Do visitors need to be vaccinated to attend the show?

To gain entry to the show this year, all visitors will be required to provide evidence of a negative NHS lateral flow test (LFT) taken within the 48 hours prior to arrival at the show. This applies to all visitors, regardless of vaccination and immunity status. Please note that these restrictions are subject to change pending the latest government guidance. For further information, please click here

Do I need to wear a face mask at the show?

Visitors will be encouraged to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces during their visit. Please note that these restrictions are subject to change pending the latest government guidance. For further information, please click here

Are my tickets for 2020 valid for this year?

2020 ticket holders have been contacted via e-mail with details on how to transfer their tickets over to 2021. If you haven’t received this e-mail, please contact

What are the opening times for the show? 

The gates will be open from 9:30am for access into the Watersports, Dinghy and Classic & Day Boat Zones. The bridge to Mayflower Park will be open from 10am every day. Opening times can be found here. 

How do I get to the Show? 

There are several ways to get to Southampton, see the Travel Information page to find the best method for you. 

Is there somewhere I can leave my luggage? 

Unfortunately, there are no facilities to leave luggage, we apologise for any inconvenience. 

Can I return back into the show on the same day if I go out? 

Due to ticket handling, there is a no return policy for the Southampton International Boat Show. 

Can I bring my dog to the show?

Yes, dogs are permitted entry to the show, though limited facilities will be available onsite. During busy periods, access to the marina, Ocean Hall and catering areas may be restricted. Please note that dogs are not permitted in the Hospitality Lounge.

What shoes should I wear?

You can wear any shoes you would like, but we recommend comfortable shoes (deck shoes if you have them are ideal). 

Do children go free to the show?

Yes, children aged 15 and under are allowed to attend for free. A maximum of two children can be admitted free of charge with each adult ticket holder.

Can I book any of the ‘Have a go’ activities in advance?

All of our ‘Have a go’ activities work on a first come first served basis, so booking in advance in not available. Please ensure you get to the Show early to avoid disappointment. All on water activities are subject to availability on the day and appropriate weather conditions. 

Can you pre-book car parking?

Car parking cannot be pre-booked through us, to find out prices and options available please take a look here

 Is there Park and Ride?

We no longer operate Park and Ride, however there is plenty of parking located close to the show. Please take a look at our  Travel Information for more parking information. 

Is there disabled access at the show? 

Yes, to find out more information take a look at the Accessibility page here

Is there disabled parking? 

Yes, there are a number of parking spaces available in all City Council surface car parks for visitors displaying a valid blue badge (disabled parking). Find out more by taking a look at the Accessibility page. If you cannot find the answer to your question on the page, please contact us. 

I require a carer to be with me during my visit. Do they need to pay for a ticket as well?

No – please contact Seetickets Customer Services here – they will be able to add a Carers ticket to your order. Please note, you will need an existing order to be able to add a Carers ticket.

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