With preparations taking shape for Poole Maritime Festival in June, an exciting line-up of family entertainment has been revealed as part of the month long festivities.
The family entertainment embraces all things maritime past, present and future and follows on from last year’s prestigious European Maritime Day, which was hosted in Poole in May 2017 - the first time this event had ever been held in the UK.
Launching this year’s family entertainment is the hugely popular Poole Harbour Boat Show organised by Poole Harbour Commissioners in association with Sunseeker. Over three days from Friday 8 June through to Sunday 10 June, the free boat show promises to be bigger and better than ever.
Over 200 exhibitors will showcase sail and motorboats of all sizes, as well as chandlery, clothing and accessories. There are dozens of displays including Royal Navy, Border Force and Royal Air Force plus two tall ships. Water based activities include a breath-taking display of ‘flyboarding’ coupled with sailing taster sessions and RNLI demonstrations.
The ‘Family Quay’ will feature its own beach area, fully equipped with buckets and spades, and even some hidden treasure for the little ones to discover! The ‘Sunseeker Sessions’ live music stage will bring everyone together with a fantastic line-up of great music for all ages.
Packed full of performances and entertainment, the Poole Harbour Boat Show promises to keep the whole family entertained all weekend.
On Saturday 16 June, there is swashbuckling fun down on Poole Quay as Harry Paye Day celebrates Poole’s most infamous pirate.
Join in the free pirate themed family fun and entertainment organised by the Pirates of Poole, including muskets and cannon displays and cannons fired on the hour. There’s shanty singing, live music and a range of stalls as well as children’s rides, face painting and story-telling for younger members of the ship’s crew.
Dress up as a pirate and take part in the pirates’ parade at midday followed by a children’s best dressed pirate competition. Alternatively just relax and soak up the atmosphere.
During the afternoon you could also head along to Poole Museum from 12 noon to 3pm and take part in a range of children’s crafts before following the Paye Day Pirate Trail through the galleries to collect a pirate prize! There is a £1 fee per person although it’s free to Museum Explorers.
On Saturday 23 June, Poole Museum will be offering two Poole Maritime Festival Tours. Join Captain Kate for a free guided tour of the historic museum buildings and monuments. Learn more about the maritime heritage collections that tell Poole’s remarkable maritime story and find out about plans for opening these up for the public in the future through the Our Museum project.
Tours start at 2pm and again at 3.30pm. The tour lasts approximately one hour and places must be booked in advance via www.poolemuseum.co.uk.
Fancy trying out a new watersport, or just fancy getting out in the waves? If so, pop down to Poole Park or Hamworthy Park on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June and experience a range of exciting watersports. Rockley Watersports and Harbour Challenge Outdoor Activity Centre are offering free taster sessions in paddleboarding, sailing and kayaking.
If you are more of a land lover, why not have a go at the free climbing wall in Hamworthy Park which will be available all day.
The month long festivities will come to a close with the Poole Rowing Regatta on Saturday 30 June. Taking place on the water off Hamworthy Park Beach, it attracts over 400 coastal rowers from Hampshire and Dorset. Competitors range in age from 12 to 70 and compete in single sculls, pairs and coxed fours.
With up to 8 boats in a race and sometimes choppy water, the racing can get intense. It is particularly exciting at the markers and a 180º turn back to the finish line. All the thrills of the racing can be seen from the beach, with expert commentary to explain what is happening.
The food tent at Poole Regatta is well known for its excellent refreshments and Hamworthy Park provides a scenic setting. So come along for a relaxing Saturday – unless you are a rower of course!
Cllr Mohan Iyengar, Cabinet Member for Poole Maritime Festival, Borough of Poole, said: “We are delighted with the continuing interest from event organisers to be part of Poole Maritime Festival and we have a fantastic line-up of events which will really be worth going to.
“The format is different this year as the family activities will take place every weekend throughout June, offering a greater opportunity for locals and visitors to get involved. The variety of the events and the fact that most of these are free really means there is something for everyone to enjoy."
Full details of all the events can be viewed at www.poolemaritimefestival.co.uk