Thursday, 19 December 2013

Bournemouth at Christmas, Make It Bournemouth & The Bournemouth Blogger Christmas Meet Up




Want to visit Bournemouth at Christmas? Join me after the jump and I will show you around :).

So last month I was kindly invited by Cheryl for a blogger's event through the 'Make It Bournemouth' campaign, where myself and many other bloggers had the delight of sampling the variety of activities Bournemouth has to offer at Christmas time. In case you don't know, Bournemouth is a coastal town on the south coast in Dorset, England. I always adore meeting up with my Bournemouth blogging pals as it seems so often everything in blogging land is London centric, so to spend time with local people who share the same passions you do, as well as not having to trek it to the big city, was delightful.

Cheryl had masterminded the most organised detailed itinerary for the day so it was incredibly easy to work out how they day would be shaped. We all used the quirky Flirt Cafe in Bournemouth triangle as our meeting point for long overdue catch ups and a spot of lunch. Flirt, although not very festive, is such a fun little cafe with hanging Barbie doll installations and very unique menus.

After lunch, we then braced the chilly elements (okay, that bits a lie, this is Bournemouth, we don't know how lucky we are weather wise!) for a bit of ice skating fun! The lovely Cheryl, as the superstar organiser she was, turned photographer during our ice skating session, so thank you for the photos Cheryl! I actually really love ice skating which probably surprises many. I'm no Dancing on Ice pro, but thankfully I didn't fall over! If you're a bit unsteady though they had ickle penguin skating aids for little ones which were just painfully cute! For £8.50 for an hour it is a lovely family activity day, with fairy lights and lanterns which turn it into a winter wonderland at night. We all skated around together chatting like old friends which was so lovely. I used to go to the BIC ice skate with my friends all the time growing up but this time Bournemouth have an ice skating rink just behind the infamous Bournemouth balloon which made the most dreamy setting. 

After a stint of successful ice skating we all warmed up by walking up the park to the Square, the heart of Bournemouth, where the Christmas feeling truly comes alive from the heady, festive scent of chestnuts roasting on an open fire, to an authentic German charcoal BBQ. We all made our way inside the infamous German Bar for Mulled Wines though I had to politely decline because I am not an alcoholic beverage fan myself, though I always love seeing others enjoy their spicy Christmas concoctions and the mugs were absolutely adorable, shaped in little red stocking shapes no less! Another highlight to our little meeting inside the Moose Bar was a beagle dressed up in a Santa jacket. I kid you not! After this treat we were then treated to a German Hot Dog which was yummy indeed!


After food and drink treats we wondered around the Bournemouth Christmas Market again held in the heart of Bournemouth Town Square, surrounding streets and the Lower Gardens. Full of Christmas ambience the market this year year runs from 14th November to 6th January featuring authentic seasonal gifts and traditional yuletide foods from German, British and other European craftsmen and merchants, while a traditional Victorian carousel nestles as a backdrop providing fun for all ages.
The day was beautifully rounded off with a guided tour of the ten unique, interactive light installations featured in the beautiful Lower Gardens of Bournemouth with run from the town Square all the way to the stunning sandy beach. Aptly named 'The Garden of Lights', each Light Pod is a unique world of light and colour designed by Michael Grubb, a local Bournemouth lighting designer whose previous work included the lighting for the London 2012 Olympic Park, which is just incredible, and so wonderful to celebrate local talent in this way. I highly recommend experiencing this element of Christmas at night, to witness the Ten unique and quirky interactive lighting installations where your senses will come alive with a mini world of light and colour with its own character. 

I hope you enjoyed coming around Bournemouth with me at Christmas time! I want to end the post by saying a huge, massive thank you to Cheryl & Make It Bournemouth for treating us to such a lovely day and you all did an incredible job at organising this festive event and Bournemouth has truly done itself proud this year.
 Also, a big thank you to my lovely fellow Bournemouth bloggers for your wonderful company, as ever which inluded:  Laura, Rhiannon, Katy, Scarlett, Hannah, Brogan, Becca, Cheryl and Becky.

xoxo

PS: Thank you to Cheryl for some of the above photos!

1 comment:

  1. Such cute pictures!
    Love your blog, glad I found it!

    Kylie
    http://beautyineffect.blogspot.com/

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