- Bournemouth Beach
Enjoy the British seaside experience on Bournemouth Beach, fish and chips in a deckchair anyone?
- Compton Acres
There are 10 acres to explore in this privately owned garden
- Live Jazz
Four different bands will play live for you!
- Queen's Hotel
Make this your base on this jazz-themed holiday.
- Half board
- No fly
Live jazz from four bands
Enjoy four evenings of live jazz sessions from four different jazz bands, plus two jazz-related talks from your expert jazz host, with two dates and programmes to choose from. This holiday also includes an excursion to Compton Acres, to see the fabulous gardens.
- Four jazz sessions from four live bands
- Two illustrated jazz talks
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Jazz host and Saga representative
- One excursion
- Welcome drink
- Porterage in your hotel
- Cancellation rights
Meyrick Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3DL
The well placed, privately-owned Queens Hotel combines a quiet location with a friendly atmosphere and excellent facilities. These include a restaurant, with many dishes created from local produce. There are nine steps and a ramp to the hotel entrance, and the leisure centre is located on the lower ground floor, which is not accessible by lift.
All 109 bedrooms are simple yet traditionally styled.Television
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
Look forward to dining in the hotel's restaurant, Alexanders, where you can enjoy a choice of dishes. You can also take time to relax in the hotel's Garden Lounge.
The well placed, privately-owned Queens Hotel combines a quiet location with a friendly atmosphere and excellent facilities. These include a restaurant, with many dishes created from local produce.
There are nine steps and a ramp to the hotel entrance, and the leisure centre is located on the lower ground floor, which is not accessible by lift.
Wi-Fi (extra charge)
The hotel is ideally situated in a quiet part of the elegant East Cliff area. It’s just 500 yards from the unique Russell-Cotes museum, and a short walk from the town centre, cliffs and beach, making it a good location for exploring the popular seaside town of Bournemouth.
Bournemouth has been popular as a seaside holiday resort for some two centuries and has a host of attractions and facilities. Look out for the many fine Victorian and Edwardian buildings of the town, including Langtry Manor House, built by Edward VII, then Prince of Wales, for his mistress Lillie Langtry. The town is renowned for its 2,000 acres of parks and gardens, the Central, Upper and Lower gardens some of its most famous. For art lovers, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery includes an impressive collection of paintings and a well-known Japanese collection. Then of course there’s the pier, rebuilt in the 1970s, and entertainment venues including Bournemouth International Centre and the Bournemouth Pavilion. A little further afield lie the towns of Boscombe and Christchurch, the latter home to an attractive quay and an 11th-century Priory church, plus the famous UNESCO-listed Jurassic Coast.
Your holiday will be led by host Margaret Saddington. Her knowledge and appreciation of jazz comes from being a member of three different jazz clubs and having sung with many jazz bands. Margaret has a particular passion for the voice of Ella Fitzgerald and the sound of the tenor saxophone, and she has hosted many Saga jazz and big band holidays since 2003.
Inspired by vintage recordings of early American jazz masters, John Shillito borrowed an old cornet and started his playing career whilst still a Sheffield schoolboy. His successful career as a trumpeter, jazz musician and bandleader spans over five decades – he has played and sung at all the major UK festivals, throughout Europe, in Russia and South Africa, as well as in the birthplace of jazz – New Orleans.
Day 1 Meet your jazz host
Once you've arrived and settled in, you can look forward to meeting your jazz host. Then, after dinner you can get in the jazz mood with the first performance of your holiday.
Day 2 First jazz talk
Spend the day relaxing or exploring beautiful Bournemouth. Later, enjoy your first jazz talk, and after dinner you can take your seat for your evening's entertainment.
Day 3 Compton Acres
This morning you have an included excursion to Compton Acres. The afternoon is at leisure. After dinner, look forward to another lively performance.
Day 4 Second jazz talk
Enjoy another relaxing morning at leisure. Later enjoy your second jazz talk. After dinner, you can look forward to your final jazz party night.
Depart after breakfast
Enjoy a morning included excursion to the gardens of Compton Acres. Begun in the 1920s the gardens are home to some 3,000 plant species and cover over 10 acres, with themed garden areas including a Japanese Garden, and Italian, heather and water gardens. The garden’s facilities also include a plant centre and tea room.
Included on 4 nights itinerary
Bands performing for July 2, 2018 departure:
Host: Margaret Saddington
JB Jazz and Blues Band: This five-piece band, led by John Beckingham on piano, performs a fast-moving set of vocals and instrumentals from the 1940s onwards including classics from Louis Jordan, Louis Prima, Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael, and other favourite jazz standards.
Chris Walker’s Pedigree Jazz Band: This 6-piece band present a Salute Trad Jazz, a programme which celebrates the jazz of the Trad Boom period of the 1950s and 1960s as popularised by names such as Acker Bilk, Chris Barber and Kenny Ball.
New Orleans Heat: Today look forward to hearing some old-style New Orleans Jazz, ranging from stop through blues, spirituals and hymns in the tradition of Bunk Johnson, George Lewis and Kid Thomas.
Dart Valley Stompers: Led by 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 and whimsical interpretations of 'Deed I Do, Ain't Misbehavin' and Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone.
Bands performing for October 15, 2018 departure:
Host: John Shillito
John Shillito Band: This exuberant band, made up of veteran performers who have all been playing at the highest levels since the 1950s, will also perform ballads, vaudeville classics and pulse-quickening street parade anthems.
Sunset Café Stompers: Celebrating New Orleans Jazz and the work of such luminaries as Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Fats Wallah, the repertoire of this seven-piece outfit extends to include music by artists as diverse as Patsy Cline and Marilyn Monroe.
John Maddocks’ Jazzmen: Led by clarinettist John Maddocks, this New Orleans style jazz band have a distinctive sound all of their own. As well as performing popular favourites they make a point of including their own arrangements of less-well known pieces.
Dave Morwood’s Big Bear Stompers: The Stompers wave the flag for West Coast Trad Jazz as exemplified by Lu Watters and Turk Murphy. This eight piece band performs with vocalist Judy Eames.