The Outdoor Adventure & Camping Show, London Bike Show and Triathlon Show are joined this year by the Oceans Festival, supported by DIVER. This is the “fourth element” likely to appeal to anyone interested in the underwater world.

But, in addition to focusing on ocean conservation and marine life, Oceans 2017 is aimed firmly at newcomers to the sport – which potentially includes any of the 50,000 or so visitors expected to attend who aren’t already divers – so please make the most of the opportunity if you wish to introduce friends or family-members to the sport while also enjoying countless other diversions.

The more hardcore divers among you might wish to hold fire and wait for DIVE 2017 at the National Exhibition Centre. Promising to be bigger and better than ever, this will be the UK Show of the Year for divers at all levels and, with its central location, very much the place to be in late October.

Back at ExCeL, there are exciting crossover LIDS attractions such as the Phreatic Diving Challenge. It’s all about getting involved!

When you’re ready to sit down, you’ll find an inspiring array of special guest speakers on the Whalefest and Adventure stages.

And of course there will be more celebrity presenters throughout the hall, amid a range of attractions from the Adventure Playground to the Discovery Zone, Wetsuit Testing Pool, Superbloc climbing wall and much more.

Oceans also includes the Incredible Oceans Live project run by Whalefest and the World Cetacean Alliance – don’t miss a visit to its blue-lit marquee.

The combined shows run from 11-6 on Thursday, 16 February, from 10-5 on the Friday, from 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday 19. For details and to book tickets, go to www.oceansfestival.co.uk

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