Jazz and Swing at Sandbanks Peninsula
- Music from four bands
Look forward to some toe-tapping performances from live bands during your holiday.
Beaulieu is one of the Treasure Houses of England – an elite list of the top-ten stately homes, castles and palaces.
The glorious peninsula of Sandbanks has been dubbed Britain's Palm Beach.
- No fly
- Half board
Let the good times roll…
Enjoy four evenings of live jazz and swing from four different bands, plus two entertaining talks from your jazz host Margaret Saddington. This toe-tapping holiday also includes an excursion to Beaulieu, where you can explore the house and admire the cars in the motor museum.
- Expert Host
- Saga Host
- Included themed activities
- Hosted welcome drinks reception
- Meet and greet with expert host
- Free hotel Wi-Fi
- Hotel porterage
- Cancellation rights
Plus, this hotel features:
- All breakfasts and dinners
Excursions and visits:
- Four jazz sessions from four live bands
Sandbanks Hotel, 15 Banks Road, Poole BH13 7PS
This 4-star hotel has an excellent location beside the beach on the narrow strip of land that divides the Sandbanks peninsula from the mainland. Meaning you can admire views over the English Channel and the Isle of Wight on one side, and the islands of Poole Harbour on the other.
The hotel has 105 en-suite rooms.
Upgrade to harbour-view room or a sea-view room a supplement (per person, per night, subject to availability).
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
Your stay is on a half-board basis and you'll enjoy your included breakfasts and dinners at the Sea View Restaurant, which serves contemporary British cuisine from locally-sourced ingredients.
Other Hotel Information
Watersports are available at an extra charge and the free car parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Indoor swimming pool
Out and about
The hotel sits next to a string of beachside cafes and bars, and a long promenade which makes for lovely lengthy walks. Of course, you've also got easy access to both Poole and Bournemouth, as well as Dorset's dramatic Jurassic Coast where you can spy landmarks like the Durdle Door and Old Harry Rocks. Plus you can visit the delightful Isle of Purbeck and the beautiful Dorset seaside resort of Swanage which is just a short trip away by using the chain ferry from Sandbanks.
The glorious peninsula of Sandbanks has long been an exclusive playground for the British rich list, filled with expensive homes and luxury hotels. Even the surrounding sea bobs with smart yachts and sailing boats – that’s in addition to those in the swish yachting marina. Then there’s the beach – seven miles of prestigious Blue Flag award-winning sand which runs all the way to Bournemouth and beyond. Hop on the Sandbanks Ferry which will take you to Poole where you can explore the Quay, or you can head in the other direction and visit Bournemouth to stroll along the lengthy pier or enjoy the fabulous shopping opportunities.
With a life-long passion for jazz and big band music, Margaret has sung with a wide range of jazz bands, on cruises, and at clubs. She has extensive knowledge and experience of jazz music, musicians and singers, a passion for the tenor saxophone and the work of Ella Fitzgerald. Margaret has been a Saga host since 2003, and welcomes the opportunity to inspire and encourage guests through her work as a host and her inspirational talks.
Once you've arrived and settled in, you can look forward to meeting your jazz host and, after dinner, the first performance of your holiday from the Dart Valley Stompers. D
11/02/2020 Ralph Allin Quartet
This morning you can hear an illustrated jazz talk from Margaret Saddington, and the option to walk around Sandbanks with your host. The rest of the day is at leisure. Following dinner there will be a rousing performance from the Ralph Allin Quartet. B, D
Today you can join a full-day included excursion to Beaulieu. After dinner this evening you can take your seat for the evening's entertainment from The Eagle Jazz Band. B, D
13/02/2020 Washington Whirligig
Margaret Saddington will give her second jazz talk this morning, then you are free to spend the rest of the day as you please. This evening look forward to your final dinner and party-night entertainment from the Washington Whirligig! B, D
Depart after breakfast. B
Beaulieu is one of the Treasure Houses of England, a venerable collection of the ten best stately homes, castles and palaces in the country. Palace House – originally the Abbey's gatehouse – has been home to the Montagu family since 1538. Extensively remodelled in the 19th century, it is packed with family treasures. The beautiful ruins of Beaulieu Abbey have been conserved by the family, after its destruction on the orders of Henry VIII during the dissolution of the monasteries. Beaulieu is also home to the British Motor Museum and here you learn about the history of motoring from the earliest models to state-of-the-art F1 racing cars.
Included on 4 nights itinerary
Dart Valley Stompers
Led by founder Jeremy Huggett, the six-piece Dart Valley Stompers will get you out of your chairs and on your feet with their lively interpretations in traditional and New Orleans styles.
Ralph Allin Quartet
Look forward to some ‘hot jazz’ from this quartet led by jazz violinist Ralph Allin, with a broad repertoire ranging from Hungarian gypsy to traditional.
The Eagle Jazz Band
Led by Matt Palmer, the band has a broad repertoire the focus is on the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, with a mix of popular songs and classic compositions.
This band play music ranging from early New Orleans to mainstream jazz, blues and swing.