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 July 21-23 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 June 23-25, 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.”
He 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.