Postcard from Bournemouth

My grandfather lived in a hotel in Bournemouth in the 1970s. It seemed amazing when I was 6 years old and meant many weekends and holidays spent on its golden sands doing beachy things…donkeys, trampolines, ice cream and  sandcastle building.

So we left home early yesterday and 1 3/4 hours later we were putting the kids through all the things I did as a child!

First came the obligatory walk on the prom

Next the ride up the cliff on the cliff railway. Oliver was overly excited as you can see but if my husband had snapped me , I too had a cheesy grin!

Then the much needed cup of coffee in the cafe at the Russell Coates Museum . It would have been fantastic to have explored but another visit…

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Next the walk along the West pier

Then an amazing lunch . It was a key moment for us as really difficult to eat out with a multi food allergy toddler but since restaurants have recently had to be clear on allergen content on menus it was super easy . So Ben had his first restaurant meal ever! Thank you Zizzi’s! image

Then a walk back through the Winter Gardens. We looked for squirrels, met the aviary birds and ran wild just as I had done in the 70s but sadly there was no teddy bear stall to try to win a prize.
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We piled back in the car to Boscombe beach where I had played mostly. It was great but now even better for kids with climbing boulders on the sand and musical instruments along Boscombe pier part of the Coastal Activity Park.

We finally spied the Chine Hotel where I had many a fantastic holiday as a child. Sadly it was closed as we tried to pop in for a cuppa before heading home. I only hope it does reopen in the spring as the notice suggested as really fancy a look inside where I had played hide and seek with holiday playmates and generally had fun.
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We were a wee bit tired when we finally got home 🙂

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