Westbourne welcomes you to join them as they light up the town with their FIRST EVER Light Fiesta and Festivities and join forces in the spirit of Christmas. Westbourne will be shining bright and transformed into wonderland of activities for all to enjoy this Christmas.
This year, instead of a standard Christmas Light Switch On, on the 3rd December visitors will see the streets lit up for the first time EVER with a spectacular ‘Christmas Light Fiesta’ – an explosive celebration of light highlighting Westbourne’s unique qualities.
The “Christmas Light Fiesta” will be a street party, taking place from 4 – 6 pm and will include music, light performers and dancers, UV lights, LED balloons as well as glow paint and more!
For those early risers the morning of Saturday 3rd December Westbourne shops and traders will be serving up delicious delicacies, wintery fayre, handmade gifts and an array of other goodies, as well as running exclusive offers, showcasing specialist products, and an range of special tastings to tempt you too, and enticing you back into town in January.
The grand opening of Santa’s Grotto will take place on 26th November in the new pop up Grotto, this is once again located in the Arcade, in association with Westbourne Rotary. Everyone is welcome to come and meet the Westbourne Santa, along with balloon modellers and face painters to keep you entertained.
As well as the new Santa Grotto, other magical aspects this year are a brand new Nut-Cracker trail, plus live music and fun activities such as festive crafts, gingerbread making and decorating, for all to enjoy. Look out for the festive street entertainment and choirs, getting you into the Christmas spirit.
Before or after your visit to Santa, don’t forget that The Westbourne Post Office have a special Christmas post box, for all your personalised letters and special requests.
Said Lia Martin, Chairman of the Westbourne Business Association and Director of the Coastal BID, “We are inviting you all to come and join us to celebrate Christmas in Westbourne and we look forward to seeing you all in your winter jumpers and winter warmers, everyone is welcome and there is something for the whole family from stocking fillers to unique gifts.
Westbourne is a wonderful destination with a variety of independent and national shops, it is a perfect location for visitors to browse and to find that special gift – of all price ranges. When you need a break from shopping there is a variety of cafes, bars and restaurants.
This December we also have a ‘Best Dressed Christmas Window’ and a selfie competition, as well as an array of exclusive promotions and offers from the Westbourne Businesses to help fill your Christmas stockings and shopping requirements. There really will be something for everyone to see and do in Westbourne this December, and we are even providing FREE shopping bags for your Christmas shopping in our stores from 25th November too.”
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 www.discoverwestbourne.co.uk/summer or drawings can simply be uploaded to the Facebook competition post www.facebook.com/discoverwestbourne 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.”