Events and Festivals in Poole

Poole has a vibrant and exciting events calendar ranging from concerts and shows at the Lighthouse Arts Centre to the popular annual quayside summer events programme. Make sure you're in town for classic car shows, music events and spectacular fireworks and you may even spot a ghost walk or a pirate event on the events calendar too.

Whether your interest is music, dance, vintage cars or sports, there is something to entertain all ages throughout the whole year.

Dream Machines

Taking place every Tuesday night from April to September, see hundreds of motorbikes on Poole Quay. From classics to sports, Harley Davidsons to Kawasaki and everything in-between.

The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening. Bring your own bike or just admire them, the choice is yours.

Harry Paye Pirate Day

Avast me harties! Tis time for land lubbers to dig out yer eye patch, earing and cutlass for Poole’s annual celebration in June, of its favourite pirate son Harry Paye.

The popular Harry Paye Day shindig gets underway from 12 under the noonday sun with the Parade of Pirates along Poole Quay.

Folk on the Quay

A free folk music festival in June with three outdoor music stages, dancers in the streets, traditional folk dancing, ceilidhs on the Quay and lots more.

Quay for my Car

Throughout July and August, Poole Quay will be lined by classic cars for all to admire.

Each week has a different theme including Mini, Lotus, Best of British, VW, Italian Stallions, American Dreams and more.

Summer Spectacular

Get your groove on for fabulous free live music, entertainment and fireworks during the summer on Poole Quay!

It takes place every Thursday (from end July until the end of August) bringing a party atmosphere to Poole’s continental quayside with live music, entertainment and family fun before finishing with a firework finale over the largest natural harbour in Europe at 10pm! 


This annual Sandpolo event takes place on Sandbanks Beach in July.  The event attracts a host of top polo players, VIP guests and fashionistas.

In the evenings, as the sun sets over ‘Old Harry Rocks’ the beach parties begin. 

Christmas in Poole

Returning for Christmas 2023, the Maritime Christmas Light Festival will light up Poole like never before.

Stretching from the Dolphin Shopping Centre and along the High Street down onto Poole Quay you will find dazzling Christmas Trees, Tallships, Anchors and lit up canopies to walk under, as though you are walking under the sea!

Plan your holiday to Poole

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Come and Sing Carmina Burana Choral Workshop Mar 02

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Miracle Theatre: Hell's Bells Mar 02

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The Best of Williams and Zimmer Mar 02

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Float To Live Festival Poole Mar 09

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Mother's Day Afternoon Tea Cruise Mar 10

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Counterpoint Counterparts Mar 13

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Wedding Flowers Corsages and Buttonholes Mar 16

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Beethoven's Fifth Mar 20

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Make Your Own Spring Flower Wreath Mar 21

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Elvis Tribute Cruise Mar 22

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Come and see the king on a three hour evening cruise around Poole harbour and the start of the Jurassic Coast. Admire the beautiful scenery of Brownsea Island, Sandbanks peninsula, Studland bay and...

Classic Vehicle and Steam Engine Show Apr 06

Classic Vehicle and Steam Engine Show

Exhibit your vehicle and/or come and join us to see and appreciate the beauty of all the classic vehicles on display! From cars and motorbikes to the more unusual: Stationary Engines, Miniature Steam...

Let's Dance Apr 10

Let's Dance

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Classic FM Hall of Fame Apr 20

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