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Bournemouth Pier
Bournemouth is a seaside town in Dorset (in Hampshire until 1974). It has perhaps a more "genteel" atmospher than some other seaside resorts, and the many pine trees, planted when the town was being developed in the 19th century, give it a salubrious atmosphere.

LGBT history

There was a Bournemouth CHE Group.

Bournemouth has long had an active gay scene, with a number of gay clubs centred round The Triangle. Wikipedia refers to "the Bondi (the South's only exclusively GLBT Hotel)".[1] But there certainly are and have been other LGBT hotels and guesthouses in the town itself, including St Michael's Guest House in the 1980s and the men-only Hamilton Hall at the present day.

Over the Rainbow, supported by the NHS, offers advice, support and information for the LGBT community.

Bournemouth's annual pride festival, celebrated since 2004, is Bourne Free.[2]

Gay Bournemouth is a local website published by Bournemouth Publishing Ltd.[3]


  1. Retrieved 29 July 2012
  3. Gay Bournemouth