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.

Alum Chine Play Park

Alum Chine children’s seaside play park is undergoing expansion and improvements in time for early Summer 2017.
Alum Chine Play Area proposals

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 new scheme at Alum Chine 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 these huts will be allocated to fund the park improvements.

By creating a ‘treasure island’ themed playground and introducing a more natural landscape, the popular park would continue to be an asset to the seafront for future visitors to enjoy. 


Alum Chine play park progress update:

28th March 2017 

We are excited that work is now underway.
The current park closed on 13th March 2017 and will be closed during the improvements, reopening in early summer. 

Over the next 2 weeks, our contractor Scandor will be completing the placement and filling of wire gabion baskets.

Carpentry work starting will include: 

  • placing the structural timbers for the lookout platform 
  • commencing installation of a decking boardwalk 
  • installing sleepers for the slide base 

A large fallen tree will also be manoeuvred into the site with specialist lifting equipment. Foundation materials for the play equipment and base materials for areas that will have different surface finishes will be arriving.

It's all systems go and we are looking forward to delivering the new play facilities in early summer.

Related article: News - March regarding the park.


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