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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. Bournemouth had its own unitary authority until 2019, when it became part of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

LGBT history

There was a Bournemouth CHE Group.

Bournemouth has long had an active gay scene, with a number of gay pubs and clubs centred round The Triangle. Wikipedia referred at one time 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 1970s and 80s 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.

Silver Moments is a group for older LGBT people, run by Over The Rainbow, and there is a coffee morning for older gay men every Wednesday at Hamilton Hall.

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

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

There are two gay saunas, Bournemouth Spa in Westbourne, and Saunabar near The Triangle.


  1. Retrieved 29 July 2012
  3. Gay Bournemouth