Ten things to get stuck into this weekend

1 South Coast Makers Market – Bournemouth’s monthly independent Makers Market will showcase over 40 different Makers and Artists, along with food and drink companies such as Kara’s Vegan Supper Club and Bad Hand Coffee. Not only that, Funky Little Choir Co. will be performing and Lush will be running free workshops to all marketgoers, amongst much, much more. This entertainment and artist filled free event offers something for everyone and is the perfect way to support small, local businesses. Support your local community of exciting Makers, Artists and Foodies at The Loading Bay, Bournemouth 11am to 4pm on Friday, March 7.

2 Holi Party – This vividly colourful event at Russell Court Hotel, Bournemouth will brighten up your weekend. Bring your nearest and dearest to this fun-filled and memorable event on Saturday, March 8 where you can play with colours and listen to live DJ Abhi play Bollywood and Holi tunes. This Holi party will be taking place from 11am to 4pm with the colour fun commencing at 1:30pm. Ticket prices include two packets of colour powder per family and a two-course buffet meal. More colour pouches can be purchased on the day. To book tickets for this event, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/holi-party-2020-tickets-90038703185?aff=ebdssbdestsearch Alternatively, you can call 01202 295819 or pop into the hotel.

3 Born Of Osiris – Fans of tech/metalcore music rejoice, American ‘deathcore’ band Born Of Osiris will be performing at The Old Fire Station in Bournemouth on Friday, March 7. Following the release of their new album ‘The Simulation’, Born Of Osiris are bringing their unique music to Bournemouth. This concert will take place from 5pm to 9pm Tickets cost £14 and can be purchased via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/born-of-osiris-tickets-84582928817?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

4 Dragioke at The Lions Head Pub -The Lions Head Pub in Boscombe presents an exciting twist on a pub favourite on Sunday. March is ‘Musicals Month’ at The Lions Head Pub and they are merging two iconic musicals together. The evening will see The Rocky Horror Picture Show be pitted against Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Fancy dress is encouraged, and the best fancy dress will win a prize. Karaoke will run from 7pm to 9pm. There will also be exciting performances by Lady Alan Drag, Marilyn Fockhard and Amanda Fockhard.

5 Pottery Taster Workshop – This workshop, held by Charlotte Miller at her studio in Westbourne, is designed as the perfect introduction to pottery. Participants will explore how to create small scale animals from the pinching technique, as well as learn how to add colour to their mini sculpture. Taking place at Charlotte Miller Ceramics on Robert Louis Stevenson Avenue from 10am to 1pm, this event offers participants an opportunity to explore and improve their pottery skills. Tickets cost £45 and can be purchased on Charlotte’s website: http://www.charlottemillerceramics.com/pottery-taster-workshops/

6 International Women’s Day – Celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday at Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre. This event will focus on encouraging, empowering and inspiring women to feel beautiful. It will feature passionate brand owners and representatives along with speakers’ sessions workshops and a consultation. With many exhibitors such as Tropic and KannaWay and more at the event, attendees will be spoilt for choice. This celebration event will run from 10am to 4.30pm and is a ticketed event. General admission ranges from £5-£7 and can be purchased via Balneo’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/balneoUK/

7 Swanage Blues Festival – The 33rd Swanage Blues Festival returns to The Black Swan Inn to celebrate an amazing collection of Blues musicians. Starting on March 5 and finishing on March 8, this four-day festival offers over 70 gigs and open mics, providing a plethora of entertainment. There will be a lively set of classic blues tunes from a variety of performers which will get everyone’s toes tapping. This festival doesn’t require tickets, just Support Bands at a cost of £10 each, the money of which goes towards paying festival expenses. A Support Band for the festival can be purchased here: https://www.swanage-blues.org/default.aspx?p=wristbands

8 Dog Life Drawing Session – On Sunday The Old School House is hosting a four-legged, furry friend life drawing session. You will have the opportunity to draw the dogs in situ or capture a photograph or two and draw from those. Attendees are required to bring their own materials, but refreshments will be provided. All profits will be donated to Helpful Hounds Assistance Dogs to help them with their vital work. Tickets cost £10 and can be bought here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dog-life-drawing-tickets-95586751547

9 World Book Day at Kingston Lacy – On Saturday and Sunday see Kingston Lacy hold a special World Book Day event for keen bookworms and their family to enjoy. Complete the World Book Day Puffling trail around the shop and exchange your £1 book voucher for one of eight exclusive World Book Day books. The second-hand bookshop will be the perfect finale to a totally book themed day out. Normal admission applies to the grounds, but the event is free.

10 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at the Regent Centre. Embark on a thrilling night of adventure with a brand-new collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. Witness epic human-powered feats, life-affirming challenges and mind-blowing cinematography on the big screen. The blue film programme will be shown on Saturday at 7:30pm. For ticket prices and information, visit the Regent Centre website.

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