For the 18th year running, the Poole Bay Rotary Santa Express will be out and about, bringing some much needed Christmas cheer. 

As COVID is still around, we won't be knocking on doors this year. 

We are looking forward to meeting you on the pavement, or if you're standing in your doorway or front garden, where we will come and see you with our donation bucket.

Update:  as the elves aren't knocking on doors, the Santa Express is moving more quickly this year, so we'll be with you earlier than in previous years.  We are taking 1 to 1.5 hours rather than 2 hours or more.

 In particular, we are asking you to:

  • donate on-line via our JustGiving page, rather than cash on the night


  • observe the current COVID linelines

  • leave the pavement clear for the elves

Charities are still in desperate needs of funds, with falling income and even greater demands on their services.  We hope you'll support our Santa Express once again this year, and to help you do it safely, we've set up an on-line facility via JustGiving.

All cash donated on the night will be given to the lead organisation for that evening.  Money donated via JustGiving will be split equally between the participating organisations.

You can also donate at Tesco (Branksome) on Friday or Saturday 10/11 December.  To find out more click here.  

Just check the dates below to find the closest route to you.

(NB There are now two routes which are different from previous years'.  The middle section of the Upton (west) route (Tues 21 Dec) and the end of the trip through Lower Parkstone (Wed 22 Dec) as shown on the accompanying maps)

Simply click on each route in the table below to access the map for that night.  All our mid-week routes start about 6pm (5pm on Saturdays) and take about 2 hours to complete.

Just listen out for the music - you should be able to hear us as we approach!!

Please note that all timings are approximate and these together with the exact routes may vary depending on traffic conditions and weather.  In the event of extreme weather an evening may be cancelled.   We may also have to make changes if there are Government changes to the COVID-19 regulations.


For the regular updates, please check our Facebook page:  @pooleyoungrotary

(With a reduction in the number of elves, we apologise if we are not able to reply to all your Facebook queries)

Please remember

  • all our helpers are volunteers

  • all timings are approximate and are for guidance only

Date                               Route                              Lead Organisation            Start time

Fri 3 Dec                            Longfleet                          Poole Rotary                                  6.00pm

Mon 6 Dec                        Oakdale                             Poole Bay Rotary                          6.00pm

Wed 8Dec               Upper Parkstone (north)          HomeStart                                     6.00pm

Thur 9 Dec                    Canford Heath                     Poole Bay Rotary                          6.00pm

Fri 10 Dec                         Creekmoor                        Poole Soroptimists                      6.00pm

Sat 11 Dec                        Broadstone                       Poole Lions                                    5.00pm

Wed 15 Dec             Upper Parkstone (south)         Dorset Mind                                  6.00pm

Thur 16 Dec                    Stanley Green                     Waste Not Want Not                   6.00pm

Fri 17 Dec                     Hamworthy (east)                 Poole Bay Rotary                         6.00pm

Sat 18 Dec                        Broadstone                        Poole Lions                                   5.00pm

Mon 20 Dec                      Upton (east)                      Upton community                       6.00pm

Tue 21 Dec                        Upton (west)                     Upton Community                      6.00pm

Wed 22 Dec                   Lower Parkstone                  Poole Bay Rotary                        6.00pm

Thu 23 Dec                    Hamworthy (west)                Parkstone Rotary                       6.00pm

For those of you who live in Bournemouth, Westbourne Rotary have a range of routes they are running with their brand new Santa Sleigh.

Westbourne routes and dates.jpg