Schools & Colleges Day

You and your students are invited to Britain’s largest festival of boating to explore the world of marine! Lots of information and fun activities are available to inform your students about the exciting world of leisure on the water.

The show provides a fantastic platform to see all things boating up close and personal. There are plenty of opportunities to learn about everyday life in the marine industry, gain invaluable advice about how to start your career, and have a go at getting out on the water.

Our signature Try A Boat feature is returning to the show once again and is suitable for visitors of all abilities, whether gliding through the waters in a high speed RIB or floating across the Solent under sail. Boat slots operate on a first-come-first served basis so booking early at the festival entrance is advised.

The brand new On The Water Zone is a must-visit attraction and provides a great opportunity to try various watersports, such as dinghy sailing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), under the safe and watchful eyes of Rockley Watersports – all included with your show tickets. We recommend booking in advance, please contact 0120 267 7272 or and the Rockley team will be able to let you know what can be provided, what you’ll need to bring with you, and how we will accommodate your group.

Running every day throughout the week:

Children’s treasure hunt:
Find all 10 treasure boxes and letters to disclose the final destination – The Tall Ship – where the children will be greeted by pirates telling tales of the sea.

Try A Boat:
Providing an opportunity to get as many children out on the water as possible, Try A Boat is located in the new On The Water Zone. Always one of the show’s top attractions, it’s first-come-first served, so make sure you book your ride as soon as you arrive at the show at the
On The Water booking point located at Festival Green.
Please note, there is a height restriction in place for children and dogs are not permitted on the boats.

Pirate ship (tall ship):
Story time throughout the day until the ship sets sail at  4:30 pm.

An environmental trail:
Follow The Green Blue Environmental Trail by visiting each one of the show zones Environmental Board and scan the QR codes. Then arriving at The Green  Blue Stand (J117), work out where the recycled single use plastic is on the stand. A replanting activity table is also available where students can make a seed ‘bomb’
to plant at school or home.  The Green Blue team are on the stand at all times.

Festival Green:
Where you can find Try A Dive, and fairground rides such as swing boats and a helter skelter, as well as live music  throughout the evening.

Careers stage:
Representatives from across the marine industry talk about the career opportunities available. There will be opportunities for  Primary, Secondary, Further Education and Higher Education age groups to find out
what the marine sector has to offer, and for them to ask questions of our guest presenters. Careers and schools sessions will take place on the Foredeck Stage from

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Don't forget to take your Lateral Flow Test!

All show attendees over the age of 5 are required to present evidence of a negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours before arrival at the show gate

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