An Exclusive Look at the Newly Launched Kings Arms, Christchurch
Just before the world went all topsy turvy, we got to attend an exclusive event at the newly refurbished Kings Arms in Christchurch. As well as a cocktail masterclass and cookery session with head Chef Alex, we were treated to a delicious three course meal. We cannot wait to head back once the venue reopens!
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Rosemary, Ciara, Rachael, Leigh, Rebecca
Celebrating International Women’s Day with Brewhouse & Kitchen
It was lovely to be invited along to our local Brewhouse & Kitchen venues to celebrate International Women’s Day at the weekend. We took part in a Brewing Experience Day just for women, which was so much fun.
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Becca, Fiona, Francesca, Rosemary, Rebecca, Leigh
Tonic Social Showcase
Tonic Social invited several of our bloggers and their plus ones along to an exclusive showcase evening where we were treated to a range of delicious cocktails, freshly made sushi and bar snacks, which were all fantastic.
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Rachael, Ewelina, Chynna, Emma-Louise, Leigh, Vicky, Lauren
With a new function floor added, Makla is the place to be for your next event. With delicious cuisine and a fantastic atmosphere, our bloggers had a wonderful time trying out the food at the launch evening.
Attendees: Emma, Rachael, Leigh
Hilton 80s Party
We had a brilliant time going back to the eighties for the Hilton’s latest event. With a delicious three course sit down meal, followed by a night of partying to 80s tribute band The 80s Club, this was perfect for those who lived or loved the 80s.
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Rosemary, Emma, Abi, Sanja, Jennifer, Ewelina
The Curlew’s Relaunch VIP Brunch
The Curlew recently relaunched, following a revamp, and invited some of our bloggers along for their VIP brunch event, prior to the official launch date.
Attendees: Rachael, Ewelina
Lush Valentine’s and Mother’s Day Showcase
We always have a fantastic time at Lush events and the Valentine’s and Mother’s Day showcase event was no different. We enjoyed seeing the new ranges, getting hands on and making a product ourselves and having demos of the products.
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Chynna, Rachael, Emma-Louise, Ali, Sanja, Lauren, Becca, Jenn, Ben, Barbara
Dinner at The Coconut Tree
The Coconut Tree, serving Sri-Lankan street food, opened in Bournemouth recently, and we were invited along to try out the menu and enjoy a coco-tail of our choice.
Aladdin Panto with BH Live Tickets
Some of the bloggers went along to the Pavilion Theatre to enjoy the pantomime, courtesy of BH Live Tickets. Aladdin was a brilliant show, and everybody had a great time!
Pines & Needles Christmas Tree Pop Up
Some of our bloggers were invited along to the Pines & Needles Christmas Tree pop up shop in Boscombe to choose their very own real Christmas tree, up to the height of 7ft. It was a whole lot of fun choosing the tree and then witnessing it being wrapped up to take home.
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Paulina, Molly, Chynna, Rebecca, Chloe
Festive Menu Launches for The Riverside & The Cliff
It is definitely ‘beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ and, what better way to celebrate than to enjoy the newly launched festive menus at The Riverside and The Cliff. Bloggers were treated to a festive cocktail and a three course meal from the Festive menu for themselves and a guest.
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Chynna, Ciara, Rachael, Kelly, Emma, Rosemary, Rebecca, Molly, Amy, Lauren
The Body Shop Christmas Showcase 2019
We love attending events at The Body Shop in Bournemouth because the staff are always so accommodating and help make showcases a lot of fun. We really enjoyed the recent Christmas Showcase, where we got to see the new range of gifts and find out more about the collaboration between The Body Shop and Plan International for their Dream Big campaign this Christmas.
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Emma, Ali, Lauren, Rebecca, Leigh, Yasmin, Tia, Sanja, Maria, Chynna, Ben
Cocktail Masterclass with Urban Garden
When we were given the chance to get behind the bar at Urban Garden to make our very own cocktails, we couldn’t refuse! The cocktail menu at Urban Garden, which is tucked away in Bournemouth Gardens, a total hidden gem, has some twists on old favourites and some brand new, unique creations.
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Molly, Becca, Rachael, Tia, Yasmin
2nd Anniversary Celebrations & Afternoon Tea at Knoll House Hotel
To celebrate Emma-Louise running the Bournemouth Blogger network for two years, a group headed over to Knoll House Hotel in Studland for an afternoon tea. It was a lovely chance to catch up and enjoy the spectacular views of the Jurassic Coast whilst eating delicious scones, sandwiches and cakes.
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Emma, Maria, Nic, Sanja, Tara, Chynna, Molly, Lauren, Jenn, Victoria, Rachael
Dinner at The Greyhound Inn
A few of our bloggers went along to The Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle to try out their autumn menu. It was a lovely evening, and the food is brilliant if you are looking for some tasty pub classics, with a specials board boasting dishes such as pie of the day and sausage and mash, it was good, warming food for the colder weather.
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Amy, Molly, Rachael
Let It Snow – Bh2 Leisure
Several of our bloggers were invited along to witness the launch of the ‘Let It Snow’ event at Bh2 Leisure. If you missed the first snow fall, don’t worry as it will happen throughout the day on weekends and at 5pm and 7pm during the week until 3rd January 2020.
Attendees: Maria, Rosemary, Becca, Max
Some of our bloggers attended the relaunch of 1812, which is located in Bournemouth opposite the BIC and just a short walk from the pier. The venue looks phenomenal and the team at Sunny Bird PR certainly knew how to put on a launch event with drinks flowing and everybody having a lovely time listening to the live music and enjoying the canapés.
BigDish App Review
Bournemouth Blogger’s coordinator, Emma, recently reviewed the BigDish app, which provides discounts for several local restaurants including Ranchos in Poole. You can read more about what Emma thought in her post.
Beauty-h Spa Event
We were thrilled to be invited along to the relaunch event at the Beauty-h Spa recently. The spa is located in the Hoburne Bashley Holiday Park and has a range of brilliant treatments from manicures and pedicures to derma-planing and lash lifts. The event was the perfect excuse to enjoy a Prosecco and canapés whilst learning more about the spa, treatments and chill in the tranquil relaxation lounge.
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Chynna, Nic, Ciara, Molly
Julia’s House Exclusive Bloggers Event
We were invited along to an exclusive event for local bloggers at the newly expanded Creekmoor store of Julia’s House, who support children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses, and their families. The shop is massive and we had a lovely time looking around and having a bit of a browse.
Lush Bournemouth Halloween & Christmas Showcase
Autumn is truly upon us now and the Bournemouth Bloggers were very excited to head along to an exclusive event with Lush Bournemouth to see their new Halloween and Christmas ranges and get hands on, making some of the products to take home.
Calendar Girls at Bournemouth Pavilion
Once again, we were fortunate to be invited along to the press night for Calendar Girls the Musical whilst it was at Bournemouth Pavilion, and it was such a good night!
Ice Chef Shop Launch
We were treated to some delicious dishes at the launch of the lovely Lindsay’s (aka the Ice Chef) shop in Charminster. It was hard to choose which of the hand-rolled ice creams were our favourite, there were so many to choose from. This fruity concoction was the most eye-catching!
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Ciara, Ali, Francesca, Leigh, Chloe
Individuality Swimming & Fitness
Emma and Maria were both given the opportunity to experience a lesson with Individuality Swimming & Fitness for their little ones. You can have a read about what they thought in their posts.
Fame at The Pavilion, Bournemouth
What a show! Fame is one not to miss and we were lucky enough to attend the press night as this 30th anniversary tour reached Bournemouth….
Amelie at The Pavilion, Bournemouth
A fantastic musical – Amelie was a delight to watch. Thank you as always to BH Live for the press tickets.
The Old Thatch, Wimborne
Katie, Emma-Louise and Rachael enjoyed a meal at The Old Thatch in Wimborne, where the atmosphere is welcoming and the decor familiar and cosy. Pub Classics such as Hunters Chicken and burgers are joined by local produce and weekly specials.
The Mousetrap – Bournemouth Pavilion
The classic murder mystery comes to Bournemouth! Agatha Christie’s powerful show kept us guessing. You can read reviews to see what we thought…
New Jersey Nights – Bournemouth Pavilion
We went along to the press night of New Jersey Nights at the Bournemouth Pavilion. It was a fantastic show, featuring the hits from Frankie Vali and The Four Seasons.
Simone Thomas Salon, Westbourne
Our coordinator Emma, from Even Angels Fall, has been working recently with Simone Thomas Salon in Westbourne and you can read all about her experiences in her blog posts – A Hair Cut and Colour with Simone Thomas & Going Lighter with Simone Thomas
Inn in the Park
Several of our bloggers enjoyed meals at the Inn in the Park, which is situated a walk away from Branksome Chine beach. You can read what Emma-Louise, Kara, Rachael, Michelle, Katie, Amy and Liz thought on their individual review posts.
Dirty Dancing on Stage
Dirty Dancing is such an iconic film, it was lovely to have the chance to attend the press night with BH Live and to witness the story come to life on the stage.
Sunday Carvery at Norfolk Hotel, Bournemouth
Who doesn’t love a good Sunday carvery? The Norfolk Hotel, Bournemouth, recently started offering a Sunday Carvery to non-residents, and we went along to put it to the test.
Cider Awards Tasting with Stable Bournemouth
The Stable are currently running their Cider Awards, and we were invited along to the Bournemouth branch to have a special tasting of the 10 finalists! It was a lovely evening, and Ross the cider expert for The Stable, was really informative and friendly, ensuring everybody had a great time. We even had a chance to try Cider throwing, which was fun, and also had some of The Stable’s delicious pizza, salads and sides too.
Shire Hall Museum
Some of our family bloggers haven been visiting the Shire Hall museum in Dorchester recently. Maria from Mrs Enchanting World has written a lovely blog about her experience.
Afternoon Tea at Norfolk Hotel, Bournemouth
We were recently invited along to enjoy a Champagne Afternoon Tea at the Norfolk Hotel in Bournemouth. It was delicious, and a lovely way to spend the afternoon.
A few of us visited Compton Acres with Darren Northeast PR to have a look around their beautiful gardens, the stunning Italian Villa event venue and enjoy a delicious cream tea in their on-site cafe. It was a lovely afternoon, and we managed to avoid the rain!
Smart Skin Salon
We were invited along to find out more about the Smart Skin Salon, based in Charminster, and the Purles branded products that the salon use in their treatments. It was a lovely evening, with drinks and plant based snacks provided by the local Holy Cow.
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Ali, Taylor-Marie, Rosemary, Tia, Emily, Dee, Maria, Emma, Molly, Magda, Francesca, Sarah
The Stable ‘Pizza School’
This event with The Stable Bournemouth had everything – delicious food, drinks, two chefs who really knew their stuff and the chance to make our own pizzas at the end of the night. What more could we want?
Dreamcatcher Sleepover Parties
A couple of our bloggers have collaborated with a lovely local company, Dreamcatcher Sleepover Parties. Suitable for both children and adults, with a hen party option available, the team are brilliant at what they do! You can read Maria’s review on her blog.
Lollipops Play Cafe
Romana from Purer Living recently got in touch, looking to work with one of our bloggers to apply the Kon Mari method, from Marie Kondo, to their home. Emma, from Emma’s Favourite Things invited Romana into her home and you can read all about the experience in her blog post review.
Crafts and Giggles
It was so lovely to go along to the Crafts and Giggles HQ to try our hand at flower crown making. Katie, who is also a Bournemouth Blogger herself, owns the company and expertly talked our group through the session. We had a brilliant time and the flower crowns look gorgeous!
Cocktails and food, what more could a girl want? We were recently invited along to Revolution Bournemouth to try out their menu and it was a really nice evening. I highly recommend the pizza, although the portion sizes are generous so make sure you leave room for dessert!
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Maria, Emma, Sarah, Francesca, Amelia, Ciara, Molly
The Real Greek & Mr Mulligans at Bh2 Leisure
Bh2 Leisure has everything under one roof when it comes to delicious places to eat and fun activities for all the family. We were recently invited along for a meal at The Real Greek followed by a game of golf at Mr Mulligans. It was so much fun!
The Ice Chef
We were so excited to have local business The Ice Chef visit our co-ordinator’s Emma’s house for a fun evening learning all about the rolled ice, tasting the delicious treats along with yummy cocktails. We even got the chance to have a go at making our own rolled ice – it’s harder than it looks!
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Maria, Katie, Emma, Ali, Sarah, Magda
The Real Eating Company & Lunch’d Collaboration
We love to support local businesses, so it was great to be invited along to the Bournemouth branch of The Real Eating Company for a special preview of their new collaboration with Lunch’d. The delicious & nutritious lunches are available to eat in or takeaway on Tuesdays and Wednesdays!
Lush Bournemouth – Mother’s Day/Easter Showcase
Lush is one of our favourite places to visit for events and the Bournemouth store didn’t disappoint for our most recent event with them. We experienced a showcase of their new Mother’s Day and Easter product ranges, had a pamper and got our hands dirty making our very own facial cleanser and bath bomb!
Tony Hair – Christchurch
Some of our bloggers had the chance to be pampered at Tony Hair in Christchurch for a lovely blow dry and finish with the friendly team of stylists. From tousled beachy waves to brilliant curls, we left feeling truly taken care of.
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Kelle, Emma, Louise, Taylor-Marie, Liz, Mainy, Davinia, Tia, Rachael, Maria, Elle, Rosemary
Centre VR – Richmond Hill
We were invited along to the new Centre VR venue in Richmond Hill prior to the official launch to have a sneak peak and try out some of the games on offer. It was brilliant to hear all about the plans for the business as they expand.
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Ciara, Maria, Jamie, Jonathan
Christchurch Harbour Hotel
Ten of our bloggers headed along to the Christchurch Harbour Hotel for a half day session in their spa. Everyone had a wonderfully relaxing time and enjoyed facials and massages in the newly refurbished spa treatment rooms and either Lunch or Afternoon Tea in the fantastic Upper Deck restaurant.
Sandbanks Clinic New Venue Launch
We were delighted to be invited along to the new venue launch for Sandbanks Clinic. It was a lovely night, with live music, a tour of the facilities, some yummy food and the chance to chat with the clinic’s owner Jessica Hutcheson.
Attendees: Anita, Maria, Lauren, Louise
Over the Christmas break, we were invited along to an event with Giggi Gelateria in Bournemouth town centre where we were treated to delicious panini and gorgeous ice creams whilst finding out about the business in more detail. We left with full bellies and smiles on our faces!
Attendees: Ciara, Rosalinda, Manuela, Jonathan, Maria, Rachael, Liz
Haskins Christmas Meetup & Afternoon Tea
Our Christmas meet-up was held at Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown, thanks to the lovely Alice at Liz Lean PR who organised a wonderful afternoon tea for our group in a private room of the garden centre’s restaurant. We also had the chance to look around the Christmas area of the store and take home our own poinsettia. It was nice to see lots of bloggers before going off on a break over Christmas and New Year.
Christmas Tree Wonderland
A few of our Parent bloggers headed along to visit Christmas Tree Wonderland with Bournemouth Tourism. The Alpine Market is beautiful with festive treats to enjoy from the variety of stalls and there is plenty to do including ice skating on the outdoor rink, a ride in the big wheel overlooking the pier, a visit to see Santa himself in his grotto and the trail itself, which looks stunning lit up once it gets dark!
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Maria, Kelly
NativiTEA at The Bell Inn, New Forest
Recently we were invited along to The Bell Inn in the New Forest to enjoy their new festive themed NativiTEA prior to its launch in December. The venue is gorgeous, intimate and cosy and perfect for a Christmas themed afternoon tea. The sandwiches and sweet treats were gorgeous, they had an amazing choice of teas on offer and the sausage rolls were just delicious!
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Emma, Ewelina, Tracy, Amy, Alice
Las Iguanas New Menu
A few of the Bournemouth Bloggers headed over to Las Iguanas to try out their new seasonal menu. The Bournemouth branch is located in the Bh2 Leisure complex and has a lively vibe with plenty of delicious food and cocktails to choose from on their menu.
Monsoon & Accessorize
We were recently invited along to the Monsoon & Accessorize stores at Castlepoint Shopping Centre to celebrate work being completed on the car park. They were also keen to highlight their seasonal ranges, which are gorgeous!
Attendees: Emma, Kelly, Ciara, Sarah, Lauren, Esraa
We are total Lush fans so it was a complete dream to be invited along to an event with them where we were totally spoilt and given the chance to really get our hands dirty on the night making bath bombs and cleanser as well as having arm massages and getting to grips with all the fabulous seasonal products. The Christmas range is amazing, as always!
Mr Mulligans opened recently and we were lucky enough to be invited along to the VIP launch event where we had the chance to try our hand out at the three themed courses whilst sipping on drinks and nibbling on canapés. Located in Bh2 Leisure, the venue is already a hit amongst adults and children alike!
Attendees: Emma-Louise, Emma, Rachael, Liz, Ewelina, Katie, Nic, Tara, Jonathan, Harrison
The Body Shop
The Body Shop is a firm favourite for a lot of us Bournemouth Bloggers when it comes to makeup and skincare so we were extremely excited to head along to the Bournemouth store’s very first blogger event. I think almost all of us ended up picking up something from their new Vanilla Pumpkin range – it smells divine!
We were invited back to Centre VR once it had opened to give Tower Tag another go and to try out some of the other virtual reality games on offer. It was a really fun night and we can’t wait to go back again soon!
Cocktail Masterclass at Cosy Club
We love a good cocktail, so were very much looking forward to the cocktail masterclass event at Cosy Club. The team did not disappoint, allowing us the chance to get behind the bar and make our own cocktail, before providing an absolutely delicious spread from their tapas menu to enjoy with our drinks!
The Real Eating Company Breakfast
We were treated to a fantastic breakfast spread by The Real Eating Company. We enjoyed the croissants, fresh coffee and juices and tasty breakfast in excellent company.
Centre VR Soft Launch
Emma and Ciara headed along to the soft launch of Centre VR in the Bh2 Leisure complex to try out a game or two of highly addictive game Tower Tag.
Attendees: Emma, Ciara
La Piccola Italia Bottomless Brunch
We were invited along to sample the delicious brunch menu at La Piccola Italia, complete with free-flowing Prosecco!
Some of our lovely parent bloggers were invited along to experience the wonderful Camp Bestival, held annually at Lulworth Castle. The family friendly festival is perfect for those of all ages to experience a festival in a safe, relaxed environment.
Be at One Bournemouth
We were invited down to Be at One Bournemouth, where we were treated to a brilliant cocktail masterclass, and even given the chance to help make our own drinks! It was a fantastic event with some delicious cocktails on offer.
Some of our parent bloggers headed over to Tower Park for a special VIP experience with Hollywood Bowl. We were provided with a VIP booth and enjoyed the arcade and bowling before sitting down to a yummy feast!
We were very excited to attend the launch of the HarSpa range of products and treatments at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel Spa. A day full of pampering, this was a truly magical event.
Joining forces with local PR guru Darren Northeast, we were treated to some delicious dishes from Mexigo, as well as their truly fantastic iced alcoholic cocktails! It was such a fun, informal get together!
Attendees: Emma, Kelle, Harrison, Rachael, Tara, Elizabeth, Michelle, Amelia, Ewelina, Kelly, Louise, Jorden
City Cruises Poole
Boarding the City Cruises boat, we were provided with a tour around the local beauty spots whilst keeping the slight chill in the air at bay with hot drinks and yummy chocolate muffins. A fun, friendly meet-up with a difference!
Attendees: Emma, Anna, Taylor-Marie, Louise, Jorden, Harrison, Michelle, Georgie, Elizabeth, Kat, Bex, Ewelina, Sanja, Tara, Tamsyn, Lottie
Gin has been the drink of the summer, so we were delighted to be invited along to the fantastic GinJams bar in Westbourne over World Gin Weekend, to celebrate with them and have a taste of their impressive selection of gins.
Bournemouth Blogger May Meetup
The Bournemouth Blogger May Meetup was held at the beautiful King’s Arms Hotel in Christchurch, and featured a guest talk by the brilliant Kaye Ford from Fordtography and jewellery showcased by the wonderful Marianne from Jewellery Box. Guests were given goody bags including bracelet or necklace from the range, along with sweets, a Bomb Cosmetics bath blaster and discount cards for Beauxoxo.
Parley Golf Centre
Parley Golf invited several of the bloggers along for a fun, informal lesson in both the driving range and on the course. The session was fantastic, and we all had a brilliant time competing against each other at the end for the trophies!
DFMA Makeup Bar
The DFMA makeup bar in Westbourne provided some of our bloggers with makeovers. The staff were friendly, the complimentary drink delicious, and the makeup looked amazing!
Ojo Rojo Quiz Nights
What better way to get together a group of friends than for a quiz night? Once only associated with pubs, quiz nights are becoming more popular in other venues and Ojo Rojo invited us along to try our hand at winning their prize draw alongside their mouthwatering cocktails and delicious Mexican tapas. It was a fantastic evening!
Beauty H Spa – Hoburne Bashley
There is nothing more relaxing than a nice massage, and some of our bloggers were fortunate enough to be treated to one at this lovely little launch event for the Beauty h day spa at Hoburne Bashley. The spa is so tranquil, we could have happily stayed there all day…
The Upper Deck Alfresco Terrace Launch at Christchurch Harbour Hotel
The weather was absolutely perfect for the launch of the Alfresco terrace at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel and Spa. We were treated to yummy paella and a drinks reception in the sunshine, overlooking the beautiful harbour. What more could you ask for?
Odeon at BH2 Leisure
To celebrate the release of the Peter Rabbit movie, Emma and Louise were invited along to enjoy the film at the new Odeon in the Bh2 Leisure complex. The film was brilliant, but the snacks on offer to enjoy during the movie were something else entirely!
The Real Greek at BH2 Leisure
Who can resist the offer of Greek food? We certainly couldn’t and jumped at the chance when Bh2 Leisure invited a group of us along to try out the Real Greek’s menu. The food was absolutely incredible, especially the halloumi fries, and the sorbets at the end of the meal have been talked about ever since!
Oh, what a night! The Grosvenor Casino in Bournemouth town centre sure know how to provide first class entertainment. A group of our bloggers were treated to a tasty meal, gorgeous cocktails, and a lesson in both Roulette and Blackjack.
Festive Afternoon Tea at Level8, Hilton for the Bournemouth Bloggers Christmas Meetup
The Bournemouth Bloggers Christmas Meetup 2017 was held at the fantastic Level8 Sky Bar in Hilton Bournemouth. We were treated to the delicious festive afternoon tea along with Prosecco, with a breathtaking backdrop and the most gorgeous of Christmas trees. It was truly a magical event and the perfect end to the year!
Huge pizza fans, we were overjoyed when we were invited along to try out the menu at Baffi Pizza on Poole Quay. The pizzas were to die for, and it was such a lovely evening, with fantastic company. The perfect first event for newly appointed coordinator, Emma!