Coming Up

These are details of local events and activities happening soon. It does not aim to be comprehensive, but might be worth reading and even increase attendance at these events.

If you have anything you would like to advertise, please email confer@ThisIsChristchurch.com and it will be added.


MONDAY, 23 APRIL – 10am for approx two hours
Iford Meadows

Monday morning meander – organised by Bournemouth Parks
Free, no need to book

Meet at playing fields car park, off Iford Lane, BH6 5NF


WEDNESDAY, 25 April – 6.30pm
Christchurch Priory

Tower Tour (176 Steps). See spectacular views from the top of Christchurch Priory Tower, including a visit in to the ringing and bell chambers. Tickets £7.50, £4 child over 8 from Christchurch Priory Box Office or online


MONDAY, 30 APRIL – 10am for approx two hours
Stanpit Marsh

Monday morning meander – organised by Bournemouth Parks
Free, no need to book

Meet at Stanpit Marsh car park, , BH23 3ND


MONDAY, 7 May
Bank Holiday – Bransgore Fun Day

Bransgore Fun Day

Bransgore Fun Day


SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 12 & 13 May
Christchurch Food Festival – Town Centre and Quay

Opens 10am both days, closed 6pm (Saturday) or 5pm (Sunday)

Programme for the Kids’ Kitchen, 12/13 May – two page pdf (1.2Mb).
Opens in a new window

For lots of information see their website


TUESDAY, 15 MAY – 6.30pm
Christchurch Priory

Evening Tour of Christchurch Priory. Ground Floor and Roof Space including medieval paintings (does not include the Tower). 113 Steps. Tickets £7.50, £4 child over 8, available from Priory Box Office or online


WEDNESDAY, 16 MAY – 2.30pm
Christchurch Priory

Tower Tour (176 Steps)

See spectacular views from the top of Christchurch Priory Tower, including a visit to the ringing and bell chambers. Tickets £7.50, £4 child over 8, available from Priory Box Office or online


SUNDAY, 20 May – 11am-4pm
Highcliffe Castle

Classic cars
Entry free.

See their web page and the Classic Cars page here

Full programme here. Two A4 pages, pdf, around 400k


SUNDAY, 27 May  – Wednesday, 30 May – 11am-3.30pm
Highcliffe Castle

Castle Dinosaur Trail. Win a fossil!

From their website: ‘Calling all explorers! Join us at Highcliffe Castle for a Prehistoric Dinosaur trail around the grounds solving all the questions for a chance to win your very own fossil. Take a peek inside our Dining room and see if you can spot a few Dinosaurs hidden amongst the plants and trees!’

  • Ticket prices are £6 per trail and tickets can be purchased the same as the other events e.g. calling us on 01425 278807
  • Will take place in the castle grounds and will have a start point the same as the Easter Trail event

Where: The trail will take you around the grounds and into the Jurassic dining room!

Click the picture to go to the Highcliffe Castle website.

The staff have told me (4 April) that this is obviously meant for children, and that accompanying adults will not need to pay!


SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 2 & 3 June
Highcliffe Food Festival

Opens 10am, closes 5pm (Saturday), 4pm (Sunday).
65 stalls already booked.

For more information see their website


SUNDAY, 3 June – 10.30am – 4pm
Petfest 2018

Theme: Animal education, conservation and respect.

Lots happening:

  • Trade stands, including treats and even personalised accessories
  • Enter your pooch to be Highcliffe Dog of the Year!
  • Petting farm
  • Birds of prey

Click the picture to go to the event page.

Important advice: The car park does get very busy for this event so look at alternative ways to get to the castle. There are three car parks within Highcliffe Village – the two largest are behind the Co-op, and at the Cliff top restaurant.

Exhibitors: We sold out of trade stand space last year so please book early to avoid disappointment. We are able to offer space inside the castle or within the grounds. Contact Lhewitt@christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk


SATURDAY, 9 June – SATURDAY, 16 June
Christchurch Priory

Very many events. See the full programme here.

Go here for the Priory Website.


SUNDAY, 10 June – 1pm – 6pm
Burton Village Green

Click the picture for a full-size version.

Have a look at their excellent Facebook pages.

This is a busy and popular event, including parades, a drumhead service, and lots more entertainment throughout the afternoon.

An enjoyable afternoon celebrating our armed forces.


WEDNESDAY, 13 June – SUNDAY, 17 June
Venues below. Free entry

Flowerfest18
As the name suggests, a festival of flowers!

  • Saxon Square – Charity area & community floral display (your participation welcome)
  • Priory Grounds – Floral spaces sponsored by local companies
  • High Street – Floral window displays
  • Red House Museum – Workshops & demonstrations at the weekend

All profits go to Dorset Mind charity Youth Sector


SUNDAY, 24 June – 11am-5pm
Christchurch Quay 

Classic cars
Entry free.

See their web page and the Classic Cars page here

Full programme here. Two A4 pages, pdf, around 400k


FRIDAY, 6 July – Sunday 8 July
Christchurch

Various venues – Music and Arts Festival

  • William Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast – Saturday, June 9
  • Romsey Abbey Choir to join Evensong at The Priory – Sunday, June 10
  • Papagena (vocal group, regulars at Edinburgh Festival)
    Choral music, plainsong to pop – Monday, June 11 (evening) // YouTube video

 

SUNDAY, 2 September – 11am-5pm
Christchurch Quay 

Classic cars
Entry free.

See their web page and the Classic Cars page here

Full programme here. Two A4 pages, pdf, around 400k


SUNDAY, 30 September – 11am-5pm
Christchurch Quay 

Classic cars
Entry free.

See their web page and the Classic Cars page here

Full programme here. Two A4 pages, pdf, around 400k

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