Celebrate Poole’s maritime heritage and its links to the rest of the world at the very first, absolutely free, family-friendly Seven Seas Festival. This seafaring extravaganza combines a packed programme of world arts, culture, food and music based at Poole’s pretty Baiter Harbourside Park.
Journey through the Seven Seas
The festival site is divided into seven different areas, taking you on a journey through the seven seas. The ‘Arctic Ocean’ will be serving up local seafood and hosting an Ikle Eskimos giant igloo with free entertainment and a mini skating rink. Take the adventure to the South Pacific Ocean and Australia for a Bondi-style barbecue, beach theme and surf simulator! Your next stop is the North Pacific Ocean (USA/Mexico), with a New Orleans jazz and blues stage and man versus food competition! Your fourth stop is the Indian Ocean, ready to explore Indian and Asian cultures through meditation, yoga, food and music. Then on to the South Atlantic to enjoy the Brazilian carnival with samba classes and street foods.
World food, world-class talent
Your penultimate stop is the North Atlantic for Caribbean cuisine including jerk chicken and curried goat and the reggae and rum-infused Irie bar. Then finally the North Atlantic, for Europe, celebrating the best of this continent with French Moulin dancers, cheese and wine, a German Bierkeller bar, Italian ice cream, Spanish flamenco, British craft ale and cider, an acoustic music stage or an Irish River Dance.
The event opens at midday on Friday 19th May and goes on until 10pm. It then opens at 10am both days over the weekend, closing again at 10pm on the Saturday and wrapping up at 6pm on the Sunday. At the heart of these feature-packed zones will be the Poole Maritime Arena, with a ‘sea’ of stalls and stands and a Maritime Stage hosting performances from local schools and colleges, circus shows and sea shanties.
Another first for Poole is a big wheel, already in position, towering above the festival site to offer views of Poole Harbour and across to Sandbanks and Brownsea Island. There will also be a fantastically-titled ‘Old Harry Rocks’ stage, where local artists and big-name tribute acts will be entertaining the crowds.
If you want to spoil yourself and enjoy the best views of the main stage from your own waited table, you can purchase a VIP ticket for £20. Or join the masses enjoying this feature-packed festival for free.