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Stir up Sunday 26 Nov 2017

Stir Up Sunday

Kingston Lacy House & Gardens, Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EA, Dorset

11am - 3pm

Come along to enjoy the Stir-up Sunday tradition of making a Christmas pudding.     Discover the traditions behind the pudding and take a turn to stir the pudding mix and make a wish before taking home your very own mini Christmas pudding.

Do you have fond memories of being in the kitchen with Mum and gathering the currants, sultanas, cinnamon, sherry and other delights together and stirring them all up in a huge bowl. Perhaps you even mixed some coins in, and hoped to find one on Christmas Day.

Experience a tradition going back to Victorian Days. 

£2.50 per pudding.  Normal admission applies.



Christmas Joy 27 Nov - 31 Dec 2017

Christmas Joy - Hotel du Vin

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

Celebrate the festive season with great food and wine. Enjoy parties with style or celebrate a special day with family, friends or colleagues in our atmospheric bistros and unique private dining rooms.

From corporate Christmas events,  to a family Christmas Day or Boxing Day Lunch, festive afternoon teas or an entertaining New year's Eve - we've got it all covered.

Our superb array of festive menus offer traditional favourites to bistro delights inspired by seasonal ingredients, all prepared and served by our attentive and knowledgable team.

Christmas Afternoon Tea - Treat your loved ones to a festive afternoon of tasty mini savouries, warm scones oozing with cream and jam and exquisite little cakes and desserts for £22.50 per person.

The full Christmas Package - for a truly memorable Christmas take a two day stay over Christmas, comfortable in the knowledge that everything is taken care of.   For two people, including two nights accommodation, full breakfast on your first morning, Christmas Day Lunch, Boxing Day Lunch, and a £35 per person food allowance on the first evening with a glass of mulled wine £576 per room.

Take a decadent four course lunch on New Years Day including our lavish French market table £26.95 per person.

Start the New Year off in style with the New Year's Eve Package -  with a glass of champagne and four course dinner, dancing and live music and then retire to your sumptous guest room for the night £420 per room.

Make a night of it  - when your'e booking your party ask for details of preferential overnight accommodation rates in one of our guest rooms.

For full details of what's available throughout the festive season, including menus and pricing, or to book please visit Hotel du Vin Christmas Joy. 

Christmas 2018

Dear Santa Christmas crafts & letters at Poole Museum 30 Nov - 16 Dec 2017

Poole Museum Dear Santa 2017

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

Poole Museum Dear Santa 2017Thursday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm
Thurs 30 Nov – Sat 16 December


Join us in the third floor family area of Poole Museum for a range of free Christmas craft activities:

All activities are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Free Christmas parking & late night shopping in Poole 30 Nov - 24 Dec 2017

Free Christmas Parking


Pick up the perfect gift and make use of FREE Christmas Parking in Poole Town Centre Car Parks:

Free Christmas Parking

District Car Parks (Broadstone, Ashley Road, Penn Hill, Ashley Cross and Canford Cliffs)Free between noon and 6pm on three Saturdays before Christmas 9 Dec, 16 Dec and 23 Dec.

Park and ride
Will be available on the four Saturdays before Christmas on 2 Dec, 9 Dec, 16 Dec and 23 Dec.
For details of Christmas Park & Ride visit poole.gov.uk.

Poole's Christmas Extravaganza 30 Nov - 3 Dec 2017

Poole Bid Christmas Extravaganza 2017


Join in with Poole's four day Christmas Extravaganza Thursday 30 November – Sunday 3 December in Falkland Square and Poole Quay, brought to you by Poole BID.  

With a Christmas tree light switch on, laser projection shows, water fountain laser shows, live music performances, children's entertainers, two day Poole Quay Christmas Market plus Santa procession from Poole Quay to Falkland Square on Sunday 3 December, there's plenty of seasonal cheer to keep the family entertained this Christmas in Poole. 

Pooles Christmas Extravaganza 2017Thursday 30 November

Friday 1 December

 Saturday 2 December

Sunday 3 December

Throughout December

Free parking is available on Thursdays (6pm – 9pm) and Sundays (10am – 6pm) from the 30 November.

NB event listings correct at time of publication.  For updates check Poole Bid Facebook & Twitter accounts.

Shop & Sip with the Dolphin Shopping Centre 30 Nov 2017

Dolphin Shopping Centre Shop & Sip

Dolphin Shopping Centre, Poole, BH15 1SZ, Dorset

Dolphin Shopping Centre Shop & SipIt’s never too early to start your Christmas shopping and with a little incentive thrown in, it’s even more appealing!
Come down to the Dolphin Shopping Centre on 30 November and enjoy late night shopping between 5:30pm – 9pm.
Spend £25 or more with the Dolphin and pick up a FREE mulled wine and mince pie from the pop-up après ski bar located just outside of Boots.
Happy Christmas Shopping!
*Please note this offer is only redeemable with a valid receipt. Challenge 25 will be adhered to throughout the event, failure to produce proof of ID if requested will result in refusal of service.

Christmas at Poole Libraries... for Children 1 - 23 Dec 2017

Whats on Poole Libraries

Poole Libraries

Christmas at Poole Libraries…. For children

Christmas Mini-Challenge
Read 3 books and try our lucky book dip to see if you can complete the challenge over the Christmas holidays - you never know, you may discover a new favourite author! 

Christmas Tree Decoration Competition – Canford Heath Library
Friday 1 to Fri 22 December – Design and make a Christmas tree decoration and win a prize.

Paper Chains for Christmas Ages 4-11
Hamworthy Library –Thurs  7 December 3.30 – 4.30pm.
Make and decorate paper chains for our library.

Christmas Crafts
Festival Christmas creations, charming paper baubles, cards and decorations to take home, or to help us decorate our tree.
Rossmore Library - Thurs 14 Dec 3.30-4.30pm
Branksome Library – Sat 16 Dec 10.30-12 noon
Parkstone Library – Tues 19 Dec 11am-12noon
Oakdale Library – Tues 19 Dec 10.30-11.30am
Canford Cliffs Library – Wed 20 Dec 10.30-1130am
Creekmoor Library – Wed 20 Dec 10.30-11.30am
Hamworthy Library – Thur 21 Dec 11.30am-12.30pm

Christmas Rhymetimes and Storytimes
In all libraries between 11 and 23 December.   Ask in your local library for details.

Become a snowman!
Poole Central Library – Sat 16 Dec 11am-12noon
Have your photograph taken by a librarian and decorate it to become a snowman!

Vegetable Glue Ages 4-11
Canford Heath Library – Mon 18 Dec 2.30-3.30pm
Learn about healthy eating with a story and try some fruit and vegetables, with the team from Branksome Tesco.

Decorate Christmas Biscuits
Canford Heath Library – 2.30-3,30pm

Twas the night before Christmas – storytime
Parkstone Library – Sat 23 Dec 11am-11.30am

Get Ready for the New Year!
Broadstone Library – Fri 29 Dec 10.30-11.30am
Poole Central Library – Sat 30 Dec 11am – 12noon
Special crafts to finish 2017 and welcome the New Year.

All events are free but please book in advance to make sure of your place.
Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact us T 01202 262449, email libraries@poole.gov.uk or visit www.poole.gov.uk/libraries.




Christmas House Kingston Lacy 1 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018

National Trust - Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy House & Gardens, Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EA, Dorset

Free but normal admission applies

Celebrate old traditions and create new memories in the sumptuously decorated house at Kingston Lacy this Christmas. Tickets to visit the house at Kingston Lacy are very popular, please pre-book to avoid disappointment.

Both members and non-members must have a timed house ticket to enter the house.

Please pre-book your tickets at least 24 hours before the day you wish to visit. Entry to the house is in 15 minute time slots and you can access anytime within your designated slot.

The house is open daily from 11am. Last admission to the house is at 3.15 - 3.30pm Monday - Thursday and at 5.45 - 6pm Friday - Sunday when the property is open late.

Booking essential or Call 0344 2491895 Please print out and bring your timed ticket with you.

Excluding 25th December.

Please no stiletto heels. Large bags and pushchairs can be stored in the buggy park and locker store located at the side of the house.

Visitors wishing to view the Christmas rooms open on the State floor of the house will need to climb a flight of stairs. The ground floor of the house is accessible for wheelchair users.

During our Christmas offer the following rooms are open in the house: Entrance hall, Saloon, Spanish room, Dining room, Butler's pantry, Exhibition room and Servant's hall.


Christmas Party Nights by the sea at Branksome Beach 1 - 15 Dec 2017

Branksome Beach Christmas 2017

Branksome Beach Restaurant, Pinecliff Road, Branksome Chine, BH13 6LP

Branksome Beach Christmas 2017 

Celebrate Christmas by the sea at Branksome Beach

Christmas Party Nights

1st, 8th & 15th December  

£30 per person

3 course dinner with coffee, disco and FREE car parking

See the menu

Both large and intimate groups welcome with the option of exclusive hire  
alternative dates available

To book please get in touch enquiries@branksomebeach.co.uk
01202 767235


Santa Claus at Kingston Lacy 1 - 24 Dec 2017

Santa at Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy House & Gardens, Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EA, Dorset

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 1-17 December and Sat & Sun 23-24th Dec.

Meet Santa Claus at Kingston Lacy; tell him your Christmas wishes to add an extra bit of magic to the festive season.

£5 per child (0 -12 years old), includes a gift from Santa. Pre-booking is essential on 0344 2491895 or book online.

If you would like to visit Kingston Lacy house during your visit we recommend that you book your timed house entry ticket in advance in order to avoid disappointment on the day.

Normal NT admission applies.

Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.