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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 5 children (not all my own!), 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.

Exclusive

 

It’s Day 11 of the ‘12 Days of Christmas Mischief’ Magnificent Competition and Tinker-Belle is enjoying being a photographer’s muse. 

For a chance to win a £50 off voucher for any photo shoot offered by Jackson’s Photography , guess who is taking Tinker-Belle’s photo! Simply email your guess to [email protected] or leave your guess as a comment on our Facebook or Instagram page.

Day 11’s  Competition will close at 9pm on 11th December 2018 and the winner will be notified within 48 hours.

Good luck and look out for the Star Day 12 prize tomorrow!

T&C’s apply

This voucher holds no cash voucher but can be transferred to someone else. The voucher must be used by 30.4.19 and the photo shoot must only include immediate family.

Feature

 

The festive bells of Christmas are now jingling at our door !

A lot of events are ticketed so booking early to avoid disappointment is a good idea. 

Here is a round up of confirmed Christmas events so far ...

Christmas Spectacular - Regent Centre Christchurch , 19th - 24th December . Bursting with festive delights, this highly acclaimed song and dance show is a magical Christmas treat for all the family. 

Santa’s Christmas Party - Regent Centre Christchurch, 24th November, 11am and 2pm. A live musical show suitable for 2-7 year olds. 40 mins long. Every child receives a gift from  

Dick Whittington Pantomime - The Lighthouse, Poole, 7th December- 31st December. Poole's magical pantomime. 

Sleeping Beauty Pantomime - The Pavilion, Bournemouth, 8th December- 6th January. Bournemouth's magical pantomime starring Jennifer Ellison & Rita Simons.

Dick Whittington Pantomime The Mayflower, Southampton 15th December - 6th January. Starring Steve McFadden.

Cinderella Pantomime - The Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 21st December - 6th January. Booking office 01202 885566

Best Christmas Show Ever !  Allendale Centre, Wimborne, 15th -24th December . A fun filled Family Spectacular . 

Santa’s Winter Wonderland - Stewart’s Garden Centres. Tickets on sale 1st October . Visit Santa at Christchurch or Broomhill .

Santa’s Grotto - Lower Gardens , Bournemouth. From 23rd November - 24th December.

The Rotary Renowned Santa’s Grotto - Boscombe , weekends in December and from 17-23rd inclusive.

Father Christmas at Adventure Wonderland - Selected dates from 25th November til 23rd December.

Santa’s Christmas Farm and Festive Grotto - Honeybrook Farm, Wimborne. From 23rd November - 24th December.

Swanage Railway Santa Special - Meet Santa as you travel on the steam railway. Selected dates in December.

Sail With Santa - Cruise with Santa from Poole Quay on 8,9,15-21st December. 

Reindeer Making- Hengistbury Head  24th and 25th November & 1st and 2nd December. Price £7, times slots throughout the day. Make a beautiful wooden reindeer. Booking essential 01202 451618

Reindeer Making - Kingfisher Barn . 8th & 9th December and 15th & 16th December. Make a beautiful wooden reindeer. Time slots throughout the day. Booking essential. 

Ice Skating - Lower Gardens , Bournemouth . From 15th November - 6th January. 

Cool Coast Ice Skating - Perbeck Hall, The BIC 14th December - 23rd February (excluding Christmas Day).

Christmas At Marwell - Marwell Zoo has a magical Christmas make over. Visit Santa and his Elves during your visit. 

Vintage Christmas - Bovington Tank Museum 1-2nd December. 

Drive In Christmas Movies - From 21st -23rd December at Old Holmesley Run Way, Bransgore. Movies include The Muppets Christmas Carol , Miracle on 34th Street, Frozen, The Grinch, Home Alone, Elf, The Holiday and The Polar Express.

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Monthly Picks

 

 

I love December , all the joy and excitement it brings , the glee of the children as Christmas morning gets ever nearer and all the festive family events !

This year , Bournemouth is host to the utterly fabulous Christmas Tree Wonderland & Christmas Market. The free event is definitely worth a visit  (or 2) and look out for the extra free events there over the coming month.

Here are my Top Picks for the month of December- 

1. The Christmas Tree Wonderland , Lower Gardens.

2. The Christmas Spectacular Show, Regent Centre, Christchurch

3. The Sleeping Beauty Panto , The Pavilion.

4. The Cool Coast Ice Rink , The BIC

5. Reindeer Making at Hengistbury Head & Avon Heath.

Full details of these can be found on the What’s On Page.

Happy December x

 

What's On This Week


20th October 2018-10-20 2019-11-03 - 3rd November
Beaulieu National Motor Museum, New Forest


15th November 2018-11-15 2018-12-24 - 24th December
Bournemouth Lower Gardens, Bournemouth


16th November 2018-11-16 2019-01-02 - 2nd January
Lower Gardens, Bournemouth


17th November 2018-11-17 2018-12-20 - 20th December
Winchester Cathedral , Winchester


17th November 2018-11-17 2018-12-24 - 24th December
Marwell Zoo, Winchester


23rd November 2018-11-23 2018-12-24 - 24th December
Bournemouth Lower Gardens, Bournemouth


24th November 2018-11-24 2018-12-24 - 24th December
Honey Brook Farm, Wimborne


24th November 2018-11-24 2018-12-24 - 24th December
Stewart’s Christchurch Garden Centre, Christchurch


24th November 2018-11-24 2018-12-23 - 23rd December
St Edmunds Church, Bournemouth


1st December 2018-12-01 2019-01-06 - 6th January
Corfe Castle, Wareham


1st December 2018-12-01 2018-12-23 - 23rd December
The Walled Garden, Moreton


1st December 2018-12-01 2018-12-23 - 23rd December
Avon Heath Country Park, St Leonard’s, Ringw


11th December 2018-12-11 2018-12-14 - 14th December
The Lighthouse , Poole


11th December 2018-12-11 2018-12-11
The Pavilion , Bournemouth


11th December 2018-12-11 2018-12-11
39 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth


11th December 2018-12-11 2018-12-15 - 15th December
Regent Centre Christchurch , Christchurch


12th December 2018-12-12 2018-12-12
The Pavilion , Bournemouth


12th December 2018-12-12 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Upton Country Park, Poole


13th December 2018-12-13 2018-12-13
Lower Gardens, Bournemouth


14th December 2018-12-14 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Corfe Castle, Wareham


14th December 2018-12-14 2018-12-17 - 17th December
The Pavilion , Bournemouth


14th December 2018-12-14 2018-12-24 - 24th December
The BIC Perbeck Hall, Bournemouth


14th December 2018-12-14 2018-12-14
Pier Approach, Bournemouth


14th December 2018-12-14 2018-12-14
Lower Gardens, Bournemouth


14th December 2018-12-14 2018-12-14
Lower Gardens, Bournemouth


15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Swanage Railway, Swanage


15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
The Lighthouse , Poole


15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
The Lighthouse , Poole


15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Farmer Palmers , Poole


15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Corfe Castle, Wareham


15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Kingfisher Barn, Bournemouth


15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
The Allendale Centre, Wimborne Minster


15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton


15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
City Cruises, Poole


15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-23 - 23rd December
Adventure Wonderland , Christchurch


15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-23 - 23rd December
Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, Wareham


15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
Lower Gardens, Bournemouth


15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
Pier Approach, Bournemouth


15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
Westbourne Arcade, Westbourne


15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
Sovereign Centre, Bournemouth


15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
Lower Gardens, Bournemouth


16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-16
Moors Valley, Ashley Heath


16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-16
The Lighthouse , Poole


16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-16
The Lighthouse , Poole


16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-16
The Lighthouse , Poole


16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-16
The Allendale Centre, Wimborne Minster


16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-16
The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton


16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-21 - 21st December
City Cruises, Poole


16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-16
Sovereign Centre, Bournemouth


17th December 2018-12-17 2018-12-17
The Lighthouse , Poole


17th December 2018-12-17 2018-12-17
The Allendale Centre, Wimborne Minster


17th December 2018-12-17 2018-12-17
The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton


17th December 2018-12-17 2018-12-22 - 22nd December
Sovereign Centre, Bournemouth

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Competition

This year’s Christmas Competition is HUGE! 

My naughty Elf, Tinker-Belle is on her way to visit local businesses and cause some mischief !

She will be at a different one each day for 12 days in December. From 1st-12th December.

All you have to do is guess which business she is at - the clue may be in the prize!

The photo of Tinker-Belle will be shown on this website , our Facebook Page , Twitter and Instagram. You can enter by commenting on the Facebook post or Instagram post with your guess or emailing us at [email protected] The closing time each day is 9pm. The winner will be chosen at random for each daily prize . You may enter every day but only once per day. T&Cs apply.

The prizes are AMAZING and I’d like to sincerely thank all of the businessses for donating them.

The prizes are :

🎅 A family Santa ticket for Honeybrook Farm !

🎅 A family ticket for Laser Madness !

🎅 2 family tickets for Monkey Madness ! (2 separate prizes)

🎅 A family ticket to Cool Coast Ice Rink !

🎅 2 places on a Daisy First Aid course !

🎅 2 tickets for The Best Ever Christmas Show at The Allendale Centre !

🎅 A Luxury Manicure from Classy ‘n Sassy Nails !

🎅 A family of 4 ticket for the Alpine Adventure Park !

🎅 2 one hour sessions on Ski Bobs or Ringos at Snowtrax !

🎅 A voucher for Jackson’s Photography !

🎅 Tickets for The Best Christmas Show Ever at The Allendale !

🎅 50% ( yes 50% !) off a Shine Like A Star Party!

 

The 12 Days of Christmas Mischief Competition T&C’s

Published 27th November 2018

By entering the competition the entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions and our terms of use including our Privacy and Cookies Policy.

 

1. Promoter

The promoter is Mum’s Guide To Limited of The East Stable, Thrales End Lane, Harpenden AL5 3NS.

 

2. Eligibility

 This competition is open to residents of the UK who are 18 years or over, except employees of Mum’s Guide ToLimited and their families, and anyone else professionally associated with the competition.

Only one entry per day per person is permitted and entries that are automatically generated by computer will be disqualified.

 

3. How To Enter

Each day of the competition we will publish a photograph of the Elf at a different local business.  To enter the Competition for any particular day an entrant must guess which local business the Elf has been photographed at on that day. The entry must be made as a comment on the Mum’s Guide To Bournemouth Facebook or Instagram page or via email at [email protected] .The entry must be made within the time scales on the day of the prize. There will be a different prize for each of the 12 days and the closing time for entries will be 9pm each day. The 12 days of the competition will run from 1st December 2018 to 12th December 2018.

No purchase is required.

Late, illegible, incomplete or inaccurate entries will not be accepted. 

The winner will be drawn at random from all entries received by the closing time and posted on the Mum’s Guide To Bournemouth’s Facebook page and website. The decision of the judges will be final.

 

4.  Prizes

The prizes are subject to availability and are non transferable. There are no cash alternatives. Mum’s Guide To Limited reserves the right to replace any of the prizes with an alternative prize if circumstances beyond Mum’s Guide To Limited ‘s control make it necessary to do so.

1st December - A family (2 adults, 2 children) ticket to see Santa at Honeybrook farm.

2nd December - A family (2 adults, 2 children) ticket for Monkey Madness.

3rd December - A family ( 2 adult, 2 children ) ticket for Laser Madness.

4th December - A family (of 4) ticket for Cool Coast Ice Rink.

5th December - 2 places on a Daisy First Aid Course.

6th December - A luxury manicure from Classy n Sassy nails.

7th December - A family (of 4) ticket for the Alpine Adventure Park.

8th December - 2 one hour sessions on the Ski Bobs or Ringos at Snoxtrax.

9th December - A family ticket ( 2 adults , 2 children) for Monkey Madness.

10th December - A voucher for Jackson’s Photography.

11th December - Tickets for The Best Christmas Show Ever at The Allendale Centre.

12th December - 50% off a Shine Like A Star Party .

 

If there are no entries on any given day the prize will carry over to the next day.

 

5. Notification

By entering the competition the entrant agrees that should they win, their personal details will be passed on to the company owner of the prize in order to assist with their redemption of the prize.

The winner will be notified via Facebook message , Instagram or email and posted on the Mum’s Guide To Bournemouth’s Facebook page and website within 48 hours of the daily competition closing. If Mum’s Guide To Limited cannot contact the winner via Facebook / Facebook messenger , Instagram or email by the account used for entry within 10 days of the daily competition closing, Mum’s Guide To Limited reserve the right to re-draw a winner who will be notified immediately. If the alternative winner does not respond within 2 hours of the notification, Mum’s Guide To Limited reserve the right to keep re-drawing a winner until a winner responds within 2 hours of the notification. 

 

Winners are to give a postal address to post the prize to. The prize will be posted recorded delivery to that address .

All the winner’s names will be posted on Mum’s Guide To Bournemouth’s Facebook page and website after the whole competition has finished.

 

6. Limitation Of Liability

To the extent permissible by law, Mum’s Guide ToLimited will not be responsible for or liable to compensate the winner for any loss, damage, personal injury or death as a result of taking up any of the prizesexcept where caused by the negligence of Mum’s Guide To Limited. 

 

7. General

If there is any reason to believe that there has been a breach of these terms and conditions, Mum’s Guide ToLimited may, in its sole discretion, reserve the right to exclude an entrant from participating in the competition. Mum’s Guide To Limited reserves the right to hold, void, suspend , cancel or amend the prize competition where it becomes necessary to do so. 

 

These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. Entrants hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts. 

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