There is so much going on at Hengistbury Head - what will you discover?

Winter Events

Guided Nature Walks and Events

All walks/events start from the Visitor Centre. Booking essential  -  please phone the Visitor Centre on 01202 128444.


Wednesday 31st January, 1.30pm

How To Solve Cryptic Crosswords

Would you like to be able to solve cryptic crosswords but don't know where to start? Whether you are an absolute beginnner, or are looking to improve your solving skills, this introductory session will be ideal. Booking essential on 01202 128444  -  £6 per person.


Monday 5th February, 2pm

Introducing Aromatherapy

An introductory session with local aromatherapist Alison Jones. Find out how to use essential oils safely, their indvidual therapeutic values and benefits, and the many ways they can used in and around the home. Booking essential on 01202 128444. £6 per person. Event takes place in the Visitor Centre.


Thursday 8th February, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Winter Poetry

A guided nature walk on Hengistbury Head, with winter poems along the way. We will be looking for tracks and signs, galls, birds and more. As we walk, we will hear poems by Robert Frost, Christina Rosetti, John Clare, Charlotte Mew and many more. If you have a favourite winter poem, do bring it along. Booking essential on 01202 128444  -  £6.50 per person, including a hot drink and a biscuit or two!


Friday 15th March, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Signs of Spring

As winter comes to an end we will be looking for signs of spring  -  bird song, flowers, butterflies and more. Meet at the visitor centre. £6.50 per person including a hot drink and a biscuit. Phone 01202 128444 to book.


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  -  February to May '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:

5 Feb Sheepwash  Entrance opposite Iford Bridge pub (BH6 5RG)

12 Feb Kinson Common By play area on common, off Poole Lane (BH11 9DP)

19 Feb Longham Lakes  Car park off A348, just past Kings Arms (BH22 9AA)

26 Feb Throop  Throop Mill car park, Throop Mill (BH8 0DH)

4 Mar Bournemouth Gardens  Coy Pond, Coy Pond Road (BH12 1JU)

11 Mar Canford Park SANG  From Magna Road turn right into Knighton Lane, 3/4 of a mile after Bear Cross (BH21 3AS)

18 Mar Strouden Woods  Side of B&M Home Store, Mallard Road (BH8 9PE)

25 Mar Stour Valley (Meadows Walk)  Granby Road car park, off Muscliffe Lane    (BH9 3NZ)

1 Apr Boscombe Chine Gardens  Gravel car park off East Overcliffe Drive      (BH1 3HP)

8 Apr Turbary Common  Layby opposite 120 Turbary Park Avenue (BH11 BHU)

15 Apr Littledown & Kings Park  Steps in Littledown Centre car park (BH7 7DX)

22 Apr Iford Meadows  Playing fields car park off Iford Lane (BH6 5NF)

29 Apr Stanpit Marsh  Car park in Stanpit (Road) (BH23 3ND)

6 May Millhams Mead  St. Andrew's Church car park, Millhams Road (BH10 7LN)

13 May Hengistbury Head  Solent Meads golf course car park, Rolls Drive      (BH9 4NA)

20 May The Chines  Southern entrance to Alum Chine, Alumhurst Road (BH4 8HS)

27 May St. Catherine's Hill  Entrance next to 83 Hillside Drive (BH23 2SZ)


Temporary Exhibitions

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.

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