From quirky bars to vintage shops: Bournemouth’s hidden treasures highlighted in new guide

Bournemouth Echo: Daniel Butler, Daisy Carr and Michael French with their alternative map and guide to Bournemouth Daniel Butler, Daisy Carr and Michael French with their alternative map and guide to Bournemouth

AN ALTERNATIVE map and guide to Bournemouth has been produced to highlight the hidden gems, art houses, quirky shops and cafes in the area.

Featuring 180 independent, unusual and creative venues, the free fold-out A2 map will be launched at Monty’s Lounge today and distributed widely across the area.

The non-profit venture was masterminded by the former Bournemouth Nightclub Chaplain, Michael French, who worked with Dorset Police and Bournemouth Council on numerous projects to make the town safe and positive at night.

He said: “When I worked as the nightclub chaplain I realised a lot of people visiting the town wanted to find something a bit different but there was no definitive guide.

“So I’ve been on a journey for the last six months to discover all the quirky bars, vintage and charity shops, art houses and hidden gems which make Bournemouth so unique.

“It’s a non-profit venture and we have kept the charges for advertising very low.

“Our hope is also that once produced, a sponsor will pay for its further distribution across the region and even the country.”

Michael worked alongside graphic designer Daniel Butler and Daisy Carr to create the map and they plan to reproduce the alternative guide every two years.

They will be printing 20,000 initially and delivering them to hotels, shops, hairdressers and cafes in the local area as well as handing out 5,000 to students at Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth.

The website, which will be completed in February, will be updated regularly with new venues and can be accessed at bournemouthscene.co.uk.

The launch event will take place from 7.30pm to 10pm at Monty’s Lounge in Pokesdown.

For more information email Michael at curlylocks25@hotmail.com.

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6:42am Tue 28 Jan 14

rusty james says...

Cool. Good work.
Cool. Good work. rusty james

7:48am Tue 28 Jan 14

Hobnob6 says...

A worthy venture to support Bournemouth's creative nouveau chic retailers and restaurants. It's just a shame that the Echo's attention to detail is so dependably appalling. An event with no date and dead-end links, thanks.
A worthy venture to support Bournemouth's creative nouveau chic retailers and restaurants. It's just a shame that the Echo's attention to detail is so dependably appalling. An event with no date and dead-end links, thanks. Hobnob6

9:08am Tue 28 Jan 14

bbird says...

Impressed. Will definitely check this out. Don't just restrict to quirky/vintage, also include worthy independents such as Le Petit Prince Baker/Cafe/Patisseri
e and Da Mario Pizzeria (both Westbourne), and The Bread Port (Boscombe Market).
Impressed. Will definitely check this out. Don't just restrict to quirky/vintage, also include worthy independents such as Le Petit Prince Baker/Cafe/Patisseri e and Da Mario Pizzeria (both Westbourne), and The Bread Port (Boscombe Market). bbird

12:41pm Tue 28 Jan 14

spotthis says...

This is a great idea and really needed. Sometimes, its difficult to explain to tourists where some independent bars, shops are when they don't know the area.
The best thing is they will have a website so surely B'mth Council will link to them to help visitors.
This is a great idea and really needed. Sometimes, its difficult to explain to tourists where some independent bars, shops are when they don't know the area. The best thing is they will have a website so surely B'mth Council will link to them to help visitors. spotthis

1:28pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Frenchypete says...

Excellent work son! Good luck for a successful launch and lots of response to the map and website.
Excellent work son! Good luck for a successful launch and lots of response to the map and website. Frenchypete

1:58pm Tue 28 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

Where do all these new user names come from ,FREE ADVERTISING AGAIN
Where do all these new user names come from ,FREE ADVERTISING AGAIN pete woodley

9:33pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Suzidixon77 says...

Sounds a bit like Bournemouthnews.info
. Jenny, I write for Taste with Nicky and 24/7 with Patrick for free - I'm very upset about this.
Sounds a bit like Bournemouthnews.info . Jenny, I write for Taste with Nicky and 24/7 with Patrick for free - I'm very upset about this. Suzidixon77

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