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What to do Bournemouth in this Winter?


Hi everyone,

Winter is here and so are hot chocolate, cozy nights and frosty mornings. Even though you can’t tan on the beach, Bournemouth still has a lot planned for this season. Below you can find a list of some of the events that will take place over the next three months:


Cirque Du Soleil in Virtual Reality

Pavilion Theatre, 6-15 December 2019

Dive into the surreal world of acclaimed circus troupe, Cirque Du Soleil, through the wonders of virtual reality. Enter Limina Immersive’s unique VR theatre to immerse yourself in three thrilling VR films that will transport you to vibrant lands, rich with strange spectacles and illusions, where fire and water dance and mystical beings roam. With oceanic acrobatics, breathtaking battles, snake-like contortions and astonishing aerials, this spectacular journey of the senses is not to be missed.

Get your tickets here.

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

Bournemouth Town Centre and other locations, 15 November  2019 – 2 January 2020

This Christmas you will be able to enjoy a unique festive trail featuring spectacular Christmas trees from around the world.

Explore everyone’s favorite Christmas Market and skate under the stars in the Victorian gardens. Enjoy live music, entertainment and illuminations around the resort. Bournemouth is an ideal place to spend Christmas with your friends and family. Read more about the event here.

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Sleeping Beauty

Lighthouse Poole’s Centre for the Arts, 15-16 January 2020

Under the expert direction of Marina Medvetskaya, Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet combines classical training and technique with the best-loved Russian ballets, outstanding soloists and full orchestra, to entertain audiences in breath-taking style.

This brand new staging of The Sleeping Beauty is perfectly enchanting; Tchaikovsky’s glorious music sets the scene for the traditional fairy tale. The Nutcracker is the perfect introduction to ballet, as Clara is whisked away on a magical adventure by her Nutcracker Prince, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s delightful score.

Sandi Toksvig Live! National Trevor

Lighthouse Poole’s Centre for the Arts, 17 January 2020

Sandi Toksvig is touring her new, one-woman comedy show.  Sandi realises some people harbour an ambition to be a National Treasure but following a misunderstanding with a friend has decided instead to become a National Trevor – half misprint, half Danish comedian, novelist, actor and broadcaster.

Expect tall stories, fascinatingly funny facts, really silly jokes, a quick fire Q&A and a quiz. Don’t expect tap-dancing, leotards or a forward roll.

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Circus of Horrors 2020

O2 Academy Bournemouth, 7 February 2020

The new Circus of Horrors show will be an immersive celebration of it’s astounding 25 years.  It will include an amazing amalgamation of acts, driven by a rock n roll sound scape, a show that will have you sat on the edge of your seat when not falling off it with laughter.

The almighty cast that stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent is now a West End & World Wide Hit and will take you on a rock n’ roller coaster ride of Unbelievable, Bizarre & Beautiful acts. It is a circus like no other and a show you simply can’t afford to miss. Don’t wait, get your tickets here!

Light Up Poole

Various locations in Poole, 20-22 February 2020

Light Up Poole, the annual festival of digital light art, is set to return in February with three nights of extraordinary light spectacles and community events that will transform the town after dark.

More than 40,000 visitors experienced last year’s incredible displays and for Light Up Poole 2020 organisers are extending the light up time and expanding the programme with talks, workshops and ticketed events including a family rave. Visit the Festival’s website here.


Looking for more inspiration and events? Visit for a detailed description of every single event happening in Bournemouth and surrounding areas. Additionally, keep a close eye on our blog for more local information as we always deliver the important news straight to you.

Until next time,
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Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland 2019


Hi everyone,

Are you looking for a mystical, magical and memorable experience? This year Bournemouth has prepared a spectacular Christmas tree trail, enchanting illuminations and more!

This year the Christmas Tree Wonderland will begin on 15th November 2019 and end on 2nd January 2020. Why is it worth to visit Bournemouth during this time? The 60 ft centre piece walk-through animated Tree with regular sound & light shows will be situated in the middle of the Lower Gardens. Additionally, the tree trail will feature over 100 trees and replicas of trees from six cities around the world.

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What’s new this year?
Some of the new attractions include: Crimson Vodafone Gigafast Tree of Light, Polar Walk, Golden Reindeer, Teddy Bears Picnic and Shimmering Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf. Here’s a link to the official Christmas Tree Wonderland Trail.

If Christmas Trees are not your thing, there is tons of other attractions waiting for you in Bournemouth. Visit the outdoor ice rink and skate under the stars! The Alpine Market and Alpine Lodge Bar will also be open if you prefer something more relaxing. Moreover, Santa’s Magical Grotto will provide an incredible experience for the little ones.

Follow the trail and continue the adventure through Lansdowne, the Traingle, Horseshoe Common and the Coastal Villages. Other parts of Bournemouth will also have their own themes and festivities!

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All photos were taken from the Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland website (2019)

This year Boscombe focuses on their bustling, bohemian vibe to celebrate different cultures and world cuisine with a 15-meter tree. Southbourne will revisit past with their Vintage Christmas theme whilst Westbourne will celebrate Victorian Christmas. There is plenty of events happening throughout December so join us for an unforgettable adventure in Bournemouth! You can easily plan your visit here.

Until next time,


What else to do during Bournemouth Air Festival 2019


Hi everyone!

Just like every year, the town will soon be extremely busy due to the upcoming Bournemouth Air Festival. Although this year there is a lot of amazing attractions and you definitely won’t get bored, we wanted to put together a short itinerary of other events happening in Bournemouth and surrounding areas to give you more of a choice! How will you be spending the end of summer?

29 August 2019

Fame the Musical

Between 26-31 August you should definitely see this phenomenal musical! Based on the 1980 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 through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life. This bittersweet but uplifting triumph of a show explores the issues that confront many young people today: prejudice, identity, pride, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance. Book your tickets here.

Rockley’s Summer Spectacular with Fireworks on Poole Quay

Free live music, entertainment, and fireworks at Poole Quay! Bournemouth & Poole Tourism is bringing a party atmosphere to Poole’s continental quayside with fun for the whole family. Finish your day with an amazing firework finale over the largest natural harbour in Europe at 10 pm! Find out more here.

30 August 2019

Quay For My Car

Last event for this year! The theme is “American Dreams”. Quay For My Car is a series of events sponsored by Poole Pirates. For each they offer free entry onto the quayside for the car owners who fit the theme for that particular evening. With a stunning backdrop of the Quay and Poole Harbour, it is the perfect location for owners to show off their vehicles.  Read more here.

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31 August 2019

Dorset Vegan Festival

70+ fantastic Vegan stalls and world food caterers will gather on the day at the Lighthouse Poole from 10.30am-4.30pm. But that’s not all! You can also expect exciting cookery demos and inspirational talks throughout the day.

1 September 2019

Summer Adventures on Brownsea

This tour runs from 27 July to 1 September. Treat your family to a day of wild adventure on Brownsea this summer. Try any one of our free nature based trails, test your skills at the natural play area or join one of our sensory family guided adventure that explores Brownsea’s weird and wonderful wildlife. Wear sturdy footwear and sensible outdoor clothing and come ready for a wild experience. To read more about this adventure click here.

We hope that this short summary will help you to decide what else you can do during the Bournemouth Air Festival 2019. If you want to read more about what you can expect this year, please check our previous post.

Until next time,
Klaudia Urbanska
Marsham Court Hotel

What to expect from Bournemouth Air Festival 2019


Hi Everyone!

Are you excited for the Bournemouth Air Festival 2019? This year visit our beautiful seaside town between 29th August – 1st September to experience all the fun. We have put together a short summary of the shows happening during the weekend so you know what to expect.

The biggest attraction will definitely be the Raf Typhoon and you will be able to see its shows both during the day and at dusk. Even though this year we will miss the RAF Red Arrows Team, there is still tons more to see! You definitely can’t miss the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Saab Darken, Supermarine Spitfire MK and RAF HC2 Chinook.

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It won’t be only busy in the air! In between the shows you can visit the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and The Army Villages for lots of fun and entertainment. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights across the Festival site there is a great choice of live music and other attractions. If you want to just simply relax, there are lots of Air Festivals Bars open on every corner. It couldn’t get any better!

How amazing does this sound? Get ready for a weekend full of fun and amazing displays at the, better than ever, Bournemouth Air Festival 2019! For more info visit the official website and don’t forget to book your accommodation with us to get the best seats and enjoy the show from your terrace.

Until next time,
Klaudia Urbanska
Marsham Court Hotel

What to do in Bournemouth this Summer?


Hi everyone,

This summertime Bournemouth has a lot to offer, especially as the summer approaches. Below you can find a list of some of the events that will take place in the next 3 months.


Poole Harbour Boat Show

Poole Quay, 7-9 June 2019

The fifth annual Poole Harbour Boat Show will return to our shores this June. With over 32,000 people in attendance in 2018 the Show continues to be the biggest-ever, FREE to attend Boat Show on the south coast. The Boat Show’s ambitions and theme are to get young people ‘on the water’.

In addition to more than an anticipated 200 exhibitors, over 100 boats will be on the water, including tall ships, celebrity style yachts and motors cruises. There will also be an impressive line-up of ‘on the water’ activities and workshops.

Dorset Moon featuring Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon

Bournemouth Central Gardens, 28-30 June 2019

If you thought the moon was out of reach, then it’s time to think again. It has travelled all over the world and wowed thousands, now Luke Jerram’s internationally acclaimed Museum of the Moon is making its way to Dorset for the first time as part of Dorset Moon; the exciting new arts event for summer 2019.

After stunning audiences all over the world Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Museum makes its Dorset debut in three stunning locations where, by the light of the mesmerising moonglow, a full programme of lunar-inspired events will create an experience that’s out of this world. Read more here.



Summer Live

The Square, Bournemouth, 12 July – 26 August 2019

Summer Live is a free event for all ages. It includes 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. Other huts include Henna body art, beach themed jewellery and the delicious sweet selection.

Children are more than welcome. There are free entertainment shows during the last 2 weeks of August with Dr Balloonman, Mr Merlin and Okey Dokey, Count Backwards and Jamie Jigsaw. Find out more here.

Bourne Free – Bournemouth’s Pride Festival

The Triangle, Bournemouth, 12 – 14 July 2019

Bourne Free is Bournemouth’s LGBT Pride Festival. We invite you to join us for a weekend of fun and frolics, good music, great entertainment and of course the famous Parade. The parade is a celebration of equality and diversity in the Bournemouth community. Charities, groups and lots of individuals of all genders, sexualities and races are also joining in the celebrations, why not join them this year?


Bournemouth Friday Fireworks

Bournemouth Seafront, August 2019

Be prepared to be dazzled by the Bournemouth Fireworks display starting on Friday, the 26 July 2019. Join everyone at the seafront at 10 pm for an unforgettable experience. Find out more information here.

Bournemouth Air Festival 2019

Bournemouth Seafront, 29 August – 1 September 2019

This UK’s biggest air festival attracts over a million people every year for 4-days of action and entertainment. From water to air and special night displays there is definitely plenty to do and you won’t get bored! Read more about the festival here.


Looking for more inspiration and events? Visit for a detailed description of every single event happening in Bournemouth and surrounding areas. Additionally, keep a close eye on our blog for more local information as we always deliver the important news straight to you.

Until next time,

Klaudia Urbanska,
Marsham Court Hotel

5 Free things to do in Dorset


Hi everyone,

Dorset is full of unbelievable places to visit and many things to do all year round. We have put together a short list of top 5 free things to do in this beautiful county.

Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove

One of Dorset’s most iconic places. The Durdle Door arch is situated at the top of a high cliff. Additionally, you can also visit the Lulworth Cove which was formed by the combined forces of the sea and a river swollen by melting ice at the end of the last Ice Age. Not only the views are incredible but there are also two beaches to choose from to spend a relaxing day with your family.

Old Harry Rocks

This UNESCO World Heritage Site managed by the National Trust is another popular destination among tourist and local residents. The unique rock formation provides breathtaking views of the Jurassic coast.

Moors Valley

Moors Valley is a fabulous country park. The Go Ape high ropes course (both for kids and adults), the Play Trail, miniature steam railway or cycling are only a few things you can do during your visit. The Park gets busy in the summer time but you can visit it all year round.

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The beach

Dorset enjoys nearly 100 miles of coastline! The Jurassic Coast’s sandy beaches are one of the most stunning ones. As such, it comes as no surprise that Bournemouth beach was voted #1 in the UK, 5th in Europe and 14th in the world.

Dorset is full of surprises all year round. When will you visit us next time?

Klaudia Urbanska
Marsham Court Hotel

What to do this early may bank holiday in Bournemouth?


Hi everyone!

Still no plans for early May Bank Holiday? Look no further! Below you can find a short summary of what is happening in Bournemouth and surrounding places over the long weekend.

4 May 2019

Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe (B.E.A.F.)

BEAF is returning in May 2019 with Bournemouth’s largest independent art festival. A mind blowing experience is underway and will take our communities into the world of local arts and performances. 8 days, 100 events, 500 artists, and 50 venues with a diverse and accessible range of events suitable for all audiences, including; exhibitions, talks, workshops, performances, live music, poetry and even a film festival, BEAF is a showcase of local emergent artists and creatives. Read more about the festival here.

Bowie Experience

Bowie Experience, a breath-taking concert celebrating the music of the world’s greatest pop icon, David Bowie, comes to Regent in Christchurch. This is a must see for all Bowie fans and this mesmerizing production promises an unforgettable journey of sound and vision, featuring all the hits from A to Ziggy!

Bowie Experience continues to amaze audiences with an astounding attention to detail, bringing the golden years of David Bowie to theatres across the globe. So, put on your red shoes and Let’s Dance! Get your tickets here.

5 May 2019

Georgie Fame & The BBC Big Band

The internationally acclaimed BBC Big Band and conductor Barry Forgie, are joined by the one-and-only Georgie Fame, for one of only a handful of 2019 concert dates. Through a diverse repertoire arranged and curated by the BBC Big Band and Georgie, the concert features classic big band numbers from the orchestra, alongside a selection of numbers from Georgie’s own library of Big Band music – including special arrangements of his hits, ‘Yeh Yeh’, ‘Getaway’ and ‘The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde’.

Strictly Come Dancing The Professionals

Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals is returning to venues across the country from May 2019 for a 35 date tour. Direct from BBC One’s award-winning prime time TV show Strictly Come Dancing, this glamorous production will bring together some of our much-loved Strictly Professional dancers as they take to the stage to dazzle with their dance prowess. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals as it returns to a venue near you for a Strictly limited engagement!

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6 May 2019

Mini Golf in the Gardens

The 18-hole Mini Golf course is located between Bournemouth Pier and the town centre, right in the middle of lower gardens. Additionally, it is a great source of entertainment for both adults and kids. Read more here.


We hope that you will have a relaxing bank holiday and spend it doing something you love. Let us know on our social media what your plans are for the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend!

Until next time,

Klaudia Urbanska
Marsham Court Hotel

What to do in Bournemouth this Spring?


Hi everyone,

this springtime Bournemouth has a lot to offer, especially as Easter approaches. Below you can find a list of some of the events that will take place in the next 3 months.


Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Lighthouse Poole’s Centre for the Arts, 13 February – 7 March 2019

Experience an evening of extraordinary short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.

The Circus of Horrors

Bournemouth Pavilion Centre, 5 March 2019

Imagine a brilliant rock show combined with amazing, bizarre & dare devil Circus acts, a stellar light show and all performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek. The Circus of Horrors is back with a bang & a brand new show, Psycho Asylum which includes an amazing amalgamation of acts, driven by a rock n roll sound scape, a show that will have you sat on the edge of your seat when not falling off it with laughter. Book your tickets here.


Seven drunken nights

Lighthouse Poole’s Centre for the Arts, 19 April 2019

Following its sold out smash hit debut tour, Seven Drunken Nights – The Story of The Dubliners returns to theatres in 2019 with an even bigger production. Direct from the West End, the show brings to life the music of Ireland’s favorite sons ‘The Dubliners’. The talented cast of musicians and singers bring the music of this iconic group to life.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

Lighthouse Poole’s Centre for the Arts, 23-27 April 2019

Ocean’s Eleven meets the Marx Brothers in this dynamite new comedy now enjoying its third year in the West End! Following the phenomenal sell-out success of their multi award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre return with their latest fast and fabulous comedy caper, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery.

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Bournemouth 7s Festival

Bournemouth Sports Club, 24-26 May 2019

“Renowned as the Sporting Glastonbury, Bournemouth 7s has established a formidable reputation amongst sportspeople and festival-goers alike! With numerous awards under its belt, the festival now attracts over 30,000 party people and almost 400 sports teams to Bournemouth over the late May Bank Holiday weekend. Read more about the Festival here.

Rita Ora

Bournemouth International Centre, 22 May 2019

Having performed on some of the world’s biggest shows, including ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ and ‘Ellen’ and most prestigious stages, from Glastonbury to The White House and even The Vatican, Rita Ora will be performing at Bournemouth International Centre as part of her 2019 global tour. Rita has already cemented herself as one of the UK’s most successful pop acts of the decade and performed around the world to critical acclaim – don’t miss your chance to see her live! Get your tickets here.

Looking for more inspiration? Visit for a detailed description of every single event happening in Bournemouth and surrounding areas. Additionally, keep a close eye on our blog for more local information as we always deliver the important news straight to you.

Until next time,

Klaudia Urbanska
Marsham Court Hotel

5 Free Things to do in Bournemouth


Hi everyone!

As Bournemouth is a seaside town, there are many things to do all year round! We have put together a short list of top 5 free things to do in this beautiful town.

Pier to pier walk

Take a stroll along the promenade and enjoy beautiful views during this 1.5 miles long walk. You can start your journey at either Bournemouth or Boscombe Pier and finish it at the other one. Afterwards, treat yourself to some ice cream or coffee and cake.

The Bournemouth and Poole Selfie Wall Trail

This year, Bournemouth and Poole’s award-winning seafront has been transformed into a work of art. Spice up your Instagram and take some unforgettable selfies. For more details check this website.

Hengistbury Head

A trip to Hengistbury Head is a must for everyone visiting Bournemouth. This unique trail features spectacular and breath-taking coastal views. Afterwards, you can relax on a nearby beach which is also dog friendly.

Bournemouth Gardens

It is definitely worth to see the Bournemouth Gardens all year round. During summer, enjoy the calming atmosphere and be surrounded by vibrant and eye-catching plants and trees. In the run up to Christmas, visit the Christmas Tree Wonderland for some holiday magic.

Bournemouth Air Festival

One of the biggest events of the year, Bournemouth Air Festival, is attended by millions of people and all displays are completely free! Next August, have a trip to the seaside and spend a weekend on the beach admiring this incredible aviation show.

Bournemouth is full of surprises all year round. When will you visit us next time?

Klaudia Urbanska
Marsham Court Hotel

What to do in Bournemouth over Christmas?


Hi Everyone,

Christmas time is finally here! We hope that you experienced the magical Christmas Tree Wonderland all around town. If you run out of the things to do, take a look at the list below. We put together a few events that are worth your attention:

Christmas Spectacular

Christchurch, 19-24 December 2018

West End comes to Christchurch for Christmas! This year, the Christmas Spectacular will take you to the North Pole, Santa’s Village and the Magic Toy Workshop. Find out more about this heart warming festive story here.

Live Nativity Service

Immanuel Church, Bournemouth, 24 December 2018

This popular Christmas celebration of Nativity will take place in a local church. You will have a chance to dress up as a character and meet the animals for a unique photo opportunity. Read more here.

Moguls Bar and Ice Skating

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth, 15 November 2018 – 6 January 2019 (except Christmas Day)

Take your family for an amazing adventure and skate under the stars! Afterwards, you can visit the Moguls Bar that is situated right next to the ice rink. Have a steamy hot chocolate topped with creamy marshmallows or a glass of mulled wine, sit back and relax. Find out more information here.


Although going to the cinema may not be very festive, it’s the perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon with your partner or family. Some of the films to see include: Nativity Rocks!, Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us, Surviving Christmas With the Relatives, Wreck-It Ralph 2 or Mary Poppins Returns.

Not matter what you do, Christmas should be spent with the loved ones. It just remains to say that we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Until next time,
Klaudia Urbanska,
Marsham Court Hotel