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Bournemouth International Centre

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Address: Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5BH, England
Phone Number: +44 1202 055555
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9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Set in the heart of Bournemouth, with panoramic views across the bay,...

Set in the heart of Bournemouth, with panoramic views across the bay, Bournemouth International Centre is the South Coast's premier conference, exhibition, entertainment, and hospitality venue, with licensed capacity for up to 10,000 visitors. Four main halls and a variety of smaller meeting and hospitality areas can be blended and scaled to host events such as multi-hall conferences, exhibitions, banquets, meetings, music concerts, dance and comedy performances. Cafes, bars, a seasonal ice and roller rinks and art exhibition space also feature at the venue - see website for details

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A good venue for a mid sized conference but lack of open refreshment facilities causes long queues for tea & coffee

I was at the Bournemouth International Centre for the annual UKIP Conference. I found the venue to be very nice but a bit of a rabbit warren to get around. The BIC is very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
iantreynolds
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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Reading, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Compared to overseas conference centres, Bournemouth International Centre is not particularly remarkable. During a big conference, there was not enough space to accommodate a big crowd, especially those who were still waiting at the lobby. There should be ample seats around for those who travel from afar and need a rest before attending the conference.

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Thank Elizabeth J
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visit the BIC quite often for shows and concerts and the seating in the Windsor Hall is comfortable, but this is the first - and last time we have used the bar facilities! How any bar can charge nearly £9 for a glass of mediocre wine is a puzzle to many customers, even the bar staff looked embarrassed at... More 

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was at the Bournemouth International Centre for the annual UKIP Conference. I found the venue to be very nice but a bit of a rabbit warren to get around. The BIC is very conveniently located in the centre of town within walking distance of hotels, restaurants and the beach. Facilities like lighting and sound were very good and the... More 

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Thank iantreynolds
London
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a good venue for a large conference, with plenty of space for the conference itself, various side events and the expo. Some venues where there are lots of attendees have massive queues for the loo but this wasn't one of them as there are generous numbers of facilities. The only improvement I might suggest is that when there... More 

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Thank SevenSigma
BHLive, General Manager at Bournemouth International Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your five star review – that’s great to read and I will share your comments with the team. Thank you also for your suggestion about opening extra bars and coffee stations – I will share this with our hospitality team. We hope you come back to another event at Bournemouth International Centre soon. S. Turner, General Manager More 

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I appreciate at venues such as this that bar prices are normally above average pub prices for a number of reasons. I expected nothing less. Ordered two gin and tonics, given two plastic cups, two cans of pre mixed Gin and Tonic. No ice or lemon available. OK fair enough, Drinks were poured and that's £12 please. Thinking back I... More 

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Thank Adam F
BHLive, General Manager at Bournemouth International Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us and for your review about the bar at Bournemouth International Centre. I am sorry you were not impressed with the products we serve from our Terrace Cafe and pop up bars. The measure in the can is a double measure which is reflected in the price, however I will discuss your feedback with our hospitality... More 

Poole
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

mail hall big enough for some decent bands whilst still being able to be close enough to see . staff helpful . happy to let my teenaged daughter to go to concerts there . multi storey car park next to it

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Thank Helen M
BHLive, General Manager at Bournemouth International Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your five star review. We are delighted you are happy to let your teenage daughter attend events and that the hall allows you to get close to your favourite bands. We are also pleased you think our staff are helpful and hope to welcome you back again soon. S. Turner, General Manager More 

Montaigu-de-Quercy, France
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The BIC as they call it in Bournemouth has great entertainment all year round , from pop stars to comedians ,and more

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Thank jillycheer
BHLive, General Manager at Bournemouth International Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for awarding us five stars and we are pleased you think we have great entertainment all year round :-) S. Turner, General Manager More 

Wokingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The BIC car park is very poorly laid out with faded directions on floors. Worst ticketing system I've ever encountered. Costs are high ( £3.50) for just 2 hours parking and machines only took coins. Full of people desperately trying to find enough change. Only other option was to pay by mobile phone, a process that took over 5 mins.... More 

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Thank Jo H H
BHLive, General Manager at Bournemouth International Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Bournemouth International Centre and for giving us feedback about your experience in the car park. I am sorry to read about your frustration and will share your comments with the team to take a look at the directional signage to see where improvements can be made. S. Turner, General Manager More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Today I called to buy tickets & spent an hour & a quarter on hold to the 0844 box office number. When the call's answered you're told that an advisor will be with you after a few messages. However when the messages finished I was told the queue was full & to call back later. When I did eventually get... More 

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Thank Dave D
BHLive, General Manager at Bournemouth International Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving your review about BH Live Tickets and we are sorry to read about your experience. I am also sorry that the information you were given was incorrect and will address this with the team here at Bournemouth International Centre. The 7p per minute call charge is not income for the venue. It contributes towards the cost... More 

Sussex
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131 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Efficient yet soulless venue. Comfortable seats with excellent view of stage. Theatre quarter full of 60+ who knew who the comics were. Sad to see Des O'Connor who was VERY doddery, he really should give up. Tarbuck carried him & the show. Charity was to benefit so all excused.

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Thank SunbeamSussex
BHLive, General Manager at Bournemouth International Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your five star review and we are pleased you found the seats to be comfortable with excellent views of the stage. We will share your comments with the team and hope to welcome you back to future events. S. Turner, General Manager More 

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