1. What to expect

From West End stars and special effects to a totally relaxed setting, the BSO Proms in the Park weekend has something for everyone to enjoy.

This year’s Proms in the Park begins on Thursday 1 August with the BSO’s Relaxed Family Afternoon! Enjoy an afternoon of concerts with musical treats for the whole family, featuring performances from BSO ensembles as well the full Orchestra.

The BSO are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with an evening of Galactic Classics on Friday 2 August. The concert features the best of classical music about space, and will reach its climax with a performance of Holst’s The Planets in full, accompanied by choreographed lasers, lights, fireworks and the latest images from our solar system.

Relive the sounds of the 80s in full symphonic Technicolour as the BSO presents an evening of music and nostalgia on Saturday 3 August. The BSO’s Symphonic 80s Spectacular will feature tunes such as Toto’s Africa, Elton John’s I’m Still Standing and other classic numbers from David Bowie, Madonna, Ultravox and many more.

The evening will be topped off with a bang, with the return of the stunning son et lumiere laser and pyrotechnics show.

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2. What to bring

All three of the BSO Proms in the Park concerts take place in the beautiful setting of Meyrick Park, Bournemouth. As such, you’ll need to make sure you bring something to sit on, chair, blanket, cushion, beanbag etc., as well as sun protection for the beautiful weather we’re going to have (hopefully!)

You’re also welcome to bring picnics and drinks. If you fancy a glass of bubbly on Friday or Saturday night, Langham Wine Estate will be selling English Sparkling Wine at its pop-up bar.

3. What to wear

Whatever you feel happiest and most comfortable in! The concerts on Friday and Saturday don’t finish until 10:30pm, so we recommend you bring some extra layers for when the sun goes down.

On Saturday night, if you really want to relive the 80s then come along in your best fancy dress from the decade! Look out for BSO musicians and members of staff rocking the best outfits the 1980s had to offer.

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4. How to get there

Walking: Meyrick Park lies within easy walking distance of Bournemouth Town Centre (north side)

Taxi: A taxi and drop-off system will be operation on Central Drive off Braidley Road prior to the concerts. Please follow the instructions given by the traffic Marshalls.

Driving: There is no car parking at the concert site itself. The nearest public car parks are the Pay & Display at the Town Hall on Braidley Road and the Richmond Hill Multi-Storey. There is on road parking on nearby roads around the park but please park legally and do not obstruct peoples’ drives.

There is limited parking available for blue badge holders adjacent to the site, for those displaying a valid windscreen badge. Please note this is on a first come basis.

Once you’re there, you can enter the concert arena via Meyrick Park Crescent and Braidley Road. Please note that entry via the woods is not permitted.

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5. When to arrive

Gates will open at 4pm on Thursday, and 6pm on Friday and Saturday, so you can enjoy your picnics and get settled before the concerts begin.

And now, you only need to know one final thing…

6. How to book

To book tickets or for more information about the BSO Proms in the Park, please visit the following event pages or call the BSO Box Office on 01202 669925:

  1. Relaxed Family Afternoon
  2. Galactic Classics
  3. Symphonic 80s Spectacular


The BSO Proms in the Park weekend would not be possible without the support of its VIP Sponsors, on Friday we are sponsored by Blue Sky Financial Planning and Wessex Water, and on Saturday by Nuffield Health Bournemouth, the South West Regional Assessment Centre and Tilney Financial Planning and Investment Group.