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Events and what's on in Bournemouth

The bustling seaside town, Bournemouth, is home to extremely popular events due to its range of attractions. With the best beach in the UK, vast shopping facilities, gardens and a busy nightlife attracts a range of bands, singers, comedians, beach events and much more.

Whilst large events regularly occur at Bournemouth's famous beach such as the Bournemouth Air Festival, the BIC (Bournemouth International Centre) hosts frequent worldwide names across performing arts.

Take a look at what's on in Bournemouth below, you're likely to find something just for you.

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The next 12 events in Bournemouth appear below.

23 August 2019

Bournemouth, Dorset
Bournemouth Friday FireworksBe prepared to be dazzled by the Bournemouth Firework display. Starting at 10pm at Bournemouth seafront, we know you’ll love watching the skies light up! (Weather dependent, call 01202 451781 for confirmation).
12 Jul 2019 to 26 Aug 2019

Bournemouth, Dorset
Summer LiveSummer Live is a free event for all ages. Bournemouth town centre offers visitors a wide variety of shops, restaurants, bars and the award-winning gardens. Summer Live is located in The Square. Live music every day (from 5pm week days / from 12pm weekends) Visit the huts and watch the artists in action as they paint, draw and create Face painting on most days (for a small fee) Outdoor 'Garden Bar' plus BBQ Other huts include Henna body art, beach themed jewellery and the ...
26 Aug 2019 to 31 Aug 2019

Bournemouth, Dorset
Fame The MusicalSelladoor Productions presents the definitive 30th anniversary tour of Fame The Musical starring Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Mica Paris (Love Me Tender, Chicago, Mama I Want To Sing) and Jorgie Porter (Hollyoaks, Dancing On Ice). Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop culture film, Fame The Musical is the international smash hit sensation following the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way ...
29 Aug 2019 to 01 Sep 2019

Bournemouth, Dorset
Bournemouth Air FestivalHuge free air festival with international aircraft, beach assault and air display teams. The Festival site is open daily from 10am with displays starting late morning/ early afternoon . See website for latest information.
20 September 2019

Bournemouth, Dorset
Art & Antiques EveningJoin specialists and experts seen on Antiques Roadshow for a unique and exclusive evening at the Russell-Cotes Museum. Bring your portable items for valuation by the stars as you enjoy drinks and canapés in our Galleries. Marc Allum will then give a ‘Behind the Scenes’ talk, sharing stories and anecdotes from his longstanding time as an expert on the iconic show, and Lee Young and Lisa Lloyd will share and discuss their favourite pieces from our collections. Tickets include drinks, ...
21 September 2019

Bournemouth, Dorset
Antiques Valuation Fundraiser DayIn partnership with Duke’s Auctioneers, the Russell-Cotes Museum will be holding a valuation day in its gorgeous garden, where a whole host of specialists, many of whom are regularly seen on BBC Antiques Roadshow, will be appraising items. All are welcome to bring along portable items such as jewellery, watches, ceramics, silver, books, pictures and photographs for verbal valuations by experts including Marc Allum, Lee Young, Paul Atterbury, Lisa Lloyd, Judith Miller, and Steven ...
17 Sep 2019 to 21 Sep 2019

Bournemouth, Dorset
Calendar Girls The MusicalCalendar Girls - The Musical by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth is the award-winning production based on the true story of the calendar girls - a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary. This marvellous musical comedy which received fantastic five-star reviews in London's West End now comes to Bournemouth's Pavilion Theatre, starring Sarah Jane Buckley, Sue Devaney, Julia Hills, Judy Holt, Ruth Madoc, Lisa Maxwell and Rebecca Storm. Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
27 Sep 2019 to 29 Sep 2019

Bournemouth, Dorset
Bournemouth Arts by the Sea FestivalThe annual multi-artform festival with lots of new and exciting events for everyone. Days of outdoor performance, music, live score, film, digital art, visual art, spoken word and more. Various venues and outdoor spaces.
04 Oct 2019 to 05 Oct 2019

Bournemouth, Dorset
Bournevaria OktoberfestFrom the people who bring you the Big Bournemouth Beer Festival. Loosen your Lederhosen for our fourth annual Bournevaria - Oktoberfest. Bigger and better than 2018 - The BIC Solent Hall will transport you to Bournevaria serving up German inspired beer and food with live music to get you moving. On arrival you will receive a free souvenir glass and 50% off your first drink. Fancy dress is optional but encouraged!
05 Oct 2019 to 06 Oct 2019

Bournemouth, Dorset
Bournemouth Marathon FestivalThe Bournemouth Marathon is ’Running as it should be’. Beautiful coastal views, a chance to run the Boscombe and Bournemouth Piers with a spectacular finish.
15 Nov 2019 to 02 Jan 2020

Bournemouth, Dorset
Christmas Tree WonderlandFeel the wonder at Bournemouth’s unique, free festive trail 15 Nov 2019 – 2 Jan 2020. Experience the magical, mystical and memorable spectacle of over 100 glittering trees and illuminations. Explore the Alpine Market and skate in the enchanting Victorian Lower Gardens. Enjoy live music, entertainment and magical illuminations across the town. As the skies darken, enter a world filled with light as Christmas trees from around the world guide you through an enchanted walkway encountering ...
07 Dec 2019 to 05 Jan 2020

Bournemouth, Dorset
Pantomime: AladdinFrom the producers that brought you Jack and the Beanstalk and Sleeping Beauty, comes the thrilling story of Aladdin . Packed full of everything you’d want in a pantomime including laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and, of course, a flying carpet! Follow Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee, and his mother Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure. Starring BBC EastEnders Richard Blackwood as Abanazar and The X Factor's Amelia Lily as Spirit of the Ring, ...

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20 Aug 2019
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