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What else to do during Bournemouth Air Festival 2019

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Hi everyone!

Just like every year, the town will soon be extremely busy due to the upcoming Bournemouth Air Festival. Although this year there is a lot of amazing attractions and you definitely won’t get bored, we wanted to put together a short itinerary of other events happening in Bournemouth and surrounding areas to give you more of a choice! How will you be spending the end of summer?

29 August 2019

Fame the Musical

Between 26-31 August you should definitely see this phenomenal musical! Based on the 1980 pop culture film, Fame The Musical is the international smash hit sensation following the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life. This bittersweet but uplifting triumph of a show explores the issues that confront many young people today: prejudice, identity, pride, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance. Book your tickets here.

Rockley’s Summer Spectacular with Fireworks on Poole Quay

Free live music, entertainment, and fireworks at Poole Quay! Bournemouth & Poole Tourism is bringing a party atmosphere to Poole’s continental quayside with fun for the whole family. Finish your day with an amazing firework finale over the largest natural harbour in Europe at 10 pm! Find out more here.

30 August 2019

Quay For My Car

Last event for this year! The theme is “American Dreams”. Quay For My Car is a series of events sponsored by Poole Pirates. For each they offer free entry onto the quayside for the car owners who fit the theme for that particular evening. With a stunning backdrop of the Quay and Poole Harbour, it is the perfect location for owners to show off their vehicles.  Read more here.

31 August 2019

Dorset Vegan Festival

70+ fantastic Vegan stalls and world food caterers will gather on the day at the Lighthouse Poole from 10.30am-4.30pm. But that’s not all! You can also expect exciting cookery demos and inspirational talks throughout the day. Find out more here.

1 September 2019

Summer Adventures on Brownsea

This tour runs from 27 July to 1 September. Treat your family to a day of wild adventure on Brownsea this summer. Try any one of our free nature based trails, test your skills at the natural play area or join one of our sensory family guided adventure that explores Brownsea’s weird and wonderful wildlife. Wear sturdy footwear and sensible outdoor clothing and come ready for a wild experience. To read more about this adventure click here.

We hope that this short summary will help you to decide what else you can do during the Bournemouth Air Festival 2019. If you want to read more about what you can expect this year, please check our previous post.

Until next time,
Klaudia Urbanska
Marsham Court Hotel

What to expect from Bournemouth Air Festival 2019

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Hi Everyone!

Are you excited for the Bournemouth Air Festival 2019? This year visit our beautiful seaside town between 29th August – 1st September to experience all the fun. We have put together a short summary of the shows happening during the weekend so you know what to expect.

The biggest attraction will definitely be the Raf Typhoon and you will be able to see its shows both during the day and at dusk. Even though this year we will miss the RAF Red Arrows Team, there is still tons more to see! You definitely can’t miss the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Saab Darken, Supermarine Spitfire MK and RAF HC2 Chinook.

It won’t be only busy in the air! In between the shows you can visit the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and The Army Villages for lots of fun and entertainment. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights across the Festival site there is a great choice of live music and other attractions. If you want to just simply relax, there are lots of Air Festivals Bars open on every corner. It couldn’t get any better!

How amazing does this sound? Get ready for a weekend full of fun and amazing displays at the, better than ever, Bournemouth Air Festival 2019! For more info visit the official website and don’t forget to book your accommodation with us to get the best seats and enjoy the show from your terrace.

Until next time,
Klaudia Urbanska
Marsham Court Hotel

5 most important things to consider when planning a wedding

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Hi everyone,

Together with our Wedding Coordinator, Kat, we decided to start a Wedding Series on our blog to help the future brides and grooms in planning their special day. The blog posts will provide you with helpful tips and tricks on how to organise an unforgettable wedding. However, should you decide to have your wedding at Marsham Court Hotel, don’t forget that Kat will help you with all the worries and stress! We specialise both in intimate, as well as, big ceremonies and can cater for any needs.

Now, to start, here are 5 most important things to consider when planning a wedding:

1. Consider each other’s ideas

A lot of people have the saying “my day, my way” ringing through their head at the beginning. However, even though you may have the perfect image of what your wedding will look and be like, your partner might have some fantastic ideas up their sleeve, that you haven’t even considered. This day is about the both of you and for both of you. Sit down one evening with a couple of glasses of wine and discuss wedding plans in more details.

2. Set a budget

A key to successful wedding planning? Always set a budget. Trends change every year and something new pops up every minute. Setting aside appropriate amounts of money will help you track the expenses and focus on priorities. Some things may also cost more or less than you assumed at the beginning. Finally, always remember that there are things you can do yourself, if you need to save some cash… from table decorations to getting a polaroid camera for artist photos, you can get really creative when planning a wedding!

3. You can’t please everyone

One thing I (Kat) always tell my couples here is: “You cannot please everyone”. At the end of the day, this is your big day so the focus should be on you. The most common brought up point is special diets. Nowadays, venues are usually really good with special diets so you don’t need to worry about catering your menu to suit all the vegetarian, vegan or gluten free guests. Firstly, choose the menu that you and your partner like the most. Afterwards, discuss with the venue the special diet guests you have. They will most definitely will cater for them.

4. Communication is key

Make sure that you keep in contact with all your suppliers. Each one of them will have different meeting and payment times or timescales. My top tip for couples is to have what I call a “wedding bible”. This is just a notebook with everyone’s contact details in and key dates to remember not to miss anything. The wedding bible will help you throughout the whole planning process. Many couples come to a meeting with me with lots of pieces of paper that isn’t organised which makes them a little bit stressed out. If it is all in one place, that keeps me and also you calm.

5. Have fun!

I know there is a lot to consider when planning a wedding but do not get stressed out. This is supposed to be one of the best days of a person’s life, so you need to sit back and enjoy the ride. Wedding planning is also a great way to come together with friends and family to discuss ideas. Have fun decorating table centre pieces with friends, get everyone involved and make a few days out of it!

We hope that you found the above tips useful. From now on, Kat will appear on our blog regularly to share lots of helpful content with you.

Until next time,

Klaudia

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Dancer!

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We would like to say a massive congratulations to Mr & Mrs Dancer who celebrated their special day with us on 8th June 2019!

Emma and Craig came into the hotel over a year ago to book their wedding. This is when the Terrace Ballroom had not yet been refurbished. They were both very impressed with the outcome, especially that they could change the mood lighting to suit their blue themed wedding. They got married at their local church and then joined us for a buck’s fizz and nibbles reception. They luckily missed the rain, so they were able to have a few photos outside of the hotel.

Afterwards, the guests were called into the Terrace Ballroom to enjoy the 3 course wedding breakfast menu the couple had chosen. They complimented the exquisite lamb shank the chefs had made, as it just slipped off of the bone. Later on, the staff flipped the room around for their evening reception where guests enjoyed a finger buffet, photos in the photo booth and lots of classic dance tunes from the DJ.

We hope that everyone had an amazing time, and we wish Emma & Craig all the very best in their new married lives together!

Our day was brilliant from start to finish! All the staff at the marsham court could not have been more helpful and we really appreciate the hard work they put in. Special mention to kat and Andy who went out of there way to make this the best day! We would also like to mention my mum lost her ring on the day at the marsham court( not valuable but sentimental) we told this to the staff the next day not holding much hope of it being found, but was sent back to our house a few days later which we really appreciate. If you want a prefect wedding we cannot recommend this hotel enough! Thank you Craig and Emma

A Lovely Little Wedding

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Congratulations to Steve & Veronica who we have known for quite some years! The lovely couple visit the hotel at least once a year with a regular group, so it was lovely to hear that they wanted to spend their special day with us at the hotel. The couple got married outside, by the Wedding Pagoda, and had a drinks reception afterwards. As a hotel, we also specialise in small and intimate weddings. There were only 15 guests present so it was lovely to get to speak to each one of them.

After some drinks and photos, the married couple, together with their guests, gathered in the Bay Suite for their wedding breakfast. Everyone really enjoyed their meal and the atmosphere felt very relaxed. Just before retiring up to their bedrooms for the night, they also shared a delicious buffet. The day turned out perfectly for Steve & Veronica because right from the beginning the wanted a very nice and relaxed day with their nearest and dearest. We were very pleased we helped them to plan and organise this special day.

Congratulations again to you both! We look forward to seeing you both again next year.

We had a wonderful wedding day at Marsham court. Kat was a great help from the early planning stage right through leading up to the day itself. She ran everything with professionalism down to the last detail which really put our minds at ease. Both Kat and Andy organised the reception and banquet perfectly, nothing was too much trouble for either of them. All our guests were very impressed by the attention to detail given by both of them. The food for the banquet was of excellent quality, all dietary needs were catered for with no problem. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Marsham court for anyone considering getting married or having their reception there.

What to do in Bournemouth this Summer?

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Hi everyone,

This summertime Bournemouth has a lot to offer, especially as the summer approaches. Below you can find a list of some of the events that will take place in the next 3 months.

JUNE

Poole Harbour Boat Show

Poole Quay, 7-9 June 2019

The fifth annual Poole Harbour Boat Show will return to our shores this June. With over 32,000 people in attendance in 2018 the Show continues to be the biggest-ever, FREE to attend Boat Show on the south coast. The Boat Show’s ambitions and theme are to get young people ‘on the water’.

In addition to more than an anticipated 200 exhibitors, over 100 boats will be on the water, including tall ships, celebrity style yachts and motors cruises. There will also be an impressive line-up of ‘on the water’ activities and workshops. Visit the website to find out more.

Dorset Moon featuring Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon

Bournemouth Central Gardens, 28-30 June 2019

If you thought the moon was out of reach, then it’s time to think again. It has travelled all over the world and wowed thousands, now Luke Jerram’s internationally acclaimed Museum of the Moon is making its way to Dorset for the first time as part of Dorset Moon; the exciting new arts event for summer 2019.

After stunning audiences all over the world Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Museum makes its Dorset debut in three stunning locations where, by the light of the mesmerising moonglow, a full programme of lunar-inspired events will create an experience that’s out of this world. Read more here.

 

JULY

Summer Live

The Square, Bournemouth, 12 July – 26 August 2019

Summer Live is a free event for all ages. It includes live music every day (from 5pm week days / from 12pm weekends). Visit the huts and watch the artists in action as they paint, draw and create. Other huts include Henna body art, beach themed jewellery and the delicious sweet selection.

Children are more than welcome. There are free entertainment shows during the last 2 weeks of August with Dr Balloonman, Mr Merlin and Okey Dokey, Count Backwards and Jamie Jigsaw. Find out more here.

Bourne Free – Bournemouth’s Pride Festival

The Triangle, Bournemouth, 12 – 14 July 2019

Bourne Free is Bournemouth’s LGBT Pride Festival. We invite you to join us for a weekend of fun and frolics, good music, great entertainment and of course the famous Parade. The parade is a celebration of equality and diversity in the Bournemouth community. Charities, groups and lots of individuals of all genders, sexualities and races are also joining in the celebrations, why not join them this year? Register for the festival here.

AUGUST

Bournemouth Friday Fireworks

Bournemouth Seafront, August 2019

Be prepared to be dazzled by the Bournemouth Fireworks display starting on Friday, the 26 July 2019. Join everyone at the seafront at 10 pm for an unforgettable experience. Find out more information here.

Bournemouth Air Festival 2019

Bournemouth Seafront, 29 August – 1 September 2019

This UK’s biggest air festival attracts over a million people every year for 4-days of action and entertainment. From water to air and special night displays there is definitely plenty to do and you won’t get bored! Read more about the festival here.

 

Looking for more inspiration and events? Visit www.bournemouth.co.uk for a detailed description of every single event happening in Bournemouth and surrounding areas. Additionally, keep a close eye on our blog for more local information as we always deliver the important news straight to you.

Until next time,

Klaudia Urbanska,
Marsham Court Hotel

The sun was shining for Mr & Mrs Doyle!

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Congratulations to Alan & Eva who got married at the Town Hall on 1st June then joined us for their wedding breakfast and evening reception!

At the beginning, the wedding guests were treated with a red carpet arrival followed by a bucks fizz and nibbles reception. The weather was marvellous and many of them made the most of the weather by sitting out on the terrace soaking up the sun. Later on, everyone was called through for the wedding breakfast. All plates came back empty, so we were very pleased everyone enjoyed their food. After the breakfast, there was time for a few speeches before the evening reception.

To make their wedding even more unique, the lovely couple hired a photo booth and a magician to keep everyone entertained. Later on in the day, they also had a disco party. It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves, and we hope to see Mr & Mrs Doyle again soon!

Marsham Court Hotel was the perfect venue for our wedding. Their staff was brilliant, especially Kat – our wedding coordinator and Andy Thompson (I hope I got the name right 🙂 ) – cheeky chap in charge :). Everything was well organised and there was clear communication throughout the planning process as well as the wedding day. Food was lush and DJ recommended by Kat was great as well. We all felt relaxed and really enjoyed our day. No stress, no issues, everything went super smoothly. We couldn’t have picked a better venue 🙂 Thank you.

5 Free things to do in Dorset

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Hi everyone,

Dorset is full of unbelievable places to visit and many things to do all year round. We have put together a short list of top 5 free things to do in this beautiful county.

Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove

One of Dorset’s most iconic places. The Durdle Door arch is situated at the top of a high cliff. Additionally, you can also visit the Lulworth Cove which was formed by the combined forces of the sea and a river swollen by melting ice at the end of the last Ice Age. Not only the views are incredible but there are also two beaches to choose from to spend a relaxing day with your family.

Old Harry Rocks

This UNESCO World Heritage Site managed by the National Trust is another popular destination among tourist and local residents. The unique rock formation provides breathtaking views of the Jurassic coast.

Moors Valley

Moors Valley is a fabulous country park. The Go Ape high ropes course (both for kids and adults), the Play Trail, miniature steam railway or cycling are only a few things you can do during your visit. The Park gets busy in the summer time but you can visit it all year round.

The beach

Dorset enjoys nearly 100 miles of coastline! The Jurassic Coast’s sandy beaches are one of the most stunning ones. As such, it comes as no surprise that Bournemouth beach was voted #1 in the UK, 5th in Europe and 14th in the world.

Dorset is full of surprises all year round. When will you visit us next time?

Klaudia Urbanska
Marsham Court Hotel

Welcome to our new website!

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The current hotel refurbishment is not only limited to our beautiful building. After months of work, we are proud to launch our new website with a refreshed look and more user-friendly interface. Click the categories above to find out more details about particular areas of the hotel. Despite the fact that the design changed, the address remains the same.

Additionally, our social media profiles, booking page, enquiry form and latest offers are now available on the right hand side of the website at all times. We hope that you’ll like the new design as much as we do!

 

 

 

 

Stunning day for Mr & Mrs Graca!

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Congratulations to Fred & Marj who got married with us on Friday 10th May 2019. The couple got very lucky with the weather for their wedding. Both Marj & Kat, the wedding coordinator, were keeping an eye on the weather forecast in the days upcoming to the wedding, and it was not looking that great. However, in the day it was stunning! Very warm and bright just for their big day. Thankfully they were able to get married outside in the Wedding Pagoda.

As it was such a beautiful day the happy couple went down to the beach for some photos whilst their guests enjoyed a bucks fizz reception with canapes on the terrace outside. Marj & Fred booked their wedding before the refurbishment of the Terrace Ballroom and they were thrilled with the finished look. Guests also thought the Terrace Ballroom looked great all dressed up for the wedding breakfast. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the menu chosen by the couple including a wonderful Lamb Shank cooked to perfection by the chef.

Later on in the evening, guests enjoyed dancing the night away and taking funny photos with some props. Such a great day for a lovely couple! Congratulations once again, we hope to see you both soon again!

See what the Bride and Groom had to say about their special day:

We had our wedding in May. Marsham Court Hotel staff were all lovely and very accommodating with our needs. We booked our wedding over a year ago and Kat who was our coordinator has helped us sort everything out from the registrations in the beginning up until the day of the wedding. She has been very responsive with our emails and this has helped us a lot to sort out every inch of details we needed to make our wedding a perfect one. Kat made sure all the things we need for the wedding are sorted and she has been very helpful especially with the small but important details that I don’t even think of. The food they have served were really delicious! All our guests have loved it and they accommodated all the special dietary needs of our guests even during the wedding. All the staff were lovely. Andy – the duty manager was fantastic and has made sure that we were taken care of during our wedding day. Graeme also has been very helpful making sure we have everything we need. The hotel was in front of the beach and it was our dream to have a beach/outdoor wedding and it was fulfilled! Can’t thank the staff enough! It was the perfect wedding!!