Southampton International Boat Show Returns Bigger and Better in 2023

The Southampton International Boat Show, now in its remarkable 54th year, is making a grand comeback and is set to be even more spectacular than ever.

From Friday 15th September to Sunday 24th September 2023, the largest festival of boats in Britain will take place, promising an unforgettable experience for enthusiasts of all kinds. Whether you’re a passionate paddleboarder or a super-yacht fanatic, this event is designed to cater to your every maritime desire.

Unveiling New and Exciting Features

This year, the Southampton International Boat Show presents a host of incredible new features alongside its most beloved attractions. Brace yourself for the awe-inspiring “Watersports Zone,” a haven for water sports enthusiasts. Immerse yourself in a world of excitement as you explore a wide array of state-of-the-art equipment, cutting-edge trends, and exhilarating board sports action.

With expert guidance from industry-leading professionals, whether you’re a novice or a seasoned wave expert, the Watersports Zone is your gateway to the wonderful world of water-based activities.

On the Water Zone: Dive into Thrilling Adventures

The “On the Water Zone” at the Southampton International Boat Show offers visitors the opportunity to get wet and embrace thrilling adventures. Embark on a journey of excitement and adrenaline with activities ranging from stand-up paddleboarding to exhilarating speedboat rides and leisurely cruises along the Solent.

Southampton International Boat Show Returns Bigger and Better in 2023

This action-packed area is perfect for the whole family, ensuring an unforgettable experience. Test your skills and satisfy your sense of adventure by sailing a yacht, taking control of a motorboat, or feeling the power of a RIB as it blasts across Southampton Water. Qualified instructors are readily available to guide both beginners and seasoned pros throughout their water-bound escapades.

Get-A-Float: Discover the Joys of Watersports

The water-based excitement continues with “Get-A-Float.” Experience the thrill of single or double-handed dinghy sailing or hop into a double kayak with a friend for a fun-filled adventure. Stand-up paddleboarding is also available for the entire family to enjoy.

As an added delight, you can embark on a mini-cruise around the Solent on board the magnificent “Ocean Scene,” adding a touch of elegance to your Boat Show experience.

A Marine Showcase Like No Other

The Southampton International Boat Show proudly stands as the largest marine showcase in the UK and one of Europe’s premier events. With hundreds of exhibitors and over 650 captivating watercraft on display, complemented by a purpose-built marina, delectable cuisine, and an abundance of family entertainment, there is something for everyone at every corner.

Whether you’re taking your first steps into the world of boating or you’re a seasoned veteran, this event offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the boating lifestyle.

An Extravaganza of Entertainment

Apart from its impressive display of boats, the Southampton International Boat Show goes above and beyond to offer visitors an array of live entertainment, music, interactive attractions, and delectable food and drink options.

Southampton International Boat Show Returns Bigger and Better in 2023

Take a break from exploring the exhibits and visit the Quarterdeck Bar & Restaurant or the newly refurbished Guinness Bar, where you can indulge your taste buds and quench your thirst in a delightful atmosphere.

Unmatched Variety and Delight

Prepare to be surrounded by a stunning assortment of beautiful watercraft, ranging from meticulously restored classics to the latest boat models and groundbreaking launches. Moreover, the Southampton International Boat Show understands the importance of family and offers free entry for up to two children with every adult ticket, making it an ideal destination for a family outing.

Key Features and Highlights

This year’s show boasts a plethora of key features and highlights that promise to captivate visitors of all ages and interests. Here are some noteworthy attractions you won’t want to miss:

Show Marina

Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring Show Marina, a purpose-built haven showcasing the world’s most prestigious sailing and power boats, along with high-end tender and chase boats. Marvel at the cutting-edge global, European, and UK launches of yachts, RIBs, motor day boats, and the magnificent Thalassa tall ship.

On the Water Zone

Indulge in hours of water-based excitement, including stand-up paddleboarding, dinghy sailing, powerboating, and leisurely cruises along the Solent. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a water sports enthusiast or a casual explorer.

Watersports Zone

Quench your thirst for unlimited watersports action in the Watersports Zone. Try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, wakeboarding, water-skiing, or enjoy thrilling group activities on the water. Expert guidance is available to cater to all skill levels and preferences.

Mayflower Park

Explore the captivating experiences offered in Mayflower Park. Visit Ocean Hall, the new-look Guinness Bar, the Quarterdeck Bar & Restaurant, and enjoy live entertainment that will take your Boat Show experience to new heights.

Foredeck Stage

Engage with leading experts as they share their knowledge and insights on a wide range of topics. Ask questions, socialize, and connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for the boating lifestyle.


Over 650 exhibitors will be showcasing the finest products and services from the British and international marine industry. Explore advanced technology, innovative gadgets, holidays, training courses, and the latest must-have equipment and clothing.

Quayside Club VIP Experience

Elevate your Boat Show experience with the exclusive Quayside Club VIP package. Enjoy prime seating overlooking the marina, indulge in a delicious welcome drink, savour a gourmet buffet, take a coffee break, or treat yourself to your favourite tipple.

Classic and Day Boat Zone

Celebrate the rich heritage and craftsmanship of classic boats in the Classic and Day Boat Zone. Discover modern boats inspired by traditional designs, beautifully restored classics, and everything you need to keep your treasured vessel sailing smoothly.

Dinghy Zone

Explore the Dinghy Zone, a dedicated area that brings together various aspects of sport and sailing dinghies, trailer boats, cruisers, boat builders, high-performance equipment, sailing clubs, holiday providers, and training options.

Southampton International Boat Show Returns Bigger and Better in 2023

Ticket Information and VIP Experience

Tickets for the Southampton International Boat Show can be purchased through the official website, Adult tickets are currently available, starting at £26, and include free entry for up to two children aged 15 and under with each paying adult. For a comprehensive breakdown of ticket costs and package options, please visit the official website’s ticket information page.

For those seeking the ultimate VIP treatment, the Quayside Club VIP experience offers an exclusive opportunity to enjoy the show in style. Early bird tickets are priced at £125 per person until the end of June, after which the full price of £156.25 will apply. For further details and to secure your VIP experience, please visit the official website.

Prepare for the Boat Show Extravaganza

The Southampton International Boat Show is a not-to-be-missed event that promises an unforgettable experience for boating enthusiasts, water sports lovers, and families alike. Mark your calendars for the exciting lineup of attractions, entertainment, and breathtaking watercraft that awaits you from 15th to 24th September 2023. Secure your tickets, plan your itinerary, and get ready to embark on a maritime adventure unlike any other.

*Feature Image: Southampton International Boat Show

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