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Bournemouth Events

Throughout the year Bournemouth hosts a number of events and attractions from family evenings with fireworks to the magical Candlelight Nights, and of course not forgetting the UK’s biggest and free air festival. And later in the year the magical Christmas market, gardens and ice rink bring a warming festive feel to the town from November.

Whilst Bournemouth has some fantastic events taking place this year, don’t forget to check out the Poole events and other nearby Dorset events too.

Meanwhile our guide will take you through our top Bournemouth events this year…

Bournemouth Air Festival

Bournemouth Air Festival
Voted as one of the best 10 air shows in the world, the Bournemouth Air Festival is an event not to be missed, especially as it is free! The festival takes place over four days in August and September with a whole host of both air and sea attractions, plus on the ground activities and stalls, live music and fireworks displays.
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Jazz by the Sea Festival

Bournemouth Jazz Festival
From Big Band and Swing to the latest in Fusion and Funk, there’s something for all ages and all tastes at the Jazz by the Sea Festival! The event takes place over three days and features over 40 bands and musicians playing at over 30 venues across the town, including a number of free performances.
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Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival

Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival
Food fanatics will love the Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival, a 10 day event celebrating food from around the world. There’s something for everyone from Spanish to Italian, Mexican to Thai, Greek to Indian, plus there’s top class chefs, food markets, kitchen demos, masterclasses, themed events and entertainment.
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Bourne Free Pride Festival

Bourne Free
Bourne Free is Bournemouth’s annual LGBT Pride Festival, celebrating the many diversities that live in Bournemouth. The event takes place over a weekend and features a colourful and fun parade through the town centre as well as music and entertainment at The Triangle and in the Lower Gardens.
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Bournemouth Arts By The Sea Festival

Bournemouth Arts By The Sea Festival
The Bournemouth Arts By The Sea Festival is a two week event which mixes some of the best regional, national and international arts across dance, film, theatre, performance, visual arts, spoken word, literature and music. There is something for all ages to enjoy at various locations across the town.
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Classic Cars on the Prom

Classic Cars on the Prom
Classic Cars on the Prom is a weekly event taking place on West Overcliff Promenade in Bournemouth between April and September. The event is open to all vehicles dating from 1915 to 1983 and showcases an ever-changing weekly line-up of between 70 and 130 classic cars each week, a must for any car fanatic!
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Friday Summer Fireworks

Friday Summer Fireworks
Summer truly arrives in Bournemouth with the start of Friday Summer Fireworks. Taking place from Bournemouth Pier this fantastic and free fireworks display at 10.00pm will light up the night sky and the sea and beach below. So grab your mates, lie back on the beach and be dazzled every Friday throughout the summer!
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Onstage at Pier Approach

Onstage at Pier Approach
Throughout the summer Bournemouth hosts Onstage at Pier Approach, a fantastic line up of free family entertainment on the site of the former IMAX building. Featuring fantastic live music from some great bands and musicians, dancing, concerts and open air cinemas, there’s something here for all ages.
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Candlelight Nights

Candlelight Nights
Candlelight Nights takes place on selected dates throughout the summer and is one of Bournemouth’s oldest traditions. This magical event takes place in the lower gardens of Bournemouth and involves lighting thousands of tealights from dusk onwards to create magical displays, a lovely traditional event for all ages.
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Bournemouth Christmas Events

Bournemouth Christmas Events
Bournemouth loves Christmas time and the town’s celebrations are getting bigger each year. From shopping at the Christmas Market to skating on the outdoor ice rink, exploring the festive gardens to meeting Father Christmas there’s festive fun for all! Plus the lights switch on’s and fun entertainment offer even more family enjoyment.
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