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Westbourne’s Final Christmas Saturday in Association with the Coastal BID

Following on from the spectacular Christmas Light Fiesta in association with the Coastal BID on the weekend of the 3rd December which saw over 7000 visitors head to Westbourne, there are plenty of festivities still going on during the run up to Christmas.

The weekend of the 10th involved children and their families gathering in line with their faces painted in sparkle and glow to see Westbourne’s very own Santa in his new grotto in the Arcade in association with Westbourne Rotary. Visit the Christmas Grotto for the last time on Saturday 17th December.

Alongside balloon modellers, Cllr Nick Rose made a special appearance in the Arcade to sign his beautifully illustrated children’s books known as Myros Stories.

Children were seen diving in and out of the shops and eateries searching for the 9 golden stars placed around the town. The Follow the Star Children’s competition starts and finishes in Life and Sole, with a chance to win a Limited Edition Love Westbourne teddy bear!

Lunchtime passers-by indulged in complimentary tastings from the brand new Fab Hotel located in Westbourne as well as other samples from a variety of shops such as The Letterbox, House of Lights, Marks and Spencers and many others.

Enhancing the spirit of Christmas were the Barbershop Quartet hitting all the right notes, whilst local buskers made their way around town generating excitement and Christmas cheer amongst shoppers with everyone’s favourite festive jingles, finishing in the Libertine where Manager Richard Carpenter hosted a Jam Session for all.

The much anticipated Westbourne Window Dressing Competition winners were also revealed this week. Westbourne is shining bright and cheerful this Christmas with shop windows enticing the crowds into the area with their sparkle and lights, in relation to this year’s first ever Christmas Light Fiesta.

Across the Westbourne shops, restaurants, coffee houses and offices, windows were decorated in the most innovative, amazing and magical ways to enchant and attract their customers.

This week an expert team of judges spent time assessing each of the windows in turn and rating them for their creativity, efforts and over all Christmas feel.

Hair & Beauty – Simone Thomas
Retailer – House of Lights
Professional Service – Chester Pearce
Charity – Marie Curie

Highly Commended:
Beau Bijou
Gallery 65

Dot. Teas Vintage Boutique
Westbourne Bookshop
Fab Frocks
The Letterbox
Deck of Cards
Vantage Pharmacy

Said Lia Martin, Chair of the Westbourne Business Association and Director of the Coastal BID, “It was great to see so many businesses enter the Christmas Window Competition and to see so much variety and imagination. In the busy Christmas period, there is nothing more important than the Christmas shop window to attract customers through the door, increase footfall and encourage spend. It draws more customers into Westbourne and it lifts the Christmas spirit too.”

Don’t forget to enter Westbourne’s Selfie Competition using #WestbourneChristmas on any social media platform – the most entertaining will win a prize!


 As the school holidays begin this week be sure to bring the family down to Westbourne, and visit the Christmas grotto in the arcade.

This is the last weekend of Christmas fun filled activities in Westbourne not to be missed! There will be face painters and local children’s entertainer Jamie Jigsaw in the Arcade. Rossano Sal will be back in Westbourne performing Christmas carols and entertaining you whilst you grab those last stocking fillers. There is something for everyone in Westbourne this Christmas!

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It’s official, Westbourne embraces the spirit of Christmas with fun-filled festivities for all this December and invites you to join their light fiesta!

Festivities have well and truly begun in the heart of Westbourne this Christmas and Saturday 3rd December promises to be even more spectacular.

The past weekend saw children gather to meet Westbourne’s own Santa in the Arcade alongside balloon modellers entertaining the crowds and the Barbershop Quartet performing in the streets getting shoppers in the Christmas spirit!

Saturday 3rd December will see the arrival of the FIRST EVER Christmas Light Fiesta supported by the Coastal BID take place in Westbourne as it is lit up and all aglow with entertainment and light themed activities taking place in Landseer road, from 4 – 6 pm.

Music and entertainment will be provided by Rossano Sal and throughout the day there will also be music, performers and dancers, UV lights, LED balloons, glow paint, and Simon Chainey wowing the crowd with his awe inspiring fire show. Come and see the ‘Higher Beings’ Christmas themed stilt walkers elevating above the Christmas shoppers on the 3rd December.

Other activities include the annual Sausage Eating Competition held at 12pm – noon at Peter Treble Butchers in Westbourne judged by Miss Galaxy and President of the Westbourne Business Association, and Director of the Coastal BID Lia Martin.

Jamie Jigsaw a local children’s entertainer will be in Westbourne on the 17th December (10am – 2pm) juggling and entertaining all whilst you wait in line to see Santa. Diamond Faces will also be face painting sparkle and glitter across children’s faces every Saturday.

The children’s ‘Follow the Star’ competition runs throughout the whole of December, starting and finishing at Life and Sole, Seamoor Rd, you can pick up your free competition form and take a tour around Westbourne to locate the 9 golden stars, and there is a chance to win your every own Limited edition Love Westbourne Teddy Bear.

Santa’s grotto, in association with Westbourne Rotary will run from 10am to 4pm on 3rd as well as 10th and 17th December and costs just £4 with the monies raised going to charity.

Post your children’s letters to Santa from Life and Sole before 9th December so your children get their reply before Christmas!

Other FREE pop up activities throughout the Christmas Festival period take place on 10th and 17th December as well as gingerbread decorating, Christmas card making, fir cone decorating, festive storytelling and late night shopping in the Arcade every Thursday evening.

All information is correct at the time of print. Activities are subject to change, so please check the website and

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New Chair appointed for Westbourne Business Association

Lia Martin Westbourne Business Association Chair

The Westbourne Business Association and the Coastal BID appoint Lia Martin as Chair and Director.The corporate partnership manager of A One Insurance Group, has been appointed the Chair of the Westbourne Business Association and a director of the Coastal BID.

Lia has been selected as the new Chair and Director as voted by the membership and the board and replaces Steve Taylor from Fab Frocks of Westbourne who has previously held the role for the past 2 years. She has worked as a director of the committee for the past year and she has also previously chaired other business forums, is a Trustee of several local charities and was previously President of the New Milton Business Group.

Lia has extensive business experience, and is also experienced in sales, marketing, events, leadership, insurance, legal practice and networking. She is a well-known face in several local business circles. Said Lia Martin, “The A-One Insurance Group started in Westbourne and our office is on Poole Road, we have a long history with the town. I am honoured to be appointed as the new Chair of Westbourne Business Association and a director of the Coastal BID. The work we do for the traders in Westbourne is vital to the growth of the local business community and economy and I look forward to working with my fellow directors, the volunteers, and the membership to help further grow the town and also the membership. We have created a new vision document to help ensure the livelihood of local business here in Westbourne remains strong.

I am also looking forward to working in the capacity of director, in association with The Coastal BID, the work of BIDS is vital, in the Dorset region alone there are already six BIDs and the Coastal BID encompasses many of the towns across Bournemouth, by becoming a BID director I can support our Westbourne businesses to ensure we have more  of a say in the future of the town and help the ongoing businesses with year on year growth and delivery.”

Paul Clarke, Chairman from the Coastal BID said: “We are delighted to welcome Lia Martin to our board. She is well known face, a savvy business woman and is proactive. We looked forward to working with her.”

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Westbourne is the place to be in Summer 2017

Summer has definitely arrived in Westbourne and the unique urban village is feeling the summer vibe and getting ready to celebrate its Summer Festival which takes place from Monday 8th – Sunday 14th August.

A packed programme of events and entertainment, taking place at a wide variety of venues over the week, is being promoted far and wide.  The aim is to ensure that locals, tourists and visitors to the town are tempted to visit the thriving village which is full of unique, independent and quirky shops, bars and restaurants.

Promotion of the festival is being funded by the Coastal Business Improvement District (BID).  Paul Clarke, Coastal BID Chairman and General Manager of the Bournemouth Hallmark West Cliff Hotel enthused, “We want people to come and discover what a vibrant place Westbourne is and a great place to come and shop, eat or relax with friends. There is so much going on over the week, ranging from a quiz nights, a Latin Garden Fiesta, menu tasters, lots of live music, DJ’s, BBQ’s, film nights and more! Camden Bar will be hosting ‘Camden Vintage’ on the Saturday and showcasing 50’s vintage clothing, accessories, vinyl and live music.

“On Saturday 13th August Westbourne will be hosting a Busking Bonanza competition which will take place at 3 different ‘busking stops’ in Westbourne, with 9 buskers competing to win cash prizes.  We are urging people to come and enjoy the musical vibe and judge who they think should win.”

Paul advised, “There are free daily craft activities taking place at Westbourne Library for children and childrens’ films being shown at 11am each day at the Colosseum Cinema in the arcade, the UK’s smallest cinema.  “We have launched a ‘summer scene’ drawing competition for children with the opportunity to win one of two iPad Minis.  The competition will run throughout August and there will be two age categories; 7 years and under and 8 – 13years.  Competition entry forms can be picked up from Westbourne Post Office, downloaded from the Discover Westbourne web site at or drawings can simply be uploaded to the Facebook competition post  We are hoping that the prizes will make a very nice summer holiday souvenir for our winners!”

Concluding, Paul commented, “Come and discover Westbourne this summer.  There really is something for everyone, you won’t be disappointed!  Take a look at the web site for the programme of events and special offers.”

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