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Seven Seas17 Xena DionBringing the world’s music, food and culture to the shores of Poole Harbour in a celebration of the town’s maritime heritage, the first Seven Seas Festival has been hailed a great success by the town’s Deputy Mayor.

"There was a real buzz amongst the festival visitors and people’s comments were full of praise," says Cllr Xena Dion.

More than 28,000 people visited Harbourside Park to enjoy a weekend of live music, entertainment and street food organised in seven micro-sites representing the seven seas. Highlights included the 35-metre high Big Wheel, Circo Rum Ba Ba’s life-size inflatable sperm whale, the Dorset Stormtroopers with Julia’s House and the free Igloo Dome kids’ zone with guest appearances from Britain’s Got Talent star Allan Turner-Ward, Mr Merlin and Okey Dokey Dragon.

On stage top tribute band headliners Rhapsody, One Step Behind and the Ed Sheeran Experience gave the crowds plenty to cheer about, as did the full programme of local bands, while the food and drink producers kept the hungry hordes satisfied with a world of taste and flavour.

"It was an incredible weekend of free family fun – people are going to be talking about this until the next one next year," says festival director Ben Dyas of Immense Events.

Seven Seas17 Lobster"We had a few showers on Saturday but that didn’t stop Matt Black and Chris Payn stirring up a storm in the Harry Rocks beer tent. My personal highlight though had to be Lobster A La Carte – a six-metre high blow up lobster being pushed around in a cart by a very dapper gentleman in a rather twee red suit. Absolute genius!"

The Seven Seas Festival was presented as part of Poole Maritime Festival that attracted some 70,000 people to the town with further events on the Quay, the Marina and in Poole Park.

Immense Events is now planning Poole Harbour Festival, the three-day family food and music festival at Harbourside Park from 28 to 30 July. Tickets are on sale now.

In a very special offer, for two weeks only, the company is offering Immense Membership – guaranteed free entry to all future Immense Events food and music festivals for a single one-off payment of £15.

Full details from www.immenseevents.net.