Poole Maritime Festival 2017 : House Magazine

Poole Maritime Festival 2017

On 18 and 19 May, Poole proudly welcomes around 1,000 delegates from across the UK and Europe to the prestigious European Maritime Day, one of the largest maritime events in Europe. This year is particularly special as European Maritime Day is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in Poole, the first time this event has ever been held in the UK.

Residents and visitors to Poole are also looking forward to joining in the celebrations as Poole Maritime Festival showcases an amazing line-up of family entertainment which all the family can enjoy.

The festivities start with Idea Cabinet presenting a light-hearted family production; ‘The History of Poole Maritime In Thirty Minutes Flat Show’. A romp through Poole’s maritime history through the eyes of Galactic interplanetary visitors in the guise of Steampunk space travellers, searching for somewhere to rehome that has a large ‘Poole’ of water.

Featuring vikings, pirates, and the preparations for the D-Day Landings the show contains infectious join-in songs, comic interludes, true facts and some not-so-true revelations about the history of Poole.

Performances take place from Wednesday 17 May through to Sunday 21 May at various locations in Poole. The show is free – no tickets necessary. Come and join us in this celebration, giving our maritime history a farcical twisting! For full details please visit www.thekitchenpoolepark.co.uk/events.

On Thursday 18 May and Saturday 20 May, Valise Noire Storytelling Theatre present CARGO, a dynamic new outdoor performance bringing Poole’s maritime heritage of The Great Quay to life. Watch as the ‘Queen Galadriel’ ship sails into port and a crew disembark to celebrate millennia of goods passing through the Great Quay. This dynamic interactive performance procession unfolds mysteries of cargo travelling the seas. Stories from above and below the flowing waters, reveal wisdom and heritage of maritime life. Watch the free performances as the precious cargo is transported along Poole Quay to the Sea Music sculpture.

This year’s Poole Harbour Boat Show, organised by Poole Harbour Commissioners in association with Sunseeker, will be even bigger and better. Taking place over three days from Friday 19 May through to Sunday 21 May, this free event will feature over 200 exhibitors showcasing sail and motorboats of all sizes, as well as chandlery, clothing and accessories. There are dozens of new exhibitors and displays including a considerable Royal Navy and Border Force presence, plus four striking tall ships. On-water activity includes an exhilarating display of ‘flyboarding’ as well as sailing taster sessions and RNLI demonstrations.

The Show is proud to have Sunseeker as its main sponsor. Through its sponsorship, the luxury boat builder provides the ‘Sunseeker Sessions’ live music stage – a central feature of the event.

Seven Seas Festival 2017, organised by Immense Events, is a free family festival of world food, music and culture. Seven unique areas take you on a journey through the seven seas, to experience food, music and culture from around the world. With seven stages, seven bars, live bands, world street food, VIP area, craft beer and cider, funfair, free kids workshops, ice skating rink and quirky craft stalls there’s something for everyone. Whilst there take in the local sights as you’ve never seen them before! The 33-metre high Poole Harbour BIG Wheel offers views of up to ten miles away on a clear day. Based at Harbourside Park the Seven Seas Festival runs from Friday 19 May through to Sunday 21 May.

Taste of the South, organised by ROUTEpr, is a brand-new free event which showcases products and producers from across the south of England taking place in Poole Park from Friday 19 May through to Sunday 21 May. The event features artisan food, drink and produce stalls, cookery demonstrations and show special offers and maritime themed children’s activities too. There is even a new start up business area, as well as south coast experts, chefs and demonstrations. There will be something for everyone to enjoy during this true celebration of the south.

To get the most out of the Poole Maritime Festival celebrations, here are some handy tips to ensure you don’t miss out on any of these exciting events.

If you are travelling into Poole then using the bus or train is an excellent way to get to the town. Poole Bus Station and Poole Railway Station are both located in the town centre and ideally situated for the events in Poole Park, Poole Quay and Baiter Park. With regular bus and train services, leave the car at home and travel the stress-free way. morebus run frequent services connecting Bournemouth, Christchurch, Wimborne, Swanage and other locations in Dorset to the heart of Poole. With on-board Wi-Fi, USB-power charging and comfortable seating, take advantage of unlimited travel all day from as low as £3.90 using their quick and easy mobile app.

Getting around the various events couldn’t be simpler thanks to the dedicated Festival Bus provided by morebus. The free bus runs every half an hour on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May between Poole Rail Station and Poole Quay as one continuous loop, so customers can hop on and off as often as they like. The super low floor bus will make it even easier for wheelchair users and parents with buggies to get onboard. For more information on times, routes and fares visit

Over 200 free toilet facilities will be available across all of these events. In addition community toilets can be found across Poole at various locations including Poole Museum on Poole Quay, Lighthouse, opposite Poole Bus Station and The Spire located in Poole High Street. Disabled access toilets and baby changing facilities will also be available.
Full details of the events can be viewed at www.poolemaritimefestival.co.uk

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