The Square Bournemouth – A Fun Afternoon for the Family!

The Square refers to the open square that marks the center of Bournemouth. The square separates the central gardens from the lower yards. You’ll also find a beautiful river called Bourne that flows under the square. Bournemouth is seven miles of beach, and it’s especially warm making it a favorite to most UK travelers. There’s a variety of things for everyone there to keep water sports fanatics entertained to the regular beach goer.

You can even head to “Pine Walk”. It’s walking distance from The Square in the Bournemouth gardens. The Pine Walk Open Art Exhibition is held here on summer days. In recent years, peoples’ population has widely grown here giving more of the Bohemian image, rather than a typical south coast retirement town thus leading to the nickname “BoMo”.

History and Landmarks

A composer by the name of Hubert Parry who was born next door to The Square was said to have marked it with a blue plaque. A blue plaque serves as a historical marker. Its a permanent sign put in a public place in the UK or elsewhere in commemoration of a famous person, event, former building on the site.

A tram shelter was built at the center of the Square in 1925, with a clock on the top. The clock was donated by Captain HB Norton who was a magistrate and former councilor in the region. He later turned the place into a roundabout and the clock remodeled to a beautiful clock tower until 1997. At around that time, the clock was famously known as the Leaning Tower of Bournemouth. The Obscura Café (see photo above) was later built in its place, and the clock installed right at the top of it! Since the year 2000, the Square has gone eco-green as traffic is no longer allowed.


The Bournemouth Christmas Market which was inspired by Weihnchtsmarkt traditional German Markets was well established for over six years now. The new organizers S&D Leisure Europe Limited gave a new lease and had since taken over in its running and promotion of the markets in The Square each December.

Since  S&D Leisure Europe has taken over the quality of the event has jumped dramatically into the positive. More traders have also up their game by building exhibitor chalets in combination with beautifully made Christmas decorations and dedicated Christmas Market Gateways. The event indeed aims for a family audience with something for everyone on offer.

Food & Drink

For those who like enjoying a beer or two, there’s a new joint called German Alpine Bar in The Square (see photo on the left) where you can hang out and have fun. You’ll get different restaurants with different tastes and budgets. There has been an increase in takeaways over the years, offering cheap alternatives to a restaurant meals.

Classic Hotels

There are many amazing hotels to sleep in! This is because the town developed as a seaside resort thus its primary function. You just need to walk around The Square and the side streets to see how many amazing hostels there are with beautiful classical architecture.


The place is generally very safe so it makes and excellent place for a family day out.

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