Harbour festival highlights great food and music for all the family

After the success of last year’s inaugural event, Poole Harbour Festival promises to be even bigger and better this year with even more amazing food and fantastic music that all the family can enjoy.

The festival’s unique blend of street food from around the world and the very best in live music struck a chord with locals and visitors alike last year, prompting organisers Immense Events to add an extra day of attractions to the line up.

The three-day fun fest at Harbourside Park in Poole offers a full weekend’s entertainment for all the family with a stunning bill of top tribute acts as well as the best local bands. Also on the menu is a mouth-watering array of artisan-produced international street foods with more than 40 stalls offering the best in world foods, local produce and crafts.

“We wanted to do something the whole family can enjoy together, that doesn’t finish too late but gives everyone a great day and a fun-packed night out,” says Poole Harbour Festival organiser Ben Dyas.

The Harry Rocks beer tent features more than 30 ales and ciders many produced by local craft brewers and artisan cider makers, as well as organic wines and a full range of spirits and soft drinks; while the festval’s bespoke HarBar – a converted shipping container – is right next to the main stage and packed to the gunwales so there’s no need to miss any of the entertainment.

The Ikle Eskimos giant igloo of fun is home to a wide range of free children’s entertainment with Mr Merlin and Okey Dokey Dragon, crafts, circus skills and a kids’ disco; while outside superstars like Peppa Pig and Elsa from Frozen will be on hand to meet the festival’s youngest revellers.

The live music programme gets underway around lunchtime each day and will run on two stages until 10pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.

Topping the main stage music bill are critically acclaimed tribute bands Coldplace, The Rollin’ Clones, The Fillers, Tania Alboni’s astonishing Amy Winehouse show and the Ed Sheeran Experience starring the remarkable Jack Shepherd with support from amazing local bands, such as Saint of Sin and Remedy Sounds and a guest performance from Steve Brookstein, winner of the first X Factor in 2004.

There’s also stunning original music from Sian Evans, the voice of top ten band Kosheen who sung on the massive DJ Fresh hit ‘Louder’ and wrote Rita Ora’s chart topper ‘Hot Right Now’. She’ll be showcasing music from her latest project as well as revisiting her stellar back catalogue.

Star attractions on the Harry Rocks stage are the Ouse Valley Singles Club whose 21st century take on skiffle and early rock ’n’ roll is winning them many admirers. They’ll be in good company with local heroes from Jimmy Pithe and BB3 to The New Beats and the mesmerising Mischa & His Merry Men whose 25 members muster some 18 instruments and 60-odd line-up combinations.

Weekend family tickets are on sale now priced £30 (day tickets £15) in advance only. Early bird weekend adult tickets are £15 (£25 on gate) and day tickets £7 (£10 on gate), with children’s advance weekend tickets at £8 (£10 on gate) and day tickets £4 (£5 on gate). Under 5s free.

What’s more in a once-only deal extended until 16 July, organisers Immense Events are offering life membership for just £15 that guarantees free entry to all future Immense music and food festivals and a fast track members’ only queue at the bar.

To book please visit www.pooleharbourfestival.com.