There is so much going on at Hengistbury Head - what will you discover?
Guided Nature Walks and Events
All walks/events start from the Visitor Centre. Booking essential - please phone the Visitor Centre on 01202 128444.
Thursday 7th December, 10.30am
Learning Poems By Heart
Can you remember the poems you learned at school? If not, do you wish you could? Learning poems by heart is good for 'the little grey cells', and is very enjoyable. Come along to this informal event in our upstairs gallery. Booking essential on 01202 128444 - £6.50 per person including a hot drink and a mince pie.
Sunday 10th December, 10.30am, 12pm and 2pm
God's Eyes Making
Make a God's Eye to hang from your Christmas tree. All materials and tuition provided. Three session-times available, with limited spaces. Booking essential on 01202 128444 - £8 per person.
Tuesday 12th December, 10.30am and 1.30pm
Christmas Card Making
Make your own festive card to give to a loved one this Christmas. All materials and tuition provided. Sessions available at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Spaces limited so booking essential on 01202 128444. £10 per person.
Thursday 14th December, 7pm
Geminid Meteor Shower
This is one of the best meteor (shooting star) showers of the year, and we hope to see at least five or ten meteors during the event. Find out what a meteor is, and why we get meteor showers, as well as looking for planets and constellations. Booking essential on 01202 128444 - £10 per person including a hot drink and a snack. Wrap up well.
Saturday 16th December, 10.30am, 12pm and 2pm
Rag Wreath Making
As a lovely alternative to a green wreath, come along and make a rag wreath, using colourful Christmas materials. All tuition and materials provided. Three sessions available with limited spaces - booking essential on 01202 128444. £12 per person.
Saturday 16th December, from 3pm
Christmas Songs and Carols
Come along for a mulled drink and a mince pie in our courtyard, enjoy some Christmas songs, and join in with some Christmas carols. No need to book - just turn up any time between 3pm and 4pm.
Sunday 17th December, 2pm to 4pm
A fun-filled afternoon of Christmas songs, performed live by ukulele players. The event is taking place in the visitor centre courtyard, and there will be mulled drinks and mince pies available. No need to book - just turn up any time between 2pm and 4pm to get into the festive spirit.
Monday 18th December, 10.30am, 12pm and 2pm
Make a friendship bracelet to keep for yourself or to give as gift to a friend or family member. All materials and tuition provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There are three sessions, with limited spaces, so booking essential by phoning 01202 128444 - £5 per person.
Tuesday 19th December, 10.30am
We will listen to Christmas poems, and short readings from Christmas books and stories. Bring along your favourite illustrated/non-illustrated Christmas books to show during the session, including childrens' books. Booking essential - £6.50 per person including a hot drink and a mince pie.
Thursday 11th January, 2024 - 10am to 12.30pm
A winter wildlife walk looking for birds, berries and more. £5 per person. Booking essential on 01202 128444.
Performing The Past
Take a look at our full 'Performing the Past' events programme, where you can take part in events, guided walks and activities showing Hengistbury Head as a scene of settlement and ceremony for more than twelve thousand years.
To book any events, please contact the visitor centre.
Monday Morning Meanders - October '23 to January '24
All walks will start at 10am and last up to 2 hours. These events are free with no need to book. Please note that these are not Council-led walks.
Here are the forthcoming dates with meeting points:
9th Oct - Strouden Woods - meet by side of B&M store, Mallard Road (BH8 9PE)
16 Oct - Stour Valley (Meadows Walk) - meet Granby Road car park, Muscliffe Lane (BH9 3NZ)
23 Oct - Boscombe Chine Gardens - meet gravel car park off East Overcliffe Drive (BH1 3HP)
30 Oct - Turbary Common - meet layby opposite 120 Turbary Park Avenue (BH11 BHU)
6 Nov - Littledown and Kings Park - meet by steps in Littledown Centre car park (BH7 7DX)
13 Nov - Iford Meadows - meet in playing fields car park off Iford Lane (BH6 5NF)
20 Nov - Stanpit Marsh - meet in car park in Stanpit (Road) (BH23 3ND)
27 Nov - Millhams Mead - meet in St. Andrew's Church car park, Millhams Road (BH10 7LN)
4 Dec - Hengistbury Head - meet in Solent Meads Golf Course car park, Rolls Drive (BH9 4NA)
11 Dec - The Chines - meet southern entrance to Alum Chine, Alumhurst Road (BH4 8HS)
1 Jan - Stour Valley (Wilderness Way) - meet Granby Road car park, off Muscliffe Lane (BH9 3NZ)
8 Jan - Southbourne Overcliff - meet by Fisherman's Walk Cliff Lift (BH6 3TD)
15 Jan - St. Catherine's Hill - meet entrance next to 83 Hillside Drive (BH23 2SZ)
22 Jan - Redhill Park & Common - meet Redhill car park, off Redhill Drive (BH9 2SW)
29 Jan - Riverlands & Wick - meet Wick Lane car park (BH6 4LF)
We have a programme of temporary exhibitions too, all related to the topics we love at Hengistbury - geography, archaeology, local history, art and much more.
Find out what's on display in our Upstairs Gallery inside the Visitor Centre.