Being in the southern extremes of the United Kingdom you may be thinking Bournemouth is going to be a challenge to get to for a weekend. However, this commercial hub, tourist destination and university town has good transport links with the rest of the British Isles and northern Europe, so wherever you are reading this you will easily be able to join us in April
National Express has frequent services to and from London Victoria coach station, Heathrow, and Gatwick and its airports. In addition, there are frequent services to and from Birmingham with connections to North West and North East, and a daily service each way between Eastbourne and Newquay.
All members will obtain 20% discount on National Express Coach Travel, log into the CAMRA website Members' Benefits Discount page, chose National Express and book your journey, system deducts 20% on acceptance of booking. Up to 4 persons can travel on each ticket printed on line only.
Coach Routes directly to Bournemouth;
032 From Southampton
035 London including Heathrow
304 Liverpool via Birmingham & Oxford (Various other stops on route)
333 Blackpool via Manchester & Birmingham (Various other stops on route)
315 Helston through Cornwall and Devon calling at various stops on route.
Although Bournemouth has its own airport, Southampton airport has a far wider range of services. Southampton airport is on the platform of Southampton Parkway station and boasts an average of four trains an hour into Bournemouth. There are regular scheduled flights to and from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Newcastle, Manchester, Channel Islands and cities on the continent including Paris and Amsterdam.
Bournemouth Airport tends to have leisure travel flights but it’s worth checking if you are returning from some winter sun! Yellow Bus number 14 runs hourly to the town centre.
There are frequent services to Bournemouth from major stations on the following services:
• London Waterloo to Poole and Weymouth (South West Trains)
• Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth and Newcastle to Southampton with onward connections (Cross Country Trains).
• London Gatwick to Southampton with onward connections (Southern Railway).
• Gloucester and Bristol to Dorchester West with onward connection from Dorchester South (First Great Western).
• Cardiff and Bristol to Southampton with onward connection (First Great Western).
• Exeter to Salisbury with onward connection via Southampton (South West Trains).
The Wessex region of CAMRA includes branches in the Channel Islands. Condor Ferries operates a fast service to and from Guernsey and Jersey with connections to St Malo from the port of Poole which is immediately to the west of Bournemouth. Poole also has a daily conventional ferry service to and from Cherbourg operated by Brittany Ferries.
From the Bournemouth International Centre there are great views of the Purbecks to the west and Isle of Wight to east. Over on the island, Red Funnel operates ferries from Cowes to Southampton and Wight Link services Yarmouth to Lymington. Both offer onward train connections to Bournemouth.
The only out-of-area service of any note is the X3 operated by MoreBus linking Bournemouth with Salisbury via Ringwood.
East Dorset CAMRA is working closely with Bournemouth Borough Council to promote its Getting About smartcard for use by conference attendees. These provide unlimited travel across the conurbation on all buses (except night buses), regardless of the operator, for just £5 a day. We are hoping these cards will be available at the BIC during the Members’ Weekend and we will be supplying timetables and producing a map which shows the bus routes and pubs we feel attendees will find of interest.
The South West Trains mainline runs across the area with stations at Christchurch, Pokesdown, Bournemouth, Branksome, Parkstone, and Poole. The high-frequency bus services, operated by MoreBus and Yellow Buses, run close to this line creating a public transport “spine” across the region making it easy to get to establishments of interest and the BIC. There is a 24-hour bus service from Southbourne to Poole and we recommend members seek accommodation within walking distance of this route.