FERRY + HOTEL
With the stunning lights from the ships gloriously shining over onto the land, and the exciting buzz of Christmas in the air. A visit to the stunning south coast during this festive season is not to be missed.
Get your skates on with this festive activity. Wrap up warm and skate around under the canopy of the Christmas trees in the gorgeous Bournemouth lower gardens. You can relax before and after at the rustic Moguls Alpine Bar looking over the ice rink and sit down with a warming mug of hot chocolate or a steaming glass of mulled wine. If you fancy a bite to eat to warm you and refuel after a skate, there are fantastic plates of festive food being served. Think grilled swiss cheese on toast, salted caramel and praline doughnuts or some ‘posh nosh’ noodle broth.
Celebrate the Christmas magic with waves rocking beneath your feet with a 3-hour Christmas Party Cruise run by City Cruise Poole. Welcomed onto the vessel with a glass of mulled wine, you will then be treated to a two-course Christmas dinner in the comfort of the lower saloon. Once dinner has been served and you have had ample time to drink from the fully licensed bar, the dancefloor will be waiting for you with the onboard DJ and classic Christmas tunes from across the ages. There is no better excuse to dig out your dancing shoes!
Enjoy the Christmas magic in the air at the outdoor Christmas market in Bournemouth town centre. The Alpine market has a variety of authentic gift traders from artisan cheese to Christmas decorations and American street wear. Not only gifts, there are food and beverage stalls to feed your every desire. From traditional bratwurst and hog roasts to churros and baked brie, even the fussiest of eaters will find something to nibble on. When you’ve had enough of browsing the stalls, the two-storey Alpine Lodge bar is there to treat you with a wide selection of hot, cold and mulled drinks, festive snacks, indoor and outdoor seating, as well as an open-air balcony terrace on the second floor. There is nothing better to get you in the Christmas spirit!
The seeds have been sewn for a fabulous Christmas this year at the Poole Lighthouse with the exciting production of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Dazzling musical numbers and extraordinary costumes, combined with fantastic scenery and choreography make for a performance not to be missed out on.
Father Christmas has returned to Upton Park this year, bringing along his friendly elves, owls and even donkeys! Book in the opportunity to meet and greet the man himself and take some photos with his friendly accomplices. For the grown-ups, there is the option to get creative and join a wreath making workshop: a two-hour session making a festive wreathe using the foliage collected from the park. Indulge in a Christmas afternoon tea or a mulled wine and enjoy the park and country house in all its Christmas magic.