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Arts culture and heritage (theme 3)

The creative business sector is well represented in Boscombe, complemented by our three Universities located in the BCP Council area.

Boscombe Creative Arts Festival (BEAF) and Boscombe Creative Alliance (BCA) are represented on the Bournemouth Towns Fund Board.

We have an abundance of cultural event space including the 02 Academy and Shelley Theatre. This together with the fantastic beach and Pier has the potential to attract more visitors and businesses.

Future projects 

We will develop projects which will put the ‘spa’ back into Boscombe, by strengthening the cultural, leisure and arts offer, improving the health and wellbeing of residents whilst building on our unique heritage.

Where we are now


Royal Arcade

We will preserve the character of the Royal Arcade, one of the finest Victorian shopping arcades in the south of England. The Grade Two listed building is an important Heritage Asset, our Jewl in the Crown, which people from Boscombe identify with.

We will restore the facade, and the ground floor will be carefully manages for local entrepreneurs to open shops and services. We will convert the upper floors for offices, skills and learning facilities.

Cultural Events Programme

A five-year events programme is planned to strengthen the cultural offer in Boscombe by working with existing local artists, and has the potential to address cultural deprivation and bring an enhanced economic economic activity and jobs.

The events programme will commence in Autumn 2022. There will be approximately four events a year in the town centre - either in the precinct area or in the Royal Arcade. Each event will be delivered by a local creative business or charity, complementing existing events in the area, including commissioning a number of art installations, some within the public realm. 

Completed projects include:

Mural of Boscombe Owl on Ashley Road 

BEAF were commissioned to curate a number of murals and the Boscombe Owl was completed in 2021.

Mural in Centenary Way underpass

A local artist from MBN arts recreated artwork from local school children to form a wildlife themed mural.

The Coastal BID

We provided funding to the Coastal BID to fund various improvements to the precinct, including new planters, festoon lighting and a digital projector for new artwork aimed at supporting the night time economy.