Friday, 28 August 2015

Bournemouth's Hidden Gems

What are you up to this bank holiday weekend? I'm heading back to Bournemouth for Chloe's much anticipated hen party and thought I'd share some of my hidden gems of my beautiful home town in conjunction with Travelodge*.

Bournemouth Colosseum

Bournemouth Colosseum is a beautiful 19 seat cinema set in the basement of a cute bar/cafe in Westbourne. You bring your own movie & your friends and snuggle up in the plush seats with a drink and a blanket. Perfection. 

They also have their own listings complete with classics such as a Streetcar named Desire and the Green Mile and more recent releases including The Book Thief.

If I was having a hen party, I would totally hire this for a viewing of Breakfast at Tiffany's with the girls. 

Branksome Beach restaurant

Take a windswept stroll up from Bournemouth pier one morning and enjoy breakfast with the most beautiful view.

We did this last Easter and were not disappointed at all. The breakfast itself was lovely, with a really yummy vegetarian option (mmm haloumi for breakfast), staff were polite and it was made all the better by being right on one of the best beaches in the world.

Bournemouth Pier

Ok, I really don't know if this counts as a "hidden gem" because.. well.. it's not exactly hidden. But I have the fondest memories of summer evening walks along the beach ending with a swing on the chairoplanes or ride on the carousel with my sisters. 

You're also within walking distance of the town centre or gardens or can pop in to the oceanarium if the famous Bournemouth weather hasn't quite made a show!

There is also "PierZip" the first zipwire from pier to beach which I haven't had a chance to try out yet but if I do.. I'll be sure to let you know!! 

Camden Bar

Ok, so I'm a bit biased because a friend of my sisters (and stepbrothers) own Camden but whenever I pop back to Bournemouth I try and sneak a visit to Camden in whether that be for drinks, breakfast or lunch. 

It helps that the staff are really lovely, and some of them are old school friends but the food is always great and the atmosphere is brilliant. They also opened Camden , Westbourne last year which I'm hoping to get the chance to visit this weekend.

& finally.. a little further afield: Honeybrook Farm

Honeybrook is a gorgeous working farm set just on the skirts of Wimborne town centre .. so not too rural if you're more of a country person. You pay per car which I'm told is an advantage for groups/large families. 

I visited two years ago with my goddaughters and we had a lovely time seeing the animals and playing on the park. Highly recommended. 

If you are planning a visit to Bournemouth anytime soon, check out my Hidden Gems and check out Travelodge for your accommodation. 

*I was reimbursed by Travelodge for this post. 

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