House of Hearts Lates

South East England


Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3AA

Tel: 01202 451858

House of Hearts Lates


The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth will be hosting a late evening event on Thursday 17 February to kick off celebrations of its one-hundred-year anniversary of its opening to the public.

The event – called House of Hearts – is just after Valentines day and will celebrate all that is romantic about the historic house. Situated on the perfect spot on the East Cliff, overlooking the sea, the house was given by Sir Merton Russell-Cotes to his beloved wife Annie as an extravagant 61st birthday gift.

Taking place on 17 February 2022 from 5pm to 8pm, the museum will keep its doors open and lift its blinds up, creating a warm, inviting and unique atmosphere. The house reflects the romance that Merton and Annie had for one another, as well as their love for travel, art, history, and Bournemouth.

These themes will be brought to life through live re-enactments of Annie and Merton around the house, performed by Arts University Bournemouth's own acting students and written specifically for the occasion the Themed Afternoon Teas will also be available in the Café, as well as a range of cocktails, especially selected for the event. Pre-booking is advised through the website as there is limited availability for afternoon teas.

Built on the clifftops of Bournemouth the Russell-Cotes is a 5-minute walk from the pier, yet it is a secluded sanctuary, hidden enough to transport you as soon as you walk through the gardens. It is the perfect romantic hideaway for those seeking something a bit different for Valentine's.
This event is a moment for adults to be enveloped in the beauty of a bygone era and enjoy the art in its full glory. Time to book the babysitter in advance!

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