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Local Information

Westbourne and it's surrounding areas are host to a wide range of attractions and activities.  Here are some useful links and information to help you make the most of your time with us.

Useful Links

Bournemouth Tourism
Information on Bournemouth and the surrounding area, events, attractions and more.

Poole Tourism
Local and events information for Poole

Ariel Taxis
A Local Taxi Company
Tel: 01202 747333

Yellow Buses
Information on local buses

Wilts & Dorset Bus Company
Information on local buses. Bus passes can be purchased at the school.

Local Attractions
Poole Speedway

Fireworks on the Quay
Fireworks events take place throughout the summer on Poole Quay.

Bournemouth Theatres
Situated in the heart of Bournemouth, the venues host events from Rock & Pop Concerts to Opera.

Bournemouth Eye
See for miles as the Bournemouth Eye takes you up 500ft above Bournemouth.

Russel Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
There are plenty of art and culture exhibitions taking place and admission is free.

Cruise Ships
See more of the famous coastline and wildlife from the comfort of a chartered cruise.

Poole Theatre
The largest arts centre in the UK outside London with many attractions and performances.

Bournemouth and Poole Beaches
Our beaches are among the best in the world, and there's one within walking distance of the school.

Compton Acres
Beautiful historic gardens.

Discover life beneath the waves at the Oceanarium at Bournemouth Seafront.

for information on how to get to Bournemouth, please click the link below.

Taxi & Coach Transfers & How to get to Bournemouth

We understand that it can take time to adjust to life in a new place.  With that in mind, here's some useful information on life in the UK.

Please be very careful when crossing the road, don't forget that in England we drive on the left so LOOK RIGHT FIRST

Banks open at 9.30 am and close at 4.30 pm. All the major banks can be found in Westbourne. If you wish to open a bank account please ask at the reception for a letter and take it to the Santander Bank.

Bureau De Change
Money can be changed in most banks and the post office or on a Saturday between 9.00 – 17.00 at Thomas Cook Travel Agents, Richmond Hill, Bournemouth.

Most shops open from 9.00 – 17.30, Monday to Saturday.
Post Office: The main post office is in Westbourne and is open from 9.00 – 17.00 Monday to Friday and 9.00 – 12.00 Saturday.

Sim cards and top up vouchers can be purchased in the school.

Pubs are generally open from 11.00 – 24.00. Please remember that under 18's are not allowed to buy or drink alcohol.

There is a doctor's surgery in Westbourne or ask your family for the name of their doctors.

Book Shops
There is one bookshop in Westbourne, on Poole Road where you can purchase English dictionaries.

Local Bus Information
Buses run regularly from Westbourne to Parkstone, Poole and Bournemouth. If you wish to take the bus to school please ask for County Gates bus stop. Current prices are available and bus passes can be bought from the reception in Westbourne Academy. 

Unlimited Travel Bus Passes (Inner areas only) :
7 day - £16.50 
21 day - £43.00 


Bournemouth's Most Fashionable District

Westbourne is fast becoming one of Bournemouth's most interesting districts.  

With a wealth of varied restaurants and cafés (including two of The Guardian's top picks), pubs, a supermarket in a former church and shops packed with everything from second hand clothes to quirky gifts and antiques, it's not hard to see why.

See for yourself on Google Street View