By Rowena Heal.
Candlelight Nights 2011 kicks off at 6.30pm tonight with the Mayor of Bournemouth, Cllr Chris Rochester, paying the Lower Gardens’ bandstand a visit to cut the ribbon and mark the event’s opening.
The event, which will run for four Wednesday evenings over the summer, has been a tradition in Bournemouth since Princess Eugenie of France visited the town in 1896 and took a candlelit route through the gardens.
This year Bournemouth Tourism have worked with Strawberry Lantern Events to provide additional entertainment, including The Music Zone, where acts including the Funky Little Choir Company, Samba Panache and The Blues Brothers will be performing from 7pm.
The Original Rod Stewart Band will also make an appearance on August 10th and fans will get the chance to meet them in The Trouville Hotel after their performance.
The traditional candle lighting, as well as fire shows from Simon Chainey and friends, will take place in The Fire Zone and children’s arts and crafts activities will be available in The Kids Zone.
Organiser Suzy Wheeler said: This is a historical event for Bournemouth that attracts thousands of people over the summer.
We are delighted to work with Bournemouth Tourism to revamp the experience and are receiving excellent support from the local hospitality network.
The free event opens tonight and will also take place on the 3rd, 10th and 24th of August from 6pm until 10pm.
To find out more visit: www.strawberryfieldsrepresents.com