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A Festive Weekend

Bournemouth and Poole know how to do Christmas! We had the most wonderful Christmas weekend a few weeks ago and it set us all up perfectly for the most magical time of year.

On a chilly Friday evening we checked into our beautiful Bournemouth Beach Lodge. A perfect size for the five of us and Mabel our border terrier. The lodges overlook the beautiful beaches of Boscombe and Bournemouth, in the most wonderful location. 

We headed straight into Bournemouth for the Christmas Tree Wonderland, this free event runs until 2nd January 2023. The multitude of festive themed lights from the giant bauble to the cuddly polar bears are the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit.

We then dined at the fabulous Urban Garden which is situated right amongst the Christmas Tree Wonderland. The funky, laid back and friendly restaurant was both child and dog friendly and served up the most wonderful locally sourced, seasonal food for us all. From Dorset fondue to winter veg curry.

We were so lucky with the weather all weekend and the Prom Cafe was the perfect brunch spot right by Bournemouth Pier. Even in the daylight the Christmas Tree Wonderland was magical. 

You can’t visit the seaside without a game of crazy golf and the Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf was so much fun. Family friendly so even our 5 year old enjoyed himself the whole way around. Full of tricky challenges the action packed course was a huge hit with us all.

On our second evening we visited the brand new Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival on its opening night. This brand new attraction takes you on a nautical journey from a 5 metre tall ship to a giant anchor. Such a wonderful trail taking in lots of the wonderful sights of Poole along the way.

Truly Scrumptious just off the quay was the perfect stop off point for some sweet treats. The wonderful old fashion shop was full of traditional and new sweets. We had all worked up an appetite and the perfect restaurant was  Da Vinci’s Italian Restaurant. Located right on the quay the family run business specialises in fresh local ingredients cooked in an Italian style. We sat in the upstairs dining area overlooking the harbour and even Mabel was allowed to join us. The food was incredible, especially my cheesecake dessert. And the service was wonderful. 

After a second brilliant night’s sleep and waking up with the views of the sea from our lodge, and another sunny day we headed to Skate Bournemouth. Based in Bournemouth gardens until 3rd January the genuine ice rink was so much fun and the festive vibe was wonderful. Despite my worries I stayed on my feet the whole time and we all had an absolute ball. 

We had well and truly worked up an appetite so headed to The Nici. The newly refurbished hotel was a super stylish venue for lunch, and even Mabel came along too. The funky vibe of the hotel including a mini cinema room and beautiful menu was an absolute delight. 

Our super festive weekend ended with a hot chocolate at the Ski Lodge in Bournemouth Square. Alongside the Christmas Market it was the perfect spot to sit and reflect on a wonderful Christmas Festive Weekend In Bournemouth.

Both the Christmas Tree Wonderland and Poole Christmas Maritime Lights are on until 2nd January, these free events are a must see. Visit my highlights on my Instagram for more photos.

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