WHAT'S ON IN THE TOWN?

Bournemouth Seafront - is renowned for its 7 miles of beautiful golden beaches. Why not hire your very own beach hut for the day? 01202 451781

Bournemouth Eye - Tethered balloon flights from the beautiful lower Gardens in central Bournemouth. It will take you 500ft above the exciting resort where you will experience amazing panoramic views over the English Channel and surrounding countryside, for up to 20 miles. 01202 314539

Beaulieu National Motor Museum - including the Motor Sport Gallery, Beaulieu Motor Works, Star Cars Exhibition and the James Bond Experience. Plus the Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey. 01202 612345

Poole Pottery - Throughout the years Poole Pottery has become renowned for excellence in design and commitment to developing innovative collections. Over their long and successful history they have created work for many of the finest retailers and organisations throughout the world. 01202 669800

Tower Park - provides a variety of fun activities all year round. It has a 10-screen multiplex cinema, bowling, amusements, bingo, Monkey Bizness indoor play centre and a water park with a mixture of indoors and outdoors rides and plentry of places to eat and drink 01202 723671

Monkey World - Monkey Business as seen on T.V. At the park visitors can see more than 150 primates of 15 different species. Jim and Alison Cronin set up Monkey World in 1987 to provide abused Spanish chimps a permanent, stable home. 01929 462537

The Dinosaur Museum - combines life-size dinosaur reconstructions, fossils and skeletons with hands-on multimedia displays. 01305 269880

Farmer Palmers Farm Park - Designed for children 8 years and under and their families it combines hands-on animal encounters with educational demonstrations and talks. 01202 622022

Matchams Karting - offers karting for individuals, parties and corporate team building events. Friends and family can watch from the viewing area. 07851 730000

Littledown Centre - Two swimming pools, waterslides, children’s outdoor play area, 47 acres of parkland, free car parking, café and bar. 01202 417600

Compton Acres - Take a journey around ten acres of themed gardens and explore the Ark gift shop. On selected days throughout the holidays they host children’s activities. 01202 700778

WHAT'S ON WHEN

Bournemouth Christmas Market
17 Nov

The Bournemouth Christmas Market sees a continental Christmas strike the Dorset coast, with a Germanic mix of stands and food outlets. Bournemouth Square is transformed into a winter wonderland with a host of activities.

Christmas Lights Switch On
27 Nov

Bournemouth Square kicks off the festive season with the annual "Christmas Switch On" of lights in the town centre. Entertainment is provided by Heart FM and the occasion marks the official start of the town's Christmas shopping season.

Bournemouth Firework Display
05 Nov

The Bournemouth Firework Display at Littledown Centre includes the family display, suitable for younger children, a rainbow display, the loud-banging white knuckle display, and an indoor family zone with a free kids disco.

Grand Firework Display
05 Nov

The seaside town of Poole celebrates Guy Fawkes night with an impressive pyrotechnic display over the waters of the Quay. Live bands and street entertainers keep the crowd amused before the grand firework finale.