Explore a world of boats, marine accessories and boating holidays at the Birmingham boat show, but will it benefit from the cancellation of Liverpool?

With the cancellation of the Liverpool Boat Show, the industry will be keeping a close eye on next week’s Boat & Caravan Show at Birmingham’s NEC arena.

The show, which will run from 22-27 February, will showcase over 250 boats in a dedicated marine hall.

With models to suit all budgets ranging from sports boats, RIBs, inland boats and offshore cruisers it’s a great chance for boaters to check out the latest models and gear.

The Suzuki Power Pool will sit at the centre of the show with demonstrations from sixteen boats including four Suzuki Beneteaus, RIBs and fishers from Ribcraft, Walton Marine, Warrior Boats, Hockley Marine, Fairweather, Monarch RIB and Ash Marine.  

For those who prefer life on the river, the Inland Waterways Area will offer visitors the chance to step on board quality cruisers and to learn more about the UK’s network of inland waterways.

Visitors will also find great boating holiday destinations in the UK and Europe, the opportunity to hire boats with special show deals and the chance to buy a whole range of accessories from chandlery and engines to wetsuits.

“The show, now in its 50th year, has gained an enviable reputation for giving those new to boating a real flavour of the joys and advantages of owning a boat,” said Andy Gibb, the Boat & Caravan Show’s exhibition director.

Tickets cost £13 for adults, £5.50 for children, £11 for senior citizens and £38 for a family ticket (two adults/three children), plus booking transaction fees. Visitors who attend on Friday 25 February, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 can also visit the Outdoor Leisure Show for free.

For more information go to www.boatandcaravan.co.uk.