What's on in Poole - April


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Saturday 11 February - Sunday 23 April 2017 - Books for Boys

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


Exhibition courtesy of Palace Green Library, Durham University.

Books For BoysBooks for Boys explores the cultural landscape in the decades leading up to the conflict and in particular, the influences on the young men who so readily volunteered in 1914.

The exhibition celebrates a Golden Age of books for children and many of the authors whose work is displayed remain popular today. The late Victorian and Edwardian era introduced readers to classics such as The Jungle Book, as well as new genres, such as the spy novel.

Poole Museum - Free entry - check website for opening times.


Website: www.poolemuseum.com  



Tuesday 4 April 2017 - Dorset Cream Tea

Swanage Railway, Station House, Swanage, BH19 1HB


There is no better place to enjoy a traditional treat of a Dorset cream tea, than onboard Dorset’s premier heritage railway, watching the countryside pass as you enjoy fine tea and scones.

The cows you see from the carriage window may well have produced the cream, and no visit to Dorset is complete without having enjoyed this unique experience.

The Dorset cream tea train is hauled by one of our heritage diesel locomotives and departs Swanage station at 1440 arriving back at 15:42.

The Dorset cream tea consists of two mixed fruit scones, clotted cream, jam and tea.
Table for Two persons £33, Table for Four persons £66.

More info: http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/


Thursday 6 April 2017 - Outdoor Yoga - a six week course (individual sessions available)

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND


Enjoy an hour of energizing yoga with Jackie Hayfield in the tranquility of the garden before it opens to the public. Then stay to enjoy Knoll's naturalistic style and visiting wildlife.

First of a 6-week Thursday morning short course (6 April - 11 May).

To check availability and book please call the nursery on: 01202 873931 or online at: www.knollgardens.co.uk

9am - 10am.

£48 per 6 week course.
£10 per single session.

Email: enquiries@knollgardens.co.uk



Saturday 8 April 2017 - Dorset Neon Run

Poole Park, Poole, BH15 2SF 


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.

Before your 5K run: Register in our event tent and then start with sizzling sounds from local radio station Hot 102.8 followed by a stage warm up from our clubbercise instructor just before you set off on your 5K route! There will also be an opportunity to buy refreshments, extra neon goodies or get your face-painted to bling up your neon look!

After the 5k run: Receive your goody bag and medal and, if you’re up for it, continue to glow and shake your thing under UV lights in our music arena. For you and your supporters there will be food stands and refreshments and the lake will also be aglow with on-the-water activity!

For more info and to sign up - https://www.dorsetneonrun.com/poole/

Get set and glow!
in aid of Diverse Abilities


Monday 10 April 2017 - Archery and Low Ropes

Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Poole, BH13 7EE


Come and join the Outdoor Team for a session of archery or a low ropes experience. Minimum age 6. Please ensure you wear clothing and footwear that is suitable for both the outdoors and a sporting activity.

Booking not needed, normal admission and boat fares apply. Event charge of £4.50 per child.

Check here for up-to-date information:




Friday 14 - Monday 17 April 2017 - Easter fun on Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Poole, BH13 7EE

11am - 4pm Daily

Join in with our Easter activities and have a go at our special Easter trail with chocolatey prizes.

Booking not needed, normal admission and boat charges apply.



Good Friday 14 April 2017 - Hospital Hunt

Poole Park


Time: 11am – 2pm

Join Poole Hospital Charity for the first ever Hospital Hunt around Poole Park. Take part in an Easter trail from 11am along with other fun activities. All entries get bunny ears to take part in along with a hot cross bun, hot/cold drink and chocolate egg on completion.


All children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Adult: £7.50
Child (3-15): £5
Child (Under 3): FREE
Dogs: FREE

Buy Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/myevent?eid=32225988800



 Friday 28 April 2017 (different film programme at each) - Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Lighthouse Theatre


Inspirational adventure films are coming to the Lighthouse Theatre, Poole, on Tuesday 14 February and Friday 28 April!

Through the big screen, unleash your wild side with an evening of mind-blowing journeys, high-altitude action and ocean-crossing epics. The world’s top adventurers and most intrepid film-makers are pushing life to the limits in some of the furthest-flung corners of the globe – and you’re invited along for the unforgettable ride!


Ines Papert, Senja Island, Norway © Thomas Senf

Ines Papert, Senja Island, Norway © Thomas Senf


Different films at each screening – book for both and save!


Times: 19:30 (doors and bar open 18.30)
Tickets: Tickets cost £14.00 (£12.00 concessions and per person in groups of 6+), or a discounted £25 for both nights – a saving of £3.

Visit www.banff-uk.com for more details & tickets.



Saturday 22 April 2017 - Specialist Nurseries Plant Fair

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND


Meet expert growers and buy top-quality, locally grown camellias, blueberries, azaleas, ferns and perennials alongside Knoll's own multiple award-winning grasses including some not available online. Local wildlife organisations, plant societies and willow weaver will also be in the garden.

10am - 4pm, free admission to plant fair and garden.

Email: enquiries@knollgardens.co.uk
Website: www.knollgardens.co.uk  
Phone: 01202 873931


Sunday 23 April 2017 - Wild about the Great Heath

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

Poole Wildlife Watch

10am - 4pm

Free fun event from all the family!



Friday 28 April 2017 - RSPB Guided Walk - The Voices of Spring

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND


Join the RSPB for a guided stroll at Knoll before the gardens open to the general public, to listen to an amazing array of birds as they greet the new day with their song. RSPB will then be at Knoll to meet garden visitors for the rest of the day to answer questions and help with ideas to encourage nature into your garden.
8am - 10am.


£4 (divided between the Knoll Gardens Foundation and the RSPB).

Book online at: www.knollgardens.co.uk  or call the nursery on: 01202 873931.

Email: enquiries@knollgardens.co.uk


Saturday 29 April 2017 - Birdsong Morning Walk

Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Poole, BH13 7EE


7:30am to 10am £20 + normal admission charge.

A member of the ranger team will talk you through the sights and sounds of wildlife in this natural habitat. Enjoy a spring morning at Brownsea Island and a breakfast bap in the Villano Café. Booking is essential.

Contact via e-mail : brownseaisland@nationaltrust.org.uk or telephone 01202 707744



Saturday 29 April 2017 - Tiger Day VII 2017 

The Tank Museum, Bovington, BH20 6JG


See Tiger 131 in action on this day dedicated to our most famous tank!

In 2017 Tiger 131 will only make two appearances in our arena. As the only running Tiger 1 tank in the world you really can't afford to miss it!

Tickets Adult: £15, Child: £8, 2 Adults 2 Children: £38, 1 Adult 3 Children: £32
Please note: Tiger Day is a Special Event Day so pre-existing annual passes will NOT be valid.

For more information and tickets, click here http://www.tankmuseum.org/whats-on/events/bovevt53168  



Sunday 30 April 2017 - Food & drink Festival

RNLI College, Poole


Join us on Sunday 30th April at the RNLI College for our second annual Food and Drink Festival, this year in support of our national Mayday fundraising campaign. We will be celebrating RNLI Lifesavers with a variety of foodie delights and live music - to help fund our essential lifesaving work.



  • Artisan and gourmet brands
  • Local produce
  • Fairtrade goods
  • Live music
  • Plus much more.....

This will be a family friendly event with free entry and parking.

Doors open 11am - 5pm

For more information, call: 01202 663489 or email: private_events@rnli.org.uk









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