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5 Things to do in Bournemouth This Summer



Bournemouth East Cliff
Boscombe beach taken by Christophe Finot

It’s getting warmer and we are approaching the summer. It may seem like there is so much to do in Bournemouth that you do not know where to start. Well, you can use this guide to get you started for the coming summer…


Bournemouth is very well-known for its beaches, which have been voted best in the country. One of the more popular ones is the Boscombe beach, which you can reach by taking the land train or by walking from Bournemouth Pier. After a nice shopping trip, you can relax with the family on the beach. Boscombe Beach is also home to various activities such as water sports and slacklining.


Russell-Cotes was once the home of two Victorian collectors and travel enthusiasts, Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes. Now, it is a house gallery, showcasing both art and artefacts from the Russell-Cotes’ own extensive collections. They also hold talks, tours and events throughout the year.


For the adrenaline junkies, Bournemouth Pier has the PierZip. The world’s first pier-to-shore zip wire boasts a 250m dual zip line. This means you can ride with friends or family; maybe even a little friendly race to the shore while viewing both the pier and the sea.



The Oceanarium, Bournemouth’s own aquarium, home to hundreds of beautiful and interesting sea creatures, just within walking distance from the beach and Bournemouth Pier. After swimming in the sea, you may want to see some of the animals that could quite possibly be there with you. If so, we recommend the Oceanarium. They host daily talks and feeds, among other things. And don’t worry about rushing — the tickets are valid all day.


Bournemouth has some very impressive mini golf courses. Aside from the course located in Bournemouth Gardens, this includes the indoor adventure golf venue Mr Mulligans, located inside the BH2 complex – ideal for those rainy days we can get in summer. And don’t forget about the dinosaur-themed adventure golf course Mighty Claws Adventure Golf in Christchurch.

All the suggestions (but Mighty claws adventure golf) on this list are all within walking distance from each other, so there’s no worry of excessive transport fares or getting lost. Just enjoy the summer weather and all the fun things Bournemouth has to offer.

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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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