Save money on tickets for the 50th edition of the Southampton Boat Show in September

11 July

Yachting Monthly has partnered with British Marine to give readers cheaper tickets for the 2018 Southampton Boat Show.

Until 23:59 on 31 August 2018, use the code YM26 to buy two standard any day tickets for £26, a saving of £8 on the show’s early bird offer. Gate prices during the event are £22.

As in previous shows, two children under the age of 15 go free with each adult.

This year, the show will focus on the environmental challenges facing the marine world, with organisers British Marine pledging to cut the amount of onsite plastic during the 10-day event.

Apart from water bottles and cups, there will be no single use plastic available from any of the catering concessions or bars. All fish served on site will be sustainable.

There will also be talks from scientific and wildlife experts and on and off the water attractions from the Southampton-based National Oceanography Centre.

The layout of the show has changed for 2018, due to an 8% decrease in space at Solent Park, although the number of brands exhibiting has increased.

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There will be less static attraction areas and a focus on mobile features, activities and one-off events.

The marina is slightly bigger this year, accommodating 32% sail boats and 68% motor boats.

The new 9.2m yawl sailing yacht, Spirit DH63, will be making her world debut at the show.

Unlike previous years, all of the bridges onto the pontoons will provide on/off access.

Visitors also have plenty of opportunities to get on the water, with Try a Boat and Get afloat as well as a canoe obstacle course.

Visit the Southampton Boat Show website at for tickets and details of the terms and conditions of the offers.

The Southampton Boat Show runs from 14-23 September

22 May

Environmental challenges facing the marine world will be the focus of this year’s Southampton Boat Show in September, as it celebrates its 50th year.

Organisers, British Marine will be hosting scientific and wildlife experts as well as on and off the water attractions from the Southampton-based National Oceanography Centre, and technical innovations to tackle pollution.

British Marine is also pledging to cut the amount of onsite plastics at the 10-day show.

Boats moored at pontoons at the Southampton Boat Show, Mayflower Park

The Southampton Boat Show will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018

‘Whether tempted to dip your toe in for the first time, an aspiring sailor or seasoned boater, the Show offers a fantastic social experience and the perfect opportunity to indulge a passion for the water,’ said a spokesman for the organisers.

There will also be an array of watersports and boating activities – from an indulgent cruise onboard a top-of-the-range luxury motor yacht to an exhilarating sail aboard a 72ft round the world Ocean Race Yacht as part of a 12 strong team.


The focus on the show comes following British Marine’s announcement last week it was cancelling the 2019 London Boat Show.

It said a large number of  large number of key exhibitors were not prepared to commit to exhibiting to a five day Show at ExCeL London in January 2019, and that visitor satisfaction with the show was ‘below acceptable industry standards’.

Tickets for the Southampton Boat Show go on sale soon, with two children under the age of 15 going free with each adult.

It will run from 14-23 September