Southampton Boat Show 2018

Southampton Boat Show 2018 – Celebrating 50 Years on the Water

This year the Southampton Boat Show 2018 will celebrate 50 years of boating festivities.  The show runs from Friday 14th September until Sunday 23rd September and, as usual, will be located at the Mayflower Park venue as it has been for the last 50 years.

Show Marina

So what’s to see this year?  Well one of Europe’s largest show marinas with 2km of pontoons, with space for more than 330 sailing and motor craft.  Step aboard beautiful sailing yachts and tall ships, or book a free “Try a Boat” experience.

The Hairy Bikers

Si King and Dave Myers, the Hairy Bikers, will be opening the show and then attending the show on 22nd September demonstrating their culinary skills.

Exhibitors

With around 700 exhibitors from the marine industry showing their wares over the 10 days, there is plenty to see in 3 purpose-built undercover halls, and outside stalls around the show site.

Discount Code

This year YachtingMonthly magazine are advertising a ticket offer of 2 standard any day tickets for £26, available until 13th September 2018.  The advanced purchase price of a standard any day ticket is normally £21 each.  Just use code YM26 when using the official Southampton Boat Show online ticketing facility.

How to Find the Show

The Southampton Boat Show 2018 is situated at Mayflower Park, Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 1AQ.  There is ample parking near the show if you are driving, but it can get very busy so arrive early.  Try and use the West Quay Multi Story Car Park, normally £5 for the whole day (check out Parkopedia).  Avoid the West Quay Podium Car Park (very expensive) and also any NCP car park as they tend to hike the price for the duration of the show.  Southampton Central Station is within 10 minutes walk of the show, as is the National Express Coach Station.

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London Boat Show 2018

London Boat Show 2018

The new look London Boat Show 2018 starts tomorrow, Wednesday 10th January and runs for 5 days until Sunday 14th January 2018.  Still over at the ExCel Centre in London’s Royal Victoria Dock the shorter 5 day show promises to be re-defined, re-imagined and a celebration of all things watery.  The venue address is:

ExCeL Centre
Royal Victoria Dock
1 Western Gateway
London
E16 1XL

Lots of the usual attractions still abound but of particular interest is the Legend Theatre.  A great timetable of legends young and old to talk about such things from solo circumnavigation to the shipping news.  I know I will be there to hear Alex Thompson talk about his Vendee Globe exploits.

For tickets visit the official website London Boat Show but do look out on social media, or search google as there does seem to be an awful lot of discount codes flying around this year, especially 2 for 1 offers.  Try YM15 or if you are a RYA member you should be eligible for a free ticket, visit their website.

 

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London Boat Show 2016

London Boat Show 2016 London ExCeL

The London Boat Show 2016 is about to sail into London’s ExCeL this week.  Starting on Friday 8th January (preview day) and running through until Sunday 17th January, the boat show aims to remind us of the longer warmer days just around the corner and what’s new in the marine industry today.  Visitors to the boat show this weekend (9th and 10th January) also have the added bonus of being allowed entry to the Telegraph Travel Show and the Telegraph Cruise Show included in their ticket.

Of particular interest to Downton Abbey fans will be a visit from Robert, Earl of Granthan himself.  Actor Hugh Bonneville who plays the Earl in the long running series will be opening the Sunseeker stand on Friday 8th January. He said: “I am really delighted to be joining Sunseeker to celebrate the opening of their stand at the London Boat Show; particularly with the momentous launch of its 131 Yacht.”  The 131 yacht is the largest ever Sunseeker vessel to make its debut at the London Boat Show.

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New to the London Boat Show 2016 is Mediterranean Bay, a purpose build pool which will be the focal point for instructional tuition with sailing schools.  On offer will be a variety of on water seminars looking at, amongst other things, boat handling, sail reefing and capsize drill.

Not to be missed by the traditionalists is SB Melissa.  Built in 1899 SB Melissa was a commercial sailing bardge operationg out of Essex.  In 1975 she was converted into a house boat, but has now been lovingly restored into the beautiful sailing bardge she once was.

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Tickets for the London Boat Show 2016 can be bought online from the official London Boat Show site.  At the time of going to press cheaper tickets are on sale for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, so you can bag a bargain.

 

All Wales Boat Show 2015

The All Wales Boat Show 2015

The All Wales Boat Show 2015 runs for 3 days from Friday 8th May until Sunday 10th May.  Located in Pwllheli on the picturesque Llŷn Peninsula the boat show will be one of the very first events to take place at Plas Heli, the newly constructed Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre.

The show,  in its fourth year, is a festival of celebration for  water-based activities.  At the All Wales Boat Show 2015 you will see a  range of exhibitors, show events and have-a-go activities for all the family to try.  So a great day out for all sailing enthusiasts, watersports-lover and visitors looking for a fantastic day.

What’s On at the All Wales Boat Show 2015

Bear Grylls Epic will bring a brand new fitness concept to the All Wales Boat show 2015. The Bear Grylls EPIC fitness sessions will be held on the beach throughout the course of the show.  These sessions are designed and inspired by adventurer Bear Grylls to change the way that you think about exercise. The BG Epic training sessions are suitable for all ages and fitness levels of visitor, and are held by fully qualified, experienced and insured fitness instructors.  So why not come along and try out this new and effective way to get fit on the stunning beach at Pwllheli.

Come along to see the Newfound Friends at the All Wales Boat Show 2015, and watch these talented rescue dogs in action.
Newfound Friends is a charitable organisation, founded with the aim of raising money for children’s charities using the wonderful skills of the Newfoundland dog.  They have raised millions of pounds for a wide range of charities since their start in 1989.  Newfoundland dogs are known for their incredible swimming skill, and have been used for hundred of years as sea rescue dogs.  Their strength and swimming agility makes them a sight to behold.  The Newfound Friends will be demonstrating in the inner harbour area on the following dates and times:
11.30am – 12.00pm on Friday 8 May
12.20pm – 12.50pm on Saturday 9 May
13.15pm – 13.45pm on Sunday 10 May

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Salon Nautique International De Paris

Salon Nautique International De Paris

Otherwise known as The Paris International Boat Show or Nautic Paris, The Salon Nautique International De Paris runs from 3rd to 11th December 2016.  This annual event is held at the Paris Expo, Porte De Versailles, the exhibition site situated on the South West outskirts of Paris.

All things pertaining to sailing can be found in Hall 1.  Yachts will be exhibited in the central aisle and of all the new models on show of particular interest will be the new Bénéteau Oceanis 38, with it’s inivitive modular interiors, and the much anticipated Dufour 310 GL (1), the first beachable Dufour. Also, and voted sailboat of the year by Voile Magazine, the Dehler 38 will be on show.

Don’t miss the Sailing Village and in particular The Nautic Spot.  Here visitors can try their hand at stand up paddleboards. The Nautic Spot also brings together new dinghies, windsurfers and kayaks as well as the big surfing brands and sport catamarans.

Skippers also abound at the Salon Nautique International De Paris.  Interviews with such adverturers as Route du Rhum winner Loïck Peyron  and Franck Cammas can be found on the website, so why not be inspired by their words and visit the show.

With over 240,00 visitors to the Salon Nautique International De Paris this promises to be a grand day out.  Why not take a few days and spend some time in Paris, a wonderful time of year to visit and if you stay in the centre of Paris, the Salon Nautique International De Paris is a short metro ride away.

Access to the Paris expo is located at the Porte de Versailles metro station which is on line 12 and also the location of a Tram stop on the T3a line.  Car parking is also available on site.  If you wish to drive the address for the sat nav is, 1 place de la Porte de Versailles 75015 Paris.

 

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Southampton Boat Show 2014

Southampton Boat Show 2014

The PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014 runs from Friday 12 September until Sunday 21st September.  As is usual it will  be gracing the Mayflower  Park/Town Quay area of Southampton.  For those of you finding your way with a SatNav,  SO15 1AG.

Many new attractions have been talked about to encourage more visitors this year. Last year saw over 100,000 visitors to the show.  Here are just some of the attractions on offer at the Southampton Boat Show 2014:

Challenge 72 Round the World Experience

Board the Global Challenge sailing yacht for an exciting trip around the Solent to experience what it is like to crew aboard a 72 foot racing yacht.  For 1 hour 30 minutes you can helm the boat, hoist the sails, or winch ’til your muscles pop.   It matters not if you are a novice or experienced sailor, great fun will be had under the guidance of the professional crew.

 Tall Ship Phoenix

This replica brig, which has appeared in many films, will be berthed at the Boat Show marina for photo opportunities.  It’s not clear but the literature does say it’s free to explore so fill your pirate boots.

Daily Tribute Concerts

Each day there will be live music in the form of a tribute act to entertain the crowds.  From 4:30 until 6:30 every afternoon you can listen to Frank Sinatra, George Michael, Michael Buble, The Beatles, Madonna and Elton John to name but a few.  The venue has not be given yet but I’m sure they shouldn’t be too hard to find if you listen carefully!

Southampton Boat Show 2014 Eye

A giant ferris wheel will lift visitors 100 feet into the air for spectacular views across Southampton Water.  Provided the weather is co-operating you should be able to see across to Hythe, over the city and maybe you may catch a glimpse of the Isle of Wight.  If this is the same wheel that was present at Cowes Week then it is definitely worth the £3 ride.

Ride on an ORC!

Hang on a minute I hear you cry, an ORC is a brutish mythical creature used by the villians in Tolkien’s fantasy writings. Well yes you are most correct, but there is another ORC and this one is slightly different but probably equally as scary! Ride on a Royal Marine Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC).  Free but needs to be booked through the Try a Boat desk.  I’m sure this will be a very popular activity, particularly on Ladies Day!

Old Favourites

Back by popular demand are the usual suspects.  Get Afloat for youngsters to try their hand at dinghy sailing and stand up paddleboarding.  By young I mean 8-16 year olds and it’s free on a first come first served basis.  The RYA are again running their popular Active Marina Experience for refreshing your sailing skills and picking up handy tips.  These workshops need to be booked too as spaces are limited.

For more information on Southampton Boat Show 2014 just visit the Boat Show Website.

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London Boat Show 2014

London Boat Show 2014 – 4-12 January

This years’ London Boat Show 2014 is earlier than usual starting on Saturday 4th and running until the 12th January at the ExCel Centre.

You can guarantee all the usual crowd will be exhibiting but with the added excitement that Sir Ben Ainslie will be attending along with his J P Morgan BAR AC45 catamaran which took part in the America’s Cup world series 12/13.

The catamaran will be in situ for the full 9 days of the show, Sir Ben will be on the J P Morgan stand (G120) on Wednesday 8th January and answering questions.  I know I for one shall be going to the boat show that day!

Also running during part of the London Boat Show 2014 is the Telegraph Cruise Show from the 10th to the 12th January.  This 3 day show will provide everything experienced and first-time cruisers need to learn about holidays on board a cruise ship.

For more information and to buy tickets visit London Boat Show 2014

Current London Boat Show Ticket Offers: Any Day £12 ticket use code ex12 on the London Boat Show site in the promotional code box don’t forget to click submit.  There is a £1.75 transaction charge when ordering on-line.  This is per transaction not per ticket.

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Southampton Boat Show 2013

Southampton Boat Show 2013, Starts 13 September running until 22 September

Southampton Boat Show 2013 will expect to draws crowds in excess of 100,000.  This year there are some new attractions to tempt the visitors.

 

Battle of the Classes Pursuit Race

This proved to be very popular at the London Boat Show at the beginning of the year.  This is a pursuit race format with boats chasing a lead boat and boats in front to gain ground.  The lead boat will try and stay ahead.  When the final gun goes off their positions will be established to see who has won.

If you would like to take part register your interest at www.YachtsandYachting.com/BattleoftheClasses. The event is free to enter, open to all monohull dinghies and limited to 100 boats with 2 from each class of boat. All participants will receive free tickets to enter the Southampton Boat Show. Competitors must be at least 8 years of age.

 

Watch and Learn Traditional Boatbuilding Techniques

Members of the Wooden Boatbuilders’ Trade Association will gather with a varied display of boats, showing different types of crafts and their different methods of construction.  Two small dinghies will also be in the demonstration area so visitors can see the differences in traditional and modern construction.  There will also be an area devoted to rigging and rope making.

Time table for Demonstrations:

All Day

General boat build in progress

one traditional build
one modern wood construction
Rigging demonstrations from wire to modern synthetic ropes
Do it yourself material selection tests – and prizes for best essay on materials for boat construction

Morning

Rope making (approx 12pm)

Afternoon

Rope making (approx 2pm)
Demonstration on modern glues and coatings (approx 3pm)
Making a typical clinker lap joint – participation by youngsters (approx 4pm)
Please Note
Specific demonstrations such as steam bending will be timetabled at the Show so see the board at the entrance to stand A099 near the main entrance

 

For more detailed information about the Southampton Boat Show 2013 visit PSP Southampton Boat Show

For local knowledge on how to get to the show, where to sleep, eat, park, please read our related article The Boat Show

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North Wales Boat Show

North Wales Boat Show or All Wales Boat Show

The North Wales Boat Show has been established since 2008 under the guise of the North Wales Festival at the Faenol Estate in Bangor.  For 2013 the show is under new management and has been relocated to Conwy so it is better located to attract more visitors from North Wales, the North West of England, Isle of Man, West Midlands and Ireland.  The boat show runs from 24th – 28th July 2013.

The North Wales Boat Show will span the River Conwy with two main sites, one in Conwy Marina and one in Deganwy Marina.  A fleet of water taxis will link the two.  Incorporated into the show this year is the Conwy River Festival which celebrates its 20th anniversary. The festival provides traditional racing and up to 70 on-the-water displays.

Exhibitors this year include Rodman, Chapparal, Fairline and Sunseeker.  Also joining the the show are rib manufacturers, marinas, wooden boat craftsmen and luxury car makers.

There are plenty of “have a go” opportunities for visitors, including the chance to try some sailing, kayking, diving and bath-tubbing!

For younger visitors, Challenge Wales, Wales’ tallest sail training ship will be at the North Wales Boat Show.  Challenge Wales want to raise awareness of their charity which encourages young people to get involved in sailing and crewing.  Challenge Wales director Vicky Williams said: “We haven’t had many people from North Wales sailing with us and that is one of the reasons for coming to the All Wales Boat Show.   We want to raise awareness of the charity, find new volunteers, and to let young people and youth groups know that we have a bursary fund for those who live in North Wales, which makes sail training accessible for them. Our bursary fund supports Welsh residents aged 12 – 25 years. We will also be running a competition to win a day sail for two on Challenge Wales and visitors to the boat can also book up for a future voyage, whether young people or adults.”

 

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The Boat Show

The Boat Show – Inside Local Knowledge

The Boat Show in question is the Southampton Boat Show.  The Boat Show is an annual event hosted by the vibrant port of Southampton in Hampshire, UK.  I live just 10 minutes from this wonderful city and would like to impart my local knowledge to the readers regarding the boat show, how to get to the Boat Show, where to stay, where to eat and the best places to park.

The Boat Show – Dates:

2014: 11 – 20  September 10:00 – 18:30

The Boat Show – Venue:

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The Boat Show incorporates 3 main areas, Mayflower Park, Herbert Walker Avenue, and West Quay Road.  Stairs and raised walkways carry visitors over the two roads and to each area of the Boat Show.  There is disabled access to each area if the stairs cannot be use.

Entrance to the show can be found in front of The Quays Swimming and Diving Complex.  For mapping purposes use –  SO15 1AJ this is the show entrance, but you cannot park here.  See below for details on where to park.

How to Get to the Boat Show

Train

Southampton Central is the nearest mainline railway station to the Boat Show.  It is approximately 1 mile from the station to the Boat Show, but it is an easy, flat walk through shopping areas.  Alternatively, there are usually plenty of taxis waiting outside the station if you would prefer not to walk.

Trains from Waterloo, Portsmouth and Weymouth have direct lines through to Southampton Central.  If you are travelling from the West you can change at Salisbury and any Northern routes can change at London Waterloo, Basingstoke or Reading.  When leaving the station leave by the South entrance and turn left towards the pedestrian crossing just after the footbridge.  Cross over and follow the path ahead which runs up the side of ToysRus. Head across the car park towards Furniture Village and then walk around FV to the left towards JD Sport and Decathlon.  Walk around to the left of Decathlon and then follow the path ahead, past the car park entrance, until you see the entrance of the show.

Park and Ride

Premier Marinas usually run a park and ride service from their Swanwick Marina.  You leave your car at the marina and they will take you by bus to the boat show.  Swanwick Marina is about 6 miles from the Boat Show which is approximately a 20 minute ride.  The drop off point is only a short distance from the boat show entrance.  This year they were offering a park and ride ticket which includes entrance to the show for a reduced rate.

Coach

There is a National Express Coach Station between 1/2 and 3/4 of a mile from the Boat Show entrance.  The station address is National Express, Harbour Parade, Southampton, SO51.  See the map below for the location of the coach station.

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Car

Southampton is easily accessible from both the M3 and M27.  The AA are very good at providing signage for the show and indeed their yellow signs are in place weeks before the event, so I won’t give you alternative directions for travel into the city, just head for junction 3 of the M27.

Parking

There are approximately 10,000 car parking spaces in Southampton but with approximately 100,000 visitors coming into the city to attend the Boat Show over the 10 days, some inside knowledge would be helpful.  If you can, try and park in one of the city council car parks.  Their prices are reasonable and they will not be increased during the duration of the show, unlike some of the privately owned car parks in the city.  All the city council car parks are open for 24 hour stays and most charges apply from Monday to Saturday 08:30 – 17:30 and Sundays 12noon to 17:30, however, there are some exceptions so please check.

The city council car parks nearest to the Boat Show are:

The Quays South; Albion Place; Castle Way; Bargate Stree; Harbour Parade; The Quays North.

Southampton City Council have details of other city council car parks.

The Podium car park is very close to the entrance.  This is privately owned but doesn’t raise it’s prices and I’ve parked here a few times.  Currently they are offering all day parking for just £5.  It is, however, the main car park for the shops in the West Quay Shopping Centre so it can get very busy.

AVOID, at all costs, the NCP car parks, they do raise their prices just for the 10 days of the Boat Show.

Parkopedia have a very good website detailing all the car parks and their charges.

Park and Ride

Premier Marinas operate a park and ride service from their Swanwick Marina.  Park your car at the marina, which is about 6 miles from the show, and they will coach you to Southampton.  The drop off point is a few hundred metres from the show entrance.  You can buy a ticket to park and it will include entrance to the show.  The coach ride will take approximately 20 minutes.

 Places to Stay

Living so close to Southampton I have not needed to stay overnight for the Boat Show.  However, along the West Quay Road in Southampton, just along from the Boat Show there are a great many hotels.  The best of all is the Devere Grand Harbour Hotel.  Within crawling distance of the Boat Show this is the place to stay if you have money to burn!  In the confines of the Boat Show there is the Holiday Inn, and further down West Quay Road there are numerous cheaper hotels such as Novotel, Etap and Ibis.  I know all the hotels near to the Boat Show get booked up very quickly so you need to book well in advance and you may see a price hike too.  You could consider staying a little out of Southampton in one of the surrounding towns.  Romsey is a lovely market town with Broadlands Estate, home to Lord Mountbatten.  There are a few hostalries  in the town namely The White Horse, Berties Restaurant, both in the centre, and The Dairy, or The Mortimer Arms Inn a little further out.

Places to Eat

There are plenty of food outlets inside the Boat Show, and if you are planning to spend all day at the show then this will be your easiest option.  Last year you could not come and go from the Boat Show.  Once you left  they did not allow to re-entry  The vast majority of the food outlet can be a little pricey, but do try and find the Mayflower Park Kiosk.  This is a small cafe that usually serves the visitors to the park, but when the Boat Show comes to town the cafe is swallowed up inside the show ground.  However, their prices remain reasonable and they do a roaring trade during the duration of the show. There is a small playground for young children too.  The cafe can be found over in the furthest section of the show ground.  When you come down the last set of stairs and onto the tarmac turn left and head between the Beneteau and Jeanneau stands towards the food outlet area, walk just a little further on and you will see the cafe tucked away on the left next to the playground.

The Boat Show is very close (2 minutes walk) to the West Quay Shopping Centre in Southampton, 90 stores over 3 floors and a food terrace on the 3rd floor.  So before or after visiting the show you will have plenty of restaurants to pick from.  West Quay is also near to the original town shops, so there is a wealth of eateries.  A cheap option would be the Ikea Restaurant.  You can’t miss the big blue and yellow building close to the Boat Show, and the restaurant is close to the main entrance so you don’t have to trapse around the store to reach it.  They have a fantastic view of Southampton Water and the Cinema!  My favourite is the John Lewis Cafe.  This is in the West Quay complex on the top floor and has a great view too, at least it did before Ikea popped up!  Kuti’s is a pan Asian Thai restaurant located at the Royal Thai Pier (sandwiched between the showground and the Red Funnel ferry terminal).  This is a very popular place to eat so booking in advance is recommended.  One last place to try would be Ocean Village.  A 15 minute walk from the showground.  If the weather is good you can sit out here overlooking the marina.  Admire the many boats and watch all the watery activities.

I hope you have found this article helpful, please re-post for others to share.  Related articles: Southampton Boat Show 2013 – What’s new this year, Southampton Boat Show 2014 

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