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Eco adventure camping 17 Apr - 3 Sep 2017

View across to Brownsea Island

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

National Trust Brownsea Island

Adult £20.00 Child  £10.00 per night.

Booking essential Call 01202 492161

For the first time since the Brownsea Island campsite opened 50 years ago, in 2017 the general public will have the opportunity to camp on Brownsea Island. This is an unique opportunity to experience nature and the beautiful tranquillity of Brownsea outside of usual opening hours.

Campers are welcome to kayak/sail/paddle across from the mainland straight to South Shore or you can come across on the boat service and walk to the campsite (20-30 mins).

Dates and availablility


Moonfleet Tallship Sailing Experience 29 Apr - 14 Jul 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

Lola's Little Lemurs & Ricky's Storytime 2 - 25 May 2017

Lolas Little Lemurs & Rickys Storytime

Lemur Landings, Tower Park, BH12 4NY, Dorset

Lemur Landings Soft Play

10.30-am - 11.15 am £5 including Admission

Lola's Little Lemurs
2nd May Crafty Fun Finger Painting Flowers
Bring your little lemurs along to get creative and make some flowers to take home
3rd May Musical Mayhem - Sounds with Straws
Great fun for tuneful tots!  Take a break from soft play and join in some musical mayhem - today we will make fantastic straw panpipes.
9th May - Crafty Fun - Monster Madness
Bring your little lemurs along and make some fun monsters to decorate your bedroom.
10th May - Messy Fun - Noah's Ark Plate Pictures
Make a painted paper plate version of Noah's Ark, full of all the animals you'd expect.
16th May - Make your own Fun Farm Friend
Using a variety of craft materials make some fun farm friends to take home.
17th May - Music Mayhem - Sequin Shakers
Join in some musical mayhem, make a sequin shaker to take home and beat and rhyme for sing-song time.
23rd May - Pasta Jewellery
Necklace, bracelet what will you make?

Rickys Story Time - hour long storytelling session with activities
4th May The Four Little Pigs
11th May A Box of Socks
18th May Cantankerous King Colin
25th May A Scarf and A Half

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Sea Music Exhbitions 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/



Eighty plays on 22 May 2017

Poole Library Alan Ayckbourn

Poole Central Library, Dolphin Centre, Poole, BH15 1QE, Dorset

7-8.30pm Poole Central Library Livestream

Alan Ayckbourn talks to Peter Kemp, Chief Fiction Reviewer for the Sunday Times about his inspriation, writing, and use of humour to explore human relationships.

Events are free unless stated but please book to ensure your place.

01202 262449

Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dream Machines (Bike Night on Poole Quay) 23 May 2017

Dream Machines Banner 2014

Poole Quay, Poole, BH15 1HJ, Dorset


Up to 2000 bike enthusiasts roar into town every Tuesday night from April until the end of September, turning Poole Quay into a fabulous bike show.  Join enthusiasts and spectators for a great atmosphere.

Poole Quay is closed off to all traffic except bikes, starts at 6pm.

PARKING: Please be aware that the Quay itself is generally a no parking area and closed especially for the event at 5:30pm.

Further information

Dream Machines Poole Tourism 2014

50 years of Brownsea Open Air Theatre 24 May 2017

Brownsea Open Air Theatre

Parkstone Library, Britannia Road, Parkstone , BH14 8AZ, Dorset

10.30 - 11.30am Parkstone Library

Hear about the experiences and challenges of bringing these acclaimed Shakespeare productions to life on Brownsea each year. 

Brownsea Open Air Theatre


Events are free unless stated but please book to ensure your place.

01202 262449

Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Gangsta Granny Live on Stage 24 - 28 May 2017

Lighthouse - Gangsta Granny

Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts, Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG, Dorset

7pm, Theatre, Lighthouse

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

From the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories comes the world premiere of this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children.

Tickets: £16.50 (Wednesday), £18.50 (Friday – Sunday), Family Ticket £52 (Wednesday), £60 (Friday – Sunday) Discounts: U18s, Seniors, Groups

Booking and availability

Tickets can be purchased at Poole Information Centre, Poole Museum, Lower High Street (no booking fee).

May half Term

Birdwatching Cruise with City Cruises 26 May 2017

City Cruises

Poole Quay, Poole, BH15 1HJ, Dorset

Poole Wildlife Watch

City Cruises Poole

Relax and enjoy an evening boat cruise from Poole Quay along Purbeck's beautiful World Heritage Coast, guided by the Durlston Country Park Rangers.

Geology, puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes and more.

Cruise departs 18.00 Poole Quay and 19.00 from Swanage Pier.

Sailing times vary and weather permitting.

£18 adults / £9 child.   Children under 5 travel free.   Book online and save 10%,

City Cruises Birdwatching Cruise

Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years 26 May 2017

Lighthouse - Simon & Garfunkle

Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts, Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG, Dorset

7.30pm Concert Hall, Lighthouse

This moving and powerful spectacular features incredible live performances, delightful audio visual footage of the original artistes and a superb string quartet telling the story of the duo who created the soundtrack to the Sixties: Mrs Robinson, The Sound of Silence, The Boxer, Bridge Over Troubled Water and more.

With touching narration from the Victoria Kingston book “Simon and Garfunkel – The Definitive Biography”.

Delivering delicate harmonies in a masterpiece of music.

Booking and availabiltiy

Tickets can be purchased through Poole Tourist Information Centre (in person), Poole Museum (no booking fee).