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The Western Boat Show is returning to Bristol on 20th to 22nd July with a much improved line up of boats and exhibitors. The Show forms part of the Bristol Harbour Festival and will display a range of new and used boats for offshore and inland use to suit every budget – anything from collapsible dinghies, inflatables, canal boats, sailing boats, speed boats to large motor boats – not forgetting all the boating equipment, from engines to deck shoes, for boating enthusiasts.

Boats on display at Bristol include a Jeanneau Leader 36, Merry Fisher 695, Merry Fisher Marlin 795, Glastron GT225, Character Post Boat, Zodiac Seasport 400, BRIG ribs, Warrior 175 Export, Explorer Boats, Arborhouse Canal Boat and a large selection of second hand boats from Channel Yacht Sales. The Western Boat Show will cover every aspect of the leisure marine industry from boat builders, canoes, paddle boards, sail makers, marinas, holidays, chandlers, watersports and engine manufacturers to marine finance, clothing specialists and navigation equipment. Other exhibitors include Bamboo, Boatshed Bristol, Charles Taylor, Crown Oak, Deck Shoes Unlimited, Flint & Flame, Ikiru, Moor2Sea, National Coastwatch, Penarth Covers, Pieroth, Portishead Quays Marina, Sandbank SUP Style, SD Marine, Seahopper, Shawbury Wine and Ullman Sails. For full details of the growing list of exhibitors and to register for free tickets, please visit

Richard Milbourn, Event Director of the Western Boat Show said, “We’re delighted to be making the boat show free to visitors and enabling the boats on the pontoons to be accessible to everyone as part of Bristol's biggest free event. Its fantastic to be part of one of the UK’s biggest festivals and after running for 47 years the Bristol Harbour Festival really know how to showcase Bristol and put a great event on. Milbourn added, “the 250 visiting boats moored up in the harbour and 250,000 visitors makes the Festival a real boating party and a spectacle not to be missed!”

The Bristol Harbour Festival is a rich and diverse platform for the city's wealth of creativity, from dance performers to circus acts and a variety of musical stages including walking bands, interactive theatre and so much more. The Festival stretches two miles from the Grain Barge to the Hidden Gardens of Wapping Wharf, from Brunel's SS Great Britain to Cascade Steps and from Queen Square to College Green. There will also be a range of festival markets and food stalls offering visitors a choice of culinary delights.

Whatever type of boat or marine product you are looking for, the Western Boat Show is the perfect place to start your search. On at Bristol Harbour from 20 to 22 July 2018, you can find out more at


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The Northern Boat Show is being held on 25th to 28th May 2018 to coincide with the Mersey River Festival and Tall Ships Liverpool 2018. A huge fleet of tall ships is expected and an estimated one million spectators flocking to Liverpool’s waterfront. The Western Boat Show will be held over 3 days on 20th to 22nd July 2018 to coincide with the Bristol Harbour Festival and an estimated 250,000 visitors descending on the harbour front. Both Boat Shows cover the inland and offshore markets with a huge array of boats and boating products catering for all ways of getting on the water.

Between May 25-28, Liverpool will be transformed in to three cultural festivals – Liverpool Festival in the city centre, Irish Festival at the Albert Dock and French Festival on the Pier Head, each with their own unique atmosphere and cultural experience. Expect spectacular performances, unique entertainment, street animation and live music, as Liverpool waterfront is transformed.

Bristol Harbour Festival is one of the UK's largest public festivals and a chance for the city to showcase its rich musical and performance roots. The Bristol Harbour Festival attracts thousands of visitors to explore the two mile stretch of the harbour featuring seven areas including dance, music, children's activities, a busy on-water programme and phenomenal circus performances.

Richard Milbourn, Event Director of the Northern and Western Boat Shows said, “You will not find a better weekends entertainment for your family in Liverpool and Bristol. Most importantly, the Festivals and Tall Ships are free events and visitors can even register for free pontoon tickets to look at the boats on display in the Northern and Western Boat Shows enabling more people to become inspired to get on the water whether they’ve never owned a boat before or an experienced skipper.”

To claim free pontoon tickets for the Northern and Western Boat Shows please visit and

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