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Layout change for Southampton Boat Show

Boat Show organisers British Marine have announced an updated layout for this year's boat show

The organisers of the Southampton International Boat Show have revealed a bold new layout ‘making the show bigger than ever before’. This will see the show spreading further northwards towards the city centre with, however, the loss of two of the usual outdoor exhibition areas. Following the Prime Minister’s recent roadmap announcement, British Marine, organisers of the Southampton International Boat Show, say that the show will return safely for its 52nd edition this September. The 10-day show is due to be held on the 10th-19th September and is set to have a new entrance and festival area outside Southampton’s Westquay shopping centre pictured. A new show area, described as a ‘Community Day and Festival Area’, will extend south past the old city walls and over into the main ‘centre piece’ Mayflower Park site with its purpose built marina, bypassing the previous entrance section north of West Quay Road and the previous Holiday Inn section. British Marine said ‘Once inside the show, visitors will be immersed in the world of boating and watersports through new zones that cater for specific interests to give a tailored show experience. The first zone will be for paddleboards, kite surfers, kayaks and windsurfers, accompanied by a stage, street food, music and a lively vibe to showcase the watersports lifestyle and simplicity of getting afloat. There will be a Dinghy Zone geared towards the interest of dinghy sailors and high-performance sailing. This will flow into a Classic Boat & Day Boat Zone aimed at celebrating the boats and craftsmanship that stands the test of time. Moving into Mayflower Park there will be hundreds of power and sail boats, equipment and services on show.’ Located usually in the previous shopping-orientated Holiday Inn section, Motorboat Owner and several clothing and marine-equipment-selling exhibitors will be moving, so regular visitors to the show will need to look out for updates and new stand numbers. Visit www.southamptonboatshow.com for information.

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