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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Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland Nov 26

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

Spectacular Christmas tree trail, enchanting illuminations and seasonal family fun! Experience the magical spectacle of hundreds of glittering trees from around the world. See them shimmer against the...

Christmas and New Year in Bournemouth Nov 26

Christmas and New Year in Bournemouth

Christmas and New Year in Bournemouth, 18 November 2022 – 2 January 2023 Bournemouth is the perfect destination to visit, stay and get into the festive spirit. With a Christmas...

Christmas in Christchurch Nov 26

Christmas in Christchurch

At The Regent Centre, Rhythm of the Dance Christmas Special will be taking place on 20th November. Let the magic of Christmas begin with all your favourite festive songs being performed live by world...

Festive Music From DJ Mike on Bournemouth Pier Nov 26

Festive Music From DJ Mike on Bournemouth Pier

Everybody wants to have fun at their Christmas party, it's the one time of the year when we can all 'let our hair down' and have a really good time. At Key West this Christmas we have a...

Live Music This Christmas on Bournemouth Pier Nov 26

Live Music This Christmas on Bournemouth Pier

Feel festive and unwind with Live Music this Christmas at one of the most beautiful venues in Bournemouth. Come down, enjoy some tasty food, wonderful 2-4-1 cocktails surrounded by dazzling lights and...

Moguls Bar - Ice Skate Bournemouth Nov 26

Moguls Bar - Ice Skate Bournemouth

All that joyous energy got you tired? Or do you simply just want to kick back whilst overlooking the skaters?  Moguls Bar will simmer you down with aromatic mulled wine or a steamy hot...

Water Dance - Aquatic Contact Improvisation Nov 26

Water Dance - Aquatic Contact Improvisation

Enjoy learning water confidence and transferable water dance skills: grounding feet and moving across the pool in different ways; solo floating like a star, pencil and mushroom; treading water,...

Yuletide Festival in Christchurch Nov 26

Yuletide Festival in Christchurch

Come and celebrate the Yuletide Festival open from Friday 25th November and with a Christmas light switch on event on Saturday 26th November. New this year in Saxon Square - open all the way...

Bournemouth Chamber Music Society Concert Nov 27

Bournemouth Chamber Music Society Concert

The Bournemouth Chamber Music Society's next concert this year will be given by Gabriella Jones (Harp) on Sunday 27 November at 3.00 pm at Bournemouth University's Kimmeridge House BH12 5BB....

Beauty & The Beast Dec 03

Beauty & The Beast

You'll enjoy plenty of laughs and festive magic this Christmas with this year's Bournemouth pantomime, Beauty & The Beast. One of the most popular fairy tales of all, Beauty & The...

Cool Coast Ice Rink Dec 03

Cool Coast Ice Rink

Cool Coast Ice Rink is the largest indoor ice skating rink on the South Coast, located seasonally in Bournemouth International Centre. Thousands of you enjoy our ice rink every year, as it’s the...

Breakfast with Santa on Bournemouth Pier Dec 10

Breakfast with Santa on Bournemouth Pier

We've heard that Key West on Bournemouth Pier is having a special visit from Father Christmas this year! Santa will be journeying down from the North Pole to visit all the good girls and boys and...

Questa Voce Sings Chistmas Dec 10

Questa Voce Sings Chistmas

We return to the O2 Academy, Bournemouth for our annual Christmas concert, featuring all your favourite Christmas music, as well as some carols for you to sing along with! This year, we will also be...