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Review : The London Boat Show at ExCel London – 8th to 17th January 2016


The London Boat Show returns to ExCel London from the 8th – 17th January 2016 and provides a showcase of all things marine. The popular annual show, is the first place to see the latest marine innovations, design and technology. The 2016 Show hosts the latest launches, products and marine brands, as well as offering a wide range of activities that will entertain the whole family .


One of the highlights of the show is the purpose-built Mediterranean Bay. The attraction is the focal point for formal instructional tuition with top sailing schools  playing host to a festival of watersports where visitors can get on the water and try the sport of water walking, plus you can test out the latest sit on top kayaks and get to grips with paddling.


The show will be celebrating the marine achievements of the 1960’s and allowing visitors to test their sailing skills without getting wet using The RS Sailing Simulator which is a real RS Tera fixed to a stand simulating the life-like motion of a boat. If you are interested about the latest marine developments, make way to the Show Theatre where  some of the world’s boating experts will be talking on topics ranging from technology and innovations.


To get a closer look at the boats , walk down the boardwalks dedicated to both motor and sail boats. Brands within the show include Viking Boats, Elan, Haines Marine, Jeanneau, Dehler Yachts, Moody Yachts, J Boats, Grand Soleil, Tofinou Yachts, Nautitech and  Bavaria .


All the excitement is not just inside, outside in the dockside, the  new 131 Yacht is berthed, plus, you’ll see some historic boats  including The Massey Shaw , a old fire boat , MT Kent and MT Touchstone are motor tugs, SB Melissa, a Thames sailing barge, plus the Spirit of Falmouth, a wooden gaff rigged tall ship.


There are plenty of food and drink options and Thursday Night is the first Boating Party of the New Year. Live music, fashion shows, celebrity  chefs, a Guinness Bar and parties  give a warm welcome to the New Year and a look forward to the boating season, the London Boat Show is open an extra 2 hours to enjoy the festivities.


The London Boat Show  offers plenty of interest to anyone interested in life on the water, almost all aspects of the nautical life are covered including boats large and small, equipment, clothing and holidays. There are plenty of attractions and events all throughout the show to keep you entertained.

An added bonus is that from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 January 2016, the North Hall, opposite the London Boat Show, will play host to The Telegraph Cruise and Telegraph Travel Shows. Access to all these shows, is granted with just one ticket, offering excellent value for money with entrance to three shows for the cost of just one.

Opening Times

Friday – Wednesday : 10:00 – 18:00

Thursday                    : 10:00 – 20:00

Final Fri to Sun         : 10:00 – 18:00

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or book tickets, visit the London Boat Show website here

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