Bournemouth International Centre

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Bournemouth International Centre
Exterior of the Bournemouth International Centre, April 2008
Address Exeter Road
Bournemouth BH2 5BH
Owner Bournemouth Borough Council
Operator BH Live
Inaugurated 6 September 1984 (1984-09-06)
Opened 16 August 1984 (1984-08-16)
Renovated 2004
Construction cost
£19.5 million
(£58.8 million in 2021 pounds[1])
Classroom-style seating
50 (Meyrick Suite)
38 (Branksome Suite)
26 (Durley Suite)
22 (Avon Room)
20 (Westbourne Suite)
10 (Chine Suite, Southbourne Suite)
Banquet/ballroom 2,500 (Purbeck Hall)
1,300 (Solent Hal)
350 (Bourne Lougne)
250 (Purbeck Lounge)
200 (Bay View Suite)
Theatre seating
4,045 (Windsor Hall)
1,100 (Tregonwell Hall)
Enclosed space
 • Total space 6,982 square metres (75,150 sq ft)
 • Exhibit hall floor 1,973 square metres (21,240 sq ft)
 • Breakout/meeting 1,000 square metres (11,000 sq ft)
 • Ballroom 2,748 square metres (29,580 sq ft)
Parking 650 spaces
Website Venue Website

The Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, Dorset, is one of the primary venues for conferences, exhibitions, entertainment and events in southern England. Additionally, it is well known for hosting national conferences of major British political parties and trade unions.

The venue's Windsor Hall has a concert capacity of nearly 4,100 and is one of the bigger indoor music venues in the UK, often included on the arena tours of major artists. The smaller Solent Hall can house exhibitions or hold up to 2,000 people for standing music concerts. The Solent Hall replaced the BIC's well-known swimming pool and wave machine in 2004.

Owned and managed by BHLIVE, the BIC is operated alongside its sister venue, The Pavilion Theatre and Ballroom.

Notable events

Between 2006 and 2008, it hosted the Premier League Darts. It was not on the 2009 calendar but was brought back in 2010 and hosts it to this day.


On 6 October it hosted a concert by Morrissey as part of his Kill Uncle Tour.


From 18 to 20 May it hosted a concert by Eddie Izzard as part of his Force Majeure.

On 13 December it hosted a concert by Imagine Dragons as part of their Night Visions Tour.


On 13 February it hosted week 2 of the 2014 Premier League Darts.

On 23 April it hosted a concert by Gary Barlow as part of his Since I Saw You Last Tour.

On 4 June it hosted a concert by Little Mix as part of their The Salute Tour.

On 22 September it hosted a concert by The Saturdays as part of their Finest Selection: The Greatest Hits.

On 12 and 18 October it hosted a concert by The Vamps as part of their Meet the Vamps tour.


On 12 February it will host week 2 of the 2015 Premier League Darts.

On 9 March it will host a concert by The Script as part of their No Sound Without Silence Tour.

On 15 March it hosted a concert by Morrissey.

On 15 March it will host a concert by Paloma Faith as part of her Paloma Faith Autumn Tour 2014.

On 26 July it will host a festival by British Gymnastics as part of the GymFusion Legends Tour 2015.

On 19-23 September it will be the location of the Liberal Democrat Party Autumn Conference.

On 1 December it was the location for Alt-J's UK tour.

External links


  1. UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2015), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.

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