Sep 05., 2016 / Travel
Lower Gardens, in Bournemouth
The Lower Gardens is a beautiful place to visit in summer or winter. The gardens are very well maintained, have plenty of facilities and hosts a number of entertainment programs throughout the year. In the winter months you will find an ice skating rink where you can hire skates, or if you are not quite so brave or energetic you can just watch from the sidelines. You can also find the Christmas Market situated just outside the grounds during November, December and part of January.
During the summer months, the flowerbeds are in bloom which hosts an array of beautiful colours. While the sun is shining you can sit back and enjoy the world go past, read a book, or take a picnic to share with the family. I’m sure you can always be tempted to an ice cream or drink from one of the many kiosks afterwards.
The entertainment available in the gardens varies from gymnastic displays to live bands playing. There’s plenty of other things to do in Bournemouth but Lower Gardens is a great place to go with the kids. Why not take a ride in the observation balloon, spend time viewing the Aviary, have a go around the crazy golf course or just a dip in the stream running through the park?
The park itself is in a great location which connects the shopping precinct to the seafront. There are 3 parks in total Lower Gardens, Central Gardens, and Upper Gardens. The Lower Gardens are said to be the liveliest of the 3 hosting the free kids fun festival and the traditional annual candle illuminations. Signage is good within the park, although you can pick up a map from the tourist information beforehand if you wish.
I never thought I would find a garden designed by a tree. Well, when I was looking for a quiet place to relax I discovered that the Bournemouth Lower Gardens were actually designed by a Mr P. H. Tree in 1871. Most of what he set out is still there with glorious palm trees, flower beds and places to read a good book. With the shops close by it is easy to grab a sandwich and drink for lunch too. I like these gardens for the escapism from the busy beach and town centre. They are also home to the Bournemouth Pleasure Balloon which takes people on rides along the coast. I love to people watch here. And in the middle of a busy town I was somewhat surprised to see rabbits in the park but there they were, scampering about.