Bournemouth 7s Festival is a sport and music festival, and takes place over three days across the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend on the South Coast of England. The festival has been celebrated as the “Sporting Glastonbury” due its unique combination of sport and live music.
Since being founded in 2008 by Dodge Woodall and Fleur Woodall, Bournemouth 7s Festival has grown to see over 30,000 people attending each year!
Since 2008 Bournemouth 7s has been throwing festivals for sports people and party lovers, establishing itself as a date that everyone puts in their calendar each year.
Each year over 400 teams come together for their sports tour and compete across a large variety of elite and social sports tournaments. The festival currently has five sports: rugby, netball, dodgeball, hockey, and CrossFit.
The festival launched with two sports in 2008, rugby 7s and netball 7s. In 2013, the sporting offering was expanded with the introduction of dodgeball. This trend continued as hockey was included in 2014. Volleyball and ultimate Frisbee featured from 2018 and were sports at Bournemouth 7s for three years.
CrossFit, hosted by the National Fitness Games, is now the festival’s fifth sport, having been introduced in 2021. The 65-acre festival site accommodates each of the sports, with a total of eight rugby pitches, 12 netball courts, two hockey pitches, two dodgeball arenas, and one CrossFit arena.
For over 90 years, Chapel Gate (or Bournemouth Sports Club as it is also known) has been at the heart of the local sporting community.
Located next to Bournemouth Airport, it’s 65-acre site is home to a variety of sports including football, rugby, hockey, cricket, squash, table tennis, archery and rifle shooting.
Managed by BU Community Business (BUCB), Chapel Gate regularly hosts local sports’ clubs and schools. It is also the main training and playing venue for the University’s sports teams.
Whilst Chapel Gate is well-known for sports (including hosting the world’s largest sport and music festival, Bournemouth 7s), it’s a popular venue for weddings, parties and corporate events too, with the Clubhouse Bar accommodating up to 300 people.