Date Night at Turtle Bay Bournemouth

Press Visit Ed and I haven’t had many date nights over the past six months or so, due to the pandemic and the house sale. It has been a stressful time, so it was lovely to be invited along for a meal at Turtle Bay in Bournemouth, to get away from it all for a couple of hours. We hadn’t been to a restaurant since the new face covering rules...

Planning a Staycation in Bournemouth

This post is in collaboration with Hotels.com, but all views are my own. With restrictions being put in place, it can feel disheartening faced with the prospect of a second extended period at home. If you have had to cancel your holiday abroad this year, you may be looking into a staycation here in the UK as an alternative. Having lived in Bournemouth and the surrounding towns for over twenty...

A Visit to Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

•Press Visit• Despite living only an hour away, and reguarly visiting The New Forest, I had never actually heard of Exbury Gardens before. When I was asked if I would like to go along for a visit with my family to explore, I was so shocked to read about this beautiful place, so close to us, which we had yet to discover! As well as plenty of beautiful themed gardens...

Attending the Media Launch of Kala Thai

•Press Event• Last night Ed and I were invited along to the media launch for the newest restaurant to open in Bournemouth, Kala Thai. The restaurant is located next to Slug and Lettuce, by Horseshoe Common, and was so brand new, the finishing touches were being added to the decor as we arrived – I do love a fresh new venue! We had been kindly invited along by local PR...

Exploring Dorset’s Hidden Gems

With holidays abroad not something we are looking at in 2020, we have been focusing on exploring the UK this summer instead of travelling to another country. As I am still working four days a week at the moment, we have stuck to days out in Dorset for the time being, and it has been amazing to discover hidden gems I hadn’t seen before, despite living in the area for...

A Dinner Date at Coconut Tree Bournemouth

•Press Visit• Although we have now been out for a meal post-lockdown, Ed and I hadn’t yet been out along for a proper date night, so it was lovely to be invited along to The Coconut Tree in Bournemouth, following their reopening, to enjoy cocktails and dinner just the two of us. The Coconut Tree is situated a little way up from Bournemouth’s town centre, on Old Christchurch Road. I...

The Christchurch and Poole Venues Participating in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme – With Reviews

•Features previous press visits• Following on from my post about the Bournemouth venues participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, run by the government to help the hospitality industry following lockdown, I also wanted to put together a post of the venues that I have personally eaten at, along with links to my reviews from previous visits, in both Poole and Christchurch, so that those looking to visit...

The Bournemouth Venues Participating in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme – With Reviews

•Features previous press visits• I have seen a list of the Bournemouth venues participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, run by the government to help the hospitality industry following lockdown. I wanted to put together a post of the venues that I have personally eaten at, along with links to my reviews from previous visits, so that those looking to visit have a point of reference. The...

Dinner and Drinks in Bournemouth Post Lockdown

Although it has been allowed for a few weeks now, I had been reluctant to head out for dinner or drinks until I was ready, as it felt a little too soon. However, this ‘new normal‘ of wearing masks in shops and whilst on transport, and keeping a social distance where possible, shows no signs of going anytime soon so, when my dad visited us for a few days at...

A Visit to the Newly Launched The Kings Arms

•Press visit• Last week I was invited along with the Bournemouth Bloggers to visit the newly refurbished and relaunched The Kings Arms in Christchurch. I have been to events at the venue before, as well as hosting some meet-ups for the network there myself, so I was really looking forward to seeing their new look. We started with a cocktail masterclass at the bar, which was so much fun and...