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Stonehenge itself doesn’t change much over the years, but its surroundings do. Now there is a new visitor centre, out of sight of the site. You can take a shuttle bus or walk. Divert across the fields and enjoy the surrounding countryside of Salisbury Plain. Whichever way you arrive, when the stones come into sight so do crowds of people. Visitors come from all over the world and love to have their photo taken.
It is one hundred years since Stonehenge was given to the nation.
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BOURNEMOUTH AIR FESTIVAL
This was the eleventh year of the air festival and the one hundredth birthday of the RAF. Each year is different, depending on the weather and which aeroplanes and displays are flying, but the basic winning formula remains the same. Four days, Thursday to Sunday, so holidays and local workers all get a chance to watch and even if bad weather hits there should be some good flying breaks. With the whole of Poole Bay to fly over and miles of cliff and beach to watch from, all for free, this is a festival for everyone, except those locals who don’t like noise and crowds!
This year we had four fine days varying from cloudy to hot blue skies. All we had to do was decide where to watch from. The displays are centred between the two piers and you need to be there to hear the commentary or to visit the many stands, food outlets and fairground entertainment. To relax with your picnic the cliff top is popular, or you can stay at home and sit in the garden. Hang out near Bournemouth Airport to see all the aircraft take off and land.
Take a stroll from Southbourne to Bournemouth Pier, then up to the East Cliff and the John Egging Memorial. Finish up with a few close ups taken by Cyberspouse, who has a better camera and more patience than me.
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