Postponed until later in the year! 100 years of Bournemouth news 1920 – 2020 … a talk at BNSS

Sadly this talk has been postponed due to coronavirus … it will hopefully be rescheduled for later in the year. A talk by Hattie Miles at Bournemouth Natural Science Society to mark 100 years since their remarkable collection moved into their Christchurch Road premises. 

Hattie’s talk aims to take us through 100 years of enormous social and technological change and will highlight some of the news stories that have marked each decade. 

Tuesday 17th March starting at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) This is a free talk but donations to BNSS are welcome Postponed

This talk is at Bournemouth Natural Science Society, 39 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth BH1 3NS on Tuesday  17th March … starts 7.30pm

From news stories written on desktop typewriters to reporters sending their stories and pictures via their mobile phones … and, of course 24/7 news at our fingertips … it’s been a hundred years of change.

Hattie Miles was the first woman photographer on the Bournemouth Daily Echo. She worked there for 24 years, but for the past eight years has been a busy freelance. Her knowledge and experience of Bournemouth is quite unique having, not only grown to love the town in the thirty-five years she has lived here, but also knowing through her work, many of the back-stories to events and incidents in the area.  

The Bournemouth Natural Science Society is a museum with a remarkable collection embracing natural history, geology, Egyptology, astronomy and more. It was founded in 1903. Originally housed at the Municipal College at the Lansdown (now Bournemouth and Poole College), it moved into its 39 Christchurch Road premises in February 1920. The museum is open every Tuesday from 10am and 4pm and on Saturdays when advertised.

NB: there are bus stops nearby on Christchurch Road and plenty of on-street parking a short walk away. BNSS has a small on site car park too.

New Years Day Quiz Walk 2020

The New Year’s Day Quiz walk is back!!

Blow away the cobwebs on this fun New Year’s Day guided walk with Hattie Miles.  This circular Quiz Walk has fun questions and answers on topics with local links including showbiz, football, architecture, famous people and local history … there’s a new set of questions and a new set of cracker jokes!  There are no prizes but we aim for a jolly good and enjoyable time to welcome 2020. We meet in The Arcade (between Old Christchurch Road and Gervis Place) in Bournemouth town centre, near to Waterstones Book Shop.

Meet Hattie ready for a 12 noon start on Wednesday January 1st, 2020no need to book, just turn up!!

Price: £5 for everyone … meet at noon outside Waterstones in the Gervis Arcade, Bournemouth town centre.

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

Be prepared: The route of this walk will be dependant on weather conditions but be ready for slopes and a few steps. I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather. There are plenty of places where you can get refreshments near to our starting point (Waterstones Book Shop has a nice café and Cosy Club is round the corner) … loos can be found in nearby department stores and though we will pass various public loos on the route I can’t guarantee that they will be open! Well behaved dogs are welcome.

Hidden Secrets of Bournemouth

Join Hattie Miles on this enjoyable circular guided walk. You will find out about the area’s history, famous residents and visitors, and discover some of the town’s hidden secrets.

Monday morning 28th October, starting at 11am …

Meet at Hotel Miramar, E Overcliff Dr, BH1 3AL … find Hattie at reception

Price: £6.00 (over sixties and students £5.00) … no need to book, just turn up.  This guided walk lasts approximately one-and-three-quarter hours …

The historic Miramar Hotel is the starting point for this circular guided walk.

Be prepared: this walk will include a sloping path down to Bournemouth promenade  and some steps with a good rail. 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.

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

Hidden Histories of Boscombe Chine

Whether you’re a resident or visitor you’re sure to enjoy this 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. You will also discover the fascinating history of the Chine Hotel. 

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

Friday morning 31st May starting at 11am … No need to book, just turn up!

Price: £6 (over sixties & students £5). The walk lasts approximately one-and-three-quarter to two 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 overflow carpark in Wharncliffe Road if spaces are available, but please let reception know you are there. There is on-street parking nearby. Drummond, Knyverton and Knoll roads are usually good too. 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. 

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

Wimborne Road Cemetery walk

SATURDAY 11th MAY: Join Hattie Miles and discover Wimborne Road Cemetery. There are many fascinating stories to be told about the Bournemouth people buried there and Hattie will guide you to some of the most interesting memorials. 

Saturday morning 11th May starting at 11am.

Price: £6 (over sixties and students £5) … no need to book, just turn up!! Please note: dogs (apart from assistance dogs) are not allowed in Bournemouth cemeteries.

Meet in the carpark of the Dean Park Inn, 41 Wimborne Road, BH2 6NB at 11am or at the main entrance of the cemetery at about ten-past-eleven. 

Be prepared: This walk is on level ground but we do step up onto uneven routes to see some of the memorials. There are a few seats in the cemetery but not many. 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 on St Augustines Road, opposite the Dean Park Inn, if you want to enjoy lunch after the walk you can use the carpark at the Dean Park Inn, you can also park on Iddesleigh Road at the back of the cemetery or Porchester Road … there are also bus stops nearby. The walk lasts approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. The Dean Park Inn offers good refreshments … teas, coffees, ales etc and lunches after the walk. Walkers can use the loos at the Dean Park Inn.

Wimborne Road cemetery … 18.11.18 … photograph by Hattie Miles

This walk can be booked as a private walk for a club or society … just contact Hattie on hattiepix@gmail.com

Bohemian Boscombe

FRIDAY 10th May … 11am start!! 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.

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

Wimborne Road Cemetery walk

Join Hattie Miles and discover Wimborne Road Cemetery. There are many fascinating stories to be told about the Bournemouth people buried there and Hattie will guide you to some of the most interesting memorials.

Saturday morning 4th May starting at 11am and

Saturday morning 11th May starting at 11am.

Price: £6 (over sixties and students £5) … no need to book, just turn up!! Please note: dogs (apart from assistance dogs) are not allowed in Bournemouth cemeteries.

Meet in the carpark of the Dean Park Inn, 41 Wimborne Road, BH2 6NB or at the main entrance of the cemetery at about ten-past-eleven.

Be prepared: This walk is on level ground but we do step up onto uneven routes to see some of the memorials. There are a few seats in the cemetery but not many. 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 Dean Park Inn and use the loos there or park on Iddesleigh Road at the back of the cemetery … there are also bus stops nearby. The walk lasts approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. The Dean Park Inn offers good refreshments … teas, coffees, ales etc and lunches

Wimborne Road cemetery where many very interesting people have been laid to rest.

This walk can be booked as a private walk for a club or society … just contact Hattie on hattiepix@gmail.com

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

Tuesday morning 2nd April starting at 11am (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 – 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 90 minutes.

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

This walk is usually run as an evening walk during the Summer but various people have asked if I can do a daytime version … so here goes!

Romance & Scandal in Bournemouth

Take your mind off Brexit and join Hattie Miles for a tantalisingly themed ‘Romance and Scandal’ circular guided walk. You’ll discover some heart-warming love stories and some juicy scandals on this enjoyable circular guided walk that starts in the Gervis Arcade outside Waterstones Book Shop in Bournemouth town centre.  Walks last approximately one-and-three-quarter-hours.

The walk is on Friday 29th March starting at 11am … meet outside Waterstones Book Shop in the Gervis Arcade.

Price: £6.00 (over sixties and students £5.00) …  No need to book, just turn up!

Be prepared: this is a moderate walk that includes some slopes and a few steps. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Parking in Bournemouth town centre is pricey so I recommend coming on the bus but you can find suitable parking at the top of Richmond Hill, at the Winter Gardens and Upper Hinton Road. Waterstone’s Café serves good refreshments and there are other restaurants and cafés nearby.

Stories about these people, and others too, will be included in the walk … who is a love story and who is the subject of scandal? Discover on the walk!!

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