Welcome to the Ramada Encore’s What’s on in Bournemouth Listings. We’ve put together a list of local events that are in easy reach of the hotel. We can help you with public transit and taxis for you to reach your event. Come and enjoy all that Bournemouth has to offer this summer! 

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June 2017

Southbourne Shake & Stir Vintage Festival

June 30th - July 2nd
Fishermans Walk, Southbourne, Fishermans Walk
Southbourne, Dorset United Kingdom
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Get ready to jump, jive, and twist as The Original Shake & Stir Vintage Festival returns to Southbourne! The festival takes place from the 30th June to 2nd July on Fishermans Walk, Southbourne Grove, and the Green. For the first time, Southbourne’s main high street will be closed for the festival which means there will be more stalls and entertainment than ever before! Shake & Stir has become renowned locally and across the South, for its incredible vintage-themed live entertainment…

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July 2017

Beach Netball

July 1st

This event is back, bigger and better than ever! We welcome female teams of 7 players to enter this amazing event. For those not playing, there will be kid’s zones, a beach bbq and chill out areas. A sporting family event for everyone to enjoy, this is the perfect way to start your summer.

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Gladys Knight

July 1st

Following on from Gladys Knight’s sell-out shows last year - The Empress Of Soul and seven-time Grammy Award winning icon – is returning to Bournemouth International Centre. Gladys Knight, will be performing all her classic hits including Midnight Train to Georgia, Help Me Make it Through the Night plus tracks from her latest album, Where My Heart Belongs.

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Art Exhibition: Refracted: Collection Highlights

July 1st - September 8th

To commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England, the Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth are launching the exhibition, 'Refracted: Collection Highlights', which has been co-curated with members of the local LGBT+ community. The project, funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, seeks to mark this significant change in social and cultural attitudes and to celebrate and work with an important section of Bournemouth’s community.

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Classic Cars on the Prom

July 1st - September 30th

Classic Cars On The Prom takes place every Sunday from May to September and features an ever-changing line up of vehicles dating from 1915 up to the early 80’s.

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Whist by AOE

July 3rd - July 4th

WHIST explores the notion of unconsciousness through the dreams, fears and desires of a family, characters of which are inspired by Sigmund Freud's real case studies. The experience merges Physical Theatre, interactive Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and an art installation, in an environment that blurs the boundaries between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual.

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Bournemouth Gin Festival

July 8th

Prepare to have your taste buds tantalised by the 120 different gins from around the world! Tickets include: GIN Cotton Bag Gin Bible Gin Glass Gin Sampling Card Trade Stands Talks & Presentations from some of the finest Gin producers Cocktail Demos Make your own Gin Distillery Live Entertainment Indoor Garden Party Atmosphere...and so much more!!!

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Summer Live

July 8th - August 27th
Bournemouth Square, Bournemouth, United Kingdom + Google Map

Back for 2017 is Summer Live which sees great free live entertainment in Bournemouth Square. There is a wide range of events and attractions including: Acoustic live music Spoken Word Al Fresco Art Outdoor bar & BBQ Live art demonstrations Free kids entertainment in August & more in The Square every day.  

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Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim

July 16th
Bournemouth Pier, Bournemouth Pier, Pier Approach
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5AA United Kingdom
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Get your bird’s-eye-view of the biggest charity swim in Europe heads back to Bournemouth. Join hundreds of other supporters as you brave the English Channel in this incredible 1.4 mile open water swim. Starting from Bournemouth Pier, put your front stroke to the test in this challenging sea swim along the coastline to Boscombe Pier. To enter, Adult – £25, 14 – 16 year olds– £12. To watch: absolutely free.

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Coastal Comedy presents the stupendous Angela Barnes!

July 28th

As seen on: Mock the Week (BBC2), Stand up for the Week (C4) and many more! Angela won the BBC Radio 2’s New Comedy Award in 2011, and has continued to be a regular on the stand-up circuit, playing even bigger venues. She has also appeared on: Russell Howard’s Good News, Russell Kane’s Whistlestop Tour for Radio 2, Stand up for the Week, written for Radio 4’s The News Quiz, played on Eddie Izzard’s Laughs in the Park on BBC…

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August 2017

Mama Mia! Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

August 1st - August 12th
Bournemouth Pavillion, Westover Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 2BU United Kingdom
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See it for the first time ever in Bournemouth. Join the ultimate feel-good party at MAMMA MIA!, the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical! Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA. Sophie’s quest to discover the father she’s never known brings her mother face to face with three men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a wedding they’ll never forget. This…

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – Proms in the Park, Queen Symphonic Spectacular

August 12th
Bournemouth Parks – Lower Gardens, Westover Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5AH United Kingdom
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Featuring full rock band and stars from the West End smash hit musical We Will Rock You, combined with the complete BSO, ‘stunning’ and ‘awesome’ are just two of the words which have been used to describe this concert experience. Bringing you all the iconic rock songs performed by stars of London’s West End including Seven Seas of Rhye, Don’ Stop Me Now, Radio Ga Ga, I Want to Break Free, We Are The Champions and of course Bohemian Rhapsody.…

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Bournemouth Air Festival

August 31st - September 3rd

This year’s festival features the biggest and best line-up so far. With everything from jets and display teams, to Royal Navy ships and live music, you won’t want to miss a thing! Bournemouth Pier and surrounding area.

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September 2017

Fit Living UK: The Fitness Show By the Beach

September 9th - September 10th

Come down and join in for a weekend on the beach full of fun exercise, delicious healthy food, awesome fitness displays, educational seminars and exciting competitions. FitLivingUK is the first heath and fitness show in the country with classes and demonstrations right on the beach. Demos take place west of Bournemouth Pier and the BIC. 

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Bournemouth International Triathalon

September 10th

This year’s Bournemouth Triathlon will start on the east side of Bournemouth Pier.  Both sprint and standard distance swims start on the award winning blue flag beach before heading out of Bournemouth on a fast bike course towards the market town of Ringwood on the edge of The New Forest.  The PB smashing run course is along the seafront promenade towards Boscombe Pier with amazing views of The Isle of Wight on the way out and of The Purbecks on the…

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Stour Musical Extravaganza

September 10th @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

If you fancy a weekend in Bournemouth and looking for something to do on a Sunday, head down to the Stour Valley for a music extravaganza! Lots of groups will be performing music written exclusively for the day, performing all along the river. 11 am – 3 pm. More information can be found on Facebook. 

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Magic of Opera featuring Lesley Garrett, Bournemouth Pavilion

September 12th
Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth, Westover Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 2BU United Kingdom
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Magic of the Opera is a show for all the family and will feature all the best bits from all the best Operas, including many that that everybody knows but probably don’t realise are Opera.  Whether they’re a lover of Grand Opera or a lover of grand songs performed to the highest possible level, everyone will enjoy an evening of magical music.  The show will contain favourites including the Toreador song from Carmen, Mozart’s Marriage Of Figaro, Time To Say…

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Micky Flanagan in Bournemouth

September 13th
Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5BH United Kingdom
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With his show-stealing appearance at The Royal Variety Performance, to unforgettable appearances on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Live At The Apollo, added to his hilarious outings on panel & chat shows he has become one of the best-loved comedians in the UK today. In 2017 Micky will stars on Sky1 with a smart, funny and possibly provocative new series: The Micky Flanagan Detours. The new series will see Micky declutter his mind of the big questions that keep us…

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The Bournemouth Pavilion Wedding Fair

September 16th - September 17th

Presented by BIC Exhibitions. This year marks the 23rd Bournemouth Pavilion Wedding Fair, with the weekend event running from 10am-5pm Saturday 16 September 2017 and 11am-4pm Sunday 17 September 2017. Around 70 local and regional industry specialists are expected to exhibit, including bridal and menswear, venues, cars, photography, photo booths, sweet carts, stationery, accessories, wedding breakfasts, and more.Whether you’re planning a large event or a low-key ceremony, this year’s show will bring an abundance of inspiring ideas to add warmth,…

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Micky Flanagan in Bournemouth

September 27th
Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5BH United Kingdom
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With his show-stealing appearance at The Royal Variety Performance, to unforgettable appearances on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Live At The Apollo, added to his hilarious outings on panel & chat shows he has become one of the best-loved comedians in the UK today. In 2017 Micky will stars on Sky1 with a smart, funny and possibly provocative new series: The Micky Flanagan Detours. The new series will see Micky declutter his mind of the big questions that keep us…

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October 2017

Tom Grennan

October 1st
The Old Firestation, 36 Holdenhurst Road
Bournemouth, BH8 8AD United Kingdom
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London-based singer/songwriter Tom Grennan first entered the wider public as a guest vocalist on Chase & Status' track "When It All Goes Wrong." Far from being an electronic musician, Grennan's early solo shows consisted of just vocals and guitar. Grennan released his debut single, "Something in the Water," in 2016. The track was produced by Charlie Hugall (Florence + the Machine, Ed Sheeran, Kaiser Chiefs).

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Jon Richardson – Old Man, BIC

October 5th

Jon Richardson is a stand-up comedian from Lancaster. His first solo Edinburgh show about his obsessive compulsive personality disorder was nominated for the Best Newcomer award at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival. His 2009 show about his resulting perfectionism was nominated in the Best Show category. He is a regular Have I Got News For You panelist, star of Live At The Apollo, and team captain of Channel 4’s long-running series 8 Out Of 10 Cats. Currently, Jon is team Captain…

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Milton Jones is Out There, BIC

October 6th
Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5BH United Kingdom
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Milton Jones is Out There. No, really out there - and this time he hasn't just forgotten his keys. He's holding up the mirror of truth to society, and he can see right through it, which means it’s probably just a window. In his brand new show he'll be putting his foot down and lifting the lid on the pedal bin of lies of the media (which doesn't include this press release obviously). He will also be scaling the heights…

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Bournemouth Marathon Festival

October 7th - October 8th

The Bournemouth Marathon is ’running as it should be.’ Beautiful coastal views and a chance to run the Boscombe and Bournemouth Piers to a spectacular finish. The Bournemouth Marathon starts in Kings Park before making it’s way down onto the seafront. You continue to take in the beautiful coastal views as you hit mile 9 on the coastal marathon route. Standing mid way between Poole Harbour and Hurst Spit, Hengistbury Head forms the main division between Poole and Christchurch bays.…

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Arts by the Sea Festival

October 14th - October 21st

Bringing intriguing, spectacular and (sometimes) down-right curious arts experiences to our seaside town. With over 60 events - a spirited mix of dance, film, music, visual art, literature, theatre, comedy and more. Utilising some of Bournemouth's best places and spaces from the traditional to the unexpected. Our Arts by the Sea Festival extends Bournemouth's popular summer season into an 'Indian summer' of arts.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven Bonanza

October 14th
Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth, Westover Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 2BU United Kingdom
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Explore the finest symphonic music composed in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's exciting series of Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon concerts at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre. Thrilling concertos include Elgar’s haunting masterpiece for cello and Grieg’s ever popular classic for piano, as well as firework-filled showstoppers for violin and trumpet. Together with an assortment of stunning symphonies by Beethoven, Dvorák, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky and a host of world-class artists, this really is classical music at its best! Beethoven: Leonore Overture No.3…

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CBeebies’ Mister Maker Live Theatre Show, BIC

October 15th
Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5BH United Kingdom
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With a fabulous supporting cast and art at its heart, this fantastic live show encourages Mini Makers and grown-ups to sing, dance and make some noise! There's a big ‘make’ to take part in, lots of audience participation and....The Shapes! Yes, you’ll be able to share the fun with Circle, Square, Rectangle and Triangle too!

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Bournevaria Oktoberfest 2017

October 20th - October 21st
Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5BH United Kingdom
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From the people that brought you the Big Bournemouth Beer Festival. Loosen your Lederhosen for the 2nd annual Bournevaria - Oktoberfest. The BIC Solent Hall will be transformed into an alpine getaway serving up german beer, German food and live music to get you moving!

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Jon Richardson – Old Man, BIC

October 21st

Jon Richardson is a stand-up comedian from Lancaster. His first solo Edinburgh show about his obsessive compulsive personality disorder was nominated for the Best Newcomer award at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival. His 2009 show about his resulting perfectionism was nominated in the Best Show category. He is a regular Have I Got News For You panelist, star of Live At The Apollo, and team captain of Channel 4’s long-running series 8 Out Of 10 Cats. Currently, Jon is team Captain…

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One World by the Sea Festival

October 26th - October 28th

Discover the world on your doorstep Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 October 2017 The One World by the Sea Festival will explore the influence of international culture and diversity on local cinema, music, dance, food and education. It will be supported by an eclectic mix of fringe events and venues across Bournemouth and Poole. More information: http://oneworldbythesea.co.uk

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Halloween Party for Adults with Disabilities

October 26th @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cameo Bar, Fir Valed Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 2JA United Kingdom
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Fancy dress optional. Club night for any adults with disabilities. Over 18's only. No ticket, just pay on the night. Suggested donation £6 per person and £2 per carer. Need a place to stay? Check out RamadaEncore's Accessible Room https://ramadaencorebournemouth.co.uk/accommodation/accessible-twin-room/

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November 2017

Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate Gold, Greatest Hits Tour

November 15th
Bournemouth Pavillion, Westover Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 2BU United Kingdom
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Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment. Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. In that…

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Alison Moyet, BIC

November 16th

Alison Moyet UK album sales have reached a certified 23 million, with over a million singles sold. All seven of her studio albums and three compilation albums have charted in the Top 30 UK Album Chart, with two of the albums reaching number one. She has also achieved nine Top 30 singles and five Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart. Moyet's upcoming ninth studio album Other will be released 16 June 2017.

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Royal Marines Christmas Spectacular

November 23rd
Bournemouth Pavillion, Westover Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 2BU United Kingdom
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The world famous Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines will end the year with a military music spectacular featuring festive music, military marches, big band hits and popular showstoppers. This entertaining band delights audiences wherever they perform and their world-renowned Corps of Drums will demonstrate the precision, accuracy and skill for which they have become famous across the globe. Concessions Available

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Big Country. Old Fire Station, Bournemouth

November 24th

Big Country is a Scottish rock band formed in Dunfermline, Fife, in 1981 The height of the band's popularity was in the early 1980s, although it retained a cult following for many years after. The band's music was most recognisable for the sounds it infused with Scottish folk and martial music styles, as well as for playing and engineering their guitar driven sound to evoke the inspirational spirit of bagpipes, fiddles and other traditional folk instruments.

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James Blunt

November 25th
Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5BH United Kingdom
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Britain’s very own Twitter all-star is back… James Blunt will release his fifth studio album, The Afterlove on March 24th through Atlantic Records. The new album is the follow-up to Moon Landing, which reached platinum status in the UK and spent 33 weeks in the UK Top 40 after it was released in 2013. James worked with a wide range of talent when writing and recording The Afterlove including Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder, Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Shannon Saunders), Johnny…

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Bananarama! BIC

November 26th
Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5BH United Kingdom
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The girl group that defined the 80s are back to their original, record-breaking line up for a tour this November in the UK. This will be the only time they tour in the original line up. Bananarama made it into the Guinness Book Of Records as the most successful female group of all time on account of the fact they’d had more hit singles than any other girl band ever. To date they have had 30 chart hits. They hit the…

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Bournemouth Metropole Street Market – Alternative Christmas Fayre

November 26th

The Metropole Street Market is a quintessentially eccentric ensemble of all things creative & delicious. Lansdowne is home to an eclectic collection of independent retailers and high-street brands. They will be joined by an abundance of fayre from the best producers, artists and crafts people that the county has to offer. Accompanied by live music and street performances with spectacular themes, no two markets are the same – making Metropole Market the most memorable day out in Bournemouth!

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Dr John Cooper Clarke

November 26th
O2 Academy Bournemouth, 570 Christchurch Road
Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH1 4BH United Kingdom
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Witness a living legend at the top of his game. Acclaimed poet, actor and rock star, Dr John Cooper Clarke will treat fans to a mix of classic verse, riffs, hilarious ponderings on modern life and good honest gags as he performs two shows later this year.

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Steps – 2017 Tour, BIC

November 27th
Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5BH United Kingdom
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Steps - the band who sung their way to success in the 90s and became a household name as their dance routines & catchy lyrics captured the hearts of fans all around the world, are back on tour in 2017. The full original line-up of Faye, Claire, Lee, Lisa and H are back to sing all the pop hits the band had in the 90's and 00's. Steps achieved a series of charting singles between 1997 and 2001 including two…

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James Arthur

November 30th
Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5BH United Kingdom
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James Arthur returns with his second album, Back From The Edge. Recorded in London and Los Angeles, and co-written with some of the world’s A-list songwriters and producers, Back From The Edge encompasses his experiences over the past few years and reflects his true, honest self. The album also showcases James’s versatile style, taking inspiration from soul, rock and hip hop.

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December 2017

The Kooks plus The DMA’s

December 1st

Over a decade after the release of Inside In / Inside Out, The Kooks felt it was time to celebrate all of their biggest and favourite tunes. Best Of....So Far includes classic singles and fan favourites such as Naive, She Moves In Her Own Way, and Bad Habit. To this day Naïve has been streamed an incredible 125 million times on Spotify alone, and Inside In / Inside Out has gone 5 times platinum. The album includes two new tracks,…

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An Evening with Jazz Morley

December 1st
Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Avenue
Bournemouth, Dorset BH5 1LX United Kingdom
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A night of original music and familiar favourites performed ‘unplugged’ to showcase the effortless beauty of this emerging star’s voice and song writing. Her music has gained global recognition and media support including BBC Radio 2 and most recently BBC Radio 1 who playlisted her recent single ‘Safe Place’. Tickets are limited in this beautiful and intimate venue. Expect some special festive surprises for an evening that is sure to leave you enchanted. “She’s fantastic, so talented. We think she’s…

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Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

December 2nd
Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Avenue
Bournemouth, Dorset BH5 1LX United Kingdom
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The celebrated virtuoso partnership of “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (Scotland On Sunday) and “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fRoots), has by now brought its special musical vision to venues large and small - from the tiniest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne – in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their performances - described by The Irish…

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Michael Ball & Alfie Boe – Together Again Tour

December 3rd
Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5BH United Kingdom
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Following the stunning success of their Platinum selling album ‘Together’ and 29 sold out shows across the UK in 2016, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe have announced today that they will return in 2017 for a selection of exclusive dates throughout the country. Summer will see them performing outdoors at some of the UK’s most beautiful stately homes and castles, with six dates announced in June. In winter, they’ll come back inside to play ten arena dates in November and…

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John Bishop – Winging It Tour 2017, BIC

December 8th - December 9th
Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5BH United Kingdom
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Comedy superstar John Bishop is coming here with a brand new show WINGING IT in autumn 2017! It will have been 3 years since his last tour and WINGING IT is gearing up to be his biggest and best yet.  John is very much looking forward to this new adventure and can’t wait to be back on the road again. 

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Russell-Cotes Christmas Fair

December 9th - December 10th
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, East Cliff
Bournemouth, BH1 3AA United Kingdom
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Get away from the crowds on the high street and visit our Christmas Fair with a range of stalls selling festive wares and gifts. The café will also be open selling a range of holiday refreshments. Visitors to the historic house weekend will enjoy the festive atmosphere viewing the house decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas. Admission to the fair is free, suggestion donation £1. Normal charges apply to visit the historic house. Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 - 17:00

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Great Davies – You Magnificent Beast Tour

December 10th

Greg Davies, BAFTA nominated star of Cuckoo, Man Down, The Inbetweeners and Taskmaster, is back with his first stand up show in four years!

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Chris Rea – Road Songs for Lovers Tour

December 12th
Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5BH United Kingdom
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Live Nation is delighted to announce that Chris Rea will play a full European and UK tour in October, November and December 2017, to celebrate the release of his new album, Road Songs for Lovers. Like all truly great artists, Chris Rea has followed his own unique artistic vision and a path that is his and his alone. And although his exemplary musical output to date is deeply embedded into the framework of the world’s rock n roll DNA, it…

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Daniel O’Donnell

December 14th
Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5BH United Kingdom
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Irish singer, performer and national treasure Daniel O’Donnell is performing at the BIC on 14th December 2017. His tour is commences in Glasgow and includes: Southport, Nottingham, Harrogate, Bournemouth, Plymouth and finishes up in Brighton. Daniel will delight his audiences once more with festive cheer, fan favourites and tracks from his new album Back Home Again. Daniel made musical history and proved himself to be one of Ireland’s most hardworking singers, by releasing an album every year since 1988. This…

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