The Northern Boat Show is moving to new dates on May 25-28, 2018 and a four-day format because the Mersey River Festival is being combined with Tall Ships Liverpool 2018 and the start of the 2018 Biscay Tall Ships Regatta.
An estimated one million spectators flocked to the waterfront when the Tall Ships was last held at Liverpool in 2008.
The Western Boat Show will remain on the same weekend and will be held over 3 days on July 20-22, 2018 to coincide with the Bristol Harbour Festival. Both Shows will cover the inland and offshore markets because of their unique positions by the sea and on the canal network.
Richard Milbourn, event director of the Northern Boat Show said, “We are very excited to be part of the Tall Ships Regatta at Liverpool which means the total audience of both Shows will be in excess of 1.25 million visitors. We are also introducing free pontoon tickets for all visitors that pre-register enabling more people to become inspired to get on the water whether they’ve never owned a boat before or an experienced skipper.”
This year’s Mersey River Festival welcomed over 200,000 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.
Bristol Harbour Festival is the mother of all maritime festivals that attracts 250,000 visitors and celebrates the city’s vibrant harbour side with the harbour filled with two miles of vessels, food markets, circus acts, live music and performers.