Why not plan a short break at the Bournemouth’s number one eco-friendly luxury boutique hotel in the run-up to Christmas, to really make the most of the festive fun on offer in the surrounding area?
Maybe it’s the launch of the Christmas adverts – the loved-up CGI penguins, fashion-forward fairies and adorably quirky gingerbread girl have yet to lose their charm through endless repetition – but here at the Green House, Bournemouth’s number one eco-friendly luxury boutique hotel, we’re really starting to feel like the festive season is just around the corner. The countdown to Christmas has begun!
And it’s not just the telly. This Thursday (13th November) sees the launch of the Bournemouth Christmas market in the Town Square and surrounding streets – it’s open from 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday and 10am – 4pm Sunday for the rest of November. Of course, that’s just the start of it. Here’s a rundown to some of the best local events during the countdown to Christmas and beyond.
Why not plan a short break at the Green House to really make the most of the festive fun on offer in Bournemouth and the surrounding area during the coming weeks?
Garden of Lights Festival, November 28th– January 6th, Bournemouth Lower Gardens
Having won two major awards in its first year – a Lighting Design award for Best Special Event and a Design Week award for Best Exhibition – this magical festival is back for 2014. A collection of traditional beach huts will again be fitted with breathtaking interior concepts – this year with added sound! Indulge in a spot of yuletide time travel or take a magical mystery tour though an alternative Bournemouth! The fantastic outdoor ice rink this year comes complete with a giant lava lamp display and rink-side café bar.
Christmas Lights Procession, November 28th – 6pm, Bournemouth
Grab your glow stick and join the Christmas Lights Procession which will see the stars of local panto Peter Pan leading families through the town to help Santa light up the town centre. Starting points are Horseshoe Common or The Triangle – 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start. The two processions will join in the Square and proceed through to the Lower Gardens for the opening of the Ice Rink, Santa’s Grotto and the award-winning beach hut light pods!
Christmas Bar, November 28th – December 28th, Richmond Hill, Bournemouth
This five-week ‘pop-up’ Christmas bar will have live entertainment, food stalls and special winter drinks across two venues in the centre of town (The Print Room & Ink Bar). The venues will be decorated from top to bottom, one as a ‘White Winter Wonderland’, the other in a ‘Traditional Magic Christmas’ theme. Saturday evenings will carry on through until 1am with live bands, DJs and dancing. Sundays are more relaxed, with favourite Christmas films on the big screen.
Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset – daily
The village of Corfe Castle is a magical place at Christmas. Take in the festive atmosphere, enjoy the log fire in the tea rooms, and browse for gifts in the shop. Details will be on the website nearer the time. Open daily from 10am-4pm, except 10am-2pm on 24 Dec, closed on 25 & 26 Dec, 11am-4pm on 1 Jan.
Christmas Walks on Brownsea Island, December 7th, 14th and 21st, 10.30am, Poole Harbour
Escape from the shopping madness for the day with a visit to the island at its most tranquil – when it is usually closed. There’s lots of winter wildlife, plus refreshments and the island shop. The 10.40am boat departs from Sandbanks Jetty, heading for home from Brownsea at 2.35pm. Tickets cost £12 and booking is advised – 01202 707744.
Christmas on the Quay, December 7th, 5 pm, Poole Quay
Family entertainment including carol singing, music, children’s rides and festive entertainers. The Flotilla of Lights will see local boat owners decorate their boats in twinkling lights and decorations and ‘parade’ along the quayside for your delectation.