Poole Harbour offers the perfect venue for all kinds of events. Every year Poole hosts many annual and some one-off events that attracts tourists from around the globe. Here are some of the biggest and best that Poole has to offer.

The Poole Harbour Boat Show

Since it first began in 2015, the Poole Harbour Boat Show has become one of the most successful annual events in the town. Thanks to its continued success, this year’s event promises to be the best yet, with over two-hundred exhibitors being welcomed to the quayside and marina by Poole Harbour Commissioners. The event is the largest free boat show on the South Coast and gives visitors the chance to experience watercraft they may never have encountered before.

The event lasts a full weekend in the summer meaning guests have plenty of time to enjoy the live music, boat demos, fireworks and more. This excellent value event is fun for the whole family and is the perfect excuse to come and visit us down at Poole Harbour.

Port of Poole full on people at the boat show

The Bath Tub Race

One of our most enjoyable annual events is the Bath Tube Race that occurs on New Year’s Day. This charity focussed event involves crews crafting unique bathtub vessels and racing them along the quay from The Customs House Steps to the Lord Nelson. Every year, rain or shine, crowds of hundreds turn up to cheer on crews as they race to raise money for a good cause.

This whacky event is the perfect way to start the New Year as it is an event built on goodwill that isn’t afraid to have a bit of fun. We’ve had some incredibly unique bathtubs grace our waters over the years with the amateur crews showing off the creativity Poole citizens have. A fun day out for anyone, the annual Bath Tub Race is an event that you can’t afford to miss.

A Multitude of Third Party Events

There are always exciting events coming up aside from the ones we organise at Poole Harbour Commissioners. Third parties, such as Poole Borough Council, take advantage of the harbour’s magnificent space by throwing annual public events all year round.

One such event is ‘Poole Goes Vintage’, an annual event that takes place every summer. Starting back in 2017, the immensely popular occasion involves people of all ages coming down to the harbour to celebrate aspects of the 1940s-60s such as the:

  • Music
  • Fashion
  • Transport
  • Entertainment
  • And More!

This colourful event sees charming live music, unique family activities and a whole load of Elvis impersonators, so it is sure to be a blast for all who attend.

Later in the year, we host the Guy Fawkes Night fireworks that take place annually on November 5th. This spectacular show attracts visitors from all over Dorset as our excellent display lights up the winter night. Fireworks shoot out from boats out on the harbour while on the quay itself, live music and family entertainment are available to enjoy.

Visit Us Today!

As you can see, there is plenty to enjoy at Poole Harbour every year. We’re proud to be able to host such a broad range of excellent events, and hope that you join us for some of them very soon. None of these events would be possible without the continued support of the harbour, for which we are ever grateful.

If you would like to know all of the events that are scheduled in for the coming year, please refer to our online calendar. For any further information, feel free to get in touch with us today at Poole Harbour Commissioners. You can give us a call on 01202 440 200 or send us an email at Our team will be happy to go through any queries you may have.

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