Public Festival

17 - 21 May 2017 various locations around Poole

The Public Festival is a unique opportunity to present Poole and a wider Dorset to an international audience. An exciting line up of family entertainment and activities that embraces a maritime theme will bring Poole alive in May (Wednesday 17 - Sunday 21 May 2017).



Taste of the South

Taste of the South is a brand-new free event coming to Poole Park, featuring artisan food, drink and produce, stalls and cookery demonstrations from south coast culinary experts, producers and chefs.

Friday, 19 May 2017 to Sunday, 21 May 2017

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Valise Noire present CARGO. A dynamic new outdoor performance bringing Poole's maritime heritage of The Great Quay to life.

Thursday, 18 May 2017 and Saturday, 20 May 2017

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Poole Harbour Boat Show

Poole Quay and the award-winning Poole Quay Boat Haven will be transformed into a free showcase for sail and motorboats of all sizes, RIBs, chandlery products, clothing, water-sports accessories and on-water demonstrations.

Friday, 19 May 2017 to Sunday, 21 May 2017

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Seven Seas Festival

Seven Seas Festival is a FREE family festival – a voyage of discovery that celebrates the food, music and culture of the world in seven unique arenas at Harbourside Park Baiter.

Friday, 19 May 2017 to Sunday, 21 May 2017

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Find out more about how to become a volunteer at Poole Maritime Festival 2017.

Friday, 19 May 2017 to Sunday, 21 May 2017

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Sea Music Celebrations

The internationally important ‘Sea Music’ modern art sculpture was created by renowned sculptor Sir Anthony Caro. In May 2017 it will be unveiled to the public after conservation and restoration work is complete.

Saturday, 13 May 2017 to Sunday, 15 October 2017

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Poole Tourism Online Guide

Events map


Strong links into the motorway network, trains to London, which take just under two hours and the growth of Bournemouth Airport for business and leisure travel, all add to the location’s ease of connectivity within the UK and abroad.


Find accommodation to suit a variety of styles and budgets in and around Poole. Book now through the official festival agent before the rush.