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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Exhibition: The Lost Words May 21

Exhibition: The Lost Words

This enchanting exhibition combines the creative talents of writer Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris to celebrate the relationship between language and the living world, and nature’s...

Increase the Peace Festival May 21

Increase the Peace Festival

Increase the Peace is a community festival, now in its 4th successful year. All money raised goes to local homeless & refugee charities; International Care Network, Hope & More and Hope For...

Park Yoga May 21

Park Yoga

Free outdoor Park Yoga sessions every Sunday throughout the summer, 9.30-10.30am. Suitable for people of all ages and abilities, including children. Roll up your mat and join us for a weekly fix of...

The Road to the Museum May 21

The Road to the Museum

Print Room Exhibition 25 January – 1 September 2022 As part of the museum’s centenary celebrations in 2022, our latest exhibition in the Print Room tells the story of Sir Merton and Lady...

Alice in Spring May 22

Alice in Spring

Queen of the Arts festival is a free event coming to the Triangle in Bournemouth town centre on Sunday 22nd of May! The day aims to showcase installations and artwork created by students at Arts...

The Coastal Comedy show with Ben Norris May 27

The Coastal Comedy show with Ben Norris

Coastal Comedy Club in Bournemouth are this year's winners of The Prestige Award for best comedy club in the south west and offer the very best in stand-up talent.  Canvas is a beautiful...

Adele Tribute May 28

Adele Tribute

A beautiful night with our heart-wrenchingly talented Adele Tribute! On Saturday 28th May 2022, Jax Hall returns to Bournemouth Pier as Adele. Jax's 'Inspired By Adele Show' is packed full...

Cheese and Chilli Festival May 28

Cheese and Chilli Festival

The Cheese & Chilli Festival is set to spice up the summer, with highlights including a chilli eating competition, food challenges, cooking demonstrations, family friendly entertainment and much,...

Diversity- Connected May 28

Diversity- Connected

After nine sell out UK tours, over 600,000 tickets sold, and countless television and live performances Diversity have announced one of their biggest UK tours to date. Last year marked 10 years since...

May Half-Term at RockReef May 28

May Half-Term at RockReef

Do you live in Bournemouth and want something to keep the kids entertained whatever the weather? Are you staying in the area and are looking for fun things to do at the Bournemouth seafront? Book your...

The Overtones May 29

The Overtones

Presented by TEG|MJR by arrangement with ILA: The Overtones 2021 UK Tour. Multi-platinum selling vocal harmony group, The Overtones are delighted to announce their 10th Anniversary...

The Wizard of OZ Jun 01

The Wizard of OZ

Made to Measure Productions invites you to join them ‘Over the Rainbow’ as they bring a brand-new sparkling professional production of THE WIZARD OF OZ to the Regent Centre this Spring!...

Bournemouth Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations Jun 02

Bournemouth Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Thursday 2nd June - Beacon Lighting, East Overcliff  Visit Bournemouth on Thursday 2nd June and see the beacon being lit on the East Overcliff, near to the Jon Egging Memorial at 9.45pm,...