The Northern Boat Show is being held on 25th to 28th May 2018 to coincide with the Mersey River Festival and Tall Ships Liverpool 2018. A huge fleet of tall ships is expected and an estimated one million spectators flocking to Liverpool’s waterfront. The Western Boat Show will be held over 3 days on 20th to 22nd July 2018 to coincide with the Bristol Harbour Festival and an estimated 250,000 visitors descending on the harbour front. Both Boat Shows cover the inland and offshore markets with a huge array of boats and boating products catering for all ways of getting on the water.

Between May 25-28, Liverpool will be transformed in to three cultural festivals – Liverpool Festival in the city centre, Irish Festival at the Albert Dock and French Festival on the Pier Head, each with their own unique atmosphere and cultural experience. Expect spectacular performances, unique entertainment, street animation and live music, as Liverpool waterfront is transformed.

Bristol Harbour Festival is one of the UK's largest public festivals and a chance for the city to showcase its rich musical and performance roots. The Bristol Harbour Festival attracts thousands of visitors to explore the two mile stretch of the harbour featuring seven areas including dance, music, children's activities, a busy on-water programme and phenomenal circus performances.

Richard Milbourn, Event Director of the Northern and Western Boat Shows said, “You will not find a better weekends entertainment for your family in Liverpool and Bristol. Most importantly, the Festivals and Tall Ships are free events and visitors can even register for free pontoon tickets to look at the boats on display in the Northern and Western Boat Shows enabling more people to become inspired to get on the water whether they’ve never owned a boat before or an experienced skipper.”

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UK designed and made Pedal Boats for two, perfect for ‘messing about’ at the Western Boat Show 2017

A UK Pedal Boat maker is set to exhibit their uniquely designed boats at the Western Boat Show on 21st – 23rd July 2017. The show is part of the Bristol Harbour Festival and is described as ‘the mother of all maritime festivals which celebrates the city’s vibrant harbourside and sees the harbour filled with two miles of vessels, food markets, circus acts, live music and performers.’

David Williams (Dad) built his first Pedal Boat in the 1950s. Norfolk based Dad’s Boats is a family run business manufacturing and selling their latest unique design which allows two people to face each other and pedal forwards in comfort. The sophisticated gearbox makes it efficient, easy to use and environmentally friendly so you can just sit back, sip a drink, chat and take some gentle exercise while enjoying the water.

David’s first Pedal Boat was a single seater and was designed as a way of following his remote controlled yacht while keeping his hands free for the controls. The drive mechanism was an old hand drill! ‘The Sieve’, as it was affectionately called, was moth balled in the garden not long after when National Service got in the way. By the time David got back two years later ‘The Sieve’ had deteriorated so much all he could do was cut it up for firewood.

So, the next generation of Pedal Boat started to form in his mind - this time a more sociable two-seater. This boat accompanied David on his honeymoon around the Norfolk Broads in the 1960s and has also been pedaled around the Isle of Wight (don’t try this at home). Designed with the Norfolk Broads in mind, The Pedal Boat would also be perfect for The Avon River or the Kennet and Avon Canal as well as The Thames, The Scottish Lochs, and The English Lakes - it provides a wonderful way to enjoy the water hands free.

Having developed and tested a commercial model of the original, Dad’s Boats are manufacturing and selling The Pedal Boat which will be exhibited at the Show as well as their hand crafted ornamental wooden propellers. David William’s son-in-law, Stephen Pitkethly of Dad’s Boats says, “We are very excited about this year’s Western Boat Show as we feel it’s the perfect ‘fit’ for our boats – it’s all about getting out on the water and enjoying yourself and our Pedal Boats are designed especially for that.”

For more information come and see Dad’s Boats at the Western Boat Show and see The Pedal Boat for yourself or visit the website

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