Here is the list of things to do when you want some fun - let me know what you fancy doing!

Christmas events - Like Bournemouth German market etc

Outdoors type trips to Isle of Wight & Sandbanks Studland, Wimborne etc (in other words walk followed by lunch etc)

Shopping trips to Southampton's West Quay, Winchester, Westbourne or even London.

Meals and or drinks at Bistro on the Beach,The Cave (Milford on Sea) The Larderhouse (Southbourne), The Jetty (Christchurch), The King's (Christchurch), The Pig, The Paddle, The Cliffhanger, Chaplins, Urban Reef, Hotel du Vin Winchester, Brasserie Blanc and Cote Brasserie in Bournemouth.

Concerts and shows at the BIC and the O2 in Boscombe.

Tribute nights at Canvas and The Cliffhanger and Bistro on the Beach.

Museum trips like Russell Cotes in Bournemouth

Cinema and theatre trips to Odeon (Bournemouth) and Regent Theatre (Christchurch)

Cocktail bars like 1812 and Be One which is a new cocktail bar in Bournemouth or nightclubs like Canvas.

Do let me know and I will start diarising events.


Tracey B

31st December : Gaunts House on New Years Eve

On New year’s eve, the amazing Scania Price is holding a special evening of Gong.

Her email is

Join us at Gaunts House on New Years Eve for this unique Psychoacoustic immersive performance, performed in a drink and drug free environment. The Arkam Project is a unique and mindful musical performance that contains music compositions of both live acoustic pieces and digital elements, conveyed in a surround sound immersive environment.

I myself will be in Jersey seeing a very dear and old friend (nearly 30 years  of “old”) that said, I have attended Scania’s events before – they are quite different.

3rd January 2018 : Sleeping Beauty by Matthew Bourne

New Forest Arts Centre are showing this magical play on a screen.  Times are 2pm and 7.30 p.m.

Treat yourself to a screening of Matthew Bourne’s fantastic production of the classic ballet Sleeping Beauty, which has won the hearts of thousands and smashed box office records across the UK and the USA since its premiere.

With sumptuous sets and costumes, evocative lighting and masterly storytelling this film will transport you in time, from the halcyon days of the late Edwardian era through to the modern day. In a world full of magic, fairies, vampires, love and romance will Princess Aurora ever find her true love again?

19th January 2018 : Queen - Greatest Hits Show at Canvas

The perfect way to combat the January blues and continue in the party spirit at a ‘Best of British’ night with live music from the amazing Queen tribute band QE2, at one of Bournemouth’s most popular venues, Canvas. With over 20 years’ experience, QE2 aim to recreate, with breathtaking accuracy, the style and excitement of a Queen Concert.
Classic Queen anthems will be performed live by the band to ensure you have a fantastic evening. Expect to hear greatest hits such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites the Dust, Don’t Stop Me Now, We Will Rock You and many more. DJ & Host Jay Rachet will be spinning classic Brit Pop tunes after the show until midnight.

24th January 2018 : Milford on Sea Positive Living group

Psychic medium Lynn Hooper 

Not sure if this is of interest but I am a member of both Highcliffe Positive Living Group and Milford on Sea’s group both of whom have an active events page.

27th January 2018 : Sub Focus DJ set at O2

Bedlam Presents: Sub Focus (DJ set) & Pendulum (DJ set)

When / Saturday 27 January 2018

Bedlam return to Bournemouth on Saturday 27 January for their first rave of 2018, and they're bringing some heavy artillery… Over 18s only, 10pm - 5am.

Some of you may be thinking I would rather eat mud on toast than go and listen to a drum and base DJ – lol but I always like to put “all the entertainments” out there to suit everybody’s tastes.  I’m a big fan of Sub Focus but like many out there I can’t always do a whole night.  That said, this is a great venue.

11th February 2018 : Wilkinson at O2 Academy.

I am a bit of a raver on the quiet (or on the loud) and I love DJs across all genres. Wilkinson is a bit of a dude and has appeared at many music festivals - If anyone fancies joining me?

When / Saturday 17 February 2018

Having dominated stages at festivals all summer, dance DJ Wilkinson will be hitting the road for a headline UK tour in January. Best known for his club anthems such as ‘Afterglow’ and ‘Sweet Lies’, there’s no doubt that his live performance, complete with full band, will be something to remember.

9th February 2018 : Let’s go to the Cave

Let’s go to the Cave – one of the best bars in the area – so friendly and they serve a cheeky G&T too if you don’t mind.  As long as I have numbers I can work out logistics – again if there’s enough of us we can do a mini bus from one location to help ease the way.  

4th March 2018 : Jazz Café

Walk along the sea-front from Bournemouth pier down to Sandbanks.  Eat in the Jazz café and then head back.  Nice long walk.  The Jazz café is a bit manic but it’s fun – the food has always been good.

18th March 2018 : Hengistbury Head

Swift walk from Boscombe to Hengitsbury Head (early am) before heading back and grabbing brunch probably at Bistro on the Beach.

30th March 2018

It’s my birthday the day before so leave the Friday flexible and I will organize something fun.

7th April 2018 : Winchester

Trip to Winchester on the train – tour around the city followed by lunch at one of the many eateries – Rick Stein, River Cottage, Cote, The Ivy (opening soon) etc or even just the lovely Greens which I love.

23rd April 2018 – Odeon Bournemouth

Cinema night – let’s see what’s on and go see it.

11th May 2018 : Arbor Bournemouth

Arbor – the new hot restaurant in town

24th May 2018 : Cote Brasserie

I love the Cote Brasserie and this one is getting very good reviews.  Nice informal meal and a good old chin-wag and catch up

11th to 13th June 2018 : Bournemouth Pavilion

Derren Brown is at the Pavilion – his act is Underground. Having seen him before he is amazing.

Direct from the West End, the multi-award winning master of mind-control and psychological illusion returns to amaze and enthral audiences with his latest smash hit show. 

20th, 21st and 22nd June 2018 : Farnborough Air show

Farnborough Air show 

I have never been and have always wanted to go.  If there is enough we could get a mini bus so we can have a jolly day and snooze on the way back (or is that just me who does that?) LOL

21st to 24th June 2018 : Isle of Wight Festival

Isle of Wight Festival - Could go for the one day?

I did go a few years ago – and really enjoyed myself – but I am going to Bestival next year so wonder if anyone would like to go for just one day?  It promises to be a “killer” year as The Killers are playing – probably one of the best bands out there right now. Wow!

21-24 June 2018, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Isle of Wight Festival, one of the UK's most famous rock and pop music festivals, returns next summer with another star-studded lineup. Kasabian, Depeche Mode, The Killers and Liam Gallagher will be headlining the family-friendly festival, which last year attracted 58,000 music lovers.