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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 tankmusuem.org. 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.

Saturday;

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 office@christchurchbaptist.org.uk.

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 Kithkinforestschools.co.uk

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 bhlivetickets.co.uk.

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:

Mondays:

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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.

Tuesdays

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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.

Wednesdays:

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

Thursdays:

Chinese New Year

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

Fridays:

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

Saturdays

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Gem Roadshow return for another family disco.

Sundays:

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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.

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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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The Top 10 Family Easter Attractions in Dorset for 2018

Back by popular demand….. We have taken our top ten Easter attractions from
2017 and updated it for you for 2018.

Staying or visiting us this Easter and stuck on what
to do while you’re here? Don’t worry we can help!

10: Easter @ the Tank Museum (30th March – 15th April)

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Watch Tanks in action with a jam packed demonstration filled with
expert commentary every weekday at 1pm starting on Friday 30th March.

This Easter Holiday explore The Tank Museum and experience the
biggest day out in history. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle.
Experience the thrill of riding in an M548 tracked vehicle. This working example of military
hardware seats 16 at a time – so the whole family can jump on together.
Available every day, 11.30am – 4.30pm, during the holidays, a £3.50pp charge applies.
Take part in a range of family activities. Kids can also let off steam in our outdoor play
area and in our new inside soft play area. Plus free family trails to keep them absorbed
with teasers and puzzles!

9: Cadburys Easter Egg Hunt @ Studland Bay (30th March -15th April) from 10:30-15:30

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Follow this family trail around Knoll Beach to solve a whodunit
mystery and collect a reward at the end.

8: Cadburys Easter egg Hunt @ Kingston Lacy (30th March – 15th April) from 10:00 – 16:00

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Get ready for two weeks of fun and discovery as you spot the
first signs of spring and experience nature bursting into life at Kingston Lacy. Become a
nature detective to follow bunny’s clues and finish your adventure with a delicious, chocolatey
treat for just £2.50pp

7: ‘Down the rabbit hole’ @ Lulworth Castle (30th March – 2nd April)

Easter Activities Dorset

This Easter come ‘down the rabbit hole’ for some great family fun at
Lulworth Castle. Join us every day from Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April between 10.30-5pm.

Inspired by the fantastical story of Alice in Wonderland, you can expect
a whole host of fun activities including themed trails, Easter hunts, crafts, bouncy castle
(weather permitting, age 7+), soft play for under 4s, 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 ….Refreshments will be available in the pop-up Courtyard Café. Cream teas,
hot drinks, cakes and ice creams are available in the Castle Tearoom. Tickets include Free
Parking. Adults £8, Child £6, under 4’s free. Family Ticket (2 adults, 3 children) £30. Tickets
can be bought online or on the day.

6: Easter Activities and Egg Hunting @ Farmer Palmers (30th March – 2nd April)

 

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Join us for our Easter Eggstravaganza over the Bank Holiday Weekend.
Our fluffy, friendly Easter Bunny will be hiding hundreds of chocolate eggs out in the field,
every day from Good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive. Egg Hunts start at approx. 2.30pm each
day, no extra charge for egg hunts in addition to normal admission. There will also be plenty
of animals to meet!

5: Easter Fun on Brownsea Island (30th March – 2nd April)

Easter Activities Dorset

Get ready for a long weekend of fun and discovery as you spot
the first signs of spring and experience nature bursting into life on Brownsea.  Follow
Bunny’s clues and finish your adventure with a delicious, chocolatey treat.  Hunt maps can
be picked up from Church field and are £2.50 per person. (Normal admission also applies.)
The Engine Gift shop will also be selling beautiful crafts and spring goodies for you to
carry on your adventure at home.

This Easter holiday the Outdoor Centre will also be hosting
three Ranger days where young people will have the opportunity to sample the Scouting life
by testing their wild skills and having a go at den building.  Sessions will be held on 5, 9
and 12 April from 11.30am-3.30pm and are £15 per child (not including boat fare or entry fee).

4: Easter Eggstravaganza @ Monkey World (30th March – 2nd April) – 10:00 till 17:00

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FREE Easter Eggs for the first 100 children into the park
from Good Friday until Easter Monday! The children’s Activity Centre is also open all week
for fun filled activities and information. Learn about EAST at Easter- our charity in Vietnam,
rescuing rehabilitating and releasing back into the wild endangered primates.

3: Easter egg trails at Corfe Castle (30th March – 2nd April)

Seek out and discover the Purbeck nature & wildlife inspired
clues to claim your Cadbury chocolatey treat. Please note that normal admission charges will
apply plus it costs £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 at this event.

2: Easter in Bournemouth

* Why not head to the beach and walk the seven mile stretch of golden sands from Southbourne to Alum Chine

* Visit the Oceanarium on Bournemouth Seafront

* Check out the all new BH2 Leisure Complex with a wide variety of eateries and an Odeon cinema.

* Hop on the Bournemouth Sightseeing Bus, the perfect way to get around Bournemouth in a leisurely manner.

1: VISIT OR STAY AT THE RIVIERA HOTEL

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Why not join us for a 4 course Easter Lunch on Sunday 1st April 2018 in
our Cunarder Restaurant accompanied by our resident pianist including activities for the kids and free
use of our hotel leisure facilities at just
£18.50 per adult (to include a glass of wine) and £8.95 per child (under 12’s). Click here for the menu

The kids can take advantage of our games room with a pool table, table tennis table, Nintendo Wii,  a selection of board games and more….

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A Brief History of the Riviera

Last month saw the celebration of Maureen Callaghan’s 90th Birthday, marking a massive milestone for a
wonderful lady who has, and will always be the heart and soul of the Riviera. Having owned the hotel for
over 50 years, there is no better time to reminisce then after the hotel owner’s birthday month so here
is just a brief history on The Rivera Hotel and how it got to be the success it is today:

The Riviera Hotel: A Brief History of a Family Business

In 1960, Alexander and Maureen Callaghan and their (then) four young children moved into the ten-bedroom Riviera Hotel.
Alex was 35 and had worked his way through promotion to become Purser on the Cunard cruise liner
Queen Elizabeth. He had not only learned his hospitality skills with Cunard, but had also seized the
opportunity afforded by his many voyages across the Atlantic to save the money for the deposit to buy
the small guesthouse in Alum Chine.
Although Maureen and the children moved into the hotel, Alex stayed with Cunard for another year,
earning a salary to put towards his plans for the hotel’s expansion. This meant that Maureen, with four
children under seven, was plunged into the additional role of single-handedly running a small hotel.

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In 1961, Alex resigned from Cunard and came to his new home determined to start building the six extra
bedrooms and a new dining room which he and Maureen had designed in that first year. Not long after, the
neighbours at No 12 decided to retire and so the Callaghan’s persuaded the Bank to lend them the money to
buy their guesthouse. The next building project was to join the two buildings and what is now the ballroom
in The Bridge Bar and Grill was built.

After No.12 was integrated into “the Riv”, the owners of No.16 also decided to sell so another trip to the
bank ensued. This time, the new restaurant was built to join these two buildings. The indoor pool, the mansard
roof joining the three buildings and sundry other projects all helped Alex and Maureen provide facilities
which leisure guests enjoyed and the trade of the hotel increased.

The next projects were the purchase of “the Bungalow” on Studland Road (now the Poolside Lodge),
followed by the purchase of two adjoining properties which became the Belle Reve Holiday Apartments.
This also offered the opportunity to build the outdoor pool – in the shape of an R – which was completed
in the early 1970s. Guests who had first come to the hotel as children were now bringing their own
children for family holidays. This was because of the huge personal interest the Callaghan’s showed in
their guests, endearing them to thousands of families from all over the country who would come to stay
time and again, knowing that they would receive a warm welcome and an enjoyable stay every time.

In 1990, after a year’s illness, Alex sadly passed away, aged 63. Maureen and the family were determined
to carry on the business and their daughter Maria and son Andrew took over the administration and operational
sides of the business respectively.

DID YOU KNOW?? : On a hot windy afternoon in July 1999, a young Assistant Manager was making his
lunch in the kitchen when he was called away to a job, mistakenly failing to turn off the equipment before leaving
the kitchen. This resulted in the unattended chip fryer catching light. The fire quickly ripped up through the
kitchen vents and ignited the wooden surrounds. This spread the fire sideways through the first and second floors
of the hotel. Some 90 firefighters fought the blaze which took two days before it was finally extinguished.

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Fortunately, at this time of day, there were no guests and few staff in the hotel and no-one was hurt.
The family was determined to re-establish the hotel and make it better than ever and, in September 2000,
the Riviera re-opened for guests after a £4.5m refurbishment.

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The Riviera Today:

In addition to holidaymakers and a growing following of corporate guests who value the friendly and helpful
service which we strive to offer, the Riviera now runs many Masonic Lodge weekends, parties, weddings, baby
showers and conferences for the locals of Poole, Bournemouth and the surrounding areas. In just this year
alone we have so far:

* Watched an array of beautiful brides and handsome grooms walk down the aisle on
their big day, each with their very own unique colour schemes and wedding decor. Here is a
selection of just a few:

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Each special day was equally as beautiful as the last and it was an absolute honour to meet, plan and witness
the weddings of every couple we have had the privilege of hosting in 2017.

We can’t thank each couple enough for the incredible feedback we have received from both them and their guests.
We love receiving and reading all their lovely FB posts, emails and cards and are always sure to pass on the
praise to the whole team so everyone gets a chance to read the wonderful reviews. Here is just a snippet of the
feedback from some of our 2017 weddings:

Katherine Ward (had her evening reception with us on 4th August 2017):
“I cannot recommend this hotel enough. All the staff were truly amazing at helping us ensure
our wedding reception was perfect, in every way it was better than we expected. Lauren
(who is the wedding/event’s organiser), you were just pure amazingness and we are so
grateful for everything! Thank you all so much!”

Hannah Richardson (got married with us on 10th August 2017):
“The hotel and apartments are great and the staff are fantastic. We’ve just had our wedding
here and it was absolutely perfect and the staff were incredible. The food is gorgeous and
the swimming pools are lovely. Can’t wait to come back again and would come back with my
children in the future”

Charlotte Smith (got married with us on 5th August 2017)
“Just wanted to say a massive thank you to Lauren, Amy and the team for all the hard work
you did in making our wedding so perfect. The food was amazing and the whole venue was set up
beautifully. We had a fantastic day and everyone really loved the hotel and had nothing
but good things to say about it. Some of the guests are going to book to come back. A huge
thanks to my best friend Billy! He worked so hard in the evening and was just so lovely!
What a guy! We couldn’t have asked for a better day and we can’t wait to come back and
stay – which will probably be soon “

* We have served Afternoon Tea for a large number of baby showers to celebrate
many mum-to- be’s expected new arrival and received some amazing comments about our staff and food:

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Emma Purvis had her baby shower here with us on 22nd July 2017:
“My baby shower was held yesterday 22.07.17. Absolutely fantastic day. Kids loved the
pool, the food was amazing, and staff were fantastic, nothing was too big of an ask.
Could not fault and highly recommend. Thank you”

Sally, organiser of Georgina’s baby shower which was held on 25th June 2017:
“Dear Lauren, Just a quick email to say thank you so much for helping organise yesterday.
The whole event went smoothly and the room was presented excellently upon arrival.
The member of staff who was serving on the day (Billy) was very helpful; and nothing was too
much trouble. He even asked which type of music we would like in the background.
The dietary requirements were also remembered and the food was delicious as always!
Thanks again to yourself, the staff and the hotel for such a great event!
This is the 3rd time I have been in this suite for this sort of event and I will always
recommend this hotel to others.
I’m sure I will use the hotel many times again in the future
Sally”

* We have helped numerous people celebrate their birthdays or anniversaries in
style with a lavish event, welcomed a large number of returning and new families over the
summer break hosting an array of activities to keep guests of all ages entertained and have
already booked over 3700 people in for their office Christmas parties over November, December
and January.

It’s been a busy year and we still have three months left of 2017! So to all those we have welcomed back or met for
the first time, we would like to thank you and we hope to see you all at the Riviera again very soon