29 things to do in Poole: 07 - 13 August 2015
6th August 2015
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Friday 07 August 2015

1) Wimborne Cider Festival

The first dedicated and independent cider festival is to be held in Wimborne on the evening of Friday 7th of August and two sessions on Saturday 8th August at the Allendale Community Centre, Wimborne. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1T60kWH

2) A Pirate Adventure At Brownsea Island

Follow the free trail of the shipwrecked pirates, hear tales of invasion from local storyteller Michele O'Brien (Tuesdays), make your own eye patch, build pirate shelters (£2) and much more including a special pirate apple day. Call 01202 707744 for event dates or to book shelter building (No need to book for other activities).  Normal boat crossings and entry charges apply. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1SYGUTI

3) Quay for my Car – Best of British pre August ’83

Quay for my Car is an annual event which takes place throughout the summer on Poole Quay. Each week there is a different theme with the theme this week being Best of British pre August ’83. The event is open to all car owners who fit the theme for that particular evening. Entry to the event is free but is on a first come, first served basis. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1MX7CtT

4) 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://bit.ly/1Ukh3YM


Saturday 8 August 2015

5) 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. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1LUruPG

6) Annual British Beach Handball Championships

See teams from across the UK compete in the British Beach Handball Championships at Branksome Beach! The tournament is designed for all skill levels, allowing plenty of match time over the weekend and the chance of a cup or plate based on group standings after the first day. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1hh3B9Y

7) Wimborne: Flights of Fancy with Hand to Mouth Theatre

In addition to the programmed events, Sting in the Tale presents a free performance from Hand to Mouth Theatre with a whimsical and thoughtful rag-bag puppet delight, with music, laughter and feathers to tickle your fancy! “Flights of Fancy” tells the tale of a baby Glove bird learning to fly, while the earthbound puppeteer and stick-in-the-mud musician attempt to get the show off the ground. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1KSsjKm

8) Dorset Dogs Festival - Upton Country Park

Come along to celebrate dogs, green spaces and the open countryside! There will be various shows and stalls including agility, micro chipping and guided walks to the new training area at Upton Country Park. No entry fee. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1Im6dKp

9) Priest’s House Wimborne: The Summer Fete in the Secret Garden

The garden's hidden alcoves and secluded lawns will be packed with stalls, events and activities for all the family, including a magical puppet theatre performance by Hand to Mouth Theatre at 1.30! Free entry. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1IYyFYq


Sunday 09 August 2015


10) GlamAID 'All Dayer' Live Music And Disco Charity Gig

GlamAID Multi Band Charity Gig for RNLI - Phil Murray's UBOAT with support from The Sabres (Orig. Rock), Southern Brotherhood (Americana/Psychedelic/Blues/Rock N Roll). FREE ENTRY - however please donate to the charity buckets, if you can, it is all for a great cause. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1IVqgF9

11) Summer Holiday Fun at Kingston Lacy

Enjoy a summer to remember with a range of ’50 things’ inspired events and activities at Kingston Lacy! Normal admission charges apply. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1JJLvIB

12) Wimborne WAVE

The Wimborne BID have developed a Summer programme in association with Kissing My Elbow Productions, Activate, East Dorset District Council and as part of The Sting in the Tale Storytelling Festival,  encouraging visitors and residents to take part in an Alien adventure! Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1hkEenu

13) Live Caribbean Sundays at FJB Sandbanks Hotel

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


Monday 10 August 2015

14) 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://bit.ly/1P37udI

15) 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://bit.ly/1KNyShk

16) Elizabethan Adventure and Exploration At Corfe Castle

New for 2015, step back in time to the late Tudor and Elizabethan period at Corfe Castle. Experience life in the castle from 1572 to 1603 and discover Purbeck's links with the sea during the 16th century. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1KNAtDD


Tuesday 11 August 2015

17) Film-Poems at The Lighthouse

Lighthouse is inviting submissions for an exciting new project highlighting film-poetry, a developing hybrid art-form that connects the apparently disparate worlds of the moving image and the written word. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1IDflt4

18) Step Back in Time with Poole Museum

Mondays & Tuesdays in August, 11.00 am – 3.00 pm, Scaplen’s Court. FREE Event. 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://bit.ly/1DdUQaO

19) Little Explorers At The Priest's House Museum

Discover the exciting stories and objects in the museum. Each week there will be a different theme, with art and craft activities, stories and games. Suitable for ages 2+. Organised in partnership with Wimborne Children's Centre. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1JNww0k

20) BSC and BYC At The Lighthouse

Their primary purpose is to sing with the BSO in concerts that need a chorus. They are always interested in hearing from prospective singers, offering 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://bit.ly/1SShxYW

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://bit.ly/1KOLHF8


Wednesday 12 August 2015

22) Family Fun at The Brit Pub For Julia's House

The BriT’s weekly kids club will be adding fun and fundraising on the 12th of August as they team up with Julia’s House to offer something for the whole family! Free juice, a kids lunch meal for just £2.50, books kindly donated from Parkstone Library, an outdoor play area for the kids, and lots of games and toys to keep them entertained! Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1K1EsXI

23) Rock Bug Painting with the RSPB at Upton Country Park

Calling all families! Come and find the RSPB's Sarah-Jane outside the education centre and make your very own rock bug to take home. Free event. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1MJHViD

24) Bug hunt at Arne

Join the RSPB for this family friendly event to track down everything and anything you can find! Look out for 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://bit.ly/1OSBW9J

25) Wicked Wednesdays At The Allendale Centre

Liven up the middle of the week with Allendale’s exciting summer holiday activities! All activities include free squash & biscuit for each child. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1McnT16


Thursday 13 August 2015

26) Custom House Summer Breeze live music & BBQ

Live bands from 7.30pm on the outside music stage at Custom House. BBQ with handmade burgers, plus local crab and lobsters. Jonathan Cotton will be playing tonight from 7.30pm onwards. Jonathan is a package with all the elements that make up a first-class singer-song writer. Although the pinnacle of his gifting is in his song-writing he also possesses strong rustic vocals, which are often compared somewhere between the likes of David Gray and Bryan Adams. He has vibrant performance ability and a hardworking ethos. He has made himself a successful full time musician, playing to over 50,000 people a year in various venues around the south. Don’t miss out! Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1ePI9XC

27) River dipping with the RSPB at Stour Valley Nature Reserve

Calling all families! Join the RSPB team as they investigate what lives in the river during this fun event. Booking essential. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1KOFcSZ

28) Tractor Trailer rides for the less able - Pamphill and Cowgrove

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://bit.ly/1Hnnd18

29) Summer Breeze on the Quay with Fireworks

Get your groove on for Poole’s Summer Breeze as fabulous free live music, entertainment and fireworks comes to the Quay. The free event takes every Thursday (23rd & 30th July, every Thursday in August) 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://bit.ly/1M8NbgE

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