Meet Haven Knox-Johnston on the beach at the Southampton Boat Show 2023.

The Southampton International Boat Show is back and better than ever, not that we are bragging but a rather large bird told us that if we are the champions all things marine, then we needed to be right in the heart of the action and help create Southampton’s first sandy beach. Apparently, Buddy wanted to feel the sand beneath his flippers and thus, the friendly guys at British Marine have said yes to making his dreams come true; The Haven Beach & Watersports Lake, brought to you by Haven Knox-Johnston, is now set to be one of the star attractions of the show.

Dates and Venue

The show runs for a full 10 days, so mark your calendars for September 15th to 24th, 2023 and grab your beach towels. The event will take place at Mayflower Park in Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 1AG. With doors opening at 10:00 AM, you can spend the day drifting through the many incredible exhibits, listening to live music, trying your hand at the watersports adventures or even testing your skill against an Olympian.

The Greatest Boatman

The Southampton International Boat Show is the last big event on the annual boat show calendar and with an estimated 80,000 people through the doors it is renowned as Britain’s largest and most impressive event of the boat season.

From butties to scows, short boats, wide beams, wherries, keels, trows, flats, kayaks, catamarans, SUPS and Superyachts; there is a boat or watersport for everyone. Check out the latest mod cons, the boats of the future, the must-have marine products and the frankly just incredible designs, all showcased by the hundreds of global marine brands taking part in the show.

Surfer Buddy

The Beach Haven & Watersports Lake

Did we mention that we are more than a little excited to bring you our flagship event; The Beach Haven & Watersports Lake? Alongside our sister brands Haven Knox-Johnston Commercial and Haven Knox-Johnston Specialist we are having a beach day, every day (well, until the show closes).! Whether you are a serious boat buyer, a watersports enthusiast or just a family enjoying a day out we invite you to meet us on the beach, and try out a whole host of fun activities, from sandcastle building to beach games and competitions, or bring a picnic and chill out in our deck chairs with a free ice-cream.

Like any good British seaside, we can’t guarantee the weather, but you can be sure of a warm crew welcome and a fantastic opportunity to try out some of our watersports experiences. The Watersports Lake will have Olympian canoe races, paddleboards, sunset yoga sessions and a fun packed itinerary for everyone to get involved. Don’t race home for the rugby, enjoy all the action on our big screens with two mighty clashes from the Rugby World Cup. (Saturday 16 September (16.45) watch Wales take on Portugal, Saturday 23 September (16.45) watch as England takes on Chile). With food outlets, a bar and ample seating, it’s a great place to spend your time in-between your action-packed visit to the show.

Adventures on the Water

Situated front and centre at the show’s entrance, The Beach Haven & Watersports Lake brought to you by Haven Knox-Johnston can be found within the dedicated Watersports Zone, crammed full of all the latest entry-level watersports gear and equipment. Explore surfboards, wakeboards, waterskis and some toys of the future, with the experts on hand to give you advice, from novice to watersports pro.

Try your hand at sailing a yacht, commanding a motorboat, or experiencing the thrill of a RIB ride. Whether you’re into dinghy sailing, kayaking, or paddleboarding, the options are endless. For a more relaxed experience, enjoy a mini cruise on the Ocean Scene. And if you’re feeling adventurous, hop aboard the ‘Thalassa,’ a 47m Dutch tall ship, or the VIP experience of a lifetime on the “Spirit of Poole” a 50ft Racing Trimaran.

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Explore Dinghies and Classic Boats

Across the show, don’t forget to visit the other attractions. The Dinghy Zone is your hub for sport and sailing dinghies, cruisers, boat builders, and more. This area is perfect if you are interested in getting onboard to learn sailing or for discovering your next dinghy upgrade. It will showcase boats of all shapes and sizes, from beginner-friendly options to cutting-edge racing vessels. Plus, get hands-on experience with knot-tying and traditional boat-building skills. And don’t miss the Classic Day Boat Zone, where nostalgia and craftsmanship are the order of the day. Learn about boat building and even meet one of the stars of “Swallow and Amazons.”

Food, Music, and More

More than just an industry get together, the show hosts the perfect day out with the brand-new Shipyard food court and music stage offering a festival vibe. DJ sets, live music, big screen sports action and street food, will ensure you stay refreshed and entertained. Plus, upgrade your experience with a VIP ticket and enjoy exclusive access to The Quayside Club Waterfront Lounge.

The Greatest Southampton Boat Show

The Southampton Boat Show 2023 is really set to be an unforgettable maritime adventure. With 300 boats on display, the latest industry insights, expert advice, exhilarating experiences, and The Beach Haven & Watersports Lake, we invite you to cast aside your plans, get your tickets, rally your crew and meet us on the beach.

For ticket information and further details about the show, visit the Southampton Boat Show website. And remember, Haven Knox-Johnston is here to provide expert advice and top-notch insurance coverage for all your boating endeavours. See you at the show!

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