Street performers on stilts in Alice in Wonderland fancy dress

Lansdowne’s Metropole Market shortlisted for National BID Award

Following its successful debut year in 2017, the Metropole Market has been shortlisted for a national BID (Business Impact District) award.

The popular family event showcases local businesses with an eclectic mix of street performers, food stalls and live music.

A huge success for Bournemouth

Last year brought 10,000 of people to Holdenhurst Road to enjoy the free event and get a taste for the county’s best producers and artists.

Bournemouth is up against four other areas around the UK for the Place Management Award: Watford, Truro, London West End and Crawley. The projects vary from garden transformations to city clean up efforts.

Paul Kinvig, the Chief Operating Officer for Bournemouth BID, said ‘“We’re up against some fairly major projects, so its great to be nominated”

Nuart Aberdeen won the Place Management Award last year with its transformation of local walls into works of art by street artists.

Metropole Market ticks all the boxes

Mr Kinvig believes “from a BID point of view Metropole Market ticks all the boxes because it supports businesses, adds footfall to a place which doesn’t naturally have so much and adds a different dimension to the area.”

The Metropole Market is part of the wider Bournemouth Town Centre BID project to attract as many visitors to the centre as possible and boost the local economy. The event reached the finals of the Dorset Tourism Awards ‘Festival/Event of the Year’ category and Bournemouth & Poole ‘Great Time Out Award’.

Mr Kinvig said “One of the great things about Bournemouth is that for the past three years its footfall has had double digits percentage growth. So we’re really bucking the trend as far as UK towns and cities go.”

Holdenhurst Road is set to come alive this Sunday 28th October with a Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’ themed street market.

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