What's on in Poole - November

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Saturday 19 November 2016 - Christmas Tree Switch on & Firewalk

Tower Park, Yarrow Road, Poole, BH12 4NY


5.30 - 7.30

Join us on a firewalk this autumn and raise money for a great cause!

This November Mencap link will open in new window alongside charity partner Land Securities, the UKs leading property company, are hosting four firewalks around the country.

Daring participants can sign up and help raise funds to support people with a learning disability to live the life they choose.



Saturday 19 November 2016 - Christmas walks on Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island


10.30am-3pm (Also Sat 3 & Sun 18 December 2016)

Enjoy some peace and quiet amidst the busy preparations for Christmas. This is your opportunity to visit the island when it is usually closed and enjoy the breath taking tranquillity of our winter wildlife. Enjoy light refreshments and purchase some last minute gifts from our unique island shop. Bring a picnic to enjoy after your walk.

Booking is essential, £12 pp, 10.40am & 10.55am boats to return at 14.35 & 14.45.



Saturday 19 November 2016 - Christmas Market

Parkstone URC Centre, Commercial Road, Lower Parkstone, BH140JW


The Christmas Market runs from 11am until 4pm, £1 per person, Under 5's FREE.
Upto 40 stands offering an eray of seasonal goods all under one roof.

Our Cheeky Elves will be around entertaining not just our stall holders but the visitors too!

Photograph opportunity with Queen Elsa Character Look alike.

Our Christmas Market is an ideal oppourtunity to buy stocking fillers, freshly grown and handcrafted gifts. Endulge yourself with lots of festive treats including; Mince pies, Mulled Wine, Roasted chestnuts and much much more.

We will have a variety of food outlets outside of the venue where food and drinks can be purchased.

Admission Price to our Christmas Grotto to visit Father Christmas is £2 per child which includes, a photograph oppourtunity as well as a present.

There will be festive live entertainment throughout the day.

So pop along to our Christmas Market for a a great day of festive fun !



Saturday 19 November 2016 - Come & join the Christmas Festivities at VICTORIA EDUCATION CENTRE

12 Lindsay Road, Branksome Park, Poole for Christmas fun & games!  


10.30am - 2.00pm 

Visit Santa's Grotto or take part in Face Painting & Games. There will be a Tombola, Cakes, Raffle, Crafts, Plants, Toys, Bidding Wall, Books, Refreshments and so much more! All funds raised will go towards supporting the school who specialise in high quality care & education for disabled children & young people with complex and exceptional learning and care needs.

Adults - 50p Children - Free
Tel: 01202 763697 for details.



Saturday 19 November 2016 - The Girl and the Giraffe

Sherling Studio - Lighthouse, Poole

11am & 2pm


The Girl and the Giraffe, an uplifting show about friendship and wellbeing comes to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts to entertain young people aged 3-6 and their families.


One day whilst Girl is playing in her garden, she spots something peculiar on the other side of the fence. Climbing up as high as she can to get a better view, she is surprised when she comes face to face with... Giraffe!


As their friendship grows, Girl discovers that Giraffe isn't very well. She tries everything she can to make him feel a bit better; putting on bandages, making a cup of tea, and even baking a truly magnificent cake, but she doesn't get it quite right. Girl soon realises that Giraffe doesn't need a plaster for a graze on his arm or a scratch on his knee. Giraffe is sad. Sometimes we need a different kind of plaster for the things you can't always see.


Charming puppetry, an enchanting soundscape and beautiful storytelling combine in this sensitive show about wellbeing and friendship, told from a child's perspective.
The Girl and the Giraffe was created in collaboration with director Titania Krimpas, designer Amy Yardley and composer Greg Hall. The story is told by two performers, Amber-Rose May and Laurence Alliston-Greiner, who are also the co-artistic directors of Floods of Ink.


“The Girl and The Giraffe is a story about making friends and learning to understand that sometimes people can be poorly in ways that aren't always obvious, and it can be the little things in life that can make a big difference,” commented Amber-Rose May, who plays the Girl in The Girl and the Giraffe.


“We listened and shared personal stories with friends and family, and began talking to people whose lives had been affected by mental illness. We realised that these things can be really daunting for adults to talk to children about, so we decided to create a show that, starts to explore these issues in a sensitive and age-appropriate way,” she said.


“Mental health can be a difficult topic to address, and we would like audiences to know that sometimes we need a different kind of plaster for things we don't see. By talking to a friend, giving somebody a hug or sharing a smile, we can change lives for the better,” added Amber-Rose May.


The Girl and the Giraffe is one of several productions that form part of Half Moon Presents, the producing arm of Half Moon, supporting the promotion and development of theatre for young audiences at a national and international level.


Chris Elwell, Director of Half Moon commented: “We're delighted to be working with Floods of Ink on The Girl and the Giraffe, an important production about friendship and wellbeing. We look forward to bringing this touching new production to venues across the UK and telling this sensitive story from a child’s perspective.”


Tickets £7.50, Family Ticket £28
Tickets & information 01202 280000 - www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Booking Fees: Prices quoted are for tickets booked in person at the Ticket Office. Tickets booked by telephone or online are subject to a booking fee of up to £1.75 per ticket.


19 November 2016 - 24 December 2016 - Christmas Grotto 

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

The Upton Country Park returns for its third year!

Come along to meet and feed the reindeer, turkeys and piglets before entering the grotto to see Father Christmas and his elves and receive a gift and souvenir photo.

For more details, please visit the website or call 01202 262753 nearer the time.




Sunday 20 November 2016 - Christmas Wonderland Market at The Lighthouse Poole

Lighthouse, Kingland Road, Poole


The Market runs from 11am until 4pm on Sunday 20th November 2016.

Entry is just £2.50 for adults and children FREE!

"Meet Father Christmas" kids get your Christmas list ready to tell santa exactly what you are hoping for! (no gifts will be given)

FREE storytime with Santa
FREE write a letter to Santa area

The Cheeky Elves will be up to their mischief, entertaining the visitors :o)

If you dream of getting all your Christmas shopping wrapped up in one day, under one roof, then look no further than the Christmas Wonderland Market offering you up to 150 stands bearing seasonal goods to suit every pocket, local and independent makers and producers will be selling a tempting selection of unique presents, you will find an enormous variety of unique and interesting crafts, gifts and foods on offer, at superb prices, for your Christmas table, a wide range of cheeses, biscuits and chutneys, fudge, sauces, preserves, chestnuts and seasonal cakes, not forgetting the fairy lights, decorations, Christmas trees, wreathes & mistletoe.... All with the reassurance of quality and service you can expect at a What's on Dorset event.

This event is a wonderful combination of all good things when it comes to Christmas shopping and the perfect way to begin your seasonal preparations and celebrations.

The Christmas Wonderland Market promises to engage and excite visitors and shoppers alike. Indulge in gingerbread and mulled wine, sing along to Christmas carols while finding that special present.

The children will have fun in Santa's Workshop where youngsters can write a letter full of Christmas wishes before meeting Father Christmas.

Soak up the festive atmosphere with a traditional village fate and christmas music playing in the background.

So pop along to the Wonderland Christmas Market this year and browse the wide range of stalls for those last minute gifts and stocking fillers.



Sunday 20 November 2016 - Stir up Sunday

Kingston Lacy House & Gardens, Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EA


11am - 3pm

Come along to enjoy the Stir-up Sunday tradition of making a Christmas pudding.


Discover the traditions behind the pudding and take a turn to stir the pudding mix and make a wish before taking home your very own mini Christmas pudding.

Do you have fond memories of being in the kitchen with Mum and gathering the currants, sultanas, cinnamon, sherry and other delights together and stirring them all up in a huge bowl. Perhaps you even mixed some coins in, and hoped to find one on Christmas Day.

Experience a tradition going back to Victorian Days.

£2.50 per pudding. Normal admission applies.



Saturday 26 November 2016 - Christmas on the Quay - Santas Arrival

Santa arriving in an earlier yearPoole Quay, Poole, BH15 1HJ


Starts 10am
Santas Arrival: 11am

Come see Santa arrive by boat!

Book tickets for Santa's Grotto at Quayside Emporium.

Book grotto tickets: 01202 679333.

Get in the festive spirit with a traditional market on the Quay.

Enjoy free live entertainment.



Saturday 26 November - Saturday 24 December 2016 - Santa Specials

Swanage Railway, Station House, Swanage, BH19 1HB


Children receive a wrapped age appropriate present from Father Christmas.

Santa's helpers' serve refreshments- a festive drink and a mince pie for adults, a soft drink and biscuit for children.

During your one hour return journey there will be entertainment in each carriage for even more festive fun.

November 26th & 27th
December 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th to 24th Inc.

Departing from SWANAGE STATION at: 10.30, 12.05, 13.40 & 15.15

For full information, please visit : http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/events/detail/santa-specials  



November & December 2016 - Free Christmas Parking & Late Night Shopping


Pick up the perfect gift and make use of FREE Christmas Parking in Poole Town Centre Car Parks:


Each Sunday Nov 27th, 4th, 11th and 18th December 8am-6pm

Plus enjoy free parking at special late night shopping evenings
Each Thursday evening on 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd December 6-9.30pm

To coincide with late-night shopping every Thursday in December between 6pm and 9pm, the Dolphin Shopping Centre will be hosting a Festive Funfair event with a range of funfair-themed stalls giving shoppers the chance to win prize:

Hook a present
Perfume hoopla
Pin to win
Select a ‘mystery box’

Free parking for shoppers will also be available in Poole's District Car Parks on:
Saturdays 3rd, 10th and 17th December, 12 noon-6pm

For details of Christmas Park & Ride visit www.poole.gov.uk   


Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 November 2016 - Living with Sight Loss

Bournemouth and Poole College, Community Links Room, North Road, Poole


A free course in Poole will help local people who have lost their sight to regain their confidence and independence.


The 'Finding your Feet' course, run by charity Action for Blind People, is taking place at The Bournemouth and Poole College, Community Links Room, North Road, Poole, Dorset, from 10.30am to 3pm on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 March 2016. The two-day course will provide information, advice and practical skills for anyone who has sight loss as well as their family and friends.


The sessions will provide people with sight loss advice on a range of essential everyday skills such as how to get around outside, use public transport, cook healthy meals, shop and bank online and even how to make a cup of tea safely.


Lizzie Abnett, from Action for Blind People, said: "It can be frightening and overwhelming for someone newly diagnosed with sight loss but practical and emotional support is available.


"Being blind or partially sighted does not have to mean losing your confidence or independence. We hope anyone living in Bournemouth or Poole with or affected by sight loss will sign-up to the 'Finding your Feet' course, come and share their experiences with others, and benefit from the wide range of information and advice on offer."


For further information and to register for the course, call 01722 345440 or email salisbury@actionforblindpeople.org.uk.










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