ONE OF Southampton's biggest events is set to return this year with tickets now on sale.

The Southampton International Boat Show is due to take place from September 10 to September 19.

Touted as one of Europe’s largest on-water events, the show offers hundreds of exhibitor stands with over 500 craft on display.

Daily Echo: Southampton International Boat Show is set to return in September.Southampton International Boat Show is set to return in September.

Organised by British Marine, this year sees a new show layout with clearly defined zoned areas taking visitors on a journey through the different types of watersports activities.

Meanwhile, onshore there are displays at the 'On The Water' stage, including flyboarders and jet-ski performances.

On land, the new Festival Green area is host to family entertainment, with music playing throughout the day and into the early evening.

Visitors can get onto the water, choosing from Rockley Watersports Get-A-Float experiences offering SUP, kayaking and dinghy sailing.

There are also Try-A-Boat sessions on RIBS, powerboats, sailing yachts, and motor cruisers.

The historic 1919 square-rigged Tall Ship Morgenster will sail daily from the show with visitors on board, and the passenger cruiser Island Scene will make regular passenger sailings throughout the Show.

Daily Echo: Southampton International Boat Show map.Southampton International Boat Show map.

CEO of British Marine, Lesley Robinson, said: "This year is our 52nd edition and we’re excited by the changes which will make it, unlike any previous Southampton show.

“Our outdoor setting, with Europe’s largest temporary marina capable of hosting over 300 craft, and a new show layout which connects the water’s edge with the historic Southampton City walls and Westquay Shopping Centre has enabled us to really push the boundaries this year with a myriad of incredibly exciting features for all ages.”

The company's head of events, Mark Ring, added: "We’re incredibly excited that the Southampton International Boat Show that everyone knows, and loves is back, and this year with an entirely new feel and look making it different to any previous event. “We’ve created additional dedicated areas to create a destination for all watersports enthusiasts. Above all, through working closely with Southampton City Council the event will be run strictly in accordance with the Government’s latest Step 4 event guidelines to ensure everyone can enjoy themselves in a safe and happy environment.”

The show is open from 9.30am to 6.30pm, with the Festival Green area remaining open until 9.30pm each evening.

Tickets cost from £14 per day for key workers, NHS and emergency staff, armed forces, students and those with other concessions, with Monday-Thursday adult tickets at £21 and tickets for both Fridays and the weekends costing £25.50 per day.

For more information visit the Southampton Boat Show website.