Gosport Marine Festival free sessions are going fast

ON BOARD Cadets at the launch of this year's Gosport Marine Festival
ON BOARD Cadets at the launch of this year's Gosport Marine Festival
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  • Places for free taster sessions at a marine festival are going fast
  • Gosport Marine Scene have organised the event on June 13
  • Hundreds of children will be able to try different watersports
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FREE water sports taster sessions at a marine festival are filling up quickly.

Gosport Marine Scene has been organising an event which is expected to see hundreds of families spend a day by the sea.

The Gosport Marine Festival is offering 1,000 free sessions for children to try a range of water sports, including kayaking, sailing and rowing.

Places for the sessions have been filling up steadily and Councillor John Beavis, who has organised the festival, says the level of interest has been great.

‘We have a great range of water sports for children to try and the places have been going quickly,’ he said.

‘It’s been brilliant organising the event and seeing how many people are interested in it.’

We have a great range of watersports for children to try and the places have been going quickly

Councillor John Beavis

Fellow organiser Heather Ewing added: ‘It has been fantastic to see how many children have signed up for the taster sessions.

‘We have sent information to schools and put posters up and people seem to be interested.

‘There’s so much on offer for children. It’s exciting to see the places steadily going.

‘We will be releasing more as time goes on, including spaces on the day, so it would be great to get more children involved in trying something new.’

The marine festival is the first of its kind in Gosport and its aim is to get more children and adults involved in water-based activities.

Cllr Beavis added: ‘It should be a great day. We have got Alex Thomson opening the festival and we are hoping to see Sir Ben Ainslie come along too.

‘He was meant to be sailing in a race in Italy but that has been cancelled so hopefully he can come now.’

As well as having the on-water attractions, the festival on June 13 will have attractions on land, at Gosport waterfront and Haslar Marina, including a food festival and exhibits.

For more information visit gosportmarinefestival.org.uk