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10th March 2023

Five things to see and do on your family staycation in Dorset

Blog | Local Area

With its longer days and warmer weather, spring is the perfect time to plan a trip with the family – and we can’t think of a better destination than our riverside hotel in Christchurch. Not …

31st January 2023

Things to do in Christchurch with children


Occupying the little ones can be a challenge, but Christchurch is filled with so many activities and attractions for them to explore. We’ve pulled together some of our favourites to help you plan …

22nd November 2022

Five things to do this winter in Christchurch


With the winter season quickly falling upon us, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite things to do in Christchurch during the chillier months. From afternoons in to big days out, there’s …

12th July 2022

Spend summer on the water


With river-facing rooms from just £292.50, dinners and drinks on our sunny terrace, and Dorset’s best attractions right on our doorstep, why not make the most of the warm weather with a sunny …

8th December 2021

Local businesses to shop with this Christmas


It’s that time of year again when we spread a little love (and a lot of festive cheer) by showcasing some of our favourite local businesses.  So if you haven’t yet got a gift for everyone on your …

7th December 2021

The Captain’s Club Christmas gift guide


The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on. And while this means advent calendars, festive feasting, and a glitzy party or two, it also means it’s time to crack on with the Christmas …

27th January 2021

The Captain’s Club Valentine’s Day gift guide


That loved-up time of year is fast approaching, which means the pressure is on to find the perfect present. Luckily, you can’t go too wrong with a gift voucher – especially as they can be …

27th January 2021

Intimate weddings: tips for planning a smaller celebration


Intimate weddings are here to stay – for at least a little while longer anyway. But scaling back on your celebrations doesn’t mean losing any of the magic.  Whether you had hopes for a big …

13th November 2020

Our virtual shopping event has your Christmas shopping covered

Events | Hotel News

It’s safe to say that Christmas is going to look a little different this year, and we want to do our bit to support our wonderful local businesses this festive season. This November, we’re taking …

21st October 2020

We’ve won ‘Best small or boutique hotel in the region’

Hotel News

That’s right, you’re now looking at the Gold award winner of ‘Best small or boutique hotel’ in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area! And we couldn’t be more delighted. We’re not normally …

23rd September 2020

The best places to see the autumn colours in Dorset

Local Area

Frosty mornings, pumpkin-spiced lattes, and woolly jumpers – there are plenty of reasons why we love autumn. But at the top of the list has to be the changing colours. Here are some of our …

23rd September 2020

Dorset’s top dog-friendly beaches

Local Area

We’re pretty spoilt when it comes to beaches here in Dorset. Plus, most of them are dog-friendly too. So if you’re in search of a place where your pooch can splash in the surf, dig in the sand, …

14th August 2020

Rainy days in Dorset: Top places to visit

Local Area

While we refuse to admit that it rains often here in Dorset, it never hurts to have a few tricks up your sleeve just in case. We’ve done all the hard work for you, so all you have to do is decide …

14th August 2020

Captain’s cocktails: Crew favourites and groundbreaking creations

Food & Drink

Whatever the weather, occasion or mood, the one thing you can be sure of in life is that there’s a cocktail for everything. From fruity little numbers, perfect on a sunny afternoon by the river, …

30th June 2020

Why Dorset is a dream destination for a staycation

Local Area

Recent events have meant that many of us will be planning to holiday a little closer to home over the coming months. And with minimal travel times, plenty of things to see and do, and amazing …

4th May 2020

Our favourite Instagram shots of Dorset


It’s times like this that make us realise just how powerful social media can be. It keeps us connected with one another, updated on the latest goings on, and, above all, can transport us to some …

28th April 2020

Classic Captain’s Club brunches you can create at home

Blog | Food & Drink

Whether you’re spending your weeks working from home or are simply trying to keep busy until normal services are resumed, we’re sure that these classic Captain’s Club brunches will help to break …

28th April 2020

Store cupboard cocktails – easy recipes you can mix up at home

Food & Drink | Blog

Recent events have meant staying in is most definitely the new going out. And while you may not be able to nip out for an evening of cocktails and nibbles, there’s no reason why you can’t mix up …

19th February 2020

The best snowdrop walks in Dorset

Blog | Local Area

There’s something truly wonderful about this time of year. The days are growing longer and the end of winter is finally in sight. And nothing puts a spring in your step quite like seeing the …

4th February 2020

Date night in Dorset: top things to do this Valentine’s

Blog | Local Area

Planning on whisking someone special away for a romantic stay on the River Stour? Here are just a few of our favourite activities to help make this Valentine’s one to remember. Stroll along …

23rd December 2019

Three ways to invest in some self-care this festive season


Three ways to invest in some self-care this festive season With parties, presents and everything else in between, Christmas is undoubtedly the busiest time of year for many of us. These next few …

4th October 2019

Captain’s Club guide to autumn on the South Coast

Blog | Food & Drink | Local Area

With summer now a distant memory, it’s time to wrap up warm and enjoy the changing of the seasons during your stay by the riverside. Joining us soon for a getaway with your family or better half? …

1st October 2019

The Captain’s Club guide to wedding planning

Weddings | Blog

We know how important it is that every little detail of your big day is perfect. But planning a wedding can be hectic at times, and it can be difficult to know where to begin. So if you’re newly …

25th July 2019

Things to do on a family break in Dorset this summer

Blog | Events | Local Area

With so many things to see and do, both in and outdoors, the southwest is one of the best places to enjoy a summer break as a family. And this summer, kids eat free when you stay in a suite at …

21st June 2019

Summer on the water at Captain’s Club

Local Area | Food & Drink

Now that summer is well and truly on its way, there’s no better time to start thinking about how you can head outdoors and enjoy a little fresh air as the weather warms up. We’ve put together …

21st March 2019

5 outdoor destinations in Dorset you need to explore


With the clocks about to change and sunny weather on its way, it’s time to dust off the cobwebs, get the walking boots on and head outdoors. We’ve gathered some of our favourite countryside walks …

31st January 2019

New Year, new me: 5 ways to get some ‘me time’ in Dorset

Food & Drink | spa | Uncategorised

Whether it’s a diet, detox or new look, at this time of year, everyone is talking about how they want to look after themselves. We’re all guilty of declaring that infamous statement, ‘new year, …

27th April 2018

Dog-friendly Dorset: Things to Do and Places to Visit

Hotel News | Willow

Mudeford Quay Just down the road from Captain’s Club Hotel & Spa, Mudeford Quay is a beautiful spot for four-legged friends and their humans. Dog-friendly along the whole stretch (dogs need …

10th July 2017

Say hello to the brand new Quay Bar

Food & Drink | Hotel News

The ripple effect – inspired by the River Stour The calming sounds of the running water, the view from our terrace (and coincidentally, all of our function rooms), the place we call home. …

4th May 2017

3 reasons to host your next event at Captain’s Club


Rooms with a view Here at Captain’s Club Hotel & Spa we believe that every occasion should come with a fantastic view. Our function spaces face over the River Stour to provide inspiration for …

20th April 2017

Meet Willow, our friendly hotel dog

Hotel News | Willow

About me – Willow! Based in the hotel’s back office – a hub of people doing reservations, events, and accounts – I like to take control. This does mean that I bark a lot! They say I’m …

23rd March 2017

Happily married at Captain’s Club Hotel & Spa


It is very important to a lot of couples these days to have the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception in the same venue to cut…

16th January 2017

Cocktail recipe – Dry Martini

Food & Drink

You will need: 1 x mixing glass 1 x martini glass Strainer 50ml Tanqueray 10 gin 5ml Noilly Prat or dry vermouth Ice cubes 1 lemon (for lemon twist) 2 olives + cocktail stick (optional) …

12th December 2016

Q&A with our award-winning mixologist

Food & Drink

How long have you been a mixologist? I started in the business in May 2010 as a part time glasswasher at the weekends then moved onto the bar to pull pints and make basic drinks such as vodka …

5th December 2016

The best birthday we could have wished for

Hotel News

We started the night in fabulous fashion with Taittinger Champagne and canapés before heading over to the Waterside Suite. Tim gave a lovely welcome speech and Nick Henwood said grace before we …

8th November 2016

10 years in 10 questions (with Tim and Robert)

Hotel News

How did Captain’s Club get started? We sold the restaurants we owned in Christchurch and teamed up with our best friend to buy some land in front of our house. Four years later, in 2005, we were …