RSM - Event guide for November 2018
Festival of Light Inspired by Diwali - 29 Sept 2018 - 4 Nov 2018
In the Autumn of 2018, Robin Hill’s popular electric woods event, Festival of Light inspired by Diwali, is back celebrating India’s independence with stunning, creatively themed light, colour, sound and entertainment that captures the many aspects of Indian culture. The Festival of Light will take place at Robin Hill just outside of Newport on the Isle of Wight.
Every evening from 29th September – 4th November, 6pm – 10pm, visitors can experience the lush colours, flavours and magic of the Asian sub-continent set in Robin Hill’s glorious autumnal ancient woodland as they venture on a journey of discovery of India.
New for 2018 Jungle Heights: Festival of Light will be the first opportunity to experience our newest attraction at night, With LED's and smoke machines, it will be a totally different experience to the daytime.
Marble Arch: Our new marble arch will be beautifully lit - a great photo opportunity!!
New and improved Cascade Bridge: The popular attraction is returning, having been rebuilt and will be open and lit in time for Festival of Light.
This unique outdoor event takes on a fresh approach which will immerse visitors in different experiences within each woodland area, transformed by innovative, contrasting themes and lighting effects.
From the bright lights and digital feel of modern India, venture into the wild and enchanting forests, discover elephants, tigers, monkeys … creatively brought to life. Walk down the highway and find yourself amidst the hustle and bustle of urban life and Indian bazaars … absorb the aromas of Indian cuisine. Then escape to a spiritual, more serene setting in our Woodland ponds where you can relax and enjoy quiet contemplation before taking part in the celebrations; party to Bollywood music and enjoy colourful kaliedoscopic fun! Your journey continues through decorative India where you’ll discover beautiful examples of art, murals and light shows and then to draw your cultural journey to a close, we take a nostalgic look back at India’s history creatively curated through light and sound.
No electric woods Festival of Light event would be the same without the magic of Holi powder, which will be a highlight for many visitors! Come and get colourful again this year, with a free bag of coloured powder for all first-time visitors.
Amidst all this exciting activity, take time to enjoy the enhanced authentic Indian menu of curries and kebabs, Asian sweets, and traditional teas; providing a true ‘taste of India’ in the exciting setting of an Indian bazaar.
* Events subject to cancellation in very wet or windy weather.
New Forest Food and Drink Week - 29 Oct 2018 - 4 Nov 2018
The New Forest Food & Drink Week is back for a second time and will be a week-long celebration of the New Forest's amazing producers, farmers, shops, restaurants, pubs, tearooms, kitchens, chefs, cooks, bakers, recipes from local people and their recipes – in fact all things food and drink from across the New Forest.
If you are a local, all of these events are right on your doorstep! However, the New Forest is – just 89 minutes by train from London Waterloo and less than two minutes from the end of the M27 – and the New Forest Food and Drink Week is the ideal excuse to grab an away day and overnighter or a weekend – the chance to savour not only the finest food and drink from one of the UK’s best-kept foodie destination secrets but to experience autumn in all its splendor.
The week will end with a fantastic Food & Craft market, ‘New Forest Eats ‘n’ Treats’, which will be taking place at Brockenhurst College. You will be able to try, buy and learn about local food, drink and craft at the many stalls in the market and chef demos happening during the day. You will also be able to enjoy some amazing live music and a pop-up food court on site. Eats ‘n’ Treats will also be the perfect opportunity to buy high quality and unusual Christmas presents from the craft stalls. FREE entry and FREE parking available for all visitors!
Weymouth Bonfire, Fireworks & Guy Fawkes Celebrations - 5 November 2018
Many thousands of local children with their families will gather on Weymouth Esplanade to enjoy the Traditional Community Guy Fawkes Celebrations. A Wealth of different Guy Fawkes events will be taking place, including Fireworks, a Guy Fawkes Competition, Fun Fair and Beach Bonfire.
The climax of the evening will be a fabulous Free International Firework Display over Weymouth’s moonlit bay!
From 3pm: Fairground on the Weymouth Pavilion forecourt opens.
6.00pm: Judging of the Children’s homemade Guy Fawkes Competition (Weymouth Pavilion Foyer).
7.40pm: Beach bonfire lit.
November 5th Fireworks at Poole Quay from 5pm
FREE Firework Night on Poole Quay! No better way to spend bonfire night.
Event is kindly supported by Rockley Park (Rockley Park pictured above) and Poole Quay businesses.
Come and join the party on one of the biggest nights of the year, there will be live music, family entertainment, jugglers and fire performances throughout the evening. There will also be childrens rides, bouncy castles and workshops, you won't want to miss it!
The firework finale will start at 8pm. So remember, remember the 5th of November! :)
Gunwharf Quays Fireworks Display - 8th Nov from 6-9pm
Gunwharf Quays’ renowned fireworks extravaganza is back with a bang, and this year’s entertainment is set to be bigger and better than ever before. On Thursday 8th November, the centre will kick-start the festive season with a night packed full of entertainment. There will be live performances and a waterfront fireworks display that is certain to wow the crowds.
Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland - 16th November - 2nd Jan
Spectacular Christmas tree trail, enchanting illuminations and seasonal family fun!
Experience the magical spectacle of hundreds of glittering trees from around the world. See them shimmer against the night skies along our pine-scented walkways. Expore the Alpine Market and skate under the stars in our enchanting Victorian gardens. Enjoy live music, entertainment and illuminations around the resort.
This Christmas, enter a world filled with light as trees guide you through an enchanted walkway encountering dazzling features and surprises along the way. From Bournemouth Seafront into the Lower Gardens, throughout the town centre and beyond to the coastal villages of Westbourne, Boscombe and Southbourne, explore a glimmering world of memorable seasonal fun for the whole family.
16th Nov Grand Opening of Christmas Tree Wonderland – 6pm, Pier Approach, Bournemouth Seafront.
From 16th Nov to 2nd Jan 2019, Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Christmas Tree Wonderland Light & Audio Shows – 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 8pm in the Lower Gardens. ‘Music Mix provided by Wave 105 official Christmas Tree Wonderland Radio Partner’.
Big Wheel Light & Pyro Show. Early evenings at Pier Approach, Bournemouth Seafront.
13th – 16th Dec, 20th – 24th Dec & 27th – 30th Dec Afternoon animation throughout Christmas Tree Wonderland. Highlights include the Winter Fairy, The Snow Globe, The Snow Lion & White Queen, The Polar Bear, The Winter Rose, The Glitter Belles, bouncing snow men, elves on stilts and roller skating christmas puddings.
Portsmouth Ice Rink at Guildhall Square - 17th Nov - 6th Jan
Get your skates on this festive season and take to the ice as Portsmouth's Guildhall Square is transformed into a winter wonderland.
Ice Skate Portsmouth is a real, 612sqm ice rink installed in Guildhall Square - big enough for 204 skaters per session. There is also an adjoining alpine chalet called Moguls Bar, where you can simmer you down with aromatic mulled wine, a steamy hot chocolate topped with creamy marshmallow steins, Santa's beer boots, festive cocktails or sharing vessels.
Skating sessions last for one hour and the price includes all hire. DJs play on the weekends, to create a real Christmas party atmosphere. Families are welcome and there are special ticketing options (also for groups). Parents can get their little ones out on the ice, with designated Toddler Time sessions running in the mornings.
To complete the celebrations, there are a number of separate food wagons selling hot, tasty fayre to keep visitors warm and fed throughout the season.
The rink will be open from the 17th November 2018 until the 6th January 2019.
* 11.45am - 11pm weekdays amd 10.30am - 11pm Weekends 17th November until 14th December. 10.30am - 11pm Weekdays and weekends from the 14th December until 6th January. The ice rink is closed on Christmas Day.
Tickets: £10 Adults, £8.50 Child, £9 Concession (student and OAP) and £32 family. Bookings can be made at the rink or online at the Ice SKATE Portsmouth website. Every ticket includes your skate hire and 1 hour on the ice.
RNLI College Wine Discovery Evenings - Sparkling Wines 22 Nov 2018
Come and explore a range of exciting wines hosted by WSET-certified Jose Oldroyd from the General Wine Company - along with guest wine ambassadors on selected dates includeing Antonio Di Marco from Ego Bodegas, Jumilla and Alan Snudden Chevalier of the Confrerie des Vins de Sainte Foy Bordeaux.
Wine Discovery Evenings will be held in the stunning Harbour View Suite at the RNLI College in Poole from 7-9pm, starting Thursday 22 February 2018.
On the night enjoy the taste of six delicious wines from the selected region and be introduced to a few lesser-known indigenous grape varieties.
As an independent family-run business, the General Wine Company searches the world for the small producers that are doing something exceptional. They are passionate about finding bottled joys that are the very best examples of their origins and that have a story.
Tickets £25, booking essential.
Christmas at Beaulieu - 23rd Nov until 30th December from 10am-10pm
Experience the new magical, after-dark, illuminated trail through the grounds and gardens of the Beaulieu visitor attraction this Christmas.
On selected dates between 23 November - 30 December, the tree-tops will glisten as the gardens and buildings shimmer with seasonal sparkle. There’s something for everyone as a one mile illuminated path winds its way through the grounds in a magical after dark experience. Greeted by the sights and sounds of Christmas, wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour.
A festive outdoor walk for all the family
Scented Fire Garden - Explore the stunningly lit ruins of the medieval Beaulieu Abbey before pausing at the flickering flames of the scented Fire Garden Cloister for a moment of reflection.
Tunnel of Light - Perhaps leave a special Christmas Wish at the Wishing Tree before you continue through the Tunnel of Light festooned by a canopy of over 100,000 twinkling pea-lights.
Palace House Panorama - Surrounded by sparkling hedges, follow the path towards the Palace House Panorama. The grand country house, home to the Montagu family for centuries, is brought to life by beams of light that dance in time to much-loved Christmas classics.
Father Christmas - Amid all the fun don’t forget to glimpse Father Christmas and his elves as they greet you from the roof of Beaulieu’s veteran bus.
Icicle Walk - Along the Icicle Walk, larger-than-life gleaming shards guide you towards the Meadow of Light where thousands of fibre optic heads sway in unison. There are hidden surprises too – watch out for frosty snowflakes, shimmering stars and gigantic baubles where you least expect them.
Singing Trees - As you wander beneath playful ribbons of colour-changing lights, the mesmerising voices of Singing Trees can be heard in the distance. Rising high into the night sky this festive finale is a cheerful Christmas blast of colour and light.
Seasonal Food and Gifts - Complete your stroll under the stars with spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts fills the air. Gather to toast your own marshmallows at one of the fire pits, ride the vintage Carousel* or Ferris Wheel* and enjoy other traditional fare before picking up a gift or two at Beaulieu’s shop.
*Additional charges apply
Dine in Beaulieu Abbey
A unique opportunity to dine in the historic Beaulieu Abbey Domus, either before or after you embark on the light trail.If you're planning on eating before the trail, please allow 90 minutes for your meal.
Swanage Jazz Machine - Live Music - 25th November from 2-4pm
What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than relaxing in our Lounge Bar after enjoying our fabulous Carvery and then listening to the Swanage Jazz Machine. A relaxed jazz club session in comfortable surroundings with beautiful views across the bay. To book our Sunday Carvery please call 01929 423353.