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    Bournemouth Pier

    by LouiseTopp Updated May 28, 2010

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    Bournemouth Pier @ night

    The first pier in Bournemouth was a short wooden jetty that was finished in 1856. This was changed into a much longer wooden pier, planned by George Rennie, which opened on 17th September 1861 amid much pomp & ceremony, including a 21 gun salute. Costing the Bournemouth Board of Commissioners some £3,418 to build, it was decided to charge an annual admission fee to Bournemouth Pier, based on people’s ratable principles, in an attempt to pick up the financial cost. Owing to attack by Teredo Worm, the wooden piles were removed in favor of cast iron replacements in 1866, but even with this additional benefit the life of the pier head was short lived. Just a year later it was rendered unusable when the ‘T’ shaped landing stage was swept away in a gale.

    In regard with almost all other piers in the south & east of the country, Bournemouth Pier was sectioned by an army demolition team in the spring of 1940 as a safeguard against German invasion during the Second World War. The pier was mended & re-opened in August 1946. Renovation of the pier head was carried out in 1950, & ten years' later a rebuild of the substructure was finished in concrete to take the weight of a new pier theatre. A structural survey of 1976 found major areas of corrosion, & in 1979 a £1.7m reinstallation program was initiated. Having demolished the old shoreward end buildings, replacing them with a new two storey octagonal leisure complex, & reconstructed the pier neck in concrete giving it the ‘bridge’ like appearance that it retains today, the work was completed in two years.

    Unique Suggestions: In 1868 the first recorded pleasure tour from Bournemouth Pier was by the steamer ‘Fawn’. She was chartered for a trip to Spithead, where an analysis of the fleet was being held in honor of the Shah of Persia. Since 1871 there has been a long association between Bournemouth Pier & pleasure steamers.

    To this day the tradition continues with regular seasonal visits by the paddle steamer ‘Waverley’, & her motorized companion the ‘Balmoral’. Many other local boats offering day trips & excursions also operate along the lovely Dorset coast.

    Fun Alternatives: It costs 60p to get onto the pier. On it is an amusement arcade, theatre, cafe & a pub. It's quite gusty on the pier in blowy weather, at the end is a mini fairground.

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    Bournemouth Pier

    by LouiseTopp Written Sep 14, 2004

    The first pier in Bournemouth was a short wooden jetty that was finished in 1856. This was changed into a much longer wooden pier, planned by George Rennie, which opened on 17th September 1861 amid much pomp & ceremony, including a 21 gun salute. Costing the Bournemouth Board of Commissioners some £3,418 to build, it was decided to charge an annual admission fee to Bournemouth Pier, based on people’s ratable principles, in an attempt to pick up the financial cost. Owing to attack by Teredo Worm, the wooden piles were removed in favor of cast iron replacements in 1866, but even with this additional benefit the life of the pier head was short lived. Just a year later it was rendered unusable when the ‘T’ shaped landing stage was swept away in a gale.

    In regard with almost all other piers in the south & east of the country, Bournemouth Pier was sectioned by an army demolition team in the spring of 1940 as a safeguard against German invasion during the Second World War. The pier was mended & re-opened in August 1946. Renovation of the pier head was carried out in 1950, & ten years' later a rebuild of the substructure was finished in concrete to take the weight of a new pier theatre. A structural survey of 1976 found major areas of corrosion, & in 1979 a £1.7m reinstallation program was initiated. Having demolished the old shoreward end buildings, replacing them with a new two storey octagonal leisure complex, & reconstructed the pier neck in concrete giving it the ‘bridge’ like appearance that it retains today, the work was completed in two years.

    Unique Suggestions: In 1868 the first recorded pleasure tour from Bournemouth Pier was by the steamer ‘Fawn’. She was chartered for a trip to Spithead, where an analysis of the fleet was being held in honor of the Shah of Persia. Since 1871 there has been a long association between Bournemouth Pier & pleasure steamers. To this day the tradition continues with regular seasonal visits by the paddle steamer ‘Waverley’, & her motorized companion the ‘Balmoral’. Many other local boats offering day trips & excursions also operate along the lovely Dorset coast.

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    The Dorset Belles

    by LouiseTopp Written Sep 14, 2004
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    The boat cruising business with a reputation of tradition, experience & a record of safety for over 100 YEARS You can see glorious coastal & harbour cruises, regular scheduled services linking Bournemouth ~ Swanage ~ Poole Quay, Brownsea Island ~ Isle of Wight
    The boat’s can offer partie's, coperate entertainment, wedding receptions, disco's, themed cruises, barbecue or hog roast, Italian, Chinese, hot & cold buffet Own catering can be accommodated.
    Drinks and snacks available from the well stocked bar. All drinks at pub prices!

    Ticket’s can be bought at the pier office.Trip’s are usually advertised on a black board along with the prices, they are usually weather permitting.

    Brownsea Island can be accessed from Bournemouth pier, there's usually three loud honk's on the horn when it pulls up along side the pier. The boat leave's quite frequently for brownsea Island & swanage. There's bird watching cruises with stunning views of the jurassic coast, to the Puffin Colony at Winspit passing
    Durstone Head.

    Unique Suggestions: Forthcoming Cruises for 2004 are:

    SPITHEAD - 200th anniversary of Trafalgar, 21st October 2005.

    All sailings are subject to weather & sea conditions.

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    he Bournemouth Intrnational Centre

    by LouiseTopp Written Sep 14, 2004
    Bournemouth International Centre

    Just up the road from the seafront is The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC). It's one of the most impressive venues for conferences, exhibitions, entertainment & events. Owned & ran by Bournemouth Borough Council, the BIC operates alongside its sister venues, The Pavilion Theatre & Ballroom & The Pier Theatre to offer the event organizer & leisure visitor with some of the best facilities on England's sunny south coast.

    Some of the things on offer are, Birthday Parties, Party Political Conferences, Amateur Musicals to top Rock and Pop Concerts.

    Unique Suggestions: Some of the show's in the past have been:

    Wedding Belles In Bournemouth: Between 18 – 19th Sep, for all those planning to tie the knot. In the Pavilion Ballroom & Lucullus Room, the Fayre attracts over 70 exhibitors from cakes to cars, tiara’s to toastmasters, flowers to fashion.

    Rod Stewart: Online tickets for the one-off Rod Stewart, concert on 9 October 2004, ticket's £65 & £55. Left over tickets can be bought at the BIC Box Office or by visiting www.bic.co.uk

    Saturday 13/11/2004 Until Sunday 14/11/2004
    GRANDMA'S ATTIC ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR ( Pavilion )

    Fri 19/11/2004 Until Sunday 21/11/2004
    BOURNEMOUTH ART, CRAFT & GIFT SHOW ( BIC )

    Thursday 1/9/2005 Until Sunday 4/9/2005
    BOURNEMOUTH IDEAL HOME EXHIBITION ( BIC )

    Fun Alternatives: Bournemouth International Centre
    Exeter Road
    Bournemouth
    BH2 5BH
    Telephone: 01202 456400
    Fax: 01202 456500

    Exhibtion Sales Direct Line: 01202 456501
    Email: exhibitions.bic@bournemouth.gov.uk

    For an alternative try The Dorset Belles, if your into boat's.

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    Bournemouth Oceanarium

    by LouiseTopp Updated Sep 14, 2004

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    Fishy Tales

    Discover the secret of the ocean in an journey that will take you to some of the world's most remarkable waters. The Oceanarium Bournemouth brings you face to face with aquatic life from the furthest reaches of the globe - more than just an aquarium, a vivacious understanding through the haven of water. The Oceanarium is a fully interactive experience with touch screen games, feeding demonstrations & talks, screen documentaries, walk-through underwater tunnel & exhibits to help you learn more about this interesting underwater world. Resident's include:

    The Silver Arawana fish has teeth on its tongue, & can jump 2 meters high out of the water to catch flying birds. I’d love one in my pond to keep away burglars!

    The box jellyfish is the most dangerous jellyfish. Its poison is stronger than cobra venom & can kill a person in minutes.

    Lobsters can live to be more than 60 years old.

    Male Seahorses give birth to their young. The young are born as miniatures of the parents. Up to 300 can be born at one time. Imagine the maternity grant money we'd get, if we could do that!

    Turtles can live to be more than one hundred years old. More telegrams from the Queen, or who ever's on the throne.

    Corals have been in existence for more than 400 million years.

    The fish of the month this month is: The Sharpnose Guitarfish, (Rhinobatos granulatus). Related to shark's & rays, but sadly doesn't have a guitar, so can't play request's.

    There's a cafe next door called the Cove the opening times are 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Sunday. The modern offshore cafe is one of the only spots in central Bournemouth where you can dine al fresco on the beachside terrace & enjoy stunning panoramic views of the coastline. It offers an tempting range of hot & cold food and drink from Costa Coffee, & cakes to ice cold drinks, baguettes, pizza & children's menu’s.

    Unique Suggestions: The Oceanarium is open daily during the year from 10am (except for Christmas Day when closed). Closing times vary with the different seasons, so please check before visiting.

    Adult £6.50
    Child (3-15yrs) £3.95
    OAP £4.95
    Student (16+ with student I.D.) £4.95
    Family (2 adults & 2 children) £18.00
    Family (2 adults & 3 children) £21.00
    Children under 3yrs Free

    Admission price includes all day entry, allowing you to come and go, so that you don't miss any amazing feeding talks & displays. Special group rates are on hand for pre-booked groups of ten or more. Phone the Group Bookings Co-ordinator on 01202 311993 extension 25.

    Fun Alternatives: The Oceanarium is situated on the seafront at Bournemouth on the West Beach promenade, near the Pier & close to the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC). From the A338 Wessex Way, follow the brown tourist signs to Oceanarium, Beaches & Pier or BIC. Coaches can drop off in the turning area behind the Oceanarium, next to the BIC, just up the road from the Oceanarium. Contact 01202 311 993 for more info, or write to .

    Oceanarium
    Pier Approach
    West Beach
    Bournemouth
    BH2 5AA

    http://www.oceanarium.co.uk/ is the website.
    e-mail: info@oceanarium.co.uk

    An alternative place to see could be Bournemouth's BIC (Bournemouth International Centre)

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    An eyefull of the Dorset Coast

    by LouiseTopp Written Sep 14, 2004

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    The Bournemouth Eye

    In Lower Garden's is a huge big balloon filled with helium that takes people up to about 500ft above Bournemouth. People claim to be able to see 25 Mile's in each direction as far as The isle of weight, the Needles & The New Forest. Rides are 12 minutes.

    It won't fly in windy weather. Some little kid once asked me what would happen if you stuck a pin in it (I dread to think, little terrorist!)

    Hours it operate's are:
    October to March............ 9am till Dusk April to September.......... 7.30am till 11pm

    Prices are:
    Adults £10.00 Child £6.00 Under 2's Free Senior £7.50 Student £7.50
    The Bournemouth Eye has discounted tickets for groups of 20 or more.

    Email admin@sdlballoon.com
    Tel: 01202 314 539.
    The Lower Gardens, Bournemouth. BH1 2AQ
    for more info

    Unique Suggestions: I would wear something warm as it get's pretty windy up there. Might need breathing apparatus!

    Fun Alternatives: Go to the Oceanarium which is officially very good, just up through the garden's, for when it rains.

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