Portland Marina is holding the food and boat-inspired Fish & Ship festival from 12-13 April

Portland Marina is holding its first ever Fish & Ship Festival

celebrating Dorset’s finest both on, under and above sea.

Marine businesses at Osprey Quay on Portland will

be opening their doors and showing the public their wares, from Sunseeker to Scimitar, with many

other watery opportunities in between.

The mini boat show on-site

will have new and used boats for sale, watersports demos over the two days,

including kite surfing, paddle

boarding and windsurfing and gig rowing.

RIBcraft will be offering trips out

on the water, while the RNLI, Coastwatch, BMF South West and Lyme

Regis’ Boat Building Academy will be showcasing their initiatives which encourages

youngsters to take to the sea, or indeed to work in the marine industry.

The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy school will display bass boats built with Sunseeker.

Visitors will be able to enjoy food samples

and demonstrations from the Crab House Cafe and Blue Fish Cafe teams.  

Fresh fish and shellfish distributors,

local farmers, cider makers, artisan bakers and chocolate makers will also be showcasing their wares.

The newly opened Harbour Lights waterfront restaurant will offering hot food over the weekend and Down House Farm will have hogget

on the spit on the Friday night, to welcome the intrepid cyclists that will

have completed Dean & Reddyhoff’s Big Green Cycle Challenge.

The cycle challengers are travelling from Haslar Marina, via two ferries, collecting members at East Cowes Marina

and Weymouth Marina en route to reach Portland on the evening of 11 April, encouraging environmental awareness as they peddle.

Wessex FM will be bringing their road show on Saturday and there

will be competitions and fun for all the family – from crab catching to raft racing.

There will be live music on the Friday and Saturday evenings from local bands Shooter and Finn

McGurk.

To find out visitor rates or for more information, contact Portland Marina on 0845

430 2012.