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  • Bournemouth seafront
  • An operatic experience
  • Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
  • Talks from your hosts
Special Interest - Music

Welsh National Opera QQQQ

Bournemouth, Dorset

Welsh National Opera

Bournemouth, Dorset

2 passengers
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Enjoy opera in Bournemouth

On this four-night special interest holiday, you are invited to immerse yourself in the drama, power and emotion of operatic music, performed by Welsh National Opera. Founded in 1943, the group’s objective remains unchanged: to apply the singing talent associated with Wales, the ‘Island of Song’, to operatic masterpieces and treat audiences around the world to truly special musical performances.

During your stay at Bournemouth’s Hermitage Hotel (4Q), you will enjoy two operatic performances - Goethe’s Faust and Il Trovatore, written by Giuseppe Verdi. Before each performance, performed at the Mayflower Theatre, your expert hosts Matthew Craven and Judith Buckle will provide a captivating talk on the musical intricacies and history of the pieces. Also included is an opportunity to visit the Russell-Cotes Museum, located on Bournemouth’s East Cliff and providing an in-depth insight into a private Victorian collection.


PlateAll breakfasts (B) and dinners (D)

PersonLocal expert guide


  • Cancellation rights
  • Expert host talks
  • Hosted welcome drinks reception
  • Two operatic performances
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hotel porterage

MapIncluded excursion

  • Visit to the Russell-Cotes Museum


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.

Flat-screen television
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.

Hermitage Hotel, Bournemouth
Hardy’s Restaurant, Hermitage Hotel
The modern lounge bar
Enjoy tea and coffee in the room


Welsh National Opera

Bournemouth, Dorset

2 passengers
Welsh National Opera QQQQ

Bournemouth, Dorset