About Us

Every Autumn, Arts Bournemouth brings the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival to the UK’s leading resort.

The festival brings intriguing, spectacular and (sometimes) down-right curious arts experiences to our seaside town. With over 60 events – a spirited mix of some of the best regional, national and international arts across dance, film, music, visual art, literature, theatre, comedy and more.

Utilising some of Bournemouth’s best places and spaces from the traditional to the unexpected. Our Arts by the Sea Festival extends Bournemouth’s popular summer season into an ‘Indian summer’ of arts.

Arts Bournemouth exists to support and develop the arts in Bournemouth. Working in collaboration with many partners, locally, nationally and internationally, Arts Bournemouth brings a programme of events during the year, which encourage a greater awareness of and participation in outstanding and engaging arts across different media and art forms.


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Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival are now taking applications for 2016 Volunteers. If you would like to get involved in this years festival , please get in touch.


Want to be apart of the Sea of Freaks Torchlit procession by Walk the Plank? ‘Arts by the Sea Festival presents a fiery, torchlit parade and an unforgettable experience for opening night. 120 Festival Goers will carry flame-lit torches through the centre of the town.’  (Click here to find out more)

We need YOU to help us make this happen. If you’re over 18 and would like to become a torchbearer, we’d love to hear from you.

To register as a torchbearer, please email




Arts Bournemouth aims to enhance and market the arts in Bournemouth and to attract new visitor markets and creative industries, help stimulate the local economy, encourage graduates to stay and make Bournemouth a more enjoyable place to live, work, study and visit. Arts Bournemouth works collaboratively with many different partners, enabling us to support and deliver arts events.

For information on how your business can get involved click here or contact:

Andrea Francis
Phone: 01202 451751