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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.


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!”

Poole Christmas Wreath Trail

As part of Poole’s Christmas Extravaganza, you are invited to find 6 wreaths cleverly hidden in shops in the town centre. Each wreath has a letter that will make a seasonal word and you’ll find some clues on the entry form to help along the way! The top prize is £100 worth of vouchers from The Entertainer, so get hunting and support your local shops this Christmas!

BID Christmas Wreath entry form

Click the picture to download your entry form!

Entries must be received by post to: Poole BID, 175a High Street, Poole, BH15 1ZT or emailed to: by 24th December 2017.


For more details and events taking palce for Poole’s Christmas Extravaganza please see

Poole’s Santa Procession

Santa Claus is coming to town and he will be leading a procession through Poole on his Christmas train, arriving first at Poole Quay by City Cruise, on Sunday, December 3 at 11.00am.

In partnership with Poole BID, Santa’s Procession is one part of Poole’s Christmas Extravaganza, taking place throughout Poole on Thursday, November 30 until Sunday, December 3. Joined by the Mayor of Poole, Councillor Lindsay Wilson and the stars of the Lighthouse’s panto performance of Cinderella, including presenter Peter Duncan, the procession will start at Poole Quay. The procession will then move towards Old Orchard and then parade through the High Street to Falkland Square.

Also joining the procession are the Poole Sea Cadets, Shining Bright Like a Star performers, Dolphin Marching Band, Bournemouth Carnival Band and Children’s Christmas Fancy Dress Competition entrants. To enter, please arrive at Poole Quay by 10:30am to be a part of the event.

On Sunday, December 3 there will also be live entertainment across three stages, the Christmas Market will be open on Poole Quay from 10am until 4pm and the Winter Bar will be serving warming refreshments from 11am until 6pm.

Poole Christmas Extravaganza

Les Robertson, Poole BID manager, added: “We’re all very excited about the arrival of the star of this year’s Christmas Extravaganza, Santa Claus, who will be making quite the entrance on Poole Quay, and then leading a fun, interactive procession up Poole High Street. This event will be enjoyable for all the family and we encourage little ones to dress-up for the chance to win our Children’s Christmas Fancy Dress competition, judged by The Mayor of Poole, Councillor Lindsay Wilson.

“There is something for everyone at this year’s Poole Christmas Extravaganza, but the Santa Procession is sure to be a fun time for all.”

Other seasonal activities and festive competitions with great prizes to be won, also organised by Poole BID, will take place throughout December. Poole’s Christmas Extravaganza will be held over four days starting on Thursday, November 30.

For further information about Poole’s Christmas Extravaganza and to see a full list of entertainment visit: or follow Poole BID on social media for live updates.

Three Stages of Musical Entertainment at Poole’s Christmas Extravaganza

Poole’s Christmas Extravaganza brings four days of musical entertainment across three stages, starting on Thursday, November 30 until Sunday, December 3.

There’s entertainment galore planned for this year’s Poole Christmas Extravaganza, including three stages of live musical performances taking place in Falkland Square, in Poole High Street, and Poole Quay.

Spread over four days, performances by The Little Chix, the Rising Voices Choir, Alice & The Hounds, Xyander and the Keys, a Katy Perry tribute, Matt Black, In the Mix Duo, among others, will take place across the three locations in Poole. As well as musical entertainment, over the weekend award-winning children’s entertainer Jamie Jigsaw and other children’s entertainment will be on offer throughout the town.

Les Robertson, Poole BID manager, said: “This year we have organised an array of musical acts to suit all who join us at Poole’s Christmas Extravaganza. We have some great performances planned from our Little Mix and Katy Perry tribute acts, as well as some original bands, and the Rising Voices Choir has an exciting festive performance planned for us on Poole Quay.”

Little Chix

Other seasonal activities and festive competitions with fantastic prizes to be won, also organised by Poole BID, will take place throughout December, but Poole’s Christmas Extravaganza will be held over four days starting on Thursday, November 30.

For further information about Poole’s Christmas Extravaganza and to see a full list of entertainment visit: or follow Poole BID on social media for live updates.

A Christmas Extravaganza Comes To Poole


A fun-filled schedule of festive events is planned for this year’s Poole Christmas Extravaganza which will take place throughout Poole town centre and Poole Quay over four days, starting on Thursday, November 30 until Sunday, December 3.Poole Christmas Extravaganza

In partnership with Poole BID, the Christmas Extravaganza will see a jam-packed calendar of entertainment; including several viewings of the Water Fountain Laser Projection Show coming to Poole for the first time this year, fireworks, three stages of live music, a winter bar and a Christmas tree light switch on at both Poole Quay and Falkland Square.

On Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 a Christmas market on Poole Quay will showcase traditional Christmas trade stands with exclusive gift items available to purchase.

The Extravaganza’s schedule is bursting with entertainment and activities sure to get you in the Christmas spirit including a visit from the man himself, Santa Claus, who will arrive on a City Cruises’ boat to Poole Quay at 11.00am on Sunday, December 3. Santa will parade through Poole on his Christmas train, joined by The Mayor of Poole Councillor Lindsay Wilson and the stars of the Lighthouse’s panto performance of Cinderella. Santa’s procession will start at Poole Quay, moving towards Old Orchard and then through the High Street to Falkland Square.

Les Robertson, Poole BID manager, said: “Poole’s Christmas Extravaganza is going to be a spectacle to behold this year with plenty of live entertainment and lights galore. There truly will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Other seasonal activities and festive competitions with fantastic prizes to be won, also organised by Poole BID, will take place throughout December, but Poole’s Christmas Extravaganza will be held over four days starting on Thursday, November 30.”

For further information about Poole’s Christmas Extravaganza and to see a full list of entertainment visit: or follow Poole BID on social media for live updates.


Calling All Traders!

Poole BID are running this years Christmas Market on Poole Quay. It’s a 2 day event on Saturday 2nd 10am – 8pm and Sunday 3rd December 10am – 5pm, and aims to create a festive and fun atmosphere around Santa’s Arrival to the town on the Sunday. Last years one day event was a huge success and expanding it to 2 days seemed like the logical step!

BID Christmas 2017

If you are a trader, a maker, a producer, an artist, an artisan… etc, then we need you! We will provide you with a perfect platform to showcase your brand and products (new or established) to the public, trade and visitors. It’s the perfect location and event to showcase your business, your products and your Christmas spirit!

Download the application form here…

CHRISTMAS Exhibitor Application Form 2

And send it to as soon as possible to reserve your space.
If you would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Les on 01202 308800.


Poole BID are proud to announce the launch of the new BID Ambassadors!

Poole BID have partnered with ‘The Welcome People’ to fulfil this high profile role and achieve one of the main aims from the Business Plan. They will be in post in time for the busy Christmas period and are designed to be a welcome, a resource and a monitoring tool.

Ambassador 1

‘The Welcome People’ will offer a Poole-specific visitor welcome and street management service with “Passion, Experience, and Accountability.” They will have 4 main focuses on the street; Visitor Welcome; BID Member Liaison; Environmental Reporting; and Intelligence Reporting.

Visitor Welcome
Liveried up to be eye catching and approachable, the Ambassadors will provide a welcoming face and a roaming information service to visitors. Promoting local events, attractions, providing directions and answering any questions visitors or locals may have. The idea is that this will increase dwell time, encourage greater use of the BID area as a whole and change perceptions of the High Street.

BID member liaison
A direct contact for all BID members based directly in the BID area every day. The Ambassadors will be fully aware of the Business Plan and current progress of projects and be able to report in real time directly to the businesses. A quick and useful means of communication and the opportunity to be kept fully informed at regular intervals through scheduled regular visits to all BID members and areas. Also giving the opportunity for the businesses to tell the Ambassadors of any special promotion or event they have going on which they can relay to the visitors they meet.

Environmental reporting
Reporting problems, maintenance issues, licensing breaches, safety concerns etc directly from the street to the Council or other responsible authorities when an issue is identified. They will then be responsible for chasing the report through to completion. The aim is to provide a seamless joined up service to all those accountable for the BID area.

Intelligence Reporting
To report and track ASB, liaising with the Police and other agencies in a bid to tackle the problem head on. They will use the collected data to monitor and report back on trends and ensure Poole is treated as a priority for resources.

Ambassador 2

Recruitment and training will all be carried out locally, starting with a rigorous interview process and a 10 week induction to the role. Regular training will take place thereafter and all Ambassadors will be subject to a 6 monthly review and mystery shopping experiences as part of their ongoing assessments.

The Ambassadors will carry a PDA device to enable the BID manager to access real time information and monitor what effect the Ambassadors have whilst also allowing them to have access to apps, maps and other data a visitor may require.

Les Robertson, Poole BID manager said “I am really excited and passionate about the Ambassador project. I think they will make a real difference to the town and be an invaluable tool for the BID. In consultation for the Business Plan it was clear that the perception of Poole is far from the reality, I hope the Ambassadors can go a long way to making visitors feel welcome, safe and secure.”

Ambassador 3