Events and Festivals in Bournemouth

Bournemouth boasts a year-round calendar of over 500 events, so whatever time of year you visit and whatever your interests, there’s always something for the whole family to enjoy.

Bournemouth Festivals

The Shake and Stir Vintage Music Festival in June takes place in Southbourne. It has become renowned locally and across the south of England, for its incredible vintage-themed live entertainment and music along with local food & drink, trade stalls, vintage and classic cars, mods and rockers, and classic bikes.

The award winning Bournemouth Air Festival is the highlight of the August event calendar offering three days and nights of awesome entertainment and breath-taking air displays by the world’s greatest teams and pilots.

In October, time your visit to enjoy the Arts by the Sea Festival which is a rich mix of some of the best regional and national and international arts across dance, film, theatre, performance, visual arts, spoken word, literature and music.

Summer-time fun

During the summer there are lots of outdoor dance, theatre and music performances across Bournemouth and the surrounding coastal villages.


Bournemouth has plenty for culture lovers with some of the best entertainment venues around – the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), the Pavilion Theatre and O2 Academy offer live entertainment all year round.

You’ll find everything from big named acts to tribute bands and up and coming stars. So whether you like rock, pop, indie or classical music, you won’t fail to be entertained in Bournemouth.

Theatre and shows

If you’re a fan of musicals, plays, ballet and opera you will love visiting the Art Deco Pavilion Theatre in the centre of Bournemouth. They have a year round programme of shows for all the family to enjoy. Next door to the Pavilion Theatre is Pavilion Dance South West who host their own live and on-screen dance performances, outdoor events and also give the audience the chance to get involved and take part.

Look out for musical performances produced by Bournemouth University – you are sure to be amazed.

If you’re looking for a comedy show or open-mic night, you will lots of them dotted all across Bournemouth and the surrounding towns. Plenty of side-splitting fun for everyone.

Looking to stay overnight in Bournemouth?

Bournemouth is well known for its huge variety of hotels, B&Bs and self catering options situated along the stunning coastline. So whatever you're choice of accommodation, you'll be assured of a great nights rest in Bournemouth.

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Park Yoga May 21

Park Yoga

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Christchurch Food Festival May 25

Christchurch Food Festival

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May Half Term at RockReef May 25

May Half Term at RockReef

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Visit the Oceanarium this May half term May 25

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Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals May 26

Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

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Dance Beats Cancer May 29

Dance Beats Cancer

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Hillbilly Barn Dance Country Music Event Jun 01

Hillbilly Barn Dance Country Music Event

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The Illegal Eagles Jun 02

The Illegal Eagles

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Foundation Summer Show Jun 05

Foundation Summer Show

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Ed Byrne Tragedy Plus Time Jun 07

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Shake and Stir Vintage Music Festival Jun 22

Shake and Stir Vintage Music Festival

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George Benson Jun 26

George Benson

The live show, which promises to be a musical journey like no other and will feature George Benson's masterful guitar playing with his band. They will be performing classics from his impressive...

Undergraduate Summer Art Shows Jun 28

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Fawlty Towers Weekend Jun 29

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Gladys Knight: The Farewell Tour Jun 30

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Alfie Boe Jul 04

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