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Thursday, 7 August 2014

A Weekend In Bournemouth

For my 22nd birthday my boyfriend Ben, surprised me and took me to England’s most popular seaside resort, Bournemouth. I could honestly talk about my weekend away for hours (but I’m sure your not all that interested), so I’ll give you the low down and then feel free to enjoy the copious amount of photos I’ve added (please note, I went through 500 photos taken, to pick just these 23 photos!).

Being in Bournemouth bought back many memories of family holidays spent on the Jurassic coast and the beautiful sandy beaches and sparkling sea of Bournemouth reignited my love for the UKs coastline. Ben pulled off a string of surprises starting with a bit of fun at Splashdown. Soon after we headed to our next destination, Chalfield ManorChalfield Manor is a boutique hotel just 1.5 miles east of Bournemouth Town centre, close to the cliff top in Boscombe Manor and I couldn’t have stayed in a more welcoming hotel. I can’t fault the hotel, possibly one of the nicest hotels, with the friendliest staff I have ever had the pleasure of staying in! 

After checking in we found ourselves making our way to Bournemouth along the sea front from Boscombe Pier. It takes about 30 minutes to walk from one pier to the other, but I would walk it everyday if I could, the view is just beautiful. Oh and not to mention the beach huts, I want one (preferably in mint!). We ended up in the most appropriately named restaurant ‘Harry Ramsdon’s Fish And Chips. The Worlds Best Fish And Chip Shop’. And as a legitimate source, I can vouch for that! The fish and chips where the best I have ever had. Fact. 

The surprises continued the following day when Ben took me to Monkey World, which if the name didn’t suggest is a sanctuary for monkeys! If you didn’t already know I work at a zoo and I love monkeys, so it was more than appropriate and I throughly enjoyed it. We also visited Bournemouth Oceanarium during our stay, followed by a trip into the town centre just a 5 minute walk from the beach and the vibrant town centre was full of shops. Perfect for a beauty addict like myself! 

My weekend away was completed by spending my pennies in the arcade on Bournemouth Pier (and not winning much in return!) and tucking into the scrummiest Dorset honeycomb ice cream. We loved our stay so much that we stayed an extra night and I will without a doubt be visiting Bournemouth again! What more can I say, the town of Bournemouth has it all! I highly recommend if you can to visit!  I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect weekend away!

Have you ever been to Bournemouth?
Where’s your favourite UK destination? 
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  1. Great photos - looks like an amazing day out! LOVE the one of the monkey's feet LOL :o) Xx

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  2. Beautiful photos here. I have been to Bournemouth a long long time ago just for the beach and I didnt do much exploring around. Seems like you had such a great weekend and I love the adorable monkeys you snapped shots of here, they're so cute!

    Thank you for posting, I'm sure i will visit Bournemouth again sometime in the future.
    Have a lovely day! <3


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  3. Oh my gosh this has me made me miss Bournemouth! We used to go on family holidays there and I remember loving monkey world, Harry Ramdem's fish and chips and always being too scared to go on the big hot air balloon! I'm glad you had an amazing time, I don't blame you for taking so many photos I always take loads! Your photos are stunning too :)

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  4. Your photos are amazing, that one of the carousel / swings thing is fab! I'm so bad for using all my money on those little penny games too. Haha. Such a failure. :P

    XO, G from grace'd

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  7. You got some gorgeous pictures! That ice cream in the last one looks delicious!! xx

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  8. It looks like you had an amazing time. I'm from the New Forest so I spent a lot of time in Bournemouth when I was younger, I love the Oceanarium, the turtles are so cute! If you go back anytime soon I would definitely recommend taking a trip a bit further west to Lulworth and Tyneham, it's a gorgeous area and Tyneham is an abandoned village that was left in the first world war.

    Jade Rebecca x

  9. Your boyfriend sounds so sweet! Love the photo of the beach houses and those monkeys look so cute! Sounds like you had a great time :)
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  10. The photos are fab. How have i never visited Bournemouth? it looks so amazing. I will definatly be visiting this summer. I dont get much in return from the arcades either but oh well its great fun.
    great post.

    aimee xo

  11. What a lovely surprise! Those monkey pictures are adorable, I've been to monkey world before too and it is amazing, they are so cute! It looks like you had such an amazing day :)

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  12. Your photos look stunning, I was actually in Dorset this past weekend as well, although I was there for a family wedding so I only got to spend sunday down in Bournemouth.

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  13. mm this makes me wanna go to a chippy! Would love it if you could check out my blog xo

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  14. Awesome photos! Sounds like you had a great time, it was such a cute surprise! Also, I feel you with the arcades - whenever I see one I just spend all my money and get like a plastic whistle back.. xxx

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  15. Wow... Full marks to your BF.

    We used to go to Bournemouth for day trips as kids. Really fancy taking mini Minty after seeing these pics x

  16. Oh wow such beautiful photo's. It looks like you had a lovely weekend away for your birthday. I'm so jealous that you went to HR - I've always wanted to go there haha xx

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  17. Lovely photos and the fish and chips looked amazing! I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin. If you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks :)

    Camille xo

  18. Love your pictures! I just spent a week in Ireland and loved it!

  19. Wow, this looks amazing! Your photos are incredible - I especially love the one of the carousel, it's beautiful! I've never visited Bournemouth but I'd LOVE to go, especially after reading this post. I am a sucker for honeycomb ice cream too, that cone looks deeeelicious! x

  20. Hi Emily!!!!! Great pics! I would love to visit the UK espeically Bournemouth it looks breathtaking! My fave pic is the last one with the ice cream hehehe! I've just followed you on GFC, would love it if you could follow me back! Looking forward to your next post hun! <3

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  21. Ah I Love Bournemouth! I had a wedding there last weekend.. Everything's great apart from the traffic!

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    Fleur x

  22. Beautiful place and cute monkey ;)

  23. Aw it looks so so pretty! Glad you had a lovely time :) I've never visited but it's definitely on my list along with Brighton! Loved this picture post :) x


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