Water way to go: The Boat Show returns

FUN on, in and under the water is the theme of next year’s Boat Show which promises ten days of fun with a marine theme.

The Tullett Prebon International Boat Show will delight water lovers with boats, dinghies and yachts at the ExCeL exhibition centre in Newham’s docks from January 7 until 16.

The show will bring a host of new features and attractions as well as regular favourites. Hundreds of exhibitors will showcase the industry’s finest products, services and equipment and roughly 1000 boats ranging from kayaks and dinghies to sail boats and motor yachts will be on show to climb aboard, explore and trial.

A new layout for 2011 will divide equipment and fittings, marine services, a retail village and holiday and watersports zone in ExCeL’s North Hall and boats of every description in the vast South Hall, making it easier to find your way around.

Among the new features is a watersports action pool which measures 70m by 24m and is set to become a star attraction. You will be able to have a go at stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), wakeboarding, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, canoeing and kayaking, as well as model yacht racing. The pool will combine ‘Try It’ sessions and live demos by experts, including a canoe polo championship and Invitational SUP Sprint championship. World champions and record breakers including pro-wakeboarder Matt Crowhurst, SUP distance champion John Hibbard and indoor windsurfing world champion Nik Baker will be sharing their skills with visitors and to showcase the range of watersports available.

In response to overwhelming feedback from visitors past and present, the 2011 Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show will feature a used boats marina for the very first time. In association with Yachtworld.com, this used boats marina will berth up to 70 used boats of all shapes and sizes.

Show organisers have sharpened its watersports focus this year to ensure an unmissable experience for fans of all ages and abilities. The North Hall will have a dedicated watersports zone with its own distinct look and feel, packed full of products, equipment, training and services to meet all watersports interests and needs.

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The Outdoors Show and The London Bike Show will also be staged at ExCeL during the last few days of the boat show, from January 13 to 16.

The Outdoors Show will include the best from the worlds of hiking, climbing, outdoors pursuits, travel, cycling and boating. With a host of top brands and experts on show, it promises to be the perfect place for any outdoors enthusiast to check out the latest kit and sharpen up on their knowledge.

Legendary expedition expert Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, survival specialist Ray Mears, wildlife expert Simon King and TV presenter Ben Fogle will all be sharing tales of their exploits at the Outdoors Heroes Theatre.

The Thursday of the show will see schools from London and the South East competing in the London Schools Bouldering Championship. Visit TheOutdoorsShow.co.uk to details of how to enter your school team.

With the biggest brands in cycling retailing their bikes and gear, The London Bike Show will feature a fantastic range of products, from top end track and road bikes to mountain bikes, electric bikes, BMX’s and commuter bikes. Whether you’re looking to buy your first bike, add another frame to your collection or hunting for a post Christmas bargain, you will be in your element.

The show features the Trials Arena for the thrills and spills of trial biking up close for breathtaking displays by the pros. If you feel daring you can step it up a gear and take cycling to the next level on a range of different terrains including a Test Strip, Pump Track, Dirt Track and Timber Trail.

For tickets and information visit: www.thelondonbikeshow.co.uk / or call 0844 871 8805. Boat show tickets will give visitors entry to all three shows.