Free boating and harbourside festival

The 10th annual free boating festival and watersports event Poole Afloat runs on Saturday 20 June.

With more than 30 exhibiting companies and many boats on the water, the event is set to be bigger than ever.

The day is organised by British Marine Federation’s Wessex branch, aiming to give everyone from experienced boaters to passers-by a fun day out.

Exhibitors will line the Poole town quayside with a Try-a-Boat feature in Poole Harbour.

Event organiser James Sydenham says: “We are thrilled to be celebrating our 10th anniversary and really feel the event has grown to be a part of Poole’s culture.

“With a selection of the latest RIBs, powerboats and yachts in full view, the event gives a variety of people an excuse to have fun with boating on a number of levels.”

For its second consecutive year, the popular Harry Paye Charity Fun Day will run in line with Poole Afloat, celebrating Poole’s very own pirate Harry Paye.

The event pays homage to the town protector who took revenge on the French and Spanish who attacked Poole 600 years ago.

? Doors open from 10am to 6pm on 20 June 2009