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 events programme Summertime in the South. 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 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.

Poole Goes Vintage

Celebrate all things retro on the Quay as Poole goes Vintage returns to town each summer! This celebration of 1940s-60s music, fashion, memorabilia, entertainment and transport is a feel-good festival the whole family will enjoy.

Summer Spectacular

Get your groove on for Rockley's Summer Spectacular as fabulous free live music, entertainment and fireworks come to 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! 

British Beach Polo Championships

The Championships returns to Sandbanks Beach in July. With up to 10,000 people in attendance, it is the biggest beach polo event in the world. It’s a feast of fast action, gladiatorial horse polo, beach rugby, fashion and fun is to be had.

The event will see four competitive polo teams play thrilling polo whilst demonstrating spectacular horsemanship on the sand. Spectators are able to watch the professionals up close and personal as they manoeuvre their athletic polo ponies with agility and power. 

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

New for Christmas 2022, 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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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on your Doorstep Dec 09

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on your Doorstep

Artsreach and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) invite you to herald in the festive season with Principal Brass players from the BSO. This uplifting programme of much-loved music of celebration and...

Christmas and New Year in Poole Dec 09

Christmas and New Year in Poole

Make the most of Christmas and New Year in Poole with winter walks, magical meetings with Santa, cosy stays, festive parties and even bath tub races! Whether meeting family and friends for a special...

Christmas Lights Cruise Dec 09

Christmas Lights Cruise

Join us as we celebrate the Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival on the water. Throughout this magical Christmas festival we will be running daily 30 minute long boat trip's every evening upon...

Christmas Parties Dec 09

Christmas Parties

Join us for an evening cruise around Europe's largest natural harbour, passing Brownsea Island, Sandbanks Peninsula, Studland bay and more. As you board the vessel you will be greeted with a...

Cinderella Dec 09

Cinderella

You shall go to the ball as the classic rags to riches fairy-tale comes to life.  Packed with traditional pantomime fun, Cinderella has plenty of songs, laughter and more magic and...

Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival Dec 09

Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival

Enter a world of Christmas in Poole this year, with this brand-new FREE Christmas attraction! Be prepared to be dazzled as thousands of twinkling lights take you on a nautical journey that starts at...

Sail With Santa Experience Dec 09

Sail With Santa Experience

Santa is taking a short break from all of his hard work in the North Pole to hop on board our harbour cruise around Poole. With a free glass of mulled wine and mince pie for the adults and a...

Choirs at Christmas in Poole Dec 10

Choirs at Christmas in Poole

Welcome to Poole’s Choirs at Christmas 2022 sponsored by Poole BID and Absolute Music. Music will fill the air on the streets of Poole during the festive season as local choirs will be...

Christmas Choirs Dec 10

Christmas Choirs

A fantastic line up of great music including many Christmas classics to sing along to. You can find the choirs throughout Poole, see performance locations below:  Saturday 19th November, (the BIG...

Cinderella - Relaxed Performance Dec 20

Cinderella - Relaxed Performance

You shall go to the ball as the classic rags to riches fairy-tale comes to life.  Packed with traditional pantomime fun, Cinderella has plenty of songs, laughter and more magic and...

Cinderella - Audio Described Performance Dec 28

Cinderella - Audio Described Performance

You shall go to the ball as the classic rags to riches fairy-tale comes to life.  Packed with traditional pantomime fun, Cinderella has plenty of songs, laughter and more magic and...

Cinderella - Captioned Performance Dec 28

Cinderella - Captioned Performance

You shall go to the ball as the classic rags to riches fairy-tale comes to life.  Packed with traditional pantomime fun, Cinderella has plenty of songs, laughter and more magic and...

Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show Feb 25

Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show

Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show is going to be HUGE and will feature Duggee, the Squirrels and many more of your favourite characters! Betty wants to make costumes, Happy wants to sing, Tag wants to...

English Touring Opera: Spring 23 Mar 10

English Touring Opera: Spring 23

English Touring Opera returns to Poole with two great operas encompassing love, war and epic tragedy.  Handel's Giulio Cesare, a story of passion and revenge featuring music and drama of...

Birdwatching Cruise May 12

Birdwatching Cruise

Admire the natural wonders of the Jurassic Coast and the secret life of birds! Relax and enjoy an evening boat cruise from Poole Quay and Swanage Pier along Purbeck’s beautiful World Heritage...

Poole Seafood Festival Jun 03

Poole Seafood Festival

We’re very excited to announce Dorset’s ONLY FREE Seafood Festival takes place on 3rd – 5th June 2022 (Jubilee Weekend!), on Poole Quay, Dorset. The seafood festival has...

Sandpolo at Sandbanks Jul 08

Sandpolo at Sandbanks

A firm fixture in Dorset’s social calendar, Sandpolo brings world-class polo to Sandbanks in Poole. The unique, high-energy format makes one of the oldest equestrian sports easier for both...