Diamond Jubilee boating festival announced for Cowes

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Plans have been revealed for a new boating festival that will celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The organiser of the British Leisure Show has launched a free to attend event – the Boat and Leisure Festival, Cowes, Isle of Wight, will take place over the Jubilee bank holiday on June 4 and 5.

Festival director, James Brooke says that the event will be “overtly British-themed” and will feature live music, hospitality, British boats and outdoor leisure activities.

He said: “This new event provides an exciting opportunity to generate additional revenue for companies trading within the marine industry as well as to play a part in making history. The festival is being held at the home of world yachting, at the start of the summer and the boating season.”