Poole Maritime
Festival 2017

An exciting week of events that includes the prestigious European Maritime Day. With activity aimed at local businesses plus a spectacular line up of family focused maritime events and entertainment - it’s a week not to be missed!

Business Programme

15 – 17 May 2017 various locations around Poole


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European Maritime Day

18 – 19 May 2017 Lighthouse, Poole 

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Public Festival

17 - 21 May 2017 various locations around Poole

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European Maritime Day (EMD) is the most prestigious event organised by DG MARE, the European Commission's maritime/marine division. Designed to bring together Europe's community of maritime professionals in order to share knowledge and forge partnerships, the prestigious annual event has been hosted by some of Europe's major maritime locations since 2008. This year, in 2017, the honour has been awarded to Borough of Poole. 

This one-off opportunity will promote Poole as a springboard to promote local and regional business to an international audience. 

In support of EMD 2017 we have built a Business Programme and Public Festival that forms part of the week of activity collectively known as Poole Maritime Festival (PMF).

App Download

We have developed an App for Pre-registered participants of the EMD event, you can download our unique PMF App, with event information and details from either the Google play or Apple App store here:



Strong links into the motorway network, trains to London, which take just under two hours and the growth of Bournemouth Airport for business and leisure travel, all add to the location’s ease of connectivity within the UK and abroad.


Find accommodation to suit a variety of styles and budgets in and around Poole. Book now through the official festival agent before the rush.

Taste of the South

Taste of the South is a brand-new free event coming to Poole Park, featuring artisan food, drink and produce, stalls and cookery demonstrations from south coast culinary experts, producers and chefs.

Friday, 19 May 2017 to Sunday, 21 May 2017

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Valise Noire present CARGO. A dynamic new outdoor performance bringing Poole's maritime heritage of The Great Quay to life.

Thursday, 18 May 2017 and Saturday, 20 May 2017

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Poole Harbour Boat Show

Poole Quay and the award-winning Poole Quay Boat Haven will be transformed into a free showcase for sail and motorboats of all sizes, RIBs, chandlery products, clothing, water-sports accessories and on-water demonstrations.

Friday, 19 May 2017 to Sunday, 21 May 2017

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Seven Seas Festival

Seven Seas Festival is a FREE family festival – a voyage of discovery that celebrates the food, music and culture of the world in seven unique arenas at Harbourside Park Baiter.

Friday, 19 May 2017 to Sunday, 21 May 2017

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Find out more about how to become a volunteer at Poole Maritime Festival 2017.

Friday, 19 May 2017 to Sunday, 21 May 2017

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Sea Music Celebrations

The internationally important ‘Sea Music’ modern art sculpture was created by renowned sculptor Sir Anthony Caro. In May 2017 it will be unveiled to the public after conservation and restoration work is complete.

Saturday, 13 May 2017 to Sunday, 15 October 2017

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