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Tune in to BBC Radio Solent by 8.25 am tomorrow morning (Tuesday 20th December) to hear Barry Light being interviewed regarding his 60in60at60 challenge which starts this Thursday, 22nd December on his 60th birthday by running a marathon in the morning and hosting a birthday party at The Queens Hotel in the afternoon. Then continuing with his challenge of 60 marathons in 60 weeks aiming to raise £60,000 for charity.

More information at www.60in60at60.com

Just a few rooms left and we have a special offer which will make your Christmas special.  Are you feeling tired and worn out with all of the Christmas Shopping, planning for New Year for work, tidying up all the loose ends for 2011?  You and your family deserve a break, have your partner hang up the pinafore and head to Bournemouth and The Queens Hotel and Spa where you can guarantee to be spoiled and dine on beautiful food!

The menu for Christmas Day is as follows:-

Christmas Day 2011
Lunch Menu
A Smoked Salmon Roulade
filled with Creamed Cheese & Prawns, complemented by a Horseradish Dressing
Crown of Chilled Galia Melon
with Tropical Fruits laced with Mulled Wine
Fresh Tomato and Ginger Soup
served with Toasted Croutons
Refreshing Champagne Sorbet
Traditional Roast Bronze Turkey
with a Bacon Roll, Spiced Cranberries, Game Chips, Bread Sauce & a Roast Jus
Grilled Whole Bournemouth Bay Dover Sole
with Prawns & Toasted Almonds, complemented by a Rich Butter Beurre Blanc Sauce
Savoury Tartlet with Cherry Tomatoes, Peppers & Courgettes,
topped with Goats Cheese & Pine Nuts
All served with a Selection of Seasonal Vegetables
Traditional Christmas Pudding
served with Brandy Sauce
Brandy Snap Basket
filled with Mascarpone & Fresh Strawberries
Fresh Fruit Salad & Single Cream
Pear & Sherry Gateaux
Raspberry Pannacotta
Cheese Board
Coffee & Petit Fours

Are you suddenly feeling overwhelmed with all the Christmas Shopping, getting right up to date with work before the Christmas Holiday?  Need a break, want to get away from it all and be spoiled?

We are able to offer the following:-

Christmas & New Year Packages in Bournemouth


Take a complete rest – allow us to look after you, it will be our pleasure…

A warm welcome will await you at The Queens Hotel and Spa this
Christmas and New Year

Christmas Break

New Year Break

Arrive 24th December for 4 nightsOriginal price £475.00 per person


Our Full Christmas programme can be found below

Arrive December 30th Depart 2nd January Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

£299.00 per person to include

Gala New Years Eve Masquerade Ball, and entertainment on the other two evenings.

Please phone 01202 554415 to book.

Fantastic Rates over the Twixmas Period

Bed and Breakfast

Dinner Bed and Breakfast

Arrive December 28th Depart 30th December


   Arrive December 28th Depart 30th December Dinner, Bed and BreakfastOriginal price £129.00 per person


   Hot Chocolate and Stollen cake for your arrival, and a scrumptious Dinner each evening.

Children under 8 go free (subject to availability) with 2 paying adults.

Please phone 01202 554415 to book.

Our Christmas programme…

 Friday 23rd December

3.00 – 5.00pm Gather in the Purbeck Suite for our festive welcolme reception, with Afternoon tea & Mince Pies.

6.30 – 8.00pm Our Sherry & Canape reception is served in the Purbeck Suite, followed by dinner
8.30pm Festive Quiz night, followed by music from the 50′s, 60′s & 70′s with Steve James in the Palace Suite.

Saturday 24th December, Christmas Eve

08.00 – 10.00 am Breakfast is served in restaurant.
12.30 – 1.30pm Chef’s Traditional Light luncheon taken at leisure
1.30pm Frozen Movie showing in the Purbeck Suite
3.30pm – 5.00pm Afternoon tea & Mince Pies is served in the Palace Suite, followed by Bingo with John Palmer
5.30– 6.30pm Our Sherry & Canape reception is served in the Purbeck Suite, followed by dinner
6.30 – 8.00pm Dinner is served, during which the Salvation Army will come and join us in our celebrations
8.30pm Musical Entertainment in the Palace Suite
11.45pm Taxis will leave for Midnight Mass (extra charge)

Sunday 25th December

08.00 – 9.30am Breakfast is served in restaurant.
12.30 – 1.30pm Our Traditional Christmas luncheon is served with music to Richard Pearce, and a visit from Santa!
1.30pm Elf Movie showing in the Purbeck Suite
3.00pm The Queens speech is shown in the Palace Suite, followed by Big screen Bingo, sampling the Hotel’s Christmas Cake
6.30 – 8.00pm Our Christmas Day Buffett is served in the Palace Suite, to dine in the Main Restaurant
8.30pm Now for the staff Christmas song, followed by an evening at the races in the Palace Suite with Steve James
Monday 26th December

08.00 – 09.30pm Breakfast is served in the restaurant, following Breakfast, why not take a stroll into town for the Boxing day sales!
11.00 – 12.00pm Take a stroll around town and try our Scavenger Hunt!
12.30 – 1.30pm Chef’s Traditional buffett luncheon is served
1.30pm The Grinch Movie showing in the Purbeck Suite
3.30 – 4pm Afternoon tea & Yule Log is served in the Palace Suite
6.30 – 8pm Boxing Day Dinner is served, followed by a Cabaret featuring Darren Spence the Dazz Singer, singing Neil Diamond & other classics

Tuesday 27th December

08.00 – 10.00pm Breakfast is served in the restaurant

Please phone 01202 554415 for more details or to book

Christmas parties, Christmas Lunches all going incredibly well. We are asking new clients “Tell us what you think …….”, we are very pleased with the ratings on the Guest Comment Cards – Food *****, Service *****, Atmosphere *****, Overall ***** 5 Stars many, many times over, “Very Good, Will Come Again, Excellent food, service and atmosphere” just some of the positive comments we are receiving.

Availability for a Christmas Break – due to cancellations. Please check out the website page:    http://www.queenshotelbournemouth.com/christmas-new-year/


Come and enjoy the fantastic food and wonderful atmosphere at The Queens Hotel Spa.

St Patricks Day in Bournemouth – come and celebrate with a fantastic lunch here at The Queens Hotel and Spa:-

St Patrick’s Day

Lunch Menu

Potato Cake (v)

with Wild Mushrooms


Irish Leek & Bacon Soup

served with Soda Bread




Traditional Irish Stew

With Dumplings


Limerick Style Baked Gammon

with Colcannon & Parsley Sauce


Poached Fresh Salmon

accompanied by a Watercress Sauce


All served with Seasonal Vegetables




Gooseberry & Apple Crumble

served with Custard Sauce


Bailey’s Irish Trifle




Irish Coffee & Mints

(£2.50 surcharge)

Available for large groups or private bookings.  Telephone Julie on 01202 554415 to book


The Queens Hotel and Spa is supporting Bournenmouth resident Barry Light in his amazing charity fundraising challenge which starts on December 22nd, 2011 his 60th birthday.

The Queens Hotel is hosting the launch “birthday party” of Barry’s gruelling 60 weeks on his 60th birthday.

Sponsors for the launch event where Cava will be served and sandwiches served is still being sought.

The Daily Echo ran an article on Friday, December 2nd with a plea for further sponsorship of the launch event.

Several local charities are amongst the charities chosen by Barry during the fundraising marathon:-

Wessex Autistic Society and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

Visit Barry’s website www.60in60at60.com for further information or to donate.



The Queens Hotel and Spa  are applying to the Guinness Book of Records to the largest number of single women proposing to their loved ones on a lead day, ie February 29th 2012.  Would you like to be a part of this attempt?

The tradition of female proposals on February the 29th can be traced back to the year 1288. It was then that Scotland passed a law that stated women were allowed to propose to a man on that day only. It even went so far as to impose a fine on any man that declined a woman’s wedding proposal on that day in a leap year. The fine usually wasn’t too severe (sometimes even a kiss would suffice), but it does go to show how seriously this law was taken.

In England, the reason for the female proposal on February 29th is based on the fact that the law did not ‘recognise’ the 29th as a real date. Because it happened just once every four years, it had no legal status and was therefore disregarded by authorities. This didn’t mean that people simply ignored the law and did what they liked, but it did mean that some of the older more ‘unfair’ laws were challenged. The law stating that only men could propose, for example. This all lead to women being legally allowed to propose on February the 29th, every four years.