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Poole’s Dream Machines returns for its fabulous 15th birthday

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Bikes from across the country are gearing up as Poole’s Dream Machines returns for the start of its 15th season on Tuesday 5 April from 6pm.

Over the years, the event which began in its current form in 2002 has attracted 1000’s of riders from across the South, Wales, the Midlands and abroad to enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay.

Organised by Poole Tourism, the friendly meet regularly draws over 1000 riders from across the UK for 26 weeks of classic ride outs.  From the latest superbikes and custom builds to vintage classics and trikes, the Quay and Harbour offer the perfect location to show off a superb range of motorbikes where bikers and spectators enjoy a unique relaxed atmosphere.   And with a great selection of waterside cafes, bars, restaurants and food kiosks to enjoy during the event, it is the perfect place to relax and have a bite to eat.

Dream Machines kicks off Poole’s Wave 105 Summertime in the South, a massive programme of events in the town from April to November.  During Dream Machines, Poole Quay is closed off to all traffic, except motorbikes, creating a truly spectacular display for visitors.

Poole Dream Machines is a fully marshalled event with a £1 entry charge.  Bike enthusiasts can purchase a season armband for £9 on the Tuesday event nights, which includes a £1 non refundable entry fee, or £8 in advance.  Armbands are available from Poole’s Tourist Information Centre, which has relocated just round the corner to Poole Museum at the bottom end of Poole High Street. 

The weekly “Bike of the Night” competition sees different judges pick out their personal favourite each week.  The first night will be judged by Mayor of Poole, Cllr Anne Stribley, with the winning owner receiving a race kit courtesy of Muc-off.  All weekly winners will also get invited back to take part in the “Bike of the Year” finale on Tuesday 27 September.

Dream Machines is a self-funding event and any surplus income after costs have been paid is donated to local charities nominated by the volunteer Marshalls normally at the Bike of the Year event, on the final night of the season. 

Bruce Grant Braham, Chairman of the Poole Tourism Partnership, said; “Dream Machines brings essential trade and a terrific atmosphere to the Quay and is highly valued by the riders who attend.  From the faithful regulars who come down each week to meet up and socialise, to those who come long distances a couple of times in the season for a summer ride out, it is great to see them and means the summer has well and truly started.  Our thanks go to everyone involved who help to make this such a well supported event.”

Anyone with a few hours to spare who is interested in helping out at the event as a Marshall, please contact Anne Simpson on 07973 474050.

Keep up to date with Poole Dream Machines, sign up to the event on Poole Tourism’s Facebook page, twitter account or register for the e-newsletters direct to your in-box.  For details of other events visit

Poole Dream Machines is held every Tuesday (6pm – 10pm), from 5 April to the 27 September. 

Armbands are currently available at Tourist Information Centre, open Monday – Sunday 10am to 5pm.  The purchase of an armband is a financial incentive and does not guarantee parking in the central Quay area.

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