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5 Restaurants to Visit This Valentine’s Day



Which restaurants have the best Valentine's Day deals?

Wondering where to take the other half on Valentine’s Day? There are plenty of choices across Bournemouth and Poole…

As you know, Bournemouth and its surrounding areas have no shortage of restaurants. Many of you voted for your favourites not too long ago! With Valentine’s Day coming up in less than a month, if you’re planning to take your partner out, the time has come to start checking over menus and offers.

We at Humans of Bournemouth recognise how tedious that may be. So, we have done half of the work for you – finding what we believe to be the best Valentine’s offers in Bournemouth and Poole. All you have to do is decide which you like best…

Level8ight Sky Bar, Bournemouth Hilton Hotel – from £22 per person

Maybe you and/or your other half don’t want the fuss of a three-course meal. Perhaps you want something a little more understated, but no less classy. In that case, we recommend an afternoon tea at the Hilton’s Level8ight Sky Bar. Having prosecco or champagne is optional, and they bring the total price to £27 and £32 per person respectively. But best news of all – the offer is available from 11th-17th February.

If you would like more information, click here.

Banque & Bohem – £39.95 per person

We have mentioned Banque & Bohem before – they were one of the top-voted restaurants in our poll last year. How do you like the sound of their Valentine’s Day dinner deal? The usual three-course treatment, plus a cocktail included in the price you pay.

The restaurant advises you book if your interested. Click here for more information.

Drgnfly, Poole – £42.00 per person

Fancy getting out of Bournemouth for your romantic evening out? We can recommend a Pan-Asian joint in Ashley Cross, Poole that does both excellent food, drink and service. The Valentine’s Day deal at Drgnfly, the three-course meal comes with a glass of Moët et Chandon Rosé (which can be upgraded to a bottle for an extra £20 per person).

Visit Drgnfly’s website for further details and to make a booking.

NEO Restaurant – £49.00 per person

You will notice the more expensive these restaurants get, they also get fancier, with more impressive food. NEO Restaurant, another of Bournemouth’s top-rated, may be charging a little more, but that’s for four courses, not three! Take a look at their special Valentine’s Day menu for yourselves – you’ll see what we mean…

For all other details or to book a table, go to NEO’s website.

The Crab at Bournemouth – £49.95 per person

It isn’t just the priciest we saved the last, but the best. Not three, not four, but a whopping five-course meal comes with what you pay for at The Crab. A setting where exquisite food, drink and service go without saying. Interested in what’s really on offer? Have a gander at their Valentine’s menu.

Interested in this one? Visit The Crab’s website for further details.

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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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