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16 Gervis Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3EQ

Ratings & Awards

3 stars Hotels that are inspected by the AA for their level of service and facilities are reflected in the number of stars awarded.
Gold CSR award from Green Tourism.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free Internet
  • Charged parking onsite (70 spaces)
  • Indoor Pool
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • WIFI
  • Lift
  • 24hr service
  • Hotel And Bedrooms All Completely Non Smoking

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08445 76 76 76
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near the BEST WESTERN Hotel Royale, Bournemouth


Vibes is Bristol's biggest gay venue, with a capacity for 500 clubbers. The fun takes place on two dance floors and there are plenty of comfy sofas to chill out on.

Available : Mon, Tue, Fri, and Sat only

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

Bournemouth's Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum offers visitors the chance to enjoy a variety of exhibitions and activities in grand surroundings.

Available : Daily; not Mon

Dorset Cruises

View local landmarks aboard a Dorset Cruise, departing from Bournemouth Pier. Bay tours take in the famous Chines (deep narrow ravines cut into the cliffs) and the rugged Jurassic Coast. Other excursions stop off at the unspoilt Brownsea Island.

Available : Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)

Bournemouth Surf School

Bournemouth Surf School offers a selection of courses to suit all levels and requirements; from complete beginners to experts. Whatever your capability, you could be riding the waves within an hour, with Bournemouth's rugged cliffs as a backdrop.

Available : Daily


Bournemouth's waterfront aquarium, Oceanarium, explores the world's marine ecosystems, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Great Barrier Reef. Touch-screen games, feeding demonstrations and a walk-through underwater tunnel bring visitors closer to exotic species like snake-necked turtles and ripsaw catfish.

Available :

Bournemouth Balloon

The Bournemouth Balloon - a tethered helium balloon - rises 500 feet above the town. It offers panoramic views over the golden coastline of Poole Harbour, the Isle of Wight and the rolling greenery of the New Forest to the north.

Available : Apr - Sep 2013 (annual)

Rallye Sunseeker National Car Rally

Drawing 10,000 spectators every year, the Rallye Sunseeker sees cars hurtle through the streets of Bournemouth along a seafront course. The best vantage point is at Pier Approach, but packages bundling food and tickets to the Motorfair are also available.

Available : Feb 2013 (annual)

Bournemouth Bay Run

The annual Bournemouth Bay Run is Dorset's premier half marathon (13 miles/20.8km). The race attracts over 1000 competitors each year, starting and finishing on the seafront. This is the perfect chance to motivate yourself, family and friends to get fit.

Available : Apr 2013 (annual)

Bournemouth Air Festival

Begun in 2009, the Bournemouth Air Festival is already regarded as the largest event of its kind. Taking place over the bay between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers, it features spectacular air displays and plenty of free family entertainment.

Available : Aug 2013 (annual)

Bournemouth Carnival Week

Bournemouth Carnival Week, originally known as Bournemouth Regatta Week, has been running since the late 1800s. Activities take place on the beach, in the Pier precinct and the Pleasure Gardens, with contests and competitions for all.

Available : 29 July to 4 August 2013 with the procession on Sunday 4 August.

Bourne Free Pride Festival

Bournemouth's Gay Pride Festival takes the town over for three days in July. There's special tribute acts, parade through Bournemouth's streets, family activities, live shows and an outdoor street party in the Triangle with entertainment and an outdoor bar.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

Pier to Pier Swim

Scores of red-capped swimmers take to the sea each summer to swim the 1.4 miles between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers. Arranged by the British Heart Foundation, participants must register beforehand, and there's an early swim for youngsters too.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

Bournemouth International Triathlon

The annual Bournemouth International Triathlon is not for the faint-hearted. This seriously sporty event at Bournemouth's Peir Approach comprises a 1500m sea swim, 40K bike ride and a 10K run.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

UK Dance Open Championships

Featuring Latin and ballroom dancing, the UK Dance Open Championships take place at the Bournemouth International Centre. Fans and dance novices alike should expect professional- and amateur-standard competitions, including the Rising Star contest.

Available : Jan 2014 (annual)

Bournemouth Christmas Market

The Bournemouth Christmas Market sees a continental Christmas strike the Dorset coast, with a Germanic mix of stands and food outlets. Bournemouth Square is transformed into a winter wonderland with a host of activities.

Available : Nov 2013 - Jan 2014 (annual)

Christmas Lights Switch On

Bournemouth Square kicks off the festive season with the annual "Christmas Switch On" of lights in the town centre. Entertainment is provided by Heart FM and the occasion marks the official start of the town's Christmas shopping season.

Available : Nov 2013 (annual)

Opera House

Boscombe's Opera House is the epitome of diversity, comprising a theatre, concert hall, comedy café and nightclub in one pretty package. Come for gigs from the NME's latest poster boys, jazz and soul concerts or drum & bass club nights.

Available : Daily

Bournemouth Firework Display

The Bournemouth Firework Display at Littledown Centre includes the family display, suitable for younger children, a rainbow display, the loud-banging white knuckle display, and an indoor family zone with a free kids disco.

Available : Nov 2013 (annual)

Castlepoint Shopping Centre

Bournemouth's Castlepoint Shopping Centre has become a major new trading centre since opening in 2003 and offers a wide range of major retail names including Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's, WH Smith and Boots.

Available : Daily

British Beach Polo Championships

The British Beach Polo Championships returns to the beaches of Sandbanks, Poole along with the world's greatest polo players. Two days of exciting arena polo are dovetailed by glamorous, star-studded evening parties and fashion shows.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

Summer Breeze on the Beach

In the same vein as its sister event, Summer Breeze on the Quay, Summer Breeze on the Beach presents a host of free entertainment at Sandbanks Beach every Thursday during the month of August. Each evening ends with a fireworks display.

Available : Aug - Sep 2013; Thu only (annual)

Animal Windfest

The south's largest free water-sports festival returns once again to Sandbanks beach in Poole. Expect the biggest names and the biggest games in action sports to combine for a fun-filled family day which promotes water- and beach-based activities.

Available : Sep 2013 (annual)

Compton Acres

The ten acres of gardens at Compton Acres sit in splendour, with an impressive view of Poole Harbour. They are the brainchild of Thomas William Simpson, who had a vision of creating a garden made up of separate areas, each illustrating a particular style from around the world.

Available : Daily

Bournemouth Sevens International Rugby, Netball & Music Festival

The Bournemouth Sports Club welcomes nearly 200 teams to compete at the annual Bournemouth Sevens rugby tournament. Twenty thousand spectators over the weekend enjoy a mix of sport and family entertainment, including parachute displays and celebrity appearances.

Available : Jun 2013 (annual)

Grand Firework Display

The seaside town of Poole celebrates Guy Fawkes night with an impressive pyrotechnic display over the waters of the Quay. Live bands and street entertainers keep the crowd amused before the grand firework finale.

Available : Nov 2013 (annual)

Waterfront Museum

Poole's Waterfront Museum traces 2000 years of the town's history. Permanent displays include a typical street scene, details of the Roman occupation, trade with Newfoundland, Poole Pottery, ship models and the Studland Bay Wreck.

Available : Daily

Swanage Regatta and Carnival

Swanage springs to life during the eight-day summer regatta and carnival, as thousands descend on the town to have fun in and around the sea. Several charities benefit from the event and the highlight is the Grand Carnival Procession.

Available : Jul - Aug 2013 (annual)

Swanage Jazz Festival

The Swanage Jazz Festival is a well-established event that presents performances at festival marquees in Sandpit Fields and other venues around town. The event features New Orleans, Dixieland, swing, bebop, post bop, contemporary and fusion jazz.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

Gaunts House Summer Gathering

Be at one with yourself, others and Mother Earth in Dorset this August, as the Summer Gathering returns to Gaunts House. Over 120 workshops cover topics from tantra to crystal healing and crop circles, led by respected names in the "alternative" field.

Available : Aug 2013 (annual)

The Needles Park

The Needles Park is an amusement complex based around the famous chalk stacks that lie off the southern Isle of Wight coast. Take in aerial views of The Needles on a chairlift ride or get closer on a boat trip.

Available : Daily

St Barbe Museum

St Barbe Museum in Lymington tells the special story of the coastal strip between the New Forest and The Solent, with its fascinating past and present. The area has seen a thriving salt industry as well as smugglers landing their illegal cargos and has a long tradition of innovative boat building. The museum's aim is to capture the unique flavour of life in the district and to bring first-class art exhibitions into the town.

Available : Daily; not Sun

New Forest and Hampshire County Show

The long-standing New Forest and Hampshire County Show, held at the showground in Brockenhurst, showcases traditional country pursuits, new agricultural innovations and demonstrations. Spectators can enjoy a range of equestrian classes and livestock competitions.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

New Forest Marathon

Scores of fit people descend on New Milton for this annual marathon and half-marathon, which follows a course through the stunning New Forest. The organisers claim it is one of the most beautiful runs in the UK.

Available : Sep 2008 (annual)

Fireworks Spectacular at Beaulieu

One of the Southeast's biggest displays, Beaulieu's Fright Night Fireworks is an explosive night's entertainment. It's set to a spine-chilling theme, but you may feel equally terrified by the performance of the opening tribute act...

Available : Oct 2013 (annual)

Beaulieu International Autojumble

Thousands of visitors head to the popular Beaulieu International Autojumble each year. The two-day event claims to be the biggest outdoor sale of European car and motorcycle items in the country, and attracts the sort of people who take cars very seriously.

Available : Sep 2013 (annual)

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival is the little sister festival of Bestival and takes place at Lulworth Castle near to the Dorset coast. With an emphasis on family fun and fantastic camping, the event presents an eclectic musical line-up.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

Great Dorset Steam Fair

The Great Dorset Steam Fair takes place on 650 acres in Tarrant Hinton and attracts up to 200,000 visitors each year. Attractions include steam engine exhibits, a music festival, heavy Shire horses and even a few white-knuckle rides.

Available : Aug - Sep 2013 (annual)

End of the Road Festival

The small but perfectly formed End of the Road Festival returns to the delightful setting of the Larmer Tree Gardens in Cranborne Chase. Topping the bill this year are Modest Mouse, Yo La Tengo and Wilco.

Available : Aug - Sep 2013 (annual)

Beaulieu - Abbey, Palace and National Motor Museum

The beautiful Abbey of Beaulieu is situated at the heart of the New Forest and was founded back in 1204 by a grant from King John to an Order of Cistercian monks. It grew to wield huge power and influence until Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538. Today, it is open to the public, along with Beaulieu's Palace House and Gardens and the renowned National Motor Museum.

Available : Daily

Mompesson House

Built in 1701 for Charles Mompesson, Mompesson House is an architectural gem near Salisbury's cathedral. A splendid example of Queen Anne architecture, it contains exquisite plasterwork, an original oak staircase and a collection of Turnbull 18th-century drinking glasses.

Available : Mar - Oct 2013; not Thu or Fri (annual)

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