The New Years Bathtub Race will take place at Poole Quay

POOLE’s popular New Year’s Bathtub Race is scheduled to return on January 1.

The annual Bathtub Race sees teams, decked out in disguise, braving the cold water to compete along Poole Quay.

The charity event typically attracts around 3,000 spectators and has been around for over 40 years.

This year the race will start at around 11:40 a.m. from Poole Bridge towards Poole Quay Boat Haven, according to a spokesperson for Poole Harbor Commissioners.

There will also be up to 100 classic vehicles on display from the Sea Music sculpture, where the Lower High Street meets the pier, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

A spokesperson for Poole Tourism said: “This wacky event is the perfect way to start the New Year as it is a goodwill-based event that is not afraid to have a little fun. We’ve had incredibly unique tubs gracing our waters over the years with amateur crews showing off the creativity of the citizens of Poole. A fun day out for everyone, the annual tub run is one event you can’t afford. to miss. ”

A spokesperson for Poole Harbor Commissioners said: “This event is supported by various volunteers including a safety boat cover from the Poole Yacht Club, Jenkins Marine and the RNLI will also be present on the water.

“This is an event jointly supported by the BCP Council and the Poole Harbor Commissioners and both organizations are keen to support the events at the quayside here in Poole.”

Mohan Iyengar, Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Active Health, said: “We are delighted to see the return of the New Year’s Bathtub Race, jointly organized by the BCP Council and the Poole Port Commissioners with the support again from the Lord Nelson Pub.

“It’s a traditional and popular event and the wharf businesses benefit everyone who shows up.

“Unfortunately, it was canceled last year due to the pandemic. We were all looking forward to it again and still plan to continue this year’s event, subject to Covid restrictions. We are monitoring the situation. permanently. ”

Teams can register here:

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