Venue Guide

Host An Event At Bournemouth International Centre

The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) is the largest event venue on the south coast with a capacity of just over 10,000. It’s fantastic location near the waterfront in Bournemouth and the facilities at and surrounding the venue make it the perfect place to host large events and conferences.

If you’re considering hosting an event at the BIC, you’ll be pleased to know we’ve compiled all the key information you’ll need before making a decision about venue hire here.

Bournemouth International Centre - Key Info

Venue Address

Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH

Venue Website


Over 10,000.



Bournemouth International Centre Capacity

The BIC can host events for up to just over 10,000 people across four main halls:



Windsor Hall

Up to 4,012 theatre-style seating.

Purbeck Hall

Up to 1,700 in theatre-style seating

Solent Hall

Up to 1,300 in theatre-style seating

Tregonwell Hall

Up to 1,100 theatre-style seating.

Bournemouth International Centre Facilities

In House Catering Available


In House Audio & Visual Facilities


Wifi Provisions

Wifi Available


Fully wheelchair accessible.

Access Scheme available.

Blue Badge parking is available.

Hearing assistance is available.

Accessible toilets are available.

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.

Event Security


Getting To Bournemouth International Centre

Air Travel

The BIC is just a 10-15 minute drive from Bournemouth Airport which operates international flights to a handful of destinations across Europe.

Train Travel

The Bournemouth International Centre is just a 5-minute drive or 25-30 minute walk from Bournemouth Train Station. Trains from London Waterloo take just under 2 hours, making it an easily accessible location for visitors from the capital.

Travel by Car

Bournemouth is easily accessible by car and is well connected by road, particularly for visitors traveling from London via the M3 and M27. However, traffic should be expected, especially when entering the city centre.

Local Travel

Buses run frequently in and around Bournemouth, making the venue easily accessible from surrounding areas like Poole and Christchurch. The nearest bus stops are at Bournemouth Pier and Beacon Road, both just a few minutes' walk from the BIC.

The 737 Jetbus, which connects the city centre with the train station and Bournemouth Airport, is also accessible from Westover Road, which is just a 10-15 minute walk from the venue.

Nearby Parking

The BIC has its own 644 space multi-story car park at the venue and costs as little as £1.70 an hour or £18 a day. It operates 24 hours a day and offers special fixed rates if attending a show or event at the venue. Alternative parking can be found close by at the Pavilion Car Park.

Nearby Hotels & Accommodation

The Bournemouth International Centre’s position near the waterfront puts it in a prime location for hotels and accommodation. Whether delegates are looking for a luxurious overnight stay or some slightly more budget-friendly accommodation, there are plenty of hotels to choose from within walking distance from the venue, including:

  • Park Central Hotel
  • Hermitage Hotel
  • The Chocolate Box Hotel
  • Hilton Bournemouth
  • The Norfolk Royale Hotel

Nearby Bars & Restaurants

Event Attendees will be spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drinks near the BIC. 

Within just a quarter of a mile of the venue, you’ll find coffee and snacks at Prom Cafe or The Terrace Cafe on Bath Road, as well as plenty of bars and restaurants including:

  • NEO Restaurant
  • 1805 Restaurant
  • ASK Italian
  • Bar So
  • 1812
  • Tonic Social

You’ll also find a fantastic range of cafes, bars, and restaurants near the Odeon Bournemouth  BH2 cinema just a 5-minute walk from the venue or near Commercial Road just 10 minutes away.

Past Events Hosted At Bournemouth International Centre

The BIC is a very popular venue and has been used for hosting a variety of events in recent years, such as:

  • One Bauer Media Awards
  • Bournemouth University Graduation
  • Lush Cosmetics International Meetings Award Ceremony

Bournemouth International Centre Reviews

1,265 reviewers give Bournemouth International Centre a 4-star rating on TripAdvisor. 

How To Hold An Event At The Bournemouth International Centre

You can find out more by contacting the venue directly:


Phone: +44 (0)300 500 0595

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