Gosport Marine Festival

With more than 600 opportunities to get afloat, our harbour is going to be busy on Saturday 11th May!

That’s when the Gosport Marine Festival returns to take you, your family and your friends on to, and into, the water.  If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to sail a dingy, row boat or glide along on a kayak, now’s your chance to find out. And best of all, all the activities are free.  All you need to do is book and then turn up on the day, preferably wearing something you don’t mind getting wet. Safety equipment is provided free of charge.

Mitch Youngman, Chairman of the festival organising committee, said: “We’ve got 24 miles of coastline in Gosport, and the idea of the festival is showing people how they can make the most of it. We’ve also got big sail training yachts, historic ships to visit in Haslar Marina and accessible catamarans for wheelchair users. There’s certainly something to tempt even the staunchest land-lubber on to the water.

All the water-based activities are very popular, so we advise booking as soon as possible. We give priority to Gosport residents, but it’s first come, first served. Even though the activities run all day, places are limited, so whether it’s stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking that you fancy, get online and book your slot.

This truly is a lovely day. It’s made possible by the contribution of our generous sponsors, 150 volunteers including the Sea Cadets, local sailing clubs, and the activity providers – all of whom help make it a true community event.”

Detailed below is a map showing what is going on and where. Just click over any of the icons to get additional information:


Entertainment Programme
Time Event Location
1000 Rose and Thistle Pipe and Drums Time Space
1030 Woodcot Primary School Choir Time Space
1100 Shantymen Time Space
1130 Regis Troopers Time Space
1200 Big Noise Community Samba Band Time Space
1300 Synchronise Hip Hop School Time Space
1300 D-Day Action Display (Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team) Cockle Pond
1320 Glenn Ford Time Space
1340 St Vincents College Time Space
1400 Fareham Rock Choir Time Space
1400 Model Yacht Race for Little Shipmates (Gosport Model Yacht Club) Cockle Pond
1430 Shantymen Time Space
1500 Prize Giving Time Space
1600 Portsmouth Military Wives Choir Time Space
1630 Louis Charles Time Space
Cockle Pond

For ages six and over. Windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing and children's model yacht building competition.

Haslar Marina

For ages 12 and over. Rowing, sailing, kayaking, and big sail training yachts, plus historic ships to visit for all ages. Trips in a wheelchair-accessible power catamaran from Wetwheels, and Spirit of Scott Bader - a wheelchair - accessible sailing catamaran.

Little Shipmates

Ahoy there! Is your child between the ages of 3 – 5 years old, so is too young to go afloat? If so, then why not book them onto Little Shipmates. Little Shipmates will be hosted upstairs at Trinity Church, where everyone can join in with seafaring activities, where treasures can be won!

10:00 – 12:00 – Build A Model Raft.

Come along and join us to create your own model raft made from recycled materials. Once you have made your raft, you can enter the Children’s Model Raft Competition at the Cockle Pond at 2pm.

2:00 – 3:00 – Arts and Crafts

Do you and your child enjoy making masterpieces? During this session we will be hosting marine themed arts and crafts, including under the sea creatures. These masterpieces will then be judged by the Mayor in TimeSpace Arena at 3.30pm.

To ensure your child has a place on these sessions, please book as there are only 20 spaces available for each. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.


Book your free water activity taster today for Gosport Marine Festival. There are over 600 FREE opportunities to get afloat in the brilliant Gosport Marine Festival. Use the link below to book a fun, free, trial session for Standup Paddleboarding, rowing, sailing, kayaking and much more! BOOKINGS WILL CLOSE AT 12PM ON FRIDAY 10 MAY.

Click here to book.


Wetwheels Solent is delighted to be back at the Gosport Marine Festival for the 3rd time this year! Fully accessible and able to take passengers of all disabilities and all ages they will be running 4 x 60 minutes trips during the day. They can take 10 passengers including up to 3 wheelchair users per trip and booking will be on a first come first served basis.

Please contact Karen by email at karen@wetwheelssolent.co.uk for more information and booking details.


Click here to download the GMF 2017 Event Evaluation Powerpoint.


If you want to exhibit or trade at the festival please email exhibitors@gosportmarinefestival.org.uk for further information.