Bridge in Bournemouth, the Hotel Collingwood

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2 Nov 2020 - 5 Nov 2020
Duration: 4 nights half board
Ref: 20072
With: Mark Hooper


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Join our First for Bridge team and re-unite with fellow First for Bridge travellers for an end of Season Bridge get together in Bournemouth. We will take over the Collingwood Hotel, using all of its 52 bedrooms, and will play Bridge in the well-appointed Botanical Suite.

During this holiday we will offer two morning bridge seminars with our EBU qualified director, and we will have a usual First for Bridge varied programme offering daily afternoon and evening bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded.

Our hotel is conveniently located just 0.3 miles from the centre of Bournemouth which is a great place for Christmas shopping, and you can enjoy one of the many shows in the Pavilion or the International Centre. Those of you who are familiar with Dorset will know it is a hilly region, but this is easily overcome as the hotel is on the number 50 bus route into the town, taxis are readily available, and there is free parking at the hotel for those who opt to travel by car.

If the winter sun chooses to shine down on us, then keen walkers can take advantage of the numerous coastal walks this region has to offer, and the rugged beauty of the coastline leading to Ludworth Cove, Brownsea Island, and Studland Beach to name just a few places.


During your duplicate bridge holidays nothing is obligatory, you can play in as many or as few bridge sessions as you wish. Our bridge programmes will vary according to the length of your break and in addition to playing bridge, we will always endeavour to provide a minimum of two morning bridge seminars for breaks of up to 7 days.

All of our bridge holidays include bridge seminars with handouts in addition to a varied and interesting duplicate bridge programme. We use duplimated boards every evening to ensure fairness and consistency. Bridge hand records are provided, as well as bridge partners if needed.

Your duplicate bridge will be available twice daily, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. The afternoon sessions usually finish between 4.45pm and 5pm, the evenings between 10.45pm - 11.15pm. The afternoons are normally given over to open pairs/teams. We endeavour to vary the evening sessions, with a balance between teams and pairs, with at least one Swiss style event during a two-week bridge break.

During all evening sessions, we utilise a duplimate machine, which means we are able to produce hand record sheets at the end of the session and when we have two or more sections, both can play the same hands. On our UK duplicate bridge breaks, provided numbers allow, we usually will lay on an "Early Bird" afternoon session on the day of arrival, and arrange a welcome drink and get together for everyone before our first evening meal, so we can briefly run through the programme and partners can be found where needed.

We don’t forget you are on holiday, our bridge programmes allow time for relaxation plus giving you plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding area and relax.

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Twin/double share: £369 per person
Single rooms: £369 *LIMITED AVAILABILITY*

Room supplements are priced per room, per duration
Double room for sole use: £99
Double superior room: £100 (two share only)


  • Full bridge programme directed by Mark Hooper and hosted by Barry & Maggie Watts, with seminars and varied bridge sessions
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 4 nights in good 3* accommodation on a half board basis
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Porterage

The Hotel Collingwood ★★★

The Hotel Collingwood is part of the Best Western group and is very highly recommended on Trip Advisor for all of its amenities and services. It has been newly renovated and boasts an indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool and Jacuzzi, and it has lovely lounges, perfect for relaxing with a book and glass of wine in front of the fire.


All rooms are equipped with the following:

  • Fully equipped bathroom with toiletries and hair dryer
  • 32 inch colour TV with Freeview
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Tea & coffee making facilities


The Executive Head Chef Manash and his team are proud of their dining reputation, and offer guests a true Dorset experience, making use of its coastline, farms and fields to showcase the best of their local products.

The hotel boasts an indoor pool and small gym.

PLEASE NOTE: the bridge room is accessed by stairs so it is necessary for you to manage steps for entry to the bridge room