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Here's a round-up of some of the events taking place - the weather is looking rain-free too! Check out our seven-day forecast.


Saxons & Vikings: Siege of Wareham

Corfe Castle will be transformed into a Saxon village this Bank Holiday Weekend.

Witness a full battle re-enactment of the historic siege of Wareham as part of the Saxons and Vikings event.

Crafts people will also be on site to speak about their wares, plus there will also be young warrior training.

The event takes place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday between 10am and 5pm.

Bournemouth Thai Food Festival

A taste of the Thailand comes to Bournemouth Square this weekend when the popular Thai Food Festival returns.

The fifth annual event, which runs from Saturday until Monday between 11am and 6pm, will give food lovers the chance to sample Thai cuisine and enjoy some Thai culture.

Activities include traditional dancing, Muay Thai Boxing demonstrations and Thai crafts and stalls.

Poole High School Fun Day

Poole High School celebrates its 75th anniversary this month and members of the public are invited to join in a fun day.

People from the Tank Museum in Bovington who will be showing off a range of what they call handling goods, such as hats, gas masks and ration books. There will also be a spitfire based in the school grounds, and vintage stalls and items for sale.

The celebrations will run from 12pm to 4pm and are open to all members of the public, with past students welcomed.

John Lewis’ 150th anniversary celebrations

John Lewis is celebrating its 150th birthday and the At Home store in Branksome will be hosting a range of events including singing, dancing, Poole Pottery demonstration, food and wine tasting.

Town crier David Squire will be announcing the event at 9.30am and 1pm.


Classic cars on the Prom

Classic cars will be rolling in for the start of a run of displays taking place every Sunday throughout May.

There will be between 70 and 130 vintage vehicles on display dating from 1915 up to the early 1980s behind the BIC on West Overcliff Promenade.

Admission is free and the event takes place from 4.00pm until 6.30pm. Events subject to weather and other sea front activities. Free admission for eligible vehicles and free public viewing (vehicles can arrive and depart at any time).

Scouting For Talent

Talented young people will be showcasing their skills at the final of the Scouting For Talent family variety show which takes place from 7pm at the Pavilion Theatre.

Showbiz legend Anita Harris will chair the judges and the contest will be compered by local entertainer and CBeebies star Chris Jarvis.

The event has been organised by a team of local teenagers and will raise money to help young people with Down’s Syndrome. Admission fee applies.

Pavilion Dance South West’s first birthday

Pavilion Dance South West celebrates one year of showing art house cinema with a free family screening of the animation The King and the Mocking Bird between 11.30am and 3pm.

The Quay To Folk Festival

There will be live music, dancing and arts and crafts galore at the Quay To Folk event on Christchurch Quay.

The free fun day will see performances from a host of local acts including Mother Ukers, Murphy’s Lore, Ed Cox, Mitchell and Vincent and Chris Woodford.

Former The Voice contestant Si Genaro, who became an internet sensation with his song Chicken Train, is also featured on the line-up.

It all kicks off at midday and runs until 8.30pm.


Donkey Derby

The annual Donkey Derby run by Bournemouth North Rotary Club, takes place at Pelhams Park in Kinson between 12pm and 4pm.

AFCB’s Cherry Bear will open the day and the Dorset Troopers and Poole Town Band in attendance. There will also be a dog show.

Poole Quay Street Arts Festival

Covent Garden comes to Poole Quay for the annual May Bank Holiday Street Arts Festival.

With music and performances to surprise, challenge and entertain plus traditional May Day celebrations. The event takes place between 11am and 5pm.