Only a short walk from the cliffs of Branksome Chine is Branksome Dene Beach. This is a beautiful stretch of coast with soft, golden sands below the dramatic cliff face that towers over the promenade. Dogs are welcome at Branksome Dene all year round, and there is a small car park, toilets and refreshments on offer.
Branksome Dene is quieter than its neighbours, making it an ideal spot to enjoy a beautiful sunny day, taking in the magnificent views, having a swim and soaking up the sun. The beach and rows of stylised beach huts are overlooked by a striking cliff face lined with a row of trees.
Like many of the beaches in the Bournemouth / Poole / Christchurch area, Branksome offers a sandy, sloping beach that is popular for families wanting to build sandcastles and playing beach games. There are lifeguards that regularly patrol the sea’s edge during summer months, meaning you can go for a swim with added peace of mind.
Nestled on the picturesque, photogenic coastline, is the Branksome Dene Room, arguably one of the most unique function spaces in the United Kingdom. Housed in a 1920s Art Deco pavilion-style chalet overlooking the bay, the Room offers panoramic views across the bay, from the Isle of Wight in the distant east to the Jurassic Coast’s Old Harry Rocks in the far west.
Built on the ground where the old coastguard station was situated, the Branksome Dene Room was originally a tea house and today remains evocative of the roaring twenties. The dene of the beach’s name refers to a narrow, wooded ravine that is unique to this stretch of the coast. Just metres from the seafront, visitors to the Room are literally only steps away from the golden, sandy beach below.
The Branksome Dene Room can hold up to 50 people, plus an extra 30 outside on the patio, making it a beautiful venue for holding summer weddings. As long as the sun stays out!
The beach is popular with dog walkers throughout the year, so many locals take their four-legged friends there throughout the day. The whole family can enjoy lazy beach days here, a fun filled walk or an evening swim in the bracing waters. Whether it is a beautiful summer or a chilly winter, the glorious view and luscious golden sand makes Branksome popular with residents of both Poole and Bournemouth, as well as holidaymakers who discover this hidden gem.