Southbourne offers all the usual amenities including good schools, a large recreation ground, a medical centre, and two supermarkets. The vibrant High Street has a butchers shop, deli, patisserie, wine shop and many other thriving shops and businesses. Local places to eat and drink include the Ludo Lounge, the Dicky’s Bar & Brasserie, Makla and various other restaurants, cafés and bars along the High Street.

There is range of local organisations around Southbourne, offering varied clubs and activities such as Christchurch beach sports club, Southbourne Tennis Club, Christchurch Golf Club and plenty of hobby clubs to join.

Southbourne is a superb location to experience a variety of contrasting landscapes, and close by is Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve, Mudeford Quay, Stanpit Marshes, Steamer Point Woodland Nature Reserve.