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Winter Paddling 1 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018

New Forest Activities - Winter Paddling

New Forest Activities, The Old Forge, High Street, Beaulieu, SO42 7YA

Choose between single seater kayaks or 2/3 seater canoes for a full two hour guided tour out on the water. The Beaulieu River offers up some stunning sites throughout the Winter providing lots of fun despite the season.

Price: £18 per person   Duration: 2 hours

Availability: See our website for available dates https://www.newforestactivities.co.uk/activities/winter-paddle/

Session times:
10:00 - 12:00
13:30 - 15:30




Harry Potter - A History of Magic 8 Jan - 28 Feb 2018

Harry Potter The History of Magic

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

Have you ever wanted to delve into Divination, ponder the peculiarities of Potions and discover magical creatures? Now you can.

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.

Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet 24 - 28 Jan 2018

Lighthouse - Giselle

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

Lighthouse Poole

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.

Booking and availability

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.

Booking and Availability

Tickets £25 to £37.50 (evenings) £22 to £32 (matinees).   Children half price when bought with an adult ticket (up to 4 per adult ticket).   Concessions available.

Prices quoted are for tickets booked in person at the Ticket Office.   Tickets booked via telephone or online are subject to a booking fee of up to £1.75.   Tickets can be purchased at Poole Tourist Information Centre, Poole Museum (no booking fee).

Ride 27 Jan 2018

Lighthouse Ride

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

Junior Jones in association with Doppelganger Productions RIDE! By John Foster

8pm (Sherling Studio)
Tickets: £12 Discounts: U18s, Seniors, Students, ATL, Live For 5

With a 41% increase in hate crime post-Brexit, nominee for Best New Play in the Off The West End awards 2018 (The Offies) and BAFTA winning writer John Foster, presents a harrowing play entitled RIDE! at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts on 27 January.

Based on a true story, Foster’s play is about racism and highlights the 1998 incident in which the African-American James Bird Jr was taken by three members of the Ku Klux Klan and murdered.

The play details the horrific and harrowing journey experienced by James Bird Jr whilst in the presence of the three white supremacists. Directed by Charmaine K Parkin, Foster draws on the racist messages communicated before the Brexit campaign and draws parallels with the political rhetoric communicated in Texas at that time and currently by Donald Trump.

Foster’s fictional depiction of the incident inspired director Charmaine K Parking to enhance the harrowing scenes, leaving audience members feeling shocked and stunned by the method of murder used by the perpetrators.

With the increase of hate crime experienced in England during this period, John Foster and Charmaine K Parking highlight the outcome in the US and pose the question of what will happen to minority groups in the UK post-Brexit.

Tickets & information 01202 280000

Booking Fees: Prices quoted are for tickets booked in person at the Ticket Office. Tickets booked by telephone or online are subject to a booking fee of up to £1.75 per ticket

Holocaust Memorial Day 28 Jan 2018

Holocaust Memorial Day at BIC

Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth

People from across Bournemouth and Poole will remember the atrocities of the Holocaust and other genocides at a Holocaust Memorial Day event at the BIC on Sunday 28th January 2018.
On Sunday 28th January hundreds will gather at the BIC to mark the national Holocaust Memorial Day. Organised by the Bournemouth and Poole Holocaust Memorial Day Committee the annual event will remember all those who were killed or persecuted during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The free event will take place at the BIC between 14:00 – 15.45 pm and include testimony from a daughter of a Holocaust survivor and a Syrian refugee.
To commemorate all who died, candles will be lit by representatives who reflect the cultural diversity in the community. Symbolising the millions murdered in the Holocaust and other genocides, they will be lit by members of the Jewish, Muslim, Romany, Black, Minority Ethnic and LGBT communities. Tributes will also be paid to the victims of genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Darfur along with the millions affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria.
The main speaker at the 2018 event will be Bilha Weider, she will talk about her mother, Lily Ebert and how she held on to her family pendant through her deportation and journey through Auschwitz. The other speaker is a young Syrian man who was born and lived in Damascus with his young family until the Syrian Civil War forced him to leave. He was an English teacher at home and is now a refugee working as a carer.
The power of words is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018. Talks will discuss how words can make a difference – both for good and evil. Visitors are also encouraged to bring a pebble to the service. An artist will be creating a piece of commemorative art with all the pebbles that are collected on the day.
For more information or to register your attendance, please visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/holocaust-memorial-day-2018-tickets-40708217374?aff=eac2 

If you do not have access to the Internet, you are still more than welcome to attend. You will, however, need to register yourself on arrival at the registration desk.

Andy Kirkpatrick - Psycovertical 2 Feb 2018

Andy Kirkpatrick - Lighthouse

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

7.45 Lighthouse Poole

Top British mountaineer, climber and winter specialist, Andy has soloed the most difficult routes in the world. A leading expert on climbing gear, Andy is also an award-winning writer with an ability to captivate with his unique brand of humorous and motivational story-telling

In his brand new show, Psychovertical: A Higher Education, Andy looks back at forty years of climbing and adventures through a story of all the things that make life amazing.

Booking and availability

Adult £17.75, Senior Citizen £15.74, Under 18 £14,

Please note there is a booking fee for booking on line or by telephone.


A country Night in Nashville 3 Feb 2018

Lighthouse - Night in Nashville

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

7.30 pm Lighthouse Poole

Prepare to be transported on a musical journey through the history of Country, featuring songs from its biggest stars both past and present. Hits from Johnny Cash to Alan Jackson, Dolly to the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson to Little Big Town, are showcased by the amazing vocals of Dominic Halpin, Shelly Quarmby and their fabulous backing band, the Hurricanes.

With songs including Ring Of Fire, Crazy, Follow Your Arrow, It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, Need you Now, 9-5, and The Gambler to name just a few, this incredible celebration of country music is a night not to be missed.

Booking, availablility & ticket prices.

Please note tickets booked on line or by phone are subject to a booking fee.

Don't Dribble on my Dragon 3 Feb 2018

Lighthouse - Dont dribble on my Dragon

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

2.30 Lighthouse Poole

My brother has a dragon and he keeps it secretly
Within a box beneath his socks. He’s hiding it from me…

Tom is a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret dragon… and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop! When Tom's endless drooling threatens to tear the brothers' friendship apart can their dragon's amazing magic help them put it back together again or will it only end up making things worse?

Based on the fabulous new book by Steven Lee and with magic designed by the legendary Paul Daniels, this spectacular musical adventure about growing up and the importance of family is the perfect feel good show for big hearted adults and loving little ones alike.

As an extra treat, Steven will be available to sign copies of Don’t Dribble On The Dragon which you can bring with you or buy in the theatre after the show.

For adults and kids of all ages. (not recommended for under 2 years)
Running Time; Approx 60 minutes

Booking, prices & availability


Poole Harbour Bird Boats Cruise & Visit to Brownsea 4 Feb 2018

Bird Boats

Poole Quay, Poole, BH15 1HJ, Dorset

Poole Wildlife Watch

10am - 2pm

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.

Please note that not all of the cruises land on Brownsea, see notes below for dates.

Bird boat cruise only £17 adult, £7.50 child

Bird boat cruise with Brownsea landing £22 adult, £10 child

Harbour only cruises :

Fri 16 Feb 18

Harbour cruises with Brownsea landing:

Sun 4 Feb 18

Adult £22, Child £10.  Booking essential T: 01202 707744.  Availability


Chinese Buffet 10 Feb 2018

Chinese Buffet Riviera

Riviera Hotel, Burnaby Road, Alum Chine, Bournemouth, BH4 8JF

Chinese Buffet Night

To thank you for your custom and to celebrate the forthcoming Chinese New Year, we will again be hosting our popular Chinese Night!!

Chinese one course buffet, bar promos & disco until midnight. All this for just £14.95pp.

Call us on 01202 763653 to book.

Minimum party size of 10 people, must be paid for 10 days in advance.