September always brings a smile to many a boat lover with the Southampton Boat show. From the moment the yellow signs are erected on the M27 and M3 directing into Mayflower Park it’s the end to summer marked off with a bang.
As the Town Quay area of the city grinds to a halt and Mayflower Park transforms into a millionaires arena it has never been so accessible to those who are not so ‘well off’. Each year sees some of the most technically advanced boats, micro ships even, with personal highlights including a Sunseeker on the roundabout just outside the park. Multi-million Pound vessels are perched on highly creative stands, tall ships moored for a glimpse of days gone by and not forgetting the unique entertainment. But don’t just take our word for it – these are the top five must do’s at the boat show this year.
Un-arguably the world’s best aerobatic display that has had its share of knocks over the past few years for being a bit ‘same old’. If you have not caught a display in their new livery the boat show is the place to capture this unique flying squad that always never fails to thrill all ages.
Every good festival or event needs one of these. On a smaller scale to the London Eye you will be taken over 100ft in the air for a panoramic view of Southampton, the show and her beautiful surroundings. For £3 a go it’s a fly way to see the city.
3) Get On The Water
Here is a chance for 8-16 year olds to discover the excitement of dinghy sailing and Stand up Paddleboarding with Get Afloat, a tailor made attraction for younger visitors. With the support of team Rockley activity will last about an hour and is an awesome opportunity to have a go at sailing and stand up paddle boarding for FREE. It’s first come and first served so get to the Show early.
Each free, 90-minute session** is supervised by the qualified instructors aboard sailing dinghies at the very heart of the Show. An instructor will provide you with a lifejacket, suitable clothing and a short safety demonstration.
Please note that there is limited availability and each session is weather dependent.
4) The Aquarium
At some point in your life you have visited an aquarium no doubt. The boat show offers a ‘twist’ to the tradition highlighting the need to protect our oceans. The University of Southampton’s Ocean and Earth Science department based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton leads global research exploration of our oceans and studies how they affect our everyday lives. The aquarium is new for 2015 and FREE!
5) Canoe Rides
Take to the river and have some fun with another new addition to the boat show for 2015. Situated at stand A133 the kids will have fun making their way through this tiny torrent. Sadly adults are not allowed and the kids may get wet.