BOATS2020 presented by Southampton International Boat Show Ltd is the UK boat show event taking place this year. This follows the postponement of Southampton International Boat Show to September 2021.

Visitors can expect a fantastic line up of over 90 boats and 60 landside exhibitors, bringing the very latest marine products and equipment. This event is ideal for serious boat buyers and enthusiasts, with all the COVID-19 secure measures one would expect.

What’s the difference between BOATS2020 and Southampton International Boat Show?

​BOATS2020 will be different to the Southampton International Boat Show that we all know and love. Annually Southampton International Boat Show attracts an attendance of over 100,000, with over 430 exhibitors. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an event of this size and format is simply not possible this year.

As such, we have taken considerable measures to ensure your safety, these include reducing overall footfall and the removal of all social attractions, activities and features, including busy bars, restaurants and opportunity to get afloat. This event is therefore ideal for serious boat buyers and enthusiasts.

What COVID-19 safety measures have you got in place?

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, British Marine has worked in close collaboration with Southampton City Council to stage the event and has secured the required license issued to ensure that the show meets all COVID-19 safety requirements. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have also confirmed that the event plans fall within current Government guidance.

British Marine has worked hard to ensure that everyone can enjoy an exciting show in a safe and happy environment. A detailed set of enhanced COVID secure measures have been developed and put in place to provide the highest levels of hygiene and safety. Read more about the measures here.

Will BOATS2020 have all the attractions you’d usually see at Southampton International Boat Show?

Restrictions this year mean that there won’t be the same attractions. We have taken considerable measures to ensure your safety, these include reducing overall footfall and the removal of all social attractions, activities and features, including busy bars, restaurants and opportunity to get afloat. This event is therefore ideal for serious boat buyers and enthusiasts to spend quality time viewing boats, something that many of us have not had the chance to do this year!

Will there be all the bars and restaurants you usually see at Southampton International Boat Show?

Unfortunately not. There will be food and drink available on-site in large catering areas. These will be marked out adhering to social distancing regulations.

Do children get in free to BOATS2020 presented by Southampton International Boat Show Ltd?
Unfortunately not. Due to the nature of the event, we are unable to offer any free tickets to children. All visitors to BOATS2020 presented by Southampton International Boat Show Ltd will be required to have a valid ticket.

Are British Marine members entitled to any complimentary tickets as part of their membership package?

Unfortunately not. Due to the nature of the event and its limited capacity, we are unable to offer all members an allocation of complimentary tickets.

Why do you need to collect data for every ticket holder?
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the UK government requires all event organisers to collect data from its visitors, including their name, telephone number, and time of entry. If there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in the area in which the event takes place, the government may request us to share details of our visitors with the NHS Test & Trace system to ensure that the spread of the virus can be contained and minimised. Any visitor who does not wish for their data to be shared with NHS Test & Trace is kindly asked to not attend the event.

If I show any symptoms of COVID-19 before the event, what should I do?
Any visitor who displays symptoms of COVID-19 before they travel to the event should not travel and follow the most recent government guidelines.

If I show any symptoms of COVID-19 when I arrive at the event, what should I do?
All visitors are required to undergo a temperature check before they are permitted entry to the event. Any visitor displaying a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or above will be asked to isolate for 15 minutes and will then be permitted to retake the temperature check. All visitors are permitted two attempts at the temperature check. Any visitor that fails two checks will be refused entry to the event.

If I show any symptoms of COVID-19 during the event, what should I do?
If you show any symptoms of COVID-19 whilst you are on-site at the event, you should alert the event organisers Immediately via the Boat Show Medical Centre. Our Medical Staff will assess you and send you home with specific instructions.

I am looking for a press pass, where can I register for one?
All press enquiries should be sent to pr@britishmarine.co.uk, including accreditation requests.

I have lost my ticket confirmation e-mail, what should I do?
Any queries regarding lost tickets should be sent to Seetickets Customer Service via https://boats2020.seetickets.com/customerservice 

I am disabled and require my carer to be present with me at all times. Do they need to pay for a ticket as well?
No. Please contact tickets@britishmarine.co.uk to arrange a carers ticket, free of charge.

Can I bring my dog?
No animals are permitted entry to the Show, except for guide dogs.

Are you hosting any schools, college’s or university’s as part of careers & education week?
Unfortunately we are unable to host any educational visits to BOATS2020.

Couldn’t find an answer to your question?

If you have a specific question about visiting BOATS2020 that has not been answered above, you can always contact the team. We aim to have a response within 24hrs.