£1m Hengistbury Head visitor centre to open at weekend

Bournemouth Echo: RIBBON CUTTING: The new Hengistbury Head visitor centre RIBBON CUTTING: The new Hengistbury Head visitor centre

THE new £1million Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre will open its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday December 14.

Visitors will get the chance to celebrate the diversity of the area from the Stone Age to the present day. Mayor of Bournemouth Cllr Rod Cooper will open the gates at 10am, welcoming the public to the thatched barn, where work has been taking place over the last year.

The existing barn cottage has been extended and now includes an interactive exhibition display and a wildlife garden.

Work has been funded from developer contributions, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Landfill Communities Fund, via Canford Environmental Ltd.

Cllr Lawrence Williams, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and Culture, said: “Hengistbury Head attracts more than one million visitors every year and for the first time we will have a unique and dedicated visitor centre.

“Members of the public will be able to come and learn about the area’s rich heritage, including the wildlife, geology and archaeology that can be found here.”

The centre will remain open until January 5 before closing for four weeks for the shop to be fitted out and volunteers to be trained. It will be fully open from February 1.

Attractions include: An exhibition area for archaeology, ecology and geology  Interactive displays including video presentations, microscopes and wildlife webcams  Outdoor learning areas and a wildlife area  Easy access for all abilities and ages  Work space for staff, volunteers and other community groups including Hengistbury Head Supporters Group, Hengsitbury Residents Association, Christchurch Ornithological Group, Brockenhurst College and the RSPB n A retail outlet similar to a National Trust shop

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2:35pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Huey says...

Can you take dogs in? My mongrel and I would like to have a look.
Can you take dogs in? My mongrel and I would like to have a look. Huey

4:40pm Wed 11 Dec 13

THEREDS1892 says...

There has been some negative comments by some people in the echo.....Oversixty, Reader Echo, askquestion.But if only they knew the true facts then they have a right to comment untill then keep your trap shut and find out more information.As for the centre its an amazing project for people to visit specially for children who are at school and studying about the history of H.H and all the wild life around our beautiful area i advise people to visit this place,dont take my word just do it.....
There has been some negative comments by some people in the echo.....Oversixty, Reader Echo, askquestion.But if only they knew the true facts then they have a right to comment untill then keep your trap shut and find out more information.As for the centre its an amazing project for people to visit specially for children who are at school and studying about the history of H.H and all the wild life around our beautiful area i advise people to visit this place,dont take my word just do it..... THEREDS1892

4:49pm Wed 11 Dec 13

oversixty says...

THEREDS1892 wrote:
There has been some negative comments by some people in the echo.....Oversixty, Reader Echo, askquestion.But if only they knew the true facts then they have a right to comment untill then keep your trap shut and find out more information.As for the centre its an amazing project for people to visit specially for children who are at school and studying about the history of H.H and all the wild life around our beautiful area i advise people to visit this place,dont take my word just do it.....
I do know the true facts which are that they have over budgeted for this project which will leave other nature reserves wanting in the coming financial year!
[quote][p][bold]THEREDS1892[/bold] wrote: There has been some negative comments by some people in the echo.....Oversixty, Reader Echo, askquestion.But if only they knew the true facts then they have a right to comment untill then keep your trap shut and find out more information.As for the centre its an amazing project for people to visit specially for children who are at school and studying about the history of H.H and all the wild life around our beautiful area i advise people to visit this place,dont take my word just do it.....[/p][/quote]I do know the true facts which are that they have over budgeted for this project which will leave other nature reserves wanting in the coming financial year! oversixty

6:57pm Wed 11 Dec 13

scrumpyjack says...

Huey wrote:
Can you take dogs in? My mongrel and I would like to have a look.
Funny.

(if your tongue is in your cheek of course).
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Can you take dogs in? My mongrel and I would like to have a look.[/p][/quote]Funny. (if your tongue is in your cheek of course). scrumpyjack

10:12pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Huey says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
Huey wrote:
Can you take dogs in? My mongrel and I would like to have a look.
Funny.

(if your tongue is in your cheek of course).
Course it is. It is a great place to walk the dog or whathavya but this centre shouldn't be warranted.
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Can you take dogs in? My mongrel and I would like to have a look.[/p][/quote]Funny. (if your tongue is in your cheek of course).[/p][/quote]Course it is. It is a great place to walk the dog or whathavya but this centre shouldn't be warranted. Huey

8:24pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Afterhours says...

Had a mini bus of elderly people there today. I asked at the "noddy train" also at the small office to be told " no one with the authority available to open the gate to enable me to drive my mini bus closer to the visitor centre" this is incidentally after I had tried to obtain the phone number for the centre via 118118 to enquire, they only had a number for the cafe and train who when rung was on answer phone. So guess all this money has been spent and the centre has no disabled access. ( disabled by the way can mean wheelchair bound or walking with a walking frame)
Had a mini bus of elderly people there today. I asked at the "noddy train" also at the small office to be told " no one with the authority available to open the gate to enable me to drive my mini bus closer to the visitor centre" this is incidentally after I had tried to obtain the phone number for the centre via 118118 to enquire, they only had a number for the cafe and train who when rung was on answer phone. So guess all this money has been spent and the centre has no disabled access. ( disabled by the way can mean wheelchair bound or walking with a walking frame) Afterhours

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