By Gemma Thorne and Madeleine Ursell
Bournemouth’s Metropole Street Market returns to Lansdowne once again for an extravagant Day of the Dead themed Halloween fiesta this weekend.
The free event is due to take place on Sunday 29th October to bring Lansdowne to life with live entertainers, musicians and street comedy running between 10-4pm.
Students, adults and families are all welcomed to the event and are encouraged to dress in costume according to the theme, with prizes including best male, best female and best couple.
Set to lead the Day of the Dead procession throughout the day are the Skull Drummers, who will also be hosting a drumming workshop for children between 3-4pm at the Old Fire Station.
Not only are there workshops, but younger ones are also set to see entertainer Dr Balloon man, as well as Jamie Jigsaw the magician. As well as this, the penalty shootout makes a return, following its popularity at the first Metropole Street Market earlier this year.
Supporting local businesses, the Street Market aims to provide something different for the town by inviting over 70 street stalls selling things from creative hand made goods and crafts to local bakers.
Lyn Turnbull, a co-organiser of the event and part of the Bournemouth Town Centre Business Improvement District said she believes supporting local businesses is really important. She added: “We wanted to do something to support the Lansdowne area.” Lyn has spent one year working towards allowing the closure of Holdenhurst Road to make the Metropole Street Market a success.
Their first event was held across a sunny September weekend and pulled in over ten thousand visitors, which Lyn explains was “beyond our wildest dreams”.
The Metropole Street Market is set to return to Lansdowne later this year, hosting the ‘Alternative Christmas Fayre’ in November and ‘Christmas Candyland’ in December.