Local Informtion

Bournemouth as seven miles of golden sands and sparkling sea, the vibrant cosmopolitan town of Bournemouth has it all – a vast variety of shops and restaurants, buzzing nightlife, endless countryside offering peace and relaxation, beautiful award-winning gardens and water sports galore. "

Bournemouth was named as the best resort, with the judges praising its atmosphere, nightlife and facilities for children and surfers.

Commented Jon Weaver Events and Marketing Manager, Bournemouth Tourism; “Being recognised for having better beaches than our Spanish counterparts continues to reinforce Bournemouth as a major seaside resort in Europe. The whole town has worked hard to offer a vibrant year-round family friendly destination and for judges to recognise and praise the atmosphere, nightlife, planning and facilities for kids and surfers, above resorts in Spain, is a success for everyone involved in the local tourism industry. Tourism industry is a vital part of our economy and growth continues and over the last three years tourism spend has increased from £370million in 2003 to approximately £440million in 2005”.

Judges said that Spanish resorts all scored well for their warmer climate, but dropped points on price, natural beauty and eco-friendliness.

Clare Gogerty, editor of Coast magazine said, “The regeneration of many coastal resorts combined with improved independent hotels, and the natural, wild beauty of the landscape are making British resorts increasingly appealing to those in search of a weekend break or family holiday”.

The Animal Braun cruZer Bike Tour visits Bournemouth again this year for four days in August! The tour has taken the spectacle of freestyle bike shows to a new level and, since its conception in 2002, they have returned each year with a more cutting edge and exciting show.

Mountain bike legends Martyn Ashton and Grant “Chopper” Fielder are the two main riders, but expect to see a few guest bikers appearing at selected events. The 2007 Bike Tour is set to be the biggest and best yet with a newly designed skate park inspired show rig.

To compliment the evening menu a special BBQ will be available every Saturday enabling visitors to sit back, enjoy the fantastic views across the bay and chill out whilst listening to tunes from some top local artists. The evening menu includes a wide range of starters, mains and desserts, including salads and pasta dishes to tuna steaks and delicious desserts including local Purbeck ice-cream.

A selection of talented local artists will be playing on the following dates:

Jonathon Cotton (singer/songwriter) - Saturday 28th July
Sam & Craig (acoustic duo) - Saturday 4th August & Saturday 18th August
Cavendish (acoustic duo) – Saturday 11th August
Chris Manning (singer/songwriter) – Saturday 25th August

The Offshore Café was refurbished earlier this year introducing a more contemporary style. The frontage of the Café has been opened up to reveal panoramic views across Bournemouth beach enhancing the popular terrace area. It has also developed a new menu to cater to a wider market, including branded coffees from Costa Coffee, ice cold alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, pizza, nachos, tasty combos and children’s meals. During the summer months the Café has extended opening hours until 10pm during the week and 11pm on Friday and Saturdays.

8 buddhist monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery arrive to bring a 'taste' of this truly amazing country.
The highlight will be the creation of a sand mandala at the Main Library- The Triangle from Weds 1st Aug - 10 am daily entry free.
Of all the artistic traditions of Tibetan buddhism sand painting is the most exquisite.Over 4 days millions of grains of colured marble are layed by hand to create a representation of a celestial mansion.
Teams of upto 4 monks at a time will use metal pipes called chak-purs to place the coloured marble.
Finally on Sat morning the 4th Aug the mandala will be destroyed in a ritual starting from 10 am. .
The marble will then be taken on a journey through the centre of Bournemouth,the Lower Gardens and finally be placed in the sea at the Pier Approach. Truly a unique event from start to finish.
On Thursday 2nd Aug over the lunchtime period at approx 12.30 in the Lower Gardens the monks will perform a short selection of the sacred dances and chants from the monastery which will bring colour and fantastic sounds to the Gardens.
A full 90 minute performance of these dances,chants and prayers can be seen and heard on Friday evening 3rd August at the Allisbrook Theatre at Bournemouth University - Talbot Woods Campus.
Tickets are £12 and £10 concessions .
Finally after the mandala destruction the monks will be at the Beaufort Community Centre in Southbourrne from 4pm until 7 pm for an informal afternoon of workshops and samples of the dances and prayers.
Enjoy tea and cake with the monks before they leave to return to their monastery.
For all information ,ticket booking etc please contact ;
Dave Holme
01202 - 427889