Bournemouth is a large coastal town in Dorset. Situated in the South-West of England, it has a population of over 168,000 people. Bournemouth has over 7 miles of sandy beaches for residents to enjoy and is also a popular tourist destination and commercial centre.
Bournemouth lies east of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site which has uncovered the history of the Jurassic period through the wealth of fossils that form part of this 95 mile stretch of coastline.
Bournemouth has a strong literary heritage; it is heavily featured in the novels of Thomas Hardy, as he makes reference to the alias fictional location of Sandbourne in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure and the Well Beloved, amongst others. Bournemouth is also the last resting place of author Mary Shelley, as well as being the home of famous writer J.R.R Tolkien, in his retirement.
Bournemouth has a large student population owing to the popularity of Bournemouth University. The town centre is known as for its vibrant and popular nightlife, which boasts a varied selection of bars, clubs and restaurants.
Bournemouth also has to offer a wide range of other leisure activities including museums, a large retail centre, a theatre and an award winning public park, Central Gardens.
Tourism in Bournemouth is key to employment within the town, and a large number of jobs in Bournemouth can be found in the service sectors. Bournemouth also has a strong financial sector, with Nationwide, Lloyds TSB and Liverpool Victoria all providing employment opportunities within the town. Bournemouth has its own airport and maintains good transport links with the rest of the UK by road and rail.