Bournemouth International Centre

Bournemouth International Centre

The Bournemouth International Centre (BiC) is one of the largest exhibition and conference centres in southern England. It is located on the sea front and is well known for hosting national conferences of major British political parties and trade unions, as well as incorporating the 4,000 capacity Windsor Hall concert venue. Total space available is nearly 7,000 sq m in four halls.

How to get there

Being located in a provincial seaside location, access by different methods of transport varies.

By road, the site entrance is approximately a quarter of a mile off of the A338, through the town centre on the B3066 Exeter Road. Bournemouth itself is approximately two hours by road from London, via the M3, M27 and A31. From the North West the most direct route is via the M6, M5, M4 and A36, from the North east via the M1, M25 and M3, and from the South West via the M5, A30 and A35. There is one car park on site with 700 spaces, with access via a covered walkway. This is a pay-and-display car park, but some exhibitions may provide special rate parking for exhibitors.

By rail, the BiC is approximately ten minutes by bus from Bournemouth train station, or approximately thirty-minutes walk. There are regular direct services from London Waterloo, Manchester Piccadilly, Birmingham New Street, Oxford, and Southampton. .

By Air, Bournemouth International Airport is approximately 20 minutes by Express Bus. Southampton Airport is approximately 40 minutes by train, Heathrow and Gatwick are around two hours.

By Bus, there are plenty of coach providers offering travel to and from Bournemouth. All coaches arrive at Bournemouth Interchange, right next to the train station, where taxis and local buses are available to take you to the BiC.

Being a seaside resort, there is no shortage of hotel accommodation available in Bournemouth, with over thirty alone with five-minutes’ walk. These include national chain hotels and vary from Budget to 5-star accommodation.

What facilities are there?

There are cafés, bars, seating areas and outdoor spaces available throughout the venue, but nothing much beyond that. However, once again being right on the seafront there are plenty of restaurants and bars within a few minutes’ walk, offering everything from take-away to 5-star fine dining.

Useful things to know when setting up

For set-up and breakdown days, you will need vehicle passes to access the loading areas. All halls have independent access, and there is street-level loading/unloading into each area. However, there is no direct vehicle access to the halls themselves, so if you have large amounts of equipment or materials, you will need to ensure that you bring the correct type and quantity of handling equipment you may need to move this around.

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