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Love, Persuasion and Lashings of Ginger Beer: A Literary Guide to Discovering Dorset

From Austen to Wodehouse, Blyton to Hardy, Dorset’s stunning countryside has inspired some of Britain’s most prominent literary names with its scenic, almost ineffable landscapes igniting the imagination which has affected these authors in various ways. Take a stroll with us (in no particular order) as we lead you through a literature lover’s guide to discovering these authors’ works and all the pleasures Dorset has.

Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Persuasion:  This historic title takes place around the Lyme Regis area which many call “Pearl of Dorset” but more commonly known as Jurassic Coast which is also a world heritage site and the title itself is Austen’s final novel which was published shortly after her death in 1817. Austen visited Lyme Regis in 1803 and 1804, having stayed for weeks throughout that time which were later the setting for the book. The popularity of this title led to an overflow of fans to the town in which many of the events take place. Why not immerse yourself in the footsteps of Austen and take a walk on the Cobb, have a weekend trip or drive along the Coast where you can still find pre-historic fossils along the way to experience what she did which left such a lasting impression that it was captured so eloquently within her final novel.

Thomas Hardy 

Thomas Hardy

Tess of the D’Urbervilles:  Initially this appeared as a censored and serialised version which was published by the British illustrated newspaper (The Graphic) in 1891; and later in book form which spanned three volumes. For many, this novel represented Hardy’s literary/fictional masterpiece which challenged the sexual morals of the Victorian era. All of Hardy’s novels are inspired by the South and South West areas of England which he named Wessex, after the medieval Anglo-Saxon kingdom that existed in this area of England prior to the unification of Athelstan. The Vale of Blackmore, is also the main setting for Tess  and is a short stones’ throw away from Stonehenge. Tess herself is seen as a representation of nature and her affiliation with animals throughout the novel which impressed and fascinated the reader of the “idea” or representation of the South and how it inspired the events that took place. Like many before and after Hardy, the beauty of the South is ideally conveyed and reinforces the plots of the novels.

Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton

Famous Five:  “The Famous Five” is a series of children’s novels written by author Enid Blyton who went by the name of Mary Pollock within some of her published works. The novels feature the adventures of a group of young children and their dog and typically find themselves stumbling upon an adventure which usually involves criminals and treasure. Oftentimes, these excursions they find themselves in are close to Georgina/George’s family home which is based in Dorset. Regardless of the book, many times the settings themselves take place in rural areas which were directly inspired by the area of Dorset. Though there was only originally going to be six/eight within the series, the popularity and sales of the books grew tremendously to the point that in the end, twenty-one “Famous Five” novels were written as well as several television and film adaptations based on the novels. Enid Blyton is considered to be one of the world’s best selling authors since the 1930s having sold in excess of 600 million copies. This series of books itself will capture the imagination in what it was like as a child to discover idealistic, remote locations such as these which made reading these books engaging, leaving the reader to reminisce on the days we all had a group of friends with a dog having your own adventures. For those wishing to really re-live the days of childhood, why not follow in the footsteps of the famous five by visiting the iconic locations written within the book such as Kirrin Castle, Corfe Castle, idealistic seaside town of Swanage, then onto Brownsea Island, in Poole harbour which is accessible by ferry and then end the day with an excursion onto Bournemouth located five miles from Poole harbour.

PG Wodehouse

PG Wodehouse

Love among the chickens:  Is a novel by Wodehouse and was first published in June of 1906 and is the only novel to feature the recurring character of Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge who otherwise is confined to short stories. The plot focuses on Jeremy Garnet who decides to leave London for a time to focus on his next book, but is interrupted by the arrival of his friend Ukridge accompanied by his wife Millie who then explains a business proposal involving producing hens’ eggs on a farm in Dorset and invite Garnet by enticing him of the idea of golf and plenty of sea-bathing. Though somewhat bizarre, the novel effortlessly displays the serene landscapes afforded by Dorset and transition to sandy beaches and warm sunny days.  Wodehouse’s work has gained in popularity since his death, and many of his works have been adapted for television and film and as of 2015, his works are sited in the Oxford English Dictionary with over 1,700 quotes. Today, his legacy is commemorated with a memorial stone in Westminster Abbey which is open to the public. Additionally, if it is golf that you are fancying, Dorset offers great golf courses throughout the area such as Isle of Purbeck, Lyme Regis, Remedy Oak and Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club.

Thomas Edward Lawrence/Lawrence of Arabia 

Thomas Edward Lawrence

T.E. Lawrence who is globally better known as Lawrence of Arabia (autobiography written by Jeremy Wilson about Lawrence who helped lead the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman empire during WWI), was a British archaeologist, army officer, diplomat and writer. Lawrence published three major texts in his lifetime. The most significant was his account of the Arab Revolt in Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Homer’s Odyssey and The Forest Giant. Shortly after his military career ended, Lawrence settled by Wareham, Dorset in a cottage named Clouds Hill. Shortly thereafter, he was fatally injured in an accident on his Brough Superior (motorcycle) near his cottage and died six days later. Today Lawrence is buried in the separate burial ground of St. Nicholas’ Church, Moreton which is nestled in between Weymouth and Corfe Castle and a short drive away to the sandy beaches of Bournemouth. Both where he is interred as well as his cottage are open to the public and receive numerous visitors throughout the year to pay their respects Lawrence who himself had a prolific life with the accomplishments he garnered throughout his lifetime.

John Fowles

John Fowles

The French Lieutenant’s Woman:  Set in the mid-nineteenth century, the novel’s protagonist Sarah Woodruff, lives in the coastal town of Lyme Regis as a disgraced woman abandoned by a French ship’s officer who had returned to France and married. This novel gained notoriety due to is writing structure. Though more popular now in film and television, the book’s style of writing ends up bringing the reader into the book as a character themselves with the possibility of the protagonist having multiple endings. Again set in the historic Dorset area, this novel embodies the simplicity of coastal/scenic living.

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus:  Is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley; which ultimately is what she is most known for through the numerous adaptations her novel brought about through print, television and cinema. Though she is most known for Frankenstein, Shelley was an accomplished author with various other works that are now being given acclaim for her literary style. She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. Though not native or having lived in Dorset, her son Sir Percy Florence Shelley, bought Boscombe Cottage, which he had built in 1801 and intended to turn it into a home for his mother; unfortunately, Mary died from a brain tumour in 1851 prior to the completion of the home. Mary Shelley wanted to be buried with her parents, so her son had their coffins exhumed and placed in a family plot at St. Peter’s Church in Bournemouth. An interesting fact about Shelley, after her husband Percy Shelley died from drowning and his body cremated, she decided to keep his heart in a silken shroud and it is rumoured that she carried it with her nearly everywhere for years. Today you can visited her burial site with the cemetery being open to the public and afterwards can cross the street to eat, drink or dance at a pub named after her or walk a few minutes further to reach Bournemouth beach and pier.

Whether taking a drive along the Jurassic Coast or opening a hen farm business, what these famous writers all have in common are the portrayal of one of the best areas of the UK that anyone would be thrilled to visit whether it be to have an adventure, road-trip or have a holiday.

Discover Dorset Experience

Discover Dorset and all its beauty. 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 what to see and do!

Stay 4 nights,we’ll upgrade you to a sea facing room with private balcony (subject to availability).

Just £59 pppn 

Available  Sunday – Thursday (offer excludes July & August). Minimum stay of 2 nights applies.

Check availability and book now!

If you would like to find out more about these authors’ works’, the areas of Dorset or just take a gander at scenic postcard like shots, feel free to hit the links below.

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https://www.visit-dorset.com/explore

https://www.bournemouth.co.uk/

https://www.oxforddnb.com/view/10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-25311

https://www.biography.com/writer/jane-austen

https://www.bl.uk/people/thomas-hardy

https://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk/

http://www.wodehouse.co.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/lawrence_te.shtml

https://www.britannica.com/biography/John-Fowles

https://discoverdorset.co.uk/

 

 

 

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Summer 2018 at The Riviera

Still struggling to book your Last Minute Summer Holiday getaway?

Why go abroad when you can have the perfect family staycation on the South Coast!

Take a dip in our indoor pool or soak up the sun on our loungers in
our newly refurbished garden.

Have a rest in our relaxation room equipped with comfortable
seating and cosy furnishings or, if you’d prefer something more active, our studio gym
can help burn off extra energy.
Looking for a spa treatment? Why not visit Bella Green Spa in our Coast Spa?

A fun games room will keep the children playing in a safe
environment while you enjoy a drink in our stylish bar with spectacular views across the
Bay and wooded Chine.

And, if that’s not enough, we will be hosting an array of
activities throughout the summer- bound to keep the whole family entertained:

MONDAY

 Join us in our Bridge Bar & Grill for an
evening of bingo fun with Brian Cox and be
in with the chance of winning a prize!

TUESDAY

Our popular build your own pizza night will be back.
Dine from 6pm and then move through to the Bridge Bar
& Grill for music from local female
soloist Rebecca King.

WEDNESDAY

Crazy Dave brings with him a fun packed evening of
magic and balloon modelling from 7pm until 9pm.

THURSDAY

With the success of our Caribbean night last year,
we thought we would try something new! Join us for American night
and indulge in some of your favourite American classics from Chicken Wings
and Blue Cheese sauce to Surf and Turf and a New York Cheesecake, the menu will
have you drooling!

Click here to see the menu

 

FRIDAY

Brian Cox will be back in our Bridge Bar & Grill
quizzing you all on your music,
TV and general knowledge. Once complete, head down to Bournemouth Seafront for an
evening of family entertainment and a firework
display
from the Bournemouth Pier at 10pm (every Friday from the 3rd August)

SATURDAY

Gem Roadshow will be providing a family disco with games from 7pm until 11pm in our Bridge Bar.

SUNDAY

 

Challenge the family with a selection of  board games
to choose from or head out in the sunshine and enjoy a garden game or two.

As well as this…………

 

* OUR TEXT TO ORDER SERVICE IS BACK… *

Fancy something to drink or eat but
don’t want to lose your seat?
Give the bar a text, we’ll be there in a beat!

Our text to order service saves you the hassle of having to queue,
simply send us a text with your order, room number, surname and table number and we’ll bring it to you!

See the information cards on our outdoor tables for more details…

 

FANCY A MASSAGE?

We are pleased to introduce you to the Bella Green Spa which is now based at the Riv!

Offering a wide variety of luxury spa treatments, Bella Green at The Coast Spa uses natural products to refresh, revitalise and rejuvenate.

To book an appointment, call Arabella on 07376 063589 or email bellagreenspa@gmail.com

Check out the treatment list and prices here

 

*COMPETITION*

#RivSummer2018

Fancy winning a free break*?

Take inspiration from the lovely Inma and snap a photo of
yourselves in our new Giant Deckchair then post it to our Facebook page using the hashtag: #RivSummer2018

At the end of the summer we will announce the lucky
winner live on Facebook!

*terms & conditions and date restrictions apply*

 

 

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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:-
Kingston Lacy
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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
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Courtesy of: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/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
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Courtesy of: https://www.visit-dorset.com/things-to-do/studland-beach-p127213

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
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Courtesy of: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/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
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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
Lulworth Castle and Park

Courtesy of: https://www.visit-dorset.com/things-to-do/lulworth-castle-and-park-p155493

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
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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
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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
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Courtesy of: http://www.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
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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.

Self-Catering Apartments Hotel 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 holiday. 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.

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, Self catering apartments 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.

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.

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 close to both Bournemouth
and 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 Summer Holiday then book now as Apartments sell out
fast for school holidays!

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.

Wedding venue Bournemouth, wedding venue Poole

Recently Engaged?

Did you get engaged on Valentine’s Day or over the Christmas season?

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, 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 140 guests

Weddings Bournemouth

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

Weddings Bournemouth

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.

Weddings Bournemouth

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

The Riviera Signature Package

3 Course Wedding Breakfast

6 Item Finger Buffet

Bridal Suite for the Bride and Groom (Inc breakfast)

Complimentary Chair Covers
The Riviera Classic Package

Arrival Drinks Reception of: Bucks Fizz,
Pimms and Lemonade or Summer/Winter punch

Three Course Meal

1 Glass of Wine with the Meal

1 Glass of Bubbly for the Toast

Classic Evening Buffet (6 options)

Bridal Suite for the Bride and Groom (Inc Breakfast)

Complimentary Chair Covers
The Riviera Elegant Package

 Arrival Drinks Reception of Bucks Fizz,
 Pimms and Lemonade, Prosecco or Pink Cava

 Canapes(choice of three)

 Three Course Meal

 2 Glasses of Wine with the Meal

 1 Glass of Bubbly for the Toast

 Classic Evening Buffet (7 options)

 Complimentary Chair Covers

 Mirror Centerpieces with Tea Lights

 Complimentary Use of the Cake Stand & Knife

 Complementary Dinner on your 1st Wedding Anniversary

 Bridal Suite for the Bride and Groom (including Breakfast)

All day guests will have the evening buffet included in their packages.
Additional guests can be added at a cost.

Weddings Bournemouth

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 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)

Weddings Bournemouth

Or maybe you are interested in our Classic package but would prefer to get married during the week
instead of over a weekend to save on a bit of money. If this is the case then we offer our classic
package as a Special Midweek Package:

Special Midweek Package: 

Arrival Drinks Reception of Bucks Fizz, Pimms or Summer/Winter punch

Three course wedding breakfast

1 glass of wine with the meal

1 glass of bubbly for the toast

Classic evening buffet (6 options)

Bridal Suite for the bride and groom (including breakfast)

Complimentary chair covers

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!!
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The Top 10 Family Attractions in Dorset over the Easter holidays

Have you booked a family holiday over the Easter break in Bournemouth but are struggling to find activities in or around the area to keep all the family entertained while you’re away?

I think everyone can agree that no Easter is ever quite complete without an appearance from the Easter bunny who has hidden lots of chocolate Easter treats around the garden to be found by the kids, the smell of hot cross buns with melted butter being baked in the oven and the flowering of daffodils to bring in the Easter season.

Well we have put together our top 10 Family attractions in Dorset over the Easter Holidays for you to choose from:

 

10: Easter @ the Tank Museum (8th-23rd April)

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Watch Tanks in action with a jam packed demonstration filled with expert commentary every weekday at 1pm starting on Monday 10th April. Or if that wasn’t enough, why not experience the thrill of riding in an M548 tracked vehicle yourself with the whole family. The vehicle seats up to 16 people so everyone can join in and rides are available every day from 11:30am- 4:30pm with a £3.50 charge per person. As well as this you can take part in a range of family activities. Kids can also let off steam in the outdoor play area and in their new inside soft play area, adjacent to the Cafe. Plus free family trails to keep them absorbed with teasers and puzzles!

9: Cadbury’s Easter egg hunt @ Studland Bay (8th-23rd April) from 10:30-15:30

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Why not take a bunny hop in to Studland’s spring time on their Easter Trail. Follow the clues around the nature reserve, take in all the beautiful scenery and watch the wildlife while you see the world through Bunny’s eyes. Collect your Cadbury’s chocolate prize at the end. You could even take a long walk across Studland’s award winning beach and dip your toes in the sea or grab some lunch in the beach cafe.

8: Cadbury’s Easter egg hunt @ Kingston Lacy (8th-23rd April)

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This Easter enjoy discovering Kingston Lacy’s  garden, hunting out the eggs to claim your Cadbury chocolate prize while you step foot in the far east as you explore the seven acre Japanese garden with its cherry blossoms having slowly started to come in to bloom. Or discover what is in store at the Nursery Wood with its spectacular display of azalea, camellia, rhododendron and flowering cherry trees. All for just an extra £2.50 per trail. Normal admission applies.

7: Easter adventure extravaganza @ Lulworth Castle (14th – 17th April)

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Looking for some eggcellent family fun this Easter? Then join them ‘down the rabbit hole’ from 14th April to 17th April, 10.30-5pm.

This year Lulworth Castle have been inspired by the fantastical story of Alice in Wonderland so you can expect a whole host of activities at their fairy tale castle including themed trails, egg hunts, crafts, bouncy castle (weather permitting, age 7+), soft play for under 4’s, crazy golf and, of course, white rabbits and Easter Eggs!! Don’t forget to go and meet the Mad Hatter in the Castle whilst you’re exploring ….Tickets include Free Parking. Adults £7, Child £5, under 4’s free. Family Ticket (2 adults, 3 children) £25. Tickets can be bought online here or on the day.

6: Easter activities and egg hunting @ Farmer Palmer‘s (14th -17th April)

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Celebrate spring with baby animals, tractor rides, a petting zoo, the Easter Bunny and 4 days of Eggcellent Egg Hunts starting promptly at 2.40pm daily in the field at the end of the outdoor animal pens. We suggest you head down there for 2:30pm.

5: Easter fun on Brownsea Island (14th – 17th April)

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Join in with the Island’s Easter activities and have a go at their special Easter trail with Cadbury Easter Egg prizes. Head along to Church Field for free games, arts, crafts, face painting (weekends only), and Cadbury Easter Egg trail (£3.00 per trail). Normal admission charges apply. Daily from 10.00am until 4.00pm

4: Eggstra special Easter fun @ Adventure Wonderland‘s award winning family attraction! 14th – 17th April

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Adventure Wonderland is the place to be this Easter with free egg hunts in their giant hedge maze and ever popular egg and spoon races. These will be taking place over the 4 day Easter weekend but there’s lots more to do throughout the whole holidays, with over 30 rides and attractions, both indoors and outdoors from the Jabberwocky, Water Wind Up, Wild Bills Runaway Train, The Ghostly Galleon and Turbo Teacups to more gentle attractions such as Curvy Caterpillars and The Flying Elephants…. Not forgetting, of course, The Battle Boats! Visit the Animal Corner, which includes baby bunnies, kid goats and Spring lambs! And it’s guaranteed fun whatever the weather with their vast indoor adventure play centre, Wild Thing!

Throughout the whole Easter holiday period there will be other events,  and BRAND NEW live shows in the Happydrome Theatre, featuring all your favourite Wonderland characters!

3: Easter egg trails at Corfe Castle (14th-17th April)

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It will be fun for the whole family as you take part in the Easter Egg Trail around Corfe Castle!  Seek out and discover the Bunny’s nature clues to claim your Cadbury chocolate treat. Please note that normal admission charges will apply plus £2.50 per person to take part in the trail. Booking not necessary. Daily from 10.00am until 4.00pm. Unfortunately dogs are not welcome.

2: Easter in Bournemouth

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Why not head to the beach with golden sands that stretch up to seven miles from Southbourne to Alum Chine and beyond. Check out our guide to the best walks in and around Alum Chine here.

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Visit the Oceanarium on Bournemouth Seafront and immerse yourself within 12 naturally themed zones and experience a fun and engaging underwater adventure around the waters of the world. – Make amazing savings of up to 30% off tickets when you book online and visit between Monday 3rd and Sunday 23rd April 2017.

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Go and enjoy a movie at the new BH2 leisure complex and dine in one of the many different eating establishments.

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Or you could: Discover Dorset and all its beauty with the Riviera’s guide to the best walking routes and suggested things to see and do while you stay at the hotel for just £55pppn bed, breakfast and evening meal. You will also get a cream tea on arrival. Stay for four nights and we will even upgrade you to a sea facing room with a balcony (subject to availability)

1: COME AND VISIT OR STAY AT THE RIVIERA HOTEL THIS SPRING

Situated on Alum Chine and close to the beautiful wooded Chine Suspension Bridge & Tropical Gardens, the Riviera Hotel is the perfect location for your holiday. View a map here.

Alum Chine is famous for its colourful Beach Huts and award-winning Blue Flag beach. It is extremely popular with families because,  in addition to its lifeguard patrolled beach, it features a children’s play area, paddling pool and toilet facilities.

The equally beautiful beaches of Poole are also within walking distance, including the desirable Sandbanks peninsula and the bustling Harbour area. A 15-minute ferry trip will transport you to The Purbecks, making The Riviera Hotel the perfect base for you and your family to explore the whole of Dorset.

The boutique shopping and eateries of Westbourne are a short walk from the hotel and you will find  Bournemouth Beach and the town centre just twenty minutes walk along the promenade.

Whether you are a guest or a visitor, the Riviera hotel and apartments has loads to offer over the Easter holidays and the Spring months to keep all the family entertained including:

Dine with us for a four course Easter lunch on Sunday 16th April for £18.95 per adult with a free glass of wine and £8.95 per child (under 12’s)

The kids can take advantage of our games room with:

A Nintendo Wii (controllers etc. at reception), Pool Table, Table Tennis Table, Board games and more…

Mondays and Thursdays are ‘Create you own pizza nights’.

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Whether you want a vigorous workout or just to relax and rejuvenate, you will find our Leisure Club has everything. How about a dip before breakfast in the indoor pool, a reviving soak in the bubbling spa bath, chill out in our relaxation room or an invigorating session in the studio gym.

Unique Boutique at The Coast Spa offers a tranquil atmosphere designed to put you at ease. Offering a wide variety of luxury spa treatments and packages along with hairdressing and everyday beauty essentials all tailored to your needs.

Sit back and enjoy a drink on our sun terrace overlooking our outdoor pool or try a selection of tapas dishes from our new hotel bar menu while you enjoy the views.

Whatever you decide to do this Easter, we hope you have a fantastic time with all your family and friends around you. From the whole Riviera Team, we wish you a fantastic Easter break filled with joy (and maybe some chocolate too).

HAPPY EASTER!