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Suddenly Last Summer 2017

Mon 04 Sep 17 - Sat 04 Nov 17, During gallery opening times

Curated by Violet M McClean Suddenly Last Summer is a selection of work from members of 2017 graduating cohort. It brings this creative community together in one exhibition the show...

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Funky Little Choir Rehearsals

Thu 14 Sep 17 - Thu 12 Oct 17, 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm

Funky Little Choir pre festival rehearsals – there are 10 x free places available in the run up to performing at ABS Contact Rehearsal dates are: 14th & 21...

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Ocean Film Festival (Fringe)

Wed 11 Oct 17

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is returning to the UK this autumn, and screening at the Tivoli Theatre.

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Hydromania by Avanti Display

Sat 14 Oct 17 - Sun 15 Oct 17, 19:30

Bournemouth Town Hall

Hydromania! Avanti’s spectacle designed to animate a public space. Its increase in scale will turn buildings into fountains to surprise and delight the audience. At Bournemouth Town Hall.

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The Celestial SoundCloud by Pif-Paf

Sat 14 Oct 17, 12:00 until 23:00

Lower Gardens

Interacting with the Celestial SoundCloud in a multi-sensory incorporation of melodies, harmonies, and colour changes in Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens.


The Poetry Bus Info Point

Sat 14 Oct 17 - Sun 15 Oct 17

Bournemouth Square

Visit the Poetry Bus Info Point in Bournemouth’s Town Square during the festival for brochures, timetables and updates on the festival programme.

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The Cockatoo Art Bar (Alcohol served, 18+)

Sat 14 Oct 17, 15:00 - 16:00, 17:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 20:00 & 21:00 - 22:00

Bournemouth, Town Square

Be sure to give this infamous cocktail bar a visit. On opening day + evening only, in Bournemouth’s Town Square.


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Sat 14 Oct 17, 20:30

Shelley Theatre

A funny, moving and honest story about mixed heritage and immigration using comedy, storytelling and spoken word, hosted by the Shelley Theatre.

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Funky Little Choir

Sat 14 Oct 17, 12:00 and 14:00

Bandstand, Lower Gardens and The Square

Harmonious sounds at the Bandstand and Square by Funky Little Choir

Sol Cinema

Plastic Beach by Sol Cinema

Sat 14 Oct 17, 12:00 - 14:00, 16:00 - 18:00 & 19:00 to 20:00

Lower Gardens

A small but perfectly formed solar powered cinema screening films highlighting the issues of plastics in our oceans, found in the Lower Gardens.

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The Umbrella Project by Cirque Bijou

Sat 14 Oct 17 - Sun 15 Oct 17, Saturday 14th: 20:00. Sunday 15th: 18:40.

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth

The moving art installation travelling through Bournemouth from the triangle to the beach.

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The Sea Sphere by Show Globe

Sat 14 Oct 17, 12:00, 15:00 & 18:45

The Square

Come and say hello to the mermaid in her Sea Sphere, who will be visiting Bournemouth’s Town Square before finding her way home under the sea.

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LAND by Michele O’Brien

Sat 14 Oct 17, 12:30, 15:00 & 17:30

Lower Gardens

Created and performed by the acclaimed Michele O’Brien, in the lower gardens expect a moving theatrical show which references the beautiful geology, flora and fauna of Bournemouth.


SEED by Pif-Paf

Sat 14 Oct 17 - Sun 15 Oct 17, Saturday 14th: 14:00 & 16:00. Sunday 15th: 13:00 & 15:45

Lower Gardens

Join Wilford and aid him in his journey, as he struggles against the odds in Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens.


Davy Jones, the Deep Sea Fish by Rag...

Sat 14 Oct 17, 13:35, 15:15 & 18:00

Lower Gardens, The Square & The Triangle

Davy Jones, a deep sea fish on a bike, can be found cycling around Bournemouth’s town square/lower gardens.

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Sixteen String Jack

Sat 14 Oct 17, 13:00 &18:00


Meet Sixteen String Jack, a three-piece band from the south coast, playing a mixture of Americana, Irish traditional and country music at Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens Bandstand.


Hello Buoys by Kitsch & Sync

Sat 14 Oct 17, 12:00, 14:45, 15:45, 17:00

Lower Gardens

In the Lower Gardens Kitsch & Sync are a dance theatre trio with enough vintage clobber to make your gran proud.

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What Once Was Ours, Zest Theatre and Half...

Sat 14 Oct 17, 18:00

Pavilion Dance

A performance about the climate and uncertainty for our world, boiled down to the lives of two characters drowning in waste. Catch this performance at Pavilion Dance South West.

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Wandering Lionfish by Artemis

Sat 14 Oct 17 - Sun 15 Oct 17, Saturday 14th: 12:30, 14:00 & 17:00. Sunday 15th: 12:00, 15:00 & 17:00.

Lower Gardens

Spectacular, roaming sea creatures set to wander through the Lower Gardens, captivating audiences of all ages.

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Litterbugs – Exhibition

Sat 14 Oct 17 - Fri 10 Nov 17, 10:00 - close

Bournemouth Library

An exhibition of Litterbugs created by children in schools following workshops with Treehouse Digital. Hosted in Bournemouth Library.

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Beach Clean with Litter Free Coast and Sea

Sat 14 Oct 17, 11:00

Bournemouth Pier

A community beach clean with a difference - join us at Bournemouth Pier for beach cleaning, educational activities and competitions.

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Lobsters à la Cart by Artizani

Sat 14 Oct 17, 13:00, 17:30 & 19:00

The Square

The new masters of the planet have arisen from the seas in the form of huge inflatable, illuminated lobsters. Catch them on the prowl in the Square.


The Rockpool by Kerith Ogden and Bee Jasco

Sat 14 Oct 17 - Sun 15 Oct 17, Saturday 14th: 12:00-16:00 & 18:00-22:00. Sunday 15th: 12:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:30

Pier Approach, Lower Gardens & The Square

A fictional-future marine life sideshow featuring drink-bottle sea anenomes, battered lego fish and plastic-bag seaweed, found in Pier Approach.

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Tuba Libres

Sat 14 Oct 17, Saturday 14th: 14:30 & 17:30.

Bandstand & The Square

Catch this funkadelic brass band in the bandstand and square on Saturday and Sunday


Turning the Tide by Mick Stephenson

Sat 14 Oct 17 - Sun 15 Oct 17, Saturday 14th: 12:00 - 23:00. Sunday 15th: 12:00 - 21:00.

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth

A light installation in the Lower Gardens - walk in a sea of plastic

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The Lumiphonica

Sat 14 Oct 17 - Sun 15 Oct 17, 12:00 - 23:00 on 14/10/17 and 12:00 - 22:00 on 15/10/17

Lower Gardens/ Picnic Park Deli

Come along to Picnic Park Deli, Lower Gardens to become lost in the magic of making music.

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Sat 14 Oct 17 - Sat 21 Oct 17, 10:00 to 17:00 Also open during evening performances

Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth

A series of paintings by Harriet Muller, displayed at Pavilion Dance and immersing the viewer in an underwater world.

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Rising Sun by William Simpson and Toby Wiltshire

Sat 14 Oct 17 - Sun 15 Oct 17, 18:30 to 23:00 on 14/10/17 and 16:45 to 21:30 on 15/10/17

Bournemouth Pier

A large scale light and sound installation that comes to life on Bournemouth Pier as the real sun sets.

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Save Our Seas: Message in a Bottle by...

Sat 14 Oct 17 - Sun 15 Oct 17, Installation runs throughout the day and evening

Bournemouth Seafront

An aesthetically powerful art installation combining environmental messaging and interactive workshops, found on the beach near the pier.


The Umbrella Tree by Rag and Bone

Sat 14 Oct 17, 12:00 to 23:00

The Umbrella Tree in Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens, a botanical mechanical contraption designed to bemuse, baffle and amuse children of all ages.

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Dr Bike

Sat 14 Oct 17, 09:00 to 16:00

Pavilion Terrace

Bike-fixed is hosting this Dr Bike session on Pavilion Terrace for a free general service check-over and adjust.


Throwies Light Night

Sat 14 Oct 17, 20.00 to 23.00

This is a special free event and it’s all about participation – you make the art! You are invited to make LED Throwies (a purple LED bulb, battery and magnet)...


‘Plastic Art’ Jewellery Workshop

Sat 14 Oct 17 - Sun 15 Oct 17, 12.00 midday to 4.00 pm

Dorset Scrapstore will be working with local artist Rosemary Edwards using scrapstore materials and collected plastic items from the beach and Ideas2Action’s ‘Win on Waste’ collections to make simple jewellery pieces and collages. Suitable...



Sat 14 Oct 17 - Sun 15 Oct 17, 09:00 pm to 03:00 am

The OFFICIAL opening party for this years Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival. We Broke Free and Ding Dong present: An Indoor Interactive Multi Genre Festival featuring: ✨Live Music (TBA)...

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Bike Tagging

Sat 14 Oct 17, 09:00


Visit Pavilion Dance terrace on the 14th October at the Arts by the Sea festival for Bike Tagging by Dorset Police.

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K. O. G and the Zongo Brigade

Sat 14 Oct 17, 3.30

Come and hear 'Afro-fusion' by K.O.G and the Zongo Brigade at the Bandstand on 14th October at 3.30pm

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Fun Fish Crafts for Kids (Fringe)

Sat 14 Oct 17 - Sun 15 Oct 17, 11:00 to 15:00

Picnic Park Deli will be running free drop in ‘fish crafts’ using recycling drinks/milk bottles from the Deli

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Acoustic Sets (Fringe)

Sat 14 Oct 17 - Sun 15 Oct 17, 11:30 am to 5:00 pm

Picnic Park Deli are hosting acoustic style sets. In addition to the music there will be: Giant Wing Photo Opportunity boards (situated next to the aviary), Giant Colouring Boards and...

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DD Allen

Sun 15 Oct 17, 15:15

The Bandstand, Lower Gardens

Gracing the Bandstand, is singer songwriter DD Allen, with a mixture of irresistible guitars, soulful harmonica and heartfelt vocals.


Life Boat by The Institute for Crazy Dancing

Sun 15 Oct 17, 12:00 to 20:00

Bournemouth Town Square

Relax and take a seat, or rather, lie down, on the Lifeboat of hammocks which will be anchored in Bournemouth’s town square.


Mother Ukers

Sun 15 Oct 17, 12:00 & 18:00

Bandstand, Lower Gardens

The Mother Ukers are a ukulele trio from Bournemouth, with a charm that is impossible to resist. The band will be putting their unique twist on a variety of classic...

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Selby and the Dharma Blitz

Sun 15 Oct 17, 16:15

Bandstand, Lower Gardens

An eight-piece fusion of folkloric storytelling with infectious groove. Be sure to catch this group at the Lower Gardens bandstand.


Legendary Lynn the Mermaid

Sun 15 Oct 17, 12:30, 14:30 & 17:00

Lower Gardens

A merman and mermaid to be found in the Lower Gardens, carried on the shoulders of their short-sighted fishermen.


Willy and Wally by Cocoloco

Sun 15 Oct 17, 13:30, 15:00 & 17:30

Lower Gardens

Join Willy and Wally as they perform and guide you along the topics of climate change amongst Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens and Pier Approach.



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Bandstand and Picnic Park Deli

Atlantico will bring the vibes of Latin America to the Lower Gardens. You just won’t be able to sit still, no dance lessons required.

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The Ballina Whalers

Sun 15 Oct 17, 12:30 The Square & 14:30 Bandstand Lower Gardens

The Square + Bandstand

This trio will be playing the Bandstand and a secret extra pop-up set. Be sure to catch them at least once!

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Bikes VS Cars Film Screening

Sun 15 Oct 17, 14:00 to 15:30

Shelley Theatre

A film, hosted at the Shelley Theatre, exploring the bicycle as an amazing tool for change and investigating the daily drama in traffic around the world.


Topiary Traumas by Kitsch & Sync

Sun 15 Oct 17, 12:40, 15:05, 16:40

Bournemouth Lower Gardens, near Bandstand

Ladies having trouble with topiary - a comedy dance performance in the lower gardens by the bandstand

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Rising Voices Wessex

Sun 15 Oct 17, 12:00 & 14:00

Experience the talent of Rising Voices Wessex Community Choir in the Town Square and Pier.


Dr Bike

Sun 15 Oct 17, 09:00 to 17:00

Pavilion Terrace

Mobile Cycle Repairs (Dorset) is hosting this Dr Bike session on Pavilion Terrace for a free general service check-over and adjust.

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Sofar Sounds 1 (Fringe)

Sun 15 Oct 17

A special mini-series of intimate, acoustic gigs in unique secret locations all around Bournemouth

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Mad Max Mobiles (Fringe)

Sun 15 Oct 17, 12.30pm , 3.30pm and 5pm

The Alternative Sports Club created the Mad Max Mobiles from collected scrap and junk and built them in their workshop ie their front room and garden. They are based on the...

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All The Things I Lied About by Katie...

Mon 16 Oct 17, 20:00

Shelley Theatre BH5 1LX

A Fringe First winning, fearlessly honest comic-exploration of the science of lying. Hosted at the Shelley Theatre.

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JOAN by Lucy Skilbeck

Tue 17 Oct 17, 21:30

Shelley Theatre, BH5 1LX

An earthy story of courage, conviction and hope with uproarious songs, exploring what it means to stand out Hosted by the Shelley Theatre.

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Rewild by Livia Rita & Artists

Tue 17 Oct 17, 20:00

Shelley Theatre

An avant-garde combination of live music, stark writing, stylised movement, raw imagery and uncompromised costumes. Shelley Theatre.

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Sixth Sense by Luke Jermay – SOLD OUT

Wed 18 Oct 17, 19:30

Shelley Theatre

SOLD OUT Luke Jermay is the most incredible man you’ve probably never heard of.  He can read your mind. No really; he can read your mind.  He doesn’t use mind...

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How Carbon Conscious are You?

Wed 18 Oct 17, 2:30

Angela Fendley will be delivering an interactive talk based on the successful Transition carbon counting project Count On Me. She will be taking a light-hearted and friendly look at the...

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Improviso (Fringe)

Wed 18 Oct 17, 7:30 pm

Elizabethan rock’n’roll at the Bournemouth Natural Science Scociety

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Sofar Sounds 2 (Fringe)

Wed 18 Oct 17

A special mini-series of intimate, acoustic gigs in unique secret locations all around Bournemouth

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The Dark Room by John Robertson

Thu 19 Oct 17, 20:00

Shelley Theatre

You awake to find yourself in a Dark Room! You, the audience must choose an option. Find out more at the Shelley Theatre

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Morale is High (Since We Gave Up Hope)...

Thu 19 Oct 17, 21:30

Shelley Theatre

A thrashy gig theatre smashing together pop, politics and time travel to create an ongoing evaluation of our political climate. Hosted at the Shelley Theatre.

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The Head Wrap Diaries, presented by Uchenna Dance

Thu 19 Oct 17, 19:30

Pavilion Dance

Celebrating versatility in Afro-hair, diversity amongst black women and empowerment of ALL women (and the men in their lives) to embrace their individual beauty. At Pavilion Dance South West

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A Drop in the Sea (Fringe)

Thu 19 Oct 17 - Sun 22 Oct 17, 11am until 6pm each day except Thursday 19th Open 2pm until 9pm.

‘A Drop in the Sea’ is a free, curated exhibition exploring the issues and uses of plastic in everyday life.

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Medea, written in rage

Fri 20 Oct 17, 19.30

Pavilion Dance

A startling, contemporary re-imagining of the ancient Greek legend of passion and revenge, hosted at Pavilion Dance.


“Surf’s Up” Family Rave by Big Fish Little...

Sat 21 Oct 17, 13:00 - 15:30

The Old Fire Station, BH8 8AD

Tickets only available on the door after 11am on the 21st October. A daft, social, anarchic rave with a 'Surfs Up' theme. A fun family event not to be missed...

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Aqua Sonic & Church for the Night

Sat 21 Oct 17 - Sun 22 Oct 17, 18:30 Multi Media Installation, 21:30 - 04:00 Church for the Night

St Peter’s Church BH1 2EE

An interactive, multi-sensory experience in St Peter's Church, brought to you by the Nightclub Chaplaincy and Church for the Night.

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Litterbugs – Workshop

Sat 21 Oct 17, 14:00 - 16:00

Bournemouth Library

Tickets only available on the door after 11am on the 21st October. A Character Creation workshop for aspiring inventors and budding filmmakers held by Treehouse Digital and hosted at Bournemouth...


eXXpedition Round Britain 2017

Sat 21 Oct 17, 2:30pm

Deborah Maw, One of the all-female S/V Sea Dragon crew member will give an illustrated talk on eXXpedition, the Round Britain trawl of marine plastics. SATURDAY 21st October,...

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Worldbeaters Drumming Workshop

Sat 21 Oct 17, 11.00 am to 12.00 pm

Sense of Unity brings together outdoor puppeteers Dundu and percussion ensemble Worldbeaters in an evening of visual spectacle and live music. The high-energy beats of Worldbeaters lead a procession in...

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Sofar Sounds 3 (Fringe)

Sat 21 Oct 17

A special mini-series of intimate, acoustic gigs in unique secret locations all around Bournemouth.

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Land by Michele O’Brien – Postponed

Sat 21 Oct 17, 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

POSTPONED. Today's performance has been postponed due to the inclement weather. Please contact the Russell Cotes who will be able to email you the details of the new date.

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One World by the Sea (Fringe)

Thu 26 Oct 17 - Sat 28 Oct 17

One World by the Sea is Bournemouth and Poole's new international festival. Taking place in various venues.