There’s more to Bournemouth than meets the eye and we bet some of you didn’t know about some of these mind-blowing facts. Spoiler Alert: Beatles fans will love it…!
Anyone who lives or has visited Bournemouth will know how great it is here. However, there are many things people don’t know about the home of some of the best beaches in the world.
If you haven’t yet paid a visit to Bournemouth, we’re sure this list will persuade you to make plans for a future visit. Whether it’s summer or winter, there are plenty of reasons you should come and visit.
MARY SHELLEY (CREATOR OF FRANKENSTEIN) IS BURIED HERE
Frankenstein’s creator was buried at St. Peter’s Church in Bournemouth back in 1851. Even though she never actually lived here, she still remains the most famous person to be buried in Bournemouth.
Frankenstein was written in 1817 and although it was heavily criticised at the time, it is still widely read. The story has inspired many theatrical and film adaptions and to this day remains one of the most popular novels to come out of the 1800s.
Mary Shelley was born in 1797 and was the daughter of political philosopher William Godwin and feminist activist Mary Wollstonecraft. Mary died at the age of 53 on 1st February 1851. She was buried by her son, Sir Percy Florence Shelley, near his new home in Boscombe.
BOURNEMOUTH AND THE BEATLES
When you hear The Beatles, you’d be forgiven for not associating them with the sunny coast of Bournemouth. On the contrary, Bournemouth is quite significant for the fab four. Here’s why…
Lead guitarist George Harrison’s first song to appear on a studio album, Don’t Bother Me, was written in Bournemouth. The song appeared on The Beatles’ second LP With The Beatles, for which the cover photo for the album was taken in The Palace Court Hotel. Now the Premier Inn on Westover Road in Bournemouth.
Between the years 1963 and ’64, The Beatles played more shows in Bournemouth than they did in any other city outside the capital. They first arrived in the town on 19th August 1983 to open a six-night summer season at the Gaumont Cinema.
John Lennon also bought a house for his Aunt Mimi in Sandbanks and spent much of his free time there. Sandbanks is also the home to legendary football manager Harry Redknapp, and the likes of Johnny Depp, Kylie Minogue and Liam Gallagher have apparently house-hunted there too.
BOURNEMOUTH AT THE OSCARS?
We all know about his connections with Birmingham, but who knew Lord of the Rings’ author J.R.R. Tolkien spent his final years in Bournemouth?
Tolkien lived here from the 1960s up until his death in 1973. Peter Jackson’s adaptation of his The Lord of the Rings trilogy won a staggering 17 Oscars collectively. The majority of them were awarded for the final instalment The Return of the King, which was nominated for 11 awards, winning all of them.
In addition, former Batman lead Christian Bale went to school in Bournemouth until he left at the age of 16. Bale won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the film The Fighter and was also nominated for awards in the films Vice, The Big Short and American Hustle.
Furthermore, Bournemouth University graduates boast a whole host of accolades for visual effects in cinema, including some spectacular films from 2018. The films in question were Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2, Blade Runner 2049 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
When you think of ice cream you think of summer and the sun. That’s often what you think of when you think about Bournemouth too!
Every year on average 750,000 ice creams are sold on the seven-mile stretch of Bournemouth’s magnificent seafront. That’s something Ben and Jerry would be proud of. Up to 30,000 ice creams could be sold on a busy weekend between Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole.