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Exams are almost over so we can start to think about how to spend the summer in Bournemouth this year. There are several events happening this year and I have selected just a few to highlight some of the fun things you could get involved with:

Food & Drink Festival:

If you are around Bournemouth early this summer then there is the food festival event happening 21-30 June. For ten days Bournemouth will come alive to the smell of cooking, with foodie events to whet the appetite and inspire your inner chef. Bournemouth square will be transformed into a festival hub for this event.

Firework Displays:

Every Friday from mid-July to late August at 10pm the pier at Bournemouth explodes to life with a dazzling firework display. The Bournemouth Air Festival, also in August, puts on an air display of a different nature when it launches their fireworks into the night sky and Summer Breeze on the Quay kicks off Poole’s summer of fun and fireworks with a display every Thursday night. The evening starts at 7pm with live music, street entertainers and family activities before we turn our heads to the skies for the firework finale at 10pm.

Great Dorset Steam Fair

The steam fair is on between 28 August – 1 September. By day the event has become one of the favoured places for those interested in how people lived, worked and played in previous years and by night it turns into a fairground. You can enjoy live music, ride on the modern or traditional fun fair rides, and enjoy some traditional beer and cider. You can travel between marquees for different music and entertainment and even stop off and get your palm read!

Bournemouth Air Festival

Taking place August 29 – September 1st, the UK’s leading seaside resort will
be transformed into a spectacular, award-winning aviation-inspired event. Truly a festival in every sense of the word, this is undoubtedly the largest seafront show of its kind in Europe. Incredible jets, display teams and aircraft – the skies will be the stage for another great year of fantastic aerial shows and breath-taking acrobatics. Soak up the festival atmosphere and enjoy visiting 1.5 miles of county show trading stalls between Boscombe and Bournemouth Pier. Also there will be live music in the evenings on both piers for three nights!

Poole and Bournemouth Marathon Festival 2013

5 – 6 October. If you are an athletic person then this is a pivotal entry into the sporting calendar with runners from all over the world due to join on the coastal towns of Bournemouth & Poole for the chance to run in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival.

Land & Wave

For the water sport fans – Land & Wave Ltd are Dorset’s biggest coasteering and kayaking company. If you’re feeling brave you can swim, climb and jump off the rugged coastal terrain of Dorset. You will visit rarely explored caves, tunnels and plunge pools and test your nerves on a series of jumps, giving you a coasteering experience to remember. Alternatively you can try your hand at Kayaking and Canoeing with a gentle paddle around the island and creeks of Poole harbour.

There are lots more fun and interactive things to do throughout summer in Bournemouth from going out for food and drink to surf lessons on Bournemouth beach so there is no chance of you getting bored, so have fun investigating Bournemouth before starting your studies!


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