The UK’s largest watersports festival at your doorstep

We’re celebrating life in and around the water and it’s the perfect day out for the entire family – with fun activities on the water and on land, a Tall Ship to explore, breathtaking water stunts, and a relaxed drink for those who just want to chill, enjoy live music and soak in the atmosphere. Be inspired, do what you enjoy and have a fantastic day out – and best of all, it’s great value with most attractions being included in your ticket! Local residents, within the SO14 to SO19 postcodes, benefit from a special offer, including FREE entry for two children under 15 per adult ticket and Senior Citizens (adults aged 66+) go FREE as well.


Get out on the water – all you need is your entry ticket!

The show offers many exciting opportunities for all ages to explore watersports: Grab a paddleboard, kayak, dinghy or SUP at Get Afloat and give it a go under the guidance of our fun instructors, or feel the sea spray during trips across the Solent with one of Try A Boat’s high-speed RIB, motor yacht or cruise experiences. For a more sedate trip, join fellow passengers aboard the or, if you’d like to try your hand at diving, head to Try A Dive. Children go back in time when exploring the 1919 square-rigged Tall Ship Morgenster. The show has a water experience for everyone.


Sit by the water, relax and enjoy the atmosphere

When it’s time to relax, grab a chair in the Quarterdeck Bar & Restaurant and enjoy grandstand-style viewing of awe-inspiring, action-packed water stunts at the On The Water stage – be that Flyboarder James Prestwood lifting off or multi-world champion stuntmen performing freestyle jet ski acrobatics. If you’re a fan of artisan street food and live music, head to the Festival Green, one of 5 exciting new zones this year. For those who fancy top class restaurant cuisine, a visit to Kutis Indian Brasserie in the historic and majestic Royal Pier is a must.

The show offers a great experience like no other in Southampton, at just £14 per adult ticket.

The Great Southampton Boat Race

Are you keen for an opportunity to show off your craft skills, creativity, and passion for boating? British Marine invites local teams and exhibitors to participate in The second Great Southampton Boat Race. Build your own boat from cardboard, show it off and – for the grand finale on Community Day – and measure your homebuilt creation against others in our boat race. Register here or click the flyer to find out more!



SPECIAL ticket offer for locals

Take advantage of our reduced entry ticket price for local residents, making this exceptional family day out even more affordable.

On Community Day, 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. Click here to book your tickets and view upgrade options.

If you’re a SO Card holder and are a resident of postcodes SO14 to SO19 then you can also access the show on either the 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th or 19th September and pay just £14 per adult. Over 66-year old’s who are a resident of postcodes SO14 to SO19 and have a SO Card get in FREE. Two children under 15 years get in FREE per adult ticket.

You can download your So Card here. Your SO Card and proof of your address will need to be shown when purchasing your ticket at the gate.

*Proof required at entrance.

Get your Community Day ticket!

We are keeping you safe

The health, safety and security of visitors is the number one priority during the show. A larger footprint at the show and COVID-19 safety measures approved by our local authority, mean that you can enjoy your time at the show safely and with minimal restrictions.

Supporting our community and the environment

British Marine, the organiser of Southampton International Boat Show, has pledged to make the 2021 edition the most sustainable and environmentally friendly in its 52-year history. As part of our promise, we work closely with the charities The Ocean Youth Trust and Planet Patrol at the event, as well as supporting Southampton City Council in their work with Parent Support Link.

Schools & Careers Day: Your career in the marine industry

For anyone fascinated by the prospect of a career in the marine industry, visit us on Wednesday 15th September, for our Schools & Careers Day featuring a special programme of talks and Q&A session with industry experts. For our young visitors, we also have ‘Tales of Sea’ on board the Tall Ship Morgenster.

Get after the show

Just on Community Day: Having been inspired by the multitude of activities at the show, the area, located at the Quarterdeck Bar & Restaurant, is where residents can find out about the local watersports providers in and around the city. 

Download the GO Southampton card

If you’re a local resident, then download the SO card here to benefit from a reduced adult ticket price and discounts across the city.