Managed by BU Community Business, Chapel Gate is a 65-acre multi-sports site, neighbouring Bournemouth Airport and just a short drive from both our campuses.

It’s home to a variety of individual and team outdoor sports, including football (5-a-side, 7-a-side, 9-a-side, 11-a-side), rugby, hockey, table tennis, cricket, archery and rifle shooting.

As well as being one of the main playing venues for BU, including our Performance Sports teams who compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league on Wednesday afternoons, it supports a range of local sports clubs, events and community activities.

New U5 Bus route 2023/24


This will be a direct service from Lansdowne and Talbot Campus with no stops in between, direct to Chapel Gate. It will run on Wednesdays only.

If you have a UniBus annual pass this new bus route is included in the price. For those that want to use the service ad hoc, you will need to buy 10 trip tickets via the UNiBus app to scan on board. Unfortunately, cash is not accepted on this service.

This route will be operated by an Excelsior coach so that there is plenty of room if you need to carry equipment.

Host to the world’s largest sports and music festival

Every May, Chapel Gate hosts the world’s largest sports and music festival, Bournemouth 7s. Renowned as the ‘Sporting Glastonbury’, this festival includes a range of elite, open and social sporting tournaments during the day and 12 arenas of live artists as you head into the night. Bringing up to 30,000 people to the site, including 464 teams across 6 sports simultaneously, the site demonstrates its versatility and modern-day infrastructure to support of events of this calibre.

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