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All events are in venues within Bournemouth Town Centre and are within a ten-minute walk of each other.

The Festival Hub will be at Pavilion Dance (which houses three of our talk spaces), plus The Avenue (where our Children's Activities and Poetry Hub and talks take place).

Bournemouth Town Centre

101 writing activities and events are happening in Bournemouth Town Centre over the three-day festival.


As well as our main venues (see map below), networking and informal events are happening in cafes and restaurants across the town centre. Please check the relevant programme pages for details.

  • Arrive by bus - Many buses stop along Westover Road and The Square, so are very close by to our main venues. Check out the bus timetables and routes here.

  • Arrive by train - Bournemouth Train Station is 1.5 miles away - or a 30-minute walk. Take a bus or taxi into the town centre.

  • Arrive by Taxi - PRC Streamline taxis are our official supporter so please contact PRC for your taxi needs.

  • Arrive by car - we encourage you to use other transport options, but if you do drive there are extremely limited on-street parking options. Please use the pay-and-display or NCP car parks dotted around the town centre.

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  1. Pavilion Dance - main festival hub. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday

  2. Bandstand - free events on Saturday and Sunday

  3. Beach - Writing on the Beach on Saturday

  4. Bobbys - for 1-2-1 sessions

  5. The Avenue Shopping Centre - Poetry Hub & Poetry Talks and Children's Activities (Saturday) and talks (Sunday)

  6. Flirt Cafe - Friday Night Social

  7. Bayswater Bournemouth - Creative Writing Workshop for International Students

Creative Writing Workshops for Adults with Additional Needs will take place in Boscombe.

Pavilion Dance

Pavilion Dance is a charity arts centre located next to the Lower Gardens and is at the rear of the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre.

The Bournemouth Writing Festival will be making use of several of its spaces, including:

  • A 180-seat theatre

  • A 60-seat studio

  • A 40-seat studio

  • Information Desk

  • Speaker's bookshop

  • Cafe.

The 40-seat studio is on the first floor and is accessible via a lift.

It is ideally suited for public transport, with all major bus routes stopping very close by. The Terrace Cafe is next door.

Numerous car parking options are available within walking distance.

The majority of tickets for the festival (whether at the Pavilion Dance or our other venues) will be puchasable through the Pavilion Dance ticketing portal. Buy gift vouchers here for events, talks and 1-2-1 sessions.

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The Avenue Shopping Centre

Located on the main pedestrian shopping street, The Avenue will host our Poetry Hub and poetry talks on the Saturday, plus talks on those ready to publish on the Sunday as well as our children's activities.

Talks and the Poetry Hub are on the ground floor, towards the rear.

Children's activities are on the first floor by the cafe.

The Avenue is 0.4 miles (or 9 minute walk) from our main Festival Hub.

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The Bandstand, situated in the Lower Gardens, moments from the Pavilion Dance, is the location for our free Poetry Machine and typewriter activities.

Just turn up on Saturday or Sunday and get have a go!

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