Come To Bournemouth For A Spring Weekend

Bournemouth Beach and Pier from the East CliffThis weekend looks like it could break records for sunshine and temperatures, and what better to do on a lovely sunny Spring weekend than take a trip to the seaside.

While the water might still be a bit chilly for most, the sun at this time of the year can still be nice enough for some early sunbathing, and it’s a great opportunity to get out and see the Spring flowers and blossoms.

Bournemouth is a wonderful place to visit in the Spring time, when the blossoms are all out on the trees in the Chines, and the Spring flowers are blooming in the Lower Gardens that lead from Bournemouth Square down the the pier.

Why come to Bournemouth for just a day though! There is so much to do in the Bournemouth area, so spend the weekend – or longer!  There are plenty of Bournemouth Hotels and Accomodation to choose from, so come visit this pretty area of Dorset and don’t forget your camera.

Bournemouth Is Now The UK Hen and Stag Night Capital

Bournemouth Pier And BeachOver 2,000 people who have attended stag and hen parties around the UK were interviewed, and the favourite destination for hen and stag parties is now Bournemouth, according to the Bournemouth Daily Echo.

Who would have believed that this once tranquil Victorian spa town on the south coast of England could have turned into a party capital in just a few years.

It wasn’t too long ago that Bournemouth was well known just for it’s miles of golden sandy beaches, well that and having one of the largest proportions of elderly people in the UK, since many people moved there to retire.

Then came the foreign language schools in the 1960’s, and in the last few years the town has seen a number of nightclubs and bars opening, catering to the younger party crowd who want to have a good time and party like celebrities.

The recent trend of turning a stag and hen night from just a local night out to a long weekend getaway has resulted in Bournemouth being the top destination in the UK, beating rival cities that include Brighton, Newcastle and Liverpool.

So why is this I wonder?  Bournemouth does have some excellent nightclubs of course, that is the number one criteria for a stag and hen night location, but the local area also offers some other opportunities for those who are looking for more than just a crazy night out in a club.  There is the beach and watersports of course, horse riding or bike riding in the New Forest, paragliding and other daredevil activities, and numerous places to explore.

If you don’t know much about this fun seaside town on the south coast, it’s time take a look at what you can do in Bournemouth.  If you are looking to visit the UK from overseas, don’t miss this golden opportunity to visit part of the UK that is rising up the list of places for overseas tourists to visit.


Can You Imagine Writing Over 800 Books? Enid Blyton Did Just That!

Children in the UK and most parts of the British Commonwealth growing up anywhere between the 1940’s and today will be aware of Enid Blyton, who was the J.K. Rowling of OUR day.

Enid was a prolific writer, publishing over 800 children’s books during her 40 years writing career.

Many of her books were in series, the best known being Noddy, The Secret Seven, The Famous Five, The Adventure Series, The Wishing Chair and The Faraway Tree.

To read a book by Enid Blyton the reader becomes totally absorbed in the adventure that the characters are having, and this is what I found when I used to read her Famous Five series.  I loved to explore ruined castles on deserted islands, to go off on camping holidays, and to get involved in all kinds of mysteries.

I only found out several years ago that Enid used to visit the area of Dorset on the South Coast of England where I grew up, and it was places here that provided the setting for locations in a number of her books.

I just completed my lens about Enid Blyton, which I hope is worthy of a Purple Star award if not Lens Of The Day, and I invite you to come and learn more about this fascinating author of children’s books.

Finally My Sandbanks Lens Is Taking Shape

Sandbanks Beach Sign At Sandbanks Pavilion Sandbanks Poole DorsetFinally a long two years after the initial creation of my Squidoo lens about Sandbanks, I have managed to make progress on it and to see it taking shape.

Sandbanks is a sandy peninsula that is only a mile from where I grew up in Poole, Dorset, on the south coast of England, and in recent years it has become a place for the wealthy to buy homes, most properties there being valued in the millions.

We used to have a beach hut at Sandbanks, and I spent many glorious summer days at the beach when I was younger, but now they have turned into memories of yesteryear, since only by winning the lottery jackpot could I ever hope to live close to there again.

This lens on Sandbanks is a look back at the Sandbanks of yesterday, with memories of the 1950’s and 1960’s when we had family homes there, and also from the end of the 19th century, when Sandbanks was used by Marconi for early wireless experiments.

I hope you enjoy this look at Sandbanks as it was then and it is now.

My apologies if you find the lens incomplete, but I hope that if it is, you will come back and see the finished article in a few days.