Bournemouth – The Arcade – Saturday 25th March 2023

We visited Christchurch on the south coast to celebrate our Uncle John’s 90th birthday with a family meal, and afterwards popped to Bournemouth, which is the largest town in Dorset.  We didn’t have a great deal of time here as it was late when we left the restaurant, but we had time to visit the Waterstones which is located in a covered shopping arcade and set over three floors.  The design of the arcade was the brainchild of a local businessman called Henry Joy.  It was completed in 1866 – initially it was uncovered, but a glass roof was added in 1873.    

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Bournemouth Arcade map

The Aviary

The aviary is located in the Lower Gardens and home to various tropical birds including golden pheasants, parakeets and love birds.  There has been an aviary on this site since the 1930s. The current one opened in 2022 and replaced one from the 1980s.

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