22 things to do in Poole: 31 July - 06 August 2015
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Friday 31/07/2015

1) Wimborne Market

Every Friday morning at Wimborne Market, 7am - 2pm.

You can shop for everyday essentials, there's a qualified hairdresser and you can also find designer jewellery, antiques, collectables, clothing, shoes, Bric-a-brac, memorabilia, and much more! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7E1m

2) Friday Night Fish & Chips At Studland

No need to rush home from the beach, enjoy fish and chips from the Knoll Beach Cafe chefs with a view of the sea! Tickets are £9.95 per person. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7EcX


3) Mervyn Cole's Summer Family Fun and Laughter Show

Set in the fantastic Wimborne Model Town, this event is a family favourite! Come and enjoy Mervyn Cole's Summer Family Fun and Laughter Show with magic, jokes and puppets.Shows are normally at 12noon and 2pm and last for approx 40 minutes. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7Eq6


Saturday 01/08/2015

4) 2015 Dorset Food and Arts Festival

There will be the usual regular features including a farmers market, a multitude of stalls offering refreshments and Dorset food and drink, before the musical events on the main stage throughout the day, with a jazz concert in the evening!

The festival is in aid of Weldmar, to whom we have been able to write a substantial cheque in previous years - and this year also supporting three other charities, Artsreach, Dorset's rural arts organisation, Dorset Farmers Markets and Steve Charles' Help A Friend. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7EMz

5) The Great Dorset Chilli Festival

Bringing the exciting world of chillies to the beautiful surroundings of Dorset for the fifth year, the Dorset Chilli Festival is a great day out for chilli enthusiasts, food lovers and families! Held with the kind permission of the Earl of Shaftesbury at St Giles Park, lined up is a glorious August weekend of “chilli fiesta”, with stalls selling all things chilli, from pepper plants to cayenne condiments; seeds to ceramics; plus cooking demonstrations; talks on growing chillies; artisan food producers; music; chilli-eating competition, chilli spicy street food; local ice creams to cool the mouth; local beers to slake the thirst. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7Fhu

6) Poole Town & Country Show At Upton Country Park

This popular family show is now in its 7th year, with all day entertainment including birds of prey, working dogs with the Purbeck Gun Dogs, Kondini the Human Toolbox, Terrier Racing, The Goat Show and Newfoundland Dogs, as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7FlK

7) Poole Health & Leisure Cycle Rides

The Poole Leisure Cycling Club meet on the first Saturday of the month between April - October at the Tea Rooms Courtyard at 2pm. The group ride around Holes Bay with a refreshment stop at Hamworthy Park, with a ride leader and back marker so no one gets left behind. Everyone welcome, no need to book. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7FvC


Sunday 02/08/2015

8) The Sandbanks Watersports Festival

Families, beginners, local beach goers and enthusiasts are all welcome to come and learn about the all the water sports on offer, try lots of kit, take part in taster sessions, fun races and learn about careers in the outdoors. The day includes paddle board/kayak tours, Paddle Board races, prize giving, BBQ and goody bag from King of Watersports. This is a FREE event! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7JX5

9) Poole Carnival

The event takes place on 2nd August with the procession which starts at the junction of Sea View Road and the start of Ashley Road. It then makes its way along Ashley Road, proceeding the whole length towards Branksome, before turning left on to Alder Road and down the hill to Branksome Recreation Ground. The parade will feature a variety of floats, marching bands, dance troops and entertainers, and of course leading the procession will be the popular Poole Town Crier! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7FHi

10) Celebrating 125 Years of Poole Park

Sunday 2nd August Poole Park is 125 years old! Come and help the team in Poole celebrate the park’s anniversary with a massive family fun day in the park all day on Sunday 2nd August! From vintage buses to face painting workshops, dog shows to inflatables with live music throughout, it will offer something to everyone. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7Hs8

11) Live Caribbean Sundays at FJB Sandbanks Hotel

Join the Harbour Heights Hotel on Sunday night from the 21st of June to the end of August for an evening of Caribbean vibes and BBQ bites! ‘Steelasophical’ will provide the rhythm using traditional steel drums to create a tropical chilled-out atmosphere. The team of talented chefs will be serving food from the Sandbanks Hotel’s famous Beach Club featuring BBQ classics and alfresco favourites... Food available from 11.00am until 9.30pm. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7IHQ


Monday 03/08/2015

12) Sea Train Adventure

Walk through the beautiful town of Swanage, catch the steam train on Swanage Railway through picturesque Purbeck to the idyllic village of Corfe Castle, returning by train, browse Swanage before sailing back to Poole. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7IKA

13) Step Back in Time with Poole Museum

Mondays & Tuesdays in August, 11.00 am – 3.00 pm, Scaplen’s Court. FREE.

Historical demonstrations and craft activities in the atmospheric setting of Scaplen’s Court. Activities will focus on a different historical period each week! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7NN9

14) Brownsea Island Open Air - The Tempest

The Tempest is this year’s production from Brownsea Open Air Theatre and your ticket includes island access from Poole so please bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful surroundings before watching this fantastic production!  Booking Essential 01202 251987. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7Pav


Tuesday 04/08/2015

15) BSC and BYC

Get the thrill of singing in top flight concerts!

Their primary purpose is to sing with the BSO in concerts that need a chorus. They are always interested in hearing from prospective singers and with our Youth Chorus they offer the opportunity for young people to join their organisation from the age of 8. Entry to the adult chorus is by audition. They rehearse at Lighthouse on each Tuesday evening; the Youth Chorus from 6pm and the Symphony Chorus from 7.15pm. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7PB4

16) Poole Leisure Painters

Come along and paint in your chosen medium amongst like-minded people. Demonstrations, outings, competitions and exhibitions are arranged throughout the year including a lively Christmas Party! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7PN7

17) Poole Dream Machines

The UK’s biggest and best weekly bike meet takes places on Poole Quay every Tuesday from 6pm. This popular motorbike event runs from the first Tuesday in April to the end of September. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7Q0U


Wednesday 05/08/2015

18) Bug hunt at Arne

Join the RSPB for this family friendly event - You'll try to track down spiders, reptiles, beetles, dragonflies, butterflies; anything that moves (and some stuff that doesn't) on dry land and in the ponds. Free event, no booking required! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7Qiw

19) Summer Gathering at Gaunts House

The annual summer festival is jam packed with yoga & meditation workshops, sound baths, live music and stalls. We aim to gather people together to celebrate, learn and most importantly have fun in a spiritually charged location, within the peaceful Dorset countryside! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7Qus

20) Story Telling and Illumination of Wimborne Model Town

The Apple Tree Man and Wesex Folk Tales Family Storytelling Adventure with Tapricia and evening entertainment with illumination of the Model Town and Gardens! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7RAs


Thursday 06/08/2015

21) The Bankes Arms Beer Festival 2015

Set in Studland overlooking the stunning Purbeck coast, the Festival is now in its 20th year and will have over 200 varieties of Real Ale and Cider. It is one of the best beer festivals in Dorset and the UK. With live music throughout the weekend, market stalls and face painting for the kids plus plenty to eat, there’s literally something for everyone! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7ROK

22) Summer Breeze on the Quay with Fireworks & Cycle Celebration

Get your groove on for Poole’s Summer Breeze as fabulous free live music, entertainment and fireworks comes to the Quay - Bringing a party atmosphere to Poole’s continental quayside with live music, entertainment and family fun before finishing with a firework finale over the largest natural harbour in Europe! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/Q7SjJ

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