Southampton's International Boat Show sails into the Solent

Southampton's International Boat Show sails into the Solent

Southampton is set to become a boating showground once again from 10-19 September when the annual International Boat Show sails into the Solent.

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For the first time in the event’s history, as well as its on-the-water marina site, the event will spill along the water’s edge and onto Southampton’s historic City walls and Westquay Shopping Centre. Visitors will be able to take a peek at the marine world’s latest and greatest vessels at the Show Marina and be entertained by a myriad of thrilling displays at the On The Water stage, including awe-inspiring flyboarders and jet-ski freestylers performances to wow the crowds. Free water based fun includes tutored Rockley Watersports Get-A-Float experiences offering SUP, kayaking and dinghy sailing, through to the Watersports Zone with the chance to browse the latest boards and even have a go with a windsurfing simulator and dive tank. There’s also Try-A-Boat sessions; passenger sailing excursions into the Solent, plus new family-focused Festival Green area with music, entertainment and street food pop-ups.


The show is open daily from 9.30am to 6.30pm, with the Festival Green area open until 9.30pm each evening. Monday-Thursday adult tickets cost from £21 with Fridays and weekend tickets £25.50 per day. Up to 2 children aged 15 and under are permitted free entry to the show with every paying adult with additional children £13.50. 

On Community Day (Sunday 19th), residents of postcodes SO14 to SO19 only pay £14 per adult, over 66-year old’s go free, as do two children under 15 years per adult ticket. 

What’s more, if you have a SO card and live in SO14 – SO19 you can also access the show on the 13th – 17th for just £14 per adult. Please note: Your SO Card and proof of your address will need to be shown when purchasing your ticket at the gate. Download your FREE digital SO card and find out more about the offer here. 

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