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 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 four days and three 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 performances and events produced by the Arts University Bournemouth – you are sure to be amazed and intrigued.

Over in Boscombe, The Shelley Theatre stages a variety of entertainment for all tastes including comedy nights, film, live music, performance and dance.

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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Alfie Boe Sep 22

Alfie Boe

His career exploded in 2002 when stage and film director Baz Luhrmann cast him in a lead role in the acclaimed Broadway revival of La Bohème. Alfie's powerhouse performance brought him a Tony...

Art and Makers Market Sep 22

Art and Makers Market

The Art & Makers Market, located in Westover Gardens, Bournemouth next to the new Aviary, was established over 60 years ago and is one of the largest, and longest running, open air art displays in...

Art and Makers Market Sep 23

Art and Makers Market

Throughout the Summer from May to September, the Art & Makers Market, in Westover Gardens, is open to the public every weekend and bank holiday from 11am to 5pm. This free attraction, run by local...

All The Old 45s: The Very Best of Deacon Blue Sep 28

All The Old 45s: The Very Best of Deacon Blue

The Top 10s, the favourites, the sing-a-long rarities - and touring the UK & Ireland in Autumn 2023. The band have always thrived onstage, but they've never played gigs quite like this:...

The Simon and Grafunkel Story Sep 28

The Simon and Grafunkel Story

Following SOLD-OUT performances in London's West End, a worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story continues to stun audiences across the globe,...

Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival Sep 29

Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival

Arts by the Sea Festival at Bournemouth returns 29th September to 1st October 2023. Expect unusual and unique performances, music and art installations across the town centre, pier...

Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival Sep 29

Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival

Arts by the Sea is a celebration of art, culture, people and place. Arts by the Sea brings together large-scale spectaculars, diverse music, intriguing installations, dance, street theatre,...

Words Music and Silence - The House of Life Sep 29

Words Music and Silence - The House of Life

A practice-based examination of songs and the silence that frames them. This lecture recital will consider Ralph Vaughan Williams' settings of 6 sonnets by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1904). The first...

Tom Jones Tribute on Bournemouth Pier Sep 30

Tom Jones Tribute on Bournemouth Pier

Tom Jones Tribute Comes To Bournemouth Pier! A tribute act dedicated to the legend that is Tom Jones. On Saturday 30th September 2023, Tom Jones comes to Bournemouth Pier! The Simon Howard Tom Jones...

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Oct 04

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Based on the Bible's book of Genesis and originating from a cantata written for a school choir, Joseph is a much loved family classic. Written in 1968 and featuring lyrics by Tim Rice and music by...

Slay Queenz UK Tour 2023 - Bournemouth Oct 09

Slay Queenz UK Tour 2023 - Bournemouth

The original star of RuPaul's Drag Race UK - The Vivienne - (Series 1 Winner and this year's finalist on ITV's 'Dancing on Ice') will replace Danny Beard (Series 4 Winner) and she...

Gin To My Tonic Craft Gin and Spirt Festival Oct 13

Gin To My Tonic Craft Gin and Spirt Festival

The Gin to My Tonic are delighted to be embarking on a 25-date nationwide tour in 2023 visiting locations old and new, and uniting hundreds of different craft gins and spirits under one roof to create...

Happy Cry at Bear Cave in Bournemouth Oct 14

Happy Cry at Bear Cave in Bournemouth

Bournemouth based alt-rock quartet Happy Cry announce their debut headline show. Known in the local area for intense and high energy live shows, this one is not to be missed in such an intimate venue....

Nigel Price/Lorne Lofsky Quartet Oct 15

Nigel Price/Lorne Lofsky Quartet

Lorne Lofsky/ Nigel Price Quartet Lorne Lofsky - Guitar Nigel Price - Guitar Ashley John Long - Double Bass Winston Clifford - Drums Lorne Lofsky is literally a living legend, having toured and...

Axel Blake: In Style Oct 18

Axel Blake: In Style

From the wilds of Dunstable, Axel Blake arrived on the country's living room screens in style as Simon Cowell's golden buzzer on Britain's Got Talent. His observational comedy paired with...

Simon Reeve: To The Ends of The Earth Oct 18

Simon Reeve: To The Ends of The Earth

In 2018 Simon's first national theatre tour was completely sold out. Now he's returning to venues across the UK with new tales and his new tour 'To The Ends Of The Earth'. On his new...

Radio GaGa Oct 19

Radio GaGa

Be part of a night like no other as we bring you the concert you've been dreaming of! The ultimate celebration of one the biggest bands to have ever graced the stage – Queen. Break free with us...

Bournevaria Oktoberfest Oct 20

Bournevaria Oktoberfest

Bournevaria Oktoberfest is back in central Bournemouth, taking place between Friday 20 – Saturday 21 October 2023! Bournemouth International Centre will be transformed into the largest indoor...

Two Mr Ps in a Podcast: Live Oct 22

Two Mr Ps in a Podcast: Live

As well as sharing their own experiences and stories from the classroom, the two Mr Ps will be telling some of the most embarrassing, cringey and downright hilarious stories from teachers all over the...

Kevin Bloody Wilson Oct 23

Kevin Bloody Wilson

While todays Age Of Outrage has his contemporaries ducking for cover for fear of being canceled, Kev crushes PC eggshells with the grace and diplomacy of a wounded buffalo. Kev's famous DILLIGAF...