SBB and I have always been big fans of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds so when I heard the stage show was coming so close I snapped up tickets ASAP. And it. Was. Amazing.
Here's how our trip went:
|Breakfast. Toasted bagel with honey and a cup of tea. Lovely!|
|Red Funnel gets festive|
We traveled up on Thursday lunchtime and headed straight to our hotel to check in. We stayed in Hotel Celebrity (although I don't have a picture of it).
Each of the rooms is named after a famous person (or people) and the halls have some really quirky artwork.
|Erm... What goes on in THIS room?|
It even has a ghost! Unfortunately the room seems to be an office and not available to book... But how cool would that be?!
There's even leaflets/a poster about the ghost. I nabbed one to read later.
Our room was Keira Knightley. It was a nice room - clean and tidy.
|View from the window - not quite as good as the last time I was in Bournemouth!|
We trundled into Bournemouth and had a good wander round the Christmas market.
|Those little black dots in the sea near the pier are surfers - very brave as it was freezing!|
After a quick trip back to the hotel to dump our shopping we heading out for some food. We settled on Prezzo.
There was so much on the menu I almost couldn't choose - I was drawn towards the lobster spaghetti but I've never had lobster so wasn't sure whether I should take the risk but then SBB asked:
'Well, how often do you get the opportunity to eat lobster?'
|Doesn't it look good?|
We may have come on a particularly busy evening but as soon as we arrived we were asked, rather imperiously, 'Have you booked or just wandered in?' We were served very quickly which was both admirable and unexpected. To give you an idea of how quick it was - I've had longer waits at McDonalds! On one hand it was nice to be served quickly but we did feel a little rushed.
After dinner we wandered around a bit and then went into a place called 'Fun Station'. It had a load of arcade games but what drew us in was the counter in front of the window selling waffles and sundaes. A perfect place for pudding.
|Looks bloomin' marvelous doesn't it?|
After pudding it was time to head over to the BIC.
The next morning we were heading out so we heading down for the buffet breakfast which was lovely. I think it was an 'all you can eat' but I only managed the one plate.
I'm quite glad I picked Hotel Celebrity. It was friendly, clean and quiet at night (which is always a plus for me) and for £36 for the two of us for a night was an absolute bargain!
We took a rather bizarre detour back to Southampton because SBB turned left out of the hotel's carpark instead of right like I told him (sighs and rolls eyes).
Once in Southampton it was time to head to one place: Ikea!
It's strange but it's only after being in Ikea that I remember how much I dislike the place. I think what I dislike is the fact that you have to go through the how show room to get to the actual 'shop' area. But we were there to buy stuff for the flat and we managed to get everything on our list except the light fixture we wanted because they'd discontinued it (sad face).
*I wasn't paid to review Hotel Celebrity I just enjoyed my stay!*