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Want your holiday or break to be full of colour, with fascinating events to give it that special feel?
Look no further, with a packed calendar of events there is always something exciting happening in Christchurch, so whenever you come you will find discover wonderful festivals, fetes, fairs and more!
Daytime fun and evening entertainment, Christchurch offers a great mix of traditional events and more quirky and unusual festivals.
From music and dance to food, from land-based activities to all things afloat, there’s the perfect event for you, just join in and enjoy!
Every May the town’s streets are filled with the most delicious and tempting aromas as the renowned Christchurch Food and Wine Festival takes place.
Discover wonderful locally produced foods at the street market, try treats from abroad at the Italian market, or watch professional chefs in action.
Like things a little hot and spicy?
Check out the annual Cheese and Chilli Festival and challenge your taste buds with all things spicy, you’ll be amazed at the range of chilli based products on offer!
Enjoy chilling out and listening to music, Christchurch offers a fantastic selection of musical events covering many genres, from classical pieces at the Priory, to opera at the Regent Centre, to showcasing local bands and music at the Christchurch Festival.
Make the most of a warm summer evening with a fabulous open-air concert at Highcliffe Castle, or enjoy smooth jazz at the wonderfully named ‘Stompin on the Quomps’ a family friendly music festival on picturesque Christchurch Quay, with fun and activities for all the ages.
Like to soak up local arts and cultural activities on your holiday?
With both visual and performing arts events throughout the year you will find plenty in Christchurch to appreciate.
The area’s galleries host regular art and craft exhibitions and the arts are celebrated at both the Mudeford Arts Festival and the Priory Music and Arts Festival.
Some of the town’s picturesque venues host quality open-air theatre production, so pack a delicious picnic and enjoy some Shakespeare on a summer’s eve.
The harbour and coastline are always a riot of colour and activity as local sailing clubs regularly host regattas and windsurfers travel from miles to enjoy the wave sailing at Avon Beach.
Relax on the seafront or harbourside and watch the ever-changing patterns on the water as the sailors compete.
With sailing and watersports such an integral part of the area, the Mudeford Lifeboat Fun Day is a popular and fun event - enjoy the lifeboat and helicopter displays, cheer on the entrants in the raft race and try your hand at a range of watersports.
The dainty plastic ducks in the annual Lions Club Duck Race are all a flutter as they paddle their way down the Mill Stream - give them a cheer or walk alongside them along pretty Convent Walk.
Big birthday or anniversary coming up, then bring the party down to Christchurch and make a special occasion a truly wonderful one with family and friends.
No need to overload the car as famous Peeks Party Store has everything you need to make the event go with a bang!
Browse our searchable events listings, or call in to the Tourist Information Centre in the High Street to find out more.
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Date: Sunday 26 March 2017
Time: All day from 9:30am (start times will be staggered)
Venue: Bournemouth Beach
Tickets / information: sandstormchallenge.com
On Sunday 26 March 2017 the first ever Sandstorm will transform...
A touring exhibition presented in collaboration with Bath Spa University, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Jerwood Visual Arts.
The largest and longest-running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, this exhibition showcases the...
Coastal Comedy, finalist for ‘Best Night Out’ as part of the prestigious Bournemouth Tourism Awards bring you: the hilarious Raymond and Mr Timpkins!
Legends of the comedy circuit on Friday the 31st of March.
'It's freakish entertainment...
Bournemouth and District Concert Band are proud to present a joint concert with the Aber Valley Male Voice Choir.
Featuring music including The Beatles, Mary Poppins and Holst, this joint concert promises to showcase the 'Best of British'.
The 35th Bournemouth Bay Run in association with the British Heart Foundation takes place on Sunday 2 April 2017! Choose from a variety of distances all taking place against the backdrop of Bournemouth's famous seven-mile stretch of golden sand and...
Don't miss another chance to run the South's premier coastline
The 35th Bournemouth Bay Run in association with the British Heart Foundation takes place on Sunday 2 April 2017! Choose from a variety of distances all taking place against the...
It's time to dance, enjoy the music and meet
new friends as BSO Boost presents the BSO
Tea Dances for 2016/17 at Kinson
Community Centre in association with
Bournemouth Borough Council.
Come a long and enjoy the fun in a warm,
Talk or Lecture
Established in 2015, Bournemouth University's Orthopaedic Research Institute (BUORI) is at the forefront of developing virtual reality training and robots that will allow surgeons to perform hip replacements in this world and beyond.
As part of his...
Exeter Road, Bournemouth
Now in its 8th year, the hugely popular Big Bournemouth Beer Festival returns to the Bournemouth International Centre.There's something for everyone at this year's festival with a huge range of traditional real ales complimented by a range of...
Everard Street, Dorset
Everyone's favourite and very mischievous bunny Peter Rabbit™ is hopping over to Saxon Square this bank holiday weekend to meet the children of Christchurch! He will be making personal appearances at intervals between 11am and 4pm. Don't forget your...
Black Label Events are hosting an Easter Food and Craft Fayre on Monday 17th April 2017, 11am - 4pm.
Stalls are just £35 for 6ft and £30 for 4ft. Outside pitches are also available from £35
In addition, we will be running stadium tours as well as...
A great day out for all the family. Come and see over 150 of the latest new cars on display all under one roof! From Jaguar and Land Rover to Renault and Lotus. Westover represents 16 vehicle manufactures so there is something for everyone. Register...
Food and Drink
We're back in Bournemouth and we couldn't ask for a more stunning venue for the UK's original, biggest and best Gin Festival than the Ballroom at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre.Described in Timeout as one of the "Top 10 things to do in 2016,"...
The Despatch Rally event aims to bring together the motorcycling community to celebrate and honour the Despatch riders from whom motorcycle culture descended.
The day will consist of themed destinations and challenges throughout Dorset.
The second 'Spring into Summer' Exhibition at the Hayloft Gallery will re-unite the original three artists: Deb Edlund of Bubble Trouble Hand-Blown Glass & Sculpture (www.bubble-trouble.co.uk) , Myra Ann Unique Handbags (www.myrashandbags.com) and...
Highcliffe Revival Food Festival is back and bigger and better than ever! Despite the rain last year, the team are buoyed up and are extending the festival over the whole weekend for the first time. Taking place on Saturday 20 May and Sunday 21 May,...
Westover Road, Bournemouth
One of the longest running open air exhibitions in the country, enjoy art in the gardens
Art @ Pine Walk was set up almost 60 years ago and is a popular place for artists to show their work, and art lovers to browse and buy it. Displays include...
Food and Drink
Highcliffe is delighted to host it's third food festival on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May 2017. The event runs from 10.00 a.m to 5 pm on both days and promises a selection of top chef demos, events, childrens' entertainment, musical...
Hailed as the Sporting Glastonbury, Bournemouth 7s hosts 400 Teams & 5,000 Competitors participating in Rugby, Netball, Hockey & Dodgeball Cups. It's the perfect End of Season Tour for any team!
Renowned for its unique Party Atmosphere, Bournemouth...
East Parley, Christchurch
Sport by Day….Party by NightHailed as the Sporting Glastonbury, Bournemouth 7s hosts 400 Teams & 5,000 Competitors participating in Rugby, Netball, Hockey & Dodgeball Cups. It's the perfect End of Season Tour for any team!Renowned for its unique...