Southampton Maritime Festival

Children awarded prizes for maritime-themed art

Group winners


A prize giving event has been held at the Mayor’s Parlour to honour nine talented winners who created art for the Southampton Maritime Festivals art competition.

Earlier this summer dozens of local schools, clubs and groups got arty and entered our competition for the chance to see their art displayed in front of thousands of people at the Southampton Maritime Festival.

The event and art competition was sponsored by the ABP Port of Southampton, the UK’s leading port operator. As well as welcoming the community into the docks, ABP hopes to embed the winning work into a special display in the port so that people can see the talent of the children of Hampshire. Nick Ridehalgh, ABP Southampton director said;

“We were very impressed with the entries in this year’s competition and are delighted to display them at the port to the thousands of workers and cruise passenger who pass through every day. Many congratulations to the overall winners, who have bright futures ahead of them I have no doubt.”

From many talented entries, nine winners were hand-picked by the Mayor of Southampton and representatives from the port of Southampton to receive awards. On the 26thNovember, the Sheriff of Southampton, Councillor Linda Norris, welcomed the winning children to the Mayor’s parlour where they were presented with special awards for inspiration.

Congratulations goes to all our talented winners:

  • 6 and under category: 1st Lacey Sillence, 2nd Bradley Hawton, 3rd Beatriz Reis Castro.
  • Age 7 category: 1st Sean Clarke, 2nd Ashton Cole, 3rd Grace Naismith
  • Age 8-9 category: 1st Mia Groom, 2nd Grace Breen, 3rd Jack Davis

Garry Momber, representative of the Southampton Heritage Federation and director of the Maritime Archaeology Trust, said:  

“We are looking forward to seeing all of these amazing images displayed in the Southampton Port for everyone to see. You are a true credit to the Southampton community. Well done!”





Gallery 2014

Gallery 2014

Walks and Talks

Talk Stage programme

Our programme of FREE talks take place on the Festival talk stage, inside the Ocean Cruise Terminal. 

Friday 22nd August
10.00 - 12.00 - The Arch-Manche project contributing to EU coastal zone management
12.30 - The Flying Enterprise and the tug Turmoil - John Avery
13.30 - The SS Shieldhall story - Nigel Philpott
14.00 - Nigel Smith: The history of Trafalgar Dock
14.30 - Social Maritime History of River Itchen - Anne McGillivray 
15.00 - Discovering the changing solent through art and archaeology - Lauren Tilbury
15.30 - Changing lives through sailing - Jubilee Sailing Trust
16.00 - The Solent’s lost landscapes - The Maritime Archaeology Trust
16.30 - Forgotten shipwrecks of the First World War

Saturday 23rd August
12.00 The Thetis Widows - John Avery:
12.30 The steam tug Challenge - Jerry Lewis
14.00 Social Maritime History of River Itchen - Anne MacGulliver
14.30 The history of Southampton’s Trams - Nigel Smith
15.00 Forgotten Shipwrecks of the First World War - Steven Fisher
15.30 -16:30 The history of Red Funnel Group

Titanic trail walks

Southampton Tourist GuidesStart from the Southampton Tourist Guides stand, (downstairs inside OCEAN terminal) and take a walk back in time with your guide, to discover sites and stories associated with the Titanic.

  • See where some of the First Class passengers stayed the night before sailing

  • Stop outside the pub where several of the crew were drinking the morning of the sailing and find out if they made it on board

  • Stand on the steps of the White Star Offices and imagine yourselves waiting to hear news of whether your loved one had lived or died

  • This and much more will be revealed

Cost of the walks £2.00. 

Simply come to the stand to book your ticket.

Schedule - Friday 22nd August

12:00 - 12:45

14:00 - 14:45

15:00 - 15:45

16:00 - 16:45

Schedule - Saturday 23rd August

12:00 - 12:45

14:00 - 14:45

15:00 - 15:45

16:00 - 16:45

Heritage bus tours around Southampton sights

Heritage Bus tour

Take a free bus tour courtesy of the Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust. Places are limited, register here. 

Sporting Taster Sessions at Calshot Activities Centre to coincide with Southampton Maritime Festival

Coinciding with the Southampton Maritime Festival, just down on the Southern shore of the New Forest, Calshot Activities Centre hosts GJW Direct SailFest.  Running from Friday 22nd to Monday 25th August, SailFest centres around a 3-day sailing regatta, with non-sailors welcome.
Really?  Non-sailors for a dinghy sailing regatta?
The sailing regatta is the focus of the event, but a full schedule of adventure activities is available throughout the 4 days of the event.  Choose from velodrome cycling, rock climbing, archery, kayaking, windsurfing and more.  Not just taster sessions, these are fully instructed lessons of up to 90 minutes (depending on the activity).  There is even the opportunity to truly master a sport by booking lessons throughout the weekend.
The sailing regatta takes place from Saturday to Monday, with GPS trackers on every boat to beam the action to screens ashore and via the internet.  The fantastic beach-side bar gives a fine view of the race area and the rest of the Solent.
Accommodation packages on site (sea-view room with breakfast included and meals available) for up to 10-days around the event provide the ideal base for visiting the Maritime Festival, trying out some adventure sports and enjoying a break in the New Forest.  Accommodation and activities are open to all, not exclusive to competitors, simply click on the pink 'Order extras' button rather than via the 'Enter' tab.
For full details visit the event website at or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Best Vintage Vehicle competition


Enter our competition to find the best vintage vehicle in the area.

If you've got a vintage vehicle then come on down to the festival! Those attending the show with a vintage vehicle will gain automatic free entry to the show and you'll also be able to enter the competition ‘Best Vintage Vehicle’ where the public will vote for their favourite vehicle each day.  Vehicles are welcomed across a broad range of history – from the Model T to the 70s.  

Space will be limited at the event. To register a vehicle, click here


Titanic Ghost at the 2013 festival