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5 Places to Enjoy the Sunshine This Easter Weekend



We’ve had a real mixed bag of weather recently, but things look like they’re on the up with Bournemouth expected to be facing temperature highs of 20°C this weekend…

Here in Bournemouth, we love our award-winning beaches and natural seaside spaces. And with this Easter weekend shaping up to be one of the warmest yet, we thought we’d share with you our favourite spots to make the most of the sunshine.

Bournemouth Beach

The pride of our town. Bournemouth’s award-winning 96 miles of glorious white sand is the ideal seaside spot for anyone looking to bask in the sun. Whether visiting the pier, swimming in the sea or simply just catching the rays, the seafront is the perfect location for the Easter weekend.

Humans of Bournemouth Tip: The sunset at Bournemouth beach can be really special. Why not visit in the evening for a last-light barbecue? Do ensure that you read the beach guidelines beforehand, here.

Hengistbury Head

Hengistbury Head is a locals’ favourite. With a combination of grassland, sand and sea, the spot is recognised as a site of conservational importance. The perfect location for anyone interested in the natural importance of Bournemouth. The Hengistbury Head visitor centre will also be running an Easter trail this Saturday and Sunday. You can find more information about this event, here.

Humans of Bournemouth Tip: The sights from Hengistbury Head are simply phenomenal. To get the best views, hike up Warren Hill and look out over Christchurch and Poole Bay.

Studland Beach and Shell Bay

Studland beach is an ideal spot to relax and look out over Bournemouth and Poole on the other side of Shell Bay. The location is a naturist beach, protected by the National Trust to ensure that its beauty is preserved. Make sure you check out the incredible views out over Brownsea Island. The Michelin-listed Shell Bay Seafood Restaurant is a short walk from the water’s edge and offers a simply sublime angle of this view.

Humans of Bournemouth Tip: Thinking of travelling to Studland? Save yourself a car journey and check out the ferry times from Sandbanks, here.

Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island, a short way off Poole Harbour, is a family favourite. There’s plenty to keep both children and adults entertained. The spot is a natural vista, with woodland, water and a lagoon to explore, you may even find one of the island’s ornamental population of peacocks. For any avid nature enthusiast or walker, this may just be the perfect place for you.

Humans of Bournemouth Tip: Be sure to arrive during the day this Easter weekend to take part in the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. A perfect opportunity to get out and about with the whole family. You can find out more about this event, here.

Durdle Door

Further from Bournemouth than the rest of this list, Lulworth’s Durdle Door is about as serene as Dorset gets. This sublime cove is nationally renown as one of Dorset’s most iconic landmarks. This is one of our favourite spots to relax in the sun and is a great location for any budding photographers looking to capture the very best of Dorset’s coastline. Perfect for anyone looking to unwind this Easter weekend.

Humans of Bournemouth Tip: Given the location of Durdle Door, restaurants and cafés are limited. We recommend you bring food and drink with you to ensure a full beach day.

Have we missed your favourite spot off this list? Let us know in the comments below and tell us how you’ll be spending your Easter weekend.

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Bournemouth Repair Café Fighting Throwaway Culture



Images by Dominic Hughes and supplied by Transition Bournemouth

Ahead of the return of Bournemouth Repair Café on Saturday 20th July, I met project lead, Jennie Allen, to find out more about their mission.

Bournemouth repair café is a cog in an international movement of repair cafes striving to resist throwaway culture. Originating from Amsterdam, repair cafes are free meeting places with a base of skilled volunteers, encouraging members of the public to bring in damaged goods for repair. From electricals and textiles to jewellery and furniture, the repair café has you covered.

The Bournemouth repair café is a product of Transition Bournemouth – a local community initiative reducing the impacts of peak oil and climate change. The movement is founded on the belief that working together as communities is where real change takes place, as opposed to individual efforts or waiting for the government to act on issues of concern.


Repairs are often simpler than expected


Project lead Jennie Allen, said:

“The goal is to reduce landfill waste whilst encouraging communities to share at the same time…”

Sharing comes in a variety of forms, including skill sharing, tool sharing and idea sharing. A key objective of the repair café is to pass on knowledge. For instance, those coming in with broken iPhones should leave with the skills to fix them.

“It relates to the idea of a circular economy. People always say ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, but there is a fourth art as well. ‘Repair’ – one that people don’t do as they used to, because of throwaway culture”

A recent study found that one product successfully repaired at a repair café can prevent up to 24 kilos of carbon dioxide emissions. The study echoes the general message implicit in the repair café movement – that the significant barrier to repair is the general public’s lack of necessary skills, rather than irreparable damage to products.


Repair cafés are entirely voluntary, although donations are always welcomed. Donations go towards hiring venues, acquiring new tools and components and covering travel expenses for volunteers. Plus providing refreshments, of course!

Jennie also emphasised that the project should not be viewed as a challenge to local businesses. Rather, they aim to help people become more conscious of sustainable repair practices.


Jennie Allen – Project Lead for Bournemouth Repair Cafe

The event will be held at Bournemouth Library on Saturday 20th July from 2-4pm, in the large meeting room on the second floor.

“We welcome the public to come in with broken items. We will carry out repairs and hopefully teach a thing or two!”

If you are interested, Jennie will welcome you at Bournemouth Library from 2pm tomorrow!

Find out more via the Bournemouth Repair Café Facebook page, or e-mail 

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What’s On: Rosé & Fizz Festival



The festival is hosted by Maison Sax, Ashley Cross, Poole

Following a successful gin celebration, Maison Sax hosts a festival dedicated to all things pink and bubbly…

August kicks off in style this year with Maison Sax in Ashley Cross. They’re hosting their own Rosé and Fizz Festival on the 10th.

The event was announced following the success of their artisan gin festival back in May. It will take place in their huge Provençal garden at the back of this bistro-style restaurant.

English Oak Vineyard are among the local brands showcasing their products, including an array of sparkling wines.

And rosé and bubbly lovers will be very pleased to learn that the event is free to enter. All you need to do is comment “Fizz o’clock” on the event’s Facebook page.

Find out more about Maison Sax in this article, or visit the restaurant’s website

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Stuart Goldsmith to Headline Coastal Comedy



Coastal Comedy presents Stuart Goldsmith

As their season draws to a close, Coastal Comedy has one last high-profile act to share with you…

Award-winning monthly event Coastal Comedy welcomes Stuart Goldsmith this weekend in the last show of their season. The comedian and podcast host will headline the show, taking place on Saturday 13th July at Poole’s Lighthouse Theatre.

Goldsmith has a reputation for smart, accessible stand-up, a natural charm and a quick wit. All this was honed by his early years as a street performer. His act features many up-front revelations about love, sex and romance (among other things), offering plenty of surprises along the way.

Alongside Goldsmith and the event’s founder Adrienne Coles, two other acts will take the Coastal Comedy stage. Opening the show is Rick Kiesewetter, an observational comic with specialist subjects in national identities and stereotypes. And then there’s Johnny Wardlow, part of the BBC New Comedy Awards for three years running.

Coastal Comedy has earned high recognition as one of the best nights out in Bournemouth. This includes the Night Time Award at this year’s BH Stars, plus a finalist in for the Best Night Out Award at 2018’s BAPTAs. Each and every evening never disappoints.

Interested? Get on over to the Coastal Comedy website to book your tickets or visit their Facebook page for more information…

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