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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.

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

Moonfleet Tallship Sailing Experience 29 Apr - 27 Aug 2017

Swanage Railway 2011

Swanage Railway, Station House, Swanage, BH19 1HB, Dorset

Enjoy a steam train ride and a two hour - Tallship cruise to Old Harry Rocks / Durlston Head & Anvil Point Lighthouse.

Here’s a real opportunity for both novice and sailor to try your hand at classic tall-ship sailing around Southern England’s stunning Jurassic coastline and the fascinating chalk downlands of The Isle of Purbeck.

For those keen to have a go, our crew will provide an opportunity to try most activities that can be fitted into the short voyage, from weighing anchor to hoisting the mainsail - and even taking the helm! Or alternatively If you don’t yet have the confidence to be hands on, you may sit back to watch and enjoy the ride!

Moonfleet has stepped access.

For further info or to book tickets visit Swanage Railway 

Per Person - Steam train and tallship sailing - Inclusive Ticket £36.00
Family Ticket (2+2) - Steam train and tallship sailing - Inclusive Ticket £132.00

Sea Music Exhibitions 13 May - 15 Oct 2017

Sea Music


‘Sea Music’ has been positioned on Poole Quay as a focal point for the last 25 years. Designed to evoke the sound and appearance of the cascading sea through interlocking rings and curves, with central vertical planes recalling the masts and sails of the ships, ‘Sea Music’ is an early example of Caro’s ‘sculpitecture’.

13 May -15 Oct Poole Museum
An exhibition of Anthony Caro’s ‘Concerto Series’. This series of works have never been exhibited in full before.

Concerto Series, Anthony Caro Floor 1, Poole Museum

This series is a lively and lyrical group of sculptures which reflect the joy Caro found in music. Pieces from the series have been previously exhibited in Venice and in New York, but this exhibition is the first time such a large group has ever been assembled in one exhibition.

13 May-15 Oct
100 Views of Sea Music, David Ward
Floor 2, Poole Museum
The distinctive form of Sea Music is visible from many vantage points around Poole Harbour. Over one year David Ward has captured it up close and from afar, prior to, during and after the extensive conservation work.

13 May – 15th Oct
Caro’s ‘Slow March’ sculpture will also be sited outside the museum.

13 May – 29tJuly Lighthouse
An exhibition of Sheila Girling’s paintings in The Lighthouse, Poole. Girling advised him on the colour of Sea Music and other important works by him.

To find out more please visit the Poole Museum website: http://poolemuseum.co.uk/plan-your-visit/seamusic/



Summer Beach Party 26 May - 3 Sep 2017

Paultons Park

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

Summer Beach Party Paultons 2017Experience plenty of singing, dancing and exciting games with the brand new characters: Bruce the Lifeguard, Shelly the Turtle and Manta the Ray. These will appear alongside our entertainments crew and our brand new beach buggy!

Please check show times on arrival or on our app.

Included in Park entry tickets and Season Tickets.


May half term

Tudor Adventure at Corfe Castle 8 Jul - 28 Aug 2017

Corfe Castle 2011

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle, BH20 5EZ, Dorset

10am - 5pm National Trust Corfe Castle

Take a step back in time to the late Tudor period (1572 to 1603), where a journey full of surprises awaits.

Seek out voyages of discovery, musical revolution, espionage and intrigue, a plot to install Mary Queen of Scots on the throne, playwrights and war.

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

Suitability: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Dogs on leads are welcome.
Accessibility: Please be aware that there are steps, steep slopes and uneven paths in the castle. There is wheelchair access to the outer bailey only.

Summer Kids Activities at Sandbanks Hotel 14 Jul - 3 Sep 2017

Sandbanks Hotel Summer Holidays 2017

Sandbanks Hotel, Banks Road, Poole, BH13 7PS


Sandbanks Hotel Summer Holidays 2017

Summer Entertainment at the Sandbanks Hotel between 14th July to 3rd September 2017.

This Summer, we have a fantastic schedule of activities from Make Your Own activities, Swash & Buckle Show, Superhero Cape Making, Dance Class, Disco to Family Quiz Night, and so much more.

Residents FREE and non-resident children are welcome at an additional fee.
CALL 01202 707377 TO BOOK.







Fascinating Faces Summer Trail 21 Jul - 31 Aug 2017

Fascinating Faces Summer Trail

Salisbury Cathedral, 6, The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EF, Wiltshire

There are so many fascinating faces both outside and inside Salisbury Cathedral. How many can you find as you walk around? Collect your trail inside the Cathedral and get detecting straight away!

Booking details:

Available each day except during services. All activities are child-friendly and suitable for ages 4-12 years. These are free drop-in sessions. Parents stay. All materials are provided.

Further information.

Become A Prehistoric Explorer 22 Jul - 3 Sep 2017

Become A Prehistoric Explorer

Dinosaur Museum, Icen Way, Dorchester, DT1 1EW, Dorset

Become A Prehistoric ExplorerThis summer join our prehistoric expedition!

We are on the hunt for dinosaur fossils and what we can discover from their remains. Hunt for clues and make your own discoveries with this fun quiz.

Dig in our excavation pit, smell the T-Rex breath and identify fascinating incites into the prehistoric word. 

Every quiz gets a free prize!


Living History 22 Jul - 3 Sep 2017

Beaulieu - Living History

Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, SO42 7ZN, Hampshire

 Living History at Beaulieu  11am -  6pm

Step back in time and explore over 800 years of history with special talks and tours taking place every day throughout the school holidays.

*Please note the historic motors will not be running on 4, 5, 6 & 7 August and 2 & 3 September.

Families can join our drop-in creative activities, inspired by the museum's Automotive Steampunk themed project, Keep CALM and STEAM Ahead.

Creative Fun
The activities will be available between 1 - 24 August, 11.00 - 3.00pm as follows:

Tuesdays - Design your own Steampunk caravan and build a 3D tunnel book of a famous Victorian caravan The Wanderer.
Wednesdays - Create a Steampunk-style poster inspired by the Shell Heritage Art Collection or create a flip book of a car to find out how vehicles are constructed.
Thursdays - Build a Steampunk inspired LEGO vehicle.

The activities are included in the price of your admission ticket to Beaulieu. Just drop-in and join in the exciting sessions taking place on the ground floor of the National Motor Museum.

Children's creations can be entered into a competition to win a range of prizes from Shell, Freedom to Go and the National Motor Museum, including one of four family tickets to the Beaulieu Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday 28 October 2017.


Save up to 30% at the Oceanarium this Summer Holiday! 22 Jul - 3 Sep 2017

Oceanarium Meet the creatures 2017

Oceanarium Meet the creatures 2017Whatever the weather, visit the Oceanarium this Summer and take advantage of our fantastic special offer!

Amazing savings of up to 30% off tickets are available when you book online and visit between Saturday 22nd July and Sunday 3rd September 2017.

Home to thousands of enchanting creatures, Bournemouth Oceanarium immerses you in a fun and engaging underwater adventure. Explore the waters of the world and share a laugh at our playful otter family, seek out our loggerhead turtles in the Great Barrier Reef and catch a glimpse of our cunning croc. Don’t forget to look out for our menacing piranhas, mesmerizing jellyfish, colourful clownfish and of course our unforgettable, incredibly cute colony of Humboldt penguins! 

Tickets allow unlimited same day entry so take advantage and watch the waters come alive with regular talks and feeds! Plus, take part in additional summer activities including daily craft sessions where you can enjoy activities such as puzzles, badge making and a variety of fun and interactive games. Join the ‘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*.

To complement your marine 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.

The Oceanarium is open daily from 10am, situated next to Bournemouth Pier.

Visit www.oceanarium.co.uk to purchase discounted tickets and for additional information regarding activities.

*creatures may subject to change and vary throughout the week.


Oceanarium opening hours:

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



Oceanarium, Pier Approach, West Beach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA.