SIBS offers locals discounted tickets on new ‘Community Day’

This year, the Southampton International Boat Show (SIBS) is offering a discount to local residents, encouraging them to attend the new ‘Community Day’ on Sunday 19 September, .

Tickets for the Community Day will be offered at a reduced rate for anyone living in postcode areas SO14 to SO19, with entry costing £14 per adult and free admission for children under 15 and senior citizens on 19 September. 

Show organiser, British Marine, says it would like to see an increase in local residents attending and having a go at the watersports activities taking place during the show. 

“Southampton, a waterfront city, has unique links to the sea,” says British Marine’s Hampshire ambassador Richard W. Roberts. “However, many city residents never get the chance to go on the water themselves.

“This year, thanks to a newly introduced Community Day, we are able to give even more people the chance to get on the water from all walks of life, from in and around the city.”

On the day, local teams and exhibitors are also invited to take part in the Great Southampton Boat Race, which will see participants taking to the water in their own eco-friendly cardboard boat. The race will begin at 1pm.

“We want to encourage everyone from the local community to feel welcome and come in and see what fun and exciting opportunities there are – whether you’re in, on or near the water,” continues Roberts.

“There’s so much to see and do, for all the family, no matter what your age or ability. Activities range from cruising on the Solent to having a go at windsurfing, diving, paddleboarding and kayaking. Visitors can go out sailing on a variety of boats from dinghies to yachts, enjoy the thrill of powerboating and racing on a RIB, or choose to be part of the crew on the impressive and historic Morgenster Tall Ship.”

There are five new zones this year as well as the usual attractions such as celebrity appearances, model boat racing, stunts and tricks from Flyboarder James Prestwood and inspiring talks from famous Olympians, sailors, and environmentalists. 

Councillor Daniel Fitzhenry, leader of Southampton City Council says, “After the last 15 months, it’s time to go out again and enjoy the activities we love doing. Community Day at Southampton International Boat Show is a great opportunity for families to be active together and try different ways to get on the water without travelling far afield. The new show layout gives the event a larger footprint and we are delighted to have the show back in our city this year, ensuring attendants can enjoy the water safely and with minimal covid restrictions we can get Southampton moving and recover from the pandemic.”

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