Express your Inner Elfie this Christmas – take part in this fun competition, arranged by the Coastal BID. Further details are on http://coastalbid.co.uk/be-a-part-of-the-coastal-bid-christmas-campaign/
Carols on the Precinct – with thanks to Bournemouth Churches Together come and enjoy traditional Carols featuring a choir and brass band, performing outside the Sovereign Centre at 11am on Saturday 16th December
Starting with the Santa Parade on Saturday 2nd December, the parade will leaving the pier at 9.30am and arriving on the precinct at 10am, with Santa and all his helpers arriving by landtrain, including children from the Amelia Grace Foundation. Following the Parade, there will be a day of family themed fun in the Sovereign Centre with the opening of Santa’s Grotto, including face painting, pantomime and lots of family entertainment.
Do you have an interest, hobby or bright idea and want to take those first steps to turn it into a business? Launching on Saturday 2nd December is ‘Saturday Start Ups’ for those quirky, different gift ideas or special collector’s items all located in one place on Boscombe market, next to the entrance to the Sovereign Centre. You can have a ‘Table for a Tenner’ and fill it with your own special designs, creations, models, honeys, jams, chutneys, cup cakes, vinyl albums, stamp collections - whatever! Just a whole array of loveliness to explore and find gift ideas and the latest must-haves and the chance to chat to fellow enthusiasts.
Traders – go to the ‘Want to Trade’ page and apply for a table
Visitors – follow our facebook page, twitter, #Saturday start ups
Boscombe Market celebrated Love Your Local Market 2015 and the launch of our new look gazebos with a visit from the Mayor, Cllr Chris Mayne, and Mayoress Ms June Matthews. Love Your Local Market is a celebration of the great British market culture, and as Bournemouth’s only regular open air market, Boscombe Market was keen to get involved. The market has been operating every Thursday and Saturday since 1992, offering a warm and friendly welcome to regulars and visitors for over 20 years.
Boscombe Market celebrated Love Your Local Market with events and activities running alongside the traditional market, with extra stalls and a wide variety of merchandise on offer.
Bournemouth Council’s cabinet member for Regeneration and Boscombe ward councillor, Jane Kelly, said: “Love Your Local Market is a terrific opportunity for those of us who use the market to celebrate its success and for new traders and shoppers to experience it for the first time and realise what an amazing asset we have here in Boscombe.”
As well as the traditional market fare of fresh meat, fish, cheeses, fruit and vegetables, plants, flowers and clothing, the market also has specialist stalls offering artwork, greeting cards, hand decorated biscuits, jams, chutneys and delicious ‘food on the go’ from street food vendors specializing in Thai, Chinese, Indian and traditional British cuisine.
The market has recently undergone a revamp and thanks to funding from Bournemouth Council and the Coastal Business Improvement District (BID), new gazebos have been purchased which has given it a fresh and vibrant look.
Paul Clarke, Chairman of the Bournemouth Coastal Business Improvement District (BID) said, “Aware of the additional footfall which the market generates, the Coastal BID is pleased to work alongside Bournemouth Council to invest in further improving the market with these very attractive new, high quality gazebos. It will make a real difference to see all the traders using the same style covers.”
Young entrepreneurs and new traders were able to try out their products with the offer of a free pitch during ‘Love Your Local Market’ days across the May Half Term holiday, alongside fresh food and a variety of hot and tasty snacks on offer. There was also entertainment on offer during both Saturdays, including children’s entertainment, face painting and a bouncy castle.