The inaugural Poole Harbour Boat Show has got the backing of the RNLI and the British Marine Federation

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Next year will see the launch of the Poole Harbour Boat Show, with this new event due to take place in Poole Quay Boat Haven (pictured above) over the weekend of 9-10 May.

Organised by Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC), the show effectively replaces the Sandbanks Boat Show, which was cancelled last week.

The exhibitor list is yet to be confirmed, but the organisers have promised a mix of marine-related businesses and family-focused entertainment, with the Jersey Boat Show cited as its main inspiration.

Backed by the British Maritime Federation, Poole Tourism and the RNLI, the Poole Harbour Boat Show will be free to attend.

Jim Stewart, chief executive at PHC, said: “From local chandlers to rig makers and other marine-focused suppliers, we hope the Poole Harbour Boat Show will become a staple date on the regional maritime calendar.

“It is an opportunity for all Poole marine operators to come together and showcase the extent of work going on across the Harbour.”

He added that the event will help to highlight local business successes in the run-up to Poole hosting European Maritime Day in 2017.