23 things to do in Bournemouth: 18 - 24 September 2015
17th September 2015
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Friday 18 September 2015

1) CAD Art and Craft Christchurch Market

Come along to the CAD Art Market, where you can purchase handmade items. This includes: jewellery, cards, knitted items, clothes as well as books, toys, DVDs, plants and bric-a-brac. Admission is free and refreshments are available. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1KtjdEa

2) Red House Museum and Gardes - 'Found in the Fields’ Art Exhibition

Beautiful hand drawn lithographs by Carry Akroyd incorporating poems by John Clare, bringing the 19th Century's poet's words into the contemporary landscape - Words and images express a concern and fascination about the natural world. The artist has for many years maintained, alongside her other painting and printmaking, a vein of work relating to the poet whose work has a particular relevance for today. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1iR73ZL

3) The BFX Festival

The third BFX Festival is back and begins 18 September until 4 October and consists of a unique programme of presentations, workshops, tech demos and public screenings. Recruiters from about the world are looking for the newest talent to work in their creative industries. This seven day festival takes place at the Bournemouth International Centre. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1IIci2D

4) 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://bit.ly/1fZsTZ4


Saturday 19 September 2015

5) The Bournemouth Pavilion Wedding Show

The weekend event marks the 21st year of this successful show, which runs from 10am-5pm on Saturday 19 September and 11am–4pm on Sunday 20 September. Around 100 local and regional industry specialists will present their vast array of services – bridal and mens wear, venues, cars, photography, photo booths, sweet carts, stationery, accessories, wedding breakfasts, and all the little extras to add the perfect finishing touch. Plus the highlight of entertaining, upbeat daily catwalk shows presenting the best of contemporary wedding outfits. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1Q7VKav

6) Weekly Tours: Paintings Highlights

Learn about the paintings and artwork across the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1PVTeE7

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. 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) Corfe Castle Storytelling: Edward 1

Edward I was the best castle builder ever. At Corfe Castle he had the gatehouses improved so that no-one could get in or out. Hear the tales of the poor peasants who tried and failed. Booking not needed, although normal admission charges apply. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1KiQ6hE


Sunday 20 September 2015


9) 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

10) 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, to suit your schedule and without termly fees. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1Hnkjct


Monday 21 September 2015


11) 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

12) 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/1P2SSuU

13) 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. This display explores some of the different stories surrounding Ganesha and his role as a figure of public celebration and private devotion. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1hruWqq


Tuesday 22 September 2015


14) 5-19 year olds Dance Classes with Pavilion Dance

With street dance, break dance and parkour; their range of fashionable urban style dance classes are the perfect way for 5 – 19 year olds to have fun, keep fit and make friends. Their classes for 5 - 19 year olds are paid for on a termly basis, to allow the class to progress at a faster pace. They have however kept the cost to the minimum passport cost, so each class will work out at £4 per class, for a 14-week term. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1Ft95UH

15) The Westover Art Gallery

Westover Gallery is one of the South West’s most successful independent galleries featuring artwork from local, national and international artists. Rubbing shoulders with purveyors of the country’s leading couture and jewellery on Bournemouth’s prestigious Westover Road they are without doubt worth a visit! Take a look at our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1HnkuET

16) Bournemouth Balloon Flights

The Bournemouth Balloon, operated by S&D Leisure, is Bournemouth’s highest attraction; after all it reaches a height of just under 500 metres above the ground! Have you had a go? Book your flight today! Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1ICWHS8


Wednesday 23 September 2015

17) Ringwood Market

Stalls 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

18) Reflections: 95 Years of the Bournemouth Arts Club

An exhibition of new work by members of Bournemouth Arts Club, which celebrates 95 years in 2015. The club has a long and distinguished history. In the past, famous names such as Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland and Augustus John have featured in Members’ Exhibitions. Lucy Kemp-Welch was a member and Vice President at one time. Works by former members are represented in the collection of the Russell-Cotes, including Lucy Kemp Welch and Leslie Ward. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1MzmlwX

19) 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

20) Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty

New for 2015, Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty premieres at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth, from Wednesday 1 April to Sunday 27 September 2015. After a gap of almost 15 years, The Mucha Foundation returns to the UK to create this specially-commissioned exhibition in partnership with Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1J6REdR


Thursday 24 September 2015

21) Weekly Tours: Victorian Villa

Discover more about the history of the Russell-Cotes family and their collections through their regular tours. Guided tours may not be suitable for some people with mobility issues. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1JLuM7x

22) Open Events at The Bournemouth & Poole College

Find out about Full-Time Courses, Apprenticeships, A Levels, Higher Education and courses. Visit our website for more information about this event: http://bit.ly/1L421Q3

23) Bournemouth Guided Walking Tours

Why not take a tour around central Bournemouth? John your experienced guide will give you information on its fascinating early history, information on pubs, clubs, theatres and amazing plans for Bournemouth’s future. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1DmDGYq

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