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What’s On: Pride in Bournemouth




Break out your rainbow colours! Dorset’s biggest pride march is returning this July…

We are thrilled to welcome back the Bourne Free festival for its FIFTEENTH year. This year’s festival is set to take place from 12th-14th July, championing LGBTQ+ pride, diversity and equality in the community. Whilst that still gives you a month, we recommend buying your wristband as soon as possible as they’re selling fast!

Wristbands are currently on sale for £17.50 and will grant holders access to Saturday’s festivities in The Triangle. Do note, however, that this event remains exclusive to over-18’s – but plenty has been arranged to ensure that all ages can soak up the vivid atmosphere.

If you’re looking to join the celebration, here’s what’s planned:


The festivities kick off with the ‘Pride Family Fun Night’ in The Triangle. Adults and children alike can enjoy an evening of singing, dancing and watching movies under the stars. A fully-stocked bar is available on-site, as well as face-painting and bouncy castles. Doors will open at 5pm and admission is free to all.

You can learn more about this event, here.


Saturday will see the streets of Bournemouth awash with colour for the festival’s main highlight, the pride march. Thousands of visitors will flock to Bournemouth to rejoice in the vibrant atmosphere as they parade alongside dance troupes and decorative floats styled to the theme of ‘paint the world with your pride’.

The route begins at East Overcliff Drive at 11am, travelling through town before ending up at The Triangle. If you’re thinking of joining the parade this year, do make sure to register using the Bourne Free registration system.

Wristband holders can then enjoy musical entertainment from artists including Sam Callahan (The X-Factor) and Shane Lynch (Boyzone). Or, alternatively, head over to the lower gardens where the bandstand will be showcasing a selection of Bournemouth’s local musical talent for free.

Interested in this event? Find out more information, here.


To close this year’s festival, Dorset’s Inclusive Community Church will be holding their traditional pride worship service at The Brewhouse & Kitchen on Commercial road. Based in Bournemouth since 1979, the Inclusive Community Church has been a prominent figure in the religious acceptance of LGBTQ+ in the town for over four decades. In previous years, the pride service has involved community choirs, guest speakers and drag queens, making for a memorable experience like no other.

Find out more about the ICC service, here.

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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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