When your partner is quadriplegic and can't move at all you need holiday accommodation with some serious access features! BOD has everything and all contained in a spacious ground floor flat with unrestricted sea views. Essentials for us mean a wet room (there are two), profiling beds, tilting shower chair, a mobile hoist and it's all provided. Add to this a very high standard of furnishing and general equipment (some accessible accommodation can be a bit clinical), an accessible pub 100 metres away, and even a cliff lift - free to wheelchair users - to take you down to the promenade and the beach. We've had some pretty dire experiences in the past but this is accessible heaven!
The Highcliff Grill Restaurant in Bournemouth is a fantastic place. The restaurant offers a great environment, friendly members of staff, superb choice, excellent food quality and a fantastic location overlooking the sea – it’s simply the best restaurant in Bournemouth.
Highcliff Grill Restaurant
Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel
St Michael's Road
Bournemouth BH2 5DU
T. 01202 200 800
Enjoy a relaxing scenic paddle along two miles of tidal water, starting at Iford Bridge where you can park for free and enter the water easily. If you want breakfast before you begin I recommend the Old Bridge Tea Rooms.
Follow the meandering river heading away from the Bridge, although Stour means 'the strong powerful one' the course is suitable for novices, the river is full of Mullet, Bass and Flounder head for Tuckton Bridge and on towards Christchurch, you will hear the bells of the priory and enjoy the ambiance of Christchurch Quay from your priviledged position and opposite the unspoilt village of Wick where the ferry takes foot passengers across to the quay.
At Christchurch the Stour meets the Avon, the main river flows past historic Hengistbury Head (also a site of special scientific interest) dating back to 10,000BC one of only 25 from the Old Stone Age period.
Head towards the colourful beach huts at Mudeford Sandpit and take a leisurely break for lunch at The Beach House Cafe - the view is great and the food is fabulous.
At Mudeford the river enters the sea through a narrow channel known as 'The Run' which is best avoided unless you are extremely brave and experienced! If you enjoy sea kayaking the sandy beaches of Avon and Southbourne are close by and offer a contrast to the serenity of the river for those wanting to enjoy the surf.
Old Bridge Tea Rooms 16, Old Bridge Road, Iford, Bournemouth Tel:01202 477110
The Beach House Cafe, Mudeford Sandbank, Broadway,Southbourne. www.beachhousecafe.co.uk
Warm & friendly B&B, incredibly helpful staff and reasonable at £30pppn - breakfasts are delicious and varied. Walk through a forest at the end of the road to get to the powdery sandy beach or hop on a train to the new forest for a walk or bike ride (rentals at Brockenhurst station starting from £9 for an afternoon bike ride)
Four-star hotel in the centre of Bournemouth. Perfect location in centre of town and only five minutes' walk through gardens to Bournemouth's beautiful beach. Full leisure facilities including indoor pool, restaurant and bar. Accommodation is some of the nicest in Bournemouth - ask for a Superior room.
The Norfolk Royale Hotel,
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 6EN
The food is delicious, they follow the principles of local, organic, animal-friendly and fair trade... and everything is very reasonably priced too, with a great, easy, atmosphere and lots to do for children.
7 HOLDENHURST ROAD, LANSDOWNE
BH8 8EH 01202 558303 www.adamandevescafe.co.uk
Lively, friendly restaurant serving southern and eastern African food. Unique cuisine from a range of countries, including crocodile and impala. Beautifully presented.
18 Ashley Road
Delicious, freshly prepared food using wholesome ingredients. A really friendly and welcoming atmosphere. It is always hard to choose what to have as it all looks so inviting. The Bannoffi Pie is to die for! I challenge you to eat a whole one!
667 Christchurch Road, Boscombe
Tel: 01202 393673
A cliff-top cafe with beautiful views across Poole Bay.
Unfortunately owners have a very poor approach to customer service and food hygiene is poor. They are extremely surly and any complaint about the quality of the food is met with comments such as '..go and eat elsewhere then'. On complaining that my childrens' sausages were not cooked properly they refused to replace them and gave no refund (having thrown the items away).
The latest in new festivals in the West Country, Dorset's Sound Music Festival brings top headline acts such as CAPDOWN and Claire Toomey, as well as live youth bands all day. With urban and street dance demos, music workshops, a kidz field, climbing wall and graffiti project, there will be something for everyone. A great start to the school holidays, and it's alcohol free.
Sound Music Festival, Off Cranes Drive, The Fuzzy Bit, Verwood, Dorset;
July 22, from 1-10pm (kids programme until 6.30);
Tickets: £10 in advance;
email: TCooper@eastdorset.gov.uk for more details;
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