“Licence To Thrill”: an illustrated talk

“Licence To Thrill”: Bournemouth and Dorset Links to James Bond. This illustrated talk uncovers links the fictional secret agent James Bond has to the local area. You’ll hear facts and stories that will hopefully surprise and entertain you.

Your speaker Hattie Miles – a local photographer, teacher and historian has a great reputation for her talks and instructive walks in the Dorset area.

Thursday 12th January, 2023, starting at 10.30am at The Scottish Hall, 80 Shelbourne Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8QZ

Admission £4 with free refreshments (please bring cash) 

No need to book just turn up!!!

More details: Maisie Muir 01202 989514 maisie.muir@tiscali.co.ukbournemouthcaledonian.com

Walkers on the “Licence To Thrill” guided walk with Hattie get into the James Bond spirit!! Whether you’ve done the walk or not, this talk is sure to be interesting and you will be very welcome!

NEW YEAR’S DAY QUIZ WALK!!

Blow away the cobwebs on this fun New Year’s Day guided walk with Hattie Miles.  It’s a Quiz Walk with fun questions and answers on topics with local links including showbiz, football, architecture, famous people and local history.  There are no prizes but we aim for a jolly good and enjoyable time to welcome 2023. We meet in The Arcade (between Old Christchurch Road and Gervis Place) in Bournemouth town centre, near to Waterstones Book Shop.

New Year’s Day … 1st January, 2023 … twelve noon start

Price: £5 for all – no need to book, just turn up! Please pay cash – this enables me to keep my prices low as I don’t have to pay bank charges for card-readers etc. 

There are cafés and shops nearby for refreshments and shopping before and after the walk.

All these people have local links … come along and see if you can answer the questions about them! 

Be prepared: this is a moderate walk and includes some slopes and steps with a good rail. I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather. There are plenty of town centre car parks and if you travel by bus please check times carefully as it is a Bank Holiday.  We are a short walk from the bus terminus in Gervis Place near the Square. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes. I’m assured the café at Waterstone’s will be open and Cosy Club round the corner in Old Christchurch Road too.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

Have a wonderful Christmas!!

Thank you everyone that has supported my walks and talks during 2022.

Do come along to my New Year’s Day Quiz Walk that starts at noon. Meet in the Gervis Arcade, outside Waterstone’s in Bournemouth town centre. £5 per person. No need to book, just turn up.

To find full details scroll down to the post below this one.

Father Christmas and penguins photographed outside The Ark in Poole Park back in 2014.

“Licence To Thrill”: an illustrated talk

“Licence To Thrill”: Bournemouth and Dorset Links to James Bond. This illustrated talk uncovers links the fictional secret agent James Bond has to the local area. You’ll hear facts and stories that will hopefully surprise and entertain you.

Your speaker Hattie Miles – a local photographer, teacher and historian has a great reputation for her talks and instructive walks in the Dorset area.

Thursday 12 January 2023 at 10.30am at The Scottish Hall, 80 Shelbourne Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8QZ

Admission £4 with free refreshments (please bring cash)

No need to book just turn up!!

More details: Maisie Muir 01202 989514 E:maisie.muir@tiscali.co.uk W:bournemouthcaledonian.com

Walkers on the “Licence To Thrill” guided walk with Hattie get into the James Bond spirit!! Whether you’ve done the walk or not, this talk is sure to be interesting and you will be very welcome!

The Darker Side of the East Cliff

Join Hattie Miles on this intriguing circular walk from Hotel Miramar on Bournemouth’s East Cliff. You will hear the extraordinary story of a murder that took place in 1935 not far from the hotel, as well as the tale of an historic shipwreck and the story of an RAF war hero. Be prepared for a ghost story and some intrigue too!

Sunday afternoon, 23rd October, starting at 4pm … meet at Hotel Miramar, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, BH1 3AL (find Hattie in reception or on the terrace).

Price: £6 (over sixties & students £5) … no need to book, just turn up!

What happened to Frances Mawson Rattenbury and his wife Alma? Discover on this walk!

Be prepared: this is a mainly level walk on pavements but I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather – walkers can park in the carpark at the rear of the hotel, just let reception know you are there (there is now a barrier to the carpark, just drive up to it and it will lift to let you in!) … there are also bus stops nearby. You can enjoy refreshments at Hotel Miramar before or after the walk. The walk lasts approximately 90 minutes.

For more information see: walkingtalks.wordpress.com or contact Hatte Miles on hattiepix@gmail.com (groupbookings on alternative days can be arranged)

This walk can be booked on a private basis for a club, society or just a group of friends.

Wonderful Westbourne guided walk

Westbourne is an area packed with interest. Whether you are a resident or visitor you are sure to enjoy this guided walk with Hattie Miles that will show you some of the area’s hidden secrets and tell you about the many famous people connected to it. You will find out about writers, actors, pop stars, a scientist, an athlete and much more.

Wednesday 5th October, starting at 11am. We meet at the Seamoor Road end of Westbourne arcade, BH4 9AY.

Price £6 (over sixties & students £5).  The walk is approximately one-and-three-quarter hours. Please bring cash as it enables me to avoid bank charges and keep my prices low.

For more information see: walkingtalks.wordpress.com or contact Hattie Miles on hattiepix@gmail.com (group bookings on alternative days can be arranged)

Before and after the walk there are various restaurants, pubs and cafes nearby. If you fancy fish and chips afterwards Chez Fred will be open for eat in or take-away.

Henry Joy’s arcade in Westbourne that was built in 1884.

Be prepared:  This is a gentle, mainly flat walk, but I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather. There is plenty of free on-street parking a short walk from Westbourne centre and also pay car parks. The bus services to Westbourne are generally good. Public loos in Westbourne are situated in the main car park on Millburn Road – we do NOT walk past them! However there are loo at Westbourne Library which we do walk past.

Bournemouth’s European Connections walk

Monday 12th September and Tuesday 20th September – both starting at 11.am from outside the Tourist Information Office on the Pier Approach

Walkingtalks has been invited to take part in The Festival of Europe.

This 90-minute walk starts by the sea and follows a route that reveals some of the town’s many links to Europe. From Isaac Gulliver, whose smuggling business brought wines, lace and silks from the continent and made him one of the wealthiest men in the West, and a fourteenth century pirate who still warrants an annual day of celebration, to Guglielmo Marconi, the Italian inventor and electrical engineer whose experiments in the town led to the creation of the first wireless system. We’ll also discover stories about an Austrian Empress, a pair of lions from the Vatican City, a German Count with a very long name and a Victorian hotel that imported water for its baths from Auvergne. 

Meet outside the Tourist Information Office on the Pier Approach ready for an 11am start. The walk ends in The Square, close to buses, car parks and refreshments.

Price: £6 – please bring cash on the day. No need to book, just turn up!

Be prepared: This is a walk on pavements and pathways. There are a few short slopes and a couple of steps, but nothing too onerous. I recommend travelling by bus, if possible, as town centre parking, particularly on a Saturday, can be a challenge. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. I also advise bringing some water to drink on the route. This walk takes approximately 90 minutes.

Isaac Gulliver, the Mont Dore Hotel and Empress Elisabeth are three of the topics in this history walk.

“Licence To Thrill”: James Bond links to Bournemouth and Dorset

Join Hattie on this new guided walk and discover the area’s links to James Bond and his creator Ian Fleming. It’s nearly seventy years since Fleming introduced his fictional secret service agent in the novel Casino Royale. Since then his Bond thrillers have been the inspiration for the hugely successful series of movies. This walk finds local connections to characters in the books as well as to some of the stars in the films.

Thursday 15th September … starting at 11am

Price: £6.00 (over sixties and students £5.00) … please pay with cash … no need to book, just turn up.  

This circular walk starts at Hotel Miramar, East Overcliff Drive, BH1 3AL

Be prepared: this walk will include a sloping path down to Bournemouth promenade and some steps with a good rail and . I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather and you may want to bring some water to drink on the way. Walkers can park in the carpark at the rear of the hotel, just let reception know you are there … there are also bus stops nearby. The walk lasts approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.

Fun for this group outside Hotel Miramar before their James Bond “Licence To Thrill” walk

For more information see: walkingtalks.wordpress.com or contact Hatte Miles on hattiepix@gmail.com (group bookings on alternative days can be arranged).

The Colours of Spring guided walk

Enjoy the spring colours as we step into the Central and Upper Gardens to discover Bournemouth’s fascinating tree collection and a range of interesting and unusual plants. Our circular guided walk will start in The Square and aims to take you on a journey that will intrigue and inform.  You’ll discover trees with stories, quirky plants and some interesting landmarks along the way. These are the last walk-up Spring walks for this season. Dates for my brand new “Licence To Thrill – James Bond and Dorset” walk will be posted soon.

Wednesday 11th May and Thursday  12th  May starting at 11am.

Meet Hattie in The Square outside the Obscura Café  ready for an 11am startNo need to book, just turn up.

Price £6 (over sixties and students £5) … please pay with cash …

These circular walks last approximately one-and-a-half to one-and-three-quarter hours.

Be prepared: this moderate walk is mostly flat but includes some slopes. Paths can be slippery. I recommend wearing comfortable and reasonably sturdy footwear and dressing appropriately for the weather. You may want to bring a trekking pole or stick. NB: Our walk starts and ends close to the bus stops on Exeter Road and Gervis Place (right by The Square). There’s plenty of council car parking in central Bournemouth but it can be expensive.There are public loos in the Lower Gardens just below the Odeon Cinema.

Bluebells in Bournemouth’s Central Gardens