Officially opened in 1986, Ocean Village Marina in Southampton is one of the world’s most prestigious and renowned marinas. Owned by Europe’s largest marina operator, MDL Marinas, Ocean Village Marina boasts a fantastic location, situated in the heart of Southampton water and surrounded by restaurants, cinemas and bars. The marina is central to some exciting new developments including a £50m luxury spa hotel complex, the tallest residential building in the city, and exciting new restaurant and retail openings.
The basin, formerly used for commercial ships, is deep enough to offer mooring facilities for tall ships and superyachts up to 90 metres. It also offers direct access to the Solent, as well as easy links to Southampton train station and airport – making it a welcome home and visiting port for thousands of boaters each year. Ocean Village Marina is famous for hosting the start and finish of a number of global yacht races, and benefits from being overlooked by the prestigious Royal Southampton Yacht Club. There are plentiful facilities for berth holders and visitors at the marina, including toilets, showers, laundry facilities, electricity, WiFi and fresh water.
Landmark developments at Ocean Village Marina
There are some really exciting developments taking shape in the city including a superyacht inspired five-star hotel set to open in 2016. The luxury hotel will extend out into the marina and feature a spa, champagne bar and rooftop restaurant with stunning views. The development will also feature 12 luxury duplex apartments on top of the hotel, 82 flats, a basement car park and a number of new shops and restaurants. In addition, Ocean Village Marina will soon house the tallest residential building in the city! Admiral’s Quay, a prestigious development of apartments will include a landmark 26 storey residential tower and promises many properties with views of the marina. Planned to be complete by January 2015, it will also host up to eight new restaurants and bars – making Ocean Village Marina even more of a first-class destination.
Southampton – A beautiful city to explore
Southampton has been an important port for centuries and is a fascinating place to visit. Not only is it one of the premier venues for sailing and watersports, it also makes for an ideal base to explore the New Forest and the Isle of Wight.
Just some of the highlights of things to do and see in Southampton include:
Fabulous food and entertainment
There is an endless choice of restaurants in Southampton and visitors will be spoilt for choice whether dining al fresco by the water at Banana Wharf and Pitcher & Piano, or discovering wonderful cuisine at the likes of Oxfords and the White Star. There is also plenty of evening entertainment in a wide choice of bars, theatres and clubs.
West Quay Shopping Centre
Over 100 food and retail brands all under one roof including John Lewis, Karen Millen and Cath Kidston, as well as a fabulous food terrace featuring brands including Wagamama, Cafe Rouge Express and Yo! Sushi.
The Old Town and Cultural Quarter
Areas of significant cultural attractions including the Mayflower Theatre and the SeaCity Museum. The city is also home to the second largest medieval walls in England that are still standing.
PSP Southampton Boat Show
Held annually in September with over 600 exhibitors. The event runs for 10 days at Mayflower Park on the city’s waterfront, where it has been held since 1968 – visit the MDL stand, E52.
Why settle for less?
You get more with MDL Marinas. As Europe’s largest marina operator, MDL Marinas is proud to offer the most comprehensive berthing package in the marketplace. The Freedom Berthing package gives owners far more than a superb berth and marina facilities, it’s a passport to extra rewards, benefits and savings, such as FREE stays at over 90 other marinas both in the UK and Europe, discounts on boatyard services and fuel at cost.
Boat owners across the UK will be able to enjoy some fantastic offers, thanks to a range of great discounts on boat care and berthing packages from MDL Marinas, giving owners the opportunity to ensure their boats are in top condition for the summer ahead and sample the MDL experience.
During July and August, boat owners can enjoy MDL’s ‘Summer Afloat’ offer of two months berthing for just £499 (inclusive of VAT) for boats up to eight metres, at any one of ten MDL marinas.* Participating marinas include Mercury Yacht Harbour on the idyllic River Hamble and Ocean Village Marina in the heart of Southampton.
What’s more, the ‘Summer Afloat’ gives boat owners the opportunity to benefit from a secure pontoon berth with fresh water and electricity during the prime summer months from a choice of MDL’s beautiful locations at a fantastic price. This package also includes free car parking and free trailer storage at the majority of sites. A full list of participating marinas is available at www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/summer-afloat.
In addition to the summer berthing offer, MDL’s boatyards along the south coast, in the West Country and on the River Thames are offering great discounts on hull scrubs and storage throughout July and August. Boat owners can enjoy special offers on lifting and pressure washing at many of MDL’s leading sites, as well as storage ashore for a specified period. Prices start from just £15 per metre for a lift, hold, pressure wash and re-launch at Queen Anne’s Battery. Furthermore, with each boatyard offer booked, boat owners will take away a voucher of 20% off a winter lift & storage at participating MDL boatyards between 1st October and 22nd December 2014.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to be offering these substantial savings on boat care and berthing. We are constantly striving to add value for our customers and to help them make the most of their time on the water. Our summer berthing offer gives boaters the opportunity to cruise some of the best coastline in the UK, spending more time boating and less time towing and launching.”
For further details on the full range of offers available at MDL marinas this summer please visit www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/summer-offers.
* Available for boats up to 7.5 metres at Queen Anne’s Battery.
The world famous Isle of Wight Festival is steeped in musical heritage having shot to fame in the late 60s and 1970 with appearances from Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Who and Jefferson Airplane. The 2015 line-up is headlined by Blur, Fleetwood Mac, The Black Keys, The Prodigy, Pharrell Williams, Paolo Nutini, Billy Idol and many more.
Be sure to call us for a berth for the night before travelling to the island by boat:
Hamble Point Marina are holding their 2014 Summer Party onboard Blue Funnel's Ocean Scene. The boat will depart the events pontoon of the marina at 8pm, returning at 11.30pm. A fully licensed bar, live music from BB3 and a basket meal are included in the ticket price of £7. Tickets are available from the marina office and are strictly limted to 190 spaces.
Organisers and exhibitors recently welcomed over 1,400 people to the Hamble Point Boat Show, held at MDL’s Hamble Point Marina. Linking up with National Watersports Month, the free show marked the start of the boating season and brought together boating enthusiasts and members of the local community for an action-packed family weekend on and off the water.
The event offered plenty of activities and boating demonstrations for visitors to enjoy during the two-day event. Coastal Pursuits, in conjunction with the RYA Active Marina Programme, took more than 60 people out on exhilarating RIB rides, while activities for younger visitors included Micro Magic racing, tea cup rides and face-painting. An impressive 2,000 flares were handed in to the 'distress flare amnesty', run by Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit in conjunction with Ramora UK.
The show saw six members of the Sail 4 Cancer team successfully complete an unusual challenge at the marina, to raise funds for UK families affected by cancer. The Poker Playing Sea Dogs from Kingsclere, Hampshire, spent 24 hours in a life raft, raising £2,000 for their efforts. The group of intrepid card players passed the time playing extreme poker on the water!
Lizette van Niekerk, Fundraising Manager at Sail 4 Cancer, said: “The show provided a fantastic atmosphere for our fundraising team, who were sponsored to spend 24 hours in a life raft at the marina. Visitors to the show were very supportive of the team and we’d like to thank them all for their generosity and encouragement.”
Visitors were also able to browse hundreds of new and used boats, including the Cornish Crabbers and Mystery Yachts ranges. Exhibitor Adrian Hart, Sales Manager at Cornish Crabbers, said: “Hamble Point Marina is an ideal location for a boat show, thanks to its versatile site and central position. We were very happy with the number and variety of people who came to see us and feel that the show has the potential to be even bigger and better next year!”
Hamble-based international yacht brokerage, MGM Boats, also exhibited at the show. Office Manager, Mark White, added: “We’ve been a part of the Hamble Point Boat Show for the past two years and always find it a well organised and well supported show. We were pleased with the number of sales leads we made over the weekend, and we also sold two boats!”
Visitors to the show were also able to browse a range of marine products, engineering services and equipment, with exhibitors including global marine technicians, Landau UK Ltd. Jonathon Bagge, Project Manager at Landau UK, commented: “This was our first year exhibiting at the show and judging by the results we saw, we will be coming back again next year. We were impressed with the efficiency of the staff and how well looked after we were from the moment we arrived.”
Nicholas Parton, General Manager at Hamble Point Marina, said: “We had a fantastic event and are delighted to have welcomed so many visitors. We have received some brilliant feedback from visitors, exhibitors and tenants and we are thrilled that the Sail 4 Cancer team raised such an impressive amount during their 24-hour challenge. We are already looking forward to next year’s event, where we hope to welcome even more people to the marina!”