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Marsham Court Hotel appoints former FJB Hotels Restaurant Manager


Bournemouth’s award winning Marsham Court Hotel has appointed a restaurant manager with over 40 years of experience in top hotels. Jose Martins, the former restaurant manager of FJB Hotels’ Harbour Heights, Haven and Sandbanks Hotels,  will head the team in the former Bournemouth Hotel of the Year’s newly-refurbished Solent Suite and Restaurant.

The appointment marks a return to the Marsham Court for Jose; after arriving in Bournemouth from his native Madeira in October 1977 he spent two months as a waiter there before being promoted to head waiter. Jose will ensure the smooth running of the family-run hotel’s restaurant and banqueting facilities, as well as directing restaurant staff, overseeing training and liaising with the Head Chef and all other hotel departments.

The new Solent Suite re-opened earlier this month and can accommodate up to 280 diners or special event guests, with new bars, décor and a large, fully sprung dance floor. Jose said he plans to use his vast experience to further evolve the hotel’s restaurant service.

He said: “I am really happy to be joining the Marsham Court Hotel. It’s a fantastic hotel, with a lovely family feel and great potential and I’m looking forward to bringing my ideas to make the customers’ experience even better, whilst also improving revenues for the hotel.”

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Grandfather-of-two Jose has traversed the globe three times and catered to the whims of some of the world’s most famous people. He worked on Cunard’s famous cruise liner the QE2 for two years as a senior station waiter, where he served world boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard and the singers Lionel Ritchie and Rod Stewart.He said: “As you can imagine serving guests at sea can be a challenge; On one evening, in particularly bad weather conditions under San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, every food preparation trolley fell over onto the floor and we had to start the whole prep from scratch.”

As Restaurant and Banqueting Manager at Bournemouth’s Highcliff Marriott Hotel, Jose also looked after the then prime ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major. He joined FJB Hotels in 2004 and was restaurant manager at the Harbour Heights for six years, before holding the same role at the Haven Hotel and more recently the Sandbanks Hotel, for the last seven years.

Rosie Wallace, MD, whose family has owned the Marsham Court for over 30 years, said: “Jose’s reputation precedes him and we were thrilled when he agreed to join us in such a pivotal role.

“The hotel’s reputation relies on its excellent service, attention to detail and customer care.

“Jose is calm, collected and totally committed to his guests’ dining experience – a truly exemplary restaurant manager.

“It was also a great surprise to hear that he had worked at the hotel before. It’s like he’s come back home.”

Why is networking beneficial?


Hi everyone,

If you’re a business owner you probably already realize how important networking is. Meeting different businesspeople and entrepreneurs to create business relationships or to share and seek information is extremely beneficial to you and your business.

Below are 5 reasons why you should start networking right now:

Relationships and connections

Building long-lasting relationships with other business owners is helpful for many reasons. Firstly, you get someone that you can share and discuss your ideas with. Second of all, very often if you help someone they will also help you if you ever need an assistance to achieve your goals. Thirdly, your connections can help you to meet other influential people who open the door to even more possibilities and this is just the beginning…

Fresh ideas

Sharing your thoughts with other people can help you to gain a fresh look at what you’re doing and help you to develop your ideas even further. There are billions of people in this world and each one of them has unique experience therefore can look at things differently – take advantage of it.


Meeting new people can open doors to various opportunities for you and your business. You can meet new clients, business partners or even be offered a job through a recommendation. The possibilities are endless if you know the right people.


Besides getting a fresh look at your ideas, you can also receive an advice from someone who is more experienced in your industry. This can help you to avoid the errors they’ve made and learn on their mistakes.

Raising your profile

An important part of every career is being visible and getting noticed for what you’re doing. Regular networking can help you to get your face and name known to people in the industry.


Looking to start your networking venture? See what local events are available to you. If you live in the Bournemouth area, Outset is sponsoring the New 2 Business Networking event that takes place every month at the Marsham Court Hotel. You can book your free ticket here.

Until next time,

Klaudia Urbanska
Marsham Court Hotel

Why you should hold your next event in Bournemouth?


Hi everyone,

As we all know, golden beaches are not the only thing that Bournemouth is proud of. Below you can find 4 reasons why you should organise your next event in this town.

Easy access

Did you know that it takes less than 2 hours on a train to get from London to Bournemouth? Additionally, Bournemouth’s airport is just outside the town and offers flights to various European locations.

We have good connections with other cities all over the UK. The bus and train station is only within one mile distance of the town centre, beach, the pier and other attractions so you will find yourself in the centre of events straight away. Everything is within a close proximity to each other and you won’t find yourself spending dozens of pounds on transportation within Bournemouth.

Big choice of venues and accommodation

Bournemouth’s seafront is one of the places with the largest number of hotels and venues. You can easily find a perfect space for your event as well as accommodation for your guests or employees.

Moreover, with multiple restaurants, cafes, cinema and the BH2 within a walking distance you really can’t complain about being bored because there is always something to do.

Gorgeous golden beaches

The town’s seafront is a place that many locals are proud of. It comes as no surprise that Bournemouth Beach tops the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2018 for Best Beaches! It was voted #1 in the UK, #5 in Europe & #14 Worldwide!

Now, do you need any more reasons to visit our famous beach?


As mentioned above, in Bournemouth everything is within close proximity to each other and everyone will find something they enjoy.

For a wild night out, you can pay a visit to famous pubs and clubs around the town centre. If you prefer something more casual, you can go to the cinema, attend a show or a concert at the Bournemouth International Centre and see the Lower Gardens, Oceanarium or Russel-Coates museum. The possibilities are endless.

So, when are you planning your next event in Bournemouth?

Until next time,

Klaudia Urbanska
Marsham Court Hotel

5 reasons why dancing is good for you


Hi everyone,

Many of you know that dancing is a great alternative to exercises but did you know about its other benefits? If you’re not sure why you should get up and dance today then definitely read the five facts below.

1. It’s an amazing cardio workout

Instead of hitting the gym, dancing can be a good way for you to keep fit and let’s face it – it’s also much more enjoyable than running on a treadmill. According to the recent research, dancing burns up to 400 calories per hour!

2. It’s good for your brain

If you are taking part in a dancing class this requires you to remember the choreography and coordinate your moves to the rhythm of the music. This effectively improves your memory and has a positive impact on your brain.

3. It’s fun

Dancing is definitely one of the most fun and social exercises you could ever do. It also helps to release the feel good hormones like serotonin and endorphins to make you feel better.

4. It improves your health

Besides improving your strength and muscle tone, dancing has also a lot of other benefits. It reduces stress and helps your heart and lungs work more effectively. It also has a big role in strengthening your bones.

5. It’s for everyone

Dancing is an ideal exercise for people of all ages, shapes, sizes and levels of physical activity. You also don’t need any special equipment to do it.


Now be honest, does this make you want to bust a few moves? That’s what I thought! Dancing is so good for you and has plenty of benefits. Why not to start now?

Until next time,

Klaudia Urbanska
Marsham Court Hotel

Come and see our newly refurbished Restaurant!


Hello everyone,

Last month we fully refurbished our restaurant and since then we have been overwhelmed by the feedback we received. The new, elegant style provides a relaxing atmosphere for our guests to enjoy their breakfast. At night, the venue transforms to what you need: a vibrant colour coordinated space for evening dinners, private functions, conferences and events.

The newly refurbished Solent Suite now includes a brand new 1500 sq ft sprung Oak dance floor which enables us to take larger dance groups in addition to our existing Ballroom. But that’s not the only thing that has changed. After removing the central pillar we now have four gorgeous glass skylights and a completely redesigned modern interior.

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Isn’t this the perfect place for your next event?

We look forward to showing you around on your next visit!

Until next time,

Klaudia Urbanska
Marsham Court Hotel

Easter Holidays 2018 in Bournemouth


Hi everyone!

I hope you are all doing well. Easter holiday is approaching and we will be able to spend a few days with our 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

30 March – 15 April 2018

First, pick up your leaflet from the Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre. Then the rules are pretty simple: follow the trail, solve the clues and win a prize for finding the Easter Bunny’s hiding place. See more information about the event here.

Easter crafts

30 March 2018

There is nothing more creative than crafts! Come along, get messy and create your own Easter bonnet. The cost is only £2 per child and it will definitely activate their imagination. Find out more here.

Go Ape Forest Segway

March to November 2018

Do you fancy something more challenging for yourself or your children? Why not to explore the forest on self-balancing electric Segway. A fully-trained instructor will show you how to use the machine so you can discover the site. Find all information here.

Golden Bunnies Hunt

15 March – 9 April 2018

Come in, meet Ruby and hunt for Golden Bunnies! Ruby is Marsham Court Hotel’s Golden Bunny. She will be with us for the next few weeks as part of the Love Bournemouth Bunnies competition #GoBoCoast. Visit Go Bournemouth Coast website for rules and full T&C’s.

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

Opened all year round

A place designated for children eight years and under. Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park is a place with a lot of various animal activities like milking, bottle feeding and even pig racing. Kids can also take a ride on the tractor-trailer and enjoy play areas inside and outside – depending on the weather conditions. Find out more on the website.


We hope that this small 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

BAPTAs 2018


Hello everyone,

Last Thursday we had amazing time at the Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Awards with our friends and family. The incredible event took place in The Lighthouse in Poole.

We were very excited to be nominated in the Best Large Hotel category, especially having won this award before.

Even more exciting is the fact that this year we were a proud sponsor of the Best Retail Experience Award which was won by Titan Leathercraft Ltd. Congratulations to the amazing team that is behind this success!

After seeing many remarkable companies at the event, we are all very enthusiastic and hopeful to see what the future will bring for Bournemouth and Poole.


Until next time,

Klaudia Urbanska
Marsham Court Hotel

What To Do In Bournemouth This Spring


Hi everyone,

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


Russel Brand Re: Birth

Bournemouth International Centre, 27 March 2018

See this outstanding comedian talk about modern media, sex, fatherhood, politics and death. During his performance, Russel will try to answer questions like “What is real? Who are we? Where did this baby come from?” If you also want to find the answer you can book your tickets here.

Easter Bunnies

All coastal districts, 30 March – 02 April 2018

LoveBournemouthBunnies are back after an unbelievable success last year, including being a finalist at Chartered Institute of PR Awards – South of England for Low Budget Campaign of the Year. You can find out more about the hunt on Golden Bunnies here.


Poole Dream Machines 2018

Poole Quay, every Tuesday from 03 April – 25 September 2018

For a few months, every Tuesday, riders unite on the Poole Quay. The entire place is closed off to all traffic, except bikes and their number often exceeds 1000! See the amazing display and take advantage of bike night specials in cafes, restaurant and bars.

Health-on-Line Bournemouth Bay Run 2018

Bournemouth Seafront, 8 April 2018

Join thousands of participants during their run alongside the English Channel coastline to raise funds for the fight against heart disease. The programme includes: Half marathon, 10k, 5k and 1k family run.

Sign up today here.


B-E-A-F (Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe)

Boscombe, 28 April – 07 May 2018

Bournemouth’s largest independent art festival is coming back! This year the emphasis is put on supporting local, home-frown talent through the BEAF commissions. You can find out more about this fantastic world of local arts and performances on the festival’s website.

Bournemouth 7s Festival 2018

Christchurch, 25 – 27 May 2018

It’s the 11th Anniversary of the award-winning, world’s largest sport & music festival! During late May Bank Holiday weekend you can party with over 30,000 people on 23 themed festival arenas with 40 live acts and DJs.

Read more and book your tickets here.


Looking for more inspiration? Visit 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