30 things to do in Poole: 06 - 12 November 2015
7th November 2015
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Friday 06 November 2015

1) RNLI College Discovery Tours

Find out how the RNLI crews and lifeguards are trained with a behind the scenes 90-minute tour of RNLI College. Conducted by their dedicated volunteer tour guides, tours cost just £7.50 per person or are free for college residents. They take place daily Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1JX6kgg

2) 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! The Courtyard tea room serves fresh local produce in a 17th Century courtyard setting, open to everyone whether visiting the Model Village or not. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1P37udI

3) The ‘On the Street Where You Live’ Exhibition: 03 - 26 November 2015.

The exhibition exists to bring together images that showcase Maxine’s interpretation of memorable places, familiar objects and everyday sights that celebrate our surroundings. By digitally transforming photographs Maxine creates graphic images that describe our surroundings in a simpler, balanced and more straightforward way. The transformation process involves the digital simplification of both detail and colour using carefully selected palettes to create the final image. This exhibition is at Poole Lighthouse. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1GHwgAK


Saturday 07 November 2015


4) Remembrance Day At Arne

This remembrance day the RSPB will be opening up the WWII gun emplacement at RSPB Arne between 10am - 2pm. This is one of the best preserved in the UK and has a fascinating history. RSPB team members will be on hand to answer questions. Turn up any time between 10 and 2 and stay for as long as you like. This is a free event. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1P5Aipa

5) Mercedes-Benz SUV Event - Poole

The Mercedes-Benz SUV event will be held at Sandown Mercedes-Benz of Poole from 6-8 November 2015. The range includes the new GLC, GLE and GLE coupe, along with the GLA, GL and iconic G-Class. As part of the event, 3 years free servicing* will be offered with the purchase of a new Mercedes-Benz SUV, an offer which is exclusive to this event. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1PUxD1B

6) Kingston Lacy: Conservation undercover

This year don a pair of over shoes and protective gloves and collect your torch to begin a journey of exploration around the state rooms. From silverfish and woodworm to dust and light - these are just some of the problems Kingston Lacy have to overcome in preserving their books, china, wood and other objects in their priceless collection. Meet their Conservation Explainers and have a go - learn new techniques, help them preserve the collection and even take home a tip or two. Booking not needed. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/207ecpO

7) Poole Town Football Club Playing Dunstable Town

Come and support your local football club! Find all their upcoming fixtures both home and away on this page: http://bit.ly/1MsxonP

8) Dinosaur Zoo Live At The Lighthouse, Poole.

Dare to get up close and personal?! Now introducing the Tyrannosaurus Rex to the stage, Dinosaur Zoo brings these awesome prehistoric creatures to life as you’ve never seen them before. Tickets are £16.75 per person. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1RITJlh

9) Winter Selling Exhibition At Walford Mill

Pop in and let the team help you find that special something to delight your loved ones this Christmas. They can even gift wrap your purchases for you! Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1LLywWw

10) Leroy Jones, Featuring Ian Shaw & Joe Stilgoe

A rare opportunity to see legendary New Orleans trumpeter Leroy Jones joined by Ian Shaw (“Our finest jazz singer” - Time Out) & Joe Stilgoe (star of High Society at the Old Vic in 2015, “truly remarkable” Sir Michael Parkinson), for a wonderful night of music. This event is taking place at Poole Lighthouse. Tickets cost £22.75 per person. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1MDqNae http://bit.ly/1MDqNae

11) The Lighthouse Presents: A Christmas Carol

This new adaptation of Dickens’ atmospheric ‘Ghost Story of Christmas’ is brought to life through Box Clever’s characteristic cocktail of fun, lively action, music, puppetry and audience participation. Tickets cost £15.75 per person. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1LLsLIj


Sunday 08 November 2015


Remembrance Day 2015

Today is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. The Two Minute Silence, held each year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, marks the end of the First World War. Lest we forget.

12) Petanque At Upton Country Park

In basic terms, petanque is a form of boules where the goal is to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet or jack, while standing inside a circle with both feet on the ground. Petanque takes place at Upton Country Park every Wednesday & Sunday at 1.30pm. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1JXWQn3

13) Lemur Landing's Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Once again Lemur Landings are linking up with Operation Christmas Child to collect donated shoeboxes and deliver special gifts to children around the world in time for Christmas. Deliver a box of joy this Christmas! Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1MsFGfo

14) The 'Beauty in Imperfection' Art Exhibition

Sarah L Goy and Lisa Lewis explore the theme of 'Beauty in Imperfection' and what it means to them. Sarah’s passion for drawing and recording the world around her is the inspiration for everything else she creates. Her work is intuitive and emotionally driven and based on the memories of the people she has met and the experiences from her travels at home and abroad.Sarah has found that the act of creating art can break down barriers and open doors and minds. Lisa’s paintings are described as emotionally charged, sensitive and spatial.  
The subject matters she explores are routed in places or people and although highly aesthetic, these are more like distillations of her experiences, rather than literal interpretations. This exhibition is at Poole Lighthouse. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1S61phx


Monday 09 November 2015


15) History Walk - RSPB Arne nature reserve

Not only is RSPB Arne home to a huge array of wildlife, it has also been home to many people over the centuries. Come along for a walk to learn about the ‘other Arne’ - the ‘historical Arne’. Free event. No booking required. Donations welcome. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1PfUqn9

16) Segway Tours - Upton Country Park

Take a guided Segway tour gliding through the beautiful gardens and woodland with a qualified instructor whilst you take in the abundance of plants and wildlife around you. Minimum age for a Segway tour is 12 years, and maximum group size is 6. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1JXWn4n

17) Poole Harbour & Island Cruise - 70 Minutes

City Cruises Poole will take you around the islands & past the beautiful beaches and bays of this magnificent Harbour, cruising close to Brownsea Island and its castle and viewing the famous houses at Sandbanks.  Tickets range from £4.05 - £16.20. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1VTMoQT


Tuesday 10 November 2015


18) Poole Town Football Club Playing Weymouth FC

Come and support your local football club! Find all their upcoming fixtures both home and away on this page: http://bit.ly/1Lx0Xr6

19) Are We There Yet? Mapping The Labyrinth (Art Exhibition).

Poole-based artist Michelle Rumney maps pathways through a daily overload of directions... In her recent artwork, Poole-based artist Michelle Rumney attempts to map pathways through a daily overload of directions, instructions and 'rules' for success. Using labyrinth patterns and grids as a base, and simple, repetitive processes, she weaves new roads and makes new sense of the often-conflicting information she finds, transforming basic materials such as book pages, maps and paper into delicate and often meditative pieces, ranging from postcard-size to room-size. Michelle will be creating more of her work in the gallery during the show and running workshops for artists of all ages to come and explore the labyrinth. This exhibition is at Poole Lighthouse. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1GPQ9pj

20) Shakespeare Schools Festival 2015

Each night four schools will perform four different Shakespeare plays. Come and celebrate the achievements of our local schools while enjoying a wonderful evening of entertainment. You will see Shakespeare performed as you’ve never seen it before! This event is taking place at Poole Lighthouse. Tickets cost £9.85 per person. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1l3dpGq


Wednesday 11 November 2015


21) Poole Central Library - Christmas Sugar Flowers

Learn how to make beautiful Christmas cake decorations with stunning sugar flowers! Booking is essential, call 01202 262300 to reserve your space today. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1OivDAh

22) The Lighthouse Presents: All My Sons

After the huge acclaim from The History Boys last year local theatre company, Arena Theatre, return to Lighthouse with a brand new take on the Arthur Miller classic, All My Sons.  This moving and powerful drama of the ethics of profiteering and family is as poignant today as it was when it was first performed in 1947. Tickets cost £13.75 per person. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1KSOUjT

23) Jenkins & Sons Live Music Sessions 2015

Live music, beer tasting, some Northern Soul dancing courtesy of Mark & Rob or just a good old fashioned chin wag! Tonight welcomes Tim Somerfield to the stage. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1hFZQdQ

24) The Lighthouse: Isserlis Plays Shostakovich

Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto has assumed a place as one of the most popular and often-performed works for cello. With its rousing themes and emotional melodies, at times witty, at other times passionate, and virtuosic writing for the soloist, it is a most amazing accomplishment from its march-like opening to furious conclusion. His final symphony, No.104 was one of twelve Haydn composed for a series of London concerts in 1795. Showing a lightness of touch and classical grace at its finest, it is the crowning work of a master. Tickets range from £14.50 - £42.00 per person. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1LLBFFy


Thursday 12 November 2015


25) RSPB Birds, Biscuits and Binoculars

Join RSPB’s SJ for an exciting and sociable walk to explore the wildlife that can be found in and around the Country Park. Don’t worry if you don’t know the difference between a robin and a blackbird! Relax with a hot beverage and biscuit to round it off. Meet at Upton House & Country Park’s Education Centre, £2 per person. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1XPPRnw

26) The 'Nature Girl' Exhibition at Poole Lighthouse

Fine artist Melissa Merrington creates mixed media works with symbolic elements. In her début exhibition, Melissa explores the human psyche through the emotive nature of flowers. This is poignant and mysterious work which subtly reveals itself to you. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1GPQrfU

27) Meet an Author - Jenny Oliver at Rossmore Library

An opportunity to hear popular historian Jenny Oliver talk about the history of Poole. This is a FREE event but suggested donation of £2 for adult author events. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1Hk1OwH

28) Little Songs Music Classes at Wimborne Allendale Centre

Music Classes for Under 4's. Fun, Imaginative, Child-centered, with highly qualified musician and Kindergarten Music Teacher. Each class costs £4.50. For more information and to book a place, call Ann on 07974 362687.

29) Divine Inspiration BreakDance at Poole Lighthouse

Dance Four want you to experience the fun atmosphere of street dance, so no matter your age or ability they have the right classes for you! DFA’s street dance classes are focused on building your confidence and having fun. They create a supportive and positive environment for all the dancers so you can enjoy your dancing to the full!  By joining the street dance classes you are joining the DFA family. They are a fun loving, like minded community who all share their passion for dance. So come and join in the fun! Tickets cost £5.50 per adult and £4.50 for under 16’s. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1LRA8vv

30) Live Jazz at the Sandbanks Hotel

The Sandbanks Hotel are putting the ‘jazz’ back into Thursday evenings with live performances from an eclectic range of local musicians. Eat, drink and enjoy spectacular sea views while listening to amazing jazz artists, including blues, funk and soul performing live in the Sandbanks Hotel’s Compass Suite. Entry to these fantastic Jazz events is only £5 per ticket on the door. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1PtwxKf

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