Littledown Family fun day is back this month!

Get ready for a feast of family fun – this month the Littledown Family Fun Day is back!

Taking place in Littledown Park on Sunday 30 July 2023 between 11am-4pm this popular annual event has lots for families with children of all ages to see and do.

Entertainment this year includes Urban Bike displays, The Lovely Bubbly Show and Liberty’s Owl and Raptor Centre’s Bird of Prey displays. There’s also gymnastics and street dance performances, arts and crafts, bouncy castles, an orienteering maze, fairground stalls and rides.

Special guest appearances from characters including Bumblebee Transformer, Paddington, Barbie, Rapunzel, Spiderman, Batman, Bingo & Bluey, Sonic and Stitch will be there along with Frozen 2’s Princess Elsa and Anna.

There are lots of new stalls selling arts & crafts and artisan products too. And if you are feeling in the festival mood there’s face painting and hair wrapping for all ages.

Absolute Music will be there with musical instruments to have a go, and DJ Phil will be spinning groovy summer tunes to keep the crowds entertained. If you are feeling thirsty or peckish licensed bars and pop-up food stalls will be selling BBQ food, wood-fired pizzas, Thai treats, Hog Roast, Fish & Chips, and Mexican, Greek and Spanish street food – simply delicious!

Moreover, ‘Lookout at Littledown’, the centre’s newest eating and drinking hotspot will be open, featuring live music from We Are Robot! There are games and competitions throughout the day with awesome prizes including a BH Live Active membership, plus family show tickets for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs pantomime, Andy and the Odd Socks, Dragons and Mythical Beasts, Elf: the Musical and more to be won.

Dorset Police’s neighbourhood policing team will also be at the event to meet and greet visitors.

BH Live, a registered charity, manages Littledown and the park in partnership with BCP Council. The fun day is an annual free-to-attend community event to showcase some of the activities available.

Matt Bevan, Littledown’s General Manager said,

“The family fun day is a well-attended event and one that we all look forward to. There’s always so much to see and do and we are grateful to all those who support this event by providing such a wonderful array of activities and entertainment.”

Councillor Millie Earl, Deputy Leader of the Council and the Portfolio Holder for Connected Communities added,

“What a fantastic way to kick off the summer holidays! I had a great time at the event last year when I attended with the Foodbank. There are so many attractions to keep the whole family busy all day and it’s a real opportunity for the community to come together too.”

Some activities are free to participate however there are charges for certain activities and attractions. Prices will be displayed by stall holders and activity providers on the day.

Littledown Centre will be open as usual, as well as the children’s play park, paddling pool, and Littledown’s Miniature Railway.

Visitors are advised to walk, cycle or take public transport to the event where possible.

Limited car parking is available on a first come first served basis. Overflow parking is also available at the multi-storey car park at Bournemouth Hospital. With the exception of assistance animals, people are asked to please leave their pets at home.

The Littledown Family Fun Day is organised by registered charity BH Live and generously sponsored by Centre VR, Sportmax, Wave 105.2, Absolute Music, Raring2Go and Shadow Design.

More about the event is on Littledown’s Facebook event page.


Notes to Editors:

For more information about BH Live please contact:

Elizabeth Symmons, Head of Marketing
T: (01202) 055562

About BH Live

BH Live is a leading operator of leisure and event venues; a registered charity and social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.

Our social objectives are to:

  • Encourage more people to take part in physical activity– by providing leisure facilities to encourage active communities and improve health and wellbeing.
  • Attract bigger entertainment audiences– with a diverse range of cultural and artistic events that appeal to a wide variety of tastes.
  • Deliver economic benefit– by hosting major conferences, exhibitions and events that benefit the local, regional and international economy.

With more than five million visits a year we are changing lives and are at the heart of the UK’s growing social economy.

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About Littledown Centre

Littledown is operated by BH Live in partnership with BCP Council.

Set in 47 acres of parkland, Littledown has some of the finest leisure, swimming, football and gym facilities in the country.

It is ranked among the top performing leisure centres in the UK, is accredited by quality scheme QUEST and is a National Fitness Award winner for the Local Authority/Leisure Trust Gym of the Year and finalist for the Best Group Exercise Gym of the Year.

It has more than 1.2 million attendances a year and is home to clubs including BH Live’s Swimming Academy, Swim Bournemouth, Littledown Juniors Football Club and Play Football.

The venue has one of the largest gyms in the UK with personal training, an exercise referral and children’s activity programme. Hundreds of weekly group exercise classes are offered including the Les Mills programme.

Indoor facilities include a 25-metre swimming pool, 17-metre teaching pool, a splash pool and spa. There is a large sports hall for events and multi-sport activities including trampolining, badminton, table tennis, football and gymnastics. The venue also has a café, bar and soft play facility.

Outdoor features include six floodlit 3G rubber crumb training pitches, grass football pitches, parkland for recreation and events, a cricket pitch and pavilion, lake, children’s playground, a paddling pool (open summer months only), outdoor catering and free customer parking for up to three hours seven days a week.

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