New boat show goes west...

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A NEW BOAT SHOW planned for Bris­tol in July 2017 prom­ises to in­clude in­land wa­ter­ways craft along­side seago­ing ves­sels.

Fol­low­ing the demise of the Birm­ing­ham Boat & Car­a­van Show and the dis­ap­pear­ance of the nar­row­boats and wide­beams which used to be a fea­ture of the Lon­don Boat Show, there has been a lack of in­land in­ter­est out­side of the Crick Boat Show.

How­ever that trend be­gan to re­verse with the launch in 2015 of the North­ern Boat Show in Liver­pool Docks, whose or­gan­is­ers have now added the West­ern Boat Show. It will take place in Bris­tol Docks along­side the Bris­tol Har­bour Fes­ti­val on 21-23 July.

Event di­rec­tor Richard Mil­bourn drew com­par­isons with the Liver­pool event’s “abil­ity to cater for both the in­land and off­shore mar­kets”. The or­gan­is­ers promised “the lat­est sail­ing, canal, rib and power boats” in the docks, plus shore-based ex­hibitors on Bris­tol’s Han­nover Quay.

Mean­while the Liver­pool show has changed date for this year: it will co­in­cide with the In­ter­na­tional Mersey River Fes­ti­val on 23-25 June.

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