Southampton International Boat Show - Overview

Britain's biggest festival of boating

What is it?

Southampton International Boat Show is the place to be for those who are serious about buying boats, water sports enthusiasts, and the whole family! With lots of professional guidance and thrilling opportunities to get floating, everyone can go out on the water, and it’s easier than many people would imagine.

In Europe’s largest purpose-built marina you can find a wide range of marine companies on land, who demonstrate anything from stand-up paddleboards, sail boats, and superyachts. Everyone can find a vessel or boat to use!

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What can you expect?

This will be their 53rd show and they’ve taken things up a notch – with even better links between Southampton City Centre and Westquay shopping centre at the main entrance to the show!

If you’ve never been to Southampton International Boat Show, there are plenty of great zones to visit including Dinghy, Watersports, On The Water and more!

Mayflower Park is the central hub of activity where you can find Ocean Hall, their iconic Guinness Bar and the all important access to the marina. The Quarterdeck Bar & Restaurant returns for its third year as the place to be for your waterfront catering choices.

When is the next one?

You can find the Southampton International Boat Show hosted every year around September.

This year it runs from Friday 16th – Sunday 25th September, so don’t miss out on your chance to grab some tickets!

If you manage to visit our stall at the boat show this year, we have some exciting things to get involved in – including a competition to win the ultimate paddleboard package! Make sure to come say “Hello” for a chance to enter.

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HKJ FAQs

FAQs

Where is Southampton International Boat Show held?

Southampton International Boat Show is held in Mayflower Park and the Marina in Southampton. The show is located at SO15 1ST.

Can I camp at Southampton International Boat Show?

No, but there are fantastic destinations very local to the show where you can stay – whether you choose a luxe hotel or an AirBnb.

Southampton has great accommodation choices and the show also has single day tickets – so you don’t even have to choose to stay!

Where can I buy tickets for Southampton International Boat Show?

You can purchase tickets for Southampton International Boat Show online at their website: https://www.southamptonboatshow.com/visitor-information/tickets/

Tickets get snapped up very quickly so we always advise to purchase ahead of September so you can get the ticket that’s right for you or your family!

Is there parking at Southampton International Boat Show?

There is plenty of car parking at Southampton International Boat Show, including disabled parking. There are over 4000 parking spaces across the various car parks at West Quay shopping centre, which is a short (and accessible) walk from the entrance to the show.

What kind of food do Southampton International Boat Show offer?

With plenty of options available at their Quarterdeck Bar and Restaurant, you definitely won’t go hungry!

It differs every year, but you can be sure there will be a wide variety of street food to enjoy with family and friends.