29 things to do in Bournemouth: 25 September - 01 October 2015
24th September 2015
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Friday 25 September 2015

1) The World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Catch up over a cuppa, enjoy some gorgeous treats – and the money you raise at your/the Coffee Morning will help Macmillan Cancer Support make sure no one has to face cancer alone. Visit our website to find a coffee morning near you this weekend: http://bit.ly/1PvXObO

2) The Great Bransgore Beer Festival: 25 – 27 September 2015

Once again The rotary Club of Bransgore in conjunction with The Three Tuns in Bransgore will hold their annual Beer Festival.  Last year the event raised a staggering £22,000 for good causes and were visited by approximately 2500 people. This year the team will try to build on their reputation and even try to improve on last year’s offering. They will have 70 different real ales, around 20 different ciders and a choice of fine wines. There will be live music throughout the event, a wine tasting session, a hog roast along with the usual burgers and hot dogs. Most of the event will be under cover alongside the large pub garden where you can enjoy the late summer sunshine! Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1NO25rY

3) Regent Centre Film: Ricki and the Flash

Three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep goes electric and takes on a whole new gig - a hard-rocking singer/guitarist - for Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award (R)-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in the uplifting comedy Ricki and the Flash. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1G4mRxf

4) 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 event takes place at the Bournemouth International Centre. Don’t miss out! Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1IIci2D


Saturday 26 September 2015


5) The Pavilion Youth Theatre

2015 sees the introduction of the first ever Bournemouth Pavilion Youth Theatre for ages 6-16 years of age, affectionately to be known as the PYT. Each week, participants will learn new skills in acting, drama and storytelling and develop interpersonal skills with others as well as boosting confidence and self-esteem. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1NFihgK

6) Weekly Tours: Paintings Highlights

Learn about the paintings and artwork across the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. Guided tours may not be suitable for some people with mobility issues. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1PVTeE7

7) Open Days At The Arts University Bournemouth

AUB are a festival of diversity and excitement; a showcase of learning on a campus dedicated to the arts. There’s only so much a website or prospectus can tell you. At an Open Day at AUB you can explore the campus, see what students are working on, and talk to course tutors. You can get involved in their interactive workshop, take a bus tour of Bournemouth, enjoy iced coffee that’s featured in student projects, or simply take in the atmosphere to a backbeat of sounds from their student DJs. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1K14dqL

8) Red House Museum and Garden's Knitted Garden and Coastline Exhibition

An intergenerational community knitting/crochet project, initially made by over 2000 volunteers, culminating in a knitted/crocheted 3D garden which climbed, creeped and blossomed over three floors of Bournemouth Library and is now on tour around the UK for its fourth year. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1KwQ2x4

9) Civil War: Besieged & Betrayed - Corfe Castle

Lord Hopton's Regiment of Foote will be demonstrating all aspects of 17th century encampment, including drills and weapon displays, in this popular living history weekend. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please note that the musket fire can be very loud, not all dogs or young children appreciate it! Firing times are published in advance. Booking not needed, normal admission charges apply. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1Jd2qOu

10) Regatta At Badbury Rings

A 2 day celebration of vintage, high end bars, artisan food stalls, musicians, vintage cars, tractors, motorbikes, clothing, jewellery, food, fun, sun, cider, history, and traditional arts, all in one historic and beautiful setting, this is going to be a magical and mystical festival of cool retro fun and vintage vagabonds. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1KTkm8o

11) The Drifters - Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Following on from the success of their recent tours, the current line up brings you the Rebranded Tour 2015 defining the evolution of the phenomenal story of the Drifters through its music from the past to the present. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1iyBi7K

12) Hengistbury Head's wildlife garden

Join Senior Ranger Brian Heppenstall to learn how the wildlife garden at the visitor centre has flourished in its first two years. Pick up tips and tricks for creating a blooming marvellous garden on a difficult site, and find out what comes to visit after the human visitors go home. £3 adults, £1 under-16s. Booking essential on 01202 451618. Visit our website for more information about this event: http://bit.ly/1LPyk5O


Sunday 27 September 2015


13) Animal Paintings: A Contemporary Approach by Kate Salway and Sue Jenkins

An exhibition by local artists Kate Salway and Sue Jenkins, who specialise in painting the natural world - Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum.

Kate is a Slade trained artist working in watercolour and oil. Her CREATURES series of paintings specialises in wild animals, birds, insects and beetles.

Sue paints portraits of the ‘ordinary’ and perhaps unnoticed animals around her home and rebuilds them on paper using watercolour pencil and gouache. She is intent on recreating the individual demeanour, character and expression of her subjects.

Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1F443mN

14) Bournemouth Hospital Charity - Pedal Power 2015

Pedal Power is a charity cycle ride through the New Forest starting and finishing at the White Buck Inn in Burley raising funds for Bournemouth Hospital's heart unit. Support those who are taking part and raise money for a good cause! Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1UYI480

15) Make your own Flower Bouquet: Workshop

Create your own hand-tied bouquet using a variety of flowers at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. Under the guidance of professional florist Kath Chant, learn a variety of floristry techniques to create your own arrangement, inspiring you to make beautiful bouquets at home. This event costs £40 and places are limited.  All flowers and equipment will be supplied and participants will take their arrangements home. Please bring your own scissors. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1Jd3su5

16) 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


Monday 28 September 2015


17) ImpAct Theatre presents: Untold Stories Hymn & Cocktail Sticks

Untold Stories features two autobiographical recollections by Alan Bennett. Directed by Patricia Richardson.Hymn is a touching memoir of music in childhood, with an evocative score by George Fenton. This event takes place at the Regent Centre, tickets are £12, Concessions £10. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1YCX3ng

18) 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

19) Red squirrel walks - Brownsea Island

Join the guided walks and see how many rare red squirrels you can spot! At this time of year they come down from the canopy of trees to store food and can be seen playing in the low branches. Booking is essential. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1ij4jDS

20) 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


Tuesday 29 September 2015


21) 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

22) 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! Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1HnkuET

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/1MWVPzf


Wednesday 30 September 2015


24) 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

25) 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! The Bournemouth Balloon is accessible to persons of all ages and abilities including wheelchairs (three per flight). However please be aware there are no seats in the balloon gondola and for safety reasons all persons flying, who are not in wheelchairs, must be able to stand for the duration of the flight which can last for 15 minutes. Take a look at flight times today: http://bit.ly/1ICWHS8

26) 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. 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


Thursday 01 October 2015

27) Red House Museum and Gardens - Remember to Take Tea

Remember to Take Tea. Christchurch Dementia Friendly Community are holding a garden reception for organisations and individuals who wish to help improve the lives of people with dementia. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1OypLRT

28) 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

29) Bullet For My Valentine at The O2 Academy Bournemouth

Touring their fifth studio album “VENOM”, they are one of the biggest metal bands on the planet right now mixing classic riff-heavy rock with complex songs, and have sold over 10 million albums worldwide. Tickets are £22. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1KrUVbQ

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