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RSPB Guided Walk at Upton Country Park 14 Dec 2017

Upton House

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

£2 per person

A regular event on the second Thursday of every month. To check walk is going ahead, please tel: 01929 553360.

Join a knowledgeable guide from the RSPB for an exciting and sociable walk to explore the wildlife that can be found in and around Upton Country Park. Don't worry if you don't know the difference between a robin and blackbird! You soon will.

Nature - Poole Wildlife Watch

Christmas Party Evening 15 Dec 2017

Upton House Interior Entrance Hall

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

Christmas 2017

6pm for 7pm service, Upton House £40 per adult.

Celebrate Christmas in style at Upton House!   Gather your friends, family or collegues for a warming mulled wine on arrival under the stunning chandelier followed by a delicious 3 course dinner. 

Finish your evening by enjoying our DJ and dancing too!

For more information, menu choices and to book call 01202 262753.  Booking Essential.


Festive Lunches at Upton House 15 Dec 2017

Upton House Festive Lunches

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

12pm for a 12.30 service

Enjoy a traditional two-course Christmas lunch with friends & family in the grand Drawing Room at Upton House.

Enjoy a glass of mulled wine on arrival in the grand Entrance Hall before taking your seat in the beautiful Drawing Room for a delicious two course meal with family and friends.

For menu information and to book please contact 01202 262753. Booking essential.


Museum Music & Mime Christmas Party 15 Dec 2017

Poole Museum Music & Mime Xmas Party

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

Poole Museum Music & Mime Xmas PartyFriday 15 December 10.30am-12noon


Enjoy an extended, festive signing session for babies and toddlers at Poole Museum. Sing nursery rhymes, make music and learn simple signs for everyday communication. Suitable for babies and toddlers (0-3 years old).

A hot drink and Christmas nibbles will be provided in the museum cafe after the singing.

All activities are free.

Showadywaddy 15 Dec 2017

Lighthouse - Showaddywaddy 2

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

7.30pm Lighthouse
Tickets £20 concessions available

‘The Greatest Rock & Roll Band In The World’ is a bold statement but Showaddywaddy has lived up to that title for the last 4 decades!

Formed in the 1970s in Leicester from several local bands, they have sold more than 20 million records and have toured all corners of the World extensively.
Their live show is dynamic and uplifting featuring all of their biggest hits, many of which reached number one in the pop charts of Europe. ‘Under The Moon of Love’, ‘Three Steps to Heaven’, ‘Hey Rock & Roll’, ‘When’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘Pretty Little Angel Eyes’ and many, many more.

So come and join the ‘Dancin’ Party’… ‘You’ve Got What It Takes’!

Booking and availability

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.

Breakfast with Father Christmas 16 - 23 Dec 2017

Compton Acres Breakfast with Father Christmas

Compton Acres, 164 Canford Cliffs Road, BH13 7ES, Dorset

Back by popular demand, the man in red will be stopping off at our Café and Tearooms during the festive season! For many kids, big and small, the wait for Father Christmas to turn up can be almost unbearable…

However, this year Santa will once again be taking some time out of his busy schedule for a series of scrumptious breakfasts with us here at Compton Acres!

Our Breakfast with Santa mornings will give the kids a magical experience with lots of excitement and cheer before the big day. Parents can watch their children’s eyes light up when they receive a special Christmas gift from Santa himself, whilst the whole family also tucks into a delicious Full English Breakfast.

Breakfast with Father Christmas dates include:

Ticket prices are £13.95 per person with children aged 2 and under £4.95

Furthermore, Santa will be making an extra special appearance at Compton Acres on Christmas Eve morning.

Ticket prices are £16.95 per person with children aged 2 and under £6.95.

All Breakfast with Father Christmas mornings will commence at 9.30am. Creating wonderful memories, book early to avoid disappointment!

To book please call 01202 700778.

Payment in advance is required.

Christmas Canoe Paddle 16 Dec 2017

Christmas Canoe Paddle - New Forest Activities

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

10.00 - 11.30

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

22nd Dec 14.00 - 15.30
23rd Dec 14.00 -15.30



Last Night of the Christmas Proms 16 Dec 2017

Christmas Proms - Lighthouse

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

7.30pm Concert Hall, Lighthouse

Kick off Christmas with our fun-packed concert for all the family, featuring seasonal classics old and new, all wrapped up with a sprinkling of magic and sparkle.

Full programme to be announced.

Tickets from  £12.75 up to £37.75 (incl 1.75 cms)

Booking and availability

Victorian Christmas 16 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018

Beaulieu Victorian Christmas

Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, SO42 7ZN, Hampshire

11.00 - 5pm Beaulieu

Normal admission applies these events are free.

Travel back in time and visit the Victorian Montagu family home. See what the family members would have been doing as they prepare for the festive season of 1889.

Pose next to the colourful life-size Gingerbread House for the perfect festive picture as you arrive at Beaulieu. Then follow the dazzling fairy lit pathway to Palace House to see preparations for a traditional Victorian Christmas in action.

Sip a glass of warming mulled punch while you soak in the festive atmosphere, with stunning decorations, welcoming log fires and a themed Christmas tree in each room  - including a 25ft tree in the entrance!

In the Lower drawing Room you can watch a re-enactment of Montagu family members rehearsing their Christmas day panto in 1889. They might even need extra actors so look out for the opportunity to join in!

If you're feeling artistic, visit 'Lady Montagu' in the Library to create homemade decorations, Christmas cards or Thank You cards (1 craft activity per day).

Watch Mrs Hale the Cook or Boffey the Kitchen Maid prepare a delicious Christmas lunch in the newly restored Victorian Kitchen.

Warm up the vocal chords and get that Christmassy feeling! Gather around the crackling log fire and piano in the Lower Drawing room to join in with traditional Christmas carols.

Warm up on those cold winter days by sipping a glass of mulled punch while warming yourself in front of the roaring log fire.

Need a great Instagram snap or a Christmas card picture? Pose for photos beside the impressive life-size Gingerbread House in visitor reception.

Make the most of the 6pm close on 9, 10, 16 & 17th December and marvel at one of the largest outdoor Christmas trees in the New Forest twinkling with around 10,000 lights!

'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house...not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.' There are a few hiding in Palace House - can you find them all?

Indulge in a spot of Christmas shopping with local produce and beautiful souvenirs in our two on-site gift shops.

Please note: Timings and content may vary. We reserve the right to amend the programme without warning as circumstances dictate

 Christmas 2017 

Battlefield LIVE 17 Dec 2017

New forest Activities - Battlefield Live

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

17th December

11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm

Why not bring the family along to one of our Battlefield Live open sessions at Moors Valley Country Park this December?   Choose your weapon, discuss tactics with your team and take out your opponents in this live action, digital combat experience.

We'll equip you with one of our high tech infra-red guns and send you and your comrades out into the field to hunt down the opposing team.   Who will come out victorious?

Children aged 8 years+, Family Groups, Couples and Individuals welcome.

Please ensure that you arrive 30 minutes before your session for kitting up.   Meet our team by the Ice Cream Kiosk between Go Ape and the main visitor buidings.

Bring with you:
All members of your party must bring any medication they need.  Drinking water and sun cream (if hot) or a flask of hot drink (if cold). Sturdy shoes (that you don't mind getting dirty), and comfortable old clothing, (you'll receive overalls but you'll want to able to move freely).  Energy food.

Book now using discount code 'Moors10' to get 10% off booking. 

New Forest Activities 01590 612377