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Bournemouth - The Sunshine Coast

And it is certainly a good description, constantly touted by local radio. There is so much more to see and do than you would think here. But do not expect the same sort of experience as you will have in Brighton or Blackpool. This is almost a forgotten sun haven on our very own coastline. Forget family holidays and rest homes for the elderly. While these are still in evidence, the resort has come a long way in the past few years. Boasting beautiful European Blue Flag sandy beaches, in close proximity to The New Forest and it's sleepy villages, and close to attractions such a Lulworth Cove, Monkey World (remember Anneka Rice!), Beulieu, the historic town of Christchurch, the Poole potteries and restaurants of Poole harbour as well as Brownsea Island, close to Southampton and Lymington to take the ferry to the Isle of Wight, you are not short of places to visit or things to do.

The seafront at Bournemouth has undergone many changes in recent years, now boasting an Imax cinema, International Conference Centre hosting regular major star performances and concerts, pretty gardens that wind down to the sea and many bars and cafes to rest in along the way. Much of this has been brought about by the University and many language schools that have grown up, bringing a more youthful and European feel to the town Centre. For gay life, do not expect anything amazing, as the town settles into the local and student scene from September to March, but the sunshine from Easter to the end of summer attracts many tourists. The beautiful beaches along Studland Bay which are reached by a small ferry, are not to be missed, and you have the option of baring all to the world along the nudist beach.

At night you have the option of a few bars and a club. The main gay venue is the The Exchange which is a popular music bar, and can get very cramped with it's narrow layout, OK if you like being squashed against lots of men. '2930 The Triangle' is the only club in town, having been refurbished this offers regular cabaret and a dark dancefloor area playing the type of music you would expect. You also have the choice of The Bakers Arms (gay friendly) if you fancy cosy pub life. The Branksome is a really trendy place to be, with its friendly bar staff offering a warm welcome to all.

For those requiring some extra heat then you have the The Spa and The SaunaBar are men only steam and sauna houses. While perusing the shops in town try Legends Cafe Bar for a friendly lunch or something more substantial in the evening, offering a varied menu and pleasant surroundings close to the Gardens. Accommodation, as you would expect, is varied and plentiful, from the five star Carlton or Royal Bath to many B&B's close to the town centre.

In all Bournemouth is a very pleasant surprise made infinitely more appealing when the sun shines. I would recommend you check the weather forecast before you go, as no seaside resort is as much fun in the rain. When the sun shines however, which is considerably more often than in Blackpool, and no pebbles like Brighton, shut your eyes, slap on the sun block and you will feel that you are more South of France than South of the UK. Look for the red clad Beach /Life Guards who add a little Baywatch to Britain. With so may things to do around and about in the Dorset area, even a cloudy day can be filled. © UK Gay Hotel and Travel Guide. March 2019.

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Bourne Free is Bournemouth's LGBT Pride Festival. It is an annual celebration of all diversities that live in Bournemouth and the constant strive towards universal equality for all through entertainment and awareness.

The 2019 event is scheduled for Friday 12th, Saturday 13th, and Sunday 14th July

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Bournemouth / Dorset / New Forest - Gay friendly Hotels & Guesthouses

11 Knyveton Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3QG
Tel: 01202 290067
Cransley Hotel - Click here to visit their web site.
Description: Relax in this oasis of elegant charm, set in a gracious tree lined avenue in the attractive and historic East Cliff area of Bournemouth. You will love the warm welcome at our small, country-house style Bed and Breakfast hotel.

You will be close to the heart of Bournemouth, with a variety of interesting shops within easy walking distance. However, you will also be only a ten minute stroll from the award winning beaches or you might choose to visit the beautiful Knyveton Gardens, a park with tennis, bowls and petanque, right on your doorstep.

The Cransley gives you easy access to all the major road and rail links and is only a short journey from Bournemouth International Airport. We can suggest many local attractions and day trips to enjoy during your stay.

You will find all the quality facilities you should expect of a four star Bed & Breakfast hotel, including comfortable accommodation, great home cooked food, attentive service and real value for money. We invite you to feel at home in our relaxing, peaceful surroundings. "Gay owned / Gay friendly"

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43 Grand Avenue, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 3SY
Tel: 01202 421295
08000 476987
Crossroads - Click here to visit their web site.
Description: Crossroads is a lovely quality boutique hotel situated close to the lovely sandy beaches of Southbourne and Bournemouth. We offer comfortable accommodation in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

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83 St. Michaels Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5DR
Tel: +44 (0)1202 297000
Newbury Hotel, Bournemouth
Newbury Hotel, BournemouthDescription: In the heart of Bournemouth, just a short walk from the sandy beaches, the hotel offers refurbished rooms with new beds and power showers. The hotel's convenient central location means that all of Bournemouth's shops, pubs, and cafes, bars and restaurants are nearby. The seafront is just a very short walk away and some of the rooms even have a sea view.
Most of the rooms have private en suite bathrooms, but a few rooms with shared bathrooms are also available at a reduced tariff. All of the hotel's rooms include TVs with Freeview and tea and coffee making facilities. Whatever your reason for visiting Bournemouth, the comfortable, peaceful rooms provide a relaxing haven.

Free on-site parking is available for guest's use and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout.

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52 Frances Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3SA
Tel: 01202 553884
The Armarillo -  Click here for the web site.
Description: The Amarillo, formerly known as Amarillo Hotel, is an ideally situated guest house, run as a bed and breakfast, in a quiet area just opposite the delightful award winning Knyveton Gardens with Tennis courts, Bowling greens and Petanque. We are within easy walking distance of the beautiful and famous golden, safe and sandy beaches that Bournemouth holidays are so famous for.
The AmarilloThere are delightful cliff walks offering superb views across the Bay encompassing the breathtaking Vista from Hengistbury Head and The Needles to The Isle of Purbeck. We are minutes walk from the Bournemouth railway and coach stations and only a short walk from the shopping areas, where you find a busy mixture of holiday gift shops and famous name stores, restaurants, bars and fantastic nightlife. Come and visit the European Christmas markets in December.

There is free and unrestricted car parking and some forecourt parking. Wireless Internet connection. The Amarillo is a non-smoking bed and breakfast guesthouse. "Gay Owned / Gay friendly"

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43 St Michaels Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5DP
Tel: 01202 554893
Gundimore Lodge B&B - Click here for the web site.
Description: The Bondi is an attractive mid-terrace Victorian House set in St Michael's Road close to the fashionable Gay Triangle Area of Bournemouth. We are ideally situated for visiting the main shopping area, award winning beaches, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and Bournemouth International Centre.
We have five en-suite bedrooms which have been totally re-furbished to a high standard, which gives them a stylish boutique feel and very comfortable.

The Bondi has a peaceful home from home atmosphere where you can relax. Each room has the benefit of unlimited, free Wi-Fi connections, flatscreen televisions with inset CD player and freeview. Plus the usual tea and coffee making facilities.

We can accommodate up to 9 guests at a time. Please note we do not take stag or hen parties.

The lounge is homely and comfortable and guests are welcome to join us for a coffee and chat. You will find us totally accepting, supportive and understanding of your needs. We are always on hand for help and advice.

We offer a continental style breakfast which provides a healthy alternative. The Bondi is the small Guest house with the Big Heart. "Gay friendly"

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1 Carysfort Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 4EJ
Tel: 01202 399227
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Hamilton HallDescription: HAMILTON HALL - a retreat style hotel for gay and bisexual men only. NOURISH YOUR SOUL. Self and Spiritual development workshops all winter long for gay men - by gay men.
MAN-2-MAN SEXUALITY WORKSHOP - discover Tantra with one of the UK's best gay sex guru's.

SENSUOUS TOUCH MASSAGE - learn how to be more sensuous. Both these workshops are facilitated naturally naked.

BISEXUAL DISCOVERY WEEKENDS - for bisexual men learning about the gay lifestyle.

A 'DRESS OPTIONAL' venue all year for B&B - full board catering for workshops and Christmas / New Year.

The only venue of its kind in the whole of Europe. Stunning accommodation. Reasonably priced. Free from attitude and arrogance. Free train/coach pick-up available.


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26 Derby Road, East Cliff,
Bournemouth, BH1 3QB
Tel: 01202 553887
Fax: 01202 290115
 Langtry Hall - Click here to visit their web site.
Description: Langtry Manor Hotel, originally built by Edward VII for his mistress Lillie Langtry in 1877, mock tudor style situated in a quiet tree lined road. Four posters and jacuzzi's, each room individually designed. Magnificant dining room with minstrels gallery. Award winning, AA Rosette food. 'Somewhere special for someone special'. The building, food, service and history blend to form something quite exceptional. Plenty of private parking, situated on foot 10 minutes from the beach, 5 minutes from the train station and 20 minutes from the town centre. Gay friendly hotel and town. Popular gay night life. Prices start from 54.75 per person per night. Web site, Email   Local Map

Park Lane, Milford-on-sea, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 0PT
Tel: 01590 643044
Fax: 01590 644490
 West Over Hall - Click here to visit their web site.
Description: Westover Hall Hotel is a grade II listed Victorian mansion situated on the edge of the New forest directly overlooking Christchurch Bay, 200 yards from the peaceful beach of Milford-On-Sea. Westover Hall today is a luxurious hotel with a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere for you to enjoy. Gay friendly. Your host: Stewart. Web site, Email   Local Map

UK Gay Guide - A Directory of gay friendly pubs, bars and clubsBournemouth gay friendly bars and clubs.
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2nd Level Bar Lounge
Above The Branksome
Above the Branksome, 152 Commercial Rd, Bournemouth
01202 296899
Bournemouth's trendiest and hottest place to be seen at on the gay scene. We're situated just above the very busy and highly popular 'Branksome' on Commercial Road at The Triangle.

Baker's Arms (gay friendly) 77, Commercial Road, Bournemouth
01202 555506
Open all day with regular events. Lunch served Mon-Sun

The BRANKSOME 152-154 Commercial Road, Bournemouth
01202 552544
Traditional gay pub open daily with a disco and quiz night on a Tuesday, request night on a Thursday and a busy pre-club venue on a Friday and Saturday, cabaret on a Sunday.
EXCHANGE WINE BAR 4 The Triangle, Bournemouth
01202 294321
Open noon - 1am every day. Videos, cabaret and music Thurs - Sun

2930 The Triangle 29 - 30 The Triangle, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5SE
01202 297607
It launched in 2008 and has become a firm favourite with the locals ever since.

They have some great drink promotions, live acts and 2 bars and 2 dancefloors with some top local DJs.


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