Just 1½ hours on the train from London, Bournemouth is popular golden sand beach town on the south coast of England. It has everything you need for a fun weekend away in the sun.
At the end of April 2011 it was the 4 day Easter weekend and for that time of year it was amazingly hot, so we decided to go camping at Burnbake Campsite, just around the corner from the nearby village of Studland. Its also the location of Studland Bay the UK's biggest and best gay beach, a great place to hang out and have some beach fun. It also allows dogs, my chocolate Labrador loves playing ball in the water and kept us all entertained all day. Just remember to take lots of water as there are no shops nearby.
If you don't have a car, from the train/coach station it takes about 30 minutes on the number 50 bus to get to Studland Bay, its the 2nd stop after the Sandbanks Ferry. Then about a 20 minute walk through the sand dunes. It’s a nudist beach so I guess you'd expect it to be a little out of the way. If you’re offended by seeing lots of naked men with big dicks bobbing about, you certainly wouldn't like to get lost in those sand dunes! But once there it’s perfect to relax and chill, without all the family and kids commercialism found on Bournemouth's main beaches. If you fancy some jet-skiing or banana boat fun, then put on your speedos and walk further along the beach to Knoll Beach which has lots of activities, things to do and a shop.
The gay scene in Bournemouth is located in an area called The Triangle. The best gay bar is DKMY, others include: The Xchange, Branksome, Ventana and the Bakers Arms. Bournemouth's gay nightclub is 2930 The Triangle.
On Easter Sunday (24th April) we are dancing at the big new club night VICE (formally called Bolts) at its new home V nightclub, an old converted church near the gay area of Bournemouth. Its was a great night with a live PA from Amanda Wilson and DJ Lee Harris. More info and dates: www.ViceBournemouth.com
Bournemouth Pride this year is on Saturday 9th July 2011. It's called Bourne Free and has a Treasure Island theme, visit the web site for details: www.BourneFree.co.uk
Good hotel advise: www.gay-accommodation-dorset.co.uk
For all the latest scene info and gossip log onto: GayBournemouth.net or search the many groups on Facebook.