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80th Anniversary of D-Day Commemorations

Events to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day landings are taking place across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) on Thursday 6 June. The BCP area played a pivotal role in the D-Day landings – the campaign to liberate Europe and defeat Nazi Germany, with Allied forces launching a combined naval, air and land assault on Read more…

Beaches retain Blue Flag status

Beaches across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) have retained their Blue Flag status this summer after the tourism and hospitality sector partnered with BCP Council. Of the 72 UK locations to receive an award, 12 were granted to beaches in the BCP area, meaning one in six Blue Flag beaches are located in our region. Read more…

Making a splash this summer

Children across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) will be having splashing fun in the sun, as three key paddling pools are set to reopen later this month. Preparations to reopen Redhill paddling pool, The Quomps Splashpark in Christchurch and Hamworthy Park paddling pool this summer are all underway. BCP Council is funding the reopening of Read more…

What’s On this May Half Term

Food festivals, exciting nature trails in the grounds of grand houses, smuggler themed adventure golf and zooming down ae zip wire are just some of the events and activities that can be enjoyed by everyone this May half term across Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole.  At the end of this month the temperatures will be perfect Read more…

Easter fun for everyone!

A swashbuckling Easter trail, some egg-citing Easter crafts, and some hopping good fun will keep the whole family entertained across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole this Easter.  As the weather warms up, residents and visitors can take advantage of the stunning coastline and vast open spaces, including the renowned Hengistbury Head.   With seven miles of golden Read more…

Openwide International launch major re-brand as Adventure Attractions

Openwide International has unveiled its exciting new brand identity and will now be known as Adventure Attractions with the tagline ‘Discover Adventure in every experience’. The new branding represents the growth and diversification of Openwide over the last 32 years.  Openwide was formed in 1992 as a company of producers and imagineers who designed innovative Read more…

An Exciting Lineup of Events for 2024

A bathtub race, the UK’s largest free air festival and festive light trails are just some of the highlights of this year’s events programme across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. From cultural festivals to sporting spectacles, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council is planning something for everyone to enjoy across these three vibrant coastal towns over Read more…

Double Triumph at Tourism Awards

The Arts by the Sea festival and Bournemouth Beach Lodges, which are both run by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council, are celebrating a double triumph in the South West Tourism Awards, winning gold and silver respectively in their categories.  These annual awards celebrate outstanding businesses in the tourism sector across the south west of Read more…

Unveiling the Wonders of Migration: Wareham’s Secret Walled Garden to Host Spectacular 7-Week Festival

Careys is the home of the first breeding pair of Ospreys in Southern England in nearly 200 years. This has been a direct result of the incredible translocation project run by Birds of Poole Harbour and the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation. The project, which started in 2017, involves the translocation of 60 juvenile Ospreys from Read more…

Sign up for Bournemouth Bay Run

Thinking about getting fit in the New Year? If so why not sign up for the 41st Bournemouth Bay Run in March.   Whatever your running ability – fun or competitive – the event on Sunday 24 March is for you. Set against the backdrop of Bournemouth’s beautiful seven-mile stretch of sandy beaches, there are four races of various lengths Read more…

New facility for aspiring lifeguards

An upgraded training and educational facility which will help to keep beachgoers safe is coming to Bournemouth’s seafront. Bournemouth Lifeguard Corps, a voluntary club helping to develop fresh lifeguarding talent in the region, will be leasing the purpose-built centre as its new headquarters whilst enabling other community groups to benefit from the facilities. The organisation Read more…

Winton Library Garden scoops Regional Award

A community-led garden at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council’s Winton Library has recently received a regional award. The Royal Horticultural Society (HRS) and South and South East Bloom have awarded the green space an ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ award of ‘Thriving Level 4’. The level is attained by assessing the community participation, environmental responsibility and Read more…

Pavilion Dance’s Business Come Dancing announces final contestant line-up

BUSINESS COME DANCING IS BACK FOR 2023! As Strictly Come Dancing eyes up Blackpool, Pavilion Dance’s Business Come Dancing is excited to be back for 2023! This Strictly style exclusive black-tie fundraising event takes place on Saturday 25th November at the Highcliff Marriott Hotel in Bournemouth and they are delighted to announce the final contestant Read more…

Consultation on a Greener BCP

Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council has launched a public consultation on its draft Urban Forest Strategy, created to maximise and enhance all the benefits trees and woodlands provide to our environment and communities.  This innovative evidence-based strategy proposes an exciting vision for the future of trees in the BCP area until 2050. This strategy identifies Read more…

Boost for businesses for active travel 

Several companies across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have benefited from a share of a £55,000 funding pot aimed at supporting them to improve sustainable and active travel facilities for their employees. Funded through the governments Transforming Cities Fund, these ‘Trip End Facilities’ grants have enabled local businesses to install everything from bike racks, shelters and Read more…

Funding Boost for Maritime Sector

The Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) area is set to be one of the regions benefitting from a multi-million pound government cash injection to boost marine and maritime sectors. The Great South West, a coalition made up of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) across Dorset, Devon, Somerset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, has been named Read more…

BCP Storm Ciarán Update 

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council is ready and prepared to respond to any issues that Storm Ciarán may present over the next few days. Strong winds and high rainfall is expected to bring widespread travel disruption with the Met Office issuing a yellow alert, with fallen trees and flying debris likely, and the potential for Read more…