The BIC's impressive main auditorium is the WINDSOR HALL - the showpiece of the venue. Spacious and versatile its superb facilities are designed to meet the needs of the most discerning visitor or event planner. As our largest hall, its flexibility allows for almost any event - large rock or pop concerts, major political party conventions, trade/public exhibitions, banquets, and sporting events ranging from Darts to Dance Championships, and Harlem Globetrotters Basketball to Ice Skating.
With a mix of flat-floor and tiered seating to balcony level, on a fully motorised, retractable unit, the hall can be configured to specific capacities and client requirements, including the portable 'Roll and Set' SICO stage for all types of presentations.
For your exhibition, the seating can be cleared to provide ample space on both the main floor and the balcony. Direct Access is also provided for large vehicles and the granwood floor will withstand loads of 1020 kg/m2.
The hall's versatility is further enhanced by easy access to licensed bars and dressing rooms and by direct links with the neighbouring Solent, Tregonwell and Purbeck Halls at ground and first floor levels.
Currently there are no events for the Bournemouth International Centre - Windsor Hall .
Selected reviews for this venue:
Kaye Lee-Wright, 19/02/13
Have been to the BIC many times over the years and the venue is good for parking. The facilities are good for food, drink and toilets, but as always, the ladies area is crowded ~ made worse at Donny concerts! The size of the venue makes for an impersonal concert and as the stalls area is flat, customers have to stand up if the people at the front do so. Not always a good thing as I get older!! Sightlines have never been an issue for me, but the accoustics are sometimes problematic. The staff are in general friendly and helpful. I did send a letter to Donny and Marie via your Stage Door, and would like to know if it were received as I have not heard from them. I understand they must have got a lot of mail, but as I included a stamped, addressed envelope, I had hoped to have had a reply. Perhaps I was over~optomistic!! I am certain I will visit the BIC in the future.
Donny & Marie (19/02/13) - Dynamic & Magnificent
Having seen Donny at Bournemouth many times and he is an amazing artist, seeing him with his sister, Marie, I was so impressed with them both! I had the most wonderful evening. How can one family have such talent? It is now no surprise that they have had extended contracts in Vegas! Donny & Marie, you were Dynamic and Magnificent, I hope I get the chance to see you again ~ maybe in Vegas sometime!
Address: Bournemouth International Centre - Windsor Hall
Take the M25, then the M3, M27 and A31 to Ringwood. From Ringwood, follow the A338 (Wessex Way), to the Bournemouth West Roundabout.
From The Bournemouth West Roundabout:
Take the first exit and follow the brown signs to the BIC. The BIC multi-storey car park is off the roundabout at the bottom of Priory Road.
From the North and West:
Head for the A31 / A338 junction (Ashley Heath) just outside Ringwood, taking the A338 (Wessex Way) to Bournemouth. Then follow the directions from the Bournemouth West Roundabout.
The Multi-storey Car Park - Pay and Display Bournemouth International Centre has 17 (14 regular and 3 overlength) disabled parking spaces located on level 1 of the car park. There are automatic doors providing access from the disabled parking spaces to the foyer of the building .
External Entrances The main front entrance, Purbeck Hall Foyer entrance and first floor Tregonwell corridor from the Sun Terrace can be accessed by wheelchairs as they are either flat access routes or have built in ramps.
Ground Floor Areas From the main foyer area there are three ramped accesses to various bar and refreshment areas located off this area. These include:
The Foyer Coffee Bar (Roux Express) The BH2 Bar The Avon Room The President's Suite Towards the back of the building, but still on the ground floor, there is ramped access from the Solent Corridor to the Purbeck Corridor which provides access to the Purbeck Hall. Off the Purbeck Corridor are the Meyrick, Durley, Branksome, Chine and Westbourne Suites. Here again, access is on a level route
First Floor Access Access to the first floor level from the main entrance foyer is by one of two passenger lifts. Once on the first floor there is a level route through to the Bourne Lounge. A corridor from Bourne Lounge provides access to the Bayview Suite and Gallery and the Tregonwell Hall and Bar. From the Tregonwell Hall Bar there is access through to the Purbeck Hall foyer through the Purbeck Lounge and Bar areas. For wheelchair users there is direct access from the Purbeck Hall Foyer to the Tregonwell Hall via a ramp.
Windsor Hall Access for wheelchairs is available into the Windsor Hall Balcony by way of a lift. Positions for wheelchairs are also located on the flat floor area of the hall.
Tregonwell Hall Access for wheelchair users can be gained to the well and middle areas of the Tregonwell Hall. From the main entrance to this hall, access to the well area is restrictive and does not apply to motorised wheelchair users due to the width of the ramps. Access and egress to and from the upper levels of the hall (i.e. under the balcony) can only be achieved using the ramped access located from the Purbeck Hall Foyer. Access cannot be gained to the balcony area. It is normal to position wheelchair users in the middle level close to the main entrance doors into the hall. There are two ramps either side of the stage in the hall provided mainly for ease of moving equipment about because the stage is raised 6" above the middle level. They do not meet the criteria for disabled usage. However, with assistance, a wheelchair could use them to gain access onto the stage.
Purbeck Hall The Purbeck Hall is directly accessible from its foyer area and presents no problem to wheelchair users.
BIC Main Foyer to Purbeck Hall Foyer It is recommended that wheelchair users gain access to the Purbeck Hall via the ground floor Solent Corridor / Purbeck Corridor and then use the passenger lift, which provides access directly into the Purbeck Hall Foyer area. This by far the easiest route and is well sign posted on overhead boards.
Accessible Toilets The Centre has accessible toilets in the following areas:
GROUND FLOOR Foyer Bar Right adjacent to the Reception Desk GROUND FLOOR Solent Corridor adjacent to the Roux Express Coffee Bar FIRST FLOOR Tregonwell Corridor to Bayview Suite (off Bourne Lounge) FIRST FLOOR Tregonwell Bar FIRST FLOOR Windsor Hall Door 5 FIRST FLOOR Windsor Hall Door 6 FIRST FLOOR Purbeck Bar Disabled toilets are fitted with an audible emergency alarm for use in the event of customers encountering difficulties.
Doors Many of the doors within the centre are held in the open position by magnets. This enables people to move easily through many of the areas. In the event of the fire alarm being activated, these doors will be automatically released and return to the closed position until such time as the alarm is de-activated, when the doors may then be pushed back into the open position.
Hearing Assistance The Windsor Hall and Tregonwell Hall are fitted with the Sennheiser Infrared Amplification System. The system receives amplified signals from staged events and transmits them via infrared beams. Unlike the more traditional loop systems, users require a receiver which can be either worn around the neck and used in conjunction with their own hearing aid (in the T position) or headsets worn directly in ear if they do not have a hearing aid, or their hearing aid does not have a T position.
This system is far superior in that it works in all areas of the hall and is far less likely to produce interference for sound system. However, please note that it is not the same as a traditional "Loop System", so just switching a hearing aid to the "T" position without also using a receiver will not work.
Receivers and headsets are available from the security office near the Bourne Lounge. We do not ask for a deposit for the use of the equipment but you will be asked to leave your name and address. This information is destroyed when the equipment is returned.
Our staff will be happy to explain how the receivers work.
Guide Dogs & Assistance Dogs Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs are permitted into all areas of the BIC. They are to be kept on a lead at all times and under control. Water is provided on request.