Bournemouth’s festive season starts now with the unveiling of the Christmas Tree Wonderland…
Christmas may truly arrive early in Bournemouth, as this week sees the opening of its Christmas Tree Wonderland. The festive trail will spread across town, with many well-known areas such as the Lansdowne and the Triangle getting involved (you heard about the upside-down house last week…)
The trail itself will feature over 100 trees, some of which are replicas from across the world. The star of the show is the Wonderland Tree, which will sit at the centre of the lower gardens en route to the seafront. This 60-foot, walk-through tree is animated, and will feature regular sound and light shows.
In other cases, festively lit-up versions of some of Bournemouth’s best-known landmarks will also make up points on the trail. Such as the Big Wheel, for example. Favourites such as the giant teddy bear will also return.
New features for the Christmas setup this year are some new festive characters for plenty of selfie ops. Polar bears and a Gingerbread family among them.
Also, returning by ever-popular demand are the alpine market in the square, plus the ice skating rink and Santa’s Grotto in the lower gardens.
There’s definitely enough going on around town to make up at least one festive evening for you. The free and family-friendly event opens Friday 16th November and will be with us all the way up to the New Year.
Bournemouth Repair Café Fighting Throwaway Culture
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.
WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES?
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.
A NON-PROFIT INITIATIVE
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.
BOURNEMOUTH REPAIR CAFÉ – WHERE AND WHEN?
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 transitionbournemouth@
What’s On: Rosé & Fizz Festival
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.
Stuart Goldsmith to Headline Coastal Comedy
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.