Considered by many locals to be a suburb of Bournemouth, the town of Boscombe became popular in the Victorian era when it was considered a fashionable alternative to the main resort. Now, Boscombe's large sandy beach is set to become a major tourist attraction in its own right due to the construction of Europe's first ever artificial surf reef. The reef, of which there are only three others in the world, will cost £1.4 million and is due to be completed in October 2008. It is expected to attract 10 000 surfers a year.
As well as an artificial surf reef the beach offers pleasant walks through the adjacent Boscombe Gardens, dating from the late 1800s and now featuring mini golf, a children's play area and a café.