Discount code

Couples save £ 19 with our discount code


Britain’s biggest boat show will return to the south coast from September 10-19, 2021 with its largest and most sustainable edition yet

With additional land and a festival area, the 52nd Southampton International Boat Show will be literally bigger than ever.

Organizer British Marine is also committed to making it the most sustainable and environmentally friendly show to date.

After the show was abruptly canceled at the 11th hour last year due to the pandemic, this is a much anticipated event.

The 2021 edition will run from September 10 to 19, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.

All visitors to the Southampton Boat Show will be required to present a negative side flow test result (this can be displayed on the NHS app, by email or by text) upon arrival at the gate.

Any visitor who does not present a negative result on the lateral flow test when required will not be allowed to enter the lounge.

All details can be found here

British Marine has partnered with Southampton City Council to secure a new entrance and festival area outside the West Quay shopping center.


The show, which typically attracts 100,000 people over 10 days, will see visitors pass through dedicated areas.

These include areas for water sports; canoes; classic and day boats, leading to Mayflower Park where a specially designed marina will showcase hundreds of motor and sail boats, equipment and services.


Events on the water will include live demonstrations and commentary

Visitors can get afloat on dinghies, kayaks and paddleboards, through Try-A-Boat sessions on rigid inflatable boats, powerboats and yachts, and the fully accessible motorboat specially adapted Wet wheels for people in wheelchairs.

For a “small supplement”, spectators can enjoy sailing trips on:

  • the tall square-rigged sailboat Morgenster
  • the boat Pretty breeze
  • and passenger cruiser Island scene.

Reservations for Get-A-Float, Try-A-Boat and boat tours can be made in the central area of ​​Festival Green.

It’s the perfect place for family fun, with music playing throughout the day and into the early evening.

Other attractions at the show will include on-water demonstrations with live commentary and guest speakers.

Southampton International Boat Show on Waterfalls

Flyboarder James Prestwood, “the man who can fly without wings” will perform his stunts.

“One of my favorite tricks is when I’m flying 60 feet high, waving to a crowd, and then falling backwards in a drop flop,” says James.

“There’s always a good reaction from the crowd – you can literally hear them gasping. “

Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine, said: “We are excited about the changes that will make it different from any other Southampton show.

“Our outdoor setting, with Europe’s largest temporary marina capable of accommodating over 300 boats, and a new show layout that connects the waterfront to the historic Southampton city walls and center Westquay Commercial, has allowed us to push the boundaries this year, with a myriad of incredibly exciting features for all ages. ‘

The Hunter Association will be one of the owners association exhibitors and welcome visitors aboard a Hunter Channel 31.



To rejoin Monthly yachting team at booth E001 to participate in our reader survey and discuss.

We will announce the winner of YM’s Brian Black Memorial Award, sponsored by marine electronics company B&G, for the best sailing adventure with an environmental twist at B&G booth J372.


Use the discount code YM21 receive two adult ‘Any One Day’ tickets for £ 34, rather than the full price of £ 26.50 per ticket.

Concessions, hospitality and other ticket deals can be found on the show’s website.

Continued below …

Eco sailing - dolphin watching

Is it easy to go ecological sailing? We’re looking at steps cruisers can take to minimize their …

Southampton Boat Show.  Boats 2020 will be held on the same site in September 2020

British Marine announced the cancellation of Boats 2020, less than 24 hours before the start of the show.

A wooden boat that paves the way for modern technology and sustainability sounds too good to be true. Théo Stocker …

A teak deck on a Faurby yacht

Teak is loved by boat owners and shipyards for building bridges and yachts, but everyone claims it is durable …


British Marine is committed to making the 2021 edition the most sustainable and environmentally friendly in its 52-year history.

Visitors will be able to purchase products made from recycled and recyclable materials, and learn about the latest technological advances designed to protect the environment.

Specific advice and guidance will be available at the Green Blue booth – a joint initiative between British Marine and RYA, which showcases sustainable and environmentally friendly products and services through its Green Blue Business Directory.

Lesley Robinson said: “This show is full of sustainable products and services and helps protect the environment we love,” including:

  • Rope maker Marlow, who makes their Blue Ocean Dockline from 100% recycled plastic bottles.
  • Henri-Lloyd’s new MAV Mid Hoody made from 17 recycled 1.5L PET bottles.
  • Halyard’s Wave filters that prevent oil or other pollutants from being inadvertently pumped overboard.
  • Micfil Ultra Fine filters, which ensure cleaner fuel and oil, reducing emissions.
  • Ecoworks Marie natural disinfectants for hands and surfaces.


Exhibitors at the show must subscribe to a commitment which includes:

  • no single-use plastic water bottles at stands, points of sale or organized events
  • to appoint a sustainable development champion on their stand to oversee waste management and recycling at the show
  • to only offer sustainable and recyclable promotional goodies
  • and to use only compostable, recyclable or reusable cups, plates and cutlery.

“These mandatory requirements for 2021 are in addition to the actions implemented at the last fair in 2019, which has already seen the ban of all plastic straws, a reduced use of single-use plastic for all preparations and related operations at the show, encouraging the use of e-tickets and QR codes, and using only recycled paper if printed materials are needed, ”adds Lesley.

“We are proud that during the 2019 show, more than 7.5 tonnes of waste was diverted from landfill thanks to the actions of the exhibitors.”

Mike Golding

Mike Golding

For exhibitors who go the extra mile, it is also possible to participate in the Show Exhibitor Sustainability Award.

Green Blue Ambassador Mike Golding will present the award on Press Day (September 10).

Entries must be sent to British Marine by 10 August, highlighting the actions carried out at the show and within the organization.

RS Sailing and Spirit Yachts were co-winners of the inaugural awards in 2019.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.