Southampton International Boat Show returns to Mayflower Park

The 54th edition of Southampton International Boat Show starts on Friday 15 September and will end on Sunday 24 September

A family looking at a map on a pontoon at Southampton International Boat Show

The show promises something for everyone with plenty of activities, workshops and demonstrations, a whole host of entertainment and live music, as well as places to enjoy local food and drink. Visitors can also browse exhibitors across the various zones. Each zone is a mini ‘show within the show’ dedicated to a particular type of boating or on-the-water activity, making it easy for visitors to find what they’re interested in.

A distinctive feature of this year's show is the introduction of 'The Beach Haven' and 'Watersports Lake,' a dynamic new addition to the event. Nestled in the heart of the Watersports Zone, this new attraction offers a unique blend of action-packed watersports experiences and serene relaxation on the city centre's only sandy beach.

Another exciting addition for 2023 is the 'Shipyard Stage,' where visitors can indulge in live music performances by renowned artists, including The Cuban Brothers and Judge Jules.

Councillor Valerie Laurent, The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Southampton said: "The Southampton International Boat Show is a beloved annual event that I am proud to support. I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy this year's show, whether you're a boating enthusiast or just looking for a fun day out. Southampton's location makes it the perfect place to host this event, and we are lucky to have it in our city."

Councillor Satvir Kaur, Leader of Southampton City Council added: "The Southampton International Boat Show is a vital event for our city, bringing a substantial economic boost and generating millions for local businesses and the marine sector. But it’s more than just a showcase of boats - with a variety of exhibitors, delicious food options, and lively entertainment, the show offers a fantastic day out for people of all ages. It’s great that there is a variety of on-the-water activities for people to try. As a council, ensuring local people benefit from our waterfront location is a priority, so I strongly encourage everyone to get out and enjoy themselves."

Staff from Southampton City Council’s fostering team will also be at the show, joined by foster carers who will be sharing why fostering is important to them and the difference it makes to children and young people across the city. They will also be sharing information on how to become a foster friendly employer. The team can be found on Stand J201, Ocean Hall throughout the duration of the show.

Southampton residents with SO14-SO19 postcode have exclusive access to resident tickets which are discounted. Seniors in these postcode areas will be able to book tickets for free. This can be found under the general admission section of the Southampton International Boat Show ticketing page.

The Southampton International Boat Show promises an unforgettable experience, celebrating the maritime heritage of Southampton and providing a platform for enthusiasts and newcomers alike to explore the world of boating and beyond.