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Christmas Wonderland Market 19 Nov 2017

Christmas Wonderland Market

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

Christmas Wonderland Market at Lighthouse, Poole.

Entry Adults £2.50 Children under 16 FREE
(Tickets will also be available on the door on the day of the event)
FREE - Write a letter to Santa
Professional Photo with Father Christmas
(Photos will be available to purchase)

Over 120 stands bearing seasonal goods to suit every pocket, from local and independent makers and producers who will be selling a tempting selection of unique presents, you will find an enormous variety of unique and interesting crafts, gifts and foods on offer, at superb prices, for your Christmas table, a wide range of cheeses, biscuits and chutneys, fudge, sauces, preserves, chestnuts and seasonal cakes, and so much more....

This event is a wonderful combination of all good things when it comes to Christmas shopping and the perfect way to begin your seasonal preparations and celebrations.

The children will have fun writing a letter full of Christmas wishes before meeting Father Christmas for photos and story time.

The “Christmas Wonderland Market“ promises to engage and excite visitors and shoppers alike. Sing along to Christmas carols while finding that special present. So come along to the Christmas Wonderland Market with family and friends for loads of festive fun.

Get Together for Alzheimer's 19 Nov 2017

Alzheimer Fun Run

Birchwood Tourist Park, Bere Road, Coldharbour, Wareham, BH20 7PA

Birchwood Tourist Park at Coldharbour, near Wareham  starts from 10am.

Great fun attracting lots of different participants from club runners to family walkers.

All the money raised goes to The Alzheimer’s  Society. , Entry is just £10 for adults, £5 for children or £25 for a family and sponorship forms are available for all entrants

For individual and family entry forms, sponsorship details or to donate contact Alex on 01929 553642, email getfitwithalex@yahoo.co.uk or visit www.getfitwithalex.co.uk.

Donations can also be made through www.justgiving.com/togetherforalzheimers2017


Reel Rock World Tour 19 Nov 2017

Lighthouse - Reel Rock

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

Reel Rock World Tour - Lighthouse Theatre

19.30 (doors and bar open an hour before)
Tickets: £12.75 (£11 concessions and for groups of six or more)

Get ready for climbing’s greatest stories and stars coming at you through the big screen!

The Reel Rock Film Tour is bringing an evening of heart-thumping action, big laughs and pure inspiration to the Lighthouse Theatre, Poole.

Back for its 12th season, the Tour will premier four new short films from the cutting edge of adventure. Join the world’s most ambitious young climbers on high-adrenaline expeditions in the most spectacular corners of the globe – all from the comfort of a cinema seat.

This is an inspirational evening of climbing and exploration with mind-blowing cinematography – and there are great prize giveaways too!

For more information and tickets, see www.reelrock.co.uk.

Booking and availability at Lighthouse


Things I Know to be True 21 - 25 Nov 2017

Lighthouse - Things I know to be True

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

A Frantic Assembly & State Theatre Company South Australia production by Andrew Bovell

7.45pm (Theatre) Lighthouse
Wednesday & Saturday matinee 2.30pm
Post Show Talk: Thursday 23 November
Captioned Performance: Saturday 25 November at 2.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Thursday 23 November at 7.45pm
Tickets: £20 (Weekdays & Wed Matinee), £24 (Weekend inc Sat Matinee – no concessions)
Discounts: U18s, Students, Seniors, Schools, ATL

As touching as it is funny and bold, Things I know to be True tells the story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parent's love and expectations.

Booking and availability

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


The Hidden History of the Battle of Britain 22 Nov 2017

Battle of Britain - Poole Libraries

Canford Cliffs Library, Western Road, Poole, BH13 7BN, Dorset

2-3pm Canford Cliffs Library

An illustrated talk by local expert, David Shead.

 All events are free but please book in advance to make sure of your place.

Call 01202 262449 or email libraries@poole.gov.uk

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 23 Nov 2017

Poole Librries - Christmas Carol

Canford Heath Library & Learning Centre, Mitchell Road, Poole , BH17 8UE, Dorset

Canford Heath Library- 2.30-3.30pm

Join us to discuss this Christmas classic ready for the festive season.

Borrow a copy from any library and come along with your thoughts and ideas. 

Santa's Christmas Grotto & Magical Light Garden 24 Nov - 26 Dec 2017

Upton Santas Christmas Grotto

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

Upton Country Park

Festive Christmas Grotto
24th November – 24th December Closed 27th November, 4th & 11th December
Daily 10am – 7pm Last admission 6pm

Our festive woodland grotto is back for 2017 with a new and improved look! Real wood cabins, interactive things for children and adults to get involved with, a children’s quality wrapped gift and photographs to take home on the day.

Pre-book your weekend tickets (December only) by calling 01202 261305 (9-5pm Mon-Sun) or come along on the day to purchase your tickets by card or cash at our Ticket office.

Magical Light Garden
Daily from 4-7pm (last admission 6.30pm)
Closed Mon 27th Nov, 4th & 11th Dec.

Our walled garden will be transformed for the festive season into a magical world of lights and laughter.   Follow the pathways, taking in our giant Christmas Tree, Interactive Igloo, mini northern lights display as well as our penguin frozen lake, magical fairy turrets and nativity scene.

Tickets available over the phone 01202 261305 (lines open 9-5 Mon-Sun) or on the day at the ticket office.

Further details and pricing at https://uptoncountrypark.com/christmas.

Upton House Magical Light Garden

Christmas at The Ark 25 Nov - 24 Dec 2017

Christmas at the Ark

The Ark, Poole Park, Poole, BH15 2SF, Dorset

Ho,ho,ho…Forget presents, tinsel and turkey. What could make Christmas more magical than a visit to see the elves and meeting Santa Claus, the man himself?

Come and experience the magic and sparkle of Christmas with fabulous festive fun for all the family at the award-winning Ark Poole Park this year.

Swapping snowy woods for picturesque Poole Park, the merry bunch will arrive with sacks of Christmas cheer - and a little mischief!

Experience an elf’s life at The Ark along with the magic and joy of split-level soft play, a real ice rink (perfect for a pre or post festive spin), ice cream kiosk and café serving a selection of delicious and freshly cooked meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks.

Meet Santa’s little helpers at the Elf Workshop and enjoy an experience that’s sure to get you in the festive mood:

Standard entrance fee applies for soft play and ice rink
Santa's Grotto is avialable top book 10.30 - 17.30- on 25th/26th November, 2nd/3rd, 9th/10th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December)

There is limited capacity so book early to avoid disapppointment.
Tickets can be booked by calling The Ark on 01202 717197
or emailing info@thearkpoolepark.co.uk

 Christmas at the Ark Poole Park

Poole Harbour Bird Boats Cruise & Visit to Brownsea 25 Nov 2017

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 :
Sat 13 Jan 18
Fri 16 Feb 18

Harbour cruises with Brownsea landing:
Sat 25 Nov 17
Sat 9 Dec
Sat 6 Jan
Sun 21 Jan
Sun 4 Feb 18

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


Seasonal Stories 25 Nov 2017

Poole Museum 2016

Poole Museum, 4 High Street, Poole, BH15 1BW, Dorset

11am - 3pm Free

Join us for some festive fun with our Christmas craft activity and story telling. 

Festive refreshments will be availble to purchase.