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The Poole Zombie Fest is coming for you

Countdown to Poole’s Zombie take over

The town’s first ever Zombie Fest will take place in Poole on Saturday, October 27. The free, family friendly event will run all day, with activities kicking off from 10am.

Attractions on the day include face painting and special effects make-up artists, themed stalls and traders, entertainment for the whole family, and a competition to find the ‘Worst Dressed Zombie’.

Head down the High Street for pumpkin carving workshops, opposite Café Nero, available until 2pm. Workshops are free and will last approximately 15 to 30 minutes – get your own pumpkin to carve and take home ready for Hallowe’en.

A free pop up escape room will be running between 10:30am and 3pm, with sessions bookable in advance on the Poole BID Facebook page and on Eventbrite. Enter ‘Checkpoint Alpha 42: Decontamination Zone’ to find the antidote to save yourself and Patient X.

The main Zombie Parade will gather in Falkland Square, outside the Dolphin Shopping Centre, at 3:30pm. Everyone will set off down the High Street at 4pm, ending up at Town Quay by 4:45pm.

A free bus service, known as Route 666 and provided by morebus, will run from 4pm circling the town between Poole Rail Station and Town Quay for all to use.

Quayside Emporium will be hosting a Hallowe’en party after the event for those looking to stay on Town Quay, complete with themed music, party games, mulled wine and cider, and spooky snacks. Free for all spooks and open 5pm until 8pm.

Alternatively, head to The Project Climbing Centre, located in Dolphin Shopping Centre, for a Blacklight UV Zombie Climbing Party. Running from 6pm until 11pm the event features live music from The Chicken Brothers, Diamond Faces will be providing UV face and body paint, and The Lookout Café will be running a bar in the main hall.

Tickets can be booked on Facebook and Eventbrite, ranging from free (for those not climbing, and the Project’s monthly and annual members) to £12 for non-members who would like to climb. There is a limit of one alcoholic drink per person if you wish to climb on the night.

Justin Hundley-Appleton, Poole BID manager, commented: “The final preparations are now underway ahead of the event. We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone into the High Street for the day, there’s so much to do for people of all ages we’re sure that everyone will have a fantastic time.”

Poole BID Welcome Ambassadors Sarah and David

Poole High Street shortlisted in national award recognition

Poole High Street has been shortlisted as part of The Great British High Street Awards, sponsored by Visa.

To be shortlisted, the town had to showcase exemplary details in the following four categories:

  • Community – demonstrating the strength of the local community, initiatives, community & charitable programmes, and businesses that give back to the community through employment, skills and training.
  • Customer Experience – how the high street has improved, accessibility for disabled people, and providing more opportunities for people to interact and connect.
  • Environment – showcasing how the high street protects or improves the local environment, initiatives to improve sustainability and repairing the high street/improving aesthetics.
  • Digital Transformation – using digital connectivity, developing websites and apps, providing digital skills training to businesses and using these efforts to boost the high street experience.

The application was submitted in August by the Poole Business Improvement District (BID), and the Visa Great British High Street Award street team visited Poole in September for a tour around the high street and to engage with locals and visitors to highlight the awards.

Justin Hundley-Appleton, Poole BID manager, commented: “We are all incredibly proud of everything that Poole has achieved in the last 18 months, and while there’s still improvements to be made it’s great to be honoured on this national level. We’d like to encourage the public to show their support by posting on social media using the following hashtags – #GBHSPoole and #MyHighStreet – as public votes count towards the final outcome.”

Voting closes at midnight on Wednesday, 31 October. Visit http://bit.ly/GBHSPoole for more details.

Justin Hundley-Appleton, BID Manager, Andy Byatt, Titan Leathercraft, Adam Keen, morebus, Jonathan Sibbett, Sibbett Gregory

New chairman and director for Poole BID

Poole BID has announced the appointment of Adam Keen as the new chairman for the organisation, and welcomes a new director to its management board.

Adam Keen, general manager of morebus, said: “I am honoured to have become the new chairman of the Poole BID – this is a very important time for the BID and I look forward to ensuring that the business plan is delivered to levy payers within the five-year term. Jonathan has been instrumental in leading the BID thus far, and I will relish the opportunity to take the reins and help plans develop further.”

In addition to this new appointment, Andy Byatt, owner of Titan Leathercraft, has joined the board as a director of Independent Retail. On joining the board, he said: “I’m looking forward to being a part of the board of directors and helping to shape the future of Poole’s high street, making it a progressive and lively place to live and trade.”

The Poole BID continues to be managed by Justin Hundley-Appleton, who took over the role in January of this year.

Justin added: “We’re positive that Adam will bring great leadership to the BID as we head towards the process of re-election in 2021. Jonathan Sibbett gave us a great start to the process and his knowledge and experience of Poole town centre has been valued by every one of us on the board.

“Andy’s experience working on Poole Quay provides us with valuable knowledge and his enthusiasm to get stuck in and help is greatly appreciated.”

To find out about other Poole BID board vacancies please click here.

Justin Hundley-Appleton, BID Manager, Jonathan Sibbett, Sibbett Gregory, Steve the bus driver and Adam Keen, morebus

Route 666 bound for Poole Zombie Fest

Local company morebus has arranged a free Route 666 bus to run during the evening’s festivities of Poole Zombie Fest, taking place in Poole town centre later this month.

Poole Zombie Fest is a free, family-friendly day of spook-tacular activities taking place within Falkland Square, in the Dolphin Shopping Centre on Saturday, October 27, starting from 10am. All visitors are encouraged to wear zombie fancy dress and visit the special effects stand, where experts will be on hand throughout the day to add the perfect finishing touches to their costumes ahead of the day’s festivities.

Adam Keen, general manager of morebus, commented: “We wanted to do something fun for the first ever Poole Zombie Fest and what better way than providing a free of charge route for all the zombies with our own ‘Spooky Steve’ behind the wheel.”

Route 666 will run from 4pm until 12am making stops throughout the town centre starting at Poole Rail Station to Lagland Street (for High Street), Lower High Street, and Poole Quay (Lord Nelson) every 20 minutes, with return journeys back to Poole Rail Station.

The free-to-enter Zombie Parade will begin gathering at Falkland Square at approximately 3:30pm and will travel along the high street to end at Town Quay at 4.45pm. Prizes will be awarded on the day for the ‘Worst Dressed’ zombies.

Justin Hundley-Appleton, BID manager, said: “We’ve got some great things planned for Poole Zombie Fest and are really looking forward to seeing everyone come down and have fun. There really will be something for everyone, no matter what your age.”

For the latest updates follow on Facebook and Twitter using #PooleZombieFest.

Actual Reality Arcade

Turning Poole Inside Out

Biennial arts festival Inside Out Dorset returns to the county in September, with its launch event sponsored by Poole BID.

The festival takes place from Friday 14 to Saturday September 22, and the opening weekend on Poole Quay will feature the following free installations and performances:

  • …sodade…, Cirque Rouages (France), 7.45pm – at twilight, French company Cirque Rouages present an enchanting show with endlessly turning wheels, tightrope performances and acrobats telling a story of migration and memory.
  • The Actual Reality Arcade, Matthew Harrison (UK), Friday 4pm – 9pm, Saturday 12pm – 9pm – inspired by classic arcade games, this is an interactive game zone. Pilot a spaceship across the galaxy to survive an onslaught of aliens in Defender, or shoot them down in the Space Invaders Gallery.
  • Rock the Boat Street Guitars, Friday 4pm – 9pm, Saturday 12pm – 9pm – five old sailing dinghies have been up-cycled into mini-stages and will be set up along Poole Quay. The boats provide sculptural shelter for acoustic guitars and ukuleles for passers-by to take part in impromptu performances.

Kate Wood, co-artistic director from Inside Out, commented: “We are looking forward to welcoming artists from all over Europe to perform in our distinctive county. The opportunity to present so many premieres by companies that have never worked in the UK before is very special. And with a host of new commissions it makes this year’s a festival not to be missed.”

Justin Hundley-Appleton, manager at Poole BID, added: “We’re really looking forward to the return of Inside Out this year, it’s always a quirky event on the calendar and it’ll be great to see some interesting installations throughout Poole Quay for everyone to get involved with.”

Other performances and activities will be taking place in Weymouth, Boscombe and Dorchester during the week-long festival of arts. Visit www.insideoutdorset.co.uk for more details including performance times.

Poole Zombie Fest

Poole Zombie Fest

Poole Zombie Fest

The first Zombie Fest, organised by Poole BID and Zombie Escapes HQ, will be taking over Poole High Street on Saturday, October 27, starting from 12pm.

Poole Zombie Fest is a free, family-friendly day of spook-tacular activities taking place within Falkland Square, in the Dolphin Shopping Centre. All visitors are encouraged to wear zombie fancy dress and visit the special effects team and the face painting stand, where experts will be on hand throughout the day to add the finishing touches to costumes, ahead of the Zombie Parade.

The free-to-enter Zombie Parade will begin at Falkland Square at approximately 4pm and will travel along the high street and end at the Town Quay at 4.45pm. Prizes will be awarded for the ‘Worst Dressed’ zombies.

A pop-up, zombie-themed escape room will be constructed in the centre of the Square and will immerse participants into the world of the undead and provide a frightfully good time to all those who dare to enter.

Other family-friendly activities include a zombie photo area which will provide photo mementos from the event, and fair rides for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Craft and food stands will be positioned along the high street and throughout Falkland Square, serving treats throughout the day.

Justin Hundley-Appleton, BID manager, said: “We’re really excited about the Poole Zombie Fest coming to town. It’s a great opportunity for our local businesses to pool together and show visitors what we have to offer. There will be all sorts of deals and discounts for those in fancy dress on the day as well as seeing what the different traders have to offer.

“I’m really looking forward to judging the ‘Worst Dressed’ zombie costume competition and seeing how creative everyone gets with their costumes, it’ll be a great day out for all the family.”

For the latest updates visit www.poolebid.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter using #PooleZombieFest.

Zombie Rules Zombie Parade 2018 Rules

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For your fancy dress outfit: https://www.hollywood.uk.com/

Food & Drinks:

Delphino Lounge, Baffi , Antelope , Rope & Anchor , The Stable, Titan Leather-craft, Jo Jo’s kitchen on the Quay,

 

Poole BID - flowers to be placed in Poole town centre during June

Poole to bloom through the summer season

Poole BID will be decorating the high street of Poole next month as the Poole in Bloom initiative returns ahead of the summer holidays and peak tourism season.

212 planters will be installed throughout the high street and town centre in the second week of June. The varieties of flowers being planted include geraniums, verbenas, lobelias, begonias, fuchsias, petunias and impatiens.

Justin Hundley-Appleton, Poole BID manager, commented: “With the summer season fast approaching, we’re keen to get the town ready for the influx of tourists to the area. The floral decorations have been so well received previously that we’re excited to be bringing them back next month.”

The planters will be in place for everyone to enjoy all summer.

Maritime bunting has also been strung up throughout the town in time for the Poole Maritime Festival taking place throughout June.

For the latest updates visit www.poolebid.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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Poole Town Centre and the Quay welcomes quality street buskers and entertainers who have a permit and follow the guidelines in this Code of Practice.

Link Below Code of Conduct 2017

FREE Staff Training and Development Opportunities

Locomotivation is an established training provider based in Poole, delivering Apprenticeship and other staff development opportunities across all service-based industries.

Locomotivation have partnered with the Serco Group to deliver the Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme, developed to upskill employees within all businesses in Dorset. We provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy.

Businesses can select full qualifications or mix and match individual units that are directly relevant to your current training requirements. The courses range from a few hours’ training, to units of NVQ or other qualifications. Because the programme is co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), you can support your workforce at no extra cost to your business.

http://www.locomotivation.co.uk/funding/skills_support_for_the_workforce_ssw.htm

Big Clean 2018

Dusters at the ready! Poole BID leads the spring clean

The Poole BID Big Clean returns for a second year to Poole town centre from Monday, April 23 until Saturday, April 28.

Poole BID is encouraging volunteers who are aged 16 and above to lend a hand in helping to give Poole town centre its annual spring clean. There are many jobs available to those who are willing to donate their time, including weeding flowerbeds, painting, throwing away litter and helping to ensure Poole is a clean and safe town to all those who visit.

Justin Hundley-Appleton, BID manager, commented: “We were so pleased with the amount of people who supported last year’s Big Clean we decided to run the event again, and we hope the community will once again come together to help give Poole a spring clean in the lead up to the summer season.

“This is a great event for friends and families to get involved with, and any professional tradespeople willing to offer their time would be most welcomed.

“We’re working really hard this year to make sure Poole stays on the map as a must-visit tourist destination. We have so much to offer and we hope local businesses will support this initiative and do their part in helping to tidy up the town.

“You can register your interest by emailing info@poolebid.com.”

Poole BID will be offering daily prizes for participating businesses and offering a ‘Best Spring Clean Shop Front’ award at the end of the month. There is no need to fill in any entry forms; all businesses will be included in the competition.

Poole BID has also arranged equipment for accessing hard-to-reach areas such as gutters and high level windows. Any businesses interested in using this equipment should contact info@poolebid.com for more information.

For the latest updates visit www.poolebid.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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