Poole’s Maritime Festival, which took place from 15 to 21 May was a success, with hundreds coming down to Poole Harbour over the weekend to enjoy the range of events on offer.

Although the festival ran for a week, the highlights were undoubtedly over the weekend, when live music, food stalls and interactive art event CARGO were among the main draws.

There were also historic ships docked in the harbour, and visitors had the opportunity to take a short boat ride to see the Naval Village.

The Poole Harbour Boat Show was also hosted over the same weekend, the Bournemouth Echo reported, noting that it was bigger and better than ever before this year.

One of the big attractions was the big wheel that offered incredible views across the harbour, towards Brownsea Island and the Jurassic Coast beyond.

It was great to see so many people enjoying the town and harbour area, and provided an introduction for the varied water sports activities you can enjoy in and around the harbour too.

Kayaking, kite surfing, windsurfing and stand up paddleboarding are among the options open to you if you want to get out on the water in Poole Harbour. The best way to get the most out of any of these activities is to book a lesson or two to get the basics.

Windsurfing lessons in Poole are popular because the harbour provides such a safe environment in which to master the basics. The water here is relatively shallow and enclosed making it ideal for beginners. 

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