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Live Music Evenings At Harbour Heights Hotel 1 Apr - 27 Oct 2017

Harbour Heights Live Music

Harbour Heights Hotel, Haven Road, BH13 7LW

Join us overlooking Poole Harbour for live vibes …

As the sun disappears behind Brownsea Island, we’re setting the mood with 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 we fill the air with fine music.

Piano & Vocals
We’ve scoured Dorset to bring you the finest pianists to serenade your romantic evening at Harbour Heights. Playing a range of smooth classical and modern tunes.

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Simon Woodley
April 1st | 8th | 15th | 16 | 29th
May 6th | 13th | 20th | 26th
June 10th | 17th | 24th
Plus every Saturday from July to October.

Hope Schachter
April 7th / May 5th & 19th / June 9th & 23rd / July 7th /August 4th /September 8th
October 13th 

Smooth Saxophone
We’re turning up the tempo on selected Friday & Saturday evenings with smooth and mellow saxophone vibes from some locally acclaimed jazz artists. Playing a range from traditional blues to modern soul.

Claire Manners
April 14th | May 12th | June 16th | July 21st | August 18th | September 22nd | October 27th 

Stephen Docherty
April 28th | June 3rd | July 14th | August 25th | September 1st | October 6th 

Ian Close
April 22nd | May 27th | June 2nd | July 28th 

Sarah Bolter
June 30th | August 11th | September 15th & 29th | October 20th

Our artists play live on selected dates from 7.30pm in the main lounge and restaurant area, entry is free.

To book a table in restaurant, call 01202 707 272

FJB Harbour Heights

Exile 18 Sep - 12 Nov 2017

EXILE Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy House & Gardens, Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EA, Dorset

Many National Trust places were home to, and shaped by, people who challenged conventional ideas of gender and sexuality. 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, we’re exploring the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) heritage of Kingston Lacy as part of the Prejudice and Pride programme. You can’t mention the history of Kingston Lacy without talking extensively about the influence of William John Bankes. A huge personality and visionary, William John created much of the house you see today.

William John, a traveller, collector and talented draughtsman with an eye for beauty, set about making dramatic changes to his home. Just seven years later he was caught with a soldier in ‘an indecent act.’ It was the second such incident and, at a time when intimate relationships between men could be punishable by death, William John had no choice but to leave the home he loved for exile in France and later Italy.

Between the 18 September and 12 November, EXILE will examine Bankes’ exile and his contribution to the house and its decoration from afar and also consider his extraordinary story within a broader context of intolerance and persecution of LGBTQ lives from Henry VIII to modern times. 

EXILE features three distinct installations, linked by a series of new interpretive panels.  As visitors enter the house, they will encounter ‘In Memoriam’, a tribute to the 51 men who were hanged under laws that criminalised same-sex acts during Bankes’ lifetime. It is a reminder of the brutality of the times and the context of his actions.

Further into the house, the second installation – ‘Displaced’ – uses projection and sound to make connections between Bankes’ story and the ongoing persecution of LGBTQ people, drawing on contemporary experiences of those forced to leave their homes in the UK and abroad.

The final installation – ‘Prejudice, Persecution, Pride’ – sets Bankes’ story within a global history that examines how the law has shaped – and continues to shape – LGBTQ lives. Facsimile copies of legal documents from the Parliamentary Archives will be exhibited alongside a timeline that reveals familiar and surprising stories of persecution and intolerance, liberation and equality.

The installation is part of the National Trust’s ‘Prejudice & Pride’ programme which is celebrating the stories of LGBTQ people at a number of its places and acknowledging the contributions they have made to history and society.

The rainbow flag will be flown at Kingston Lacy from 18 September, the day that William John Bankes went into exile, until 12 November.

The programme has been researched and developed by the University of Leicester’s Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) in collaboration with the National Trust and with support from Stonewall. 

Exile is in the house at Kingston Lacy from Monday 18 September to Sunday 12 November.  The house is open 11am – 5pm (last entry 4pm) until 29 October and 11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm) from 30 October - 12 November. Entry will be via timed entry tickets which can be booked through Kingston Lacy's What's On page or by phone on 0344 249 1895.  

Autumn Walks at Kingston Lacy 6 - 27 Oct 2017

Autumn at Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy House & Gardens, Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EA, Dorset

11.00 - 3.30pm 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct.

Join the Head Gardener for an excusive walk around the garden and parkland taking in the spectacular autumn colour.

After the walk, enjoy a warm lunch in the stables cafe where there will be a chance to ask questions and discover more about the garden and its stories.

£20 per person (includes lunch). Normal admission applies.

Lunch consists of soup, cake and a hot drink.

Booking essential.


Go Ape - Tree Top Adventures 6 Oct - 3 Nov 2017

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Go Ape, Moors Valley Country Park, Horton Road, Ringwood, BH24 2ET

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Save 20% on pre-booked adventures. Book before Friday, 20th October and save 20% off adventures between Monday - Friday from the 6th October – 3rd November.

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October Half Term 2017

Happy Halloween at Paultons Park 7 - 30 Oct 2017

Paultons Park Halloween 2017

Paultons Park, Ower, nr Romsey, The New Forest, SO51 6AL, Hampshire

Halloween and Half Term at Paultons Park

Spooky fun for all the family during October half term. Paultons transforms into a world of pumpkins, Little Monsters and spooky tunes! Come and visit us for a frightfully good time with all of our ghoulish friends. You never know what could be lurking around the corner…so keep your eyes peeled! Don’t miss the Little Monsters Ball, Freaky Fancy Dress competition and character meet and greets. 

Park Wide (7th - 30th October 2017).

At the Show Stage (21st - 30th October 2017)

At the Entrance, Show Street and Carousel Band Stand (21st - 30th October 2017)

Book tickets in advance to make savings.

Purbeck Film Festival 13 - 29 Oct 2017

Purbeck Film Festival 2016


From New Zealand to Sweden and from Japan to Brazil, 24 countries are represented in the festival. They provide a wonderfully enjoyable way of encountering the world and its variety of human experiences. From the light hearted (Dough) to the deadly serious (Eye in the Sky), from the female perspective (Aquarius), to the black experience (I am not your Negro), from the classic (La Strada) to the contemporary (My Life as a Courgette), the festival aims to satisfy as many desires as possible and as many issues as practical.

Visit the website for full programme details.

Half term & Halloween activities at Poole Libraries 18 - 28 Oct 2017

Poole Library Events General

Poole Libraries

Half Term October 2017

Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Events are free (unless stated) but booking advisable to make sure of a place.

Ozobot dance-off
Thurs 19 Oct 4.30-5.45pm & Sat 21 Oct 3-4.15pm Poole Central Library
Learn how to program the Ozobot mini robot and make it dance!  No experience necessary.
Ages 8-12.

Robotic Crafts
Sat 21 Oct, 11am-12noon, Poole Central Library
Make your own robot to celebrate EU Code week.   Ages 4-11.

Coding with Bee-Bot
Sat 21 Oct, 1.30-2.15pm, Poole Central Library
Help us to find all the book characters hiding in a seaside town with the help of Bee-bot, a colourful and easy-to-operate little robot.   Ages 3-7.

Junk Modelling
Mon 23 Oct, 10.30-11.30am Oakdale Library
Invent and create a work of art from everyday household items that you might throw away.

Collage Illustration Workshop
Mon 23 Oct, 10.30-11.30am Broadstone Library
Make your own collage with Susan Steggall, illustrator and author of Following the Tractor.   Ages 4-11.

Race to lose a tooth
Mon 23 Oct, 3-4.30pm Poole Central Library
Join us for toothbrush crafts and make your own paper race to lose a tooth game.   Ages 4-9.

Memonik – playing with closed eyes
Tues 24 Oct, 2-3pm & 3-4pm Poole Central Library
Learn this unique touch game which can be played by sighted and blind people.  It develops memory, attention and communication and is great fun.   Ages 5+

Meet the ‘Whatever Kids’
Wed 25 Oct, 10.30-11.30am Parkstone Library
Aurthor Caroline Hall and illustrator Alec Wills bring the characters to life.  Then learn how to draw your own colourful characters.   Ages 3-7.

Under the love umbrella storytime
Thur 26 Oct 10.00-10.45am Poole Central Library
Listen to a heart-warming story about love in families and enjoy themed crafts.  Ages 2-5.

Library Mini Golf
Thurs 26 Oct, 3.30-4.30pm, Poole Central Library
Golf at the library?   Oh yes!   Enjoy a fun afternoon.    Ages 8-12.

Creepy crafts for Halloween
Make skeletons, bats and witches’ hats, ice a cake and listen to spooky stories. Ages 4-11
Creekmoor Library – Wed 25 Oct 10.30-11.30am
Hamworthy Library - Thurs 26 Oct,11.30am-12.30pm
Poole Central Library – Fri 27 Oct 10-11am
Canford Cliffs Library - Fri 27 Oct – 10.30-11.30am
Canford Heath Library – Fri 27 Oct 11am-12noon
Branksome Library – Fri 27 Oct 11am-12.30pm
Rossmore Library - Fri 27 Oct 3.30-4.30pm

Spooky stories by fairylights
Fri 27 Oct, 5-5.45pm Poole Central Library

Off to Wonderland
Fri 27 Oct, 10.30am-12noon, Hamworthy Library
Fall down the rabbit hole and spot the Jabberwocky!  Crafts, stories, activities and an un-birthday tea party.   Ages -11.

Paint a Nest Box
Fri 27 Oct, 11am-12noon, Parkstone Library
Learn all about birds and their nests, then paint a wooden nest box to take home. £2 donation for materials.

Collage of Poole
Fri 27 Oct, 10.30-11.30am Broadstone Library
We are going collage crazy this half term. Help us make a big collage of Poole.

Smiley shells and seaside yoga
Sat 28 Oct, 10.30am-12pm Poole Central Library
Enjoy a special feel-good storytime with the Magic Mermaid, make your own smiley shells and try sea-themed yoga.   Smiles guaranteed.   Ages 4-10.

T 01202 262449.  Email libraries@pooletov.uk
For a list of Poole Library locations visit www.poole.gov.uk/libraries 

Family red squirrel walks 21 - 29 Oct 2017

Red Squirrel Homepage

Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Poole, BH13 7EE, Dorset

 11.30am & 2pm.

On this guided adventure you will find out how to spot red squirrels, learn how they bury their food and see if you can remember where you put your secret supply of chestnuts. How many rare red squirrels will you spot?

Brownsea Island red squirrels.

Normal NT admission and boat fares apply.

October Half Term

Poole Wildlife Watch

HALF PRICE: October Half Term Coasteering at Lulworth 21 - 29 Oct 2017

Lulworth half term coasteering Oct 17

Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre, Main Road, West Lulworth, BH20 5RQ

Lulworth half term coasteering Oct 17This October half term, join the adventure specialists at Lulworth Outdoors for an awesome sea-based adventure – coasteering.

During these family-friendly, three-hour sessions you will jump, swim, climb and traverse through millions of years of earth’s history. It’s a fully immersive, Jurassic experience for adults and kids alike and one that you’ll remember for a long time to come. (Don’t worry, the water is still warm at this time of year – but you will be given a wetsuit and all equipment!).

Dates:   21st-29th October

Times:   9.30-12.30 and 1.30-4.30

Price:     Adults £25; Children (8-16yrs) £17

Contact: 01929 400155 or outdoors@lulworth.com to find out more, book and details of what to bring. Or visit www.lulworthoutdoors.com to explore!

Half Term & Halloween at the Oceanarium 21 - 29 Oct 2017

Oceanarium - Half Term Oct 2017

Oceanarium, Pier Approach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA, Dorset

Trick or treat yourself to a trip to the Oceanarium this half term and make savings of up to 25% off main gate prices. See some of the world’s spookiest sea creatures including fearsome piranhas, a creepy croc and eerie eels!

From Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October additional spook-tacular family friendly activities will be hosted for all the family to enjoy including:

MEET THE CREEPY CREATURES – Face your fears at our ‘meet the creature’ sessions where you can get up close and personal with creatures such as a royal python, our very own tarantula, giant millipedes, a Halloween crab and leopard geckos (Creatures are subject to change).

PHOTO COMPETITION – Take a photo of what you think is the weirdest or most wonderful creature at the Oceanarium and tag it on Instagram using @oceanariumbournemouth or post it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/oceanarium for the chance to win a goody bag of prizes.

Take part in our TRICK OR TREAT QUIZ TRAIL- Follow all the clues to discover some of our most ghoulish creatures!

Watch our waters come alive in our DAILY FEEDS & PRESENTATIONS - including sharks, penguins and otters – why not see them all – tickets are valid all day!

And don’t forget to book in advance online at www.oceanarium.co.uk where you can make great savings of up to 25%. Activities are subject to availability and may change without prior notice.

To complement your fang-tastic adventure, grab a bite to eat in the Offshore Café or Bay View Terrace and visit The Cove Shop, where you can purchase unique gifts and souvenirs.

Oceanarium opening hours:
Open daily from 10am. Last admission is at 5pm, closing time at 6pm.

 *Price quoted based on adult tickets.