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The Festival Coast Live!

2023 will once again see Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole celebrate its status as THE Festival Coast Live! bringing together all that is best about outdoor events and festivals across the whole area.

Visit the What's On tab to see what there is to look forward to in the coming months.

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Find out what's happening in each town


Bournemouth is no stranger to hosting festivals and large events and there is plenty for everyone to look forward to in 2023. Highlights will include the Bournemouth Bay Run, the Bourne Free and World of Love Festivals and Reggae Weekender, as well as Bournemouth Air Festival, the Friday night fireworks, the Arts by the Sea Festival and Christmas Tree Wonderland, so there is sure to be something to suit everyone.


With its two harbours, two quays and two castles Christchurch provides the ideal backdrop for events and festivals with something for the whole community to enjoy throughout the summer. Highlights to look out for in 2023 include Christchurch Food Festival, Highcliffe Food & Arts Festival, Christchurch Music Festival, Mudeford Arts Festival and of course the ever popular Stompin' on the Quomps and Christchurch Carnival. .


With its large natural harbour, maritime history, blue flag beaches and historic Quay, Poole is ideally situated to host a variety of events and festivals. 2023 will see the return of Poole Quay Seafood Festival, Mini Steam on the Quay, Harry Paye Day and the Thursday night fireworks. Be sure not to miss Poole Harbour Festival and the RNLI Fun Day in July as well as the very popular Sandpolo, (British Beach Polo Championships) and Sandfest on Sandbanks beach. After its inaugural year Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival will also be returning in 2023 to round the year off in festive spirit.