Due to run alongside the annual Bristol Harbour Festival, the new three-day Western Boat Show will open its doors from 21 to 23 July 2017, putting the full spectrum of marine equipment in front of more than a quarter of a million festival visitors.
This piggybacking of a well established event is a technique the organisers are also using in the north, where the Northern Boat Show has seen its own dates tweaked to coincide with the International Mersey River Festival from 23 to 25 June 2017. And with its enviable position on the River Avon, a long heirtage as a hub for maritime trade and a historical significance as the second largest port in England after London, Bristol’s much loved Harbour Festival looks like the ideal means of getting the new Western Boat Show off to a good start.
Now in its 40th year, the Bristol Harbour Festival itself is a celebration of the city’s waterfront quarter, with two miles of boats and food markets, alongside circus acts, live music and performers. And the Western Boat Show aims to increase that breadth of appeal by offering both inland and offshore craft; new and used boats; sailing and motor yachts; and dinghies, RIBs and sports boats. There will even be a land-based marine exhibition at Bristol’s newly developed Hannover Quay, to help supplement the boat exhibits in the harbour.
Richard Milbourn, Event Director, said: “There are huge similarities with our Liverpool Show 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, because it reaches an audience that is far away from the established boat shows. We’re looking forward to capturing another untapped market.”
Bristol is one of the most easily accessed cities in the UK, with excellent rail, bus and air links and very close access to both the M4 and M5 motorways. The show will be open from 10am to 5pm from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 July 2017. For travel information, see Visit Bristol and to buy your £5 ‘Early Bird’ tickets, visit Western Boat Show. For more ideas for marine events, see our boating events guide and also see our guide to getting the best out of your day at a boat show.