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Bournemouth Alum Chine

Photograph: M Walden

© Copyright M Walden and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Bournemouth, Dorset


50.7N 1.9W

The 2014 bathing season has finished and we’re busy collating the latest results.

Water quality

Please note that the 2014 bathing season has now finished. Our current results use samples taken between May and
September 2013 and we are working to update these with results from 2014. Thank you for your patience while we do this.

The Good Beach Guide uses water sampling data collected by the UK environment agencies and local authorities
during the previous summer (i.e. Good Beach Guide classifications for 2014 are based on results of samples taken
during summer 2013) to assess water quality at beaches against the following standards, from best to worst water quality:

MCS Recommended – excellent water quality

Guideline – higher water quality

Mandatory – minimum water quality

Fail – did not meet the minimum water quality standard

Our standards are based on the European Bathing Water Directive (76/160/EEC), but our results are not the same as those
published by the UK Government and devolved administrations. We award some beaches our MCS Recommended
standard for excellent water quality and we include any UK beach sampled for water quality, even those not legally
required to comply with the Directive’s standards.

Please note: Storms, floods and heavy rain can lead to short term water pollution.

See our ‘How we recommend beaches’ page to find out more about our water quality standards.

Coming soon
2015: Coming soon
2014: MCS Recommended
2013: MCS Recommended
2012: MCS Recommended
2011: MCS Recommended
2010: MCS Recommended
2009: MCS Recommended

Local sewage outflows

Sewage discharges which may be affecting the water quality at this beach.
See "How we recommend beaches" to find out more about sewage treatment.
No known local discharges

European designated bathing water

Every summer, water quality is assessed at popular UK beaches which have been designated as bathing waters
under the European Bathing Water Directive (76/160/EEC). Water samples are also sometimes taken on beaches
which are not officially designated as bathing waters. At these beaches the regular sampling of the water is not
a legal requirement, but is instead carried out on a voluntary basis by the beach owner or local authority.


yes Daily 2nd May - 27th September.
Alum Chine's Blue Flag beach boasts a variety of beach huts, including the new exclusive chalets close to the tropical gardens, a children's play area including a wet play park, and a restaurant.

Beach type

Bay, sand, shingle

Beach awards 2013

Blue flag

Local facilities

Food, toilets, disabled toilets, litter bins
FoodToiletsLitter BinsParking


Cleaned daily during the summer and weekly the rest of the year


yes Roadside parking along the overcliff drive. Pay and display carpark located at entrance to Alum Chine seafront.

Disabled parking


Things to do

Swimming (watercraft free zones at certain beaches). Sailing, fishing, surfing, canoeing, jet skiing, windsurfing, power boating, beach hut hire and water skiing. Areas of the beach have been zoned as No Smoking and Kidzone. There are Tropical Gardens located adjacent to the beach, and Westbourne shopping centre is a short walk away through the Chine.

Wildlife & walks

The Bournemouth cliffs provide an ideal habitat for the nationally rare sand lizard and smooth snake, as well as many plant species. The tropical gardens at Alum Chine also offer a unique habitat and variety of wildlife.

Animal restrictions

Dogs not allowed between groynes 3 and 5 between May 1st to September 30th. These areas are clearly marked with signage.
Enjoy a safe and fun day on the beach by considering the following:

Lost child scheme


Public rescue equipment


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Tide times by

Please observe local weather conditions and sea state to stay safe at the beach.

Information provided by the Environment Agency. We use this data to produce our water quality information, but our results use information from the previous year, so our results for 2014 are the same as the Environment Agency’s results for 2013. For more info see how we recommend beaches.

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