Since I moved back to Winchester in September 2017, I’d been dying to visit Bournemouth. It’s one of those places that I’d heard so much about but had never made the effort to visit. I finally made my way there at the end of January, to visit Pause Cat Cafe. However, it was so cold and the weather was so grim that I didn’t really do much else apart from pop into H&M for a couple of jumpers! I wanted to go back one last time before I left the south, so a couple of weeks ago we went on a road trip. Obviously, the cat cafe was going to be the first port of call!
Pause Cat Cafe
One of the items on my 30 before 30 list was to visit two new cat cafes. My trip to Bournemouth in January meant that I could cross that one off. After visiting Espai de Gats in Barcelona, Pause Cat Cafe was my second new cat cafe. I didn’t see many cats the first time around as someone had booked out the downstairs area. It seemed like most of the cats preferred it down there and only a couple wanted to be upstairs where I was. There was one really funny white cat called Michelle who kept stealing a cheese sandwich off a small child though. I thought she was hilarious!
Luckily, the second time around I got to see and interact with a lot more of the cats. There was also a volunteer there who told us all about each cat. I loved that he was so passionate about each one, you could tell that he really loved his job. Thanks to him, I really enjoyed playing with and getting to know the cats. There were a couple of very friendly black ones but I couldn’t get a decent photo of them. It’s hard enough taking photos of cats as it is! They move way too fast. We had a croissant and a drink – I went for an iced coffee and played with the cats for an hour. There is a cover charge of £5 per person, but this goes towards the welfare of the cats. Pause Cat Cafe is their actual home and it’s important that they feel safe in the cafe. There are a lot of rules in place to ensure that the cats are as comfortable and safe as possible.
I really wanted to go to the beach. The heatwave had been in full swing for weeks and I just really wanted to sit on a beach for a bit and dip my toes in the sea. I even went to Primark and bought a Marauders Map beach towel (which they forgot to scan, so I got it for free – hooray!) to sit on. Unfortunately, the day we chose to go to Bournemouth was the day that the weather decided to change. Although we didn’t get a proper downpour, it was really cloudy for most of the day and there were showers here and there.
As you can see, the beach was packed out despite the weather. Typical British holidaymakers – making the most of the beach while they are away even when it’s really bloody windy and spitting intermittently. There were even quite a few people surfing. We decided to walk down the pier and see what was at the end of it. There wasn’t a lot going on, most of the fun fair type rides were closed due to the weather.
Once the sun came out again, the beach and sea did look really pretty. I just wish it could have stayed out all day so we could have sat on the beach and had ice creams. It was so windy on the pier that I was genuinely worried that I might get blown into the sea. There were even some seagulls who were struggling to fly because of the wind. I managed to capture this on film and have put it into the video at the end of this post. I think that if the weather had been a lot better, I would have enjoyed the stroll along the pier a lot more. Unfortunately I was too worried about getting blown away or getting wet to appreciate it.
One of the places that I knew I wanted to visit when I was in Bournemouth, was Sprinkles Gelato. Sprinkles is actually a chain of dessert restaurants and I’ve been to the one in Southampton many times. Although dessert shops are getting more and more popular, I still think that Sprinkles is the best one I have tried. I went for a crepe filled with Nutella and crushed oreos, whilst Leigh had the Sticky Situation dessert in a jar.
Layers of deliciously warm and freshly baked cookie dough, muddled between milk and white chocolate sauce, softly rippled vanilla gelato, milk and white chocolate buttons and topped with freshly whipped cream.
We both struggled to finish them as they were just such big portions, but we did really enjoy them. Crepes are my dessert of choice when I am visiting a dessert parlour. I definitely recommend you go if there’s a Sprinkles near you. There’s quite a few across the country now. I can also recommend their waffles and their gelato shakes – just don’t try to have both at once like I did on my first visit!
Have you ever been to Bournemouth?