THE Bournemouth International Centre will celebrate 40 years of events in 2024 and reflects on its best moments.

An internationally recognised venue, the BIC has hosted thousands of events since its opening and has become a landmark within the town. 

Welcoming more than 300,000 visitors annually, it has seen big names such as Bob Dylan, Oasis, Sir Elton John, Tom Jones and many more.

Steve Turner, BH Live’s associate director of venues said: “40 years of making a difference in our local community is such a huge milestone to celebrate. Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) benefits so many people whether that is through coming to see a cultural event, attending a business event, or visiting one of our seasonal attractions.

“Furthermore, as BH Live is a registered charity, any surplus revenue generated through our services is reinvested back into our local facilities to make sure we continue to have visitor appeal and keep bringing people into the town."

Opening its doors on September 6, 1984, it featured two halls and a swimming pool. 

Costing £18 million, the Purbeck hall was later added in 1990, opened by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. 

Given a further £22 million investment in 2004, the pool was removed and an additional hall added.

Steve said: "Thank you to everyone who has supported us and visited the BIC over this past 40 years – and here’s to many more – we couldn’t do it without you.”

2024 will celebrate the venue's birthday by hosting several major musicians, comedians and dance events across the year. 

This includes Bill Bailey, Rick Astley, Diversity, Jason Derulo, Romesh Ranganathan, Paloma Faith and many more.

The BIC is operated by the charity BH Live in partnership with BCP Council. 

It has a 6,200 capacity standing area so it can host big name acts, but also business events and conventions. 

These create millions of pounds of revenue which benefits the area and supports thousands of jobs. 

For more information, visit the BIC website.