Best Summer Events in Bournemouth

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The historic seaside resort of Bournemouth offers something for everyone, including plenty of fun events all summer long. Families in particular will appreciate the town's lively calendar, which is packed with free activities that kids will love. The summer's events have a more practical side, too, as they help draw income and support Bournemouth and Poole jobs.
2012 is the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Bournemouth will be commemorating this historic occasion with summer events including a musical extravaganza evening at the Pavilion Theatre, where the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will perform on the 21st of April. The 4th of June sees the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra playing in Meyrick Park for the Diamond Jubilee Proms in the Park. The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum will also host an exhibition of intimate photographs from the Royal collection, one of only two galleries in the country where you can see these extraordinary images.
Watch out for Classic Cars On The Prom; a regular gathering of wonderful vintage motors along Bournemouth's promenade. You can see Classic Cars On The Prom every Sunday all summer long, from early April right through to the 23rd of September.

Established over 50 years ago, Bournemouth's Pine Walk Art Exhibition is one of the longest running open-air art displays in the UK. Held in the beautiful Lower Gardens, the exhibition is open to established professional artists and emerging new talent alike. A wide range of styles and media are represented, from delicate watercolours and photographs to bold oil and acrylic paintings, as well as models and sculptures. The Pine Walk Art Exhibition runs from 26 May to 9 September.
On Winton's recreation ground on June 30th, you can find the annual one-day Winton Carnival. This is a lively community event with lots of fun things to see and do. A carnival procession winds its way through the streets to Winton recreation ground, where local dancers and youth bands will perform live onstage. Other attractions include a funfair as well as the various food and charity stalls.
If you're in the mood for a big event, one of the highlights of the summer holiday season is the Bournemouth Carnival. Formerly known as the Bournemouth Regatta, the Carnival takes place in a variety of locations in and around Bournemouth. There are parades, costumes, dancers and band performances. The Carnival also has plenty of activities if you want to get involved: from sand-castle contests to duck racing, there's something fun for all ages.
For the fifth year running, the Bournemouth Air Festival returns to the seafront. Biplanes, helicopters and jet fighters will perform spectacular displays of aerobatics. The Royal Navy will also be present and the Royal Marines will demonstrate beach assaults. There will also be firework displays, balloon glows, street entertainers, live bands and film screenings. There's even an interactive military village. All of this is completely free. The Air Festival runs from the 30th August to the 2nd September.
If you're looking for lively family entertainment, you'll enjoy the Friday Family Fiesta. This is a weekly event taking place throughout August, with fireworks and other entertainment taking place throughout the gardens and along the seafront.
Held every Wednesday evening throughout August in the Lower Gardens, Candlelight Nights is one of Bournemouth's most enchanting events. The tradition dates back to 1896, when Princess Eugenie of France visited Bournemouth and her route through the gardens was lit with glowing candles. Thousands of tiny tea-lights are set in coloured glass jars to create beautiful images and designs. Visitors can get involved by lighting the candles themselves.


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