Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council has provided an update to residents and stakeholders around events planned for Poole Quay in 2024 and into the New Year 2025.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council has provided an update to residents and stakeholders around events planned for Poole Quay in 2024 and into the New Year 2025.

The council has not cancelled any events.

The following events will continue to be funded by the council and will run this year:

  • Poole Quay Fireworks
  • 5 November Fireworks
  • Poole Christmas Maritime Light Trail
  • New Years Bath Race & Classic Cars

Poole Quay Fireworks will take place once a week, across the four weeks of August.

In line with last year’s arrangements, the council is working with local businesses to secure funding for an extra two firework events either side of August.

Harry Paye Day is organised by the Pirates of Poole, and as in previous years the council will continue to fund the necessary road closure including providing staff on the ground which enables the event to take place.

The council’s work to set a balanced budget for 2024/25 required us to make choices, prioritise protecting the most vulnerable, keep our communities safe and clean and maintain core infrastructure.

The Council is working with businesses and external event organisers to enable the following events to go ahead, all of which took place in 2022 and 2023:

  • Dream Machines (Bike Night) 
  • Quay for my Car
  • Mini Steam on the Quay

The ‘Folk on the Quay’ event did not take place in 2023, but the possibility of it returning is part of discussions.

Cllr Millie Earl, Deputy Leader of BCP Council and Portfolio Holder for Connected Communities said:

“We are continuing to fund the fireworks that light up Poole Quay in August and November and supporting other great events that bring people to the Quay during the winter months.

“As well as this, we are working hard with Poole Quay’s fantastic business community on options to ensure that other events which the council can no longer support financially can still take place.

“The financial pressures facing all local authorities meant that balancing our budget required some tough choices. The council must move to a new way of working and become an organisation that enables others to take on some of the great work that has made these events popular.”

Jacqui Rock, Poole BID Lead added:

“We continue to work alongside BCP Council and stakeholders within our district to ensure our businesses have their voices heard and that they are the first to know what the plans and any pressures are for future events.

“We are fully aware that we must consider a new way of working in these uncertain times and we have been working hard in the background to ensure that new opportunities exist too, whilst also listening to our levy payers to fulfil other responsibilities written in our business plan and from recent survey feedback.”

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