Bournemouth: Crime & the Underworld

“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 infamous murders, enterprising conmen, the Great Train Robbery and even Jack the Ripper. The walk is one of several events linked to the “A Question of Guilt: A Crime Writer’s Collection” exhibition at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum.

Walk date: Saturday 24th March starting at 1.30pm. We meet on level one of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, BH1 3AA.

Tickets cost £16.50 that includes entry into the historic house and, after the walk, tea & cake and an introduction to the “A Question of Guilt” exhibition by a member of the curator team. To book ask at the Russell-Cotes Welcome Desk or telephone 01202 451820. Please book in advance to ensure your place.

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. Before and after the walk, you are welcome to enjoy the house and gallery.

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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum: it may be early for roses but it’s not to early for intrigue!

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History & Horrors: a Boscombe Journey

Thank you everyone who came to this walk – there are a few pictures on the walkingtalks Facebook page.

‘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.

Friday 16th February starting at 11am.  Meet outside the pop-up Heritage Museum opposite Lidl in the Sovereign Centre.

This free walk is part of the Shelley Frankenstein Festival 2018. It will
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, plenty of pay carparks nearby and some on street parking a short walk away.

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‘A Victorian Christmas’ in Westbourne

Get festive on ‘A Victorian Christmas’ guided walk in Westbourne with Hattie Miles. Come along and you will learn that Westbourne’s expansion has many parallels with the development of our traditional Christmas celebrations. You’ll find out about crackers, carols, cards and more. Trees, tinsel and turkey will all feature as well as Christmassy readings from the Victorian era.

Wednesdays 6th and 13th December, both starting at 11am from outside The Vintage Lounge Café in the centre of Westbourne arcade, BH4 9AY

Price £5  … no need to book, just turn up!

After the walk there are various good cafés and restaurants for refreshments

Be prepared: please dress appropriately for the weather and I always recommend that you wear comfortable shoes. Walks will last about about an-hour-and-a-quarter. We finish in plenty of time for lunch and Christmas shopping. There are a number of pay car parks around Westbourne and good bus services to Westbourne. There is also on-street parking nearby.

HenryColeChristmasCardThe first commercial Christmas card, above, was designed by Henry Cole in 1843

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

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.

Meet at Hotel Miramar, E Overcliff Dr, BH1 3AL … at reception or on the terrace.

New dates will be posted soon!

Price: £6.00 (over sixties and students £5.00)  There’s no need to book – just turn up.

These guided walks last approximately one-and-three-quarter hours.

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. 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.

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

Group bookings on alternative dates can be arranged.Miramar

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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The Language of Colour … a walkingtalk for Autumn

If you’ve missed these walks and would like to do one, I can do booked walks for groups of ten or more (up to mid November): hattiepix@gmail.com

Join Hattie Miles for a walkingtalk to celebrate Autumn – enjoy the colours of the season, hear a few appropriate readings and find out how the English language has embraced descriptions of our country’s multitude of hues. You will also find out about some of Bournemouth’s collection of unusual trees, learn a little about the area’s history and hear tales about its connections with famous residents and visitors.

Wednesdays 7th and 21st of October, 10.45am start,

and Saturday 17th October, 10.45am start.

We meet outside Platform 19 Café, 19 Queen’s Road, Westbourne. BH2 6BA

Price £6 (£5 over sixties and students). These circular walks last approximately one-and-three-quarter hours.  No need to book, just turn up!

After the walk you can enjoy refreshments at the café if you would like to. They do an array of yummy things for lunch including soup, open sandwiches and jacket potatoes. The café opens for breakfast at 8.00am, so should you want to treat yourself before the walk, or just have a coffee, you will be most welcome.

There is a large council pay car park almost opposite Platform 19 and there is some on-street parking nearby. There are bus stops on Queen’s Road and Poole Road, just a short walk from the café.

Be prepared: this walk will include some slopes and some narrow paths, which can be a bit muddy. We also walk along some boardwalks which are narrow and can be a bit slippy. I would recommend wearing flat, comfortable footwear and dressing appropriately for the weather.

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