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Easter in Dorset 2019

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Things to do in Dorset during Easter!

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.

Good Friday;

The sixth Big Bournemouth Beer Festival will take place at the BIC’s Purbeck Hall from Friday until Sunday. Find range of traditional real ales, novelty and seasonal beers. Ticketed sessions will be on Friday and Saturday along with ‘Sup-up Sunday’, a non-ticketed session with no admission fee. Tickets are £7 – £7.50.

At Bovington Tank Museum there is a new Tank Factory Exhibition. There are a wide range of events running until Sunday, April 12, including an Easter egg hunt, tracked vehicle rides and Tanks in Action, as well as free family activities, talks and tours every day. Visit to find out more.

Brownsea Island will be holding a variety of fun Easter activities from Good Friday to Easter Monday. From 10am to 4pm free games, arts, crafts and face painting on Saturday and Sunday only, can be enjoyed. The cost of the Cadbury Egg Trail is £2.50 and normal admission prices apply.


A Messy Easter and Egg Drop competition are being held at Christchurch Baptist Church in Beaconsfield Road, Bargates, Christchurch, on Saturday 10am to 1pm. For more information; call the church office on 01202 487442. Alternatively, email

Easter Sunday;

The Mayor of Bournemouth will be holding his annual charity duck race at Bourne Stream in the Lower Garden on Easter Sunday. The fun begins at 2pm and ducks are £1 each.

Enjoy some Easter activities on Fisherman’s Walk on Easter Sunday. Sessions are from 10am to 12noon and 1pm to 3pm, which features an Easter egg hunt, weaving an Easter crown and Easter cake. It is aimed at ages five to 12-year-olds, but younger siblings are welcome, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Prices start at £5 per child. For more details, go to

Easter Monday;

Why not go along to the Pavilion Theatre on Monday and Tuesday for a prehistoric performance. Straight from the West End, Dinosaur Zoo brings a whole host of dinosaurs to life during the live show. Tickets cost £13.50 and ‘danger seats’ are available for booking. For details, visit

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

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With our large indoor pool, spa bath, free computer use with Wi-Fi and Children’s Games Room including:

a Nintendo Wii,
Chess set,
Pool Table,
Table Tennis Table,
Mini Kitchen,
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.

Holiday entertainment:
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Head to the Cunarder Restaurant and Build Your Own Pizza! Then get your dabbers ready for a game of Bingo in the Bridge Bar and Grill.

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Local soloist, Rebecca King, will be providing entertainment for all ages from 8pm until 10:30 in the Bridge Bar and Grill.


Children’s Entertainment with Krazy Dave in the Bridge Bar.

Chinese New Year

Pop along and enjoy our ever popular Chinese Buffet Night in the Cunarder Restaurant.


Friday night is Quiz night in our Bridge Bar and Grill!

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Gem Roadshow return for another family disco.

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Get creative at our Craft Table or challenge the family to a board game or two!

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.

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.

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.

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.