Life’s a Beach… Get yourself some Vitamin Sea!

Come soak up the sun by the sea!

The tans will fade but the memories will last forever, why not spend your Summer with us at the Riviera Hotel?

No need to go abroad when you have the beach at your doors.

 

Bournemouth Beach Holidays By The Sea

 

The perfect family staycation!

Bournemouth is an ideal location for family holidays and Alum Chine makes

it even better. Alum Chine is famous for its Blue Flag, Award-winning sandy

beach, its beautiful wooded valley of the Chine spanned by a splendid and

excitingly bouncy Suspension Bridge and its Green Flag award-winning

Alum Chine Tropical Gardens.

 

Alum Chine Gardens

 

Alum Chine is close to the chic shopping arcade and eateries of Westbourne

and is a mere 20 minute stroll along the prom to Bournemouth Pier and town

centre in one direction – or to the famous Sandbanks and Poole Harbour in

the other. In the Bournemouth direction alone, there are 7 miles of golden

sands and blue sea and in the summer months you can even take a trip on

the Bournemouth land train.

 

Bournemouth Land Train

 

The Chine – which is just a minute’s walk from the Riviera – is a great place to

explore, climb trees or make camps and the area offers lots of opportunity for

healthy outdoor fun. Branksome Dene Chine is just as close to the Riviera and

offers similar adventure and interest.

 

Bournemouth Beach Holidays

 

The Riviera is wonderfully situated for the Chines and is conveniently centrally

located between Bournemouth and Poole for all the other activities and

attractions that both towns have to offer.

 

Poole Harbour

 

To make your life easier and to travel that bit lighter – We can supply cots and

highchairs and have a limited amount of toddler steps, toddler bed guards and

toilet seats available. Plus children under 3 go FREE when staying with their

parents . Just ask our reception team for more details.

 

Alum Chine Suspension Bridge

 

Take a dip in our indoor pool or soak up the sun on our loungers in our garden or,

if you’d prefer something more active, our studio gym can help burn off extra energy.

 

 

Holiday Entertainment at The Riviera Hotel
Board Games:

Fancy challenging the family? Enjoy an evening of competitive fun with an

array of classic games available for all ages. Please see our Reception Team

for more information

 

 

Scavenger Hunt:

A special treat for the kids! We will be offering a FREE scavenger hunt.

Take it to our reception team on completion to win a prize!!

 

 

Alum Chine Play Space

Located a short walk from the hotel, the play space was inspired around a

treasure island and features several adventurous play equipment.  A great

place for your children to burn some energy off and get some fresh air!

 

 

Events/Attractions in the surrounding areas in Bournemouth
Pier Amusements – open 7 days a week

The Family Entertainment Centre is located at the entrance of Bournemouth Pier.

Here you will find a wide range of entertainment machines and amusements,

and all the most up-to-date videos and prizes.

 

 

Rock Reef:

Rock Reef – An all-weather Indoor Activity Attraction for the whole family located

at the end of Bournemouth Pier, includes 28 Clip’n’Climb fun-themed indoor

climbing walls providing challenges for all the family. Other activities to include

a Vertical Slide Drop, a ‘Leap of Faith’ jumping challenge, a High Line high ropes

aerial obstacle course and the Pier Cave which is a 65-linear metre indoor fun

cave experience.

For the thrill-seekers, be brave and enjoy their awesome Pier Zip- the world’s

first pier-to-shore zip wire, a unique and unforgettable experience.

 

 

Farmer Palmers:

Located in Dorset, farmer palmers is designed for young children and families,

it’s the perfect place to explore! A fun-filled day out to the beautiful Dorset

countryside. Parents will be pleased to know their priority is to provide excitement

and entertainment in a safe and welcoming environment.

Check out their half term events: https://www.farmerpalmers.co.uk/events/may-half-term/

 

 

Bournemouth Oceanarium

Voyage into the depths of our watery world and see stunning sharks, striking stingrays,

a magnificent Loggerhead turtle and otterly adorable otters! Not forgetting the

cunning croc, menacing piranhas, colourful clownfish, eerie eels and our very cute

colony of Humboldt penguins!

To complement your marine adventure, refuel in the newly refurbished Offshore

Café and finish your visit by discovering The Cove Gift Shop, where you can

purchase unique gifts and souvenirs.

 

 

Keep up to date with all the latest news from Bournemouth and Poole by heading over to the local websites.

Recently Engaged? Our Wedding Venue is by Bournemouth Beach near Poole

Recently Engaged?

Are you recently engaged?

Looking for a beautiful venue for your wedding far enough
from the hustle and bustle of Bournemouth but close enough to the beach
to capture some perfect pictures on your special day?

Exclusively situated in the beautifully wooded area of Alum Chine,
with panoramic sea views across Bournemouth Bay, near Poole, and just a short walk from the award-winning seven
mile stretch of sandy beach, the hotel is in a fantastic location.

At the Riviera Hotel we have the style and expertise to make
your special day unforgettable. Our role is to provide you with an attentive professional team
who understand that you deserve every detail to be perfect. Your big day will be just as
you imagined it.

Starting with the Civil Ceremony/Partnership.
Our hotel offers two licensed ceremony rooms, each full of warmth, character and natural day light:

The Conservatory Restaurant: The larger of the two rooms with
 beautiful sea views. Perfect for larger weddings, it can accommodate up to 190 guests

Beautiful Wedding Venue by Bournemouth Beach - Riviera Hotel

The Britannic Suite: Tastefully decorated, the Britannic suite is ideal for intimate 
weddings suitable for up to 70 guests

Beautiful Wedding Venue in Alum Chine by Bournemouth Beach

The civil ceremony usually lasts around 30 minutes, depending upon your requirements and
if you choose to hold your ceremony at the Riviera hotel, it is your responsibility to book
the registrar. All ceremonies can be enhanced with your own music selections and readings,
however it is always best to check with the registrar for guidelines in place.

Once the ceremony is complete, all will be escorted in to our main bar
while the wedding breakfast room is set up. This gives time for all those important pictures to be taken
on the beach or in the alum chine gardens if requested. Once set up, guests will then be directed in
to the wedding breakfast.

Any decorations provided by the Bride and Groom will be set up by the
hotel staff on the day and utilised throughout the day. Coloured chair sashes can be provided by the
hotel at an additional cost.

Wedding Breakfast & Reception Venue Bournemouth near Poole

The Riviera Hotel offers three set wedding packages or you can
simply build your own.

The Riviera Signature Package

Arrival drinks reception of: Buck’s fizz,
Pimms and lemonade or Summer/Winter punch

3 course wedding breakfast meal

1 Glass of wine with the meal

1 Glass of bubbly for the toast

Bridal suite for the Bride and Groom (inc breakfast)

Complimentary Chair Covers (sash 50p)
The Riviera Classic Package

Arrival drinks reception of: Buck’s fizz,
Pimms and lemonade or Summer/Winter punch

3 course wedding breakfast meal

1 Glass of wine with the meal

1 Glass of bubbly for the toast

Evening Function Suite with Private Bar

Classic Evening Buffet (6 options) 

Bridal suite for the Bride and Groom (inc breakfast)

Complementary Chair Covers (sash 50p)
The Riviera Elegant Package

 Arrival drinks reception of Bucks fizz,
Pimms and lemonade, Prosecco, or Pink Cava
Canapés (choice of three)

3 course wedding breakfast meal

2 Glasses of wine with the meal

1 Glass of bubbly for the toast

Evening Function Suite with Private Bar

Classic Evening Buffet (7 options) 

Complimentary Chair Covers (sash 50p)

Mirror centrepieces with tea lights

Complimentary Use of the Cake Stand & Knife

Complementary Dinner on your 1st Wedding Anniversary

Bridal suite for the Bride and Groom (inc breakfast)

All day guests will have the evening buffet included when choosing the Classic or Elegant Package.
Additional guests can be added at a cost.

Weddings Hotel Rooms Bournemouth near Poole

Looking for something a bit different????

May be you are looking for an alternative to the standard three course wedding breakfast,
something a bit more relaxed?

Enjoy an intimate tea party vibe with our quintessentially English afternoon tea package for 50 guests including:
Afternoon Tea Package

Red Carpet

Welcome Cocktail and Nibbles

Traditional Afternoon Tea

Flute of Prosecco

Bridal Suite for the Bride & Groom with Breakfast

Weddings Afternoon Tea Package in Bournemouth

Maybe you don’t want to hold the whole wedding with us. Perhaps you are getting married abroad but
would like a party so you can celebrate once you are back with your friends and family at home?
Maybe you have booked to have a small ceremony elsewhere and would like to have a larger evening
reception but have not yet found a venue?

Why not check out our Twilight Package for 70 guests:

Red Carpet

Glass of Prosecco and Nibbles

Either a 6 item finger buffet, build a burger or fish and chips

DJ & Disco

Cake stand and knife

Bridal suite for the bride and groom (including breakfast)

Wedding Reception Venue in Bournemouth near Poole - Riviera Hotel

Seen a package you like but not interested in all it provides? We would be very happy to put
together a bespoke package for you catering to all your needs.
If you are a couple dreaming of hosting your wedding in a venue which will provide memories
for you to cherish forever,

the Riviera Hotel is the venue for you!!

Click here to view our brochure with prices

Easter in Dorset 2024

If you are lucky enough to have some time off over Easter this year, there are

a variety of things happening in Dorset to keep you occupied.

 

hotels in Bournemouth

A great venue offering Easter filled activities come rain or shine,

Rock Reef has the parents covered for Easter this year. Go on an

adventure through the pier caves, slide down their vertical drop slide

or enjoy a climb on one of the array of clips and climb walls, the

fun never stops!! 

 

A young girl searching for Easter eggs during New Forest Activities Canoe Easter Egg Hunt

Enjoy a fun-filled guided paddle with New Forest Activities, along the Beaulieu

River in stable ‘Canadian style’ canoes. Hunt for chocolate eggs along the

riverside, a Easter hunt with a difference!! A scenic, active and enjoyable

activity for everyone to join in with.  23rd – 12th April 2024

 

The history of Kingston Lacy | Dorset | National Trust

Join in the Easter fun at Kingston Lacy this Spring.

Explore the grounds and complete the 10 activities along the way.

A tasty prize awaits at the end! Taking place between 28th – 14th April

 

promotional poster for an Easter Egg hunt at Swanage Railway with a cartoon train and a beach to …

Keep an eye out for the hidden eggs on your travels with Swanage Railway!!

Start your egg-stravaganza by collecting a form with your tickets at any

booking office. Then it’s over to you to spot the missing eggs during your journey.

Take your completed form to the stall at Swanage station to claim your free prize.

Book online

 
 
Upton Country Park Easter Activity Trail poster with a bunny holding an easter egg
 

Fancy an Easter Egg hunt? From the 29th – 3rd April, head to Upton Country

Park, pick up a sheet from their welcome desk, find the coloured eggs, secure

the magic word and retrieve your prize!

 

 

Easter activities at Riviera Hotel Bournemouth

Easter Sunday Lunch – Sunday 31st March 2024

This year the Riviera will also be bringing back their very popular Easter Sunday Lunch. 

Join us for a seasonal Easter Sunday Lunch in our Cunarder Restaurant including activities for the kids

2 Courses  Adult: £22PP & Child £11PP

3 Courses Adult: £25PP & Child £12.50PP

Click Here to view our menu

Please call our reception team on 01202 763653 if you would like to book 

 

Why not book a break here at The Riv for you and your family this Easter?

Easter hotel break in bournemouth with swimming pool

 

Bournemouth is an ideal location for family holidays and Alum Chine makes it

even better. Alum Chine is famous for its Blue Flag, Award-winning sandy

beach, its beautiful wooded valley of the Chine spanned by a splendid and

excitingly bouncy Suspension Bridge and its Green Flag award-winning

Alum Chine Tropical Gardens.

 

Alum Chine is close to the chic shopping arcade and eateries of Westbourne and

is a mere 20 minute stroll along the prom to Bournemouth Pier and town centre

in one direction – or to the famous Sandbanks and Poole Harbour in the other.

In the Bournemouth direction alone, there are 7 miles of golden sands and blue

sea and in the summer months you can even take a trip on the Bournemouth land train.

The Chine – which is just a minute’s walk from the Riviera – is a great place

to explore, climb trees or make camps and the area offers lots of opportunity

for healthy outdoor fun. Branksome Dene Chine is just as close to the Riviera

and offers similar adventure and interest.

 

The Riviera is wonderfully situated for the Chines and is conveniently centrally

located between Bournemouth and Poole for all the other activities and

attractions that both towns have to offer.

We offer a variety of family rooms sleeping from 3 – 5 people. We also have

interconnecting rooms available if you want that bit more space! To make your

life easier and to travel that bit lighter – We can supply cots and highchairs and

have a limited amount of toddler steps, toddler bed guards and toilet seats

available. Plus children under 3 go FREE when staying with their parents .

Just ask our reception team for more details.

 

With our large indoor pool, spa bath, free Wi-Fi and

Children’s Games Room including:

a Pool Table,
Table Tennis Table,
Air Hockey Table,
Board Games and more….

There is always plenty to do around the hotel – which is why we can count five

generations of some families returning to the Riviera year after year.

While you’re visiting us… If you enjoy taking in all the beautiful views around Dorset why not visit some of these wonderful places:
Durdle door is one of the most photographed and iconic landmarks in Dorset

 

Durdle door is one of the most photographed and iconic landmarks in Dorset.

It is located within Lulworth Estate, which is part of South Dorset, and is also

part of the Jurassic Coast.

Durdle Door’s beautiful limestone arch was formed from powerful waves that

eroded the rock forming a hole in the middle.

When you are looking out to the sea, you will see the beach to the right, with

access to the pebble and shingle beach via a path and steps.

The New Forest is a unique destination, offering charm and natural beauty.

 

The New Forest is a unique destination, offering charm and natural beauty.

Back in 2005 The New Forest became a national park and was once a royal

hunting ground for William the Conqueror.

It covers an area of 566 square kilometres; made up of luscious woodland,

heathlands, and river valleys.

Today, deer, ponies and cattle roam free in these heaths and woodlands,

offering pure tranquillity for walking, cycling and horse riding.

Lyme Regis boasts breath-taking scenery and a special appeal, making it a sparkling resort for all seasons.

 

Lyme Regis boasts breath-taking scenery and a special appeal, making it a

sparkling resort for all seasons.

Whatever your age and whatever the time of year, you can be sure to find

something to delight and entertain you.

Escape the bustle of Lyme and step back in time to explore the Town Mill.

Nestling around this cobbled courtyard, its restored mill buildings house.

The picturesque and tranquil Lyme Regis is a great place to discover a lot you

didn’t know about the UK’s heritage.

Meetings, Events & Conference Venue in Bournemouth

Key Factors You Need to Consider When Choosing Your Businesses Conference/Meeting Venue

One of the most important aspects of the planning process for any business looking to organise a meeting/conference is choosing a venue.

For smaller meetings, a more intimate venue may be best suited for your needs. For larger events, a venue that can offer ample meeting space with breakout

rooms, restaurants, accommodation, outside space and leisure facilities will be better suited.

We have come up with a list of important factors you should be considering when picking your venue

along with questions that you should be asking to marrow down your options and help find the best venue that will suit all you requirements.

Function Room Size

Probably one of the most important factors. Is the function room space going to be big enough for what you need?

To know this, you will need to know how many people will be attending and an idea on the layout of which you would like the meeting to be set up

e.g. Boardroom, Horseshoe etc.

It is always worth asking the the venue for a breakdown on the

layouts they can offer within each function space and the capacities they can hold for each layout.

Packages

Venue meeting package options are an important thing to consider when deciding

on your perfect venue. It’s worth knowing whether your meeting will be a full day

or half a day event before looking.

Will you need to eat throughout the day or want to add in any tea and coffee breaks to split up the day for your attendees?

What packages can the venues offer?

Do they include all refreshments and food options along with function space hire costs?

Can they cater a package to suit your needs?

Overnight Accommodation

Do any of your guests have a long way to travel to come down for the meeting and need a place to stay?

Maybe your meeting or conference is over a few days and everyone will need accommodation.

This is something you will need to check before checking with the venue for the following: Does your venue offer accommodation options?

Is this included within any of the packages provided to make it cheaper for you all?

What other facilities do the venue offer e.g. leisure/gym facilities?

Do they have bedrooms suitable for business guests, offering space to work away from home if required?

Parking

Yep that’s right, parking is always an important factor, especially when looking into

larger scale events with a lot of attendees.

Are there enough spaces for all those attending?

Is the parking free for all your attendees or will they have to pay?

If the car park spaces run out, is there other parking options available within close

distance to the venue chosen and again, are these free?

Internet Access

Do any of the presentations, or information needed during your meeting/conference require you to be online?

If so, does the hotel have WI-FI available?

Is the WI-FI free to use or is there any charge?

Will the WI-FI connection be strong enough for your needs and the amount of attendees that will need to use it?

Equipment Hire

Does the hotel provide projectors and screens, or will you need to bring your own?

Is this included within the package or is there an additional cost for usage?

Can the hotel provide flip-charts and pens? If so, how many do they have

and how many do you need? If they haven’t got enough, can they hire more?

Can the hotel provide extensions cables, or will you need to bring your own?

Can the hotel provide pads and pens, or will you need to bring your own?

 

Why choose the Riviera for your conference venue?

Conference Venue in Bournemouth

The Riviera Hotel in Bournemouth, Dorset.

Located in the prestigious Alum Chine, The Riviera is a stylish venue with

elegant interiors. The Riviera boasts five bright, spacious event spaces that

feature natural daylight and air-conditioning with complimentary WIFI.

Our events team will help organise your event, from your initial enquiry to

liaising with our team, to ensure that your event is a great success.

To complement your event, your delegates can relax, unwind and reflect

in our breakout lounge, where they can enjoy refreshment breaks with

nutritious snacks, or enjoy delicious healthy lunches.

A dedicated events coordinator will be assigned to your event and will

assist with the following plus any other reasonable request:

  • Take initial enquiry
  • Provide full quotation
  • Prepare & send contracts
  • Liaise with all departments to ensure meeting is a success
  • To greet clients on the day of arrival
  • To ensure meeting runs smooth
  • Contact after the event for any feedback

 

Function Rooms Layout

Our Meeting/Conference Packages 

Special Day Delegate Rate – From £28.50 per person

  • Room hire
  • Equipment (data projector, screen, flipchart & pens)
  • Jugs of iced water
  • 3 servings of tea/coffee/biscuits
  • Sandwich lunch
  • High speed Wi-Fi

Day Delegate Rate – From £33.50 per person

All our meeting rooms can be set up for specific requirements depending on occupancy.

Each room will be set to your specification to include comfortable chairs,

glasses and fresh water.

  • Room hire
  • Equipment (data projector, screen, flip chart & pens)
  • Fruit bowl
  • Jugs of iced water
  • Bacon sandwiches on arrival
  • Unlimited tea/coffee/biscuits
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch
  • Homemade cakes with the afternoon break
  • Meeting sweets
  • High speed Wi-Fi

Our dedicated and professional team at the hotel, ensure that all events

are hassle free, from the initial enquiry through to the event itself which

is why many companies & associations return to us year after year.

24 Hour Day Delegate Rate – From £99.00 per person

  • Room hire
  • Equipment (data projector, screen, flip chart & pens)
  • Fruit bowl
  • Jugs of iced water
  • Bacon sandwiches on arrival
  • Unlimited tea/coffee/biscuits
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch
  • Homemade cakes with the afternoon break
  • Meeting sweets
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Full English breakfast
  • 3 course dinner
  • Access to The Coast Spa, indoor pool & gym
  • High speed Wi-Fi

 

Room Hire Only:

Mauretania suite full day – £400.00

Mauretania suite half day – £300.00

Britannic suite full day – £375.00

Britannic suite half day – £275.00

Add tea/coffee/biscuits – £1.95 per person per serving

 

If you are interested in any of the above or would like move information,

please give our events team a call on 01202 763653 or email them on

events@rivierabournemouth.co.uk

Family Holidays Bournemouth By Beach

February Half Term 2024

 

Have you booked your February Half Term staycation yet?

Bournemouth is an ideal location for family holidays and Alum Chine

makes it even better. Alum Chine is close to the chic shopping arcade and

eateries of Westbourne and is a mere 20 minute stroll along the prom to Bournemouth

Pier and town centre in one direction – or to the famous Sandbanks and Poole Harbour

in the other.

 

We offer a variety of family accommodation rooms sleeping from 3 – 5 people.

We also have interconnecting rooms available and kids under three stay FREE!!!

 

We also have an indoor swimming pool and games room, there is always

plenty to do around the hotel!

 

To book, please call our Reception Team on 01202 763653 or
book via our website☎

Hotel Breaks Bournemouth with Games Room & Pool

Dining in our hotel

 With stunning sea views and only a short stroll to the sandy beaches of Alum

Chine, our Cunarder Conservatory Restaurant in Bournemouth is open every day

for Breakfast and Dinner. The menus are Modern British/European with a focus on

local seasonal produce, fine ingredients and tasty, delicious dishes. We are confident

you will leave us impressed and planning to return.

 

Breakfast is served Monday- Friday 07:30am-10:00am

Saturday & Sunday 08:00am-10:30am

Dinner is served Monday-Sunday 19:00pm-20:45pm

 

The Bridge Bar & Grill – Local bar with lovely views of Alum Chine and

Bournemouth Bay. Enjoy a quiet drink in The Bridge Bar & Grill.  Designed in Art

Deco style, you can sit back and take in the  lovely views over the woods of Alum

Chine and far out to sea.  For informal eating, The Bridge Bar & Grill offers tasty

snacks and light meals including our homemade pizzas.

 

 Dinner in served every evening Monday-Sunday 17:00pm-20:45pm

 

We also offer a children’s menu, which is available in both the restaurant and

The Bridge Bar and Grill.

 

Hotel Restaurant Kids Friendly Bournemouth

 

Our Top Picks of Bournemouth Attractions

 

Alum Chine Play Space

Located a short walk from the hotel, the play park was inspired around a treasure

island and features a number of adventurous play equipment.  A great place for

your children to burn some energy off and get some fresh air!

Alum Chine Play Park Near Riviera Hotel Bournemouth

Bournemouth Pier

While in Bournemouth why not visit Bournemouth Pier, which offers a wide

variety of indoor and outdoor activities!!

 

Rock Reef – An all-weather Indoor Activity Attraction for the whole family located

at the end of Bournemouth Pier,  includes 28 Clip n Climb fun – themed climbing

walls providing exciting challenges for all the family.  Other activities including a

Vertical Slide Drop, a ‘Leap of Faith’ jumping challenge, a High Line High Ropes

Aerial Obstacle Course and the Pier Cave which is a 65-linear metre indoor fun

cave experience.

 

For the thrill-seekers, be brave and enjoy their awesome Pier Zip – the world’s first

pier-to-shore zip wire, a unique and unforgettable experience.

 

Pier Amusements – A fun filled family day out,  where you will find a wide range of

entertainment machines and amusements.

 

Check out their website for more information and attractions.

Bournemouth Pier Amusements

Local Attractions

Farmer Palmers –  A massive range of activities, attractions and animal events

for children aged 0-8 years. Families will love the Farmer Palmer’s experience and

make magical memories to last a lifetime!

Click here for tickets.

Tank Museum – Women in Warfare – Explore women’s roles in the military, from nurses

in the trenches, factory workers, and WWII code breakers, to the tank

crews of today.

Click here for tickets

How To Survive Your Christmas Works Party in Bournemouth

How To Survive Your Christmas Works Party

How To Survive Your Christmas Works Party in Bournemouth
Your office Christmas Party is the time to let your hair down and celebrate the end of a busy year with your friends and colleagues. 
But here are a few top tips to help you relish the night instead of regretting the night!!!

1) Eat a big lunch - There is nothing worse than drinking on
an empty stomach so be sure to pig out all day if you can
and if the party offers food..... take it!

2) If you feel yourself starting to get drunk, STOP, 
have a breather or a glass of water - It isn’t a race and 
you will be more likely to remember the brilliant night 
you had the following morning.  Also makes the hangover 
a lot easier if you are one of the unlucky ones who must 
work the following day. 

3) Now when to go home - starting to feel the effects of 
the alcohol a little bit too much. It’s time to go home. 
Make sure you have a safe way of getting home whether it 
be by bus, taxi or a designated driver/friend or family 
member who is happy to pick you up. 

4) Mingle – Use this opportunity to chat with those who do 
not work in your department or to network and make a good 
impression to those in a higher position.

5) Hit the dance floor - it will keep your mind off drinking 
alcohol and eating too much food and will show your work 
colleagues what a laugh you can be

6) Dress to impress – Whether you are out to dress to impress, 
have a little fun with some costumes or just fancy a 
smart-casual affair all are very welcomed at Christmas parties

Top Tips To Survive Your Christmas Works Party in Bournemouth
What’s happening in Bournemouth this Christmas
So, the Christmas Tree Wonderland opened last weekend and already
 so many people have descended upon Bournemouth to bask in the delights of the entertainment and food the town has to offer.

There is plenty to explore around Christmas Tree Wonderland
 including the Ice Rink with its Moguls Bar where you can 
show off your dancing on ice skills or Bambi on ice for the
 not so steady! There’s the Alpine Christmas Market complete
 with lots of tasty treats for all to indulge in including 
Yorkshire pudding wraps (whoever came up with this idea was
 a genius), Churros, Hog Roasts, Baked Camembert and more… 
And if that’s not enough, how about a Christmas tipple in the 
Alpine Lodge Bar…. Choose from a selection of mulled beverages
 including mulled wine, cider or a personal favourite, the 
mulled toffee apple and rum.

There is also an array of illuminated wonders to guide you through Bournemouth including the tree of light, the Warsaw Tree and 
the stunning steams of light coming from the rockery and 
smugglers cove.

Christmas Markets in Bournemouth
 (image taken from - https://christmastreewonderland.co.uk/gallery)
If that’s not enough, there is also an array of events happening over the festive months. 

What’s happening at the Riviera this Christmas

Our Christmas Party 2023 brochure is now available by clicking here!
Looking to book your office Christmas party 2023 in Bournemouth
 or Poole?

What better place to celebrate the end of a busy year with your friends or colleagues than at The Riviera Hotel Bournemouth.

We offer one of the best and most popular Christmas Party 2023
 deals in Bournemouth and we are passionate about making your
 event a success! 

Christmas Party Nights with DJ until 1am (Fri & Sat) or Midnight (Sun-Thurs) from just £32 per 
person to include:

3 course meal with coffee and mints

Half a bottle of wine per person

Table novelties and decorations

Free party place & free overnight stay with breakfast for any 
organiser booking at least 40 guests.

10% discount on pre-ordered wine

Our Christmas Party Nights are hugely popular- whether you want an exclusive bash with your own theme or a shared event in one of our transformed party venues – let us do the hard work for you!


Christmas Party Riviera Hotel Bournemouth near Poole

Christmas Party Lunches available throughout December from just £24pp. Check out the menu here.

Special Bedroom Rates for all Christmas Parties at the Riviera in Bournemouth. Save on taxis and stay the night from just £32pppn!

Accommodation rate Sunday to Thursday £39pppn B&B or £33pppn room only. Friday and Saturday £49pppn B&B or £42pppn room only. Prices based on 2 people sharing. Single supplement applies.

Unable to celebrate your Christmas party in December? Not a problem! Here at The Riviera we can provide amazing Christmas Parties in January!

To book your Christmas party in Bournemouth or for more information call the Events Team on 01202 763653 or e-mail events@rivierabournemouth.co.uk

Christmas parties in Bournemouth

Christmas Parties at the Riviera Hotel in Bournemouth

The Riviera Hotel in Bournemouth is a great place to host your Christmas party. With a variety of party packages to choose from, there’s something for everyone.

If you’re looking for a festive and fun night out, the Jingle and Mingle Nights package is perfect for you. This package includes a three-course meal, DJ, and disco from just £32 per person. You can also pre-order bottles of wine or prosecco to save money on drinks.

Christmas parties in bournemouth

If you’re looking for something more private, the Riviera Hotel also offers a variety of private party packages to create an exclusive event to remember! These packages can be tailored to your specific needs and budget.

No matter what type of party you’re looking for, the Riviera Hotel has you covered. With its friendly staff and festive atmosphere, you’re sure to have a night to remember.

Here are some additional tips for planning your Christmas party at the Riviera Hotel:

– Book early to get the best deals and availability

– Choose a party package that fits your budget and needs.

– Let the hotel know if you have any special requirements, such as dietary restrictions or accessibility needs.

– Arrive early to enjoy a drink at the bar before your meal.

– Don’t forget to dance the night away!

For more options and info find out more here and feel free to contact our team. Wherever you are off to for your Christmas Party, we wish you a very merry time.

Self-Catering Holiday Apartments In Bournemouth

The Benefits of staying in a Self-Catered Holiday Apartment

Freedom

Staying in a self-catered apartment gives you more flexibility
than other types of holidays. You’re not restricted to certain meal times so you can choose
to eat whenever is best for you and you can do everything at your own pace. If you are a late
riser and prefer to have a lie in you can or you can wake up and get out early – the choice
is yours. You can come and go as you wish. With separate living and bedroom areas it also
means that the adults can watch TV or socialise in the evening while the kids are asleep. You
can also choose to eat as cheaply or extravagantly as you want. There’s no worrying about the
maid coming round early in the morning either unless you choose to have your apartment serviced
during your stay. You’re also more likely to explore your surroundings and get to know the
culture/background of the area you are staying in, rather than restricting yourselves
to the activities in the hotel.

Self Catered Holiday Apartments By Bournemouth Beach

Privacy

For some people, the thought of eating every meal in a busy dining
room with other holidaymakers is the stuff of nightmares. Eating some of your holiday
meals in a quiet, comfortable kitchen and enjoying the tranquility with only your friends and family,
is very appealing to many.

Self-catering holiday apartments in Bournemouth, near Poole

Space

Self-catering properties are usually a lot more spacious than hotel
rooms which is perfect if you are travelling with a large family or group of friends. Most self-catered
apartments also come with a large communal area/living space – great for socialising and getting
everyone together. Travelling on business and need a place to work? Many self-catering apartments
come with a dining table for you to use as a desk and space to spread out rather than trying to
cram all your papers/documents and laptop on to a small desk, dressing table or having to go to the bar or restaurant to do work.

Self Catering Apartment Dining Area

Home from Home

Travelling with young children or have family members with special
dietary requirements? Staying in a self-catered apartment gives you the freedom to buy and cook
whatever you want. You could even save time and pre order your groceries from your favourite
supermarket before you leave home so they arrive at your apartment on the day you check in or you
can bring food with you from home.

Self catering apartment bedrooms, kitchen and lounge areas

Cheaper

Especially if there is a large group of you as you can split the cost
of the accommodation between you all as well as splitting the cost of the weekly shop leaving you
with that extra bit of money to go out for dinner one evening if you wanted too.

Riviera Hotel in Bournemouth

The Riviera boasts 12 self-catering apartments providing an excellent
alternative to hotel bedrooms that can sleep from 1 to 6 people. Perfect for groups of friends
or larger families.

These self-catering apartments are in an
ideal location by Bournemouth beach and near Poole. Residents may use all hotel facilities including the bar and restaurants, indoor swimming pool,
spa bath, studio gym, Coast Spa and free WI-FI.

All the apartments offer the comforts of being at home and come with a lounge
with a large flat screen TV, dining area, and kitchen with cooker, microwave and fridge. Free parking is
available on the forecourt and a lift to all floors – although there are 10 steps up to the front door.

On Business in Bournemouth or Poole? Ask us about our special corporate
rates for Apartments. If you are looking for a Autumn Holiday Break then book now as our Apartments are selling out fast!

To book your Bournemouth Self Catering Holiday Apartment please call us now on 01202 763653
or e-mail us info@rivierabournemouth.co.uk – or book on line.

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Discover Dorset

Stay At Riviera Hotel & Discover Dorset

With its perfect mix of history, countryside and coastline there are miles of scenery
to explore and activities to do appealing to holiday makers with a variety of interests.

A lover of long walks and orienteering expeditions?
Why not walk the Jurassic Coast and witness the array of wildlife, dramatic cliff-tops and stunning landscape for yourself. We’ve put together a few local walks for you to take advantage of. Check them out here or download the PDF version.

Want to get away to a seaside haven?
Dorset provides an array of blue-flagged beaches –  ideal for relaxing in the sunshine,
taking up your preferred water sport or simply building a sandcastle with the ones you love.

If you’re looking for a more relaxed escape away, why not head inland
and discover Dorset’s wealth of historic castles, fantastic houses and impeccably kept gardens.
Take a stroll through beautifully quaint villages and seaside towns offering an array of eateries for you to try the fresh local produce in the presence of incredible views.

With something for everyone, we have put together a list of the MUST DO’s in Dorset
to keep you entertained while your away in this beautiful location.

 

Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island & Sandbanks

Visit Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island & Sandbanks

Why not take a trip to Poole Quay and Old Town,
both steeped in history and offering attractions to suit all interests.
Poole Quay is the gateway to the stunning harbour and islands making it the best place to take breakfast, lunch or dinner whilst watching ships, fishing boats or luxury Sunseeker yachts as they enter and leave the bay.

Also a short walk from Poole Quay is Poole Park and The Ark,
offering a wide variety of activities from water sports on the lake to crazy golf,
ice skating and 3 levels of soft play with slides, tunnels and interactive zones.

From Poole Quay, voyage across the water with City Cruises,
taking in Europe’s largest natural harbour dotted with tiny islands.
Stop off at the National Trust’s Brownsea Island, home of the scouting movement.
This wildlife haven, is free of traffic and easily walk-able – spot red squirrels and migrating birds or take a picnic and find your own beach cove for a quiet afternoon away.

If a relaxing boat trip isn’t your cup of tea why not take to the shallow waters of Poole Harbour & Sandbanks and try out one of over 25 water based
activities they have to offer at The Watersports Academy. Whether its windsurfing, sailing, paddle boarding or fishing for your own dinner on a chartered boat trip, you’re sure to have fun.
Sandbanks, known as one of the most expensive places in the world to live, also offers fantastic, wide sandy beaches and lots of sophisticated cafes and eateries to stop off and take in the gorgeous views.

Just a short drive from Sandbanks is Compton Acres,
one of the finest privately-owned and important ornamental gardens in England.
Explore over ten acres of stunning individual gardens displaying exquisite plants from all over the world, browse the treasures in the Gifted Moment store offering excellent shopping opportunities of
Dorset-made goods or attend one of the many events held all year round
from Sculpture Trails, Wine Tasting and more.

Studland & Swanage

Visit Studland & Swanage

Take the old-fashioned chain ferry across the mouth of Poole Harbour from Sandbanks
(either on foot, by car or by bus) and enjoy Studland Bay.
Famous for its sand dunes, heathland and nature reserve, it makes a wonderful day out.
Walk through paths of wild garlic to the iconic Old Harry Rocks enjoying fabulous coastal views, peering down at smugglers’ coves and looking back at the Bournemouth Coast.

Follow the roads from Studland in to the seaside town of Swanage,
situated at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. Swanage is a traditional seaside resort with a long promenade and plenty of interesting shops. Try travelling back in time on the steam railway, take a stroll along Swanage Pier while taking in its Victorian heritage or visit the Durlston Country Park
nature reserve soaking up its stunning views and an array of wildlife while setting out on one of its many marked trails and coastal walks.

Corfe Castle

Visit Corfe Castle

This pretty old village, with a National Trust shop, lies at the foot of dramatic castle ruins.
Originally built by William the Conqueror on a natural hill, Corfe Castle’s purpose was to guard the principal route through the Purbeck Hills, where Purbeck marble was once quarried. With fallen walls and secret places, there are tales of treachery and treason around every corner for families to discover.
As well as a castle visit, Corfe is also home to a unique range of independent shops,
the Corfe Castle Town trust museum and separate information centre, the Purbeck mine museum, the model village and it is the connecting town for the Swanage Steam railway.

Jurassic Coast

Visit Jurassic Coast

This World Heritage Coastline spans 95 miles and is a “must see” when in Dorset.
Visit Lulworth Cove, Kimmeridge, Ringstead Bay, Durdle Door, or Worbarrow Bay with its deserted village of Tyneham.
Explore rock pools, hunt for fossils, enjoy the walking paths or just sit back and experience some of the country’s most stunning scenery, from sweeping beaches, dramatic cliffs, blustery headlands and sheltered coves.
It’s a geologists dream and a photographer’s haven.
Fancy a long walk? Try tackling a section of the beautiful Dorset Coastal Path
(you’ll need six days to walk its entirety – it’s 86 miles from Poole Harbour in the east to Lyme Regis in the west!)
Along the way, you’ll uncover many fascinating stories: the ‘walk through time’ – an exceptional record of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of the Earth’s history; stories of farming, fishing, quarrying, smuggling, of war and fortification; and spot some of Dorset’s wonderful wildlife along the way.

Wimborne

Visit Wimborne

Wimborne Minster and the surrounding area offer fun for all ages,
from high adrenaline activities to more gentle pursuits, from nature based attractions to unique heritage sites.

Visit Moors Valley and follow their outdoor play trails, hire a bike and test yourself
on their varying ability cycle paths or take a trip on the narrow gauge steam railway.
Why not live life adventurously and explore the park from a monkey’s perspective!
Go Ape are an outdoor activities company offering tree top walks, forest Segway tours,
tree top junior adventures and zip wires to all ages.

Other activities in the area include Honeybrook Farm,
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park & Rescue Centre and Green Cottage Riding Centre.

Explore the extensive grounds of Kingston Lacy House & Gardens:
Owned by the National Trust, this 17th Century mansion contains an outstanding collection of paintings and other works of art. The house and gardens are set in a wooded park with attractive walks, covering over 43 acres and feature restored Japanese Gardens, a Victorian Fernery and Formal Gardens.
Located on the Kingston Lacy estate is the Badbury Ring’s (an Iron Age hill fort),
so you can go and fly your kite from the highest height.

Take a trip to Knoll Gardens and witness the breeze blow through the stunning
ornamental grasses which the four acre of gardens are famous for and learn how to bring the wow factor to your own garden.

Located in Wimborne town centre is the Priest’s House Museum & Garden,
delve in to the town’s archaeology and discover hidden gems that have been found in the area. Enjoy the town and its more recent history from a different perspective at the Wimborne Model Village or imagine the roar of water and the grind of mill stone at the White Mill.

Hengistbury Head and Christchurch

Visit Hengistbury Head and Christchurch

Hengistbury Head is a dramatic headland to the south of Christchurch Harbour.
It is an outstanding site for wildlife and archaeology and offers beautiful beaches and views across the New Forest, Isle of Wight and Purbecks. Access is easy for all ages and abilities.
There is a Land Train (great fun for both young and old!) linking to Mudeford with its colourful beach huts and beach café, ferries to Christchurch, as well as a summer bus service to Bournemouth.
A perfect day out – you are in the countryside but still close to the town!

With two rivers to walk or boat down, two historic quays to discover and
two historic castles to explore, Christchurch is an ideal holiday playground.
The historic Priory Church and Castle ruins help give an old world charm to the bustling town centre with its range of independent shops, high street stores and regular markets. Visit the clifftop grounds and delight in the buildings and interiors of Highcliffe Castle or use your imagination to bring back to life Christchurch Castle from its ruins. You can also take in the collections and exhibitions of this historical town at the Red House Museum and Garden.

The New Forest

Lots to do in the New Forest

Right on Christchurch’s door step is the New Forest, a great place for the whole family
to get out and get some fresh air. Take a scenic drive through the New Forest to Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway.  Covering over 200 acres, the gardens hold the famous Rothschild collection of azaleas, camellias & rhododendrons.
To make the most of the day, visit Buckler’s Hard, a picturesque 18th century traffic-free village on the banks of the Beaulieu River. Buckler’s Hard is a little over two miles from its sister attraction of Beaulieu, another pretty village where visitors can tour the National Motor Museum as well as Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey.
Head in to Burley, hire a bike and tackle the different cycle paths available to follow, stopping in the suggested pubs on the way. A great place to relax and enjoy a picnic in the sunshine or take the dogs for a walk.

Dorset Villages

Many picturesque Dorset villages to visit

There are so many picturesque Dorset villages from Milton Abbas,
with its row of thatched houses, Beaminster with its fine medieval church with a 16th century tower to the pretty village of Cerne Abbas with its famous giant on the hill.
The quaint village of Moreton is famous as the final resting place of “Lawrence of Arabia”, and has an 18th Century church with stunning stained engraved glass windows. The result, especially on a sunny day, is a spectacle worth seeing.

In the village of Higher Bockhampton you can visit Thomas Hardy’s cottage,
owned by the National Trust, and walk in Hardy’s footsteps on some lovely trails surrounding the cottage.

Visit the small market town of Shaftesbury, the home of gold hill, made famous by the Hovis advert.
Athlehampton House & Gardens is a quintessential manor house with a labyrinth of gardens each with their own theme. Water forms the recurring feature with fountains, pools and the River Piddle on its doorstep.

Use The Rivera as a base while you Discover Dorset!

The Riviera Hotel in Alum Chine, Bournemouth, Dorset

We are very fortunate to be within easy striking distance of a marvellous selection
of beautiful and fascinating Dorset destinations. Whatever your interests, we guarantee you will enjoy yourself
to the full with a wide range of places and attractions available, and their all at our door step!

Stay with us on our Discover Dorset package and enjoy Dorset cream tea on arrival,
a full English breakfast each morning and dinner every evening using some of the finest Dorset produce.
We will even provide you with a suggested itinerary of where to go, what to see and what to do!

Just £69pppn

Stay 4 nights or more and we may even upgrade you to a sea facing room with
private balcony if available.

Booking is simple- Just click here and select your dates!

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A Selection of Local Gardens and National Trust Sites to visit this Summer

Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life?
How about taking a stroll through an array of secluded gardens and flowery meadows?
Maybe you would prefer to take a walk-through time and explore and learn the history of
some of Dorset’s most famous castles and hidden gems. If that isn’t your cup of tea, how
about a walk along the many ancient coastlines, blue flag beaches or a visit to a secluded
island. With all this wonderful weather we have been having, all are perfect opportunities
to get your fix of fresh air and to enjoy the great outdoors:-

National Trust Sites near Riviera Hotel Bournemouth
Kingston Lacy

Visit Kingston Lacy near Riviera Hotel Bournemouth

Courtesy of: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy

An Italian palace in the heart of the Dorset Countryside home
to one of Dorset’s most powerful families, the Bankes.

Bask in the beauty of one of the largest private collection of
paintings in Britain or discover the treasures of Egypt roaming one of the largest displays of
Egyptian relics in the UK. Look up at beautifully restored ceiling fresco, see one of the last
surviving ‘tent rooms’ or spot the keys to Corfe Castle over the mantelpiece and read up on the
History of the Bankes family over the last 400 years.

Set on 8,500 acres of estate there is loads to explore outside
as well. From Iron Age forts, to colourful heathland, water meadows and even a Roman road.
Take a summer picnic and sprawl across the south lawn or let the children run wild in the
nearby play areas. Have a wander around the Japanese Garden, complete with authentic tea house
or take a sheltered walk through the surrounding woodland. You can even take home some
inspirational tips on how to maintain the perfect vegetable garden!

Corfe Castle

Visit Corfe Castle near Riviera Hotel Bournemouth

Courtesy of: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/dorset/corfe-castle

A  royal palace and fortress shaped by warfare with 1,000 of years
history to discover from the lives of all who have lived, worked and fought in the castle to
tales of treachery and treason. With many nooks and crannies to explore and a vast amount of
fallen walls and secret places, these castle ruins are captivating for all ages. Admire
breath-taking views of the Purbeck hills and meet many wildlife that have set up home there.

Visit the Model village, step back in time and compare the
castle as it was almost 300 years ago to the ruins that stand before us today.

There is also an array of walks to choose from and regular
activities to join in on or watch such as rein actions of Corfe Castle history , open air
theatre productions, cooking classes etc.

Studland Bay

Knoll Beach and Studland Bay near Riviera Hotel Bournemouth

Courtesy of: https://www.visit-dorset.com/listing/studland-bay/12721301/

A 4 mile stretch of golden sandy beach with views of both Old
Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight. The perfect location for sandcastle making, water sport
trying and long walks in the dunes or through the designated countryside trails. Studland is home
to an abundance of wildlife from dragonflies and damselflies to sea birds and deer along with a
range of different wild flowers and woodland to explore. For some of the best views of the
heathlands, head to Agglestone, a 400-tonne rock sitting alone on a conical hill. Perfect for
a breath of fresh air.

Brownsea Island

Visit Brownsea Island near Riviera Hotel Bournemouth

Courtesy of: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/dorset/brownsea-island

From the moment you step ashore, Brownsea can feel like a whole other
world with an array of woodland, heathland and a lagoon to explore. With a remarkably varied history,
there is a lot to learn about the islands past residents. From being a hideout for pirates or a
second world war refuge to  being a historical landmark for the Scouting and Guiding movement,
there is a lot to know about the fascinating castaway island.

It is also a unique haven for wildlife, especially the red
squirrel, and their island trails provide a refreshing walk through many habitats home to
all kinds of creatures.

With regular events and activities for both adults and kids
and a visitor centre providing maps and guidebooks to help with your day, Brownsea island
has something for everyone.

 

Compton Acres - Plants & Flowers

Compton Acres

Visit Compton Acres near Riviera Hotel Bournemouth

Courtesy of: https://www.greatbritishgardens.co.uk/england/item/compton-acres-gardens.html

Acknowledged as one of the finest privately-owned gardens in England,
Compton Acres is well known for its 10 acres of horticultural and ornamental gardens. Each
garden is set to a different theme from Italian to Japanese, Wooded Valley to Rock & Water,
each with their own unique displays of colour, plants, statues, waterfalls & fountains,
trees and shrubs. It’s a great place for a peaceful and relaxing walk, both long and short,
filled with breath taking views and an oasis of natural beauty. There is even a café to stop and
grab a coffee and a bite to eat overlooking the gardens and Poole harbour and their plant centre
allows for you to take some of what is the beauty of Compton Acres home with you.

Lulworth Castle & Park

Visit Lulworth Castle and Park near Riviera Hotel Bourenmouth

Courtesy of: https://www.visit-dorset.com/listing/lulworth-castle-%26-park/15549301/

The most beautiful castle in the South, steeped in history. Follow in
the footsteps of kings and queens as you take a walk around the Castle grounds, stand at the top of
the tower admiring the views or explore the rooms and background of the castle itself. With extensive
parkland, woodland walks, a children’s play area, animal farm and an array of garden games to keep you
busy, Its great for a family day out. Why not bring a picnic or come for a walk with the dog? You
could even visit the castle tearooms and feast on a selection of homemade cakes or enjoy a cream tea.

Upton Country Park

Upton Country Park near Riviera Hotel Bournemouth

Courtesy of: https://uptoncountrypark.com/

An award-winning park and Poole’s main attraction whatever the
season. Its ideal for a leisurely stroll or cycle ride with many mapped out routes through woodland
and countryside you can follow. You could even take a Segway tour as a more exciting way of getting
around. There’s an abundance of wildlife, gardens and plants to explore and a woodland play trail
for the kids. There’s an art gallery above the tea rooms displaying the works of many local
professional artists and knowledgeable guided tours of the ground floor rooms of Upton House
are available.

Durlston Country Park & National Nature Reserve

Durlston Castle and Country Park, Swanage

Courtesy of: https://www.visit-dorset.com/listing/durlston-country-park-national-nature-reserve/14020301/

A mile south of Swanage lies Durlston Country Park, 320 acres of
countryside filled with a diverse selection of wildlife and an array of habitats in which they
breed from sea-cliffs to meadows. Bask in the stunning views, follow the walking trails, look at the
historic Great Globe or explore the renovated Durlston Castle. You can even hire a family explorer
backpack for the kids filled with an array of fun activities. Visit the art gallery with regularly
changing art and exhibitions or grab a hot beverage and a quick lunch from the castles café.

Blue Pool

Blue Pool Waters Edge

Courtesy of: https://bluepooltearooms.co.uk/

If your looking for a place of peace and tranquility, then the Blue Pool
is the place for you. Surrounded by 20 acres of woods and heathland with multiple sandy paths leading
down to the waters edge, the pool itself constantly varies in colour going from green to turquoise.
This makes for some gorgeous pictures. Visitors may even catch a glimpse of some of the landscapes
wildlife including deer, rabbits, badgers, foxes and dragonflies and could even be luck enough to spot
a Dartford Warbler or Green Sand Lizard. There is an array of play areas dotted around for the children
to explore and Magic Fairy Doors and Model Squirrels in trees for the kids to find. All the family
would be entertained.

Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park

Kingston Maurward House

Courtesy of: https://www.dorsetguide.com/kingston-maurward-house/

The contemporary parkland and pleasure gardens were laid out in the
style popularised by Capability Brown (the UK’s most celebrated landscape designer). Simplicity was
the hallmark of the gardens which consisted of rolling turf, carefully placed groups of trees, a lake
and a lakeside temple.

The gardens seen today have survived several periods. Created between
1915 and 1922, the 35-acre formal gardens were set within the existing framework of the 18th
century parklands. More recently, the gardens have been sympathetically restored using photographs from
the 1930’s retaining the best features of the old and adding new ones. They consist of a cornucopia of
small gardens set on an axes, each with their own themes, character, trails, walks and walled gardens.

The animal park is a hit with the kids and home to a interesting selection
of animals including goats, alpacas, miniature Shetland ponies, sheep and more.