Victoria School and Gardens


How to get to Beer and Bluegrass

Please note this is a non smoking venue.

We encourage the use of public transport and we are fortunate that Victoria School and Gardens Branksome Poole BH13 6AS is very accessible by railway and bus. Please download Map of venue here.

Branksome Station is on the London Waterloo to Weymouth mainline. Upon exiting the station car park, cross the road and walk past Lidl in St Aldhelms Road, Lindsay Road is ahead of you. Cross at the pedestrian crossing and the entrance of Victoria School and Gardens is on the opposite side of the road. Signs will guide you to the Festival.

The bus stop is Branksome (Tesco) and is outside St Aldhelms Hall BH12 1AD. More Bus (M1 & M2) and Yellow Buses (18/R1/R2) from/to Poole to Bournemouth town centre run every 10mins from Bournemouth to Poole Bus Station.

Bournemouth and Southampton Airport are both served by low cost airlines. The advantage with Southampton is that the rail station is a short walk from the Terminal, and then by taking a Weymouth bound train Branksome station is less than an hour away. If you fly into Bournemouth take the B1 Yellow bus service to Bournemouth Rail Station then train to Branksome.

Victoria School in Lindsay Road BH13 6AS has ample parking. Upon entry signs will direct you to the Festival Car Parking. For Weekenders who wish to park overnight in campers vans this may be possible but no facilities or hook up are available. If in doubt please email us well before you travel.

We strongly ask you not to Drink and Drive, but for designated drivers please do not park in Lidl or other private car parks!

We have no camping facilities at the Festival, but we can offer space, for a small donation to Victoria, for Camper Vans to stay (no hook up) in a wooded area near the main gate.

As last year we have agreed with our friends St Leonards Farm Park, Ferndown BH22 0AQ to have a special rate for campers going to the Festival. This is a excellent park and there will be a special area for Festival goers, quote ‘Beer and Bluegrass’ and please book in advance!

There are dozens of Hotels close by but if you are after a reasonable stay we would suggest Premier Inn Westcliff Poole Rd, BH2 5QU (approx 15min walk) or the newly built Travelodge Poole Hotel Holes Bay Road, Poole BH15 1LS.

This is right opposite Poole Rail Station and two stops away from Branksome Station. If you are travelling from outside the area please contact us and we will do our best to give you guidance.