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Events and what's on in Poole

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If it's events you're after, Poole delivers plenty.

From Poole Harbour Boat Show to Poole Regatta, Poole is packed with events on and off the water to keep you entertained.

Music lovers are spoilt for choice with three festivals featuring world-class performers from the worlds of folk, classical and blues, plus rampaging pirates, classic cars, and vintage and arts events for all the family.

Use the tabs below to browse Poole events today, this weekend, this week or next week - or use the calendar to see what's on when you're visiting.

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The next 29 events in Poole appear below.

01 April 2020

Poole, Dorset
BSO: Imperial BeethovenGoethe’s play Egmont depicts the subjugation of the Netherlands by tyrannical Spanish rulers, and Beethoven approached his commission to write the music for it with zeal, out of both his unmitigated respect for the author and his humanist’s belief in the freedom and dignity of man. The overture commences with an ominous melody, a storm gathers but soon clears before the threatening mood returns to carry the music through its triumphant ending. Schumann poetically captured Beethoven’s Fourth ...
03 April 2020

Poole, Dorset
Kevin Clifton & Joanne Clifton in BURN THE FLOORAfter the sell-out success of the first ever UK tour of BURN THE FLOOR in 2019, this 5 star production is set to return with a new show. The famous siblings will tour together for the very first time and will play on their individual successes in an ‘Anything You Can Do…’ inspired them. And what better way to do it than in the world’s leading Ballroom show BURN THE FLOOR! In the past two decades Burn the Floor has revolutionised Ballroom style. Combining jaw-dropping choreography and ...
31 Mar 2020 to 04 Apr 2020

Poole, Dorset
Comedy: What's in a Name?You are invited to take a seat at the table for a riotously funny evening that questions whether a person’s name truly reflects who they are. Father-to-be Vincent and his partner Anna are invited to dinner by his sister Elizabeth and her husband, Peter. They are joined by childhood friend Carl for a mature and sophisticated gathering. The meal is lovingly prepared, and wine carefully selected. The friends are prepared for the usual humorous exchanges they’ve come to expect. But ...
07 April 2020

Poole, Dorset
Dream MachinesMotor Cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. Poole Quay Dream Machines is a fully marshalled and self-funded event. Entry is £1.50 per bike on the evening. Alternatively season armbands are available from Poole Museum or the Lord Nelson on Poole Quay for £8 giving entry for the entire season. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay and harbour offers the perfect location and there is a great ...
09 April 2020

Poole, Dorset
Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living DangerouslyNamed by the Guinness Book of Records as 'the world's greatest living explorer', Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spent his life in pursuit of extreme adventure; inspiring generations and risking life and limb in some of the most ambitious private expeditions ever undertaken. Amongst his many record-breaking achievements, he was the first to reach both Poles, the first to cross the Antarctic and Arctic Ocean, and the first to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis - his current goal is to ...
12 Apr 2020 to 13 Apr 2020

Poole, Dorset
Chickadee Chickaday!Easter Days just perfect for people who want to learn about chickens, how easy they are to keep and even hold a little hatched chick. Each child will also get to decorate an Easter Bonnet to take home, along with lots of chick-inspired games for the whole family to play on the day. We'll be in the Activity Area at Upton Country Park from 10am-4pm on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Shush… but there may even be some special guests on the day too! Pre-booking recommended. Online ...
14 April 2020

Poole, Dorset
Dream MachinesMotor Cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. Poole Quay Dream Machines is a fully marshalled and self-funded event. Entry is £1.50 per bike on the evening. Alternatively season armbands are available from Poole Museum or the Lord Nelson on Poole Quay for £8 giving entry for the entire season. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay and harbour offers the perfect location and there is a great ...
18 April 2020

Poole, Dorset
Cirque EnfantCirque Enfant is a fun packed, high energy circus cabaret for all the family. From Tots to Teens, the kids will rock out to the great music of Cirque Enfant as this interactive fun show brings amazing Acrobats, Jugglers, Clowns, Sing a Long and so much more to the stage. Audiences of all ages join in with the madness and mayhem of this laugh out loud Circus Cabaret that kids of all ages simply love. Cirque Enfant is coming to town. The perfect show for kids of all ages - and mum ...
04 Apr 2020 to 19 Apr 2020

Poole, Dorset
Leaping Lambs Easter TrailLeap along to Poole Museum to find the hidden lambs in the cases and peeking from behind our collections. Complete the trail to collect your chocolatey prize! Time: 10am to 4pm.
21 April 2020

Poole, Dorset
Dream MachinesMotor Cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. Poole Quay Dream Machines is a fully marshalled and self-funded event. Entry is £1.50 per bike on the evening. Alternatively season armbands are available from Poole Museum or the Lord Nelson on Poole Quay for £8 giving entry for the entire season. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay and harbour offers the perfect location and there is a great ...
24 April 2020

Poole, Dorset
King LearAdapted & performed by Paul Morel, directed by John Mowat with all of Oddbodies’ trademark physical ingenuity and visual flair, this is an inventive, irreverent and highly accessible take on one of Shakespeare’s most brilliant plays. Armed with only a drum, a guitar, a knife and a chair, the tragic trajectory of Lear’s demise is presented to you from the point of view of his long suffering and ever-loyal fool. Blindness, betrayal, delusion, deceit, love, loyalty, lust and greed –it’s ...
25 April 2020

Poole, Dorset
Dorset Neon RunThe Dorset Neon Run is a 5k neon night run open to anyone over the age of 12 in the iconic Poole Park with the aim of having fun! Join up to 1,000 other neon runners and run, walk or skip the 5k route whilst lit up in neon face paint, glow sticks, glow bracelets and fluorescent tutus – whatever takes your fancy – before returning to show off your bling under UV lights and shake your thing to music at the end. This event is organised and run by Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability ...
28 April 2020

Poole, Dorset
Dream MachinesMotor cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. Poole Quay Dream Machines is a fully marshalled and self-funded event. Entry is £1.50 per bike on the evening. Alternatively season armbands are available from Poole Museum or the Lord Nelson on Poole Quay for £8 giving entry for the entire season. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay and harbour offers the perfect location and there is a great ...
29 April 2020

Poole, Dorset
Chris Ramsey – The 20/20 tourTHE BRAND NEW STAND-UP SHOW Critically acclaimed comedian Chris Ramsey is hitting the road for his biggest ever stand-up tour in 2020. Having filled venues across the country including The Newcastle Metro Arena, twice, “Ramsey has the potential to be a mainstream hit, a cult favourite or almost anything in between” (Sunday Times), so don’t miss your chance to catch him live on stage while you can. Chris has just announced his own live stand-up special which will be available to ...
01 May 2020

Poole, Dorset
One Night At The V.E Day PromsOne Night At The V.E Day Proms is the ultimate, musical celebration in honour of the 75th Anniversary of V.E DAY. This incredible concert show takes you on a musical journey through World War II, providing an insight in to how music played a pivotal role throughout the most extraordinary period in modern day history. Featuring The London Gala Orchestra and exceptional live singers, One Night At The V.E Day Proms brings back to life such popular war time songs as Vera Lynn’s The White ...
04 May 2020

Poole, Dorset
Saving Grace featuring Robert Plant and Suzi DianA co-operative featuring Robert Plant and Suzi Dian - vocals, Oli Jefferson - percussion, Tony Kelsey – mandolin, baritone and acoustic guitars and Matt Worley – banjo, acoustic and baritone guitars, and cuatro. The five musicians work in glorious harmony from start to finish reworking a selection of diverse cover versions that have been collected from various places creating a musical journey in its truest form. Furthermore, this odyssey has been undertaken in the spirit of ...
05 May 2020

Poole, Dorset
Dream MachinesMotor Cycle event on Poole Quay from 6pm. Poole Quay Dream Machines is a fully marshalled and self-funded event. Entry is £1.50 per bike on the evening. Alternatively season armbands are available from Poole Museum or the Lord Nelson on Poole Quay for £8 giving entry for the entire season. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay and harbour offers the perfect location and there is a great ...
09 May 2020

Poole, Dorset
Dance: Breakin' ConventionBreakin' Convention, the world’s ground-breaking festival of hip hop dance theatre, is back with a fresh new line up! Expect jaw-dropping and inspiring performances from internationally celebrated poppers, lockers, b-boys and b-girls in a festival that showcases local talent alongside global sensations. This year’s touring acts comprise world champion b-boys Jinjo Crew from South Korea; kaleidoscopic tutting and popping from France’s Géométrie Variable; and a stunning blend of ...
12 May 2020

Poole, Dorset
Dream MachinesThe UK’s biggest and best weekly bike meet usually takes places on Poole Quay every Tuesday from 6pm (April to the end of September). Poole Quay Dream Machines is a fully marshalled and self-funded event. Entry is £1.50 per bike on the evening. Alternatively season armbands are available from Poole Museum or the Lord Nelson on Poole Quay for £8 giving entry for the entire season. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole ...
19 May 2020

Poole, Dorset
Dream MachinesThe UK’s biggest and best weekly bike meet usually takes places on Poole Quay every Tuesday (April to the end of September). Poole Quay Dream Machines is a fully marshalled and self-funded event. Entry is £1.50 per bike on the evening. Alternatively season armbands are available from Poole Museum or the Lord Nelson on Poole Quay for £8 giving entry for the entire season. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The ...
26 May 2020

Poole, Dorset
Dream MachinesThe UK’s biggest and best weekly bike meet usually takes places on Poole Quay every Tuesday from 6pm (April to the end of September). Poole Quay Dream Machines is a fully marshalled and self-funded event. Entry is £1.50 per bike on the evening. Alternatively season armbands are available from Poole Museum or the Lord Nelson on Poole Quay for £8 giving entry for the entire season. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole ...
27 May 2020 to 28 May 2020

Poole, Dorset
Dragons and Mythical BeastsCalling all brave heroes! Enter into a magical world of myths and legends in this fantastical new interactive show for all the family. Unveil a myriad of dark secrets and come face to face with some of the most magnificent monsters and terrifying beasts ever to walk the earth. Discover the colossal Stone Troll, the mysterious Indrik and Japanese Baku; the Tooth Fairy (not as sweet as you'd think), an adorable Unicorn and majestic Griffin. Take your place among legendary heroes, just don't ...
30 May 2020

Poole, Dorset
Powerhouse Gospel ChoirThe unique sound of Powerhouse Gospel Choir is found in the magical blend of their voices producing a sound that is soulful, passionate, uplifting and utterly captivating. Most of these seasoned singers and musicians have worked with some of the world’s top artists and music legends, and have been singing together in various formations for many years. Led by the inimitable T-Jae Cole one of the UK’s most respected gospel choir directors. Powerhouse perform all your favourite gospel ...
06 Jun 2020 to 07 Jun 2020

Poole, Dorset
Poole Festival of RunningThe Poole Festival of Running is Poole’s biggest running event and is organised by Poole Runners. It’s a celebration of running held over two days with races for everyone including Children’s Minithons, a 5K charity run, our flagship Poole 10K road race and the Poole Half Marathon. The 5k, 10k and Half Marathon take place on flat, fast and scenic parts of Poole including Poole Quay, Upton Country Park and the harbourside parks. The kids minithon races take place within the safety of Poole ...
12 Jun 2020 to 14 Jun 2020

Poole, Dorset
Poole Harbour Boat ShowThe sixth Poole Harbour Boat Show is taking place in June from its award-winning home, Poole Quay Boat Haven. With over 30,000 people in attendance in during 2017, 2018 and 2019, the show continues to be the biggest-ever free to attend boat show on the South Coast. The show has gone from strength to strength and we have built a strong following with many exhibitors having renewed each year since the first show in 2015. Running from the 12th - 14th June 2020, the three-day extravaganza ...
20 June 2020

Poole, Dorset
Harry Paye Pirate DayTis time for you landlubbers to dig out yer eye patch, earring and cutlass for Poole’s annual celebration on 20th June, of its favourite pirate son.
27 June 2020

Poole, Dorset
Folk on the QuayA free folk music festival in Poole on 27th June with outdoor music stages and dancers in the streets overlooking Poole’s lovely Harbour. With traditional folk dancing, ceilidhs on the Quay and lots more.
10 July 2020

Poole, Dorset
Upton Country Park Festival - Totally 90sLet us entertain you with an unforgettable trip back to the 90s at Upton Country Park Festival! We've put together the world's very best tributes to Robbie Williams (Tony Lewis), the Spice Girls (Wannabe), Take That (Rule the World) and Kylie Minogue (Jade Chamberlain) for a supercharged night of nostalgic fun at Upton Country Park. You're welcome to bring your own picnic and drinks but there will be a range of incredible street food and drink vendors on site including the Cocktail ...
11 July 2020

Poole, Dorset
Upton Country Park Festival - Best of Brit RockA celebration of British rock giants who've changed the world with the power of their music! The very best tributes to Pink Floyd (Floyd Effect), The Beatles (Upbeat Beatles), Rolling Stones (The Stones), Queen (QE2), Oasis (Oas-is) and Coldplay will electrify the night sky at Upton Country Park. You're welcome to bring your own picnic and drinks but there will be a range of incredible street food and drink vendors on site including the Cocktail Cabin and Prosecco & Pimms Bar. Sat ...
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4 Dec 2019
New Year's Eve Events in Dorset New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration. We raise a glass to the year that’s gone by, everything we’ve achieved, and that glass is also raised to the year ahead. It is often spent with family and friends, the ones who have been by our side for last 12 months, and the ones we look to spend the next 12 months with. For many of us, a change is about to happen. We step into the New Year with a fresh vision of exciting things to come. Whatever you’re ... Read more...
3 Dec 2019
Ice Skating in Dorset Christmas is nearly here and there’s a fun way to get you in the festive spirit — by ice skating in Dorset! Nothing beats wrapping up, getting your skates on and heading out to glide (or stumble) across the ice, before treating yourself to a delicious hot chocolate afterwards. Whether you’re a cling-to-the-side kind of skater or have a Torville and Dean style, ice skating is a fab activity for all and a great way to get together with friends and family to have ... Read more...
2 Dec 2019
Dorset Beaches Dorset is surrounded by an 88-mile stretch of quite remarkable coastline. One of the pleasures of visiting (or living in) Dorset is that you’re never too far away from the beach – whichever beach that may be, because there’s plenty! And by plenty, we mean loads! There are the major beaches such as the award-winning Bournemouth Beach and Weymouth Beach, along with the many smaller beaches such as Church Ope Cove. Take a look at some of many: Chesil ... Read more...
26 Nov 2019
Dog-Friendly Dorset A fully-fledged member of the family, your four-legged friend doesn’t need to feel left out of the holiday loop and will be well-catered for when you come to dog-friendly Dorset. Accommodation When it comes to finding somewhere to stay, there’s no shortage of accommodation to choose from. Whether it’s camping, a caravan, cottage or lodge you’re after, Dorset has plenty of dog-friendly options to choose from to make the perfect holiday for you and your ... Read more...
8 Nov 2019
Dorset’s Christmas Markets and Festive Fairs ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and you will be when you discover the fantastic selection of Christmas markets and festive fairs that are set to be held around Dorset in the coming weeks. If you’re getting organised with your shopping, these events are a great way to find those perfect gifts; if delicious food and drink is on your wish list, then you’ll love the tasty selection available from local producers; or maybe you’d like a day out to get you in the ... Read more...

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