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Biz Update: More flights at Bournemouth; AUB is festival headline sponsor; Room to Reward

TUI starts flights to Majorca from Bournemouth Airport on Saturday, April 1.

By Staff Reporter [email protected]

Published: March 27, 2023 | Updated: 28th March 2023

More flights take off from Bournemouth Airport

Bournemouth Airport is continuing to ramp up for the busy summer season with flights starting to five destinations, just in time for the Easter holidays.

On Sunday Ryanair began flights to Budapest and Majorca and a new service to Edinburgh.

This Friday, March 31, it will begin flights to Girona.

In total Europe’s biggest airline has 18 destinations from Bournemouth this year.

It follows a decision to base a second aircraft at the airport for 2023 which will enable 120 flights per week, up 30 per cent on last year.

Meanwhile Bournemouth Airport’s other major operator, TUI, starts flights to Majorca from Saturday April 1.

It has 14 scheduled services this year which means Bournemouth has 35 destinations on offer for 2023/4.

Steve Gill, pictured left, Bournemouth Airport’s Managing Director, said: “This is always an exciting time for us because it’s when we start to see the number of flights increasing as we gear up for the main start of the season in May.

“We’re delighted to see Ryanair’s brand-new service to Edinburgh which is among three new destinations from them for 2023, including Venice year-round and Carcassonne.

“With TUI also flying to Majorca there’s even more choice for local passengers.”

To celebrate Ryanair’s new routes the airport is currently running a competition to win pairs of return tickets to Carcassonne, Edinburgh and Venice.

The closing date is March 31.

The airport has been recruiting for the busy season and has published a series of behind the scenes videos of airport staff explaining what they love about their jobs.

The latest available vacancies can be seen here.

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Arts University Bournemouth named as headline sponsor

Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) has become the first headline sponsor of the inaugural Bournemouth Writing Festival.

The three day festival, from Friday April 21 to Sunday April 23, aims to inspire writers to write.

Two of AUB’s recently-purchased sites will be used as venues.

They include the Palace Court Theatre, now rebranded as the Exploratorium.

The 400-seat theatre on Upper Hinton Road will host a variety of talks, workshops and panels during the festival.

AUB will be specifically hosting two events at the 1930s Art Deco theatre.

Engineer for The Shard, best-selling author and broadcaster Roma Agrawal MBE, pictured left, will be talking about the nuts and bolts of non-fiction writing from her new book, appropriately called Nuts & Bolts.

And best-selling author, journalist and broadcaster Jane Thynne (also known by her pen-name CJ Carey) will be interviewed by AUB’s creative writing lecturer Ronan Kelly, to explore her writing journey.

AUB is also hosting talks in its new art gallery space at The Avenue shopping centre, located on Commercial Road, in the heart of Bournemouth’s retail area.

A mix of free and paid-for events and activities, involving over 70 experienced writers and professionals, have been designed to foster inspiration, networking and stimulate creativity.

Dr Anna Farthing, Director of Civic and Cultural Engagement at AUB, pictured right, said: “The Writing Festival is just what Bournemouth needs, bringing together creatives, writers, artists and students with an energetic focus.

“We are delighted to support the Bournemouth Writing Festival in its first year, to get it off the ground and inspire our students.”

Dominic Wong and Ildiko SpinFisher, Festival Co-founders, said: “To have the support of the Arts University Bournemouth in our first year, coupled with two fascinating venues, is tremendous.

“We’ll be welcoming hundreds of attendees, with people coming from as far away as New York, Denmark, Wales and Manchester.

“It really will help us with our aim of putting Bournemouth back on the literary map.”

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Fun and food at Dance to Reward barn dance

Hoedown for a fun evening and raise money for a great cause at the same time.

Room to Reward is hosting a barn dance on Saturday April 8, 7pm, at Mudeford Community Centre.

Dance to Reward will feature Black Sheep with tickets costing £20, including food, still available here.

Room to Reward, a registered charity, partners with hotels across the country who donate their anticipated unsold rooms.

Charities and community groups then nominate their ‘Hidden Heroes’ for a well-earned short break.

On average, around 140,000 hotel rooms sit empty and unused every night in the UK.

That amounts to £5 billion worth of wasted assets every year.

Since being founded in 2015 by Nicolas Roach, pictured left, Chairman of the Nicolas James Group and owners of The Nici in Bournemouth, more than 700 hotels have joined the initiative.

Collectively, they have donated in excess of £550,000 worth of breaks in unsold rooms to more than 1,300 inspirational volunteers from over 700 charities and community groups.

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