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What’s On: 5 Unmissable Fireworks Celebrations



Fireworks Bournemouth. Photo: Daisy1984

Wondering what to do for Bonfire Night this year? Here’s a few suggestions for fireworks and Guy Fawkes celebrations happening in and around Bournemouth…

With Halloween almost out of the way, Bonfire Night is up next. With fireworks displays happening left, right and centre across Dorset, we thought we would highlight a few key dates for your diaries.

Friday 2nd November 2018 — SPARKS IN THE DARK, POOLE

This annual fireworks festival is now entering its 22nd year. Based as usual on the playing fields of Haymoor Junior School, the celebration will include hot food, stalls and a DJ.

To book tickets or for further information, follow this link.

Saturday 3rd November 2018 — LITTLEDOWN FIREWORKS

With Bonfire Night taking place on a Tuesday this year, perhaps a weekend celebration may suit people better. In which case, the displays at Bournemouth’s Littledown Centre should suit perfectly.

Fun for all the family taking place both indoors and out, including a fun fair and live music. You will also be treated to not just one firework display, but three.

For ticket information and further details, click here.


If Southbourne is easier for you to get to than the Littledown Centre, the firework event going on at Stourfield Junior School will be perfect. There will be two displays, plus a variety of entertainment. This includes children’s entertainer Jamie Jigsaw for the youngsters, plus live music, hot food and a bar for the adults.

Follow this link for more information about this event.

Tuesday 5th November 2018 — POOLE QUAY FIREWORKS

The Bonfire Night firework display will be shown off Poole Quay this year. You can be assured of a great night of entertainment starting from 5pm. Street performers, jugglers and more, plus the professional display itself at 8.

If you want to find out more, click here.


Bournemouth and Poole aren’t the only ones who put on a good firework display. If you have the time to get over that way, a huge Guy Fawkes celebration is taking place on Weymouth beach. This includes a Guy Fawkes competition, a fairground and a beach bonfire. Before the main event, of course.

Click here if you want to see more information about this event.

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Bournemouth Repair Café Fighting Throwaway Culture



Images by Dominic Hughes and supplied by Transition Bournemouth

Ahead of the return of Bournemouth Repair Café on Saturday 20th July, I met project lead, Jennie Allen, to find out more about their mission.

Bournemouth repair café is a cog in an international movement of repair cafes striving to resist throwaway culture. Originating from Amsterdam, repair cafes are free meeting places with a base of skilled volunteers, encouraging members of the public to bring in damaged goods for repair. From electricals and textiles to jewellery and furniture, the repair café has you covered.

The Bournemouth repair café is a product of Transition Bournemouth – a local community initiative reducing the impacts of peak oil and climate change. The movement is founded on the belief that working together as communities is where real change takes place, as opposed to individual efforts or waiting for the government to act on issues of concern.


Repairs are often simpler than expected


Project lead Jennie Allen, said:

“The goal is to reduce landfill waste whilst encouraging communities to share at the same time…”

Sharing comes in a variety of forms, including skill sharing, tool sharing and idea sharing. A key objective of the repair café is to pass on knowledge. For instance, those coming in with broken iPhones should leave with the skills to fix them.

“It relates to the idea of a circular economy. People always say ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, but there is a fourth art as well. ‘Repair’ – one that people don’t do as they used to, because of throwaway culture”

A recent study found that one product successfully repaired at a repair café can prevent up to 24 kilos of carbon dioxide emissions. The study echoes the general message implicit in the repair café movement – that the significant barrier to repair is the general public’s lack of necessary skills, rather than irreparable damage to products.


Repair cafés are entirely voluntary, although donations are always welcomed. Donations go towards hiring venues, acquiring new tools and components and covering travel expenses for volunteers. Plus providing refreshments, of course!

Jennie also emphasised that the project should not be viewed as a challenge to local businesses. Rather, they aim to help people become more conscious of sustainable repair practices.


Jennie Allen – Project Lead for Bournemouth Repair Cafe

The event will be held at Bournemouth Library on Saturday 20th July from 2-4pm, in the large meeting room on the second floor.

“We welcome the public to come in with broken items. We will carry out repairs and hopefully teach a thing or two!”

If you are interested, Jennie will welcome you at Bournemouth Library from 2pm tomorrow!

Find out more via the Bournemouth Repair Café Facebook page, or e-mail 

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What’s On: Rosé & Fizz Festival



The festival is hosted by Maison Sax, Ashley Cross, Poole

Following a successful gin celebration, Maison Sax hosts a festival dedicated to all things pink and bubbly…

August kicks off in style this year with Maison Sax in Ashley Cross. They’re hosting their own Rosé and Fizz Festival on the 10th.

The event was announced following the success of their artisan gin festival back in May. It will take place in their huge Provençal garden at the back of this bistro-style restaurant.

English Oak Vineyard are among the local brands showcasing their products, including an array of sparkling wines.

And rosé and bubbly lovers will be very pleased to learn that the event is free to enter. All you need to do is comment “Fizz o’clock” on the event’s Facebook page.

Find out more about Maison Sax in this article, or visit the restaurant’s website

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Stuart Goldsmith to Headline Coastal Comedy



Coastal Comedy presents Stuart Goldsmith

As their season draws to a close, Coastal Comedy has one last high-profile act to share with you…

Award-winning monthly event Coastal Comedy welcomes Stuart Goldsmith this weekend in the last show of their season. The comedian and podcast host will headline the show, taking place on Saturday 13th July at Poole’s Lighthouse Theatre.

Goldsmith has a reputation for smart, accessible stand-up, a natural charm and a quick wit. All this was honed by his early years as a street performer. His act features many up-front revelations about love, sex and romance (among other things), offering plenty of surprises along the way.

Alongside Goldsmith and the event’s founder Adrienne Coles, two other acts will take the Coastal Comedy stage. Opening the show is Rick Kiesewetter, an observational comic with specialist subjects in national identities and stereotypes. And then there’s Johnny Wardlow, part of the BBC New Comedy Awards for three years running.

Coastal Comedy has earned high recognition as one of the best nights out in Bournemouth. This includes the Night Time Award at this year’s BH Stars, plus a finalist in for the Best Night Out Award at 2018’s BAPTAs. Each and every evening never disappoints.

Interested? Get on over to the Coastal Comedy website to book your tickets or visit their Facebook page for more information…

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