Events

We hold several events throughout the year to encourage both local residents and tourists to visit the gardens and enjoy a variety of social occasions. Please see below for details of some past events and some lined up for this year.


Monday Morning Meander

Details of the next Monday morning meander can be found by clicking on the folowing link:

Guided Walks and Events (in pdf format)


For more information about what's going on locally, please click on the following link:

What’s On - 1st October to 31st October (in Word format)





AGM

11:30am, Sunday 19th November 2017

We will be holding our AGM in the Education Centre, Boscombe Chine gardens.



Carols by Candlelight

5pm, Saturday 9th December 2017

Meet by the Lodge for our annual Carols by Candlelight procession through the chine. More details to follow.





Previous Events held in the Gardens



Big Bat Night

Saturday 19th August 2017

Bat enthusiasts met by the spa shelter at the southern entrance, opposite Boscombe Pier. There was a short bat talk, followed by a bat hunt utilising bat detectors and it was great fun to see the bats illuminated and perform by torchlight!



Bug Hotel

June and July 2017

The Friends Group assisted pupils and staff from St. Clement's School to construct a Bug Hotel adjacent to the community garden. This event was attended by approximately 90 pupils and staff from the school on the construction day. Parents and carers joined staff and pupils on a second, celebration day for lunch, games and visits to the bug hotel. Well done to everyone involved for a terrific event and end result.



Aspects of History talk about "Boscombe Chine Gardens"

Wednesday 5th April 2017

Over 40 members of the public were treated to an hour long PowerPoint presentation followed by coffee and a Q&A session in Bournemouth library. The FoBCG's hope to repeat this presentation at some stage.

* Brief history of the Chine/Gardens

* Lottery makeover

* The role of the Friends Group



Carols by Candlelight

Saturday 10th December 2016

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth joined the Friends along with Viva Voce. We all braved the weather and finished with a delightful performance of Christmas music from Viva Voce in the Neptune Harvester.



AGM

Sunday 20th November

We held our AGM in the Education Centre, Boscombe Chine gardens.



Big Bat Night

Saturday 27th August

There was a short bat talk, which was followed by a bat hunt utilising bat detectors, great fun seeing the bats perform!



Festival of Wellbeing

Friday 5th August

Organised by the BCHA.



Easter Family Fun Day 2016

Saturday 26th March 2016

  • Nature Trail Quiz a free gift for all children taking part!


  • Scruffs Dog Show with rosettes for best dogs!


  • Live Music from Ruby & Nigel Revill


  • Children's Attractions including Face Painting, Roundabout, Trampoline & Penalty Shootout


  • Children's Activities from the RSPB, Tops Nurseries and Churches Together in Boscombe


  • SafeWise Display Caravan - educational and safety display


  • Jigsaw the popular children's entertainer - live shows and magic




Carols by Candlelight

5pm, Saturday 12th December 2015

The Poole & Parkstone Singers joined us along with the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth for our annual Carols by Candlelight event. Following our procession around the formal end of the gardens singing carols, we assembled at the Clock Cafe for an alfresco concert of Christmas songs. Thank you to everyone who supported us at this event.



AGM

Sunday 15th November 2015

This year's AGM was held in the Education Centre, Boscombe Chine gardens.



Big Bat Night

Saturday 15th August 2015

Following on from previous year's successful Big Bat Nights, we were delighted to repeat this fun family event.

The event was held in association with the Dorset Bat Group. Following a short talk about bats, we went on a big bat hunt aided by audio bat detectors and were thrilled and entertained by the local bat population. Hopefully we will be able to do this again next year.



Wildlife Pond Display Days

August 2015

The FoBCG's held some open days at the Education Centre during the summer holidays, where we were able to put on a wildlife display for the general public to visit our exhibition of information and photographs.

The event was sponsored by the Green Goals Community Fund and we are most grateful for their support.



Easter Family Fun Day 2015

Saturday 4th April 2015

  • Nature Trail Quiz a free gift for all children taking part!


  • Scruffs Dog Show with rosettes for best dogs!


  • Live Music from local bands and artistes


  • Children's Attractions including Face Painting, Roundabout, Trampoline & Giant Hamster Balls


  • Children's Activities from the RSPB, Jurassic Coast Display Vehicle and Flights of the Imagination


  • High Tech Wild Trek - pond dipping and education/diplay trailer


  • Jigsaw the popular children's entertainer - live shows and magic




Carols by Candlelight

Saturday 13th December 2014

The Poole & Parkstone Singers joined us along with the Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth for our annual Carols by Candlelight event. Following our procession around the formal end of the gardens singing carols, we assembled at the Clock Cafe for our alfresco concert, where the Poole & Parkstone Singers gave a splendid performance of Christmas songs.

Mince pies and mulled wine were consumed and a great time was had by all.



AGM

Sunday 16th November 2014

This year's AGM was held in the Education Centre, Boscombe Chine gardens.

Big Bat Night

Saturday 16th August 2014 - (Free event)

Following on from previous year's successful Big Bat Nights, we were delighted to repeat this fun family event.

The event was held in association with the Dorset Bat Group. Following a short talk about bats, we went on a big bat hunt aided by audio bat detectors and were thrilled to be entertained by the local bat population.



Love Parks Week

25th July to 3rd August 2014

As part of the national Love Parks week, the FoBCG's we held a litter pick & BBQ on Sunday 3rd August. We met by the Ed Shed at 11am for a quick litter pick in the gardens followed by a BBQ on the decking. It was a delightful and sunny day, most enjoyable.



Easter Family Fun Day 2014

Saturday 19th April 2014 - This event was partly funded by the Green Goals Community Fund & the Chine Hotel


  • Nature Trail Quiz a free gift for all children taking part!


  • Scruffs Dog Show with rosettes for best dogs!


  • Live Music from Scarlet Swing


  • Children's Attractions including Face Painting, Roundabout, Trampoline & Giant Hamster Balls


  • Children's Activities from the RSPB, Jurassic Coast Display Vehicle, BNSS and HTWT (pond dipping)


  • Jigsaw the popular children's entertainer was with us for the day




Carols by Candlelight

Saturday 14th December 2013

The Poole & Parkstone Singers joined us along with the Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth for our annual Carols by Candlelight event. Following our procession down the chine singing carols, we assembled opposite Boscombe Pier for our alfresco concert, where the Poole & Parkstone Singers gave a splendid performance of Christmas songs.

Mince pies and mulled fruit juice were consumed and a great time was had by all.



AGM

Sunday 3rd November 2013 in the Bournemouth Natural Science Society building

We held our eleventh AGM and shared this venue with Inspieration the Friends of Boscombe Pier.



Big Bat Night

8pm to 9:30pm, Saturday 17th August 2013 - (There was a charge of £1 for this event)

Following on from last year's successful Big Bat Night, we were happy to repeat this fun family event.

This event was held in association with the Dorset Bat Group. Following a short talk about bats, we went on a big bat hunt aided by audio bat detectors and were thrilled to be entertained by a number of energetic bats!



Wild About Bournemouth

The Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) and Bournemouth Natural Science Society (BNSS) held an urban wildlife day in the gardens. The FoBCG's were there along with other local charities and organisations to help people learn about wildlife and what they can do for nature and the environment.

10.30am to 3.30pm, Saturday 20th July 2013 - Free Entry to all

  • Nature Trail Quiz


  • Wildlife gardening


  • Children's crafts


  • Live small mammals


  • Live insect displays & moth trap


  • Pond dipping with High Tech Wild Trek


  • Children's Activities, including bird & bug box making






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Easter Family Fun Day 2013

Saturday 30th March 2013 - This event was funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund

  • Nature Trail Quiz a free gift for all children taking part!


  • Scruffs Dog Show with rosettes for best dogs!


  • Live Music from Gugge 2000


  • Live Music from Tony Adams, BBC TV's Frank Sinatra Tribute act


  • Live Music from the Swing Unlimited Community Band


  • Children's Attractions including Face Painting, Train Ride, Roundabout, Trampoline & Giant Hamster Balls


  • Children's Activities from the RSPB, Jurassic Coast Display Vehicle, BNSS and HTWT (pond dipping)


  • Jigsaw the popular children's entertainer will be with us for the day




Build a Bird Feeder

Sunday 24th February 2013 - There was a small charge for this event to cover costs.

Working in partnership with the RSPB, we ran a craft actiity for families and children to build a variety of different types of bird feeders, which should attract wild birds into local gardens.



Carols by Candlelight

Saturday 15th December 2012 - We met by the lodge at the Christchurch Road end on the gardens.

We were delighted to be joined by the Mayor of Bournemouth and the Poole & Parkstone Singers for our annual Carols by Candlelight event. Following our procession down the chine singing carols, we proceeded to the Neptune Harvester, where the Poole & Parkstone Singers gave a perfomance of Christmas songs.



AGM

Sunday 21st October 2012 in the Bournemouth Natural Science Society building

We held our tenth AGM and shared this venue with Inspieration the Friends of Boscombe Pier.



Big Bat Night

Saturday 25th August 2012 - (There was a charge of £1 for this event)

Following on from last year's successful Big Bat Night, we were happy to repeat this fun family event.

This event was run in association with the Dorset Bat Group. Following a short talk about bats, the group went on a big bat hunt aided by audio bat detectors. A number of bats were detected and located, which was all very exciting and tremendous fun!



Nature Day

Tuesday 5th June 2012 (This was a free event)

The following organisations and charities attended.

  • RSPB (Bugs & Beetles craft activity)


  • Dorset Bat Group (Children’s Bat hat sessions)


  • BNSS - Bournemouth Naturally stall (with children’s activities)


  • High Tech Wild Trek (Pond Dipping - wildlife pond survey and display stand)


  • National Trust - Jurassic Coast Display Vehicle (with a variety of activities and giveaways)




Step up for Nature - Build a Bird Box

Wednesday 15th February 2012 (This was a free event)

The RSPB generously supplied 30 flat pack nest box kits, which local children assembled. This was a very successful event that created 8 new/additional nest boxes for the gardens.

We would like to thank Zak, Maitri, Ethan, Jordon, Brandon and Simon for donating their nest boxes to the Friends of Boscombe Chine Gardens. All the boxes have been numbered (1 to 8) and erected in the gardens. We will monitor the boxes and let you know if any are used by blue or great tits this year.

Thank you to all who took part and we hope to do something again next year with the RSPB.



Pond Days


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December 2009 – The pond is completely overgrown and if left would cease to exist! The team move in to determine what vegetation and unwanted material needs to be removed.


Pond 3 picture Pond 4 picture
The site is carefully checked for pond and plant life that needs to remain. Some of the silt is carefully removed to lower the bed of the pond.


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Approximately 50% of the pond is cleared to reveal open water, which is vital to attract water beetles. The team have been careful to maintain a balance between the various types of pond habitat.

We will continue clearing excess vegetation and silt at various intervals over the coming years.
If you are interested in helping, please check the web site and notice boards for further information.

Volunteer Days

We will be holding volunteer days at various dates over the year.
Please check this web site and notice boards for dates and details.


Sponsorship

If you would like to sponsor any of our events please contact a member of the committee.