The Ark Poole Park brings its charming cheeky characters to life - Help name them and win a Golden Ticket! 4 Nov 2016


The Ark in Poole Park is set to create more magical moments and active fun and games with the creation of two enchanting new costume characters. 

Voting open for the new Poole Park Quiet Garden 1 Nov 2016


Local people are being invited to vote for the Poole Park Quiet Garden project, which has been shortlisted for funding from Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative. Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000, all raised from the 5p bag charge. Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in around 400 Tesco regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. Customers are able to vote in Tesco stores for their favourite scheme until Sunday 13 November. This funding will create a new Quiet Garden on the former go-karting site. Designed with the help of volunteers, the garden will provide a new experience for park users seeking calm and relaxation in an outdoor setting. The careful use of plants, paths and seating will add to the sensory experience. The project also aims to improve the wellbeing of park users, especially people with mental health issues, learning disabilities and people suffering from an illness or trauma. Cllr John Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Borough of Poole, said: “I’m really pleased that our new Quiet Garden project has been shortlisted for funding from the Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative. This project brings back into use an area of the park which has fallen into disrepair and which is inaccessible to the public. I look forward to seeing this project develop in the coming months and it being a calm, tranquil place for our residents to relax and enjoy.” Martin Whitchurch, Poole Park Life Project Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “I would encourage people to vote at their local Tesco stores when doing their next weekly shop, especially as the more votes the project receives the greater the amount awarded! Our gardening volunteers have already started to clear some of the site and you can see the potential already, including some great views across the lake and the Cricket Pitch.”Find out more information visit pooleprojects.net or the Bags of Help website www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

Local Youth Orchestra the best in UK 1 Nov 2016


Based at The Bournemouth & Poole College, the Wessex Youth Orchestra (WYO) has won the highest youth orchestra accolade in the UK, 'Music for Youth’s National Partnership Award′.

Poole Harbour Commissioners invest in new pilot vessel 1 Nov 2016


Committed to ensuring the safety of all personnel, Poole Harbour Commissioners(PHC) has invested in a state-of-the-art pilot vessel.

Sunseeker confirmed as main sponsor of Poole Harbour Boat Show 28 Oct 2016


Sunseeker is once again confirmed as the main sponsor for next year’s Poole Harbour Boat Show which takes place from May 19 to 21. This will be the third year the British luxury motor yacht manufacturer has supported the south coast’s biggest-ever free to attend boat show. Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC), organisers of the award-winning event, is pleased to welcome back the prestigious sponsor who are one of the town's largest employers. Through its sponsorship the firm will be providing the ‘Sunseeker Sessions’ live music stage. The stage is set to be a central feature at the event, showcasing great British performance with musical talent from across the region. Sibbett Gregory, Elite Signs, Bournemouth Colour Print and Bates Wharf have once again pledged support for the boat show which will be held on Poole Quay and at PHC’s award-winning marina Poole Quay Boat Haven.

Blooming Marvellous, Compton Acres Named TripAdvisor’s Top UK Tourist Attraction 28 Oct 2016


How a chartered surveyor turned private gardens into the UK’s most popular tourist attraction, as recognised by TripAdvisor.Recognising the extensive rejuvenation and refurbishments efforts made by current owners Bernard and Kaye Merna, Compton Acres has been announced as the UK’s top tourist attraction by TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site. Topping a list of prestigious UK tourist attractions, the popularity rating of Compton Acres is based on search activity to their website which has increased by 150% in the last 12 months. Built in 1924 by a wealthy margarine entrepreneur, the private gardens entered a long period of decline following the Second World War. Taking on the challenge Bernard Merna, a chartered surveyor, and Kaye Merna purchased Compton Acres in 2003. Turning to garden consultant Peter Thoday, a former horticultural director at the Eden Project and horticultural expert Mary Payne MBE, a two-time Chelsea Flower Show Gold winner, the team breathed new life into the historic gardens. Compton Acres is now home to magnificent planting displays and showcases over 3000 species of plants including many beautiful and rare specimens from around the world.  Spread across 10 acres of land overlooking Poole Harbour, the Merna’s have made a number of ambitious developments over the years. Adding a Café and Tearooms, Gift Shop, Plant Centre and The Italian Villa, a popular venue for weddings and corporate events. This has also seen the garden named as the Best Small Visitor Attraction, at the South West Tourism Awards 2016. Bernard Merna, comments: “We have spent 16 years transforming Compton Acres into a welcoming visitor destination. Reviving the historic gardens has been a real honour and to now be named the Top Tourist Attraction in the UK according to TripAdvisor is a crowning achievement for all our hard work. We look forward to the years ahead as the beautiful gardens continue to mature”  Today, the gardens at Compton Acres stretch along gentle paths, from The Italian Garden to the Wooded Valley, Rock and Water Gardens, the Heather Garden, and the Japanese Garden.  To find out more about Compton Acres and plan your visit go to: www.comptonacres.co.uk.

Free Fire Shows, Fireworks & Family Fun this November 5th 21 Oct 2016


Dazzling fire shows and magical music will be entertaining crowds visiting the Quay for Poole’s spectacular free firework display on Saturday November 5 at 8pm.

Dolphin Shopping Centre, Poole, gets ready to host festive fun in the lead up to Christmas 19 Oct 2016


Festive fun is set to descend on the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole next month in preparation for the Christmas season.

Poole Harbour Commissioners host open evening at Port 19 Oct 2016


Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) is holding its annual open evening on Wednesday November 30 at 5.45pm.

Popular home goods store Flying Tiger opens in Poole 18 Oct 2016


In the lead up to Christmas, a new pop-up shop has opened its doors at the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole. Danish home goods store, Flying Tiger, which has stores across the UK, has expanded into Poole for the festive season.The popular Copenhagen brand, which sells everything from gadgets, toys, home utensils, office supplies and crafts, has opened next to Marks & Spencer. The store, which is often described as a ‘high street Ikea’, offers an ever-changing selection of own-designed and branded products at affordable prices. Commenting on the pop-up store, John Grinnell, centre manager at the Dolphin Shopping Centre said: “Flying Tiger is a very popular retailer and we’re pleased to be welcoming them to Poole. It will be a great addition for shoppers especially with Halloween and Christmas. The store is known for its quirky products and home goods and will be perfect for anyone needing seasonal decorations and gifts.”Jon Edwards, director of Flying Tiger added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Flying Tiger to open a pop-up shop in Poole. Our Bournemouth store is doing really well and the business is continually looking to expand. We will be open every day in the lead up to Christmas.”

Halloween fun for all the family this Half Term 6 Oct 2016


PARKDEAN Holidays and Park Resorts are celebrating Halloween in spooktacular style with a packed schedule of activities and entertainment for holidaymakers to enjoy this autumn.

RSPB Arne Announced as the Home of Autumnwatch 2016 3 Oct 2016


The RSPB in Dorset announce that the BBC's Autumnwatch 2016 will be broadcast live from their RSPB Arne nature reserve, from Monday 24 – Thursday 27 October, 8pm on BBC Two and 9pm on Wednesday 26 October.

 
 
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