Music of the 50s and 60s
- No fly
- Half board
Discover the music of the 50s and 60s in the company of your host and guest performers
From Bill Haley and Elvis to the Beatles and the Beach Boys, the music of the 1950s and 60s provided a soundtrack to the innovations and changes that were taking place during these post-war decades.
On this four-night holiday join your host Carol Anne Wells on a musical journey as you discover some of the great singers of the period, their songs and music. Carol Anne will give a illustrated welcome music session and an in-house concert, before being joined by singer Del Barefoot as they pay tribute to the the great singers of the period, with a final performance from Jeremy Huggett's ‘Band of Gold’ to bring your holiday to a ‘swinging’ conclusion!
All breakfasts (B) and dinners (D)
Local expert guide
- Cancellation rights
- Expert host talks
- Hosted welcome drinks reception
- Three in-house performances
- Free Wi-Fi
- Hotel porterage
- Russell-Cotes Gallery
The Hermitage Hotel, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK BH2 5AH
The 4-star Hermitage Hotel occupies one of the best hotel locations in Bournemouth, directly in front of the iconic pier.
All 76 traditional bedrooms have a flat-screen television, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities and free Wi-Fi. Saga guests stay in standard rooms with inland views (upgrades to sea view, superior, superior sea view and suites available on request). The hotel has a lift, and some rooms are located on the ground floor.
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
All meals will be served in the hotel's Hardy’s Restaurant, awarded an AA Rosette and using local and sustainable ingredients. The NEO restaurant (a la carte and at an additional charge) features a modern lounge bar serving over 40 gins and with an extensive cocktail menu.
A la carte restaurant
Bournemouth is located on a coastline of outstanding natural beauty and features fine Victorian and Edwardian buildings, including Langtry Manor House built by Edward VII for his mistress Lillie Langtry.
The town has many museums, perhaps the most striking of which is The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in nearby East Cliff. Set in an unusual Victorian garden, it exhibits a fantastic display of pictures, 17th to 20th-century oil paintings, oriental treasures and furniture.
Bournemouth also has 2,000 acres of parks and gardens and you can stroll from the town centre to the seafront through the Central and Lower Gardens without crossing a single road!
The New Forest, rolling Dorset hills and stunning Jurassic Coast are also only a short distance away. There's the pretty Boscombe area with its pier, Victorian arcade, antiques market, beautiful parks and fine sandy beaches; the tranquil seafront of Southbourne that boasts a splendid sandy beach and Christchurch – five miles away – is a charming town with a magnificent 11th-century Priory Church.
The area's other attractions include the country estate of Kingston Lacy and the scenic remains of Corfe Castle.
From the A31 turn into the A338 (Wessex Way) following directions to Bournemouth for about eight miles. At the Bournemouth West roundabout take the first left onto Cambridge Road. At the next roundabout take the first exit onto Commercial Road which then becomes Terrace Road and Exeter Road. Proceed to the next roundabout and continue on the B3066 towards the seafront. Your hotel is situated a short distance along on the left hand side. There is a free car park at the hotel subject to availability.
If you have arranged rail travel through Saga you will receive tickets to Bournemouth railway station. Transfers to and from the hotel are not included – it is about two miles from the hotel and easily reached by taxi or by using the local bus services (bus numbers M1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 pass close to the hotel). Your Saga host will meet you on arrival at the hotel.
The nearest National Express drop off point is the coach terminus, right next to Bournemouth railway station at the Travel Interchange. Details of coach services can be obtained by phoning 08705 808080 or you can visit their website for up-to-date timetables and bookings.
A taxi to the hotel should cost around £6. If you wish to pre-book a taxi, the hotel recommends PRC Streamline Warren taxis, telephone: 01202 373737. PRC Streamline Warren are not associated with Saga; any contract is between you and them, and all queries about their service must be referred directly to them.
Carol Anne Wells
Carol Anne studied at the Royal College of Music and specialises in both classical and light music. She has given recitals at the South Bank, Wigmore, Barbican and Royal Albert Halls, and broadcast on radio and television. Carol Anne has worked with numerous artists including the renowned counter-tenor James Bowman and soprano Marilyn Hill Smith, and appeared in Royal Gala concerts at the Albert Hall. In addition to being an exponent of the music of the French composer Cecile Chaminade, Carol Anne has made various recordings and arrangements, particularly of film music, and is passionate about the power of music to cross generations and cultures.
Day 1 Meet Carol Anne Wells
After arriving at your hotel, look forward to meeting your host and fellow guests at a welcome meeting before dinner at your hotel. Afterwards, take your seats for an illustrated music session from your host, Carol Anne Wells, focusing on the history of some of the great singers of the 1950s and 60s.
Day 2 Russell-Cotes Gallery
Set off this morning as you walk to the Russell-Cotes Gallery, around half-a-mile from your hotel, where you can explore some of the art treasures at this fascinating gallery. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to perhaps explore some of Bournemouth’s sights. Known for its wealth of colourful parks and gardens, the town has a variety of attractions ranging from chines to an arts trail and a choice of shops.
After dinner at your hotel this evening, Carol Anne will perform an evening concert of well-known songs from the period.
Day 3 In-house concert
This morning take part in a fun music quiz on music from the 1950s and 60s, followed by the afternoon at leisure to relax, or continue exploring independently. This evening, enjoy dinner before joining Carol Anne and singer Del Barefoot as they perform an in-house concert of music including songs by Elvis, Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra and many more.
Day 4 Band of Gold
Relax this morning as you watch a music DVD. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening before sitting back and enjoying a stirring performance from the Band of Gold as they play some memorable 1960s from artists including the Beatles, Beach Boys and Bill Haley and the Comets.
Day 5 Bid farewell
After breakfast, bid your fellow guests and host farewell, before departing for home.
Walk from your hotel to the Russell-Cotes Gallery (approximately half a mile), housed in East Cliff Hall.
Look forward to exploring the fascinating collections assembled by Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and ultimately gifted to the town. The Russell-Cotes travelled extensively and this is reflected in the collections, which number over 1,000 items and works of art. There is a fine Japanese collection, paintings including the Pre-Raphaelite work of Venus Verticordia by Rossetti, and sculpture including marbles and bronzes. Discover some of the art treasures at this late Victorian gallery – formerly the home of the Russell-Cotes and a reflection of their passion for collecting and works of art.
Included on 4 nights itinerary