Theatre, Arts and Culture

Poole has a vibrant Arts scene, it is home to a thriving community of professional artists and voluntary arts organisations. An exciting arts programme takes place throughout the year and is packed with events ranging from Festivals to Visual Art Exhibitions. For more information contact the Borough of Poole Arts Development link will open in new window unit on 01202 633792.  

BSOkk Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has its home in Poole and has given concerts since its beginnings in 1893. It gives upwards of 130 concerts a year locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, including a series of outdoor classical spectaculars with fireworks. link will open in new window or call 01202 669925

Lighthouse - Poole's Centre for the Arts
Comedy of Change - Ballet Rambert The largest arts centre outside of London has a 669 seat theatre, 1500 seat concert hall, 150 seat studio, 105 seat cinema, image lab/media suite, a large gallery, restaurant and three function rooms.  A great variety of children's theatre, drama, dance and music are programmed for 2012.  For more information check out link will open in new window  or call 0844 406 8666.

The Peacock Gallery
A lively and family-friendly venue for art in Poole, situated above the Peacock Tearooms in the beautiful setting of Upton Country Park.  The Gallery shows a varied programme of work by both professional and non-professional artists and exhibitions including painting, photography, sculpture and textiles.  For more information visit link will open in new window  or call 07906 759620

Small galleries host various exhibitions throughout the year including:

  • Harris Interiors, Church Road, Lower Parkstone Tel 01202 685222
  • Towngate Gallery, Wimborne Road, Poole Tel: 01202 679182
  • The White Wall, Poole Central Library Tel: 01202 262442
  • Floren Gallery, 31 Church Road, Parkstone, Tel: 0800 180 4444

Inside Out
An outdoor performance festival of extraordinary events in extraordinary places.  Taking place all over Dorset, including Poole and Bournemouth, this festival is full of spectacular events performed by some of the world's best production companies. Tel: 01202 884340 or visit the website link will open in new window  

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