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Bournemouth Attractions

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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:

Reading FC 2011/12

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

Semi-State Rooms

Opening times:
Daily 9.45am-4.15pm Sep 2012 - Feb 2013 (annual)

The Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle © The Dean & Canons of Windsor
Changing of the Guard

Opening times:
Apr-July Mon-Sat 11am; Aug-Mar 11am alternate days and excluding Sundays; please visit the castle's website for full details Jan - Dec 2013 (annual)

Newport Gwent Dragons. Courtesy of Rodney Parade Ltd
Newport Gwent Dragons Rugby Season - Magners League

Opening times:
Sep 2012 - May 2013 (annual)

Cardiff Blues Rugby Season - Magners League

Opening times:
Sep 2012 - Apr 2013 (annual)

What's on in Bournemouth:

Rallye Sunseeker National Car Rally
Rallye Sunseeker National Car Rally

Dates Open:
24/02/2015 to 24/02/2015

Athelhampton House and Gardens

Dates Open:
01/11/2014 to 01/03/2015
01/11/2015 to 29/02/2016
01/03/2015 to 31/10/2015

The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum, Salisbury. Courtesy of The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum
The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum

Dates Open:
01/11/2015 to 30/11/2015
01/02/2015 to 28/02/2015
01/04/2015 to 31/10/2015

Artists' Market

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

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