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Bournemouth Town Hall

A stay in a Bournemouth hotel is about sandcastling with the kids, inhaling the pine scent from the acres of floral gardens or splashing in the blue coastal waters.

Historic Bournemouth

Bournemouth has been around only since the early 1800s but has accrued history by the barrel. Frankenstein author Mary Shelley is buried in St Peter’s Church; Robert Louis Stevenson dreamt up Jekyll and Hyde from his West Cliff house and Hardy sent Tess to Bournemouth-inspired Sandbourne with nasty Alec. Stroll down Invalids’ Walk lined with pine trees grown to shelter the seaward walk from the city’s first holiday villas.

Art and museums in Bournemouth

Head from your Bournemouth hotel to the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum on East Cliff Parade, which is stuffed with oriental souvenirs collected by a globetrotting Victorian family. Twiddle some knobs at the Bournemouth Aviation Museum where you can virtually take off in a light aircraft.

Quirky things to do in Bournemouth

The Bournemouth Eye whisks you 500 feet above seven miles of Jurassic coastline in a hot-air balloon. Back on terra firma, the Oceanarium re-creates life along the Ganges River.

Events in Bournemouth

The free Bournemouth Air Festival in August, with displays from Kitty Hawks, Mustangs and Spitfires, attracts more than a million people to the beach. Bourne Free Pride Festival celebrates gay life each July with a parade, fireworks and a jazz night.

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Attractions in Bournemouth:

Athelhampton House and Gardens

Opening times:
Nov 2012 - Mar 2013; Sun only (various dates)

Dyrham Park. Courtesy of The National Trust
Dyrham Park

Opening times:
Admission times vary throughout the year. Please check venue website for current times. Feb - Oct 2013; not Wed or Thu (various dates)

Reading FC 2011/12

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Basildon Park. Courtesy of the National Trust
Basildon Park

Opening times:
Mar-Oct: Mon & Wed-Sun 11am-5pm; Dec 11am-4pm Feb - Dec 2013; not Tue (annual)

Enjoying a walk in Beale Park. Photo courtesy of Beale Park
Beale Park

Opening times:
Daily 10am-5pm (until 6pm in high season) Feb - Nov 2013 (annual)

What's on in Bournemouth:

Fitness First Bournemouth Bay Run
Bournemouth Bay Run

Dates Open:
01/04/2015 to 01/04/2015

Artists' Market

Dates Open:
01/08/2015 to 01/08/2015
04/04/2015 to 04/04/2015
18/07/2015 to 18/07/2015
21/03/2015 to 21/03/2015
06/02/2016 to 06/02/2016
19/09/2015 to 19/09/2015
16/05/2015 to 16/05/2015
07/03/2015 to 07/03/2015
07/11/2015 to 07/11/2015
16/01/2016 to 16/01/2016
05/09/2015 to 05/09/2015
02/01/2016 to 02/01/2016
05/12/2015 to 05/12/2015
20/06/2015 to 20/06/2015
04/07/2015 to 04/07/2015
21/11/2015 to 21/11/2015
06/06/2015 to 06/06/2015
19/12/2015 to 19/12/2015
15/08/2015 to 15/08/2015
02/05/2015 to 02/05/2015
18/04/2015 to 18/04/2015
17/10/2015 to 17/10/2015
03/10/2015 to 03/10/2015

Die Fledermaus, still life image by David Massey
Welsh National Opera Spring Tour

Dates Open:
25/03/2015 to 28/03/2015

Westgate Museum

Dates Open:
01/02/2016 to 30/03/2016
01/04/2015 to 31/10/2015
01/02/2015 to 31/03/2015

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