What’s on in our area


Bournemouth Rugby 7s Festival 2019

24-26 May

Around 400 sports teams will be coming to the award-winning event in Bournemouth over the late May bank holiday weekend. With 12 themed arenas and over 40 live acts it’s a unique atmosphere. www.bournemouth7s.com


Sturts Farm Barn on the Farm

1 June, 6.30pm-10.30 pm, West Moors

A local charity hosts a music, food and games evening amongst the chickens, pigs, sheep and cows. This charity caters for adults with learning difficulties who live and work at Sturts Farm. Get tickets


New Forest Triathlon

Sunday 2 June

Three race options: Standard and Sprint triathlons, and a Duathlon through beautiful surroundings. The swim takes place in the Ellingham lake. www.britishtriathlon.org/events/new-forest-triathlon_10726


Christchurch Cheese & Chilli Festival 2019

8-9 June, Hurn

Lot’s of traders selling local produce plus live music, demonstrations and talks. www.cheeseandchillifestival.com/christchurch


New Forest Drive In Movies

Friday 14 – Sunday 16 June

Watch any of these classic films on the big screen from the comfort of your car (your car radio provides the sound): Back to the Future, Dirty Dancing, Grease, Bohemian Rhapsody, the Greatest Showman, Jurassic Park and Pretty Woman. www.driveinmovies.co


The original Shake & Stir Vintage Festival

29 June-30 June, Southbourne, Bournemouth

Go back to the 50s and 60s with live entertainment, local food and drink, trade stalls, classic cars plus jiving and twisting. Free event. www.originalshakeandstir.co.uk


Jazz by the Sea Festival 2019

23 June-30 June7 July, Bournemouth and Poole

Free lunchtime jazz sessions at St Peter’s Church in Bournemouth and jazz events taking place all over town. www.jazzbytheseafestival.co.uk 


Bourne Free

12-14 July, Bournemouth

Local LGBT Pride Festival includes a weekend of fun with a parade starting at 11am on the East Cliff and finishing at the Triangle, where there will be a big screen and entertainment. www.bournefree.co.uk


The New Forest & Hampshire County Show

30 July-1 August, New Park Showground, Clay Hill, Brockenhurst SO42 7QH

One of the top agricultural shows in the country, with dog shows, gymkhana and farm animals, as well as a local produce market and demonstrations. www.newforestshow.co.uk


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Proms in the Park

2 & 3 August, Meyrick Park, Bournemouth

‘Galactic Classics’, a selection of the best classical music, and Symphonic 80s Spectacular. Shows include choreographed lasers, lights, flames and fireworks. www.bsolive.com/proms-in-the-park-outdoor-concerts


The Great Dorset Chilli Festival

3 & 4 August, St Giles House, Wimborne St. Giles,

A great gathering for chilli enthusiasts and local food and drink lovers with hundreds of stalls, demonstrations and tastings. Hosted at the home of the Earl of Shaftesbury. http://www.greatdorsetchillifestival.co.uk/


The Great Dorset Steam Fair

Thursday 22 – Monday 26 August, South Down, Tarrant Hinton, Blandford, DT11 8HX

One of the world’s largest heritage and cultural events, showcasing Britain’s industrial, agricultural and leisure history. Experience steam giants of the past, WW1 flying aircraft, heavy horse displays and much more. www.gdsf.co.uk


Bournemouth Air Festival 

29 August – 1 September, Bournemouth sea front

Free displays in the air, on the ground and at night in the UK’s largest air festival, featuring the Red Arrows and other flight acrobatics along with WW2 planes. www.bournemouthair.co.uk


New Forest Marathon

Sunday 8 September, hosted at the New Park Showground, Clay Hill, Brockenhurst SO42 7QH

A locally run event consisting of a marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k,  1k fun and junior run plus woodland walk all in the beautiful New Forest. www.newforestmarathon.co.uk


New Forest Walking Festival

Saturday 13 – Sunday 27 October

Let local experts take you on guided walks and learn about the history, heritage and wildlife of this unique area. www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/event/new-forest-walking-festival-2018


Regular events and car boot sales


  • Hampshire Farmers’ Market,Last Saturday of every month, 10am-2pm, the Furlong
  • Market Every Wednesday

Ashley Heath Car Boot Sale

One of the largest and longest-running in the area. Every Sunday 7am-1.30pm at Homeland Farm, Three Legged Cross, Wimborne BH21 6QZ

Canford Park Arena Car Boot Fairs

Held on Sundays at Canford Park Arena Magna Rd, Bournemouth, Wimborne BH21 3AP. Early buyers from 9.30am pay £10/car. Buyers from 11am pay £1/car. View website


Local Park Run

Every Saturday 9am Moors Valley Country Park.



Poole Dream Machines

Every Tuesday 2 April to 24 September – Poole Quay is closed off to traffic except motor bikes. More than 1,000 bikes often attend with a wide range of models and makes (£1 entry).  


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