Category Archives: Events

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.”

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.

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.

-Ends-

Press enquiries to:

Cat Abbott

Liz Lean PR

01202 701828

cat@lizleanpr.co.uk

Happy Easter

 

Easter is on its way! There’s lots planned for Saturday 31st March to keep everyone entertained including an Easter trail, kids’ crafts and face painting.

Adam’s morebus team are kindly providing a brand new bus to host themed activities.

Get Cracking,,,

GetSet for Growth Supporting ambitious businesses in East Dorset

GetSet for Growth brings high quality, professional resources to your company. Our finance and marketing experts provide invaluable commercial insights and direction, drawn from first hand experience, to help you grow your bottom line.

We help you strengthen your business and marketing strategies in order to generate more money from more customers, and work with you to secure finance to invest in your growth.

Our service has already supported over 5,200 businesses across the UK that are looking to grow, who collectively turnover £1.5 billion. This support is available to you in East Dorset thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund and partners.

Click Link:  https://www.getsetforgrowth.com/east-dorset/#events

 

Dorset Business Growth Programme

The Dorset Business Growth Partnership is designed to help any Dorset county-based SME become more competitive. Dedicated strands of activity will include pre-start and start-up support, improving companies’ digital capabilities, management and leadership skills and scope for internationalisation. Access to finance will be delivered through grants and loans alongside advice, mentoring, training and events. The three-year SME Competitiveness programme to be run until March 2020, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is led by WSX Enterprise and the Dorset Growth Hub with a range of support partners.

Poole BID Waste and Recycling Project

Dear BID Member.

We at Poole Business Savings team, are starting a waste initiative, which aims to implement a single waste disposal scheme across the BID. The focus is to achieve impressive cost and environmental benefits. Currently there are more than a dozen waste collectors operating across the BID community. BID members are experiencing various levels of service and paying different costs.

The first stage of the process is to assess what the current situation is across all businesses.

Please take a few minutes to complete the following short survey, which will help us ascertain your needs and enable us to put together the best waste and recycling scheme possible.

Link to survey:

SURVEY LINK http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/DFPER/

Benefits of Waste Initiative

* Improving service

* Reducing costs

* Reducing traffic flows

* Improving air quality

* Increasing recycling

* Reducing waste to landfill

* Reducing carbon footprints

With your help we will be working together to make a very big difference in our community.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

LIGHT UP POOLE – DIGITAL LIGHT ART FESTIVAL

the squirrel image 2 (002) squidsoup image 2 (002)

Light Up Poole – A festival of light Brochure – Light Up Poole

15-17 February 2018, Poole town centre

Showing the town in a completely new light, the first Light Up Poole festival of light art will completely transform the High Street from Falklands Square to the Quay.

From 15 to 17 February 2018 the town centre after dark will provide the dramatic backdrop to a series of light art and digital installations designed to inspire, delight and enchant locals and visitors alike. International and local artists, many of them working in collaboration with Poole schools and arts organisations, have been given a platform to showcase their often ground breaking work in a celebration of Poole’s cultural diversity, rich heritage and unique location.

“We’ve chosen theme of Identity and challenged digital artists, architects and lighting designers to reinvent themselves and consider the town as their main inspiration,” says Libby Battaglia of festival directors Audacious.

“Light Up Poole will show how something as simple as light can completely transform a place you think you know. It’s warm, it’s safe, people are drawn by it to come together and share the experience.

“It is a great opportunity for the people of Poole to really celebrate its growing reputation as a destination for artistic excellence, cultural learning and innovative collaborations between business and the arts.”

Light Up Poole will see the town centre divided into 11 zones from Lighthouse, through Falkland Square, down the High Street to the Old Town, Poole Museum and Quay Amusements each showcasing a new artwork and interactive installations.

Among the many highlights are:

:: Submergence – An immersive, responsive, walk-through experience created by Squidsoup, the international group of artists, researchers, technologists and designers. It uses more than 5,000 individual points of controlled light to create feelings of presence and movement within physical space. The installation transforms space into a hybrid environment where virtual and physical worlds coincide. A semi-linear 12-minute piece that forms an abstract with a gradual increase in tension, building to a final climax, each movement has its own elements, atmosphere and responsiveness that are open to interpretation.

:: The Squirrel – a digital art installation by Sober Industries to highlight the extinction plight of Brownsea Island’s famous resident colony of red squirrels. The Squirrel was commissioned by Quays Culture as part of the Unnatural Borders art event exploring the interaction between mankind and the animal world.

:: Arbour – a new work by multi-media artist Mark Parry who works with cross-art combinations of light, film, digital video and photography to convey meaning through evocative and emotive imagery and sound.

:: Amuzo – the award-winning, Bournemouth-based team of game and App developers whose creations have been played more than two billion times and topped the App Store in more than 150 countries launch their new smartphone game, Flo, at Light Up Poole.

:: Café Conversations – informal chats in cafes and other town centre venues to share new ways of thinking differently about creativity, the arts and expression.

A key element of the first Light Up Poole festival is the emphasis on creating new learning opportunities.

:: Sounds of Poole – an inspirational learning project focussing on music technology and devised by SoundStorm, Bournemouth and Poole’s music education hub. Sound artist Jon Adams is working with pupils from Poole schools to record sounds of the town and incorporate them in an illuminated soundscape album that will be played at the Fish Shambles on the Quay during the festival.

:: ArtfulScribe poetry agency is running a film poetry weekend workshop at Poole Museum on 13 and 14 January with photographic artist Helen Dewbery and poet and filmmaker Chaucer Cameron.

:: Working in partnership with Lighthouse and Bournemouth University, Light Up Poole also has a weekend of workshops on 27 and 28 January aimed at young people aged 16-21 who want to sharpen their vlog-making skills.

The festival will also provide Poole with its first look at some new art forms:

:: Poets and filmmakers are being invited to enter the Film Poetry competition with £500 for the winning title and the shortlisted films projected on the wall of Poole Museum.

:: Projection Mapping, Projection Bombing – Bournemouth University alumni Ashley Wilkie uses spatial augmented reality technology to turn buildings, objects even whole landscapes into display surfaces for his digital art and light graffiti laser tags. This will be Poole as it has never been seen before.

Light Up Poole is the first in a number of headline events planned for 2018 to celebrate the 40th birthday of Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts.

Phil Gibby, South-West director for Arts Council England, says: “We’re delighted to support Audacious through our National Lottery-funded Grants for the Arts programme. This award supports Audacious to develop local, national and international talent by showcasing artists through Light Up Poole events.

“Emerging digital technologies will be used to create interactive public spectacles in the town centre aiming to challenge perceptions and allow more people to experience and be inspired by great art and culture.”

Light Up Poole is presented by Audacious community interest company with the support of lead partner and sponsor Poole BID and Arts Council England and in partnership with Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, and Bournemouth University, as well as Poole Borough Council, SoundStorm music education agency and ArtfulScribe, which finds, develops and promotes new and emerging writers and audiences for live literature.

Brochure

Seek out Santa Competition Winner

Poole BID and Borough of Poole has announced the winner of Poole’s Small Business Saturday ‘Seek out Santa’ competition. Throughout December ‘Seek out Santa’ Trail finders have been busy exploring local small shops and brands in Poole Town Centre, Ashley Cross, Ashley Road and Broadstone, collecting stickers in a bid to win the prize!

The lucky winner of the Christmas Hamper filled with Dorset goodness from On the Green Interiors, Ashley Cross is Max and Family of Broadstone, Dorset. Congratulations!

James Irvine, On the Green Interiors located in Ashley Cross and Les Robertson, BID Manager, Poole BID picking the winning entry

James Irvine, On the Green Interiors located in Ashley Cross and Les Robertson, BID Manager, Poole BID picking the winning entry

James Irvine, Co-owner of On the Green Interiors said: “We’ve been delighted with the response to the ‘Seek out Santa’ Trail as part of Small Business Saturday. It’s been great to be part of an initiative that highlights local independent brands and shops across Poole and encourages families to explore and chance upon new shops!”

Les Robertson, BID Manager, Poole BID said “Shopping locally is a way of supporting the people who live around you. By shopping, eating and drinking at a local small business, you are helping boost the local economy. Small Business Saturday and the festive activities around Christmas are a key part of our plans to create awareness of what’s on offer in Poole and encourage shoppers into the shops all year round.”

Adrian Trevett, Economic Development Manager, Borough of Poole, added: “Small businesses are vital for the economy of Poole and account for over 95% of our companies. We should all do what we can to support them and this really means spend our money with them!”