by | Oct 31, 2016 | News


This Christmas, Bournemouth is the place to B.

 Christmas is approaching fast, and we want you, our levy payers, to be fully aware of what will be going on in the town centre over the festive period, including a free parking offer, late night shopping dates, and a selection of attractions designed to bring people into the town centre and to your business.

 This year, Christmas will be marketed heavily both to locals and further afield, with a TV advert on Sky Adsmart in the Bournemouth and Southampton areas, a leaflet distributed to local postcodes, a social media campaign targeting families within a 90 minute drive time, and a comprehensive package of PR and advertising.



Late night shopping every Thursday 24 NOV – 22 DEC

Late night shopping is planned for the following dates:

  • Thurs 24 Nov
  • Thurs 1 Dec
  • Thurs 8 Dec
  • Thurs 15 Dec
  • Thurs 22 Dec




Thursdays from 4pm & all day Sunday

24 NOV – 22 DEC

In selected town centre car parks

 We have been in negotiations with Bournemouth Council, and are pleased to announce that free parking will once more be available in selected Bournemouth Council car parks in the lead-up to Christmas – not only that, but we’ve managed to negotiate an extra Thursday date!

  • Thurs 24 Nov (from 4pm)                  Sun 27 Nov (all day)
  • Thurs 1 Dec (from 4pm)                     Sun 4 Dec (all day)
  • Thurs 8 Dec (from 4pm)                     Sun 11 Dec (all day)
  • Thurs 15 Dec (from 4pm)                   Sun 18 Dec (all day)
  • Thurs 22 Dec (from 4pm)




19 NOV – 31 DEC

 This year we are introducing a new attraction – the Nutcracker Trail! 20 Nutcracker Kings will be dotted around Bournemouth (15 in the town centre and 5 in the coastal areas, courtesy of the Coastal BID), and the trail challenge is to find as many as possible to be in with a chance of winning an iPad Mini. Of course our real aim is to get people exploring more of the town centre, and getting them onto your doorstep!

20,000 Trail Booklets will be delivered to local schools, hotels and businesses and these will also contain vouchers for town centre businesses (thank you for your fantastic response to this), encouraging people to explore even further and come back for a return visit.

The Nutcrackers will be in the following locations:

  1. Pinocchios (Poole Hill)
  2. Flirt Cafe Bar (The Triangle)
  3. Marks and Spencer (Commercial Road)
  4. Debenhams (The Square)
  5. All Fired Up (Bourne Avenue)
  6. Pizza Express (Post Office Road)
  7. Ice Skate Bournemouth (Lower Gardens)
  8. Wagamama (Westover Road)
  9. Bournemouth Arcade
  10. Beales (Old Christchurch Road)
  11. Burlington Arcade
  12. Richmond Gardens Shopping Centre
  13. Turtle Bay (Horseshoe Common)
  14. KFC (Lansdowne)
  15. Sprinkles (Lansdowne)
  16. Keywest (Pier Approach)
  17. Westbourne Arcade (Westbourne)
  18. Sovereign Centre (Boscombe)
  19. Monty’s Lounge (Pokesdown)
  20. Margery Daw (Southbourne)




5 DEC – 18 DEC

Our Giant Snow Globe was incredibly popular last year and generated huge amounts of social media excitement and goodwill. We are delighted to announce that it will be returning this year, and once more will be popping up in different locations around the town centre to further encourage people to move around and explore different areas of the town. People can step inside and get a special Christmassy photo to take away with them for free.


Monday 5 December 12-6pm Lansdowne
Tuesday 6 December 12-6pm Lansdowne
Wednesday 7 December 12-6pm Lansdowne
Thursday 8 December 12-8pm The Triangle
Friday 9 December 12-6pm The Triangle
Saturday 10 December 12-6pm The Triangle
Sunday 11 December 12-6pm The Triangle
Monday 12 December 12-6pm Old Christchurch Road
Tuesday 13 December 12-6pm Old Christchurch Road
Wednesday 14 December 12-6pm Old Christchurch Road
Thursday 15 December 12-8pm Westover Road
Friday 16 December 12-6pm Westover Road
Saturday 17 December 12-6pm Westover Road
Sunday 18 December 12-6pm Westover Road




16 NOV – 3 JAN

Lower Gardens

 The beautiful alpine inspired outdoor ice rink from the Hilton & THAT Group will be returning to the Lower Gardens, but it will be bigger and better than before, with a larger rink planned. The Après-Skate chalet will have blankets, mulled cider and a selection of hot food and drinks.

People can book online at


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18 NOV – 3 JAN

Lower Gardens

 This year, the Lower Gardens will be filled with beautiful fairy lights and snowflake projections in a magical Christmas display, leading through the gardens.




17 NOV – 3 JAN

 The traditional Alpine Market & popular Moose Bar will be back this year, courtesy of S&D Leisure, serving weary shoppers with Glühwein to keep them going!




18 NOV

From 6.30pm

 Join us at Pier Approach on 18 November for the launch of our Bournemouth Christmas Celebration. With live entertainment, light shows and a beach firework display from 6.30pm. Special guest appearances by X Factor Finalist Max Stone and the Ugly Sisters from the Bournemouth Pavilion pantomime, Cinderella.