35 things to do in Poole: 02 - 08 October 2015
24th September 2015
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Friday 02 October 2015

1) Free Health Walks - Poole

The Poole Healthy Walks Scheme offers free short walks led by trained volunteer Walk Leaders. All walks are 1 mile and offer gentle exercise. New walkers always welcome, just turn up and join in. Meet by the bus stop in the main car park of Upton Country Park.  Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1LVpFkO

2) Wimborne Indoor Country Market

The Wimborne Indoor Country Market takes place every Friday. There is a wide selection of homemade cakes, bread and savouries, homemade jams & preserves, plants and cut garden flowers, seasonal fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, handmade cards, knitting and crochet, sewing, jewellery and other craft items. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1Ms1lHq

3) Nordic Walking Classes - Upton House

A great low impact outdoor activity using Nordic Walking Poles. Nordic walking is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. These classes a great way to improve fitness, lose weight and tone the whole body. £4 per session, meet in Upton Country Park’s main car park. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1KZ4AqZ

4) 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. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1PxjvIt

5) Lighthouse Film: Irrational Man

Steeped in his familiar, wryly voiced stew of existential doubts, Irrational Man is Woody Allen's highly enjoyable latest. Joaquin Phoenix plays troubled and famously hellraising philosophy professor Abe Lucas. He first attracts the attentions of bored science professor Rita (Posey), and later a student Jill (Stone, Match Point). After overhearing a conversation in a diner, he is inspired to concoct a crime that he feels will make the world a fairer place. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1MKLRRT

6) Badbury Rings and Tarrant Rushton walk

This walk will give you the opportunity to uncover some great Dorset history passing through the Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman times before reaching relics of the Second World War. Booking not needed. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1OfnuuN

7) Lighthouse Film: Love & Mercy

Long stereotyped as purveyors of mindless pop, The Beach Boys are now hailed as one of the most artistically significant bands of all time. Love & Mercy centres on the fall and rise of visionary songwriter Brian Wilson, juxtaposing his slide into mental illness during the 1960s with his recovery and redemption in the 1980s. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1LPPsIo

8) Live chilled piano & jazz sessions at FB Harbour Heights

As the sun disappears behind Brownsea Island, enjoy relaxed and chilled live music sessions at the Harbour Heights Hotel. Grab a cocktail from the bar or open up the restaurant’s award winning dinner menu, as they fill the air with fine music. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1NfWoCU


Saturday 03 October 2015

9) Poole Markets

Every Thursday and Saturday in Poole High Street a general market - with a farmers section held between 9am and 2pm in Falkland Square, selling local and free range products including; Nurserymen, Bakers and Pie Makers who breed, grow and make their own produce.

10) An Evening With Bryan Ferry At The Lighthouse

British music icon Bryan Ferry plays Lighthouse as part of a 20-date tour of the UK in support of his critically-lauded new album Avonmore. The former Roxy Music front man impressed with his performances around the world last year, including debut shows at both Glastonbury and Coachella, and has announced this year’s concerts will feature a set list of both Roxy Music and solo hits like Jealous Guy, Angel Eyes, Avalon, Slave To Love, Let’s Stick Together, Love is the Drug and his cover of Bob Dylan’s Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1R2JQz7

11) 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://bit.ly/1LWIwPf

12) The Lighthouse Presents: The Man Called Monkhouse

Alone in his cramped study among thousands of showbusiness artefacts, film stock and memories, the comedian's comedian ponders his life. Visit our website for more information about this event: http://bit.ly/1F61b8Y

13) Portholes - Art Exhibition At Brownsea Island

An art exhibition by Stephen Bishop at the Villano Cafe. The work of Stephen Bishop will be on display, as part of a prize awarded in partnership with Poole Museum's open art exhibition. Stephen's work links well with the island theme and also forms part of the National Trust's coast celebrations for 2015. Exhibition is free, but normal ferry and entrance charges apply. Visit our website for more information about the exhibition: http://bit.ly/1Nz4syP

14) Live music sessions at FB Haven Hotel

To accompany the Haven Hotel’s fine wine, food and views, enjoy water’s edge live music and a relaxed atmosphere. Grab a drink in the Pavilion Bar, take a table in La Roche, what better way to spend a weekend?! Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1KE4MI9

15) Met Live: II Trovatore (Verdi)

Soprano Anna Netrebko’s dramatic and vocal skills are on full display in her next new role at the Met - Leonora, the Verdi heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the gypsy troubadour. Visit our website for more information about this event: http://bit.ly/1Vb6JGu


Sunday 04 October 2015


16) Corfe Castle Walk: Walls to the Sea

Dry stone walls follow ancient memorial boundaries. You and the team at Corfe Castle will explore the landscape of the Purbeck Wares. Booking is essential for this event. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1i0B0FY

17) The Upton House Wedding Fair

Take the opportunity to view the magnificent splendour of Upton House and the Walled Garden as potential venues for your wedding, with members of the Upton House Wedding Team and Borough of Poole Registrars on hand to discuss your requirements. Entry is £1 per adult. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1OCF7T7

18) Studland - 'The Big Draw' on foot

Come and explore the inspiring woodlands and dunes at Studland before getting creative using only natural materials. Suitable for all ages and abilities! Booking not needed. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1NjXYnj

19) The Big Sing 2015

Spend the day singing with hundreds of others as you workshop and then perform Carmina Burana, one of the most exciting choral works ever written. You don't need to be in a choir - just be keen to sing. This year there will be a special separate children's choir, who will rehearse their own part in the morning, along with the Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus. The incredible performance by this massed choir takes place at 3.45pm, with the accompaniment of BSO Resonate musicians. Everybody welcome! Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1L4pOnx


Monday 05 October 2015


20) 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!

Included in the Model Village and gardens are:-
-Giant Games for all the family
-Croquet lawn
-Village punishment area for scoundrels, with working stocks and pillories
-Fossil corner
-Enchanted fairy garden
-Wildlife garden with hide and bird feeding station
-The Potting shed mini museum and information centre
-Life size civil war soldiers, guarding our castle
-Terrace for refreshments with sweeping views of the surrounding hills and castle
-Gift shop, selling local produce and fun gifts for all the family

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 about Corfe Castle Model Village and Gardens: http://bit.ly/1P37udI

21) 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


Tuesday 06 October 2015

22) Poole Leisure Painters

A friendly and enthusiastic Art group covering all levels of talent. 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://bit.ly/1MhUXn4

23) Epilepsy Support Group

Epilepsy Support Group Poole and Bournemouth offer advice, information and support for anyone with epilepsy, their carer or friends. The team hold meetings on first Tuesday of every month at Advice & Information Centre (left of Poole Hosp multi-storey car park) Longfleet Road, Poole from 7-9pm. Quiz evenings, informative talks, fun and social. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1jeh0Aw

24) National Dance Company Wales At The Lighthouse

Three unique pieces of dance created by the very best European choreographers. Featuring a world premiere of A Mighty Wind, by Jeroen Verbruggen, created with NDC Wales this summer, the programme is full of different styles and personality, set to a range of wellknown and uplifting music! Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1NrHHyl


Wednesday 07 October 2015


25) The Lighthouse: The Magnificent Music Hall Matinee

Helming this splendid afternoon of rich entertainment  of song dance, magic & laughter will be your eloquent & elegantly waistcoated Chairman complete with gavel and sharp wit together with an ‘august’ line up of artistes who have all appeared on BBC TV’s The Good Old Days. Visit our website for more information about this event: http://bit.ly/1LzstWz

26) Wimborne Wine Society

Meeting once a month Members enjoy a wine tasting/presentation by a guest speaker or by another member. Interested in joining? Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1gRnlA3

27) The Lighthouse: Organ Symphony

Organ Symphony reveals a genuine flair for sumptuous orchestral colour, suave and unforgettable melody and brilliant craftsmanship – the zenith of his symphonic output. Brahms spent the greater part of the 1850s building his first orchestral masterpiece, the D minor Piano Concerto, out of material meant for other works. It is a bold and daring work, stormy and dramatic, tender and lyrical, and filled with youthful passion and surging power written at a time of intense personal experiences for Brahms, most of which revolved around his complicated relationship with Robert and Clara Schumann. Schumann himself appraised Weber’s operatic gem as “a chain of sparkling jewels from beginning to end – all brilliant and flawless.” Visit our website for more information about this event: http://bit.ly/1iyuNBa


Thursday 08 October 2015


28) The Bournemouth and Poole Landlord Exhibition

With seven miles of award-winning beaches, frequent free festivals, a thriving nightlife and, now, a Premiership football team, it’s no wonder that many people are making the move to Bournemouth and Poole. Job opportunities are on the up and rental property is in demand. But being a landlord isn’t easy. There’s a mountain of paperwork, legal issues, financial management – the market may be buoyant but it’s not something to be entered into lightly.More than 600 landlords and prospective landlords, from across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset are expected to attend the Bournemouth and Poole Landlord Exhibition taking place today. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1Owjsiw

29) Access All Areas At The Tank Museum

Find out how the vehicles are maintained and restored by the dedicated staff and take a look at over one hundred vehicles that have yet to go on display or are awaiting restoration, with a guided tour and access to the floor of the Vehicle Conservation Centre. Booking is essential. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1KcxUtl

30) Little Songs Music Classes

Music Classes for Under 4's. Fun, Imaginative, Child-centered, with highly qualified musician and Kindergarten Music Teacher. These sessions take place at the Allendale Community Centre. Booking is essential. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1iO97C7

31) 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 Upton 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. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1XPPRnw

32) What We Did This Summer

Local contemporary arts agency South West Artwork is back in the studio gallery space this autumn to exhibit new work produced by their artists over the summer period.
Over 20 artists will showcase work that has been developed over the summer period either as part of community projects, festivals, set commissions or personal artistic development in a variety of mediums such as digital and print illustration, street art, abstract painting, sculpture and design. Some artists will be available for a 'meet and greet' sessions by appointment throughout the exhibition run. This exhibition is being held at The Lighthouse, Poole. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1NrI3VN

33) Rosanna Ley At Poole Central Library

Rosanna is a bestselling novelist who also runs residential creative writing courses and whose last book Return to Mandalay was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association's Award for Epic Romantic novel. This is a free event but suggested donation of £2 for adult author events. There is limited space in most libraries so make sure you get a ticket in advance.  Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1Kxgtmh

34) 'Coriolanus' - The Lighthouse, Poole

Josie Rourke, artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, visits Lighthouse to talk about her latest production of Coriolanus followed by an encore screening of the NT Live presentation starring Tom Hiddleston. Josie's talk begins at 7.15pm. Screening at 8pm. Visit our website for more information about the evening: http://bit.ly/1VbbSyn

35) Wine Dinner With Ken Forrester – Mr Chenin

The Harbour Heights Hotel have the privilege of welcoming Ken Forrester, one of Stellenbosch’s top wine producers for an evening of tasting and talks about his range of wines. Booking is essential. Visit our website for more information about this event: http://bit.ly/1R2Ux4L

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