What’s on in Bournemouth this autumn
Bournemouth is a place that is known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, its universities and emerging arts scene. And of course its world-renowned beach!
Here is just a small selection of the variety of events happening in and around the town this autumn.
Bournemouth Marathon festival
Taking place on the first weekend in October, the Bournemouth Marathon Festival is a celebration of running. It offers events of four different distances to cater for a variety of fitness levels, although one thing all participants will enjoy is beautiful views, with routes that take in Bournemouth's idyllic sandy beaches and surrounding cliffs and countryside. If you're not keen on running as a pursuit, as a spectator you can still soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the scenery!
Shakespeare with a difference
This September, the Watermill Ensemble cast will be treating audiences at the Poole Lighthouse arts centre to some Shakespeare, with a twist!
Fusing actor musicianship with two of Shakespeare's greatest works — Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth — the Watermill Ensemble perform these two well-loved plays to the background of modern sounds of artists such as Nina Simone, Johnny Cash, The XX and the Rolling Stones.
Bournemouth and Poole Selfie Wall Trail
Enjoy a seaside walk with a difference this autumn! Bournemouth and Poole's award-winning seafront has been transformed into a work of art, with a variety of artists creating a series of murals that make fun and colourful backdrops for selfies. The Selfie Wall Trail stretches from Sandbanks all the way to Southbourne and takes in a host of cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy refreshments along the way.
AFC Bournemouth Premier League matches
Bournemouth's football team was promoted to the Premier League in 2015 and has remained there ever since! Its home ground, the Vitality Stadium, is where the team play and fixtures this autumn include home games against Manchester United, and West Ham.
Held at the Bournemouth International Centre, BFX is recognised as one of the world's premier animation, film and games festivals, attracting collaborators from around the world. This annual festival features educational and inspirational presentations that highlight the amazing work of the creative and technical artists behind the latest blockbuster movies and games.
Westbourne Farmers' Market
On the first Saturday of the month Landseer Road is transformed into an outdoor Farmer's Market. Westbourne is the backdrop for a fabulous selection of artisan breads, vegetables, cheese, meats, plants and much more. Enjoy the relaxed ambience and some award-winning food stalls!
Romanticising Dorset art exhibition
Dorset, the county in which Bournemouth is located, is renowned for its beauty and tranquillity. This autumn, the Russell-Cotes gallery is showing an exhibition of the prints and paintings of Bournemouth-based painter and printmaker Leslie Moffat Ward (1888 – 1978), who was an influential figure in the Dorset art scene of the 1920s-1970s and whose work shows off some of the county’s best-loved scenery from times gone by.