What not to miss at this year’s Southampton Boat Show
Britain’s biggest boating festival – the world famous Southampton Boat Show – offers visitors a bewildering array of things to see and do, so we’ve picked out some ‘must-dos’ to help you max out the fun during your visit.
Don’t forget to bring your wallet - you can buy anything from a kayak or stand up paddleboard for around £300, to a multi million pound luxury yacht from Princess, Sunseeker, and co.
The show runs from 11 to 20th September at Mayflower Park’s purpose built marina where over 2km of pontoons will be groaning with boats you’d love to own.
This is the place to check out over 100 boat debuts from all the top boat brands – find out more here.
Head to the show’s very own Aquarium
It’s been developed in association with the University of Southampton, and features tanks and rock pools, filled with creatures from the local waters. You can also explore a dark-room, showcasing the fascinating world of corals and anemones.
Get your kids canoeing
As part of the child friendly Get Afloat! feature at the show, which is targeted at 8-16 year olds, you’ll find the Adventure River Canoe Ride. Little adventurers can climb aboard their own canoe and paddle down the watery winding river.
See this attraction at the Show on stand number A133.
Go VIP with Sunseeker
The show organisers have this year partnered with Sunseeker Charters to take the Show’s Platinum Experience to the next level of luxury. If you fancy a taste of luxury, sign up to this exclusive experience which includes round-the-clock VIP hospitality in the customised Sunseeker Platinum Lounge.The high point is a one hour ride onboard a Sunseeker Predator 57 delivering the iconic Sunseeker ‘wind in the hair’ performance.
Try a Suzuki RIB for Free
For a free blast out on the water at the Show, Suzuki will be running the exhilarating Suzuki RIB Experience. The trips offer a fantastic chance to get out on the water in a 7.8m RIB powered by a flagship Suzuki outboard engine. Visitors simply need to go to the Suzuki stand E056 where the staff will get you out on the next available trip completely free of charge.
Learn about the RAF’s J109 yacht
Also the Show will welcome the J109 yacht, Red Arrow, and its crew. Owned and operated by the Royal Air Force Sailing Association (RAFSA), this 35ft yacht has seen serving members of the RAF compete in world-famous sailing events, including the Warsash Series and JP Morgan Round the Island Race. RAFSA is a charitable organisation, funded from donations, member subscriptions and the RAF Sports Board in order to promote sailing within the RAF
Watch the Red Arrows roar by
In a first for the show, the Red Arrows will be performing their show-stopping aerobatic display on Saturday 12 September at the Southampton Boat Show.
Wetwheels – accessible powerboat rides
People with disabilities will be taking to Southampton Water at the Show on a fully accessible powerboat. Wetwheels is part of the ‘Try a Boat’ section of the show, and offers free trips, running all day everyday.
This will allow disabled and disadvantaged people of all ages and their friends, the opportunity to take control of their own specially adapted powerboat.
Ride the big wheel
At Southampton Boat Show 2014 year a 30 metre high big wheel was installed as a show first. It was a massive hit and so ‘the Honda Boat Show Eye’ is back again this year, offering the best seats for viewing the whole impressive expanse of the show.
Murray Ellis, British Marine Boat Shows’ Managing Director, says this year's Southampton Boat Show provides more free opportunities than ever before for visitors to get out on the water. "Whether dinghy sailing, trying out a yacht, power boating or taking a ride on a RIB, we want to get all the family active and exploring the world of boating and watersports at the Show."
All the information you need is on the Southampton Boat Show website.
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