Poole BID Events 2023 – 2024

Poole BID Events 2023 – 2024



Our Events Master document lists events that are taking place across the BID District either run by Poole BID, BCP Council or businesses directly. If you would like to add your event please contact Wendy King [Wendy@Poolebid.com]

Note – All events are subject to change, please look out for the our E-Newsletter for correct details or visit our Facebook page.


In line with Poole BID’s Business Plan Place Promotion 38% of our budget is to invest in and support events and campaigns which attract visitors to the town benefiting businesses within the BID area.

Poole BID accepts applications for funding towards an event. The Funding Application Form (below link) outlines the criteria and details required for your project.  If you need further information, please get in touch with Wendy King [wendy@poolebid.com]

Information for applicants

Funding applications for events should be received where possible at least 3 months before an event.

Applications will be reviewed by BID Lead or where required, at BID board meetings. You may be invited to make a presentation.

Successful applications will need to demonstrate professional marketing and communication planning, collaborative approach to partnership working and show how they meet the aims and objectives of the Poole BID.

You will be asked for copies of insurance, event management plans, health and safety certificates, risk assessments etc as additional evidence.

Other in-kind support may also be made available (eg PR support/management expertise/promotional space, use of BID branded event gazebo etc.) Please note that funds are limited and smaller grants or requests for non-financial support may be more successful. 

Events 2023-2024

Seafood and Sounds – 16th and 17th September 2023

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Poole biding’ for Further Change Business Support Events

In line with Poole BID’s Business Plan Partnership Working & Support, we will be re-launching ‘Poole biding’ for further change events to include:

Meetings with BCP Council – specific subject issues such as car parking, regeneration, crime (radio and Disc), waste management etc.

Business support training modules.

Poole BID is focused on delivering projects and services for the benefit of our business members. It is important that we take the time to understand what’s of greatest value to you, your business and the town. Share your thoughts with us. Email Wendy@poolebid.com with your ideas for consideration.

Completed Events 2022 – 2023

Poole BID proudly supports and sponsors SALT, a community play that promises to captivate and inspire audiences in Poole.”

History will be made on the streets of Poole this summer as Lighthouse hosts the town’s first ever community play – with more than 100 local people taking part.

Produced by Lighthouse and created by Angel Exit Theatre, SALT is set between 1681 and the present day and shines a light on the Newfoundland trade that was at its height from the mid-17th century until the mid-19th century and saw Poole sailors bring salt cod from Newfoundland to the ports of Spain, Portugal and Italy, and return with salt, olive oil and wine.

By the end of the 17th century many Dorset families had settled in Newfoundland, economic migrants from rural and coastal poverty in search of new lives in a new land, and the play focuses on the first brave women who made the treacherous voyage to a hostile land to settle. The themes of what it means to belong and what it means to leave your homeland are woven into a story with contemporary characters developed by playwright Stephanie Dale through community workshops that overlaps with the historical narrative.

Platinum Jubilee Weekend – 2nd to 5th June 2022 Supported by Poole BID

To support Poole’s celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Poole BID organised street entertainment and events in the town centre area from Saturday 28th May to Sunday 5th June.

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Poole Christmas Maritime Light Up Festival

A brand-new FREE Christmas attraction launched in 2022! Thousands of twinkling lights took visitors on a nautical journey that started at the gateways to Poole; the Twin Sails Bridge, Hunger Hill and The Lighthouse.  ​

Once through these iconic structures, a magical maritime Christmas light trail from Falkland Square, through the High Street and onto Poole Quay, culminating in the glistening lit-up harbour. 

Featuring a number of impressive light installations, including a 5-metre tall ship, a giant anchor, several lit-up Christmas trees ranging in size between 8 and 11 metres, a couple of walk-through structures, light projections and glistening overhangs.

In addition to the light festival, we ran the popular Christmas Window Display Competition, with the winning business Dr Feelgoods Tattoo Studio receiving £250 and a member of the public winning £100 to spend in Poole.

We also welcomed 300 singers to Poole as part of the Choirs at Christmas. Each weekend during the festive season the streets of Poole came to life with wonderful music thanks to the talent of local choirs and special guests.

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Have your say

We value your feedback, if you’ve got anything you’d like to say about the BID then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Perhaps you’ve got an idea about an event? An offer you’d like to promote? Feedback on anything we’ve been doing? Your thought counts so we’d love to chat.

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