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Check out whats happening at the Riviera this Summer!

Summer Holidays Bournemouth

Planning to take your family away this summer but can’t find a suitable hotel?
Live in Bournemouth and want to get out with the whole family for a fun packed evening or
already booked to stay with us but worried there will be nothing for the kids to do
during your stay to keep them entertained?
Well, we here at the Rivera know that family holidays are normally, more often than not,
one of the highlights of the year. There a chance to get away from your daily routine,
relax and spend some quality time with the ones
you love and we want to help you create those lasting memories and experiences you will look back
on and laugh at in years to come.
In order to do this, we have put together an array of entertainment for you to enjoy as a
family over your summer break with us, just take a look at what we have in store:

MONDAY & THURSDAY

Not in the mood to cook? Join us every Monday and Thursday night throughout
summer for our very popular ‘make your own pizza’ nights,
an activity all the family can enjoy and a great way to spend the evening together.
Just pop on down to our Cunarder Restaurant, grab yourself a pizza base,
smother it in tomato sauce
and then choose from a wide variety of toppings to complete your perfect pizza.
When finished, hand it to one of our staff and will bring it back to you once it’s been cooked.

We will also be holding a Bingo night every
Monday in our Main Bar area, so grab a drink and join in the fun

TUESDAY

The very popular “Rebecca King” will be back and gracing us with her presence
every Tuesday in our Main Bar, keeping all the family entertained with an array
of pop classics to dance and sing along to.

WEDNESDAY

Here at the Riviera, we love a party just as much as the next person so to celebrate the season that is summer,
we will be hosting a Caribbean night every Wednesday with an authentic Caribbean buffet
for all our guests to enjoy.  Check out the buffet menu here. Our resident DJ, Gem Roadshow, will also be playing a selection of tunes,
old and new, in our Main Bar area.  There will also be a Pirates and Princesses themed fancy dress parade
for the kids to enjoy. But adults, please do not think you have gotten away with it that easily!
Fancy dress is welcome for all ages so get your grass skirts and flowery garlands at the ready.

Our lovely Bar Manager Kris has even put together the perfect summer Mocktail
to get you in the mood for our Caribbean night.  He has even supplied us with the recipe so you can make it at home, see the recipe below:

Kris’s Caribbean Cooler

1. Grab a hurricane glass,
fill the glass with ice and pour in 75ml of Ginger Beer

2. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice,
75ml Pineapple Juice and lime juice and give it a shake.

3. Pour the contents of your shaker
in to the hurricane glass with the Ginger Beer, stir and then add the grenadine

4. Now for the finishing touches,
add a slice of lime and a ring of
pineapple for decoration

Wanting that extra kick,
add 25ml of spiced rum &
25ml Capt Morgan’s dark rum to help turn this Mocktail
in to an alcoholic Pirate’s Hook cocktail!

FRIDAY

Join us in our Main Bar for a quiz night from 6pm and get your general knowledge heads on!!
In aid of the summer there will be Fireworks on Bournemouth seafront starting every Friday
from the 4th August at 10pm so take a walk down the beach, chill out and watch as the night sky
is lit up as part of the Family Fiesta event. Also, from 7pm in the Lower Gardens and at Pier Approach there
will be circus workshops and shows, fire performances, stilt walkers, live music and more.
It’s a night not to be missed.

SATURDAY

Our Resident DJ “Gem Roadshow” will be in our Main Bar every Saturday
night providing a vast variety of music covering all genres, ages and styles so there will sure to
be something for everyone. Whether it’s the top 40 chart hits, a popular dance number or a golden oldie,
they will be sure to have the right song for you to get your groove on to.

SUNDAY

 Whether it’s drawing, painting or gluing we have got everything you need
to get your kids’ creative juices flowing in our arts and crafts’ corner available in our bar
from 10am until 6pm every Sunday. Just grab a drink at our bar and watch as your kids
create a masterpiece!

OTHER THINGS TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR AT THE RIVIERA:

We have updated our Bridge Bar and Grill menu
with an addition of a few summery selections.

Check out the new additions to our tapas dishes now available.
Get your taste buds tingling and your mouth watering with our Mozzarella sticks with sweet chilli mayo
or our Buffalo chicken wings with BBQ sauce. What something a bit more refreshing?
Grab one of our Riviera Summer Salads made with Dorset lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion,
mixed peppers and house dressing with your choice of either a chicken breast or Cajun salmon.

We will also be adding a Cocktail of the day to our bar menu,
just ask our bar staff for more information

 

If that is not enough, we have also given our Cunarder Restaurant
menu a summers touch with the addition of a few new tantalizingly tasty dishes. Take a look here.

Why not try our chefs new Crayfish and Saffron starter with Parmesan crisps
and baby tomatoes. Why not follow this with our Dressed Local Whole Crab served with a
soft boiled quail egg, new potatoes and samphire crisps or our Charred South Coast Mackerel Fillet
served with chive butter baby jacket potatoes, asparagus and sun-blushed tomatoes.
And then for dessert, why not treat yourself to our Pimms, Elderflower and Blueberry Terrine Jelly
with a Pimm’s garnish, an explosion of fruity flavours.

We asked our Sous chef Petr to pick his favorite dish
from our new summer menu and to provide us with the recipe so you can make it at home:

Petr’s Classic Strawberry Trifle

1. Firstly to make the Custard, heat 600ml of Double Cream
and Vanilla ( 1 pod, seeds scraped) in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
2. Whisk together 4 large egg yolks, 1 tbsp of Cornflour and 2 tbsp of caster sugar in a bowl,
then pour in the hot vanilla cream.
3. Pour in to a clean pan and get over a low-medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes until thick and glossy.
4. Pass through a fine sieve in to a bowl and leave to cool. 
5. Put 400g of strawberries (hulled and halved), 3 tblsp of caster sugar and 50ml of Harvey’s Sherry
in to a separate bowl to make the strawberry marinade, toss together and
leave in the fridge for 1 hr or so.

6. After and hour, spoon the strawberries in to the bottom of your dessert glass.
Add 320g of Trifle Sponges (or Victoria Sponge cases) and then pour your custard over the top.
7. Now for the finishing touches, whisk together some double cream and caster sugar
and then use a piping bag to pipe over the top of your dessert. 
8. To serve, add some fresh chopped strawberries and a dribble of your strawberry
marinade for decoration.

NOW YOU CAN ENJOY!

 

Settled down by our outdoor pool but worried about losing your spot if you
go to the bar? Really comfortable relaxing on a sun lounger and don’t really want to move?
Never fear because we have come up with the perfect solution.
Our text to order service saves you the hassle of having to que or wait around for
your food and drink orders.
Instead you just send us a text with your order and we will do the rest 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’.

Leisure Club Bournemouth Dorset Hotel

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!