Bohemian Boscombe

Discover Boscombe’s colourful past on this free guided walk with Hattie Miles. You’ll hear interesting and entertaining stories about creative and flamboyant people as we take a look at architectural gems that help reveal the area’s history and hidden secrets. This is a free walk supported by the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe.

The walks will be on Sunday morning 5th May and Friday morning 10th May both starting at 11am. No need to book, just turn up!

Meet at the entrance of the Sovereign Shopping Centre in Christchurch Road pedestrian precinct ready to start at 11am … the walk will last approximately 75 minutes …

Be prepared: the route is mainly flat and is within the precinct, Sovereign Centre and Royal Arcade. I recommend wearing flat, comfortable footwear and dressing appropriately for the weather.There are good bus services to Boscombe Centre, plenty of pay carparks nearby and some on street parking a short walk away. There are good loos in the Sovereign Centre and lots of cafés nearby. NB: This walk is not suitable for dogs as Sovereign Centre has a no dogs policy.

The Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe festival offers eight days of interesting arts events around the area from 4th – 12th May. For festival details visit www.b-e-a-f.co.uk

New walk details soon

Details of new walks will be posted soon. Look forward to “More Hidden Secrets of Bournemouth”, “Bohemian Boscombe”, “Southbourne Secrets” and more …

Pictured below are Hattie (with the clipboard) and walkers on the New Year’s Day Quiz walk. You can find more pictures and information on the walkingtalks Facebook page.

Hidden Histories of Boscombe Chine (New dates to be announced soon)

Photographs of this walk can be found on the walkingtalks Facebook page.
Bank Holiday Sunday 27th May, 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. Refreshments are available at the Chine Hotel before or after the walk. 

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

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

History & Horrors: a Boscombe Journey (1st & 4th May)

Photographs from these walks can be found on the walkingtalks Facebook page.

‘History & Horrors: a Boscombe Journey’ is a free guided walk with Hattie Miles. We’ll explore central Boscombe to discover some of its past and hidden secrets. It will also tell you about stories and characters created by famous authors with local connections including Mary Shelley and Frankenstein, Bram Stoker and Dracula and, of course, there’ll be a nod to Dr Who when we visit the Boscombe Tardis.

Tuesday 1st May and Friday 4th May, both starting at 11am.  Meet outside Lidl inside the Sovereign Centre ready for an 11am start. No need to book, just turn up!

This free walk is supported by Coastal BID and the Sovereign Shopping Centre. It will last approximately 75 minutes.

Be prepared: the route is mainly flat and is within the precinct, Sovereign Centre and Royal Arcade. I would recommend wearing flat, comfortable footwear and dressing appropriately for the weather. There are good bus services to Boscombe Centre, plenty of pay carparks nearby and some on street parking a short walk away. There are good loos in the Sovereign Centre and lots of cafés nearby. NB: This walk is not suitable for dogs as Sovereign Centre has a no dogs policy.

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“Walk, Woof and Wag” dog walk

Photographs from this walk can be seen on the walkingtalks Facebook page:

Help us Celebrate The Chinese New Year of the Dog on our “Walk, Woof and Wag”. This free circular dog walk is open to anyone with a well behaved dog and aims to raise money for the PDSA.  No fee, but donations gratefully received on the day.

Date: meet on Saturday February 10th ready for an 11am start from outside the main entrance of the Sovereign Centre in Boscombe’s pedestrian precinct. The walk will be led by Hattie Miles and is supported by the local business community and Coastal BID.

Be prepared: This walk is designed for dogs and their human friends. In residential areas and near roads dogs need to be on a lead, but there will be opportunity for a run-around for dogs that enjoy it. Please bring your own poop bags and any doggy essentials your dog likes during a walk. I recommend that humans wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The walk will include some slopes and a few steps and we aim to go down to the beach if the weather is suitable. 

Famous people born in years of the Dog include Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa, Leonard Cohen, Judi Dench, Elvis Presley, Steven Spielberg, Donald Trump, David Bowie, Madonna and Harry Styles.

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Dog walkers on Boscombe beach.

Hidden Histories of Boscombe Chine …

Whether you are a resident or visitor you’re sure to enjoy this new circular guided walk with Hattie Miles. You will find out about Boscombe Chine’s history, the many famous people connected to it and discover some of its hidden secrets.

Thursdays 20th and 27th July, both starting at 10.30am

Meet at the Chine Hotel, 25 Boscombe Spa Road, Boscombe BH5 1AX  

Price: £6.00 (over sixties and students £5.00)  There’s no need to book – just turn up. The guided walks last approximately one-and-a-half 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. Refreshments are available at the Chine Hotel before and after the walk. 

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

This picture of the Chine Hotel is from the 1888 Bright’s Guide to Bournemouth.

Chine Hotel

History & Horrors: a Boscombe Journey

‘History & Horrors: a Boscombe Journey’ is a guided walk with Hattie Miles. It will take you around the Boscombe precinct area to discover some of its past and hidden secrets. It will also tell you about stories and characters created by famous authors with local connections.

Thursday 10th November starting at 11am.  Meet outside the pop-up Heritage Museum near the entrance to the Sovereign Centre by the pedestrian precinct (opposite Holland & Barrett).

These free walks are part of the Shelley Frankenstein Festival 2016. They last approximately 75 minutes.

Be prepared: the route is mainly flat and is largely within the precinct, Sovereign Centre and Royal Arcade. I would recommend wearing flat, comfortable footwear and dressing appropriately for the weather. There are good bus services to Boscombe Centre and plenty of reasonably priced carparks nearby.

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