A NEW pop-up bar is opening in Bournemouth town centre today with a flurry of live music events scheduled for throughout the summer.

The Garden Bar in the town square on Bourne Avenue is opening a new pop-up bar and events experience today, Friday, July 16.

Organised by Summer Live, the bar is a free event pop-up which was created eight years ago by Bournemouth Town Watch and local event company Strawberry Fields RePresents - it is now hosted by Bournemouth based, independent organisation Absolute Music.

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This year Summer Live returns to provide free entertainment including over 100 entertainment performances until Monday, August 30

All acts are from the area including Chris Payn,Taya Michington, Lee Rasdall-Dove and students from the Bournemouth Academy of Modern Music.

Bournemouth Echo:

Pop-up 'Garden Bar' in Bournemouth Square. Picture: Sirius Art

The entertainment programme includes a range of free children’s entertainment for 3 weeks from 11am during the school holidays.

The event has a small outdoor bar with seating and food is available. Visitors are also able to browse through a range of market stalls and trading huts in the square.

Suzy Wheeler, organiser and CEO of Strawberry Fields RePresents said: “Summer Live welcomes all ages to Bournemouth town centre as we try and offer something for everyone.

“We have worked hard over the years with Bournemouth Town Watch to deliver a fun and safe event."