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Eco adventure camping 17 Apr - 3 Sep 2017

View across to Brownsea Island

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

National Trust Brownsea Island

Adult £20.00 Child  £10.00 per night.

Booking essential Call 01202 492161

For the first time since the Brownsea Island campsite opened 50 years ago, in 2017 the general public will have the opportunity to camp on Brownsea Island. This is an unique opportunity to experience nature and the beautiful tranquillity of Brownsea outside of usual opening hours.

Campers are welcome to kayak/sail/paddle across from the mainland straight to South Shore or you can come across on the boat service and walk to the campsite (20-30 mins).

Dates and availablility


Moonfleet Tallship Sailing Experience 29 Apr - 14 Jul 2017

Swanage Railway 2011

Swanage Railway, Station House, Swanage, BH19 1HB, Dorset

Enjoy a steam train ride and a two hour - Tallship cruise to Old Harry Rocks / Durlston Head & Anvil Point Lighthouse.

Here’s a real opportunity for both novice and sailor to try your hand at classic tall-ship sailing around Southern England’s stunning Jurassic coastline and the fascinating chalk downlands of The Isle of Purbeck.

For those keen to have a go, our crew will provide an opportunity to try most activities that can be fitted into the short voyage, from weighing anchor to hoisting the mainsail - and even taking the helm! Or alternatively If you don’t yet have the confidence to be hands on, you may sit back to watch and enjoy the ride!

Moonfleet has stepped access.

For further info or to book tickets visit Swanage Railway 

Per Person - Steam train and tallship sailing - Inclusive Ticket £36.00
Family Ticket (2+2) - Steam train and tallship sailing - Inclusive Ticket £132.00

Sea Music Exhbitions 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 – 29tJuly Lighthouse
An exhibition of Sheila Girling’s paintings in The Lighthouse, Poole. Girling advised him on the colour of Sea Music and other important works by him.

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



Gangsta Granny Live on Stage 24 - 28 May 2017

Lighthouse - Gangsta Granny

Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts, Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG, Dorset

7pm, Theatre, Lighthouse

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

From the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories comes the world premiere of this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children.

Tickets: £16.50 (Wednesday), £18.50 (Friday – Sunday), Family Ticket £52 (Wednesday), £60 (Friday – Sunday) Discounts: U18s, Seniors, Groups

Booking and availability

Tickets can be purchased at Poole Information Centre, Poole Museum, Lower High Street (no booking fee).

May half Term

Summer Beach Party 26 May - 3 Sep 2017

Paultons Park

Paultons Park, Ower, nr Romsey, The New Forest, SO51 6AL, Hampshire

Summer Beach Party Paultons 2017Experience plenty of singing, dancing and exciting games with the brand new characters: Bruce the Lifeguard, Shelly the Turtle and Manta the Ray. These will appear alongside our entertainments crew and our brand new beach buggy!

Please check show times on arrival or on our app.

Included in Park entry tickets and Season Tickets.


May half term

Become a Time Traveller at Beaulieu this Half Term 27 May - 4 Jun 2017

Beaulieu May Half Term

Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, SO42 7ZN, Hampshire

May Half Term Beaulieu 10am - 6pm

Time Travel Trail
See Beaulieu from a different perspective as you travel through time in The National Motor Museum to find something from each decade.

Medieval Traditions
Walk in the footsteps of medieval monks in Beaulieu Abbey. Whilst you're there you can witness amazing traditions from the past like *archery and falconry demonstrations.
*Archery 29th May - 3rd June

Life as a monk
Transport yourself back to the middle ages and meet Brother William or Brother Peter in the Beaulieu Abbey. You can even dress as a monk and learn to write with a quill, why not write yourself a letter from the past!

Step Back into the Victorian Era
Discover what life was like in the Victorian Palace House, dress in the costumes, play traditional games and even meet the cook in Palace House kitchen, which has been newly restored to the original layout.

Design the Future Car
Glimpse into the future in The National Motor Museum as you design a futuristic vehicle; who knows one day your vision might even become a reality!

All included in your beaulieu ticket!

Visit Bucklers Hard and Join Living History experts for guided tours of the village during the summer and selected school holidays.
Step back in time to meet characters such as Balthazar Adams, son of Master Shipbuilder Henry Adams, and his wife Mary, who lived in the village when ships for Nelson’s Navy were built.

Join their daily tours during summer and selected school holidays to discover what life was like in the 18th century.

Harbour Lights Cruise 27 May 2017

City Cruises Island Scene

Poole Quay, Poole, BH15 1HJ, Dorset

19.30 - 21.00

An evening cruise around Poole Harbour with views of Old Harry Rocks. The cruise takes you from Poole Quay around the harbour sailing close to Brownsea Island and its castle, the expensive properties on Sandbanks and close to the islands & beautiful beaches which all have something unique to view.

Sailing times are weather permitting.    

£10 Adult / £5 Child / £15 Family (1A+3C) / £25 Family (2A+3C)

Children under 5 travel free. Book online and save 10%.

May Half Term 27 May - 3 Jun 2017

Tank Museum May Half Term

The Tank Museum, Bovington, BH20 6JG, Dorset

May Half Term at tank Museum

See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Monday 29 May. Realistic life like explosions and expert commentary. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle in this action–packed demonstration of Tanks in Action.


May Half Term at Oceanarium 27 May - 4 Jun 2017

Oceanarium May Half Term

Oceanarium, Pier Approach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA, Dorset

 Save up to 30% at the Oceanarium this May Half-Term!

Whatever the weather, visit the Oceanarium this May half term and take advantage of our fantastic special offer!

Amazing savings of up to 30% off tickets are available when you book online and visit between Saturday 27th May and Sunday 4th June 2017.

Home to thousands of enchanting creatures experience a fun and engaging underwater adventure around the waters of the world and discover stunning sharks, a mischievous otter family, curious turtles, a cunning croc, menacing piranhas, mesmerizing jellyfish, colourful clownfish and our very cute colony of Humboldt penguins!  

Tickets allow unlimited same day entry so take advantage and watch the waters come alive with regular talks and feeds! Plus enjoy additional half term activities including daily creature enrichment and meet the creature sessions where you can get up close and personal with bearded dragons, a tarantula and geckos*.

To complement your marine adventure, grab a bite to eat in the Offshore Café or Bay View Terrace and visit  The Cove Shop, where you can purchase unique gifts and souvenirs.

The Oceanarium is open daily from 10am, situated next to Bournemouth Pier.

Visit www.oceanarium.co.uk to purchase discounted tickets and for additional information regarding activities.

*creatures may subject to change and vary throughout the week.

Oceanarium opening hours:
Open daily from 10am. Last admission is at 5pm, closing time at 6pm

May Half Term at Poole Libraries 27 - 31 May 2017

May Half Term Poole Libraries

Poole Libraries

May Half Term Poole Libraries

What can you grow?
Saturday 27 May, 11am–12 noon, Canford Heath Library
Plant sunflower seeds and mustard and cress, then make a plant label for your pot.

Bring your books to life
Monday 29 May to Saturday 3 June, Poole Central Library
Join our treasure hunt - download the Aurasma app on your smart device, find the pictures hidden around the library and watch as the books come to life.

It’s a bug’s life
Tuesday 30 May, 10.30–11.30am, Oakdale Library
Enjoy a craft activity and inspiration from the library garden.

Paper dolls
Tuesday 30 May, 2–3pm, Canford Heath Library
Listen to The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and make paper chain dolls to take away and decorate the library.

Fantastic mini beasts and butterflies
Tuesday 30 May, 10.30–11.30am Canford Cliffs Library
Listen to stories and facts about mini beasts and then make a butterfly and mini beast collage for the library conservatory. Ages 4-11.

Children’s reading hour
Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June, 3–4pm Broadstone Library
Homework Helper Mr B will be hosting a four day reading group where you can all read a book together!

Sheep and summer wreaths
Wednesday 31 May, 11.30am–12.30pm, Hamworthy Library
It’s nearly summer; join us in making some fluffy friendly sheep and a pretty summer wreath for you to take home.

Wind sock craft and wind chimes
Wednesday 31 May 10.30–11.30am Creekmoor Library
Join us for some half term crafty fun creating a rainbow wind sock and wind chime.

Lend a paw to Parkstone
Wednesday 31 May, 11am–12 noon Parkstone Library
We need your bears! How many bears will it take to fill our cabinet? Bring your favourite bear and tell us its name and history, then join us for bear stories, quiz and crafts. Ages 4-11.

Please book in advance to make sure of your place.

Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

To book contact:
T: 01202 262449