The FJB Collection launches 2012 Christmas party nights

Whether you want a big party for the whole office or a small festive get-together with friends, the FJB Collection can put the sparkle into Christmas. With traditional festive feasts to dinner dance party nights, across the four prestigious hotels in the FJB group, Christmas can be made an unforgettable experience.

Book a table at the AA four-star Sandbanks Hotel for the ultimate Christmas Dinner Dance. Indulge in a three-course meal and enjoy all the essential Christmas party novelties before hitting the dance floor with friends or colleagues. From hosting small tables of colleagues and friends to large private parties for numbers of 50 or more, the hotel will put on a night to remember. The hotel’s party season commences on November 30 until December 22 and prices are £27.50 per person, Sunday to Thursday, and £33.00 per person, Friday and Saturday. For those that wish to stay over, an exclusive bed and breakfast rate of £79.50 per room will also be available. To book, telephone 01202 707377.

For those wishing to dress to impress in the stylish surroundings of the AA four-star Haven Hotel’s banqueting suites, party-goers can dance the night away following a three-course menu designed by the hotel’s head chef, Jason Hornbuckle. Christmas parties are priced at £34.95 per person and guests attending a festive celebration can take advantage of a discounted bed and breakfast accommodation rate of £95.00 per room. To reserve a table, telephone 01202 707333.

For groups of colleagues and friends wishing enjoy a celebration with spectacular views over Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island, the AA four-star Harbour Heights Hotel will be serving up a three-course festive menu priced at £37.50 per person. Diners will then be able to make their way to the dance floor and shake a few moves to the sounds of a DJ. The hotel will also be offering an exclusive bed and breakfast rate to all party-goers of £85.00 per room. To make a booking, telephone 01202 707272.

The Bournemouth-based AA three-star Chine Hotel will be hosting Christmas parties in its newly refurbished restaurant. The party package includes a three-course meal, coffee, mince pies and a disco until 1:00am. Parties are priced at £25.50 per person, Sunday to Thursday, and £27.95, Friday and Saturday, and for groups of 30 or more a glass of wine is included for everyone. An exclusive bed and breakfast rate of £59.00 per room will also be available. To reserve a table, telephone 01202 396234.

John Butterworth, managing director of the FJB Collection, says: “With the need for distinctive Christmas parties becoming ever greater, we are pleased to offer party goers a variety of options for enjoying gourmet food and great entertainment this festive season. Each of the four FJB hotels has created festive menus full of culinary delights, which are guaranteed to tantalise the taste buds. We look forward to welcoming groups of friends and work colleagues to enjoy our festive celebrations.”

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Christmas all wrapped up at the FJB Collection

Celebrate Christmas in style this year with a festive retreat at one of the four FJB Collection hotels.  Escape the mayhem and enjoy award-winning cuisine, fine wines and Dorset’s spectacular coastline.

The FJB Collection is offering a range of Christmas breaks at its seaside-based hotels, The Haven, The Sandbanks, The Chine and The Harbour Heights.


What’s on offer:

The Sandbanks Hotel

The Sandbanks Hotel in Poole is offering a three-night dinner, bed and breakfast festive break for families which includes afternoon tea on arrival, lunch, dinner and children’s entertainment.  The price for a three-night stay over Christmas (24 – 26 December) starts from £390 per adult and discounted children’s rates (three to 14) are available.

 Father Christmas will be making a stop on The Sandbanks Hotel’s Winter Terrace on Christmas Eve and he will be bringing a couple of his reindeer with him. Families will be able to wander through the snow-filled terrace and enjoy mulled wine and a hog roast before sitting down to an evening meal with live music.

Aside from a traditional Christmas lunch and festive party food, evening entertainment will be taking place throughout the festive season including a pantomime presented by the Funsters team on Boxing Day.


The Chine Hotel

The Chine Hotel in Bournemouth is offering a three-night dinner, bed and breakfast package for families and includes afternoon tea, lunch, dinner and entertainment. The price for a three-night stay over Christmas (24 – 26 December) is £360 per adult. Discounted children’s rates are also available.

On Christmas Eve the hotel will host a welcome drinks reception and guests can enjoy listening to a brass band before sitting down for dinner.

On Christmas Day morning guests will get to meet Father Christmas, who will then lead everyone a short distance to Bournemouth beach for a festive swim in the sea or stroll along the beach, before Christmas Day lunch is served.  Guests will be entertained by the hotel’s resident pianist during dinner.

The hotel will be organising a Boxing Day casino following dinner.


The Haven Hotel

During the Christmas period The Haven Hotel, which is idyllically located at the very tip of the exclusive Sandbanks peninsular, will be providing guests with a programme of events to suit all ages.  The hotel is offering a three-night full board package between 24 and 26 December starting at £445 per person.  Discounted children’s rates are also available.

On Christmas Eve, guests will be able to relax for the afternoon in the Harmony at The Haven spa and leisure facilities and will then be able to join in with a traditional carol service before dinner is served at 8pm.

On Christmas Day, Father Christmas will arrive with gifts for the younger guests before the hotel’s head chef, Jason Hornbuckle, and his team serve up an exquisite Christmas lunch using the finest local produce.

The hotel will be hosting an afternoon cream tea on Boxing Day before dinner is served in the evening.


The Harbour Heights Hotel

Couples and families can retreat this Christmas into a world of contemporary elegance at the Harbour Heights Hotel.  With unrivalled sea views over Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island, this is the perfect location to relax and celebrate Christmas.

The hotel is offering tailor-made bed and breakfast packages between 24 and 26 December. Prices for a one-night bed and breakfast stay start from £105 per room per night and lunch and dinner can be added.

For more details on the FJB Collection Christmas break packages, please call 0845 337 1550 or visit .

Harmony at The Haven appoints fitness coach

Mark Newton has joined Harmony at The Haven, based at The Haven Hotel in Sandbanks, as personal trainer and fitness coach.

With more than three years’ experience in the fitness industry, Mark began his career as a level three personal trainer and joins Harmony at The Haven from David Lloyd in Ringwood where he was a platinum personal trainer.  In this position, Mark delivered one-to-one tailored exercise sessions as well as providing advice and support on issues such as health, fitness and nutrition.

Mark has expertise in diet and nutrition, core and abs, body sculpting, body building, weight loss, cross fit and much more. Mark is a regular trainer himself and is dedicated to helping others exercising regularly and getting results.

In his role at Harmony at The Haven, Mark will be responsible for implementing one-to-one personal training sessions with members and will also plan, prepare and instruct group exercise classes such as body pump, crossFit, yoga, pilates and Cxworx which is a short, sharp workout that helps to strengthen and tone the body.

Charlotte Butterworth, spa manager at Harmony at The Haven, says: “Mark’s wide range of experience in fitness techniques and designing bespoke exercise regimes for individuals made him the ideal choice to fill this vital role at Harmony at The Haven.   We are thrilled to welcome him and look forward to seeing the exciting fitness programme designs and ideas he will bring to the role.”

Mark adds: “I’m delighted to join the team and will be on-hand at Harmony at The Haven to advise on diet and exercise as well as to develop tailored health and exercise programmes.”

Harmony at The Haven is part of the FJB Collection and includes an Aveda spa, sauna and steam room, massage shower, heated indoor and outdoor (seasonal) swimming pools, an outdoor poolside lounge with day beds, tennis court and an Aveda retail area.  The facility is open seven days a week, Monday to Friday from 7am to 10pm and Saturday to Sunday from 7.30am to 8.30pm.  For information about personal training, fitness classes or membership to Harmony at The Haven please telephone 01202 700211, email or visit


The Sandbanks Hotel to host a Spooktacular Halloween event during October half-term

During the October half-term holiday period, the AA four-star Sandbanks Hotel in Poole, part of the FJB Collection, has organised an exciting programme of activities for guests holidaying or visiting the hotel.  Based directly on Poole’s renowned blue flag Sandbanks beach, the hotel is set to host a Spooktacular Halloween event from Wednesday October 31 to Friday November 2 from 4pm to 9pm.

Families will be able to enjoy a range of themed fun-filled activities, creative pursuits and face painting.  Children under 12 can join the Funsters in the Dead Man’s Chest while anyone over the age of 12 can take a trip down to Smuggler’s Walk.

Families will be able to enjoy food and drink while taking in the breath-taking dusk views of Sandbanks beach as well as Old Harry Rocks and the Purbeck Hills in the distance; only of course if they arrive early enough!

Greg Giles, Group Operations Director at the FJB Collection, says: “As well as a range of activities taking place from 31 October to 2 November, our Funsters Entertainment team will be providing high-energy games and competitions which help children to develop their skills, strengths and imagination.”

Tickets for the event are priced at £5 per person and pre-booking for Wednesday October 31 is essential.  For further information please visit or telephone 01202 707377.

The FJB Collection announce October half-term break offers – kids stay free

October half-term is fast becoming a popular time for a short, one week family holiday and to help parents with the cost, the FJB Collection has announced deals at two of its Dorset-based hotels for families who want to make the most of the break (October 26 – November 4).

For all bookings of two nights or more made before October 14, The Sandbanks Hotel in Poole and The Chine Hotel in Bournemouth are offering to host up to two children, up to age 14, on a complimentary bed and breakfast basis when sharing a room with two adults.  Children will also receive a free high tea for dinner which includes a selection of main courses, desserts and drinks for the duration of the stay.  The Funsters entertainment team will also be on-hand during October half-term at both hotels, providing a whole host of activities to keep children entertained.

The Sandbanks Hotel has direct access on to the renowned Blue Flag Sandbanks beach, winner of more blue flag awards than any other British beach, and is the perfect destination for watersports and family fun.  The hotel will be hosting a Spooktacular Halloween event from Wednesday 31 October to Friday 2 November from 4pm to 9pm, where families will be able to enjoy a range of themed fun-filled activities, creative pursuits and face painting.  Tickets for this event are priced at £5 per person.

Prices for a two night break at The Sandbanks Hotel start from £230 per room on a bed and breakfast basis.

Perfectly positioned overlooking Boscombe beach at the edge of West Overcliff, The Chine Hotel is set in three acres of secluded mature gardens, with magnificent unspoilt sea views, and is within easy access to the beach.  The Chine offers a host of facilities for families which include a children’s play trail, an indoor Tricky Tree House and soft play area as well as an indoor swimming pool.  Prices for a two night break start from £210 per room on a bed and breakfast basis.

Reservations for the family breaks can be made on or by calling 0845 337 1550. Offers are subject to availability, and are being offered for a limited time, therefore families interested in making it a special October break should make their bookings as soon as possible.