Southampton International Boat Show is back!

Britain’s biggest festival of boating returns to our shores from this Friday to Sunday September 19.

And there truly is something for everyone at this year's event. We've broken down what's happening and the key information you need to know.

What is the Boat Show?

A chance to experience life on the water basically. Whether you're a serious boat buyer, water sports enthusiast or just want to bring your family for a day out, there's loads of opportunities to get afloat.

Who is there?

A wide variety of marine brands on land and in Europe’s largest purpose-built marina showcase everything from stand-up paddleboards, sail boats and superyachts – everyone can get out on the water; and it’s easier than many might think. There’s a craft or boat for everyone!

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Where is it?

Where isn't it!

Mayflower Park and the Marina are the heart of the event.

The new zones lead the way to Mayflower Park and Europe’s largest purpose-built marina. With hundreds of equipment, services, power and sail boats on show, the Guinness Bar, Ocean Hall and Quarterdeck Bar & Restaurant – Mayflower Park and the marina remain the heart of the Southampton International Boat Show. 

How does it work?

The show is divided into zones. And this year, there's new zones. More about those later.

So it's about more than boats then?

YES. Its a cliche but there is literally something for everyone.

From watersports taster sessions including paddleboarding and kayaking and dinghy sailing, to entertainment and celebrity guests, you might need more than a day.

There's interactive attractions and delicious food and drink.

Visit the floating bars and food stalls and check out the latest dinghies, watersports or classic boats.

Visitors can also take in the incredible yachts and products from more than 600 global marine brands in what promises to be the biggest and best show yet.

What are the new zones?

There are brand new zones tailored to Watersports, Dinghy, Classic & Day Boat and On The Water activities and the Festival Green is perfect for relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere.

As CEO of British Marine, Lesley Robinson said: “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.”

Key features

Watersports Zone

  • Enjoy on-the-water action, learn about the latest equipment, new trends and grab yourself a bargain in the brand new dedicated Watersports Zone.
  • Experience the thrill of getting out on the water using the signature Try-a-Boat and Get Afloat features.
  • Prefer to be a spectator? No problem, grab a drink in the waterfront Quarterdeck Bar & Restaurant.

On The Water Zone

Get afloat within the price of your ticket. From dinghy sailing to paddleboarding, try something new or sharpen your existing watersports skills for free with experts from Rockley Watersports on hand to help. 

  • Try-a-Boat – Come aboard with the opportunity to glide through the waters in a high-speed RIB or float across the Solent under sail for free
  • On The Water Stage – Delivering adrenaline-packed shows to keep the whole family entertained

The Show Marina

  • The 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.
  • View iconic exhibitors showcasing their exceptional luxury yachts as well as global, European and UK launches of new yachts, RIBs, motor and day boats
  • Serious buyers can pre-book appointments with manufacturers for dedicated time to discuss their purchase – be sure to register your interest here

Festival Green

The Festival Green offers a chance to relax and soak in the atmosphere:

• Tuck into fresh-out-of-the-water oysters, an array of international street food, delicious cocktails and chilled Champagne

• Coming alive in the evening, wine, dine and enjoy the music under a sea of lights – the perfect place to finish an exciting day

Dinghy Zone

The Dinghy Zone is the only place to see sports and sailing dinghies, trailer boats, cruisers, boat builders, high performance equipment, sailing clubs, holiday providers and training options in one place this year.

• Explore the different types of dinghies and equipment with expert advice for kick starting your new hobby

• Hear legendary tales from adventure cruisers or get racing tips from some of dinghy sailing’s biggest names as they take to the stage

• Get up close to the new international MOTH: a super exciting Dinghy designed to hydroplane on foils, skimming across the water at high speed

• Experts from the Royal Yachting Association provide training on all levels so pop by the RYA stand and have a chat with the experts if you are keen to give it a go

Classic & Day Boat Zone

Celebrate the boats and craftsmanship that stand the test of time in the Classic & day Boat Zone. Classic boat enthusiasts and seasoned boaters will be able to find all the equipment they need to keep their treasures gliding across the water. For boating novices, exhibitors are on hand to help you dip your toe in the water.

• Check out hands-on product demonstrations, an education special, talks on traditional and modern boat building techniques

• The perfect space for boaters to discuss the world’s most beautiful boats and share their appreciation for exquisite craftsmanship


In its third year of a five-year sustainability pledge, organiser of the Southampton International Boat Show, British Marine, has pledged to make the 2021 edition the most sustainable and environmentally friendly in its 52-year history.

Visitors to the show will be able to buy some of the newest and most advanced products made from recycled and recyclable materials, and discover the latest technological advances designed to protect the environment. Specific advice and guidance will be available from The Green Blue stand, a joint initiative between British Marine and the RYA, highlighting sustainable and environmentally friendly products and services through its Green Blue Business Directory.

Is there a map?

There is - check out the whole site here

What about Covid?

Full details on entry requirement to the event here

Where do you get tickets?

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Adult any day access tickets are on sale now for £26.50 and up to 2 children aged 15 and under are permitted free entry to the show with every paying adult.