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What to do in Bournemouth this Winter?

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Hi everyone,

Winter is here and so are hot chocolate, cozy nights and frosty mornings. Even though you can’t tan on the beach, Bournemouth still has a lot planned for this season. Below you can find a list of some of the events that will take place over the next three months:

DECEMBER

Cirque Du Soleil in Virtual Reality

Pavilion Theatre, 6-15 December 2019

Dive into the surreal world of acclaimed circus troupe, Cirque Du Soleil, through the wonders of virtual reality. Enter Limina Immersive’s unique VR theatre to immerse yourself in three thrilling VR films that will transport you to vibrant lands, rich with strange spectacles and illusions, where fire and water dance and mystical beings roam. With oceanic acrobatics, breathtaking battles, snake-like contortions and astonishing aerials, this spectacular journey of the senses is not to be missed.

Get your tickets here.

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

Bournemouth Town Centre and other locations, 15 November  2019 – 2 January 2020

This Christmas you will be able to enjoy a unique festive trail featuring spectacular Christmas trees from around the world.

Explore everyone’s favorite Christmas Market and skate under the stars in the Victorian gardens. Enjoy live music, entertainment and illuminations around the resort. Bournemouth is an ideal place to spend Christmas with your friends and family. Read more about the event here.

JANUARY

Sleeping Beauty

Lighthouse Poole’s Centre for the Arts, 15-16 January 2020

Under the expert direction of Marina Medvetskaya, Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet combines classical training and technique with the best-loved Russian ballets, outstanding soloists and full orchestra, to entertain audiences in breath-taking style.

This brand new staging of The Sleeping Beauty is perfectly enchanting; Tchaikovsky’s glorious music sets the scene for the traditional fairy tale. The Nutcracker is the perfect introduction to ballet, as Clara is whisked away on a magical adventure by her Nutcracker Prince, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s delightful score. Find out more here.

Sandi Toksvig Live! National Trevor

Lighthouse Poole’s Centre for the Arts, 17 January 2020

Sandi Toksvig is touring her new, one-woman comedy show.  Sandi realises some people harbour an ambition to be a National Treasure but following a misunderstanding with a friend has decided instead to become a National Trevor – half misprint, half Danish comedian, novelist, actor and broadcaster.

Expect tall stories, fascinatingly funny facts, really silly jokes, a quick fire Q&A and a quiz. Don’t expect tap-dancing, leotards or a forward roll. Read more about the event here.

FEBRUARY

Circus of Horrors 2020

O2 Academy Bournemouth, 7 February 2020

The new Circus of Horrors show will be an immersive celebration of it’s astounding 25 years.  It will include an amazing amalgamation of acts, driven by a rock n roll sound scape, a show that will have you sat on the edge of your seat when not falling off it with laughter.

The almighty cast that stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent is now a West End & World Wide Hit and will take you on a rock n’ roller coaster ride of Unbelievable, Bizarre & Beautiful acts. It is a circus like no other and a show you simply can’t afford to miss. Don’t wait, get your tickets here!

Light Up Poole

Various locations in Poole, 20-22 February 2020

Light Up Poole, the annual festival of digital light art, is set to return in February with three nights of extraordinary light spectacles and community events that will transform the town after dark.

More than 40,000 visitors experienced last year’s incredible displays and for Light Up Poole 2020 organisers are extending the light up time and expanding the programme with talks, workshops and ticketed events including a family rave. Visit the Festival’s website 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,
Marsham Court Hotel

How to choose your wedding entertainment?

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Hi everyone,

Let’s talk about wedding entertainment. Choosing the one you would like to have on your big day can be hard. You want to make sure that all your guests are entertained throughout the day.

Kat, Our Wedding Coordinator, have put together a list of some great options that we have seen at the Marsham Court Hotel:

  • Magician– always a great idea to have one during a drinks’ reception or in-between the wedding breakfast and evening reception. The guests are always stunned at the mind blowing and unbelievable tricks.
  • Caricature Artist– this is also a nice favour idea! Instead of having little sweets out on the table, guests can have a drawing of themselves done by a caricature artist to take away and keep. They can remember your wedding day forever now.
  • Children’s entertainer– this is a perfect idea if you have quite a few children attending. This will help them to stay happy and busy throughout the day to let the parents have some fun.
  • Barn Dance Band– if you want everyone out on the dance floor, I’d recommend getting a barn dance band. This is so much fun to watch and participate in, as they have a person calling out all the dance moves you should be doing. It’s a bit of fun and provides plenty of laugh.
  • Sweet Cart – this is both for children and the adults. I have seen a few sweet carts at weddings, but I do like it the most when they have a colour theme and all sweets are the same colour.
  • Sparklers– this is a great way to end a magical day! Here, at Marsham Court Hotel, you can use the terrace for sparklers in the evening. Your photographer may get some great photos too.

  • Photo booth– this is definitely everyone’s favourite attraction and it always gets guests out of their seats. It’s also a lot of fun watching people get dressed up in funny props. Afterwards, most photo booth companies give a book with all the pictures to the happy couple so it’s a nice thing to keep.
  • Fireworks– even though you aren’t allowed fireworks at the hotel, we have had many clever couples who had their Wedding on a Friday in August and that is when the Bournemouth fireworks are on down by the pier. We are in a perfect location to be able to view them from the terrace.
  • Butterfly/dove release– this is a lovely idea and it is also great for some intimate photos.
  • Garden games– they keep both the children and adults entertained. A giant Jenga always gets the wedding guests excited.
  • Table trivia– to keep guests entertained throughout the meal, it is nice for them all to bond over a game of trivia to break the ice, especially if they don’t know each other that well.
  • Casino– most casino companies make personalised wedding money which is a nice touch as no one actually loses any money. This form of entertainment is especially popular later on in the evening.

 

We really hope that these ideas will help you find the ideal wedding entertainment for your big day. See you soon!

The best wedding advice from our Wedding Coordinator

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Hi! My name is Kat Tegg and I am the Assistant Events Manager who manages all weddings at the Marsham Court Hotel. Here is some wedding advice for the newly engaged couples:

  1. Take your time

If you are newly engaged and thinking about setting a date for the wedding, I would suggest setting a date around 1 year or 18 months from the engagement to be safe. This gives you plenty of time to organise the venue & suppliers, and you won’t be rushing at the end of it. Suppliers often get booked up quite quickly so if you book them more in advance, you have bigger chances that they will be available. Remember to set reminders and make as many lists as needed to keep you on track with planning for your wedding.

  1. Realise that not everything has to be perfect

A lot of couples get caught up with Pinterest and their wedding boards. Even though it is an amazing platform to look for wedding inspiration, people often try a couple of DIY decorations and it does not turn out to be like the photo on Pinterest! By all means, have a go and create some wonderful decorations as this definitely saves a lot of money, however, don’t get upset if it just isn’t the same as on the picture.

In addition, gathering from my years of experience as the wedding coordinator, please know that weddings do not run on time. This is a fact. Don’t be dishearten if a couple of things over run. This is still going to be a fabulous day on time or not.

  1. Don’t stress

This is supposed to be the best day of your life. I know that kind of sounds stressful but remember to sit back and take baby steps when planning. Don’t pile too much on yourself all at one time. Get friends and family involved with plans, you’re not alone. This can turn into a fun time for all who are involved and takes a bit of work off of your shoulders!

  1. Remind yourself of what is important

In the end, the only thing that matters is the two of you. On the Wedding day you both celebrate your love and happiness. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to show that. So, I say kick your shoes off and have a great time.

  1. Eat & drink

I can’t count the amount of times we have had to make a separate plate of canapés for the happy couple because they were too busy with photos. I think many people forget to eat and drink as they are too busy chatting and having a great time, which is amazing, but we don’t want anyone to pass out. In addition, you have spent the money on all the drinks and food, so you better try it out!

 

I hope you enjoyed my top 5 tips when it comes to planning a wedding. If you would like to find out more about weddings in Bournemouth or chat with me have a look at our website.

Planning a Christmas Party…

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Hi everyone,

Christmas seems to be far away but it is never too early to start planning the Christmas Party. A lot of companies book their venues months in advance so if you don’t want to be left out then you have to start thinking about it now. We hope that the list below will help you to get organised and ready for the Festive Season:

First step, date, time and venue

When it comes to planning any party, the three things mentioned above are probably the most significant to establish first. Make sure you find the right venue within your budget (consider what type of party you want to organise, car park availability and other important features). Choose a date that is close to the 25th of December but doesn’t interfere with your employees individual Christmas plans.

Second step, Guest list

Create a guest list to know exactly how many people you are expecting to come and for how many you have to cater for. This will also help you in creating all the invitations later on.

Third Step, Choose a theme

Winter Wonderland, Caribbean or Vintage party? Maybe you prefer something more traditional? Choosing the right theme can be a bit of a challenge but it can really add something special to the celebration. If you are unsure about what to do, it may be a good idea to get the employees opinion and ask them to fill out a survey to include them in the planning process.

Fourth Step, Plan your menu

Another thing that needs to fit within your budget is the menu. Do you prefer a buffet style dinner or a sit down three-course meal with full silver service? What about drinks? Make sure to ask the employees about any special dietary needs prior to the event and that the venue is able to cater for them.

Final step, Send out the invitations

After all the planning it is time to send out the invitations! They will help you to establish how many people are actually going to come and if they have any special needs. Try to send out the invitations as soon as you can to finalize the planning process.

 

Now that everything is planned and the guests are invited… all you have to do is wait for the party and hope it is going to be a success. Good luck!

Until next time,

Klaudia

Wedding on a budget

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Hi everyone,

As we all know, weddings can get very expensive. There are a lot of things to consider and remember about but there certainly are ways on reducing the overall cost. Kat, our Wedding Coordinator, is an expert at organising weddings for all budgets so she would like to give the happy couple some advice on how to save:

1. Wedding and Bridesmaid Dresses
In case you didn’t know, there are some stores that re-sell pre-loved dresses at a reduced cost (have a look here or here). There are also some dress stores that sell both wedding/bridesmaid dresses for under £600! Finally, take a peek at the popular online stores… you can find amazing dresses at affordable prices in ASOS or Missguided.

2. Grooms/Groomsmen Suits
Instead of buying the suits out right, remember that you can hire the them for a day and save on the costs! Not sure where to look? Moss Bros are very popular for hiring suits!

3. Wedding Cake
There must be an amazing aunty or cousin who is a fabulous baker in the family! Additionally, homemade wedding cakes are becoming more common. Now it’s the time for a top tip from me: “Not everyone eats the wedding cake!” Don’t focus on having the biggest 5-tier cake if there are only 50 guests coming. Some cake stores can make a polystyrene bases to save a bit of money too.

4. Sweet favours
What is the best time to buy any sweets or chocolate favours for the big day? After Christmas sales! Once we had a Charlie & Chocolate Factory themed wedding at the Marsham Court Hotel and they hit the supermarkets after Christmas to get all the selection box chocolates in the sales, which saved them a lot of money.

5. Flowers
If you aren’t fussed by flowers, I think the best thing you can do is to purchase some fake flowers. Some of them look just as good as the real thing. As flowers are extremely pricey for weddings, we include a few arrangements in our wedding packages which you can read about here.

6. Low Season/ Late availability weddings
If you are on a budget, sometimes the best time to save money is to look at low seasons for weddings (October- March – excluding December). Some venues offer late availability dates at a reduced cost or they add in something for free such as canapes during a drinks’ reception. Getting married between Sunday-Tursday will also be cheaper.

7. Find a venue that has everything
Here, at the Marsham Court Hotel, we supply the ceremony, wedding breakfast & evening reception venue, as well as drinks, food & accommodation. Hiring all suppliers externally can add up! We have many packages to suit the requirements of every couple. The smallest wedding we organised had only 12 guests and our biggest one had 200 guests. So, whatever it is you are looking for we can definitely cater for it!

 

Until next time,

Klaudia

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

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

Easter Holidays 2019 in Bournemouth

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Hi everyone,

Easter is here! We have an exciting weekend ahead of us, full of amazing activities with friends and family. Do you have any plans? If you’re still not sure, take a look at the events below. We put together a summary of a few offers for adults and children.

Easter Trail

Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre, 6-21 April 2019

Follow the trail, solve the clues and win a prize (not suitable for under 3’s). Pick up your trail leaflet from the Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre then head out along the river. Can you find Easter Bunny’s hiding place? No need to book. Find out more here.

Easter at Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park, 19-22 April 2019

Visit Farmer Palmer’s this Easter for Eggciting Egg Hunts down on the farm; daily from approximately 3pm Good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive. Keep an eye out for the friendly Easter Bunny and come and see all the new born Spring baby animals! For more information please visit the farm park website.

Hop into Poole for Easter activities

Poole High Street, 20 April 2019

Members of The Parkour Project, located in Poole’s The Project Climbing Centre, will be showcasing their skills on the high street, utilising moveable obstacles and safety mats. Visitors will also have the opportunity to try their hand at slacklining – walking or balancing on a length of flat webbing suspended between two points. Mad4Animals is hosting its fun and educational show from 10am until 1pm on the day, showcasing different creatures, their habitats, and features hands-on sections as part of the interactive show. Find out more here.

AFC Bournemouth Easter Food & Craft Fayre

Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, 22 April 2019

Anyone is welcome to attend the AFC Bournemouth’s annual Food & Craft Fayre for free. The fayre will begin at 11am and end at 4pm, with plenty of arts and crafts on sale, as well as some of Dorset’s finest produce. Additionally, there will be a junior fanzone and an egg trail on the day, so there’s no excuse not to bring the whole family along! Read more about the event here.

We hope that this concise list helped you to decide how you are going to spend your Easter holiday in Bournemouth and surrounding areas. We hope you’ll have an amazing time!

Until next time,

Klaudia Urbanska
Marsham Court Hotel

Why gift vouchers are a good present idea?

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Hi everyone,

have you ever had a problem with finding the perfect present? Well, gift cards or vouchers are the perfect for everyone. Almost all of us have received or given one in their life. The popularity of this option is growing every year.

Even though we sometimes find the perfect present for our friend or family member (or we think we do), the receiver can be disappointed. We all know it, it’s the thought that counts… but what’s the point of spending your money on something that is unwanted or useless? With a voucher you get some sort of guarantee – a person that is special to you will be able to have an amazing experience or buy something that is special to them.

In addition to that, you will also save the numerous hours you have to spend to find the perfect presents. When the event is approaching soon and you don’t have much time left, the situation can become even more stressful.

Gift cards don’t need to be impersonal. If you know that the receiver needs a holiday, get them a voucher for a hotel break. If they are looking to purchase a pair of earrings they always wanted, get them a gift card to that jewellery store. There are no limitations and it’s always better to give someone a gift card rather than just cash.

You can now purchase a range of gift vouchers on our website!
Treat someone special to one of our delicious afternoon tea’s or a monetary voucher for a short break. Find out more here.

Until next time,

Klaudia Urbanska
Marsham Court Hotel