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Bouncing back from the pandemic


We present the BCP area boldly, confidently and with pride when we tell the story of our ambition, our place and our achievements.

Following the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, we made an early demonstration of that pride and self-assurance by launching our Festival Coast Live! – reconnecting our communities, restoring confidence in our economy, revitalising our retail, hospitality and tourism sector and announcing to the world that Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is not just bouncing back from the pandemic, but aims to be bigger, bolder and better.

Festival Coast Live! is a vibrant, diverse spectacle of primarily outdoor events and activities, across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole during the 2021, 2022 and 2023 spring and summer seasons. It includes music and art performance, entertainment, heritage, sport, health, fitness, wellbeing and lifestyle and takes place in venues across our area, from beaches to parks, band stands to promenades to high streets.

Festival Coast Live! reflects the vision to work with local organisations, community groups, clubs, performers, and event organisers to develop and support events and activities to a wide variety of interests and celebrate what makes our area and our communities so special for the people who live, visit, work and invest here.