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:
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!
Our popular build your own pizza nightwill be back. Dine from 6pm and then move through to the Bridge Bar & Grill for music from local female soloist Rebecca King.
Crazy Dave brings with him a fun packed evening of magic and balloon modelling from 7pm until 9pm.
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!
Brian Cox will be back in our Bridge Bar & Grill quizzingyou 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)
Gem Roadshow will be providing afamily disco with games from 7pm until 11pm in our Bridge Bar.
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.
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:-
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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)
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!
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
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
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….
The one day of the year when we try our best to make our mum feel extra special (not that you shouldn’t be doing this every day of the year). So instead of frantically running around trying to find that perfect gift to express your love and affection, why not bring them to the Riviera Hotel.
Although we are fully booked for our Mother’s Day Sunday Lunch, we also provide an array tasty snacks and light meals in our Bridge Bar & Grill.
Why not bring your mum in for an Afternoon Tea?
Feast on a selection of sandwiches, mini cakes and scones with cream & jam and wash it all down with a lovely cup of tea. We have a wide selection of tea available from English Breakfast to Earl Grey to Peppermint, just ask our bar staff.
Can’t make it down on Sunday? We also provide gift vouchers for our afternoon tea packages which can be purchased on our website
You could come in and enjoy a quiet drink and selection of Tapas dishes or a Homemade Pizza. 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 while you eat.
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
The Britannic Suite: Tastefully decorated, the Britannic suite is ideal for intimate
weddings suitable for up to 70 guests
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.
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.
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
Welcome Cocktail and Nibbles
Traditional Afternoon Tea
Flute of Prosecco
Bridal Suite for the Bride & Groom with Breakfast
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:
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)
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,
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
Trying to organise the perfect baby shower for yourself, a friend or relative but unsure on where to book? We have put together our top tips for booking a baby shower at a hotel to help you on the path to baby shower planning success:
Why Hire A Hotel?
Hiring a hotel allows you to eat and drink from the finest of china, a selection of freshly cooked food made by someone else, leaving you without the hassle of having to do it all yourself. Instead you are free to relax and enjoy the fun.
Most hotels allow you to bring decorations but do not expect you to decorate. They are more than happy to do the decorating for you so you have more time to ready. They may even be able to help with the arrangements, providing you with a selection of suppliers they have used in the past that you could purchase your decorations, cake etc. from.
Many hotels also more than likely have private function rooms you can hire, allowing you a level of intimacy you may not get in the main dining area. You may find there is normally a room hire charge if you do not invite up to a certain amount of people but it is always worth an ask.
The Riviera are very happy to pitch in and help decorate on the day if needed. We will even provide you with the chair covers, table cloths, napkins and a selection of coloured sashes to choose from. We cater for parties of all sizes – for 30 or more you can reserve the Britannic Suite exclusively for the afternoon, or for smaller gatherings we can reserve you the Caledonia suite with a view of the alum chine gardens and the ocean.
How do I pick a theme?:
Picking a theme for a baby shower can be a very strenuous and mind boggling task so here are just a few ideas to help you on your way:
The most popular baby shower themes we have seen used are normally based on colour, whether or not the baby is a boy or a girl. This will decide whether or not the theme will be blue or pink. However, what if you are unaware of the baby to be’s gender? More often than not the mother and father to be have decided they would like this to be a surprise. So how would you go about choosing a theme and decorations for your friends baby shower? Well here is just a few ideas to help you:
Match to the Nursery Décor: You may find although the parents to be do not know the gender of their baby they have still picked out their nursery décor. You could match the baby shower colour theme and decorations to the nursery theme they have chosen.
Nature: There are many different ideas for a nature theme that could be done which could include:Flowers, Clouds, Baby Animals etc. They are all popular baby themes and are fun to do. They could even be based on a particular favourite animal of both the mother and father to be and can be a good way of making a reluctant father to be feel involved too. You could use an array of brightly coloured balloons or even get the supplier to shape them in to certain animals or flowers for you. Why not try looking at Bournemouth balloons for some inspiration or ordering some beautiful flowers from By Arrangement Florist in Bournemouth.
A book themed baby shower: Celebrate the mom-to-be’s love of literature or a particular story book or movie with a whimsical menu, darling decorations, and plenty of fairy-tale fun.
For example: if the mum to be is a Disney fan then why not have a mad hatter’s tea party!
Spa Baby Shower: Since the mother to be will have little time to spoil herself once the baby is born, now is the perfect time to get her and all of her friends together and spoil them with a relaxing afternoon of pampering. Why not treat the mum to be to a manicure or pedicure and an afternoon tea, or let her relax and enjoy an Indian head massage or foot massage to help cure the aches and pains of carrying a baby.
Lori, our resident beauty therapist at the Riviera Hotel’s Unique Boutique offers a selection of spa packages and treatments to choose from all at reasonable prices. You could even put your feet up in the hotels relaxation room while you wait for your treatments.
When should I send out the invitations?
Make sure to give invitations out a few weeks in advance. Most hotels will ask for a deposit in order to confirm the booking, the earlier you send out the invitations, the more sufficient time it gives each guest to get the money to you. Always provide as much information on the invites as you possibly can but try not to sound too wordy, or encourage guests to be able to contact you if they have any questions about directions to the location or gifts etc.
What should we eat and drink?
The food and drink at a baby shower need not be too elaborate. A simple buffet with 5 or 6 options or an afternoon tea with a selection of sandwiches and cakes will suffice and please all. It also makes it easier to choose and pre- order ahead of time saving you so much hassle.
*TOP TIP* – make sure to check if anyone in your party has any allergies or dietary requirements before ordering and let the venue know a few weeks before.
The Riviera provideafternoon tea packagesfor baby showers starting at just £9.95 per person along with a variety of other options on our bar menu if an afternoon tea isn’t for you. If your not wanting lunch and you would like a sit down meal instead, our Cunarder Restaurant is also open for dinner and offers an array of different options to choose from, sourced from local produce and cooked fresh.
What should I do for a cake?
Pre-ordering a cake is always the easiest option but it is best to make sure this is done in advance. This gives enough time for the cake to be prepared and for you to go through with the baker how you would like the cake to look. Although the most convenient option, this can also be the most expensive.
You could try baking the cake yourself. Not only is this a less costly option but it would also be heaps of fun. You could use your creativity and even get your friends to help. There are loads of recipes online or in cookery books that you could follow.
You don’t even have to have the classic baby shower cake and instead could mix it up with a selection of cupcakes in a stand. You could even turn it into a game, bake lots of cupcakes and then get each of your guests to decorate their own cupcake at the shower.
What should we do for games?
Below are just a few games that could be played during a baby shower:
Diaper Derby: Split your guests in to two teams and hand each team a roll of toilet paper. Give the teams a set amount of time to wrap one of their team members up in a mock diaper made from the toilet roll given. The team with the most creatively diapered adult baby wins a prize. This makes for some hilarious photos you will be sure to look back on and laugh at!
Place the baby on the mummy: Yep you’ve guessed it, this is a simple baby shower alternative to the classic game pin the tail on the donkey. Blow up a picture of the mum to be with her baby bump on show. Blind fold each guest and hand them a cut out picture of a baby. Give them a little spin and then get them to pin the baby on the picture. Whoever gets it closest to the tummy wins. You could also play pin the dummy on the baby as an alternative.
Guess the baby food: Gather together a selection of unique baby food flavours, rip off the labels and number each top. Then ask your guests to grab a spoon and sample each, writing down what they think the flavour is as they go. The guest with the keenest taste buds wins a prize.
*Top Tip* Having a mixed shower in which dads are invited? Why not mix the game up a bit, blindfold the ladies and get them to feed their gents the baby food. The gents then guess the flavour. This helps make the men part of the fun too.
Guess the baby: Why not get every guest of your baby shower to bring a picture of them as a baby with them. Once you have collected all the pictures give them each a number. Then get every guest to write down who they think each picture is of. The person with the most correct answers wins a prize.
For example: can you guess which baby is which out of our six lovely staff members?
Blindfolded Diapering: Have guests separate into teams. Each teams gets a doll, blindfold and diapers. Each guest must put the blindfold on, remove the current diaper and put a new one on the doll. After the first team member does this, they give the doll to the next, until the entire team is finished. The first team to finish wins.
Well once all the above is complete and all who are coming have paid, all that is left to do is to arrive at the hotel an hour early to bring any decorations and the cake. You could also get guests to arrive early too if it is a surprise shower. Then once all is in place it’s time for the guest of honour to arrive. Now you can relax, mingle, eat, have some fun and take lots of pictures for the mum-to-be so she can remember just how amazing the baby shower you planned for her was 🙂
It’s certainly been a busy Christmas Season with over 4000 people walk through the doors to celebrate their Christmas parties this year! We wanted to give you a look into what has been happening over at the hotel last month over the Christmas and New Year!
We had parties spread across the Cunarder Restaurant, the Mauretania and our Icy themed Britannic Suite all through December. All the staff got into the Christmas spirit, dancing merrily in the kitchens and taking over the photo booth before all the guests arrived. Even the night porter joined in and was caught rocking out behind reception at the beginning of his shift! Our reception manager Charlotte and our lovely Amy got to meet Santa during our Santa’s Sunday Lunch which was a huge hit and will certainly be back next year!! Also, check out the fantastic Riviera gingerbread house that Amy created to amaze all of our Christmas residents.
We had a brilliant time with the Aster Group for their Christmas Party here at The Riviera. They took part in an excellent #manequinchallenge in true Gatsby style! Take a look below:
Since launching our new menu this June, The Bridge Bar & Grill has been been very popular among our hotel guests. The homemade pizzas hit it off as soon as we launched and the tapas are also very popular. A firm favourite has got to be the delicious fish and chips!
The selection of Small Plates is great for those sharing!
Above shows the crispy, deep fried calamari, grilled Mediterranean vegetables and grilled handmade cocktail sausages.
All small plates are £4 each or £10 for 3! Now that’s a deal you won’t want to miss!
This Summer… The hotel has been packed full of holiday makers, enjoying the beach, the sun and the food! We introduced our text to order service by the outside poolside where our guests could order cocktails and food. We also have build your own pizza for the children to have fun and get creative!
If this blog post hasn’t already made you hungry then wait until you have experienced our scrumptious Afternoon Tea packages.
We offer the traditional English afternoon tea with a selection of finger sandwiches, mini cakes and homemade scones with clotted cream & jam and freshly brewed tea. You can also have a glass of fizz with your afternoon tea or go all out with the ultimate package which includes delicious macaroons, a glass of bucks fizz on arrival and a glass of pink bubbly to wash down your afternoon treats.
If you LOVE cream tea then you would LOVE our Discover Dorset Special Break.
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).
Available Sunday – Thursday (offer excludes July & August). Minimum stay of 2 nights applies.