This bank holiday weekend saw a mix of weather on the South Coast. Saturday and Monday was drizzly and grey but Sunday showed blue skies and heat worthy of t-shirts and sun cream.
The weekend also saw Bournemouth host its first ever wheels festival. Three days of wheels, fireworks, displays, food, fair rides and more. Somehow we picked Sunday to visit, and after a birthday party in the morning, made it to Bournemouth at around 2pm.
My good friend Mary was also visiting, and had arrived a lot earlier than we did. As we reached the crowds I did wonder how we would ever meet up with her as it was so busy.
We went with the flow for a little while and was swept along with the crowd. Miss A had the best idea on Daddy’s shoulders. There were some spectacular views of the beach and the crowds as we walked along. This car made Miss A and myself smile. “It’s like a face Mummy”.
Hearing over the tanoy the Monster Trucks were due to make an appearance, we wandered the half mile along the promenade to where the display was happening.
It was already very crowded, but we got a decent spot on a little incline of the beach which elevated us slightly over the crowds. Sadly the show only lasted a few minutes as the Monster Truck popped a tyre not long after he started. At around 10k for four tyres on a Monster Truck, this was going to be expensive.
On we went up to the East Cliff, up a very steep zig zag hill. It’ll keep me fit if nothing else. We watched plenty of cars, admittedly Hubby was more interested in most of them than I was, but it was nice to see some F1 cars come out. I have never been so close to a F1 car that I felt the vibrations in my chest as it’s engine started. Miss A didn’t like the noise very much, and Mary’s little boy had some clever red head noise defenders on to protect his ears.
Walking back down towards the beach, we were treated with a display of stunt bikes. Being so high up meant we didn’t have to battle the crowds and also got a great view without straining our necks.
Overall we had a great afternoon out. We didn’t see it all by any means, and I think due to a lot of the timings of displays we wouldn’t have been able to see it all. For a free event, this was definitely worth a visit, and it really helped that we had such lovely weather.