What are the opening times for the show? 

The show will be open from 10am until 6PM every day except Sunday 26th when the show will close at 5pm to allow boats to depart. 

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, well-behaved 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 Quayside Club 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 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 near 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 – you can add a Carers ticket to your order for free by contacting  [email protected]

Please note that the carer must be over 14 years of age and capable of assisting the guest who has the disability. The carer is expected to understand the disabled person’s condition and assist them in managing it for the duration of the visit.

Why have you decided to close the show entirely on the 19th September – it isn’t compulsory to do so?

Following consultation with our exhibitors, exhibitor advisory board and the British Marine board, the decision was made to close the show on Monday 19 September as a mark of respect for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and join the nation on a day of national mourning.

 Visitors who have purchased tickets to attend the show on Monday 19 September will now be able to attend another day of the show.

Visitors with queries regarding their ticket should contact [email protected]