A former doctor used to say that people retired to Bournemouth to die, but with advancing years and fading memories they eventually forgot why they had come.
One journalist suggested that the town’s trademark pine trees had a chemical in them, which worked as an anaesthetic, dulling any initiative or desire for change.
But Bournemouth is a beautiful town on the South Coast of England, with a breathtaking coastline of sandy beaches.
It’s two-hours from London on the train or in the car. It has it’s own airport, it’s also a 40 minute train journey from Southampton Airport Parkway.
It has a mixture of a very old population and a very young population.
The old population means that the town has lots of busy funeral directors.
The younger population, dominated by students from the two universities and the many language schools, fuel the town’s hedonistic night life.
It has a surf reef, and the Boscombe area is known for it’s creativity and urban edge.
The area is the 12-step capital of Britain.
You can go to a meeting morning, noon or night on any day of the week because it’s one of the most popular places to come to go into rehab. This dates back to its C19th reputation as a health spa.
It has stunningly beautiful cemetery.
Why not rage against the dying of the summer sunlight, and spend a weekend in the UK’s most vibrant seaside resort?