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Western Boat Show launches at Bristol Harbour Festival

The organisers of the Northern Boat Show are launching a Western Boat Show at the heart of the Bristol Harbour Festival to be held in Bristol from 21 to 23 July in 2017. Endorsed by Bristol Harbour Festival, this three-day consumer boat show will put sailing boats, power boats and marine products, systems and services in front of serious boat buyers and more than 250,000 visitors to the Festival. The Northern Boat Show is now in its third year and moving to new dates in 2017 to coincide with the International Mersey River Festival on 23 to 25 June 2017.

The Bristol Harbour Festival is the mother of all maritime festivals which celebrates the city’s vibrant harbour side and sees the harbour filled with two miles of vessels, food markets, circus acts, live music and performers. The Western Boat Show will cover the offshore and inland markets with the latest sailing, canal, ribs and power boats in Bristol Harbour and a land-based exhibition alongside on Bristol’s newly developed Hannover Quay.

Richard Milbourn, Event Director of the new show said, “There are huge similarities with our Liverpool Show including the ability to cater for both the inland and offshore markets and by being part of a huge maritime festival it makes it a real attraction to visitors. We have a proven track record of launching and running events in this market and Bristol is a perfect location.” Milbourn added, “because it reaches an audience that is far away from the established boat shows and we’re looking forward to capturing another untapped market.”

Bristol is one of the most easily accessible cities in the UK, with excellent road, rail, bus and air links. Bristol is ideally situated for road access by being located at the intersection of the M4 and M5 motorways. Because of Bristol’s position on the River Avon, it has been an important location for marine trade for centuries and was the second largest port in England after London. This maritime history is reflected in the Bristol Harbour Festival which has been running for over 40 years and last year involved over 240 vessels.

The Northern Boat Show is pleased to announce a new media partnership with BoatsandOutboards! Established in 1998, BoatsandOutboards has grown to become the most visited and reliable marine marketplace website in the UK. Over 400,000 boating enthusiasts visit the site each month to search boats and accessories to buy or to place an ad. Whether you're looking for a yacht, sailing boats, motorboats, or even a new Jet ski. For more information about BoatsandOutboards click on

Richard Milbourn, Event Director of the Northern Boat Show said, “Bookings have been going so well for this year’s Show that we have had to double the land exhibition space by adding Canning Dock Quayside. Plus by using both Salthouse and Albert Docks it will enable us to accommodate any type of boat in the water right at the heart of a city and Liverpool’s majestic waterfront.“

Whatever type of boat or marine product you are looking for, the Northern and Western Boat Shows are the perfect place to start your search. Tickets are now on sale at and



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The Northern Boat Show has announced more of the boats that will be joining its spectacular line-up of power boats, cruisers, narrow boats and sailing boats on show at Liverpool’s waterfront from 3 to 5 June, all at the heart of the International Mersey River Festival. Highlights include the first sighting in the UK of the Sea Ray 250 Sunsport from Marina Marbella, a Bavaria 360 from Clipper Marine, an XP-33 from X-Yachts and a bigger presence of canal boats including the Beetle FabFour from Aintree Boats.

The new line up also includes boats from Four Winns, BRIG UK, Smart Boat and Chaparral brought by exhibitors Shepherds, Windermere Boat Sales, Go Marine and Ideal Boat Sales. Excel Boats and Pennine Marine are bringing their ranges of ribs and inflatables.

These are just some of the boats alongside Beneteau, Jeanneau, Bayliner, Viking, Character Boats and Collingwood Boats. New exhibitors include A and R Way, Abersoch Land & Sea, Adidas Sailing, Aglaze, Aintree Boats, Amateur Yacht Research Society, Axis Boats, Caldwell Windows, David Moss Boatbuilders, Eco Toilets, Fairline, Go Earth, IBTC, James Troop, Mastercraft Boats, Moor2Sea Clothing, Nautical 3D Charts, RBS Marine, River Canal Rescue, Robalo, Rodman, Sail Ireland’s North West, Sail Scotland, Sealine, Shepherds, Starboard Locker, Suzuki, Towergate Insurance, Volvo Penta, Waterside Mooring, Whitehaven Marina and Zodiac. For full details of the more than 70 exhibitors and 70 boats at the Show go to

The Show is free to all Festival visitors and serious boat owners can buy premium tickets to give them exclusive access to the specialist areas. Tickets with pontoon access to the boats are just £8 per day (or £5 in advance). To book your tickets go to

With its world famous waterfront, Liverpool is one of the most vibrant and developing cities in Europe, just 90 minutes from Birmingham, 45 minutes from Manchester and two hours from London. Last year’s Festival welcomed thousands of visitors and played host to a range of visiting boats and nautical themed events, from yacht and raft racing, canoe polo, windsurfing, power boating, paddle boarding, wake boarding to flyboarding, as well as live music on Liverpool’s Pier Head presenting a host of local and international talent.

Whatever type of boat or marine product you are looking for, the Northern Boat Show is the perfect place to start your search. On at Liverpool’s Waterfront from 3 to 5 June 2016, you can find out more at


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River Festival looking shipshape for 2016

LIVERPOOL’S popular maritime festival is returning with brand new additions to the line-up. The International Mersey River Festival in partnership with Kier Group returns for the fifth consecutive year on Friday 3 to Sunday 5 June. This year’s FREE event has some exciting new activities including: • Industry Pro Wakeboard Tour: The UK’s only professional wakeboard tour is coming to the International Mersey River Festival and will see some of the top athletes compete through at Salthouse Dock using floating jumps and ramps to perform heart-stopping tricks. A few wildcards will be thrown in to the mix to ramp up the tension as they join former national champion Christian Koester and up and coming athletes like Ryan and Liam Peacock. Some local talent including Harley Somerville and Alex Brandwood will also be showcasing their skills with a total of 16 riders taking part across the two days. Managing Director of Industry Wake Parks, Tim Woodhead, said: “The Pro Wakeboard Tour will bring the UK’s best wakeboarders into the heart of Liverpool. Spectators can get full 360 degree viewing in the amazing Salthouse Dock and will be very close to the action. Huge jumps will see the wakeboarders performing monster tricks like 720’s, Moby Dicks, Tantrums and hopefully some double flips.” • Daniel Adamson first view: Following its £3.8million restoration, the Daniel Adamson steam tug tender is making its refurbished debut at the festival where it will be in full working order for passengers for the first time in 95 years. The 113 year old boat is the UK’s only passenger steam vessel and will take passengers on a unique cruising experience as well as giving them access to a floating, interactive museum. This will be a ticketed event and a dedicated website which will allow people to book their place will be live in the forthcoming weeks. In the meantime, people can find more at Dan Cross Chairman of the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society, said: “We cannot wait to be part of the International Mersey River Festival, this will be a significant event for us as ‘The Danny’ will be finally launched to the public as a new cruise attraction for Liverpool at the festival and will be seen taking on board passengers at the cruise terminal, which will be a very proud day for all involved in the boat’s restoration.” And on top of this there will be the usual favourites returning in June including the visit of 60 narrow boats (as part of the Eldonian Village Canal Festival which celebrates 200 years of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal), four Tall Ships, the International Canoe Polo Tournament, jet skiing demonstrations, Zap Cats, have-a-go water sports sessions at Salthouse Dock, flyboarding and thrillingly heart-stopping Yakovlevs air display. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Village will be located at the area around the Cruise Liner Terminal’s passenger lounge. Visitors will be able to see helicopters, recruitment vehicles and diving tanks courtesy of the Royal Navy, and the Royal Marines will be entertaining crowds with unarmed combat and weapons displays. As part of this the Sea Cadets will be performing their field gun window ladder semaphore and club swinging displays. There will also be a dedicated children’s area which will include street theatre, arts and crafts. Following on from last year, the festival will link up with Dublin’s River Festival as both cities pay tribute to each other’s maritime links. Full details will be announced in the forthcoming weeks. With a theme of ‘Soundwaves’, the music element of the festival is currently being programmed and will return once again with the Main Stage at the Pier Head, the Sound Waves stage located at the Mann Island Basin and the Ship Stage on board a vessel at Hartley Quay. As well as household names, there are expected to be performances from community choirs, the Royal Marine Band, Irish bands and some homegrown talent. Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “The line-up for this year is so strong and it’s a credit to everyone involved that the River Festival has established itself as an event that external organisations want to be part of. “The Pro Wakeboard Tour, ThunderCat race, the Daniel Adamson and the return of the Northern Boat Show are all huge coups and will undoubtedly bring in large crowds. “It’s a busy weekend for our waterfront, but year on year we continue to get great feedback from visitors who really enjoy the family friendly experience. There’s always a real appetite for events which focus on or around the river and I’m sure 2016 will be no exception.” For the latest information, visit, follow @Merseyfestival on Twitter or like International Mersey River Festival on Facebook. ENDS For more information, please contact Sarah Langworthy, Communications Officer, on 0151 233 0071 or 077936 60570. For the latest news from Liverpool City Council, visit or Visit to find out all the good things happening in Liverpool, or follow @lpoolcouncil on Twitter. Liverpool City Council, 4th Floor Cunard Building, Pier Head, Liverpool, L31DS



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