Here in Bournemouth, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to events celebrating the arts, history and food culture.
From the stunning locations of Corfe Castle and Parnham House in Beaminster, to our world-class air show here in Bournemouth, to the many foodie festivals throughout the year, there’s rarely a week goes by without something to see or do.
So here is a quick look at what’s on in Bournemouth in the coming months, just a taster of the packed calendar in store for 2015. Why not combine your cultural event with a stay at the Green House, Bournemouth’s eco-friendly luxury boutique hotel? Call 01202 498900 or e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can help you get the most out of your visit to Dorset.
The Purbeck Literary Festival
16 February – 1 March
Creative workshops, poetry, performances, art exhibitions and events featuring the works of Enid Blyton, T.E. Lawrence, Thomas Hardy, Percy F. Westerman and contemporary authors, many of whom lived in or were inspired by Purbeck and Dorset.
14 February, 10.00-4.00
Explore the romantic ruins and enjoy special treats in the tea rooms including heart-shaped shortbread, chocolate dipped strawberries and mini Victoria sponge. Normal admission charges apply.
Dorset Food and Venison Festival
4 April, 10.00-5.00
The first of its kind – a celebration of the best of Dorset produce but with an emphasis on local venison. The setting is Lytchett Minster with a backdrop of Post Green House. There’s a demonstration kitchen with the White Pepper Cookery School, Stag racing and Morris dancing.
Christchurch Food & Wine Festival 2015
With a street market stuffed with goodies to try in the High Street, a new Festival Village on the picturesque Quay, and a demonstration theatre featuring celebrity and local chefs, the festival is now in its 15th year and is viewed as one of the best food festivals in the UK.
Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival
Ten days celebrating cuisines from across the world – Mexican to Italian, Spanish to Thai. Lots of foodie events across the town – last year featured three separate markets and a demo kitchen. To find out more keep an eye on the dedicated Food and Drink Festival website.
8th Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival, Weymouth
Bringing together champagne and seafood – what’s not to love? – and family entertainment on Weymouth’s historic waterside.
25 July – 1 August
One of Dorset’s premier carnivals – air displays, a procession, competitions for children and adults, a talent show, treasure hunts, a dog show, parachute jumps, and water and land sports. The procession will take place on Sunday 26 July from 3pm with the theme this year being ‘Superheroes’. Three fireworks displays are on 25 July, 29 July and 1 August.
The Bournemouth Air Festival
Voted one of the ten best air shows in the world by USA Today, the UK’s biggest, best and free aviation festival, with the 2014 event drawing in over 1.2 million people and 1000 boats.
Arts by the Sea
October – dates TBC
You can expect more amazing acts, interactive installations and unexpected treats to challenge your perceptions and delight people of every age. Keep an eye out for updates and announcements on the Arts Bournemouth website.
Eat Dorset Food Fair
17-18 October 2014, 10.00-4.00
Against the stunning backdrop of Parnham House, Beaminster this top food fair together the very best produce and producers from across Dorset and surrounding counties. Over 60 stalls showcasing the quality and diversity of Dorset fare.