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RNLI College Christmas Market 3 Dec 2017

RNLI Christmas Market

RNLI Lifeboat College, West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ, Dorset

RNLI Christmas Market 11-4pm

​Get in the festive spirit at our Christmas Market. Father Christmas : Kids Workshops : Local Produce and Crafts : Festive Food : Live Music.

Admission and parking FREE.

 RNLI College


Step back in Time at Christmas 3 Dec 2017

Poole Museum step back in time Christmas

Scaplen's Court, 4 High Street, Poole, BH15 1BW, Dorset

Poole Museum step back in time ChristmasSunday 3 December, 12 – 3pm


Step inside Scaplen’s Court to soak up the festive atmosphere of days gone by. Explore the building and enjoy some historical Christmas crafts. Refreshments available to purchase.

Christmas at Poole Libraries... for Adults 4 - 19 Dec 2017

Whats on Poole Libraries

Poole Libraries

Christmas in Poole Libraries….. for adults

Making Wool Robins
Broadstone Library Tue 5 Dec 2-3.30pm
Try a crafty new skill with the Scrapstore as they teach you how to make wool robins ready for Christmas.   Suggested donation £2 for materials.

Decorate Christmas cupcakes
Creekmoor Library Wed 6 Dec 10.30-11.30am
Create fabulous swirls and toppings for your cakes.   Take your cupcake creation home.   Suggested donation of £1.

Christmas Board Games
Parkstone Library, Mon 4 – Sat 16 Dec
What is your favourite Christmas game?   Does your family have a board game to get everyone round the table?   Lend us your game to display in our cabinet.

Christmas Food Quiz
Canford Heath Library Mon 11 0 Sat 16 Dec
Win yourself a mince pie and coffee

Christmas Coffee & Quiz
Creekmoor Library Fri 15 Dec 10.30 – 12noon
Festive fun with our monthly quiz with the return of the popular charades round!!

Christmas Jumper Day
Hamworthy Library Fri 15 Dec 10am-12noon
Dig out your Christmas jumper and join us for tea/coffee, mince pies and homemade delights.

Festive Songs
Rossmore Library Sat 16 Dec 11am-12noon
Join us for mince pies and coffee and be serenaded by the Citrus Singers.

Share kindness at the library
Poole Central Library Mon 18 Dec 2-3pm
Help us to spread some random acts of kindness!   Write a note, share a poem or quote, or draw a happy picture, and place it inside a library book for someone else to discover.

Christmas Coffee Mornings
Rossmore Library Mon 18 Dec 10.30am-12noon
Branksome Library Tues 19 Dec 10.30am-12noon
Coffee, mince pies and a last chance to relax before the big day!

Breathless Carol Singing
Hamworthy Library, Fri 22 Dec 2pm start
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. So join us for a special Christmas carol concert brought to you by Breathless Singing & Co.

All events are free (or small donation) but please book in advance to make sure of your place.

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



Christmas with the Rat Pack 8 Dec 2017

Lighthouse - Rat Pack

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

7.30 pm Lighthouse
Tickets £29.50 - £21.50

Christmas with the Rat Pack is still the coolest party in town so beat the winter blues with Frank, Sammy and Dean.

Drift back in time to the glamorous, glitzy nights of Vegas in the company of three of the world’s most popular entertainers and experience Frank, Sammy and Dean performing at the famous Sands hotel with the fabulous Burrelli Sisters and The Rat Pack Big Band.

Hit follows hit including pack favourites The Lady is a Tramp, Mr Bojangles, That’s Amore, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, What Kind of fool Am I, Volare and seasonal classics including: Baby it’s Cold Outside, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland & Auld Lang Syne.

If you wish you’d swung with the hardest partying pack in town, now’s your chance!

Booking and availabilty

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 per ticket.   Tickets can be purchased at Poole Tourist Information Centre, Poole Museum (no booking fee).

Cinderella Pantomime 8 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018

Cinderella Lighthouse 2017

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


Cinderella Lighthouse 2017

Starring Ethan Lawrence (Bad Education), Lucy Kay (Britain's Got Talent), Richard Gibson (Herr Flick from 'Allo, 'Allo) and Miles Western ... and featuring real ponies.

Cinderella is meeting the Prince at the Royal Ball but her cruel Ugly Sisters tear up her ticket. Baron Hardup and the loveable Buttons try to stop her tears but only the magical powers of her Fairy Godmother can get her to the Palace in a golden coach pulled by real ponies. However, she must leave close to midnight or her beautiful dress will turn to rags

A pantomime full of knockabout laughter, spectacle, audience participation and the unexpected! From the makers of last year's inspired Aladdin.

Written and directed by Peter Duncan.



Christmas Canoe Paddle 9 Dec 2017

Christmas Canoe Paddle - New Forest Activities

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

14.00 - 15.30

Come and join us for a festive paddle on the Beaulieu River this Christmas.   Spend 90 minutes exploring the stunning river as part of your guided tour whilst keeping an eye out for Santa along the way.

Your children's Christmas will be made extra special with gifts from Santa, hand picked by Santa's elves!

Dress warmly. Mulled wine, hot drinks and mince pies to enjoy on arrival

Adult £22 Child £17 Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £68.

Book your place on line or alternatively call 01590 612377 for more information.

Other dates available

16th Dec 10.00 - 11.30
22nd Dec 14.00 - 15.30
23rd Dec 14.00 -15.30



Meet the Reindeer Weekend 9 - 10 Dec 2017

Upton Country Park - Meet the Reindeer

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

11-4pm Upton Country Park - near the tea rooms.

No charge just come along and say hello.

Meet some real reindeers who've flown across all the way from Lapland for the weekend.   Listen to all the fun facts and stories they can share with you and have a photo on the sleigh with a wonderful snowy owl as well!


Poole Harbour Bird Boats Cruise & Visit to Brownsea 9 Dec 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 9 Dec
Sat 6 Jan
Sun 21 Jan
Sun 4 Feb 18

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


Sail With Santa Cruises - meet Santa! 9 - 24 Dec 2017

Sail With Santa City Cruises

City Cruises Poole, The Quay, Poole , BH15 1HJ

Ho,Ho, Ho! Santa’s here! Ho, Ho, Ho! Come sail with me!

Cruise Days
9th, 10th & 16th-24th (Sailing Times 11.00, 13.00, 15.00)
Late Afternoon Sailing
16th, 23rd, 24th December - Sailing Time 17.00

Santa has swapped his sleigh for a boat so bring your children or grandchildren and join in the festive spirit of Christmas, cruising with Santa Claus around Poole Harbour.

Departing from Poole Quay and sailing for approximately one hour and 15 minutes, this trip will take you past Brownsea Island. 

Enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie while you are listening to Christmas carols playing in the background. Kids will be able to enjoy a 30 minute magic show and balloon modelling performed by Dr Balloonman or Izzy Wizzy while they snack on biscuits and sip a soft drink. Santa will be walking around the boat, meeting all children, the small ones and those ‘just a little bit older’ too. Each child will receive a Christmas present directly from Santa!

After disembarking take a wonder around the Quay, admire the Christmas tree and shop for the perfect Christmas gifts in the local shops and boutiques. Take the memory of Santa with you and have a Merry, Merry Christmas!

From just £16 adults and children (0-2 go free) your ticket includes:
1 hour and 15minutes cruise
For kids a soft drink, biscuit 
For adults a glass of mulled wine and mince pie
Present for each child 

Book your ticket  on line and sve up to 30%.

City Cruises Poole Sail with Santa

Three Little Pigs 9 - 24 Dec 2017

Lighthouse - Three Little Pigs

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

Sherling Studio Lighthouse
Tickets £9 (Standard) £10 (Pemium) £7 (schools) £6 (Relaxed Performance)

Suitable for ages 3+

“...You can huff and puff all you like, you’re still not getting in!”

Building your own home is not as easy as it looks, the three little pigs discover. What’s the best material to use? Will it keep out the rain? Will it be Wolf Proof!!! There’s only one way to find out...Perfect for ages 3 and beyond, this brand new show is chock full of puppets, music, comedy and thrills!

Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company’s 3 Little Pigs follows in the footsteps of The Little Red Hen, The Enormous Turnip, The Elves and The Shoemaker and The Hare and The Tortoise. Created in association with Salisbury Playhouse, with additional support from The Merlin Theatre and Tobacco Factory. 

Times,dates, performance type and ticket information

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

Christmas 2017