BA (Hons) Illustration student. I have always loved the outdoors and steered clear of busy cities.
So Bournemouth is perfect for me with its picturesque beaches and close proximity to vast areas of natural beauty such as the New Forest. I would say having such a large array of places to visit definitely benefits my work. Not only for inspiration, but for first hand research and observational drawing. I don’t have a car and so enjoy cycling.
There are plenty of places to visit locally, such as the beach, whether you venture down to Southbourne or up to Sandbanks. In warmer weather I enjoy cycling down to Hengistbury Head, visiting their beaches and nature reserve. I also enjoy cycling down to Christchurch, where I can visit the quay and rent a boat for half an hour. Where I can travel along the river from Christchurch to Southbourne. Close to Christchurch is Mudeford quay, you can also get the ferry across from Hengistbury Head. Here you can walk along the stone beaches, get food and admire the view or what I go for; crabbing.
For those that have a car, don’t mind public transport, or a long cycle there is the ability to go further afield to the New Forest or even Swanage, with it’s Jurassic Coast. Swanage is home to many natural attractions such as; Old Harry Rocks, Durlston Country Park and Dancing Ledge. It also has the remnants of Corfe Castle, which are available to be assessed by the public for a fee. I have cycled up to sandbanks and got the ferry across (I wouldn’t recommend this as it’s extremely hilly when you get to Swanage. Just get the bus from Bournemouth town centre).
Swanage is also a lovely place to camp. I only camped there for 2 nights but it seemed worlds away from Bournemouth. It’s not known for it’s night life and so when it gets dark it’s almost silent. Most camping places in Swanage do sell fire wood so you can chill out in the evenings round a self made fire.