BOATING enthusiasts have headed in their droves for the Poole Harbour Boat Show.

Thousands of people are enjoying the vast array of entertainment and activities on offer this weekend.

Friday's heavy rain and yesterday's high winds failed to spoil the hugely successful event.

And even more people are expected today when weather conditions are set to improve.

The boat show aims to encourage more people than ever to take up activities on the water.

This year, for the first time, visitors are being offered free trials on paddle boards and kayaks as well as rib rides.

Pleasure boats are also taking people on free port tours by sea.

And crowds enjoyed Saturday night's fireworks display at 9.45pm.

The event is organised by Poole Harbour Commissioners and marketing manager Tracy Payne said it is busy despite the poor weather.

She told the Daily Echo on Saturday: "Boat dealers are still making sales because people who are serious about buying a boat come here whatever the weather.

"Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves and the Newfoundland dogs water demonstrations went down particularly well."

The event is the biggest free boat show in the south and offers a wide range of activities and entertainment.

Visitors to Poole are due to watch the RNLI in action as well as power boat racing and a parachute display team.

There is live music and entertainment and visitors will also get the chance to see yachts and motor cruisers and to buy marine equipment and watersports gear.

Enough money has been raised to allow 22 children to take part in a five-day sailing voyage with the Ocean Youth Trust.

This is the fifth annual Poole Harbour Boat Show, which is taking place in and around Poole Quay Boat Haven.