filling the younger visitor with delight.

So plans are underway, and we hope to be delivering on some of the children's 'wish lists' in 2017.


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