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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Muddy Dog Dash Mar 26

Muddy Dog Dash

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An Evening With Adam Frost Mar 30

An Evening With Adam Frost

Due to overwhelming public demand Gardeners' World presenter Adam Frost has announced more dates to his 'An Evening With Adam Frost' tour In 2023. The award winning British garden designer...

St John Passion J S Bach Apr 02

St John Passion J S Bach

Continuing the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus tradition of performing a Bach passion at Easter, Bach's St. John Passion is regarded as some of the greatest sacred music ever written. Using text from...

Easter Fair at Poole Park Apr 07

Easter Fair at Poole Park

Hello and welcome to The Dolphin Marching Bands annual Easter Fundraiser! Once again we will be celebrating Easter in the beautiful Poole Park. We are always grateful to the people of Poole for...

The Magical Music of Harry Potter Apr 14

The Magical Music of Harry Potter

A one-of-a-kind film & music experience. “The Magical Music of Harry Potter”; a unique enchanting orchestral evening where original actors & star soloists bring the wizard’s...

Casino Night Cruise Apr 22

Casino Night Cruise

Join us for an exciting evening of music, dancing and gambling but without the risk as all pretend money! Each person will be given some 'money' to spend on the casino tables and then dance...

Dorset Neon Run Apr 22

Dorset Neon Run

Join us and hundreds of Diverse Abilities supporters for a fun and colourful night of fundraising at our Dorset Neon Run. Trust us, Dorset Neon Run is a really fun event. We aren't just saying...

Poole Dream Machines May 02

Poole Dream Machines

We look forward to welcoming you back at Poole Quay  The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay...

Symphonic Ecstacy May 10

Symphonic Ecstacy

Glière's tone poem begins with cellos and harps evoking the depths of the sea from which the Sirens' song emerges, intertwined with the dashing theme of an unsuspecting sailor who is...

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...

Symphonic Pink Floyd May 13

Symphonic Pink Floyd

The full symphonic power of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus join forces for an epic concert featuring a host of iconic classics by Pink Floyd,...

Magic of Thailand Festival in Poole May 20

Magic of Thailand Festival in Poole

A two day Thai Festival to experience the taste of Thailand this summer at Harbourside Park is brought to you by Magic of Thailand, previously known as Poole Thai Festival. Treat yourself to a weekend...

Me and My Girl May 24

Me and My Girl

Bill Snibson, a market trader from Lambeth, is revealed to be the new Earl of Hareford and his newly found aristocratic relations are horrified. Bringing him to Hareford Hall, they attempt to educate...

Ultimate Festivals May 26

Ultimate Festivals

Get ready to spend BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND with us! Three days of great music set in the beautiful grounds of Upton Country Park. With the Ultimate Tribute Festival featuring - Legends Night Friday, Rock...

Ultimate Festivals Weekend May 26

Ultimate Festivals Weekend

Get ready to spend BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND with us! Three days of great music set in the beautiful grounds of Upton Country Park. With the Ultimate Tribute Festival featuring - Legends Night Friday, Rock...