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Recommended: Seven Seas Festival, Poole

Ahoy there! Yes, YOU! Poole’s first FREE family-friendly Seven Seas Festival takes place May 19-21 and showcases music, food, drink and culture from around the world.

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Forming part of Poole Maritime Festival, the innovative and ambitious concept is the brainchild of Immense Events and features some of our favourite food producers, including restaurants such as Koh Thai Tapas, Lolas and Chicken& Blues.

The music on offer is eclectic and varied, from live bands, to acoustic sets, tribute acts and DJs.

Seven microsites are themed on each of the seven seas, so you can travel across the globe without leaving Poole’s Baiter Harbourside Park. And in the main bar alone, you can chose from more than 30 regional ales and ciders.

“The Seven Seas Festival offers a genuinely unique and creative way for the people of Poole and visitors alike to get to know more about our wonderful town,” says festival director Ben Dyas.

“We can’t wait to see the sensational views from the Poole Harbour BIG Wheel and with a world of food and music to enjoy in the main festival it’s going to be a weekend to remember.”

What’s new and awesome

The amazing 35-metre high Poole Harbour BIG Wheel is now open, offering rides seven days a week for four weeks alongside contemporary outside bar The HarBar, a converted shipping container, in Harbourside Park.

In another first for Poole, Circo Rum Ba Ba invite all comers to shed their shoes and squeeze into its life-size, 18-metre inflatable sperm whale for stories, exhibitions of maritime curiosities and more, to make the sea life come to life for little ones.

Fact file

Poole Maritime Festival is partnering with four charities this year – RNLI, Julia’s House, Diverse Abilities and Greenpeace.

The Seven Seas areas are as follows:

North Pacific – Good times come as standard with a rolling jazz and blues stage, mariachi bands and lashings of bourbon and beer to wash down some mighty fine soul food staples from Dorset’s own Chicken & Blues, as well as spicy Mexican street food from Cantina el Burrito.

Indian Ocean – The best in Thai tapas from Bournemouth’s Koh Lounge meets yoga, exotic crafts and great curries as well as Chinese medicine, acupuncture and Zen meditation.

South Atlantic – Hosted by Enrique Perez of Bournemouth-based Salsa Explosion, the sights, sounds and flavours of Rio de Janeiro’s carnival come to Poole.

North Atlantic/Caribbean – The Irie Bar serves rum, beer and coconut water as Afro*disiac radio dishes up chilled grooves from the pirate ship stage.

North Atlantic/Europe – Acoustic sets from the best local bands and loads of thrills and frills from the can-can dancers, a range of Mediterranean food from Bournemouth’s Lolas Restaurant and British classics from Golden Pig Roasts.

Arctic – Demonstrations from the Sea To Shore Seafood Company, all the way from Alaska. There’s also local ice cream, a mini ice rink, igloo and the Ikle Eskimos arena where our youngest revellers can let off steam while Mum and Dad catch a breather or check out Simon Chainey’s circus skills workshops.

Southern Sea – VIP hospitality area where bespoke food and drinks packages are available with waitress service.

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