Southampton International Boat Show is back and it's a mast sea!
|Now in its 54th year Britain's largest festival of boats, is back and bigger than ever. Southampton International Boat Show returns from Friday 15 September to Sunday 24 September 2023. This year's show promises to be showstopping, helping everybody to get the most out of life on the water. From paddleboarders to super-yacht fanatics, there is something for everyone.
This year visitors will be able to experience some incredible new features alongside the shows most popular attractions. The fantastic 'Watersports Zone' is back and will host a whole selection of exciting kit with guidance from the best experts in the business. From surfboards to water-skis, whether you are looking to learn something new or are a seasoned wave expert, you can get your hands on state-of-the-art equipment, trends, and unlimited board sports action. It is your gateway to the wonderful world of watersports.
From stand-up paddleboarding and exhilarating speedboat rides to cruising the Solent, the 'On the Water Zone' allows visitors to get wet if they want to. An action-packed area built for the whole family. There is 'Try-a-Boat' where visitors can sail a yacht, take the throttle of a motorboat, or feel the power of RIB blasting around Southampton water. Whether you're a complete beginner or seasoned pro, thinking about buying your first boat or simply looking for an adventure, qualified instructors are on hand throughout.
The on the water action doesn't end there! With Get-A-float you can try your hand at single or double handed dinghy sailing, grab a friend and try out the double kayaks or have a go at stand-up paddleboarding with the whole family. You can even enjoy a mini cruise around the Solent onboard the 'Ocean Scene'.
This incredible event is the biggest marine showcase in the UK and one of Europe's largest events. With hundreds of exhibitors, over 650 craft on display plus a purpose-built marina, fabulous food and plenty of family entertainment, there is something to do at every corner. Whether this is your first dip in the ocean, or you have mastered the boating world for some time, we canoe think of a better way to spend your day!
Not only does it showcase some of the best boats in the industry, Southampton International Boat Show also offers more live entertainment and music than ever before, interactive attractions and sensational food and drink. Visit the show's Quarterdeck Bar & Restaurant, and the longstanding but newly refurbished Guinness bar to whet your whistle along the way.
You will be surrounded by beautiful craft, from restored classics to the latest boat models and first of its kind launches and as always, up to two children go free with every adult ticket, making it the perfect event for the entire family.
Key features at this year's show include:
Show Marina - this spectacular purpose-built marina berths hundreds of the world's most prestigious sailing and power boats, as well as high-end tender and chase boats. With cutting edge global, European and UK launches of yachts, RIBs, motor day boats and the stunning Thalassa tall ship - it's not to be missed
'On the Water Zone' - you'll find it all here - from stand-up paddleboarding to dinghy sailing, the thrill of powerboating to cruising the Solent, you can make a splash for hours
'Watersports Zone - you'll get your fix of unlimited watersports action here. From stand-up paddleboards, surfboards, wakeboards, and water-skis to group activities on the water. With expert guidance on all areas, whether you are just dipping your toe in or a fanatic, there is something for everyone
Mayflower Park - home to some fantastic show experiences. Ocean Hall, the new look Guinness Bar, the Quarterdeck Bar & Restaurant and live entertainment to name just a few - you can take your show experience to a whole new level
Foredeck Stage - home to leading experts on a whole host of topics. You??ll be able to ask the experts any question and be free to socialise with likeminded people
Exhibitors - over 650 exhibitors will be showcasing the very best of the British and international marine industry. From advanced technology and gadgets for all manner of craft, to holidays, training courses, or the very latest must have kit and clothing ?C the options are endless!
Quayside Club VIP experience - following the success of last year, the Quayside Club VIP experience, returns. Situated in a prime location overlooking the marina, the lounge guarantees some of the very best seats in the show, where you can sit back and relax with a delicious welcome drink, enjoy the gourmet buffet, take a coffee break, or enjoy your favourite tipple
Classic and Day Boat Zone - bringing the boating community together, this is the place to come to celebrate the boats and craftsmanship that stand the test of time. Classic boat enthusiasts and seasoned boaters will be able to find all the equipment they need to keep their treasures gliding across the water. From modern boats inspired by traditional designs and craftsmanship to beautifully restored classic there is an array of beautiful craft and plenty to see and do here
Dinghy Zone - the place to see all areas of sport and sailing dinghies, trailer boats cruisers, boat builders, high-performance equipment, sailing clubs, holiday providers and training options all in one place