We’ve got a great location

The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) is home to the Bournemouth Folk Festival. It has some lovely halls – and we’ve got the best one! The Tregonwell Hall is our main stage, and our second stage is in a smaller room with stunning views across the sea and sands of sunny Bournemouth.

Entrance to seafront festival suite

View from Bournemouth Pier

The BIC is located bang in the middle of Bournemouth within two minutes’ walk of: the pier and the pier approach, Bournemouth’s beautiful gardens (that you walk through to get to the high street shops), the sea, the award-winning golden beaches, and loads of good hotels and restaurants.



By car…
Do you really need directions? Just head south until you nearly hit the water!
You can pick up road signs (the big brown ones) to the BIC from all of the main roads into Bournemouth.
The BIC has a huge multi-storey car park – but you have to pay extra for it.

By public transport…
Whether you’re arriving into Bournemouth by train, coach or bus it doesn’t matter – they all arrive at the same place, The Bournemouth Interchange …which is 0.9 miles - 20 mins walk (according to Google), or it’s a short bus ride (ask the driver which stop is closest to the BIC) or it’s a 3 min ride in a taxi which will cost you less than a fiver!

The Festival Venue ...

For festival 2012, access is from the seafront. Entrance is by the welcoming Purbeck Foyer where tickets are exchanged for wristbands. The Festival Suite is at the seafront end of the BIC.

The fabulous live folk music in the Purbeck Lounge has a more relaxed atmosphere throughout the day while food is being served ...but from 8.00pm Saturday night, it becomes an intimate concert setting.

Alternatively you can go directly into the Tregonwell Hall (main stage) to see the headline acts.
The Tregonwell Hall is arranged in relaxed comfortable concert setting, with seating at tables level with the stage.
The 'pit' (area below the Tregonwell stage) is set out with rows of seats for the concerts and then on Saturday night it is transformed into a dance floor.

Also from the foyer you can go downstairs to the workshop rooms (Branksome and Meyrick Suites).

The Festival Suite is a very compact and discrete part of the BIC. There is no access through the BIC's corridors.

Parking ...

Parking in the BIC's multi-storey carpark is recommended for convenience and proximity. Frankly it's expensive - £12 for the day but actually, that is the standard carparking fee for a day anywhere in this part of Bournemouth - close to the town centre and close to the sea.

It's slightly cheaper to park in Exeter Road or the Winter Gardens carparks (£7 or £8 per day). These are about 50-100 yards walk from the BIC.

More about parking in Bournemouth - including maps.



Information about accommodation in Bournemouth is available from Bournemouth Tourism
(tel. 0845 051 1700).

Bournemouth has lots of hotels which are clean, comfortable, welcoming and reasonably priced, including some which are within walking distance of the BIC. However we recommend you check out visitors' reviews on Trip Advisor as there are also some awful places.

We tend to use the Tudor Grange Hotel which is a lovely family-run hotel with excellent service, and the Premier Inn (Westcliffe). Both give good value for money.

The Folk Festival does not provide camping but there are good camping and caravan sites within a short drive of Bournemouth centre.