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What’s on in the next fortnight in and around Bournemouth?

What's on in Bournemouth

The Great Newsletter is the fortnightly guide to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole that showcases some of the best activities the area has to offer and some of the best places to go. Our experts will give the lowdown on where to eat, drink, shop, go out, where to take children, the must-see exhibitions, theatre performances, concerts, and film shows.


In our latest issue, we recommended the following places - with all the details - and activities to our subscribers:

222 GREAT PLACES IN DORSET

To those who have not yet heard about it, we are putting together a book about 222 great places in Dorset, and now you can view sample content, with a Bournemouth focus, here.

2 OUTDOOR THEATRE PLAYS

Shakespeare’s most popular historical play opens on Wednesday with the first of eight performances. But if you prefer something more light-hearted, Illyria promise a production full of laughs on Thursday, with the most magical cave you’ve ever seen.

DEER SAFARIS

In an oasis of native wildlife, a series of deer safaris will start running from this Sunday, giving the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the traditionally shy and elusive Red Deer and the rarer Fallow Deer.

IBIZA WATER PARTY

Set sail around Poole Harbour on Saturday and enjoy an exclusive daytime party cruise, with DJs on board who will bring you the classic Ibiza anthems. Also enjoy an onboard BBQ and cocktails.

SHEEP SHEARING

Kids will love to see shearing in real life as heavy wool fleeces are taken off the sheep. Fancy watching the shearer giving them a haircut? Starting on Monday.

2 SHOPPING EXPERIENCES

Somewhere to buy Poole Pottery and where to find an idyllic semi rural location which offers a huge range of arts and crafts with a mixture of traditional and contemporary.

2 NEW, GREAT PLACES

A (mini) golfing adventure is opening soon and will style itself on Bournemouth town of the 1700s with its sights, smells and smugglers. Also about to open its doors in the coming days is a seafood bar and restaurant offering fresh fish served in tapas style.

DOG-FRIENDLY AND AMAZON STAY

One of the popular boutique beach hotels in Bournemouth has recently dedicated a room to guests with dogs, offering a warm doggy bed and treats for your four-legged friend. Also, three beach huts in town have just been fitted with Amazon technology so you can try a ‘smart stay’ by issuing voice commands only.

MUSIC & FESTIVALS

Five music events and parties. In addition, Dorset’s longest-running community music festival is back this weekend and there will be live music every day at Summer Live, in the heart of Bournemouth. The great Beach Party with wavy attire and pink flamingos will return on Friday and for five days you will be able to enjoy top quality Bluegrass, Americana and Roots music acts from across the world in Poole.

SNOWBOARD IN THE SUMMER FOR LADIES

A ladies-only snowboarding session with professional female snowboard instructors will take place, starting on Thursday.

AND THE UK’S DOG SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS

For dogs that are happy on the water - the Dog Surfing Championships will take place on Sunday, and will definitely bring lots of fun not only to dog owners but spectators too.