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Bournemouth GROUP. COACH. TRAVEL.

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01202 451734


Welcome to Bournemouth Stunningly situated in a sheltered bay in the picturesque county of Dorset, Bournemouth is the ideal base to discover the surrounding coast and countryside of Dorset all year round. With seven miles of beautiful beaches, award winning gardens, a wealth of attractions, activities and every kind of entertainment on hand, there is always something exciting for your groups to see and do.

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This edition of the Bournemouth Group & Coach Travel Guide includes an introduction to Bournemouth and the surrounding area, ideas on places to visit, hidden areas to explore and all the information you need to start planning your group break in Bournemouth. We look forward to welcoming you to Bournemouth.


Discover. Experience. Be Inspired. #lovebournemouth

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Here to help you... At Bournemouth Tourism, our friendly team is here to help you plan that perfect group visit to Bournemouth. We can provide you with ideas for itineraries and tours and help with finding the perfect accommodation for your group. We can also send beautiful images of Bournemouth and copy to help you prepare your group itinerary, brochure and website. For further details, please go to: bournemouth.co.uk/lovegroups or email: tourism.marketing@bournemouth.gov.uk On arrival to Bournemouth visit the award winning Tourist Information Centre (TIC) at Pier Approach on Bournemouth’s seafront. Bournemouth Tourist Information Centre

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Open seven days a week, you will enjoy a warm welcome from our friendly staff, who can help you with ideas to make the most of your group stay in Bournemouth, from booking a beach hut to providing information on things to see and do and places to eat. You’ll also find beautiful, locally sourced gifts on sale for the perfect present or reminder of your stay in Bournemouth.

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Bournemouth Tourist Information Centre Pier Approach, Bournemouth Dorset. BH2 5AA Tel: 01202 451734 bournemouth.co.uk/lovegroups Follow us on: Love Bournemouth bournemouth_official


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Contents Welcome to Bournemouth Here to help you Beautiful Beaches The Great Outdoors Hidden Bournemouth B-entertained Festivals & Events

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Out & About Accommodation Shopping by the Sea Dining in Style Enjoy our Coastal Villages Getting Here Map Coach Parking

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Disclaimer: Details correct at time of print. Please note details are subject to change and we advise you to check all details when finalising any arrangements. Bournemouth Tourism cannot accept responsibility for any errors, omission or changes.

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Beautiful

Beaches

Discover seven miles of beautiful beaches, offering stunning views of the Isle of Wight and the Purbeck coastline.

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From seafront family attractions, a historic museum house to outdoor activities, our coastline offers lots of exciting experiences for everyone in your group. With so much to choose from, here are just a few ideas to help you plan and enjoy your visit to the seaside… Hire a beach hut… The perfect way to spend the day on the beach and to enjoy the stunning coastline all year round. Choose from traditional beach huts or funky beach pods. To book your beach hut visit: bournemouthbeachhuts.co.uk or call 01202 451781. Dine with a view… Along the coastline pop into one of the inviting cafés or restaurants offering heart-warming breakfasts, great lunch stops, cream teas and fantastic evening dining options. Don’t forget to visit the Prom Café at Pier Approach for a delicious cake and a cup of tea with a view, or the American Prom Diner near Boscombe Pier.

Discover our coastline… Make the most of our stunning views from a trip on the famous land trains, which run along the promenade east towards Boscombe and west towards Alum Chine. Don’t forget you can also enjoy a bird’s eye view from our cliff lifts, situated alongside the zigzag pathways at West Cliff and Fisherman’s Walk at Southbourne. Two historic piers… Bournemouth Pier offers an indoor climbing and high wire centre, dining with panoramic views and a pier-to-shore zip ride, not forgetting a family amusement centre. Discover Boscombe Pier with its musical play trail and Britain’s first eco-friendly mini golf on a pier with golf balls that feed the fish! (Open every day in the summer and weekends only during winter months). For further information on our seafront, pop into the Tourist Information Centre at Pier Approach or visit: bournemouth.co.uk/beach 7


The Great

Outdoors

The beauty of the area and abundance of outdoor activities makes Bournemouth nature’s playground. Enjoy the scenery whilst keeping fit and healthy and don’t forget to post your photographs on Instagram to #lovebournemouth.

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Many of our hotels in Bournemouth welcome special interest groups and are equipped with facilities and advice to help you make the most of your stay. b Cycling… Offering some fantastic cycling routes for all levels and abilities, Bournemouth and the surrounding area is the perfect place to visit for a cycling holiday or to enjoy a day on two wheels.

tickets, your group can enjoy a game of golf at any time of year. b Watersports… Enjoy the 10 miles of stunning shoreline shared by Bournemouth and Poole. Choose from paddleboarding, sailing, surfing, kayaking, jet-skiing or even a relaxing boat cruise - all to be discovered on our ‘coast with the most’.

b Walking… Our seven-mile coastline offers perfect cliff top walks, shoreline strolls and flat promenades. Discover our wooded chines, parks, gardens, nature reserves and river banks.

b Photography… Whether you are a professional photographer or just want to capture our great views, wildlife or exciting experiences, Bournemouth has many great memory making photo opportunities.

b Golf… Bournemouth and the surrounding area offers fantastic golf courses in stunning coastal and rural settings. From ‘pay to play’ to season

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Hidden

Bournemouth

Bournemouth is just waiting for you and your group - discover our hidden treasures and unique experiences. Here are just a few ideas... Vintage Quarter

Visit Pokesdown between Boscombe and Southbourne, where you can discover an eclectic mix of vintage finds, art, bookshops, antique shops and quirky cafĂŠs.

Small Theatre Delights

The Shelley Theatre in Boscombe is a magical place to watch classic theatre productions, film screenings and a host of other events. In Bournemouth town centre head to the Pavilion Dance South West, for a programme of live performances and screenings in its 178 seat seafront theatre.

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Cultural Delights

Visit the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum described by many as a hidden treasure. Full of Victorian charm, it houses some of the most famous Pre-Raphaelite works as well as collections from around the world, gloriously displayed in its spectacular seaside setting. There is always something new that you didn’t spot the last time you visited! Visit changing exhibitions and take part in activities and workshops throughout the year.


Wildlife Surprises

Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve is a fascinating headland, home to diverse habitats with over 500 plant species, 300 types of bird and a superb variety of insects, reptiles and small mammals. Look out for skylarks, cuckoos, sand lizards and the natterjack toads!

History & Heritage

Join a guided tour to discover the area’s history and the tales and connections of famous residents and visitors to Bournemouth. Look out for the blue plaques dotted around the town linking the people of the past with the buildings of the present.

A Secret Garden?

Follow the paths from the Lower Gardens by the sea through the Central Gardens in the heart of town and this will guide you into the enchanting Upper Gardens. Enjoy the natural planting, meadow walks, lovely old folly, which is now home to bats, a number of pretty red bridges and a peaceful place to relax and rest. The gardens finish with ornamental rockeries at the quaint Coy Pond. Go to bournemouth.co.uk for more ideas and inspiration...

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Vintage Quarter - Pokesdown

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B-Entertained in Bournemouth

Bournemouth offers a host of fantastic entertainment, festivals and events with excellent hospitality and service to help keep you and your group happy and entertained all year round. With dance performances, vibrant art and cultural festivals, sporting challenges, a four day air festival, food

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and drink events, live music, comedy performances and much more‌ there’s so much going on in Bournemouth. Find out what’s happening, come and experience something new or just relax and B-entertained! Visit bournemouth.co.uk/whats-on and discover how much we have going on!


The Bournemouth International Centre by Bournemouth Pier and the beautiful vintage art deco Pavilion Theatre on Westover Road offers excellent performances and events all year round; from international pop and rock acts to dance performances, pantomimes, live comedy, West End musicals and touring shows. For more information, go to: bhlivetickets.co.uk. Group Booking Line (10+ persons) 01202 055561 or email groupsales@bhlive.org.uk Throughout Bournemouth you’ll find an eclectic mix of bars, clubs, cocktail lounges and live music venues to suit everyone. Enjoy our local pubs and ale houses, offering craft ale and traditional

fare with live entertainment. Bournemouth also has a range of cinemas, casinos, bingo halls and comedy venues. Our hotels in Bournemouth offer great dining experiences and your group can also enjoy comedy, dance, cabaret and tribute nights, as well as live bands and festive and themed break packages. Due to open in early 2017 in the town centre, is a five-level entertainment complex known as BH2, housing a 10-screen cinema together with restaurants, shops and bistros for visitors to enjoy all year round. 13


Bournemouth Air Festival

Bournemouth at Christmas

Bournemouth Friday Fireworks

Bournemouth Festival & Event

Highlights

Bournemouth is renowned for its packed programme of free festivals and events. The town is home to the famous Bournemouth Air Festival at the end of August, Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival in October and a host of family friendly events throughout the year set against the resort’s scenic coastal backdrop.

Bournemouth Air Festival

31 August - 3 September Bournemouth Seafront

Celebrating 10 fantastic years, the award-winning Air Festival offers four days and three nights of awesome entertainment on land, out at sea and in the air. From breath-taking air displays by the world’s greatest teams and pilots to on the ground entertainment, live music, night air flying and Royal Navy maritime action.

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Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival 14 - 21 October Bournemouth, various locations

The annual Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival is a rich mix of some of the best regional, national and international arts across dance, film, theatre, performance, visual arts, spoken word and music. The theme for 2017 focuses on environmental and ecological issues with a working title of “Plastic Beach”.

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Bournemouth at Christmas November - End of December Bournemouth, various locations

Full of atmosphere and festive cheer, with Christmas lights, Christmas trees, a Christmas market, animated figures, decorations and lots of festive fun for all.

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Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival

2017 at a Glance Bournemouth Bay Run 2 April Bournemouth Seafront Art Exhibition at Pine Walk May - September Bournemouth Lower Gardens Bournemouth 7s Festival 26 - 28 May Bournemouth Sports Club Bournemouth Bus Rally 2017 10 June Kings Park, Bournemouth Race for Life 11 June Bournemouth Seafront Bournemouth Jazz Festival 11 - 17 June Bournemouth, various locations

Bournemouth Air Festival

For a full listing of festivals and events in the area, please visit: bournemouth.co.uk or alternatively call 01202 451734

Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival 16 - 25 June Bournemouth, various locations Southbourne Shake & Stir 30 June - 2 July Southbourne Bourne Free Bournemouth’s Pride Festival 30 June - 2 July Bournemouth Triangle

Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim 16 July Bournemouth Seafront Candlelight Nights August (exact dates tbc) Bournemouth Lower Gardens Bournemouth Friday Fireworks 4, 11, 18 & 25 August Bournemouth Seafront Luna Cinema 18 - 20 August The Waterfront at Pier Approach Bournemouth Air Festival 31 August - 3 September Bournemouth Seafront Bournemouth Marathon Festival 7 & 8 October Bournemouth Seafront Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival 14 - 21 October Bournemouth, various locations Bournemouth at Christmas November & December Bournemouth, various locations Please note: all events and dates are provisional and subject to change

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Out & About Take time to explore and discover the surrounding area with its stunning coastline, charming countryside, picture-postcard villages, fantastic attractions, activities and a programme of year round festivals and events. Nestled between Bournemouth and the World Heritage Coast lies the historic town of Poole. Get out on the water and make a splash in Europe’s largest natural harbour and enjoy the stunning scenery. Discover fascinating maritime history and take a wander along the cobbles of the Old Town to Poole’s historic quayside. Look out for tall ships, fishing vessels and luxury powerboats! The ancient New Forest, created as the hunting ground of William the Conqueror, is ideal for cyclists, walkers and horse riders. Ponies, donkeys and cattle all roam freely through the area’s picturesque villages, including Burley and Brockenhurst.

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Wimborne is a quaint market town with a colourful town square overlooked by the impressive towers of 12th century Wimborne Minster. The town has a very lively three-day folk festival in early June. Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is a stunning World Heritage site, recording 185 million years of history in its rugged cliffs. Explore Durlston Head, Dancing Ledge, Lulworth Cove and don’t miss Durdle Door’s famous rock archway. A camera is a must! The small village of Studland on the Isle of Purbeck is known for its National Trust beach and nature reserve, home


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Agglestone Rock, Studland

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to all six of Britain’s native reptile species. Studland Bay, protected by Old Harry Rocks, has great views of the Isle of Wight and the area served as Enid Blyton’s inspiration for Toytown in the classic Noddy books. Just inside the Wiltshire border to the north is Salisbury, famous for its cathedral which boasts the tallest spire in the UK and the best preserved copy of the Magna Carta. Steeped in legend and folklore, the Salisbury area is also home to one of Britain’s most popular historic sites - Stonehenge. Corfe Castle is an iconic survivor of the English Civil War, with over 1,000 years of history packed in its dramatic ruins. Perched on a hill, the castle site has great Images Courtesy of: *Poole Tourism ** New Forest District Council *** Christchurch Tourism **** visit-dorset.com

panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and overlooks a delightful village constructed almost completely from local grey Purbeck limestone. From its medieval roots, Christchurch town still bustles with life like it first did many moons ago. Christchurch Priory and Christchurch Castle offer a fascinating step back to another time and stunning views of the harbour where the Avon and Stour rivers meet. Other adventures include hopping on a ferry to the Isle of Wight, walking from Portland to West Bay along 18 miles of shingle at Chesil Beach, visiting T. E. Lawrence’s (Lawrence of Arabia) cottage at Clouds Hill near Wareham, and seeing Shaftesbury’s iconic Gold Hill – the steep, cobbled street from the memorable Hovis advert. For further ideas and inspiration go to bournemouth.co.uk/explore-the-area 17


Accommodation

Bournemouth offers a range of great accommodation choices from beach-front hotels, national chains, family run guest accommodation to independent hotels, B&Bs and great self-catering options. Many of our hotels welcome groups and coaches, offering coach parking on site and providing specialist breaks and tailored packages. If you are looking for accommodation for your group, Bournemouth Tourism offers a free Group Hotel Accommodation Service. Either email

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or telephone the Tourist Information Centre, tell them your requirements and they will send out your enquiry to a number of hotels that welcome groups. They will then contact you directly about your stay. Tel: 01202 451734 Email: info@bournemouth.gov.uk


This guide features a selection of hotels that welcome groups. When contacting the establishment directly please mention the Bournemouth Group & Coach Travel Guide. Prices quoted are intended as a guideline only for 2017 and have been provided by the establishment and could be subject to change. Where no

AA or QIT hotel grading is included these properties are not part of these grading schemes. Please note, while details in this brochure are believed to be correct changes can and do occur so please confirm all information prior to booking. Bournemouth Tourism cannot accept any responsibility for errors, omissions or changes.

Facility Code Key A: Coach parking available on site B: Number of car parking spaces on site C: Number of ground floor bedrooms D: Number of en-suites E: Lift F: Licensed bar G: Leisure facilities (call for details) H: Conference suites available

I: Christmas and New Year packages J: Turkey and tinsel breaks K: Entertainment programme (call for details) L: Golf breaks M: Bowls breaks N: Themed breaks O: Creative breaks P: Dancing breaks Q: Stag and hen parties accepted

Area Key West Cliff & Central West

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TravelRest Bournemouth

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135 West Hill Road, Bournemouth BH2 5EG Tel: 01202 555889

31 Tregonwell Road, Bournemouth BH2 5NT Tel: 01202 554639 Fax: 01202 554639

TravelRest Bournemouth has 25 of the 45 bedrooms to the contemporary TravelRest bedroom standard. The remaining bedrooms are traditionally furnished rooms, all offering great value and some with views towards the sea and Bournemouth bay. The hotel is family friendly and offers many standard and large family rooms.

Newly refurbished, friendly, character hotel ideally situated in the town centre within a five minute walk to conference centre and beaches. We specialise in stag/hen groups, sports groups, school trips, college groups and overseas students. Up to 50/55 people. Licensed bar, outdoor terrace. Free Wi-Fi. Car park.

Price: Facilities: Email: Website:

Price: Facilities: Email: Website:

PPPN BB £29 - £139 B:20, D:45, F, L, M bournemouth.reservations@travelrest.co.uk travelrest.co.uk

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3 Russell Cotes Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AB Tel: 01202 552111 Fax: 01202 446645

9 Manor Road, Bournemouth BH1 3ET Tel: 01202 555409 Fax: 01202 299607

The family owned and operated Marsham Court Hotel has been welcoming groups to Bournemouth for over 30 years. Named the Large Hotel of the Year in the 2016 Bournemouth Tourism Awards, the hotel is known for its wide range of special interest breaks and holidays overlooking Bournemouth bay.

A traditional 52 bedroom family run hotel, set in its own grounds, with three car parks. Taking great pride in good home cooked English food with a modern touch. An indoor heated pool and sauna are on hand with warm friendly staff to look after you.

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Price: Facilities: Email: Website:

PPPN BB £25 - £56 HB £40 - £71 A, B:97, D:87, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P reservations@marshamcourthotel.co.uk marshamcourthotel.co.uk

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PPPN BB £29.95 - £55 HB £35 - £65 A, B:45, C:3, D:52, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q sales@hintonfirshotel.co.uk hintonfirshotel.co.uk


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East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth BH1 3AG Tel: 01202 298350 Fax: 01202 208620

Exeter Park Road, Bournemouth BH2 5AX Tel: 01202 554682 Fax: 01202 292637

Part of the Oceana Hotels Group, situated on the prestigious East Overcliff, a short walk from the beach and town centre. Dedicated Group Sales manager to assist with your booking. Full indoor leisure facilities; swimming pool, sauna, squash courts, day spa and evening entertainment. Conference and function rooms available to suit any event or party.

The award-winning Whitehall Hotel has a superb location with direct traffic-free access to the beach, entertainment and shops. Great for groups with 46 bedrooms (12 singles no supplement), traditional home cooking and spacious rooms for entertainment and meetings. Specialising in group holidays including bowls, bridge, golf, walking and turkey and tinsel.

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Price: Facilities: Email: Website:

PPPN BB £20 - £70 HB £30 - £90 A, B:75, C:15, D:114, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, P, Q groups@oceanahotels.co.uk oceanahotels.co.uk

Hotel Riviera by the Sea

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PPPN BB £32 - £56 HB £36 - £60 A, B:25, C:3, D:46, E, F, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O mail@thewhitehallhotel.co.uk thewhitehallhotel.co.uk

Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel

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West Cliff Gardens, Bournemouth BH2 5HL Tel: 01202 552845 Fax: 01202 317717

St Michael’s Road, West Cliff, Bournemouth BH2 5DU Tel: 01202 557702 Fax: 01202 293155

Warm friendly hotel with large groups welcome. Centrally located on favoured West Cliff within minutes walk to beaches, shops, Bournemouth International Centre and main amenities. Fabulous home cooked food, cream teas, pretty garden available in our picturesque location.

An iconic setting rich in history, the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel features sweeping views of Bournemouth’s seven miles of shimmering seas and golden sands. From the historic New Forest to the wonders of the Jurassic Coast, the hotel is conveniently located close to many areas of outstanding natural beauty and is perfect for exploring the treasures of the South Coast.

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Price: Facilities: Email: Website:

PPPN BB £51 - £70 DB&B £61 - £84 A, B:15, C:4, D:34, E, F, J, K, L, M info@hotelrivierabythesea.com hotelrivierabythesea.com

Pricing available on request A, B:80, C:10, D:160, E, F, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P mhrs.bohbm.ays@marriotthotels.com BournemouthHighcliffMarriott.co.uk

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Celebrating

10 Fantastic Years Four days and three nights of awesome entertainment on the ground, out at sea and in the air! More than just an air show... A Festival! bournemouthair.co.uk


Shopping

by the sea…

Whatever the time of year, Bournemouth offers a fabulous shopping experience just a few minutes from Bournemouth’s sandy beaches, beautiful parks and historic gardens. The town centre offers a mix of independent fashion boutiques, high street brands, well known department stores and home and beauty retailers. The pedestrianised shopping streets are centred around the Lower and Central Gardens with lots of side streets and arcades to discover and explore. Don’t forget to look up at some of the beautiful architecture above our shops and stores.

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Throughout the year the town centre welcomes local and international food festivals, summer events and activities. Make sure you visit us during the winter months to experience Christmas in Bournemouth and enjoy a truly festive break. Look out for our friendly Town Centre Rangers, in red uniforms, who are always keen to help with directions and local knowledge on what to eat, where to shop or upcoming events.


Dining in Style Bournemouth’s selection of cafés offer the perfect complement to your shopping experience, theatre trip or week by the sea. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely lunch with friends, haute cuisine at a high-end hotel, family friendly bistros, or a beachfront offering al fresco dining and beautiful sunsets, there really is something for everyone. Try foods from around the world or take the time to sample what the local area has to offer. Enjoy international cuisine from tastes of the Mediterranean and Mexican to Asian and Brazilian food the choice is endless in Bournemouth!

Alternatively, experience something closer to home with traditional Dorset cream teas - offering lashings of clotted cream and delicate finger sandwiches or fish and chips of course! The abundance of great eateries in Bournemouth allows you to sample some of Dorset’s local specialities and fresh seasonal produce. Don’t forget to try a slice of Dorset apple cake or our fresh fish and seafood, artisan pies, cheeses, ales, local confectionary and ice creams… the list is endless. 25


Enjoy our

Coastal Villages…

Bournemouth is surrounded by a selection of charming shopping and dining districts each with a unique identity of its own. Known affectionately as ‘coastal villages’, pop into Southbourne, Boscombe or Westbourne during your stay for a taste of local life by the sea.

Southbourne offers a pretty coastal high street with bistros, coffee shops and independent retailers, as well as food, health, gift and craft shops, all within easy reach of Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve. Boscombe bustles with a selection of independent stores, cafés and Bournemouth’s only regular open-air market (on Thursdays and Saturdays). Visit Pokesdown, between Boscombe Southbourne

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and Southbourne, famous for its eclectic mix of vintage finds, art and antique shops and quirky cafés. Westbourne offers a unique shopping experience with its beauty and hair salons, art galleries, delicatessens and independent shops and boutiques. You’ll also find an extensive range of cafés and restaurants for the perfect dining experience. Don’t forget to visit the tranquil Tropical Gardens in Alum Chine. Alum Chine Tropical Gardens

Boscombe Market


Getting Here

Train and Coach

Arrive at Bournemouth Station by train or coach and either take a local taxi, bus or leisurely stroll into the town centre (approximately 20 minutes). If you need help or require information on Bournemouth, drop into the ‘Transport Information Office’ located next to the National Express Office opposite the train station near Asda.

Car

With good motorway and ‘A’ road links, arriving in Bournemouth by car is simple. You have a choice of pay and display car parks throughout the town and along the seven-mile coastline. Visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/parking

Plane

Bournemouth Airport is only seven miles from Bournemouth Town Centre. Travel options include local taxis or a scheduled airport bus service.

Getting About

Once in Bournemouth there are plenty of different ways to travel around the area. Local buses, land trains along the beach, walking, taxis, guided tours, cycle routes and sea trips along the coastline will help you discover the resort and beautiful surrounding area at your leisure. Visit: bournemouth.co.uk/travel for more maps and detailed information.

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On arrival in Bournemouth make your first stop the Tourist Information Centre. The highly trained, dedicated team of staff are on hand to help you make the most of your visit. Pick up your free Town Centre map, and information on what to do and see, eating out, day trips and events. Bournemouth Tourist Information Centre Pier Approach, Bournemouth, Dorset. BH2 5AA 01202 451734 info@bournemouth.gov.uk 27


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Situated on the South Coast of England in the picturesque county of Dorset, Bournemouth is an award-winning town. With seven miles of beautiful beaches, 2000 acres of parks and gardens and a host of festivals and events throughout the year, there is always something to do.

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Alum Chine & Westbourne At Alum Chine, discover Green Flag Tropical Gardens, amenities, golden sand and glistening sea. The quaint coastal village of Westbourne offers a range of exclusive shops, charming boutiques, coffee houses and restaurants.

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All locations are approximate

West Cliff & Central West Here you’ll find easy access to Bournemouth’s town centre shops, restaurants, bars, theatres and the Bournemouth International Centre. A short stroll away you’ll find stunning beaches, award-winning gardens, and the impressive pier.


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East Cliff & Central East Bournemouth’s East Cliff boasts the historic RussellCotes Art Gallery & Museum overlooking the bay. For those keen to explore: rail, coach and bus facilities are located in Central East - a perfect base for travelling in and around Dorset.

Boscombe Boscombe bustles with a selection of independent stores, cafés, restaurants and Bournemouth’s only regular open air market (Thursdays & Saturdays). Enjoy the land and sea activities on Boscombe beach and visit the beautiful Chine Gardens.

Southbourne Southbourne offers a relaxing retreat with quiet, spacious beaches and unspoilt, natural countryside and bay views. Visit Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre and learn about the archaeology and geology of the area.

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Coach Parking Bournemouth

Queens Road Car / Coach Park (BH2 6BE) This is a small car / coach park situated just off the A338 Wessex Way, approximately ¾ of a mile from the town centre. Nearest toilet: 10 minute walk away. Close to bus routes to town centre. Kings Park Car / Coach Park (BH7 7AF) Adjacent to Bournemouth Football Ground, Dean Park, Boscombe. Approximately two miles from the town centre. Please refer to the tariff boards for current charges.

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Bournemouth Rail and Coach Station (BH8 8DN)

Situated just off the A338 Wessex Way. Off-street loading and unloading bays for visiting coaches. Staffed daily including weekends and public holidays 8am 5pm. Accommodates up to three visiting coaches at any one time. Prior notice is always welcome especially if bringing more than one coach. Short stay (up to 45 mins) £3.00 over 45 mins and up to 24hrs £5.00 paid in cash by casual users - account facilities are available for frequent users.


Facilities include on-site café, toilets during usual working hours, taxi rank, train station, buses to town centre; ASDA superstore includes a McDonald’s restaurant. The nearby petrol station is open 24 hours and has a mini market. For more information please telephone Steve or Moses the resident managers on 01202 317581. Long stay coach parking is available at Kings Park or Queens Road. Coach Drop Off Points for... Bournemouth Centre Maximum stay: 15 minutes. Toilet facilities available in the Lower Gardens and at Bournemouth Pier. Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) Located in the bus lay-by opposite the BIC. Less than five minutes walk to the shops, seafront and pier. Exeter Road Extension Bus lay-by and taxi rank near the BIC. Less than five minutes walk to the shops, seafront and pier. Westover Road Outside the Pavilion Theatre on Westover Road. Less than a five minute walk to the shops, seafront and pier.

Further Information T: 01202 454721, (01202 451268 24hr answer phone) E: parkingshop@bournemouth.gov.uk W: bournemouth.gov.uk/parking

New vehicle wash facility for visiting coaches Excelsior Coaches at the following address: Excelsior Coaches Ltd, Central Business Park, Bournemouth, BH1 3SJ are offering the following facilities for visiting coaches: Use of vehicle wash (if available) £15 available during office hours 09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00 - 12:00 on Saturdays. Use of toilet drop £10 available during office hours 09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00 - 12:00 on Saturdays. There is a discount price of £20 for using the wash and toilet drop in the same visit. All visits must be phoned in advance to the Traffic Office on 01202 652222. Payment in advance via debit or credit card. 31


“A must-see, even on the sunniest day in Bournemouth” The Guardian Travel

Visit the historic house, garden and café Discover the Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite treasures of Bournemouth Enjoy the spectacular cliff-top views Special group price of £5 each for pre-booked parties of 9 or more

Open 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday

Tel: 01202 451858

russellcotes.com EAST CLIFF BOURNEMOUTH BH1 3AA

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Bournemouth Group and Coach Travel Guide 2017  

The Bournemouth Group and Coach Travel Guide includes ideas and inspiration for activities, things to see and do and all the information you...

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