A famous retreat enjoyed by millions

We're passionate about Bournemouth, and it's surrounding area. It's provided a much-loved retreat for many ever since Captain Lewis Tregonwell first built his luxury country estate at the mouth of the Bourne Stream in 1812. Today, that 8½ acre estate forms the entire town centre of Bournemouth, and his house is part of the Royal Exeter Hotel. 

It's picturesque beaches, immaculate countryside, mysterious forests and buzzing town centres, are perfect for adventuring and discovering new things.

Lots of famous faces have visited and lived in Bournemouth including J. R. R. Tolkein, and Mary Shelley who is buried here.

New forest
Places to go

New Forest

Our local National Park - the New Forest has a long history, being first created by William the Conqueror in 1079 as his royal hunting ground. Nowadays it's a haven for wildlife, home to over 260 animals representing 40 species both native and from other parts of the world. 

In summer, it's also the go-to place for events like food festivals, country shows, live music and local food markets. 

Longham lakes
Places to go

Longham Lakes

Longham Lakes are our man-made bank-side water storage on the River Stour. But whilst being vital to the resilience of Bournemouth's water supply, they are also home to over 140 bird species, and one of Dorset's great coarse fisheries. A relaxing place for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages!

More about Longham Lakes
River Avon
Place to go

River Avon

The Avon is thought to contain more species of fish than any other river in Britain! It's a river of huge environmental significance because of it's geology, and one we're working hard to protect. Enjoy relaxing walks along its banks, or get closer to the water by hiring a boat. 

New milton water tower peregrine falcon
Places to go

New Milton

A lively country town full of history, New Milton is on the edge of the New Forest and a favourite spot for our employees - its water tower is home to a breeding pair of peregrine falcons! They enjoy roaming the skies above New Milton and are regularly spotted by locals.

About the falcons
lower garden bournemouth
Places to go

Lower gardens

Right in the middle of Bournemouth, connecting the town centre with the beach, the Bournemouth Gardens offer a beautiful retreat from the hubbub of town life. There's plenty to do - grab some food, play mini golf, or just lounge on the pristine lawns. The source of the Bourne Stream that winds its way through the gardens is found at our water treatment works at Alderney.

Peregrine falcons take flight at our New Milton water tower

Since 2017, the New Milton water tower has become a home for nesting peregrine falcons.

Peregrine falcons take flight at our New Milton water tower image

Every Drip, Every Drop – together we can save water

It’s easy to take water for granted, but this precious resource is increasingly under threat. That’s why we’re asking everyone to use water carefully. And we promise to do our bit too.

Every Drip, Every Drop – together we can save water image