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October Half Term

Looking for a Half Term break in October? 🎃

At The Riviera Hotel there will be a wide range of entertainment and a spooky twist for Halloween.

Kid’s that dine with us throughout the week will receive a complimentary mocktail or milkshake with EVERY dinner! 🍹

Don’t forget to bring your fancy dress outfits for our Halloween Disco 👻

To avoid disappointment Call our Reception Team today on 01202 763653!

conference in bournemouth

Key Factors You Need to Consider When Choosing Your Businesses Conference/Meeting Venue

One of the most important aspects of the planning process for any business looking to organise a meeting/conference is choosing a venue.

For smaller meetings, a more intimate venue may be best suited for your needs. For larger events, a venue that can offer ample meeting space with breakout

rooms, restaurants, accommodation, outside space and leisure facilities will be better suited.

We have come up with a list of important factors you should be considering when picking your venue

along with questions that you should be asking to marrow down your options and help find the best venue that will suit all you requirements.

Function Room Size

Probably one of the most important factors. Is the function room space going to be big enough for what you need?

To know this, you will need to know how many people will be attending and an idea on the layout of which you would like the meeting to be set up

e.g. Boardroom, Horseshoe etc.

It is always worth asking the the venue for a breakdown on the

layouts they can offer within each function space and the capacities they can hold for each layout.

Packages

Venue meeting package options are an important thing to consider when deciding

on your perfect venue. It’s worth knowing whether your meeting will be a full day

or half a day event before looking.

Will you need to eat throughout the day or want to add in any tea and coffee breaks to split up the day for your attendees?

What packages can the venues offer?

Do they include all refreshments and food options along with function space hire costs?

Can they cater a package to suit your needs?

Overnight Accommodation

Do any of your guests have a long way to travel to come down for the meeting and need a place to stay?

Maybe your meeting or conference is over a few days and everyone will need accommodation.

This is something you will need to check before checking with the venue for the following: Does your venue offer accommodation options?

Is this included within any of the packages provided to make it cheaper for you all?

What other facilities do the venue offer e.g. leisure/gym facilities?

Do they have bedrooms suitable for business guests, offering space to work away from home if required?

Parking

Yep that’s right, parking is always an important factor, especially when looking into

larger scale events with a lot of attendees.

Are there enough spaces for all those attending?

Is the parking free for all your attendees or will they have to pay?

If the car park spaces run out, is there other parking options available within close

distance to the venue chosen and again, are these free?

Internet Access

Do any of the presentations, or information needed during your meeting/conference require you to be online?

If so, does the hotel have WI-FI available?

Is the WI-FI free to use or is there any charge?

Will the WI-FI connection be strong enough for your needs and the amount of attendees that will need to use it?

Equipment Hire

Does the hotel provide projectors and screens, or will you need to bring your own?

Is this included within the package or is there an additional cost for usage?

Can the hotel provide flip-charts and pens? If so, how many do they have

and how many do you need? If they haven’t got enough, can they hire more?

Can the hotel provide extensions cables, or will you need to bring your own?

Can the hotel provide pads and pens, or will you need to bring your own?

 

Why choose the Riviera for your conference venue?

Hotels in Bournemouth

The Riviera Hotel in Bournemouth, Dorset.

Located in the prestigious Alum Chine, The Riviera is a stylish venue with

elegant interiors. The Riviera boasts five bright, spacious event spaces that

feature natural daylight and air-conditioning with complimentary WIFI.

Our events team will help organise your event, from your initial enquiry to

liaising with our team, to ensure that your event is a great success.

To complement your event, your delegates can relax, unwind and reflect

in our breakout lounge, where they can enjoy refreshment breaks with

nutritious snacks, or enjoy delicious healthy lunches.

A dedicated events coordinator will be assigned to your event and will

assist with the following plus any other reasonable request:

  • Take initial enquiry
  • Provide full quotation
  • Prepare & send contracts
  • Liaise with all departments to ensure meeting is a success
  • To greet clients on the day of arrival
  • To ensure meeting runs smooth
  • Contact after the event for any feedback

 

Our Meeting/Conference Packages 

Special Day Delegate Rate – From £20.19 per person

  • Room hire
  • Equipment (data projector, screen, flipchart & pens)
  • Jugs of iced water
  • 3 servings of tea/coffee/biscuits
  • Sandwich lunch
  • High speed Wi-Fi

Day Delegate Rate – From £25.00 per person

All our meeting rooms can be set up for specific requirements depending on occupancy.

Each room will be set to your specification to include comfortable chairs,

glasses and fresh water.

  • Room hire
  • Equipment (data projector, screen, flip chart & pens)
  • Fruit bowl
  • Jugs of iced water
  • Bacon sandwiches on arrival
  • Unlimited tea/coffee/biscuits
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch
  • Homemade cakes with the afternoon break
  • Meeting sweets
  • High speed Wi-Fi

Our dedicated and professional team at the hotel, ensure that all events

are hassle free, from the initial enquiry through to the event itself which

is why many companies & associations return to us year after year.

24 Hour Day Delegate Rate – From £99.00 per person

  • Room hire
  • Equipment (data projector, screen, flip chart & pens)
  • Fruit bowl
  • Jugs of iced water
  • Bacon sandwiches on arrival
  • Unlimited tea/coffee/biscuits
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch
  • Homemade cakes with the afternoon break
  • Meeting sweets
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Full English breakfast
  • 3 course dinner
  • Access to The Coast Spa, indoor pool & gym
  • High speed Wi-Fi

 

If you are interested in any of the above or would like move information,

please give our events team a call on 01202 763653 or email them on

events@rivierabournemouth.co.uk

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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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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.

Easter Bournemouth Hotel

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)

Easter Activities Dorset

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

Easter Activities Dorset

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

Easter Activities Dorset

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)

 

Easter Activities Dorset

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

Easter Activities Dorset

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

easter hotel in bournemouth

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….

easter hotel in bournemouth

Mothers Day Lunch Bournemouth

Struggling on gift ideas for mum this Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day is fast approaching!

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?

Afternoon Tea Bournemouth Hotel

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.

Starting at just £9.95pp, why not take a look at our Afternoon tea packages

Can’t make it down on Sunday? We also provide gift vouchers for our afternoon tea packages
which can be purchased on our website 

OR

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.

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Check out the menu here
You could even taken advantage of our leisure facilities while your with us!

Hotel with swimming pool in bournemouth

How about a dip 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?

Need to keep the kids entertained? No problem! Our games room
will be sure to keep them entertained. Equipped with a:

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 families returning to the Riviera year after year.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Mums out there!

 

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)

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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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Our Christmas & New Year Review 2017

We hope you have all had a good start to 2018!

As the hotel is currently closed for a little titivating, there is no time like the present to take
a look back at the festive holiday season and all the events and parties that took place at the Riv throughout December 2017.

Starting from Friday 24th November we welcomed a whole host of different groups: families, friends and companies for their Christmas parties, Christmas Lunches and Afternoon Teas. Our team served and
entertained over a whopping 4000 guests throughout the festive month.  With all the Christmas decorations
put up by our lovely staff and the function rooms transformed and ready for the month’s events, we opened
our doors and welcomed you all:

Christmas Parties Bournemouth

We witnessed an array of different Christmas party attire from those dressed to
impress in glamorous dresses and black tie to those in some spectacular fancy dress. Many even took advantage
of our photo booth experience to capture some hilarious selfies with friends, family or work colleagues.

Here is a selection of our favourite captured moments of Christmas parties in 2017:

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Our popular Santa Sunday lunch was once again a great hit with the kids. Everyone
enjoyed their visit from Father Christmas… even the hotel staff:

Santa Sunday Bournemouth

We received some wonderful feedback on Facebook from one of the Santa Sunday lunch guests:

It’s always great to read such wonderful feedback 🙂

After the Christmas festivities, we saw the ringing in of the New Year with a disco and
bagpipes galore! We welcomed over 200 guests for a five course meal followed by an evening of entertainment and
a glass of bubbly at midnight. All seemed to go down a treat and the night was a huge success!

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After a very busy festive period it was only fair that the hotel staff also got
to let their hair down and ring in the new year with fellow work colleagues, and that we did!!!

So from all of us here at the Riviera,  thank you to everyone
who came to see us and celebrate with us, we hope you all had a wonderful time
and look forward to welcoming you back to the Riviera in 2018.

 

PS – We’re not done yet! We still have some January Christmas Parties to go! If you’re joining us for a party this month, we hope you have a fantastic time!

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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:

Weddings Hotel Bournemouth Dorset

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:

Baby Shower Hotel Bournemouth Dorset

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

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Arcadia Beauty Spa

Arcadia Beauty  offers a tranquil atmosphere designed to put you at ease.

Offering a wide variety of luxury spa treatments,  Arcadia Beauty uses natural products to refresh, revitalise and rejuvenate.

Arcadia Beauty offers 20% off the treatment list to all Riviera Hotel guests!

To book an appointment, call Michelle on 07783 115270 or email arcadiabeauty@hotmail.com

Check out the full range of treatments here

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Why not treat yourself to a relaxing Spa Day? To download our Spa Day brochure click here