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WELCOME TO MUM'S GUIDE TO BOURNEMOUTH!

From bumps to teens, we have it covered!  This is your one-stop site for everything you need to know about living in Bournemouth with children.

If you have recently moved to the area, this is a great place to start to get to know the area: the schools, doctors surgeries, out of hours help, places to meet new friends, activities for the children, after school clubs, private tutors, party entertainers among much more.

And, if you have lived in Bournemouth for years, like myself, I can promise you that you will discover new amenities, entertainment and things to do! I thought I knew most of what was going on in the town, being a mum to 2 and a foster mum to 3 children but creating this website has opened my eyes to how much we actually have in this area and how very lucky we are! Did you know we have Cheerleading clubs, Beach Horse Rides and even Battlefield Live activities in the New Forest !

I will be continually adding to this site to keep it current and relevant and aim to be a fully comprehensive guide for information about what's on, things to do and children's activities locally! I hope you enjoy it!

Scroll down to find out what's happening this week.

Feature

Here is a simple guide to help you get ready for Halloween in Bournemouth 2017 !

COSTUMES

Apart from the supermarkets, spooky costumes can be purchased from Peeks in Christchurch and Hollywood on Castle Lane.

Or, if you would like to make your own, there are some utterly fantastic designs and ideas on Pinterest , even  for a complete novice!

FACE PAINTERS

If you would like a professional touch to complete your Halloween look or would like to hire for your own party, there are some very talented face painters in Bournemouth. Choose from the following:

Head Turners - www.headturnersfacepainting.co.uk  

Jo's Face Painting - @jofacepainting 07970 269698

Face Painting by Laura - laurabedford1@hotmail.co.uk 07926 062493

Pixie Paint - supplies contact lenses, fake blood, liquid latex face prosthetics @pixiepaint

Cher's Funky Faces - fun@chersfunkyfaces.co.uk 07400 877793 

Trixiebelles Face Painting - www.trixiebellesfacepainting.co.uk 07553 910296

EC Face Painting - ec.image@hotmail.co.uk 

 

EVENTS

All October- Pumpkin Picking @ Sopley Farm

21-29th Pumpkin Patch and Maze @ Upton Country Park

23-27th - Halloween Week @ The Heavy Horse Farm

25th - Pumpkin Evening and Spooky Walk Way @ Stewart's 

25th - Crafty's Creepy Castle @ The Lighthouse

25th - Phaser Fright Night @ Lemur Landings

26th - Pumpkin Parade @ Upton Country Park

27th - Halloweeen Disco & Magic Show, Littledown

27th - Pumpkin Carving @ Hengistbury Head

27th - Fright Night Walks @ Avon Heath

27th & 28th - The Ark's Spooky Halloween Party

28th - Halloween Party @ Monkey Madness

28th - Halloween Trail @ Hengistbury Head

28th - Pumpkin Party @ The Cat & Fiddle

28th - Frankenfest in Southbourne Grove

28th - Lewey's Trick or Treat Party @ Lemur Landings

29th - Halloween Celebrations @ Avon Heath 

29th - Witches Broom Making @ Avon Heath

29th - Halloween Activity Trail @ Avon Tyrrell

HAPPY HALLOWEEN !

** Full details of all these events are on the What's On page**

News & Notices

BH Rocks!

 

Here's a guide to the latest craze - BH Rocks! 


LIGHT UP THE PROM !

On Friday 20th October, Bournemouth Hospital Charity and Macmillan Caring Locally are hosting Light Up The Prom. 

You are invited to dedicate a light in memory of a loved one as the Prom is illuminated by hundreds of lights in a 2 minute silent reflection, followed by a dazzling firework display. ... Read more


FROZEN on Broadway !

 

Frozen The Musical is set to start its run on Broadway on 22nd March! 

With its catchy score sheet and fairy tale story , let's hope it's not too long before it crosses the Atlantic !


Fundraising For Local Autism School

Autism Wessex is hosting an 'It's a Knockout!' style Big Kids Sportsday to raise money for specialist school , Portfield School. 

Teams of between 6 and 10 will compete in character costumes with lots of foam , gallons of water and large inflatables on Saturday 9th September at Bournemouth Sports Club. The grand final will include a giant slide and a penguin race!... Read more


Dorset's New Adoption Service Launches!

'Aspire Adoption' is the result of the merger of adoption services in Bournemouth, Dorset, Poole and local voluntary adoption agency 'Families for Children' in a bid to enhance the adoption service across the region. 

By working together as one, the service aims to access a wider range of adopters, to reduce delays and to ensure each adoption is successful !... Read more


BLOG

My Halloween

Halloween is one of my favourite festivals.

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What's On This Week

7th October - 30th October
Halloween at Paultons Park
Paultons Park, Romsey

21st October - 29th October
Halloween at Farmer Palmers
Farmer Palmers Farm Road, Organford

21st October - 31st October
Pumpkin Picking PYO
Sopley Farm / Cat & Fiddle Farm, Hinton

21st October - 29th October
Halloween Treasure Trail , Avon Heath
Avon Heath, St Ives

21st October - 29th October
Pumpkin Patch and Maze
Upton Country Park, Poole

21st October - 25th October *FREE*
Pumpkin Festival @ Sunnyfields Farm
Sunnyfields , Southampton

22nd October - 29th October
Ghostly Stories & Other Halloween Fun @ Corfe Castle
Corfe Castle, Wareham

23rd October - 27th October
Halloween Week @ The Heavy Horse Farm Park
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park, Verwood

23rd October - 27th October
Family Fun Lunch @ The Dudsbury Club
The Dudsbury Country Club, Bournemouth

24th October
The Pixies' Scarf
The Lighthouse, Poole

24th October
Sing-a-long-a Beauty & The Beast
The Pavilion, Bournemouth

24th October
Children's Clay Workshop @ Hengistbury Head
Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre, Bournemouth

24th October
Sand Art @ Hengistbury Head
Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre, Bournemouth

24th October
Tea With A Tiger Workshop
The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

24th October - 25th October
Kids Survival Skills
Near mini golf, Poole

25th October
Sing-a-long-a-FROZEN
The Regents Centre, Christchurch

25th October
Crafty's Creepy Castle
The Lighthouse, Poole

25th October
A Smuggler's Child @ Hengistbury Head
Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre, Bournemouth

25th October - 26th October
Halloween Spooky Walkway
Stewart's Garden Centre, Holt, Wimborne

25th October - 26th October
Halloween Spooky Walkway
Stewart's Garden Centre, Christchurch

25th October
Pumpkin Evening @ Stewart's
Stewart's Garden Centre, Christchurch

25th October
Pumpkin Evening @ Stewart's
Stewart's Garden Centre, Holt, Wimborne

25th October
Pop Up Pottery , Avon Heath
Avon Heath, St Ives

25th October
The Gruffalo @ Adventure Wonderland
Adventure Wonderland , Hurn

26th October
The Smugglers' Panorama @ Hengistbury Head
Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre, Bournemouth

26th October
Pumpkin Parade
Upton Country Park, Poole

26th October
Family Bushcraft
Burnbake campsite, Wareham

26th October - 28th October *FREE*
Pumpkin Festival @ Sunnyfields Farm
Sunnyfields , Southampton

27th October
Simon The Starfish @ Hengistbury Head
Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre, Bournemouth

27th October
Pumpkin Carving @ Hengistbury Head
Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre, Bournemouth

27th October
Jules The Entertainer Magic Show
Littledown Centre, Bournemouth

27th October
Get Up and Groove Disco
Littledown Centre, Bournemouth

27th October - 28th October
The Ark Spooky Halloween Party
The Ark, Poole

27th October
Fright Night Walks
Avon Heath, St Ives

28th October *FREE*
A Bronze Age Very Cold Case @ Hengistbury Head
Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre, Bournemouth

28th October - 29th October
Halloween Trail @ Hengistbury Head
Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre, Bournemouth

28th October
Daisy First Aid - paediatric course
The Hall on he Hill, Christchurch

28th October - 29th October
Pumpkin Party @ The Cat & Fiddle PYO
Cat & Fiddle Farm, Hinton

28th October
Halloween Party @ Monkey Madness
Monkey Madness , Christchurch

28th October *FREE*
Frankenfest in Southbourne Grove
Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth

28th October
International Games Week, Bournemouth Library
Bournemouth Library , Bournemouth

28th October
Russell Cotes After Dark
Russell Cotes Museum , Bournemouth

29th October
Halloween Activity Trail @ Avon Tyrrell
Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre, Bransgore

29th October
The Royal Ballet presents Alice's Adventure in Wonderland
The Regent Centre, Christchurch

29th October
Scary Stories & Batty Activities, Avon Heath
Avon Heath, St Ives

29th October
Mini Halloween Explorers @ Avon Heath
Avon Heath, St Ives

29th October
Meet the Halloween Wildlife @ Avon Heath
Avon Heath, St Ives

29th October
Witches Broom Making @ Avon Heath
Avon Heath, St Ives

29th October
Halloween Celebrations @ Avon Heath
Avon Heath, St Ives

29th October
Three Witches @ The Shelley Theatre
Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth

29th October - 31st October *FREE*
Pumpkin Festival @ Sunnyfields Farm
Sunnyfields , Southampton

More events

Monthly Picks

October is a great month. The weather is changing and the leaves are turning brown. It's the start of cosy evenings and the thrill of exciting times ahead !

There are so many activities and events for the October Half Term and Halloween, but here are my Top Picks for the month ....

1. Arts By The Sea ! A festival of regional , national and international arts across dance, film, theatre, visual arts, spoken word and music. There are 50 performances during the week , starting on 14th October.

2. Pumpkin Picking at Sopleys Farm , available all month.

3. All of the many Halloween parties listed on the 'What's On' page. 

4. The Royal Ballet's Alice in Wonderland at The Regents Centre 29th October.

5. Sing-a-long Beauty and The Beast , The Pavilion 24th October

6. Light Up The Prom - dedicate a candle in remembrance of a loved one to light up the Prom , followed by a dazzling firework display. Friday 20th October, Bournemouth Pier. 

Enjoy October !