What's Happening in East Dorset - 14.07 - 28.07

What's Happening in East Dorset - 14.07 - 28.07

14 Jul 2017 Posted by: Guest blogger


 Hi everyone, so for those of us who have school age children we are now approaching the last week of the summer term.

I always look forward to spending more time with my son but also feel daunted by the prospect of keeping him occupied for 6 weeks and not breaking the bank in the process! So, I decided to write a list of activities that we can do that save money but also provide lots of fun.

I have shared my ideas in this newsletter and it would be great to hear any ideas you have. Remember you can email me at catherine.g@kallikids-champion.com and I will share these in future newsletters.

parks and recreation

We are very fortunate to have many free paddling pools in the East Dorset area that provide a fun and safe environment for our children to play in, but are you aware of them all? 

Boscombe Chine Gardens
Sea Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH5 1BL

A little park which has dams, pumps, channels and sluices within an enclosed play area. Café nearby and free parking on nearby roads.


Hamworthy Park Paddling Pool
Lulworth Avenue, Poole, BH15 4DH

This is a large paddling pool with water features. It is open from late May until September every year. There are two play areas next to the paddling pool and a café. Parking is available in a small car park and surrounding roads.


Littledown Park Paddling Pool
Chaseside, Bournemouth, BH7 7DA

A large paddling pool that also has a large play park next door and a café. There is free parking at the Littledown Centre.


Redhill Paddling Pool
Redhill Avenue, Bournemouth, BH9 2SW

Another large paddling pool with a large play park next door. A café is available next to the paddling pool too. Parking is available for free on the surrounding roads and there is a small, free car park next to Redhill field.


The Quomps Splash Park
Queens Avenue, Christchurch, BH23 1BY

This splash park provides innovative water play features. There is a large playground next door and cafes. There is a pay and display car park next door too.


Upton Country Park
Poole Road, Upton, Poole, BH17 7BJ

A splash fountain situated in the walled gardens. Fountains are turned on between 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. There is a café within the walled gardens which overlooks the splash fountain. Pay and display car park is available on site too.


fairs and events

Saturday 15th July:

Tudor Adventure at Corfe Castle
Upton & Lytchett Minister Carnival – Oakley Gardens, Upton, Poole

Take a step back in time to the late Tudor period of 1572-1603. Suitable for all the family. 


Carnival procession 1pm-2pm. Recreation ground 2pm-6pm
Swanage Railway Wareham Service – Swanage Station to Wareham Station

Ride on the newly reopened Swanage-Wareham line through the beautiful Purbeck countryside. Limited service on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday until 3rd September 2017, going four times a day.


Sunday 16th July:

Poole goes Vintage 2017
Poole Quay, Poole

11am-7pm it is time to revel in a day of vintage music, fashion, memorabilia, entertainment and classic cars on a 1940’s theme. Fun for all. 


Saturday 22nd July:

Summer Holidays at Kingston Maurward
Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, Dorchester

Open 10am-5.30pm throughout the summer holidays, offering holiday fun kids’ activities every day. 


To the Beach & Beyond
Knoll Beach, Studland

10.30am-4pm every day take on the Studland Summer of Sports Challenge and enjoy family fun activities. 


Emergency Services Family Fun Day
King’s Park, Bournemouth


11am – 4pm for a fun filled day with all ‘blue light’ services to demonstrate their appliances, equipment and skills.

school news

As I mentioned earlier I have decided to write a list of activities that will help to keep my son occupied this summer whilst being budget friendly. Here is my list so far! 

Visit each of the local paddling pools with a picnic
Collect pebbles and shells from the beach for various art projects including painting the pebbles and making canvas pictures with the shells
Visit Upton Country Park, Poole to play in the splash fountain area and to play games on the front lawn
Write a play and then act it out whilst filming it. This can be an indoor or outdoor activity
Go fruit picking
Make a dessert with the fruit we picked
Country theme days e.g. French days, Italian days
Go crabbing
Visit a local museum
Go by train to Weymouth for the day
Make a scrapbook and add items to remind us of summer 2017
Go bird watching
Fly a kite
Create a band and make our own music
Day in the New Forest making dens and playing in the streams
Take an open bus tour ride
Film day – for that rainy day!
Make a fairy garden
Board games evening
Make wind chimes 

Please do share your favourite activities with us.

activities and offers


Waterbabies are offering free a free taster session for 1-3 year olds on Thursday 20th July at Moordown St. John’s School. For more information and to book please email: surfing@waterbabies.co.uk or call 01258 458520.


Table Top Treasure

Sat 15th July 10.30am – 12pm at Upton Community Centre, Poole Road, Upton, Poole.

Little Treasures sale with free entry. First 40 customers also receive a complimentary goody bag. Refreshments also available.

local family news

The Daisy Fund

Daisy is 14 years old and lives in Bournemouth. A few months ago, Daisy was diagnosed with Stage 4 renal cancer, a rare adult form for which she requires a very aggressive adult dose of treatment. This treatment is making Daisy feel very poorly. 

Daisy lives with her Mum who has had to give up work to look after her as she spends most of her time in hospital.


Her Mum’s priority is Daisy’s wellbeing but bills still need to be paid alongside other demands from Daisy’s treatment, such as many pairs of pyjamas needing to be bought due to the sweats Daisy experiences as a result of treatment. 

Friends of the family have set up a Just Giving Page to be able to support Daisy’s Mum with the burden of these bills and ensure Daisy has everything she needs during her treatment.

If you would like to help Daisy and her mum, use the link to the Just Giving Page at the top.

other news


As the summer holidays approach, we often encounter a lot of roadworks. With the added visitors to the area this can often cause delays, so here is the latest roadwork news for the East Dorset area. 

A350 West Street, Poole: Closed both ways due to maintenance work until 15th September. 

B3073 Parley Lane/Christchurch Road, Christchurch: Speed restriction of 30 mph due to resurfacing work until 30th November. 

Branksome Wood Road, Bournemouth: Temporary traffic lights around Bourne Avenue until 24th July. 

Hart’s Lane, Holt: Closed due to water main work at Pilford Lane/Colehill Lane until 30th July. 

Horton Road, Three-Legged Cross: Electricity work and temporary traffic lights around Webbs Close until 17th August. 

Percy Road, Boscombe: Closed both ways due to water main work between Glen Road/ Michelgrove Road and Watkin Road/Wollstonecraft Road until 1st September.


Bee Saver Kit

Bees have been in decline over the past few years and this is due to having lost around 97% of their grassland habitats in the past 60 years. 

Around 35 bee species are considered at risk of extinction in Britain. 

From 19th May 2017 to 30th June 2017, Friends of the Earth had a Great British Bee Count across the whole of Britain. Over 320,000 bees were recorded, ranging from the solitary bees to bumblebees, to honeybees. With this information, experts can learn how to reverse the decline of our bees.


So how can we help to prevent this decline? Friends of the Earth website is offering (for a donation) a Bee Saver Kit packed with lots of items to help stop the decline of the British bee. 

The kit includes a Bee Guide, British Wildflower Seeds, Bee ID and a Garden Planner. 

Bees are so important for our future and our children’s and grandchildren’s futures. To apply for your pack please go to www.foe.co.uk and click on ‘The Bee Cause’.

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