With more than 600 opportunities to get afloat, our harbour is going to be busy on Saturday 11th May!
That’s when the Gosport Marine Festival returns to take you, your family and your friends on to, and into, the water.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to sail a dingy, row boat or glide along on a kayak, now’s your chance to find out. And best of all, all the activities are free.
All you need to do is book and then turn up on the day, preferably wearing something you don’t mind getting wet. Safety equipment is provided free of charge.
The festival is mainly based in Dean and Reddyhoff’s Haslar Marina, but extends to the Cockle Pond and the green of Trinity Church.
While people are on the water, their families can enjoy food stands, day-long entertainment and exhibitions ashore.
Mitch Youngman, Chairman of the festival organising committee, said: “We’ve got 24 miles of coastline in Gosport, and the idea of the festival is showing people how they can make the most of it. We’ve also got big sail training yachts, historic ships to visit in Haslar Marina and accessible catamarans for wheelchair users. There’s certainly something to tempt even the staunchest land-lubber on to the water.
All the water-based activities are very popular, so we advise booking as soon as possible. We give priority to Gosport residents, but it’s first come, first served. Even though the activities run all day, places are limited, so whether it’s stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking that you fancy, get online and book your slot.
This truly is a lovely day. It’s made possible by the contribution of our generous sponsors, 150 volunteers including the Sea Cadets, local sailing clubs, and the activity providers – all of whom help make it a true community event.”
For ages six and over. Windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing and children's model yacht building competition.
For ages 12 and over. Rowing, sailing, kayaking, and big sail training yachts, plus historic ships to visit for all ages. Trips in a wheelchair-accessible power catamaran from Wetwheels, and Spirit of Scott Bader - a wheelchair - accessible sailing catamaran.
Entertainment curated by Haslar Radio, including dance, song, brass, instrumental and choral. On Trinity Green there will be displays by maritime organisations, while inside the church Little Shipmates will provide seafaring activities for children too young to go afloat.
Bookings for the multitude of activities will be accessible via this page on the 31st March 2019. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook (links at the top of the page) to be notified of when the bookings go live!
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If you want to exhibit or trade at the festival please follow the link below for further information and the application form.