Over 13K attend Bournemouth market’s vibrant ‘Day of the Dead’ celebration

 Bournemouth’s increasingly popular Metropole Market has returned to Holdenhurst Road with a visually impressive Day of the Dead themed street market.

With well over 12,000 people in attendance, the second instalment of the Bournemouth Metropole Market, supported by the Town Centre BID, has provided a captivating day out for Bournemouth residents and visitors. Bringing an energetic and carnival-like Day of the Dead theme, the event included a costume parade, a range of fantastic local musicians, entertainment and trade stalls.

Held in the lead up to Halloween, large numbers of attendees were encouraged to dress up and paint their faces in the traditional Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’ style. Filling the street with colour, Samantha Bumford, Miss Dorset 2017 and Miss England Social Media Queen 2017, plus children from First Position School of Dance and the amazing Skull Drummers led a ‘Dias de Los Muertos’ parade down the Holdenhurst Road.

Capturing the festive atmosphere, entertainment included the Beat Banditos Mariachi band, Mother Ukers, Tango Fandango Latin dancers, fire performances by the Pantheatrix group and the returning Street Comedy duo. A Children’s Zone also featured drumming workshops, Diamond Faces and Funkypunky face painting, alongside children’s entertainers Jamie Jigsaw and Dr Balloonman.

Growing in size and popularity, over 70 trade stalls were also present at the free and family-friendly market. These sold a wide array of wares from vintage clothing to handmade jewellery, home décor, independent brands and homemade goods. Satiating crowds with delicious food and drink, hot and cold food included everything from popular pork pies to sweet treats, street food, freshly baked goods, international cuisine, gluten-free and vegan food. 

Lyn Turnbull, Co-organiser of Metropole Market and Co-Owner of Mexigo Burrito Bar, said:

“Our second market was a huge success and I was thrilled to see even more people head to Lansdowne to enjoy a day out with family and friends! With two more markets in the works before Christmas, we will be working hard to improve and enhance our visitor experience with exciting and unusual themes.”

Acknowledging all the great outfits on display, the Metropole Market has also announced the winners of their Day of the Dead costume competition, this can be found on the market’s Facebook Page. The next themed market will be an Alternative Christmas Fayre on Sunday 26th November with a Steampunk theme. Supported by the Town Centre BID, the market is situated on Holdenhurst Road between Lansdowne Roundabout and St Paul’s Roundabout. The road is closed to traffic on market days.

For more information, visit  www.metropolemarket.co.uk or follow them on Facebook and Twitter – @MetropoleMarket.