General Information

Bournemouth has a fantastic, dynamic vibe, with a bustling and growing centre of business innovation, creativity and investment. Come and visit the award-winning green spaces, a seven-mile long sandy beach and a flat promenade. On the Pier you can admire the Theatre which was designed by a local Soroptimist, the architect, Elisabeth Scott.

There are numerous cosmopolitan cafes, restaurants, lively bars and shopping for you all to enjoy before, during and after Conference. Just a few miles west of Bournemouth is the famous World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast, covering 95miles of coastline charting 185 million years of Earth’s history. To the east of Bournemouth is the New Forest National Park known for its heathland, forest trails and native ponies. For more ideas of what to see and do in the region –

How can I travel to Bournemouth?

Bournemouth is easily accessible by air, train or road travel. London is approximately 2 hours away by train and there are daily flights into Bournemouth and Southampton airports. For those delegates considering car travel, please be aware that there is a large privately-operated car park next to the BIC, however parking charges for a day can be in excess of £15. If you wish to pay by phone you need to download the app from

Bournemouth’s public transport links are easy to locate and there is also an abundance of local taxis available at both the rail and bus stations.

Getting Around Bournemouth

Please download this map of Bournemouth to help you find your way around:

If you need to phone a local taxi or take a bus, please use the links below for further information:

Places to visit in Bournemouth

If you have any free time, or if your Accompanying Person is not attending all the Conference Events and is looking for something to do, see the extensive list below of attractions and places to visit in Bournemouth:

Bournemouth Restaurants

If you want to dine out, then please check out the list of restaurants below which are recommended by SI Bournemouth:

Child Care Facilities

If you need Child Care Facilities whilst in Bournemouth, then we have produced a list of those available, below.

Please note: this is purely a listing service for members who may require child minding facilities during Conference. None of the child minders/nurseries have had their qualifications verified by SIGBI, nor are they endorsed by SIGBI. This is purely an information service and members are advised to carry out their own research into the establishments listed below.

VISA Information

If you need a VISA to visit the United Kingdom, then please make sure you read the letter below and request your VISA at least six months before travel. We do not recommend that you make any bookings (flight, accommodation or conference registration) until your VISA request has been granted:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you have any questions about the Conference in Bournemouth, then check the list of FAQs below. If your question is not answered here then please contact