Blooming Marvellous, Compton Acres Named TripAdvisor’s Top UK Tourist Attraction 28 Oct 2016


How a chartered surveyor turned private gardens into the UK’s most popular tourist attraction, as recognised by TripAdvisor.Recognising the extensive rejuvenation and refurbishments efforts made by current owners Bernard and Kaye Merna, Compton Acres has been announced as the UK’s top tourist attraction by TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site. Topping a list of prestigious UK tourist attractions, the popularity rating of Compton Acres is based on search activity to their website which has increased by 150% in the last 12 months. Built in 1924 by a wealthy margarine entrepreneur, the private gardens entered a long period of decline following the Second World War. Taking on the challenge Bernard Merna, a chartered surveyor, and Kaye Merna purchased Compton Acres in 2003. Turning to garden consultant Peter Thoday, a former horticultural director at the Eden Project and horticultural expert Mary Payne MBE, a two-time Chelsea Flower Show Gold winner, the team breathed new life into the historic gardens. Compton Acres is now home to magnificent planting displays and showcases over 3000 species of plants including many beautiful and rare specimens from around the world.  Spread across 10 acres of land overlooking Poole Harbour, the Merna’s have made a number of ambitious developments over the years. Adding a Café and Tearooms, Gift Shop, Plant Centre and The Italian Villa, a popular venue for weddings and corporate events. This has also seen the garden named as the Best Small Visitor Attraction, at the South West Tourism Awards 2016. Bernard Merna, comments: “We have spent 16 years transforming Compton Acres into a welcoming visitor destination. Reviving the historic gardens has been a real honour and to now be named the Top Tourist Attraction in the UK according to TripAdvisor is a crowning achievement for all our hard work. We look forward to the years ahead as the beautiful gardens continue to mature”  Today, the gardens at Compton Acres stretch along gentle paths, from The Italian Garden to the Wooded Valley, Rock and Water Gardens, the Heather Garden, and the Japanese Garden.  To find out more about Compton Acres and plan your visit go to: www.comptonacres.co.uk.

Free Fire Shows, Fireworks & Family Fun this November 5th 21 Oct 2016


Dazzling fire shows and magical music will be entertaining crowds visiting the Quay for Poole’s spectacular free firework display on Saturday November 5 at 8pm.

Dolphin Shopping Centre, Poole, gets ready to host festive fun in the lead up to Christmas 19 Oct 2016


Festive fun is set to descend on the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole next month in preparation for the Christmas season.

Poole Harbour Commissioners host open evening at Port 19 Oct 2016


Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) is holding its annual open evening on Wednesday November 30 at 5.45pm.

Popular home goods store Flying Tiger opens in Poole 18 Oct 2016


In the lead up to Christmas, a new pop-up shop has opened its doors at the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole. Danish home goods store, Flying Tiger, which has stores across the UK, has expanded into Poole for the festive season.The popular Copenhagen brand, which sells everything from gadgets, toys, home utensils, office supplies and crafts, has opened next to Marks & Spencer. The store, which is often described as a ‘high street Ikea’, offers an ever-changing selection of own-designed and branded products at affordable prices. Commenting on the pop-up store, John Grinnell, centre manager at the Dolphin Shopping Centre said: “Flying Tiger is a very popular retailer and we’re pleased to be welcoming them to Poole. It will be a great addition for shoppers especially with Halloween and Christmas. The store is known for its quirky products and home goods and will be perfect for anyone needing seasonal decorations and gifts.”Jon Edwards, director of Flying Tiger added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Flying Tiger to open a pop-up shop in Poole. Our Bournemouth store is doing really well and the business is continually looking to expand. We will be open every day in the lead up to Christmas.”

Halloween fun for all the family this Half Term 6 Oct 2016


PARKDEAN Holidays and Park Resorts are celebrating Halloween in spooktacular style with a packed schedule of activities and entertainment for holidaymakers to enjoy this autumn.

RSPB Arne Announced as the Home of Autumnwatch 2016 3 Oct 2016


The RSPB in Dorset announce that the BBC's Autumnwatch 2016 will be broadcast live from their RSPB Arne nature reserve, from Monday 24 – Thursday 27 October, 8pm on BBC Two and 9pm on Wednesday 26 October.

The Port of Poole announces a new Cruise partnership 29 Sep 2016


The Port of Poole and More Than a Tour announce an exciting new strategic partnership at the CLIA Port & Destinations Summit in Tenerife

Quay Celebrates 10th Anniversary! 26 Sep 2016


After an incredibly busy summer season, the partners and staff of Quay Holidays and Quay Living came together last Thursday to enjoy a combined 10th birthday and end-of-season party. Quay started in 2006 from a desk in partner, Helen Challis’s dining room. Today, its Poole Old Town offices house a permanent staff of 12, and over 25 part-time cleaners, van drivers, and handymen. As Helen explains, “The nature of our business is very hands–on. We started out in holiday letting, which is arguably the most intensive form of property management. Residential letting and estate agency services were natural extensions, and clients of those services receive a far more comprehensive service from Quay than from many other agents. We’re open 7 days a week, our telephones are answered until 10pm, and our dedicated Service Team are always on hand to deal with problems as they arise.”

Olefirenko & Ndungu set to light up the Bournemouth Marathon 26 Sep 2016


Abi Beautyman, Bournemouth Marathon Festival Elite Coordinator, predicts another “very quick series of road races on the fast Bournemouth route” as Ukranian Igor Olefirenko and Kenyan Peninah Wanjiru Ndungu both look set to light up the Bournemouth Marathon when it takes place next Sunday 2nd October.

 
 
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