Bournemouth 2010

Last night I was in Bournemouth’s Lower Pleasure Gardens for the launch of the town’s 200th anniversary celebrations.

The event at dusk was very low key with a small crowd. There was no public transport available! But the fireworks by the Bourne stream with The Pavilion as a backdrop were an impressive start.

In June 1810 Lewis Tregonwell rode over from Mudeford with his wife to the Bourne valley and together they decided to buy a plot of land on the almost deserted heathland. They built a house which survives as part of the Royal Exeter Hotel.

There is  a programme of celebrations. Events include a performance of Percy Whitlock’s ‘Song of Bournemouth’ at St Stephen’s Church on Sunday 2 May and an exhibition at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum which is on the coast path.

More information will appear here during this year.

About Leigh Hatts

Leigh Hatts is an experienced walker and has known the local coastline since childhood. He is the author of many successful walking guides.
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