Getting to and around Bournemouth and Poole

Getting to and around the beautiful coastal towns of Bournemouth and Poole couldn’t be easier. This is our handy guide to getting here and getting about during the UK Dance Showcase.

Flying in

Bournemouth and Southampton airports are a short distance from both venues. We recommend using comparison sites such as Skyscanner to find the best priced flight from your destination.

Catching a train

Bournemouth Railway station is a 20 minute walk to Pavilion Dance South West. There are regular trains from London Waterloo, Manchester Piccadilly via Coventry, Oxford, Stoke on Trent and Birmingham New Street.

Poole Railway station is a 10 minute walk to the Lighthouse. Trains run regularly from London Waterloo and Weymouth. If you’re coming from the midlands or north of England, you’ll need to change at Bournemouth.

We recommend the National Rail Enquiries website for timetables, connections and prices.


The coach station in Bournemouth is situated at the railway station. National Express run services to Bournemouth from all over the UK.

Driving and car pooling

If you’re planning to drive to the UK Dance Showcase, the main venues are Pavilion Dance South West in Bournemouth (BH1 2BU for sat nav) and Lighthouse in Poole (BH15 1UG got sat nav).

If you’re driving alone and would like some company or are interested in catching a lift with someone from your area, let us know and we’ll see if we can pair you up with someone to make the journey more interesting! Contact Laura at


Like most cities, parking in Bournemouth and Poole can be a challenge. We recommend booking a hotel that offers parking and walking to your venues where possible.

The closest car park to Pavilion Dance South West is called Central Car Park is approximately 5 minutes from Pavilion Dance South West. To park there for a whole day costs £5.50.

In Poole, parking is available at the Dolphin Shopping Centre for £2 for two hours. The shopping centre is 3 minutes walk to the Lighthouse.

We recommend Parkopedia to find the best deal on parking.

Getting around during the UK Dance Showcase


Shuttle Buses

Shuttle buses between Bournemouth and Poole will be provided by Surf The Wave at certain times during the event.

Shuttle Bus Timetable


All events on Thursday take place in Bournemouth. However, we have one late night bus traveling from Bournemouth to Poole for anyone staying for CARAVAN Social Night and staying in Poole






The main bus operator between Bournemouth and Poole is PlusBus (advertised as MoreBus). Buses stop on Westover Road (opposite Pavilion Theatre) in Bournemouth and take approx 43 minutes to get to the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole. An adult day ticket costs £4. Take routes M1 or M2.


There are a number of taxi firms serving Bournemouth and Poole. Here are some useful numbers:

United Taxis (also have an app) 01202 55 66 77

Star Radio Cars 01202 39 19 19

Mobile Radio Cars 01202 518 000

Ariel Taxi Company 01202 747333

Poole Friendly Cabs (also has online booking) 01202 55 88 67

Please note, Uber does not have a licence to operate in Bournemouth but does in Poole.