58 things to do in Poole: 23 - 29 October 2015
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Friday 23 October 2015

General Events:

1) Poole Jurassic Coastal Cruise to Swanage - 2 Hour

Take a fantastic non-landing cruise around Europe’s largest natural harbour and along the beautiful coastline. Breathe in the fresh air, delight in the views of cliffs, rock strata and the geological fault line while we sail along the Jurassic Coast, across Swanage Bay and back. Visit our website for more information about this tour: http://bit.ly/1GlShVk

2) 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

3) Nordic Walking Classes - Upton House

A great low impact outdoor activity using Nordic Walking Poles. This class costs £4 per session, meet in the main car park. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1KZ4AqZ

4) Wimborne Indoor Country Market

The Wimborne Indoor Country Market has 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. New Producers are always welcome; please apply to the market manager during opening times. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1WfOAnS

5) All Star 60s At The Lighthouse, Poole

Five amazingly talented 60’s iconic bands who have enjoyed phenomenal success throughout their musical careers, getting together to perform all their hits! Tickets are £29.25 (£27.50 + £1.75 Booking Fee). Visit our website for more information:  http://bit.ly/1VIARE4

6) Vonda Shepard At The Tivoli Theatre

Vonda first shot to fame through her long running appearances, performances and musical accompaniment to the smash hit TV show Ally McBeal. This included the Top 10 hit single and show theme song Searching My Soul which also spawned an international hit album. Now currently working on her 14th album, Vonda is looking forward to bringing new songs to her British fans alongside hits and old favourites in some of the UK’s finest intimate venues. Tickets are £19.00. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1XenHRT

7) Live chilled piano & jazz session 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



8) Purbeck Film Festival At Hamworthy Library - The Moo Man

The Moo Man is a heart-warming documentary film about farmer Stephen Hook, who decides to buck the trend of ever expanding dairy farms (essential to survive in a highly price-competitive market). Tickets are £6, available in advance from Purbeck Film Festival.  Any remaining, unsold tickets will be made available on the door (subject to availability). Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1jgZf38

9) Lighthouse Film: The Edge of Heaven

A compelling tale about the tensions that accompany multiculturalism and globalization combined with the simpler human drama of how individuals cope with losses for which they bear a portion of the responsibility. Visit our website to view showing times and ticket prices: http://bit.ly/1RjHrQ2

10) Lighthouse Film: Everest

Following on from his riveting tale of survival at sea, The Deep, Icelandic director Baltasar Kormάkur turns his attention to the highest mountain on Earth. This gripping drama is based on a disastrous 1996 expedition when eight climbers lost their lives attempting an ascent on Everest. Visit our website to view showing times and ticket prices: http://bit.ly/1MynCRp


Saturday 24 October 2015

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11) Wimborne Food & Drink Festival

Wimborne town centre will be alive with food and drink stalls to mark Dorset Food Week's official launch... Come and explore the stalls in the Cornmarket, Minster Green, Town Square and Willow Walk and soak up a festival atmosphere in this beautiful market town! Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1KhxQEv

12) Sausage & Cider Festival with Fireworks: 24 – 31 October 2015

Sample an amazing selection of handmade sausages and artisan ciders from Dorset, with live music and fireworks over the Castle on the 31st October. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1Lt7YGl

13) Mini BSO

The Mini BSO returns for another fun and lively concert filled with rhythmic vitality and tunes galore, as well as plenty of audience participation. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1GAnDlW

14) Waitrose: Marshmallows and fondant at the ready!

With the Wimborne Minster Food & Drink Festival only days away, Waitrose would like to tell you about their tasty competition for the youngest cooks in your family!

The Best Decorated Cupcake Competition is open to all children aged between 5 and 11, so whether you're a parent or a grandparent, it's time to encourage your little ones into the kitchen. Making and decorating cupcakes is tremendous fun, so cook a good batch, provide the decorations and watch what happens! Choose one cupcake for each child and bring along to the Waitrose stall at the festival on Sat, 24th Oct before 1 pm. Visit our website for more information: http://ow.ly/THVao 

15) The Lighthouse: What To Do When You Find A Dinosaur

I n 1824 an eccentric scientist, William Buckland, discovered a bone from a creature that no one had ever seen before. He named it the Megalosaurus, and he was desperate to tell the world about it. Are you ready to join him when the amazing dinosaur story first begins?  Tickets cost £7.85 ( £7 + 85p booking fee). Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1ODwJGH

16) FJB Sandbanks Hotel - Northern Soul Motown and R&B

For ‘One Night Only’, The Sandbanks Hotel invites you to an exclusive ‘Northern Soul’ evening with a sprinkle of Motown and R&B. Entry for this exclusive event is £5 with all ticket proceeds donated to FJB Hotel’s charity partner of the year, Wave 105 Cash For Kids. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1WR6eyM


Halloween Events:

17) Dorset Wildlife Trust Halloween Trail At Wimborne Model Town

The Dorset Wildlife Trust Halloween Tail runs all week around the Model Town and Gardens.  Take a closer look at our trees, plants pond and mini rivers while searching for clues. There are more bookable Halloween activities (fancy making bats and spiders?) from DWT at Wimborne Model Town on Sat 31 Oct from 11am. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1O4Y83X

18) Halloween Quiz around Wimborne Model Town

It's Halloween half term and as usual, Wimborne Model Town has a Halloween Quiz around the vintage model buildings! A small prize awaits the winners. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1KFCpLT

19) Hallowe’en at Corfe Castle

Explore the spooktacular castle this Halloween if you dare! Find the ghosts and pumpkins on their family trail and enjoy the other hair-raising activities on offer. Free event though normal admission charges apply. Daily from 10.00am till 4.00pm. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1glo0JO

20) Poole Libraries Halloween Activities

Creepy crafts, sculpture, dragons & books with bite! Take a look at Poole Libraries Halloween & October Half Term Activities 2015! http://bit.ly/1NreLot

21) Get spooked at Paultons Park this half term

Paultons Park is set for spooky goings on this half term with haunted happenings occurring across the family theme park! All of the theme park’s rides and attractions are open as usual during this time, so visitors can still adventure across to the Beastie Burrow in Critter Creek, head to the 4D Cinema on Show Street or explore Peppa Pig World. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1GeYrqd

22) Spooky half term trail at Brownsea Island

Come along for a spooky island adventure with eerie happenings along the way! Follow the spooky trail from the Visitor Centre, or join in with one of their led children's squirrel walks. Activity days on Tuesday and Thursday give you the opportunity to try archery and low ropes. Booking not needed, normal admission charges apply. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1gloakh

23) Halloween Week At Studland

Take part in their spooky Halloween Trail through the nature reserve and have a go at seasonal crafts! Booking not needed, normal admission charges apply. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1FHnCfl

24) Kingston Lacy's Hallowe'en Spooktacular

This Hallowe'en come along to Kingston Lacy for a week of scary fun and games. Encourage the kids to do their most frightening fancy dress and see who can be the scariest! Booking not needed, normal admission charges apply. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1iIyXqz



25) Lighthouse Film: Inside Out (U)

Disney Pixar's entrancing animated fable follows eleven-year-old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), who is reluctantly uprooted from rural Minnesota to San Francisco. We see her experiences mostly through the emotions inside her head. Visit our website to view showing times and ticket prices: http://bit.ly/1MkeFzz

26) Lighthouse Film: The Tales Of Hoffman

A magnificent spectacle. A wonderful filmic version of a classic opera. Often mentioned as a favourite movie and constant inspiration for young Martin Scorsese. With the audacity that Powell & Pressburger were famous for we are presented with a exhilarating performance of a truly "composed" film. Visit our website to view showing times and ticket prices: http://bit.ly/1Ly1Ptb

27) Tivoli Theatre Film: The Choir (PG)

Stet, a troubled and angry 11-year-old orphan from a small Texas town, ends up at a Boy Choir school after the death of his single Mum. Completely out of his element, he finds himself in a battle of wills with a demanding Choir Master who recognizes a unique talent in this young boy as he pushes him to discover his creative heart and soul in music. Visit our website to view showing times and ticket prices: http://bit.ly/1ODw3kw

28) Tivoli Theatre Film: Maya The Bee (U)

Maya the Bee, based on the children’s novel beloved by generations, is now buzzing with new excitement as this fantastically funny and family-friendly film! Visit our website to view showing times and ticket prices: http://bit.ly/1RRrVMi


Sunday 25 October 2015

29) The BIG Variety Show 3 at The Wimborne Allendale Centre

In aid of The British Red Cross Refugee Appeal. The Kingfishers Bar will remain open until late for cast and patrons alike to enjoy a drink together after this wonderful show. Tickets are £10.00, £1.20 fee. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1PBN3GV

30) Henry V: RSC Recorded Screening at the Tivoli Theatre.

This is a RECORDED screening from Stratford Upon Avon of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of HENRY V on 21st October 2015. Tickets are £13.00. Visit oru website for more information: http://bit.ly/1Nk9cr0

31) Corfe Castle Walk: Chicken Huts and Pig Sties

The clay industry in Purbeck was at its height in the 19th and 20th centuries. On this walk, you will get to take a look at the landscape that supported a thriving community on the southern shores of Poole Harbour. This walk costs £3.00. Please wear suitable footwear for walking. Booking is essential. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1XeNObh


Monday 26 October 2015

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32) James Bond Spectre - Exclusive casino & Film night

Cocktails, canapes and a Bond style casino reception, plus Spectre premier viewing Grosvenor casino Bournemouth has secured some tickets for the opening week of Spectre - limited availability. Tickets to this event are £15.00 per person. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1jQvoz2

33) Marie Curie's Fashion Show

Liven up your wardrobe! Come along and enjoy a evening of fashion and fun. Helping Marie Curie at the same time. There will be a glass of Bucks Fizz on arrival, other refreshments available. Garments can be tried on, purchased and taken home that night. Credit and debit cards accepted. All tickets are £6.00. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1R2oPUI


Halloween Events:

34) Spooktacular Fun at Farmer Palmers: 26 - 30 October 2015

Low key fang-tastic family fun for little ones! Including daily spooktacular activities; fancy dress, pumpkins, dancing, face painting and mini monster hunt. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1P1s8gl

35) The Ark October Half Term Holiday Camp

Following their successful summer camp series, The Ark are hosting a spook-tacular Halloween-themed holiday camp during October half term. Bursting with activities indoor and out from arts and crafts to games, sports and exploring The Ark’s soft play, ice rink facilities and more, the team will keep the kids entertained whatever the weather! Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1jDvtGa



36) Tivoli Theatre Film: Legend (18)

Ronnie and Reggie Kray were identical twin gangsters whose exploits became a criminal ‘Legend’, and controlled the organised crime scene in London during the 1960s. Visit our website to view showing times and ticket prices: http://bit.ly/1W0zG2M


Tuesday 27 October 2015

General Events:

37) Outdoor Activity Day At Brownsea Island

Come and join the outdoor activity team for an action packed island adventure. Take part in instructor led activities, choose from archery, low ropes and den building. All tickets are £4.00. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1VJuJAC

38) The Hollywood Special Effects Show

Join The Lighthouse's team of professionals who’ve been behind the effects on productions including Guardians Of The Galaxy, Phantom Of The Opera and Game Of Thrones for a revealing insight into the world of special effects! Tickets to this event cost £17.25 (15.50 + £1.75 Booking Fee). Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1LDGTXd


Halloween Events:

39) Halloween Family Fun Show with Mervyn Cole

Mervyn Cole joins Wimborne Model Town again for his Halloween Family Fun Show at 12noon and 2pm. Jokes, magic tricks and puppets with a few balloons thrown in - come and join Mervyn for some seasonal spooky fun.  No need to book but arrive early as places are limited. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1LJR1w2



40) Lighthouse Film: Max Manus - Man of War

With breathless adventurism, the directors drop us onto a wintry Finnish battlefield in 1940, where the 26-year-old Norwegian Max is helping the Finns beat back Stalin. Later, furious over his homeland’s rapid submission to the Nazis, Max and some friends encourage Norwegian resistance by distributing illegal propaganda. Visit our website to view showing times and ticket prices: http://bit.ly/1jhsUJu


Wednesday 28 October 2015

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41) Land & Wave's Half Term Festival

Watersports Festival exclusively for Year 10 & 11 students in Dorset THIS Half Term. This festival is for any Year 10 and 11 students interested in outdoor adventure, watersports or pursuing a career in the outdoors (outdoor instructor / Police Force / Fire Service / Teaching / Coaching). As well as free activities, they'll be a chill-out tent & music - the perfect way to enjoy half term. You'll be able to meet Land & Wave's instructors, try some activities for free and find out more about the BTEC Level 3 Outdoor Adventure Extended Diploma as well as their Level 2 courses. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1NkarX3

42) Pedal and pizza at Studland

Join the National Trust team at Studland for a 2 hour guided bike ride around the nature reserve and then enjoy a pizza from the wood fired pizza oven at Knoll Beach Café. All tickets are £16 (per person). Booking is essential. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1ODyl38

43) Dave Gorman Gets Straight To The Point at The Lighthouse

The innovative comedy mind behind Modern Life Is Goodish (Dave TV), Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure is back with a brand new live show that promises more of his unique blend of stand-up comedy and visual story-telling as Dave Gorman Gets Straight To The Point*... (*The PowerPoint). Tickets are £25.50 (£24 + £1.50 Booking Fee). Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1KjMiLO

44) BSO 1905

Shostakovich’s massive Eleventh Symphony depicts the events of 1905 when a first, unsuccessful Russian revolution had taken place. Satisfying the cultural bureaucrats’ directive for straightforward, uplifting music, it cleverly and subversively camouflages thematic materials from several revolutionary songs which strongly condemned the actions of dictators. Tickets range from £14.50 - £42.00. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1jQvuGI


Halloween Events:

45) Lemur Landing's Half Term Phaser Fright Night

Join the crew on SS Clash Landings for a spooktacular evening of phaser tag at Lemur Landings! Avoid the zombies and keep your aim steady, whether you come alone or bring your friends it's sure to leave you feeling like a lunar lemur! The battle will commence once the teams have been formed, the safety briefing explained and the laser guns switched on. Come aboard the giant space station themed play frame for 6 adrenalin pumping phaser games. Disco lighting and music help to create an atmosphere that's out of this world!

Tickets are £10.00 per player, minimum age 6+. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1k7pDgP

46) RSPB Creepy Clay Creations

Join RSPB’s SJ for a nature forage, collecting leaves, twigs and acorns before returning to the Education Centre to turn them into a creepy clay wildlife-inspired creation for Halloween. This event costs £2 for RSPB members or £3 for non-members. Booking is essential. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1OPgRgL

47) Spooky Scaplens

Visit Scaplen’s Court for some spine-chilling craft activities and meet the story-telling witch! This is a free event. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1F8G2e9


Thursday 29 October 2015

General Events:

48) Beningtons Business Expo

Beningtons Business Expo is hosted by thebestofbournemouth and is a combined networking and exhibition opportunity. Specifically aimed at local businesses, it’s a showcase of suppliers of products and services with an opportunity to meet likeminded people and build lasting business relationships. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1RRyCOs

49) Poole Park Life: Go bonkers for conkers

Help the team at Poole Park manage some of the parkland by cutting back bamboo and look forward to the spring time by planting some bulbs.  Just wear suitable work clothes all tools, training and gloves provided. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1LG3D77

50) The Lighthouse Presents: Suitcases

In our modern world where the internet and technology are evolving faster than we are, it is hard to keep pace. We all exist somewhere online, whether we know it or not: a virtual trace, an online persona, a trail of clicks and searches that leads directly to you... ‘Suitcases’, looks at one man’s quest to re-discover who he is - stuck in a no man’s land between the virtual and the real. Tickets are £13.75 (£12 + £1.75 Booking Fee). Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1W27JNE

51) Judie Tzuke At The Tivoli Theatre

Since her career was launched in 1979, Judie Tzuke has gained a legion of fans and become well known for her incredible writing talents. She now returns with a collection of cleverly constructed melodies – new and old – sung with an ethereal voice which stuns with its power. Tickets are £20.00 per person. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1W0Dyks

52) The Snow Queen At The Lighthouse, Poole.

Hold on to your hats and get ready to be blown away by this enchanting new version of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale adventure featuring new songs, beautiful costumes and scenery and a host of colourful characters! Tickets are £13.75 (£12 + £1.75 Booking Fee). Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1LG3Mao

53) 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. Entry to these fantastic Jazz events is only £5 per ticket on the door. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1PtwxKf


Halloween Events:

54) Halloween Family Fun At Wimborne Model Town

Halloween Family Fun and laughter Show with magic and puppets 12 noon and 2pm! Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1KhABFR

55) Halloween Ghost Walk at Scaplen's Court

Come with Granny Cousins around the spooky nooks and crannies of this ancient, walled fishing town and be prepared... for anything! Meet outside Scaplen's Court Museum 8pm.

Adult tickets are £8 and children (under 16) cost £5. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1Oacmjz

56) Halloween Crafts at Wimborne Model Town for Junior Visitors

Join Jo and co at 11am for the last craft workshop this year making Halloween goodies including painting Halloween plaques. There is no additional charge for attending although a £2 donation for materials is very welcome. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1RbsRe4

57) Gatsby Homicide Halloween Murder Mystery

Hotel du Vin & Bistro would like to invite you to 'catch the killer' at their glamorous 'Gatsby Homicide' Murder Mystery evening! Join the team for a delicious two course dinner and welcome drink laced with investigation, intrigue and murder! Set in the historic Old Town of Poole, Hotel du Vin bistro you will be transported back in time for a 1920's styled evening with a Halloween edge. Fancy dress is thoroughly encouraged, therefore come dressed to impress in your stylish Gatsby outfit - with a ghostly twist if you desire. An exclusive charity auction will conclude the evening containing lavish prizes to be bid upon such as Eurostar tickets and jewellery. Tickets are £35 each or £300 for a full table of 10 package. You can also opt to upgrade to three courses for an additional £5 per head. Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1G7JAOz



58) Lighthouse Film: Three Colours Red

This is the last film of Krzysztof Kieslowski - one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema. He intended to retire after this film, so in a way it is his artistic testament. He died a couple of years after making the film. Visit our website to view showing times and ticket prices: http://bit.ly/1jQvyX2

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