25 things to do in Poole: 24 - 30 July 2015
23rd July 2015
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Friday 24/07/2015

1) Corfe Castle Model Village and Gardens

See what the Castle and village would have looked like before its destruction by Cromwell’s troops in 1646. Set in an acre of landscaped gardens, it is the ideal place for a lazy few hours! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/PSH1H

2) Beer and Bluegrass Festival

Eighteen Hours of Great Music and over 35 Real Ales Beer And Bluegrass Festival Friday 24th & Saturday 25th July 2015 at St Aldhelms Hall Branksome Poole Dorset. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/PSIcM

3) Artists of Factory Studios

Showcasing a variety of works by the Factory Studios artists at The Lighthouse, Poole.

This exhibition showcases an exciting variety of works by the Factory Studios artists who come from a diversity of creative practice and are exhibiting for the first time collectively. The vibrant and varied work on display includes painting, sculpture, ceramic, stone carving, printmaking, jewellery metal work and textile surface print and dye. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/PSHHm

4) 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/PTBn3

5) 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! http://ow.ly/PYHeO 

6) Friday Night Fish & Chips At Studland Beach

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


Saturday 25/07/2015


7) A Pirate Adventure

Join Brownsea Island this summer for a wide programme of pirate events and activities!

Follow the free trail of the shipwrecked pirates, hear tales of invasion from local storyteller Michele O'Brien, make your own eye patch, build pirate shelters (£2) and much more including a special pirate apple day! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/PSHDU

8) Reptile weekend at Arne

Arne is one of the few places in Britain where you can find all six British reptiles. Join the team on one of their selected weekends and find out more about the reserve's scaly side! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/PSIHW

9) Poole Markets

Every Thursday and Saturday in Poole High Street is a general market - with a farmers section held between 9am and 2pm on Thursdays in Falkland Square, selling local and free range products brought to you by the Farmers, Nurserymen, Bakers and Pie Makers who breed, grow and make their own produce. The Farmers Market is held in Falkland Square, outside the Dolphin Centre. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/PSHTi

10) Swanage Carnival Week

Swanage hosts one of Dorset’s premier carnivals in July and August with the Swanage Regatta and Carnival week which this year runs from Saturday 25th July to Saturday 1st August.

There’s plenty going on throughout the week to entertain all ages including air displays, a carnival procession, art competitions for children and adults, a talent show, treasure hunts, a dog show, parachute jumps, and water and land sports! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/PSIAO

11) Taste Festival at the Dolphin Shopping Centre

A range of food and drink suppliers, offering a variety of different cuisines, will take part in the two-day event, with names including Hotch Potch Eggs on Saturday and Chalke Valley Cheese on Sunday. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/PTC1K


Sunday 26/07/2015


12) Sea Train Adventure

Sailing from Poole Quay DAILY at 10.30 through glorious Poole Harbour, down the Jurassic Coast to the Victorian pier and town of Swanage:

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/PSJi5

13) Classics at Upton Country Park

The Classic Car Show returns to showcase a wide variety of different vehicles. There will also be a good range of trade stands, with live music and entertainment. This event is in aid of St John’s Ambulance and Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/PSTAZ

14) Orienteering, Brownsea Island

Try something new and pick up a self-led orienteering pack at visitor centre and discover more about Brownsea Island. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/PSJKZ


Monday 27/07/2015

15) Elizabethan Adventure and Exploration At Corfe Castle

The castle will be hosting a range of exciting interactive displays and presentations from the story of Sir Christopher Hatton, the first private owner of the castle and Admiral of Purbeck, to 16th century maritime exploration, Elizabethan Entertainment and Tudor Taste and Dining. Don't miss the secret expedition of spying and espionage! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/PSK5e

16) 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.

There is no additional charge - but come early to get a seat! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/PSLXT

17) Go Wild - take on the Studland '50 things' challenge

Take part in Studland's 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾ challenge this summer and collect your certificate! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/PTCp2


18) ‘Now 4 Something Completely Different’ Exhibition – Upton Country House

Sculptures, textiles mixed media (recycled materials) and photography.

Admission free, easy parking, disabled access to the gallery via a lift from the coffee shop. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/PSObw


Tuesday 28/07/2015

19) Tractor Trailer rides for the less able - Barford Farm

Throughout the season Kingston Lacy has events for visitors who experience difficulties accessing some aspects of the property. The tours around the wider estate are by a specially adapted trailer - ideal for wheelchair users, people with mobility difficulties and carers. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/PSOv9


20) Bookstart Rhymetime for children under 5 – Poole Library

Bookstart promotes a lifelong love of books and is based on the principle that children in the UK should enjoy and benefit from books as early as possible. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/PSOSD

21) 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/PSPpV


Wednesday 29/07/2015

22) Discover Arne

Come on one of the RSPB's free guided Wednesday walks to track down a whole host of wildlife. Spring and summer highlights may include Dartford warblers, smooth snakes, raft spiders and dragonflies. Who knows what you might find? Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/PSPKe

23) Summer Craft Workshop Space Rockets and Solar System - Wimborne

Summer craft workshop for the junior visitors! A perfect event to attend in the Summer holiday. Visit our website: http://ow.ly/PSRJm


Thursday 30/07/2015

24) 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! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/PSS0t

25) Camp Bestival

If there’s one thing you can guarantee, it’s that you won’t be short of things to do at Camp Bestival, no matter what age you are! Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/PTCM4


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