22 things to do in Bournemouth: 11 - 17 September 2015
10th September 2015
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Friday 11 September 2015

1) BIC Backstage Tours

Tour includes access to all four halls and front of house areas, all in the company of well-informed, enthusiastic guides. Please note that all tours vary according to what is available on the day and a visit to all of the BIC halls is not guaranteed; it is never possible to attend stage rehearsals. Remember that you are visiting a working event centre and plans may change at short notice. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1PigEDv

2) 5-19 year olds Dance Classes with Pavilion Dance

Pavilion Dance welcome all abilities and provide the perfect opportunity for young people to explore different dance styles in beautiful purpose built, professional dance studios, conveniently located in the heart of Bournemouth. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1Ft95UH v

3) The ARThouse Gallery

The ARThouse Gallery specialise in original paintings and original artist's prints by carefully selected leading contemporary and modern artists. The gallery is conveniently situated in a prime location in the centre of Bournemouth in Dorset within walking distance of The Square between Poole Hill and the Westcliff. There are a large number of Cafes and Restaurants nearby. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1J1nZX5


Saturday 12 September 2015

4) Grand Prix of the Sea

After all the action on land and in the air earlier in the year the attention now turns to the water with the arrival of the Grand Prix of the Sea – the Powerboat P1 and Aqua X Jetski Championships. The event takes place over two days, 12th to 13th September, and in addition to the races there will be boat displays, opportunities to meet the SuperStock teams and AquaX riders, driver signings, live race commentary, giveaways and competitions! Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1JxA8zU

5) Alphonse Mucha: Workshop

Create your own decorative panel inspired Mucha at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. Alphonse Mucha transformed poster design in the 1890s and then inspired a new generation in the 1960s and 1970s.  Explore Mucha’s work and experiment with Art Nouveau design ideas in this practical workshop.  Your central theme could be a name or poem (in Art Nouveau lettering) or a painting of the human figure.  Then experiment with decorative motifs using Mucha’s distinctive colours, patterns and stencils! Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1XK6EIv

6) The Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival

A celebration of Cheese, Food and Crafts established for over 15 years now and based on a tradition of Cheese making in the town, stretching back for over 100 years! A day for all the family to enjoy. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1ihBRm1

7) Brownsea Island's Big Canoe Saturdays

An exciting opportunity for all the family to experience Brownsea Island from the water! Join your instructor to paddle one of the 12-seater 'Big canoes' around Poole Harbour. This event is suitable for children 6 years + (subject to fitting junior buoyancy aid), all children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1hWn27V

8) Storytelling: King John at Corfe Castle

Hear why King John imprisoned his niece Eleanor, Margaret and Isobel the daughters of King William of Scotland and his wife, Queen Isobel, in Corfe Castle all at the same time. Free event though normal admission charges apply. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1g8Uhnh

9) The Bournemouth Songbook of Cumberland Clark

Known as Bournemouth's 'famously bad poet', Cumberland Clark was a prolific writer of the 1920s and 30s. Find out about his life, and hear some of his 'marvellous' work from the Bournemouth Songbook on this fun walk! With local historian, John Walker. Meet by the Cenotaph in the Lower Gardens. £3 adults, £1 under-16s. Booking essential on 01202 451618. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1LWOf4C


Sunday 13 September 2015


10) Lou Lou's Bournemouth Vintage Fair

Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair is coming back to Bournemouth this September! Join the team at The Pavillion for vintage fashion, home ware and of course the vintage beauty salon. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1K741pU

11) Classic Cars on the Prom

Classic Cars on the Prom is a weekly display of classic cars with an ever-changing weekly line-up of vehicles dating from 1915 up to the early 1980s. The event is open to all eligible vehicles who may wish to participate. There is no entry fee and no booking is required however it is on a first come, first served basis and can fill up fast. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1h4yE8N


Monday 14 September 2015


12) Christchurch Market

A fabulous weekly market held every Monday in the traffic-free High Street and Saxon Square. Approximately 50 stalls selling a variety of quality produce including fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, bed linen, pet foods, jewellery, clothes, plants etc. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1M8D5MW

13) Beach Fit Southbourne

A fun way to get fit in a beautiful natural setting. Suitable for all levels of fitness, work at your own pace in a friendly and supportive environment. Classes are circuit based and offer a range of cv and strength training exercises designed to tone and shape the whole body, while burning calories and improving fitness fast. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1Wf6RTb

14) Walking Routes in the Bournemouth Area

Some of the best things in life are free and if you would like to explore the full beauty of Bournemouth whilst limiting the amount of money that you spend, there are few better ways than by taking in the experience provided by some of the walks that are mentioned in this blog: http://ow.ly/S1vZK 


Tuesday 15 September 2015

15) Birds of Brownsea - migration time

Discover the birds of Brownsea Island with Dorset Wildlife Trust - The bird migration season is underway and Brownsea's internationally important lagoon is a stopover for many wading birds. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1LjzJkG

16) Spotlight on Ganesha - Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

The 13th century sculpture of the elephant-headed god Ganesha comes to the Russell-Cotes from the British Museum on its first stop of a tour of museums and galleries throughout the UK. One of the most popular Hindu gods, Ganesha is known as the creator and remover of obstacles. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1hruWqq

17) Adult Dance Classes with Pavilion Dance

Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced level dancer, Pavilion Dance have classes in their beautifully purpose build dance studio spaces, situated by the sea, conveniently located in the heart of Bournemouth. All of their classes are held on a drop-in basis, meaning you can come as often or as little as you like! Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1Hnkjct


Wednesday 16 September 2015


18) First World War Walk At Brownsea Island

Come and join this free guided walk that explores the island's First World War connections! Normal Admission Charges Apply. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1Np9387

19) Weekly Tours: Victorian Villa

Discover more about the history of the Russell-Cotes family and their collections through the regular tours. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1JLuM7x

20) Ringwood MarketStalls fill the Market Place in Ringwood every Wednesday selling food produce, plants and general house goods. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1ePGm4P


Thursday 17 September 2015


21) Orienteering, Brownsea Island

Pick up a self-led orienteering pack at visitor centre and discover more about Brownsea Island. The team at Brownsea also offer led orienteering activities for pre-booked groups. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1JeGGqp

22) Reflections: 95 Years of the Bournemouth Arts Club

An exhibition of new work by members of Bournemouth Arts Club, which celebrates 95 years this year. The club has a long and distinguished history. Visit our website for more information about the exhibition: http://bit.ly/1MzmlwX

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