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Staycation Mini Cruise
Take a boat from Poole Quay for a trip past Brownsea Island and out of Poole Harbour to the start of the Jurassic coast at Old Harry Rock. To Swanage is an hour’s trip. Step ashore at the restored Victorian Pier. A short walk takes you to the station where you can see steam trains, take a ride to Corfe Castle or have a snack in the railway carriage cafe. A walk out to Peveril Point and you can look back to Bournemouth.
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June has been a month of variable weather with torrential rain and sunny spells.
The Lower Gardens are always busy on a fine day and in summer there is often live music at the bandstand.
Above the main beach and near Bournemouth Pier you can visit the house built by Bournemouth mayor Russell Cotes. As he and Mrs Cotes travelled the world collecting, you may wonder how much time they spent in their beautiful home. My favourite picture shows them seated in a typical over decorated Victorian parlour packed with ornaments. The original house was completed in 1901; they gave the house and their collections to the people of Bournemouth. You can wander around and enjoy the views and the interesting decor, or visit the regular exhibitions. It is free to visit the cafe and watch an introductory film.
AN UPSIDE DOWN HOUSE AND THE MOON INDOORS
Last year this upside down house arrived near the library, it was due to leave soon.
The last three days of June we saw the moon. Luke Jerram's Museum Of The Moon was supposed to be in the gardens, but it was deemed too windy so St. Peter's church in the centre of town stepped in. I don't think it would have been so awesome outside.
The church's graveyard is well known for some famous tombs, including that of Mary Shelley and some of her family. Hence the Wetherspoons pub opposite being named after her.
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