Bournemouth’s Gay scene

AUB students at Bournemouth Gay Pride

Bournemouth has a flourishing and vibrant LBGT scene with many establishments staunch supporters of Bourne Free, the town’s popular Pride Festival. The Triangle, close to Bournemouth Town Centre has long housed the majority of the town’s gay venues with establishments such as the Xchange and the Branksome pub firmly established nightspots. Newer venues include unique café bar Flirt and the Saunabar while the district’s array of cafes, boutiques, restaurants and pubs will appeal to and welcome anyone regardless of gender, sexual preference, race or age. Check out for advice and ideas on accommodation, events and venues plus links to counselling and other services.

Bournemouth’s Gay scene is a place welcoming to everyone, and the Triangle is a perfect example of the diverse nature of our modern society. Bournemouth may be seen by some as a sleepy beach town, only lively when the Hen and Stags come to town to celebrate with copious amounts of alcohol and hijinx. But Bournemouth has an extremely diverse and interesting culture and population, and a visit to the Triangle will entice and delight anyone interested in boutiques, cafes, eateries, pubs, nightlife or the arts. Regardless of race, sexual orientation or age, there is something for everyone. This local community prides itself on the individuality of it’s residents and the many services and events they run throughout the year.

The renowned service Over The Rainbow provides a range of advice and support from trained counsellors to cover a range of issues commonly affecting Bournemouth’s LGBT community; including sexual health and sexuality support, coming out support, self esteem assistance, advocacy and more.

Staying at one of the many hotels in this area allows you to experience the entertainment the Triangle has to offer you. The Branksome is a traditional, LGBT-friendly pub serving a wealth of local ales for the traveller to enjoy.

On Sundays they hold the ‘Sunday Best’, a remarkable showcase of the best Cabaret and Drag acts the UK has to offer. You can take part in the weekly Quiz on Wednesdays, then party the night away Fridays and Saturdays with their Camp Retro and Booze Cruise respectively.

The Xchange and The Bakers Arms also hold event nights throughout the year, and The Old Firestation hosts ‘2gether’, a Bank Holiday club night.

If nights out are not to your taste, then walking through the streets in the daytime will bring you a wealth of fine restaurants, exclusive boutiques and poetry, art and dance.

The annual Gay Pride event of Bournemouth, Bourne Free takes place every summertime and promises once again, to be a huge success. If you’re interested in taking part, you may also like to contact one of the many groups that started within the Triangle.

OutFit is an outdoor fitness and activity group that arranges a plethora of walks, bicycle rides and camping weekends for people of all sexualities, race and gender. Keep fit and make friends in the scenic towns and districts around Bournemouth.

The new social community group Bournemouth Gay Girls caters for anyone looking for friendship, advice and support.

If you are a gay/bi man, over the age of 50 and a lover of coffee, 50Plus holds the perfect coffee mornings for you. You are welcome at the Hamilton Hall in Bournemouth from 10:30am every Wednesday.

Bournemouth is a place for everyone, and the Triangle – Bournemouth’s local gay village area – is a perfect example of the diverse nature of our modern society, whilst maintaining the standards of culture and the enjoyment of art, nature and events, that are sometimes found lacking elsewhere.