Gosport Marine Festival 2021

Saturday 4 September 2021

With over 600 individual spaces to get afloat and have fun on the water, the family focused Gosport Marine Festival provides an excellent opportunity to find out what it’s like to sail a dinghy, paddle on a board or glide along on a kayak.

Based mainly in boatfolk’s Haslar Marina, the festival also offers an array of activities at the Cockle Pond for younger members of the family, as well as an eclectic mix of onshore entertainment at the Millennium Timespace Sundial and on Trinity Church’s green.

All activities are free.

Date: Saturday 4 September 2021

Timings: 10am – 5pm

What it’s all about? Having lots of fun on the water


Cockle Pond

For ages six to 12 there’s windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing and children’s model yacht building.

Haslar Marina

For ages 12 and over there’s sailing and kayaking. Also, open to all ages are a range of historic ships including Medusa, WW2 High Speed Launch 102 and a landing craft. Trips on the wheelchair accessible catamarans Wetwheels (power) and Spirit of Scott Bader (sail) will also available.

Trinity Green and Millennium Timespace Sundial

A selection of exhibitors, hot and cold refreshments (from Tea Leaves & Coffee, The Coffee Box and Tuc Tuc Delight) and entertainment, including the opening ceremony and prize giving.

In addition, on the green and inside the Holy Trinity Church will be the Inspiration Zone, bringing together local marine companies offering help and careers advice for people wanting to work in the marine industry.

The full provisional programme of entertainment is below:

0935 – Parade Forms in TimeSpace
0935  – Rose & Thistle Pipes & Drum playing on the Pier
0940 – March on the Pipes & Drums from the Pier
1000 – Opening Ceremony Mayor of Gosport & Admiral Sir Jonathon Band. Neil Levy sings
1100 –  Gosport Sea cadets perform Sailors Hornpipe
1120 – Suzie Schofield (violinist)
1140 – Derek Ince (swing music)
1200 – Sea Shanties
1230 – Roy Coombs (Rat pack crooner)
1300 – Thorngate Panto
1330 – St Vincent’s musical talent
1400 – Derek Ince (singer & acoustic)
1430 – Darren Holden magician
1500 – Little Shipmates Awards Ceremony and Sea Shanties
1600 – Military Wives at the Closing Ceremony


On water activities need to be booked in advance online as the activities are extremely popular.

The online booking system is now open. Click Here.

On the day participants just need to turn up, preferably wearing something that they don’t mind getting wet. All the safety equipment needed will be provided free of charge.

The Wetwheels boat trips are booked separately. Click Here.

Want to help?

The Gosport Marine Festival is run entirely by volunteers from the local community. If you’d like to get involved, contact Barry Corke via secretary@portsmouthharbourmarine.org.uk

Sponsors for this event include: Gosport Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, Haslar Marina, Wates Residential, MAA, British Marine Trades Association, Lee on Solent Sailing Club, Stokes Bay Sailing Club, Andrew Simpson Foundation, Gosport Sea Cadets, Gosport Scouts, SubSea Craft, Victoria Quay, Regional City Airports (Solent Airport), Trafalgar Properties and Gosport Marina.