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AFCDorset

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When I was a kid, about 60 yrs ago, we spent a few family holidays in Bournemouth , a fraction the size it is now as it has spread to Include Poole.

Poole is a working town, mostly 'water' based with boat makers Sunseekers, the NRLI college and training facility and a ferry port. It also has a 'secret' base, Royal Marines Special Boat Squadron allegedly, out training last week, deploying into the sea just off shore from a very low flying Hercules.

Bournemouth itself is rather different, the upmarket areas are just that, very upmarket but with an ageing demographic, some very nice bits though. So plenty of people all year round, unlike some seaside towns.
 

SardiniaFox

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I spent over twenty years in Bournemouth. It has some shitty bits but they are mostly well away from the beach and cliffs.

Poole also has some very rich parts.

The arrival of Chase in the area and the University becoming more popular made for a big change in the demographic.
 

AFCDorset

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I spent over twenty years in Bournemouth. It has some shitty bits but they are mostly well away from the beach and cliffs.

Poole also has some very rich parts.

The arrival of Chase in the area and the University becoming more popular made for a big change in the demographic.
The big change in recent times has been the university. Bournemouth itself is split left and right.

The right side, to the east of the town centre towards Boscombe is now largely cheap lodgings and flats, mainly for students as it is adjacent to the Uni. Plenty of cheap food outlets but the area looks run down bar a few properties along the seafront, we took one look and went elsewhere.

The left side, the west, includes Westbourne and Branksome, some very nice spots and decent bars and restaurants in Westbourne itself. Decent pubs a bit thin but some of the bars make up for that.
 

SardiniaFox

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The big change in recent times has been the university. Bournemouth itself is split left and right.

The right side, to the east of the town centre towards Boscombe is now largely cheap lodgings and flats, mainly for students as it is adjacent to the Uni. Plenty of cheap food outlets but the area looks run down bar a few properties along the seafront, we took one look and went elsewhere.

The left side, the west, includes Westbourne and Branksome, some very nice spots and decent bars and restaurants in Westbourne itself. Decent pubs a bit thin but some of the bars make up for that.
Branksome is in Poole isn't it?

Used to like the Porterhouse when I lived in Westbourne.
 

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Why are they so run down and fucking horrible?

Surely there's a gap in the market for a decent fucking English seaside town.
l think there's loads of good uns, more shit uns though. Brightons a great town bar the area where a few of the he/shes on here head for.
 

AFCDorset

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It is pretty much the area immediately to the west of Westbourne before you get to Canford Cliffs or Lilliput which are in Poole. Some very upscale houses and flats, low density and very green, bit too quiet for us but Westbourne is good these days.
 

SardiniaFox

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It is pretty much the area immediately to the west of Westbourne before you get to Canford Cliffs or Lilliput which are in Poole. Some very upscale houses and flats, low density and very green, bit too quiet for us but Westbourne is good these days.
I know where it is. The County Gates where LV stands is the border.

They had a rule for Branksome Park about the amount of land each property had to stand in.
 

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We must be in heaven man.
Avoid Cliftonville at all costs, went on a coach holiday there a few years back, the coach driver advised us to be back at the hotel before dark every night, called the place a mini Beirut, total shithole.
 

Outfoxed

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Well I like Whitstable very much.
Also love Blakeney and Wells-Next-The-Sea.
And always had a good time in Brighton.
And Newquay is great.
And Mevagissey (sp???).
Wells-next-the-sea is very nice, we’re off there for a weekend soon.
 

SardiniaFox

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Sorry, not trying to lecture.
Me neither.

I agree there is a definite split in Bournemouth between haves and have nots.

And lest we forget, Sandbanks, which is definitely part of Poole, is one of the most expensive places to buy property on the planet.
 

AFCDorset

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Tynemouth and Whitley bay are lovely. So is Saltburn by Sea. Go North!
Too cold for me.

Moved to the seaside to live so mild winters were a must. Also, somewhere big enough that there was actually things to do and enjoy all year round, that was important to us.
 

oxonfox

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I lived in Clacton on sea for one and half years, u can't beat living next to the sea even in wintertime.
 
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