Christmas & New Year walks

Tuesday 18th December starting at 11am from Hotel Miramar a fun Christmas themed guided walk with Hattie Miles … scroll down to find full details …

Tuesday 1st January starting at noon from Bournemouth Arcadea New Year Quiz Walk with Hattie Miles … scroll down to find full details

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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 2019. 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, 2019 … twelve noon start … 

Price: £5 for all 

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

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. 

To start you off … who are these famous faces and what are their connections to Bournemouth?

Christmas themed walk from Hotel Miramar

Get festive on this entertaining Christmas themed guided walk with Hattie Miles. You’ll discover seasonal stories about people connected to the town and hear some fun Christmas readings with local links. There’ll be a sprinkling of history and a dusting of celebrity but no austerity, Brexit or Trump!!

After the walk you can enjoy a light lunch at the Miramar or have a warming cuppa or glass of mulled wine and maybe a mince pie or two!!

The walk starts at 11am from Hotel Miramar, E Overcliff Dr, BH1 3AL 

Tuesday morning 18th December (meet Hattie in reception). 

Price: £6  (over sixties and students £5)  No need to book just turn up!!

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. Walkers can park in the Hotel Miramar carpark, but please let reception know you are there. There are good bus stops nearby. Refreshments are available at the Hotel Miramar before and/or after the walk. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes.

Father Christmas feeding Crusoe the turtle at Bournemouth Oceanarium a few years ago … photograph by Hattie Miles

“Life as a photojournalist” talk

Thank you everyone who came for being such a great audience and BNSS for all your help setting up the sound and pictures plus the tea and yummy cake afterwards. I’ve put a couple of pictures on the walkingtalks Facebook page.

Join Hattie Miles to hear about her “Life as a Photojournalist”. This illustrated talk is on Saturday 27th October starting at 2.30pm at the Bournemouth Natural Science Society and Museum, 39 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth BH1 3NS
NB: the talk is free but people are asked for a donation.

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Hattie Miles with Batman and Robin on the beach close to Boscombe Pier a few years ago

Hidden Histories of Boscombe Chine (Sunday morning 19th August)

There’s a photograph from this walk on the walkingtalks Facebook page!
Sunday morning 19th August, starting at 11.00am …
Price: £6 (over sixties & students £5). No need to book, just turn up!
The walk lasts approximately one-and-three-quarter hours.

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. Walkers can park in the hotel’s carparks, but please let reception know you are there. The hotel is a ten minutes walk from bus routes on Christchurch Road. Refreshments are available at the Chine Hotel before and/or after the walk. 

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The Chine Hotel c1951 from an advertisement in the Bournemouth town guide.

The Darker Side of the East Cliff (Sunday afternoon 19th August)

There’s a photograph from this walk on the walkingtalks Facebook page!

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 an historic shipwreck and the story of an RAF war hero. Be prepared for a ghost story and some intrigue too.

Sunday 19th August starting at 5pm (meet in reception or on the terrace)

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

Be prepared: this is a mainly flat walk on pavements but I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather – during this hot weather I suggest you bring a bottle of water too. 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. You can enjoy refreshments at Hotel Miramar before or after the walk. The walk lasts approximately 75 minutes.

Rattenbury

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

Bournemouth: Crime & the Underworld (Tuesday morning 26th June)

Photographs from this walk are on the Walkingtalks Facebook page …

“Bournemouth: Crime and the Underworld” is a guided walk with Hattie Miles that will tell you about historic crimes relating to the town. Many come to Bournemouth for a taste of the peaceful life but there is a darker side. There are links to notorious murders, enterprising conmen, the Great Train Robbery and even the infamous Kray Brother’s gang.

Walk date: Tuesday morning 26th June starting at 11am from the Pavilion Theatre steps on Westover Road, BH1 2BU.

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

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. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes. In this warm weather I recommend that you bring a bottle of water to drink. I suggest travelling to Bournemouth on the bus as town centre parking is expensive, but if you do decide to come by car there is pay parking available around the town including a carpark at the Pavilion itself. There are several cafés close to our starting point if you want refreshments before the walk … we will end at the Pavilion where the Terrace Café is a good stopping point overlooking Bournemouth’s historic gardens.

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Bournemouth pier, Bournemouth International Centre and Neville Heath all feature in this walk