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Up until Saturday 17 February 2018 Cool Coast Ice Rink

at Bournemouth International Centre

Ice skating is back at the Bournemouth International Centre this winter! The Cool Coast Ice Rink is the South Coast’s biggest indoor seasonal ice rink

As a fun all-weather activity, it’s perfect for kids and adults alike! Plus, with our useful Ice Skating penguins, even the youngest novices can have a go in our Kids area; separate from the main rink which is ideal for smaller children and their parents.

Price: £8.50 per ticket



20th January 2018 Race Night

at Moreton Village Hall

Great entertainment--have fun betting on your winning horse. Any money won on a race, a proportion is kept by the winner and the remainder for fundraising. Ticket includes a ploughman`s supper and bring your own alcohol. Raffle with prizes. If you wish dress up as for Ascot.



20th of January 2018 Gandini Juggling - Spring

at Lighthouse – Poole centre for the arts

From the iconic Gandini Juggling, Spring is a kaleidoscopic, colourful and virtuosic production and a philosophical reflection of the nature of colour and how we perceive it, combining dazzling circus skills with gorgeous choreography and a vibrant new score.



21st of January 2018 Poole Harbour Bird Boats Cruise & Visit to Brownsea

at Poole Quay

The National Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust and the RSPB have partnered up to showcase Poole Harbour, its islands and the spectacular wildlife that depends on it at this special time of year

These boats are a rare opportunity to see one of the best winter spectacles in the UK and offers exclusive access to Brownsea Island out of the main season.



24th to the 28th of January 2018 Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet

at Lighthouse – Poole centre for the arts

GISELLE 7.30 pm (Wed 24 & Thurs 25th) One of the few 19th century Romantic ballets to survive intact, this is the quintessential story of unrequited love. Giselle, an innocent young village girl, loves to dance in spite of the uncertainty of a weak heart, and enjoys a simple life in her village. This story follows her through tender romance, heartbreak, death and the afterlife, as she ultimately saves the life of a man who has betrayed her.

SWAN LAKE 7.30pm (Fri 26 & Sat 27th) Matinee 2.30pm (Sat & Sun) Swan Lake is Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, a tragic tale of love and betrayal with an instantly recognisable score. This is the epic story of Prince Siegfried and his true love Odette who, tricked by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart and his daughter Odile, would rather die together than live apart.



27th of January 2018 Ride

at Lighthouse – Poole centre for the arts

With a 41% increase in hate crime post Brexit, nominee for Best New Play for the Off The West End (The Offies) awards 2018 and BAFTA winning writer John Foster, presents a harrowing play entitled RIDE!



1 February 2018 Joel Dommett

at Bournemouth Pavilion

One of the UK’s most energetic and exciting comedians returns to the road with his solo show, Joel Dommett: LIVE. Catch the star of 2016’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and Sky1’s Bring The Noise as he delivers his high octane comedy to venues up and down the country.Joel came onto the comedy scene in 2007 and has never looked back

General Admission £19.50 per ticket



2nd February 2018 Iain Stirling

at Lighthouse Poole

BAFTA-winning comedian Iain Stirling is back after a summer narrating smash hit Love Island (ITV2) and now you can see his actual face on his brand new tour! Join the ‘star of comedy’ (The i) as he explores dinner party etiquette, feminism and the pressures on a generation brought up in a world of instant gratification.

How has modern living affected our ability to find long term happiness? Can social media ever reflect real life? And why is the floor lava?



15th – 17th of February 2018 Light Up Poole

in Poole

As darkness falls, Light Up Poole will transform the town centre combining light art and digital installations with interactive activities in partnership with leading cultural organisations across the region.



8th to the 28th of February 2018 Harry Potter – A History of Magic

at Poole Central Library – Dolphin Centre

Working in partnership with the British Library, Poole Library is proud to host the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition.

On display from 8 January – 28 February at Poole Central Library, the exhibition will be capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, including potions and alchemy, divination and magical creatures.



Most Wednesdays from March to October 2018 Poole Speedway

at Poole Stadium

Poole Stadium is the home track of Poole Pirates, the speedway takes place most Wednesdays check out their website for more details. .



Every Tuesday from April to the end of September Dream Machine Bike Night

at Poole Quay

Every Tuesday night between April and September the “bikers” roll into town!

Bikers from all over the country come here to show off their beautiful machines, meet up with fellow enthusiasts and compete for “Bike of the night”.

The event starts at 6pm and is one of the UK’s premier biking events.

Poole Quay Dream Machines is a fully marshalled event, with a £1 entry charge per night. It is a self-funding event.



12th of May 2018 - Mini Steam on the Quay

at Poole Quay

A celebration of the sights, sounds and smells of the age of the steam. Mini steam on the quay will be returning to Poole Quay Saturday the 12th of May 2018.

It’s a wonderful day out for all the family!



25th of May 2018 - Bournemouth 7s Festival

at East Parley

Renowned as the Sporting Glastonbury, Bournemouth 7s has established a formidable reputation amongst sportspeople and festival-goers alike!



2nd to the 3rd of June 2018 - Poole Festival of Running

at Poole Park & Poole Quay

Take part in Poole’s biggest running event! The weekend includes five children’s races, a 5k charity race, flagship 10k road race and new Poole half marathon, along with family entertainment and live music.



8th to the 10th of June 2018 - Poole Harbour Boat Show

at Poole Quay

Join us down on Poole Quay for the South coasts biggest ever FREE boat show. Featuring more than 200 exhibitors and entertainment for all the family, including waterborne displays, tall ships, fireworks and live music.



15th to the 24th of June 2018 - Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival

at Bournemouth

Experience 10 days of mouth-watering, freshly prepared food and drink!



16th of June 2018 - Harry Paye Pirate Day

at Poole Quay

A day of pirate fun on Poole Quay. Activities include a fisherman’s regatta, live music, pirate procession and rowing races.



30th of June 2018 - Folk on the Quay

at Poole Quay

A free folk music festival in Poole with outdoor music stages and dancers in the streets overlooking Poole’s lovely Harbour.

With traditional folk dancing, cehilidhs on the Quay and lots more.



Friday nights from July through August Quay for my Car

at Poole Quay

Poole Quay hosts a unique, themed car event every Friday evening from July to August from 6pm – 9pm, putting a great selection of popular car marques in the spotlight.

Each week is themed so one week you may be checking out the open top sports cars whilst the next you could be admiring the Best of British

The event offers free entry onto the quayside for the car owners who fit the theme for that particular evening. With a stunning backdrop of the Quay and Poole Harbour it is the perfect location for owners to show off their vehicles.



13th to the 14th of July 2018 - British Beach Polo Championship

at Sandbanks Beach

Returning to Britain’s premier beach location, the event features top international players, celebrities and polo supporters with free viewing area for members of the public.



15th of July 2018 - Poole goes Vintage

at Poole Quay

A full day of vintage entertainment including live music, classic cars, dancing displays, fashion show and market.



Thursdays from the 26th of July to the end of August - Summer Breeze with Fireworks on the Quay

at Poole Quay

Live music, street entertainment, family activities and a fireworks finale at 10pm.

The event welcomes thousands of revellers who enjoy live music, a host of varied street entertainment, activities for all the family, special themed nights and a spectacular fireworks finale. Featuring a different line up each week and all for free!



25th of July to the 10th of August Brownsea Open Air Theatre

at Brownsea Island

Performances every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from the 25th of July through until the 10th of August.

Must see annual open air performance of classic Shakespear on the magical Brownsea Island.



27th to the 28th of July 2018 Beer and Bluegrass festival

at Branksome Park

World class music and beer festival featuring bands from the USA plus the chance to sample real ales, ciders and homecooked food



30th of August to the 2nd of September 2018 Bournemouth Air Festival

at Bournemouth Beach

Experience the UK`s biggest air festival!!

Award-winning and internationally renowned, the Bournemouth Air Festival has entertained more than 9.2 million people since 2008. Four days of amazing aircraft featuring the Red Arrows and many more over Poole Bay.



7th to the 10th of September 2018 Poole Blues Festival

at Poole

Poole’s Blues Festival a weekend of soulful music with bands across different Poole venues.



14th to the 23rd of September 2018 Inside Out Dorset

at Various locations in Poole

Explore the arts with extraordinary events in extraordinary places around Dorset.



29th of September to the 6th of October 2018 Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival

at Bournemouth

For the culturally curious! The festival is a rich mix of some of the best regional, national and international arts. Please visit the website artsbythesea.co.uk for a full event listing.



6th to the 7th of October 2018 Bournemouth Marathon

at Poole & Bournemouth Seafronts

Experience running as it should be with a weekend of children’s, half and full marathon races along the coast with the most.



11th to the 13th of October 2018 One World by the Sea Festival

at Poole & Bournemouth

Explore the influence of international culture and diversity on local cinema, music, dance, food and education with fringe events and venues across Bournemouth and Poole.



5th of November 2018 FREE November 5th Fireworks on the Quay

at Poole Quay

Join the free party on one of the biggest nights of the year from 5pm with live music, family entertainment, jugglers and fire performances throughout the evening.

Plus children`s rides, bouncy castles and workshops make the most of your November 5th.

The big firework extravaganza goes off at 8pm!



15th of November 2018 to the 5th of January 2019 Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

at Bournemouth

Europe`s first spectacular festival trail with Christmas trees from around the world.



15th of December 2018 to the 17th of February 2019 Cool Coast Ice Rink

at Bournemouth International Centre

Ice skating is back at Bournemouth International Centre this winter! Open rain or shine the Cool Coast Ice Rink is the south coast’s biggest indoor seasonal ice rink.

A fun all-weather activity - it’s perfect for kids and adults alike! Plus, with our handy pre-bookable skate mates, even little ones can have a go. We also have a separate kid’s area, away from the main rink, which is ideal for smaller children with adults.



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