The Southampton Boat Show is one of the largest on-water boat shows in Europe and the largest in the UK, attracting over 100,000 visitors. The show started in 1969 and is held annually in September in Mayflower Park. Since 1997 it has been a 10 day event – this year it is being held from 15th to 24th September. It is put on by British Marine, the membership organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry.
The show attracts over 500 exhibitors from all over the world, covering every aspect of the leisure marine industry from boat builders, sail makers, chandlers and engine manufacturers to marine finance, clothing specialists and navigation equipment.
So whether you’re an expert or only just finding your sea legs, Southampton Boat Show is not to be missed. The show offers a fun-filled, action-packed day out for all. Stroll around the show’s spectacular marina, where you can see over 300 boats of all classes, shapes and sizes, and browse the very latest products and services from boats and fashion to electronic gadgets and equipment. Many exhibitors are happy for you to climb aboard their boats, so make the most of the opportunity to try before you buy. There will be special show prices, so make sure you grab a bargain!
Wallops Wood Cottages are only about 50 minutes away from the show. Why not stay in one of our lovely cottages and explore all that Southampton has to offer?
You could follow the well-preserved, third longest stretch of medieval town walling and step back in time to find out more about Southampton’s Old Town. Click here for the map.
Or maybe take a water tour on board the SS Shieldhall, the largest working steamship in Britain and a member of the National Historic Fleet.
Art lovers will enjoy a visit to the Southampton City Art Gallery, internationally renowned for its permanent collection, spanning eight centuries, which tell the story of western art from the Renaissance to the present day. The core of the collection is twentieth century and contemporary British art.
The gallery is located right next to the SeaCity Museum, which tells the story of the people of the city, their fascinating lives and historic connections with the RMS Titanic and the sea.
Or take the Titanic Trail, a 1 hour 15 minute walk around the memorials in the city dedicated to those who perished when the ship sank in 1912 and other points of interest. Click here for the map.
For a host of other things to see and do in Southampton, visit the Discover Southampton website.