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Welcome to BoatLife, the ultimate destination for boat enthusiasts and those looking to embark on their boating journey.

Whether you're in the market to buy a boat under 50m or new to the world of boating altogether, we've got you covered.

With over 200 boats on display, you'll be spoiled for choice as you explore the vast selection available. From sleek powerboats to elegant sailboats, there's something to suit every taste and preference.

For those who are new to boating, BoatLife provides the perfect opportunity to dive into this exciting world. Our exhibitors are ready to offer expert advice and guidance, ensuring you have all the information you need to get started on your boating adventure.

Conveniently located at the NEC Birmingham, getting to the show is a breeze. You won't have to worry about any travel hassles, allowing you to focus solely on the incredible experience that awaits you.

Join us at BoatLife and discover a world of boating excellence, whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or a newcomer ready to set sail.



Finding the right hotel stay for your trip is as important as attending the event itself.

Our partner, Nubreed Hotels, can assist you with your accommodation needs and to offer you up to 30% cheaper quote than booking direct with the hotel or via a consumer site like Expedia.

Simply choose your desired hotel and send in your request. The team will come back to you with up-to-date pricing for your top three hotels, plus any suggestion that we think you might like.

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Opening times

Opening times

We can’t wait to open the doors to BoatLife 2025, we will be open from:

Thursday 10am-5pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

If you need us before then just drop us a line at

Getting here

Getting here

It's easy to get to NEC by car (B40 1NT), train, coach or plane. The exhibition centre is clearly signposted from all motorways and just a 5-minute walk from Birmingham International Railway Station.

Please consider how you can reduce your environmental impact and look at car-sharing or the train.

More info here


How much are the tickets?

Tickets are currently £15 (£1 booking fee) and children under 16 years old go free. Tickets are on sale now – click HERE.

Can I buy tickets on the door?

Yes you can, but it is cheaper to book online.

Can I pre-book parking?

Yes you can pre-book parking here, and you get a discount to book in advance.

Are there electric car charging facilities at NEC?

Yes, the venue has 22 charging spaces plus 8 are bookable in advance. For more info on this and other facilities, click here.

Do carers for registered disabled ticket holders have to buy a ticket?

We are be pleased to offer a complimentary ticket for carers, just send an email to us at, with the booking ID for the ticketed purchase, and we will issue you with a ticket.

Are dogs or pets allowed at the show?

Unfortunately, only support dogs are allowed inside the hall.

Do I need to book onto the features at the show?

Some of the features at the show may require you to book a session in advance, you will be able to walk up on the day to take part in the feature. You do not need to book to see stage speakers, all speaker talks and panels are first come, first served.

Is there a show guide?

Yes we will be handing out a map with exhibitor list at the show. All the information you need, including show plans, will be available on our website and social media pages in the run up to the show.

Buy Your Ticket 

Why wait to secure your ticket for the 2025 show?

Get in quick and save the date.

Tickets are on sale now and the great news is we’ve made sure under 16 years old get in for free. Why not check out the NEC website and see what else is on at the same time, other events or a concert and make more of a weekend of it.


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