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Live Music Evenings At Harbour Heights Hotel 1 Apr - 27 Oct 2017

Harbour Heights Live Music

Harbour Heights Hotel, Haven Road, BH13 7LW

Join us overlooking Poole Harbour for live vibes …

As the sun disappears behind Brownsea Island, we’re setting the mood with relaxed and chilled live music sessions at the Harbour Heights Hotel. Grab a cocktail from the bar or open up the restaurant’s award winning dinner menu, as we fill the air with fine music.

Piano & Vocals
We’ve scoured Dorset to bring you the finest pianists to serenade your romantic evening at Harbour Heights. Playing a range of smooth classical and modern tunes.

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Simon Woodley
April 1st | 8th | 15th | 16 | 29th
May 6th | 13th | 20th | 26th
June 10th | 17th | 24th
Plus every Saturday from July to October.

Hope Schachter
April 7th / May 5th & 19th / June 9th & 23rd / July 7th /August 4th /September 8th
October 13th 

Smooth Saxophone
We’re turning up the tempo on selected Friday & Saturday evenings with smooth and mellow saxophone vibes from some locally acclaimed jazz artists. Playing a range from traditional blues to modern soul.

Claire Manners
April 14th | May 12th | June 16th | July 21st | August 18th | September 22nd | October 27th 

Stephen Docherty
April 28th | June 3rd | July 14th | August 25th | September 1st | October 6th 

Ian Close
April 22nd | May 27th | June 2nd | July 28th 

Sarah Bolter
June 30th | August 11th | September 15th & 29th | October 20th

Our artists play live on selected dates from 7.30pm in the main lounge and restaurant area, entry is free.

To book a table in restaurant, call 01202 707 272

FJB Harbour Heights

Sea Music Exhibitions 13 May - 15 Oct 2017

Sea Music


‘Sea Music’ has been positioned on Poole Quay as a focal point for the last 25 years. Designed to evoke the sound and appearance of the cascading sea through interlocking rings and curves, with central vertical planes recalling the masts and sails of the ships, ‘Sea Music’ is an early example of Caro’s ‘sculpitecture’.

13 May -15 Oct Poole Museum
An exhibition of Anthony Caro’s ‘Concerto Series’. This series of works have never been exhibited in full before.

Concerto Series, Anthony Caro Floor 1, Poole Museum

This series is a lively and lyrical group of sculptures which reflect the joy Caro found in music. Pieces from the series have been previously exhibited in Venice and in New York, but this exhibition is the first time such a large group has ever been assembled in one exhibition.

13 May-15 Oct
100 Views of Sea Music, David Ward
Floor 2, Poole Museum
The distinctive form of Sea Music is visible from many vantage points around Poole Harbour. Over one year David Ward has captured it up close and from afar, prior to, during and after the extensive conservation work.

13 May – 15th Oct
Caro’s ‘Slow March’ sculpture will also be sited outside the museum.

13 May – 30 Sept Lighthouse
An exhibition of Sheila Girling’s paintings in The Lighthouse, Poole. Colouful abstraction infused with a Modernist spirit. Sheila Girling also known as Lady Caro was the wife of sculptor Sir Anthony Caro. and enjoyed collaborating with him. 

To find out more please visit the Poole Museum website: http://poolemuseum.co.uk/plan-your-visit/seamusic/



Ladies Paddleboarding, Sandbanks 7 - 28 Sep 2017

Land & Wave woman paddleboarding

Land and Wave, Various

Join Land & Wave every Thursday until 28 September for Ladies Night.
1.5-hour sessions at 18:00 or 18:30 (check time of year)

Come down to Sandbanks and meet other women who love the outdoors to try out the UK’s fastest growing water sport – paddle boarding!

All kit provided
Bring trainers, towel and swimwear
£12.50per person

Booking information.

Upton House Tours 10 - 24 Sep 2017

Upton House

Upton House & Upton Country Park, Upton Country Park, Upton, Poole, BH17 7BJ, Dorset

Upton House will open its doors to the public on Sunday 10th and Sunday 24th September with the Friends of Upton Country Park providing tours of the ground floor rooms, with commentary.

Tours cost of £1.50 per person.

Tours commence at 12.30 and 2.30pm. All proceeds go towards funding projects in the House and Country Park.

Built in 1816 Upton House forms the focal point of the estate and has long been a jewel in Poole’s crown, with the House and grounds being bequeathed to the people of Poole in the 1950s. During the tour, our guides will provide an insight into the history of the house, allowing you to discover facts about the Spurrier, Tichborne and Lewellin families and their time in residence at Upton House.

House openings and tours are subject to weather and volunteer availability.


EXILE 18 Sep - 12 Nov 2017

EXILE Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy House & Gardens, Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EA, Dorset

Many National Trust places were home to, and shaped by, people who challenged conventional ideas of gender and sexuality. 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, we’re exploring the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) heritage of Kingston Lacy as part of the Prejudice and Pride programme. You can’t mention the history of Kingston Lacy without talking extensively about the influence of William John Bankes. A huge personality and visionary, William John created much of the house you see today.

William John, a traveller, collector and talented draughtsman with an eye for beauty, set about making dramatic changes to his home. Just seven years later he was caught with a soldier in ‘an indecent act.’ It was the second such incident and, at a time when intimate relationships between men could be punishable by death, William John had no choice but to leave the home he loved for exile in France and later Italy.

Between the 18 September and 12 November, EXILE will examine Bankes’ exile and his contribution to the house and its decoration from afar and also consider his extraordinary story within a broader context of intolerance and persecution of LGBTQ lives from Henry VIII to modern times. 

EXILE features three distinct installations, linked by a series of new interpretive panels.  As visitors enter the house, they will encounter ‘In Memoriam’, a tribute to the 51 men who were hanged under laws that criminalised same-sex acts during Bankes’ lifetime. It is a reminder of the brutality of the times and the context of his actions.

Further into the house, the second installation – ‘Displaced’ – uses projection and sound to make connections between Bankes’ story and the ongoing persecution of LGBTQ people, drawing on contemporary experiences of those forced to leave their homes in the UK and abroad.

The final installation – ‘Prejudice, Persecution, Pride’ – sets Bankes’ story within a global history that examines how the law has shaped – and continues to shape – LGBTQ lives. Facsimile copies of legal documents from the Parliamentary Archives will be exhibited alongside a timeline that reveals familiar and surprising stories of persecution and intolerance, liberation and equality.

The installation is part of the National Trust’s ‘Prejudice & Pride’ programme which is celebrating the stories of LGBTQ people at a number of its places and acknowledging the contributions they have made to history and society.

The rainbow flag will be flown at Kingston Lacy from 18 September, the day that William John Bankes went into exile, until 12 November.

The programme has been researched and developed by the University of Leicester’s Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) in collaboration with the National Trust and with support from Stonewall. 

Exile is in the house at Kingston Lacy from Monday 18 September to Sunday 12 November.  The house is open 11am – 5pm (last entry 4pm) until 29 October and 11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm) from 30 October - 12 November. Entry will be via timed entry tickets which can be booked through Kingston Lacy's What's On page or by phone on 0344 249 1895.  

Guided Garden Walks 18 Sep - 22 Oct 2017

Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy House & Gardens, Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EA, Dorset

11.30 & 1.30pm additional tour times may be available (please see board in the Rose Garden).

1 hour walk.

Meet in the Rose Garden - check here for dates and availability

The walks will visit the formal gardens before taking a number of routes through the garden, exploring seasonal highlights and how the Bankes family created the gardens we see today. You will learn about how the gardens are now cared for an depending on the tour you may have the opportunity to visit the Japanese Garden, including special entry into the Tea Garden.

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.  Booking not needed.

Holiday Parks & Homes Show 22 - 24 Sep 2017

Holiday Homes & Parks Show Beaulieu

Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, SO42 7ZN, Hampshire

10am - 5pm

Located in the grounds of Beaulieu, Holiday Park & Homes Show is a special exhibition of next season's ranges of Caravan Holiday-Homes and Lodges from many of the major UK manufacturers.

The show will feature the latest caravan holiday-homes (static caravans) and lodges from nine British manufacturers, with many other exhibitors ranging from holiday parks in the UK and overseas, to decking manufacturers and insurance firms.

For full details please click here.

Admission to Beaulieu attractions is extra.

Please note: there will be no touring caravans or motorhomes on show.

Please note Thursday 21st September is Trade only. This event is charged separately from the Beaulieu attraction and is not held within the main attraction.

Inspired by Nature 23 - 24 Sep 2017

Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle, BH20 5EZ, Dorset

10am - 4pm NT Corfe Castle - see below for times of individual events.

Learn and interact with nature. Join us for workshops on bats, moths and reptiles within the 'safe' setting of a marquee within the castle grounds.

In addition there will be storytelling - Land is a new show with a conservation message from the team who made The Spice Box. Thora, a 3,000 year old woman, waits to be woken. What nuggets of wisdom will she reveal? A fun filled 40 minutes, with puppets too.

Booking not required.  This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

Storytelling times 11.30-12.15 and 13.30-14.15

Moths Workshop 10.30-11.00 and 14.45-15.15
Help to identify last night's catch as we count up the different species of moth from our moth-trap in this 30 minute workshop. Learn how to recognise them by their markings and find out about the different habitats they live in here in Purbeck.

Bat Workshop 10.30-11.00 and 1.45-15.15
This 30 minute workshop is your chance to meet these secretive creatures of the night up close, learn about where they live and the important roles they have in the environment.

Reptile Workshop
10.30-11.00 and 14.45-15.15
Studland, Godlingston and Hartland are home to all six native species of reptile. Come and meet some of them for yourself! This 30 minute workshop will introduce you to the secret world of snakes and lizards.






Metropole Street Market 24 Sep 2017

Metropole Market Bournemouth


New for September 2017 Metropole Street Market

An abundance of fayre, from local producers, artists & crafts people, alongside live music, entertainers, street food and everything you need for a memorable day out with friends and family.

The Metropole Street Market is a quintessentially eccentric ensemble of all things creative and delicious!

Taking over Bournemouth’s Lansdowne area from September 2017, the market and vintage fair will continue on the last Sunday of October and November, plus Sunday 17th December.

Want to trade?  


Metropole Market Bournemouth

Guided Red Squirrel Walks 25 Sep - 20 Oct 2017

Red Squirrel

Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Poole, BH13 7EE, Dorset

11.30am & 2pm.

Join our free guided walks and see how many rare red squirrels you can spot.   At this time of year they come down from the canopy of the trees to store food and can be seen scurrying across the forest floor. 

Donations Welcome.  Brownsea Red Squirrel Walks 

Normal NT admission and boat fares apply.