Roll up, roll up for the newest market in town! The Bournemouth Metropole Street Market launched in September 2017 in the Lansdowne and makes its return every month with a fun and often outlandish theme.
October’s event took on a Day of the Dead Hallowe’en theme and invited visitors to come down in their spookiest garb. The best dressed were then entered in a competition to be crowned best male, best female and best couple. Entertainment for October’s market included a street comedy duo, Panthatrix street performers and fire show, face painters, juggling clowns, stilt walkers and dance acts
Dubbing itself a “quintessentially eccentric ensemble of all things creative and delicious”, the Metropole Street Market brings colour and creativity to the town’s business and learning district, with live music, food and drink and a farmer’s market selling crafts, clothing and countless other trader stalls. The market lines the length of Holdenhurst Road (which closes to traffic) for people to explore their wares as well as the businesses permanently based in this stretch of town.
The market takes its name from Lansdowne’s historic Metropole Hotel, which was destroyed in a devastating air raid in World War II. It features more than one hundred stalls, artisan food, handmade and vintage goods and crafts and offer activities with plenty for the whole family to enjoy.
The monthly Metropole Street Market is the first step of a regeneration project for the Lansdowne area by the Bournemouth BICD, celebrating its location, heritage, the locals and its business links.