Make the most of May Half-Term on a UK Staycation 16 May 2016


FAMILIES can take advantage of the warmer weather and enjoy spending quality time with loved ones this May half-term on a family holiday close to home.

Jurassic Coast Honoured by Royal Geographical Society 16 May 2016


We're proud to share with you the news that the Jurassic Coast Team has been awarded the Royal Geographical Society 2016 Geographical Award.These prestigious medals and awards recognise excellence in geographical research and fieldwork, teaching and public engagement. They are presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding achievements. The esteemed list of previous winners includes David Livingstone, Captain R. Scott and more recently Dr Sylvia Earle and Sir David Attenborough.  Whilst it is unusual for a ‘team’ to be awarded, in the case of the Jurassic Coast, this is entirely appropriate. The Jurassic Coast has always been a partnership organisation and without the work of many people over a number of years, winning this award would not have been possible. The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team has won the award based on “outstanding collaborative work to foster student and wider public engagement with the Jurassic coastline”.

Countdown to Poole Harbour Boat Show in association with Sunseeker 12 May 2016


Final preparations are underway before the south coast’s free boating festival, the Poole Harbour Boat Show in association with Sunseeker, anchors itself on Poole Quay from Friday May 20 to Sunday May 22. 

Rare Steam Cars Headline at Poole’s Mini Steam on the Quay 10 May 2016


The marvels of steam will take centre stage as Poole Quay plays host to a bygone era of magnificent miniature steam engines on Saturday 14 May, 10am-5pm.

Explore the World of Wallace at Poole Museum 9 May 2016


This summer Poole Museum will host a fascinating exhibition on the life and work of one of the world’s most significant naturalists, Alfred Russel Wallace.Wallace, who lived in Parkstone and Broadstone, is well known for arriving at the theory of evolution by natural selection independently of Charles Darwin, yet comparatively few people are aware of his ground-breaking discoveries and extensive travels.Wallace grew up and was educated in Hertford before travelling globally, exploring and mapping previously uncharted parts of the Amazon. He became the world authority on the flora and fauna of Malaysia and Indonesia. In addition to his outstanding contributions to science, Wallace also made important investigations into social issues. Often ahead of his time, his published work reflects support for votes for women and the protection of the natural environment as well as his distaste for slavery and eugenics. In 1899 he moved to Parkstone with his family and by 1902 had built a house, Old Orchard, in Broadstone where he remained until his death in 1913.Illustrated by beautiful natural history specimens, many collected by the great man himself, ‘World of Wallace’ examines how the places Wallace lived and worked informed his important findings; from Hertfordshire to the Malay Archipelago. The exhibition was curated by Hertford Museum, supported by Arts Council England as part of the Wallace 100 celebrations in 2013, the centenary of Wallace’s death. It is now concluding its tour of the country and bringing Wallace’s story and his discoveries to Poole.Councillor Mohan Iyengar, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Local Economy, Culture and Leisure, Borough of Poole, said: “We’re proud to have this exhibition in Poole – a tribute to a remarkable man, in a place where he had strong connections and spent his final days.”‘The World of Wallace: Alfred Russel Wallace and his life in the field’ will run from Saturday 14 May until Sunday 7 August 2016. Opening times are Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 12 noon to 5pm. For further information please visit www.poolemuseum.com or call 01202 262600.

Polo, the Sport of Kings reunites with Sandbanks the Treasure of the South Coast 9 May 2016


Top Polo Players are set to take centre stage this summer for the world’s largest beach polo event in Poole as the British Beach Polo Championships 2016 returns to the spectacular Sandbanks Beach in Dorset on July 8th/9th for a weekend of awe-inspiring polo.

101 WAYS TO SPEND TIME WITH YOUR LITTLE ONES THIS MAY **LATE DEALS** 9 May 2016


SUMMER is finally on its way so Parkdean Holidays and Park Resorts are encouraging families with pre-schoolers to make the most of a short break this May.

Dinosaur theme park world, Lost Kingdom, to open at Paultons Park 5 May 2016


After months of anticipation, Paultons Park’s new £9m attraction Lost Kingdom is to open its gates on May 17, transporting families back millions of years to when dinosaurs roamed the world.The attraction is set within four acres of Jurassic landscape, inspired by the era of fierce velociraptors, flying pterodactyls, giant triceratops and the mighty tyrannosaurus rex.Ideal for adventurous families, the new theme park land will launch a whole host of dinosaur attractions, including two world-class family rollercoasters: Flight of the Pterosaur and Velociraptor. It will be the first time since 1992 that a UK theme park has launched two new rollercoasters in the same year.Lost Kingdom will also introduce Jurassic-themed family rides Boulder-Dash, Temple Heights and Dino-Chase; a dinosaur adventure play park, Little Explorers, and The Dinosaur Tour Co – a 4x4 Jurassic Jeep expedition, where children and parents will discover dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes along with a few surprises along the way!Alive, Dinosaur Encounter will be a truly unique attraction where families will come face to face with the Park’s very own, but fortunately quite friendly, captive T-Rex.Guest can also enjoy two new places to eat at the park, Base Camp and The Nest, and an exciting themed shop, Outpost 12.Richard Mancey, managing director of Paultons Park, said: “Lost Kingdom is going to be very special. It is a truly unique experience where families can be thrown back millions of years to see, hear and feel a prehistoric world. “Children and adults of all ages are fascinated by dinosaurs and I think the amazing world we’ve created here at Paultons Park and the rides within it will thrill both children and adults alike.”

Poole Town Businesses vote YES to Business Improvement District 3 May 2016


Great news as Poole town businesses voted a resounding ‘yes’ to implementing a Business Improvement District (BID) in the town.   

 
 
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