The UK’s premier nautical event, the Southampton Boat Show, returns this September 15-24.

Back for its 49th year, Britain’s biggest festival of boating is set to be the best yet with a host of family-friendly attractions alongside live music and thrilling entertainment including:


• A brand new experience for 2017, the show will have its very own show passenger boat. Daily, hundreds of visitors will be able to climb aboard and enjoy a boat trip in the Solent, taking in the impressive view of the show from a new perspective and enjoying just being out on the water
• For the first time, the Paddle River Experience will take pride of place in Solent Park. With a 60 metre waterway circuit and attractive lush greenery, this new attraction will transport visitors to a woodland stream and offer those of all ages and ability the chance to start their canoeing or paddleboarding adventure
• New for 2017, children and adults will be able to go bell boating at the show. A twin hulled open canoe seating up to 12 people, bell boats offer fun for all, family and friends.
• The Adventure River Canoe Ride, located in the show’s arena, will offer the youngest show visitors to try their hand at canoeing on its winding river
• The ultimate motorised boating experience for children aged 3-13 years, located in Solent Park, will allow the youngest generation the opportunity to master the art of steering whilst having fun with the onboard water cannon
• The hugely popular free ‘Try-a-Boat’ sessions from On The Water will allow visitors to experience the thrill of being out on the water in a selection of vessels
• Plus, On The Water’s ‘Get Afloat’ will offer children aged 8-16 years the chance to discover dinghy sailing and Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), all free.
• Premium experiences will also be available, with the return of the Global Challenge Sailing Experience, offering visitors an exhilarating adventure sailing onboard a 72ft Ocean Race Yacht as part of a 12 strong crew, and the VIP Platinum Experience which includes a cruise on a luxury motor yacht


This boat name comes from the Charles Dicken;s charter

Boat insurance company MS Amlin is asking people to submit their stories and photographs about boat names for a chance to win tickets to the Southampton Boat Show

Rustler 42

Rustler Yachts Charter will allow guests to sail a hand built Rustler 42, either bare-boat or with a skipper. The yacht will be available for charter from April 2017.

Clipper Marine is announced the official Bavaria dealer in Spain

Clipper Marine has become the official Bavaria dealer for Spain. The announcement was made by the company at the Southampton Boat Show 2016.