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Poole's Christmas Extravaganza 30 Nov - 3 Dec 2017

Poole Bid Christmas Extravaganza 2017


Join in with Poole's four day Christmas Extravaganza Thursday 30 November – Sunday 3 December in Falkland Square and Poole Quay, brought to you by Poole BID.  

With a Christmas tree light switch on, laser projection shows, water fountain laser shows, live music performances, children's entertainers, two day Poole Quay Christmas Market plus Santa procession from Poole Quay to Falkland Square on Sunday 3 December, there's plenty of seasonal cheer to keep the family entertained this Christmas in Poole. 

Pooles Christmas Extravaganza 2017Thursday 30 November

Friday 1 December

 Saturday 2 December

Sunday 3 December

Throughout December

Free parking is available on Thursdays (6pm – 9pm) and Sundays (10am – 6pm) from the 30 November.

NB event listings correct at time of publication.  For updates check Poole Bid Facebook & Twitter accounts.

Poole Santa Parade 3 Dec 2017

Santa on City Cruises

Poole Quay, Poole, BH15 1HJ, Dorset

Santa on City Cruises11am Santa arrives on Poole Quay by City Cruises Boat 

Santa will travel on his Christmas Train together with the Mayor of Poole, Councillor Lyndsay Wilson and performers from Cinderella, this year's magical pantomime at Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts.

Santa will be accompanied by Poole Sea Cadets Band link will open in new window, Shining Bright Like a Star performers, Bournemouth Carnival Band and Children’s Christmas Fancy Dress Competition entrants.

The procession will travel from Poole Quay moving towards Old Orchard before turning up the pedestrianised High Street through the town to Falkland Square.

After saying goodbye to the crowds, Santa will take up residence in his grotto at Quayside Emporium

Sea Music Exhibitions 22 Oct 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Sea Music

Poole Museum, 4 High Street, Poole, BH15 1BW, Dorset

10pm - 4pm, Sunday 12noon - 4pm

#Love Sea Music 
A showcase of the creative work of Poole residents and visitors who have been inspired by Anthony Caro's 'Sea Music' sculpture on Poole Quay.

Sea Music in Residence
Work created by artists Amy Bourbon, Jonathan Parsons and writer Becci Louise Fearnly from their time in residence at Poole Museum and in response to Anthony Caro's 'Sea Music' sculpture on Poole Quay.   A selection of sound, sculpture, painting and poetry.

Winter Paddling 1 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018

New Forest Activities - Winter Paddling

New Forest Activities, The Old Forge, High Street, Beaulieu, SO42 7YA

Choose between single seater kayaks or 2/3 seater canoes for a full two hour guided tour out on the water. The Beaulieu River offers up some stunning sites throughout the Winter providing lots of fun despite the season.

Price: £18 per person   Duration: 2 hours

Availability: See our website for available dates https://www.newforestactivities.co.uk/activities/winter-paddle/

Session times:
10:00 - 12:00
13:30 - 15:30




Christmas Harbour Lunch Cruise 15 Nov - 6 Dec 2017

City Cruises Christmas Lunch Cruise

City Cruises Poole, The Quay, Poole , BH15 1HJ

Christmas 2017

Every Wednesday & Sunday 1pm 15 Nov - 6 Dec

Enjoy a 70 minute cruise through Europe's largest natural harbour and enjoy a festive lunch with mulled wine.

Hot Festive Turkey Roast: soft herbed buns, roasted Dorset turkey, Sage  stuffing, cranberry sauce
Desert: Homemade mince pies and cream.

For just £25 per person.  Discounts available for groups/trade.  10% discount if you book online.

Book and details

Scape to the South 16 - 27 Nov 2017

The Gallery Upstairs Upton

The Gallery Upstairs, Upton Country Park, Poole, BH17, Dorset

Michael Hemming, The Gallery Upstairs

Great Reindeer Hunt 18 Nov 2017 - 4 Jan 2018

Great Reindeer Hunt 2016

Teddy Bear Museum, Corner of High East St. & Salisbury St., Dorchester, DT1 1JU, Dorset

Edward Bear and family are all ready for Christmas but Santa's reindeer are missing and rumour has it they are hiding in Edward's festively decorated house. Help Edward find Santa's missing reindeer in his charming vintage house and win a bear in this fun festive event. Meet 'Spencer' Santa's giant 9ft helper bear.*

Free Christmas Bear worth £5.99!

.See a vintage Edwardian Christmas in this magical setting.

* Spencer is a  traditional Teddy Bear, not a costume or animated  display or grotto.

Admission Prices
Adult - £ 5.99, Child - £ 5.99, ( 2 – 16 years old - Under 3's FREE )
Family Saver - £ 22.99 (2 Adults & 2 Children)

Every participating child wins a Christmas Bear worth £5.99.

Open daily 10am-4pm - Closed 24th - 26th December

Things I Know to be True 21 - 25 Nov 2017

Lighthouse - Things I know to be True

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

A Frantic Assembly & State Theatre Company South Australia production by Andrew Bovell

7.45pm (Theatre) Lighthouse
Wednesday & Saturday matinee 2.30pm
Post Show Talk: Thursday 23 November
Captioned Performance: Saturday 25 November at 2.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Thursday 23 November at 7.45pm
Tickets: £20 (Weekdays & Wed Matinee), £24 (Weekend inc Sat Matinee – no concessions)
Discounts: U18s, Students, Seniors, Schools, ATL

As touching as it is funny and bold, Things I know to be True tells the story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parent's love and expectations.

Booking and availability

Booking Fees: Prices quoted are for tickets booked in person at the Ticket Office. Tickets booked by telephone or online are subject to a booking fee of up to £1.75 per ticket


Santa's Christmas Grotto & Magical Light Garden 24 Nov - 24 Dec 2017

Upton Santas Christmas Grotto

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

Upton Country Park

Festive Christmas Grotto
24th November – 24th December Closed 27th November, 4th & 11th December
Daily 10am – 7pm Last admission 6pm

Our festive woodland grotto is back for 2017 with a new and improved look! Real wood cabins, interactive things for children and adults to get involved with, a children’s quality wrapped gift and photographs to take home on the day.

Pre-book your weekend tickets (December only) by calling 01202 261305 (9-5pm Mon-Sun) or come along on the day to purchase your tickets by card or cash at our Ticket office.

Magical Light Garden
Daily from 4-7pm (last admission 6.30pm)
Closed Mon 27th Nov, 4th & 11th Dec.

Our walled garden will be transformed for the festive season into a magical world of lights and laughter.   Follow the pathways, taking in our giant Christmas Tree, Interactive Igloo, mini northern lights display as well as our penguin frozen lake, magical fairy turrets and nativity scene.

Tickets available over the phone 01202 261305 (lines open 9-5 Mon-Sun) or on the day at the ticket office.

Further details and pricing at https://uptoncountrypark.com/christmas.

Upton House Magical Light Garden

Christmas at The Ark 25 Nov - 24 Dec 2017

Christmas at the Ark

The Ark, Poole Park, Poole, BH15 2SF, Dorset

Ho,ho,ho…Forget presents, tinsel and turkey. What could make Christmas more magical than a visit to see the elves and meeting Santa Claus, the man himself?

Come and experience the magic and sparkle of Christmas with fabulous festive fun for all the family at the award-winning Ark Poole Park this year.

Swapping snowy woods for picturesque Poole Park, the merry bunch will arrive with sacks of Christmas cheer - and a little mischief!

Experience an elf’s life at The Ark along with the magic and joy of split-level soft play, a real ice rink (perfect for a pre or post festive spin), ice cream kiosk and café serving a selection of delicious and freshly cooked meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks.

Meet Santa’s little helpers at the Elf Workshop and enjoy an experience that’s sure to get you in the festive mood:

Standard entrance fee applies for soft play and ice rink
Santa's Grotto is avialable top book 10.30 - 17.30- on 25th/26th November, 2nd/3rd, 9th/10th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December)

There is limited capacity so book early to avoid disapppointment.
Tickets can be booked by calling The Ark on 01202 717197
or emailing info@thearkpoolepark.co.uk

 Christmas at the Ark Poole Park