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Dream Machines (Bike Night on Poole Quay) 27 Jun 2017

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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

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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 every Friday and Saturday…

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 - 14 Jul 2017

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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 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/



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

Eco adventure camping 5 Jun - 21 Jul 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).

Term times weekdays only.

Dates and availablility


Lola's Little Lemurs & Ricky's Storytime 6 - 29 Jun 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
6th June - Sea Shell and Sequin Seascapes - make  your very own seascape.
7th June - Messy Fun Colourful Monkies - design and paint your own Lemur!
13th June - Poetry Fun - make some art with poetry
14th June - Musical Mayhem Crocodile Castanets - make some music with crocodile castanets
20th June - Messy Fun Arty Hand & Feet - create your own handprint to decorate your home
21st June - Sock Puppet Friends - design and make sock puppets to take home

Rickys Story Time - hour long storytelling session with activities
8th June - A Gold star for George
15th June - Bibble and the Bubbles
22nd June - Tamara Small and the Monsters Ball
29th June - I wish I had been born a unicorn

 For more details




Plant Portrait Photography Workshop 28 Jun 2017

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Upton House & Upton Country Park, Upton Country Park, Upton, Poole, BH17 7BJ, Dorset

9:30am - 4pm

£45 per adult

Upton Country Park has teamed up with some expert locally-based photographers to host regular Photography Masterclasses and Workshops during 2017.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to get to know a little more about what your camera is capable of, meet some new people and experience the Country Park from a different perspective? We’re sure these one day workshops will help and develop your skills. £45 per adult (over 16's only) includes refreshments, including a buffet lunch and tea.

Today's workshop (Plant Portrait Photography) is led by Louise Jolley; your locations - Upton House, the Walled Garden and borders.

You will need a camera capable of full manual (digital SLR) with at least one lens.   A lens cloth & tripod, notebook and pen.

To secure your place please call 01202 262753 or email uptoncountrypark@poole.gov.uk today!


Bring on the Bollywood 29 Jun - 1 Jul 2017

Lighthouse - Bollywood

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

 Lighthouse 7.45pm

Bring on the Bollywood Phizzical Productions Ltd

A romantic musical comedy with a fantastic soundtrack and high energy dance that will fizz and whizz its way into your heart. Katrina Pawar, a British Asian woman is our headstrong heroine who returns to her ancestral home in the foothills of the Himalayas for her younger brother, Lucky’s wedding, but her meddling mother is also determined to find her a husband. Potential suitors appear in the shape of the dashing Bollywood actor, Amit and his newly eligible cousin Ronny, a withdrawn young man. So what could possibly go wrong?

Booking and availability

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


New Spain Wine Dinner 29 Jun 2017

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Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Thames Street, Poole, BH15 1JN

£44 per person, including arrival drink and three course dinner paired with six fantastic wines.

Join us when we discover the “New Spain” and visit some of the country’s newest and most exciting wine regions and grape varieties. During the evening we will experience wines from areas of Spain such as Jumilla, Mallorca, Bierzo, Somontano, Rueda and The Basque Country, with explanation on the wines from Nigel Wilkinson MS of Boutinot Wines.

To book or call the events team on 01305 819027 or email events.poole@hotelduvin.com for more details.