Come and join the fun!

Spectators & Family Activities

Don't forget - the day isn't just about the sport! We are busy planning a range of shoreside attractions designed to keep everyone entertained... from our annual tug 'o war to children's activities, the Games will be fun for the whole family.

Down at the Hamble Foreshore there will be a range of children's entertainment kindly organized by and raising money for the Friends of Hamble Primary School.

Our ever popular Tug 'o War will also take place in the afternoon, and to celebrate the Tokyo 2020 games we plan to have both childrens and adult Sumo Wrestling!

Refreshments will be available at the bars, yacht clubs, cafés and restaurants up and down the river, and at the Hamble Foreshore, a range of pop-up catering stands will be ready to serve you.

Please check back on this page as we update it with news of activities and stalls.

For Kids & Family

  • Perhaps bring your crabbing net for some crabbing
  • Look out for the Tug of War event in the afternoon!
  • Watch this space as we book fun activities such as sumo wrestling and surf simulator.
  • A ferry trip to Warsash

For the Adults

  • Hamble Lifeboat Book Stall, selling books for all the family in aid of a cause that's close to our hearts.
  • Watch this space as we book fun activities such as sumo wrestling and surf simulator.
  • Pop up beach bar, organised by The Scouts.

Food & Drink

  • Watch this space as pop up stalls are confirmed.
  • The Beach Hut Cafe is located on the Hamble Foreshore and also sells crabbing kits.
  • Plenty of local establishments are only a short walk away. In Hamble these include Jenny's, The Bugle, King & Queen, Beer Grylls, Banana Wharf, Whyte Harte, La Dolce Vita, and The Victory. In Warsash they include The Rising Sun, Little Bay and the Ship & Shovel.

Visitor Map

Getting to the Games

Driving: To Hamble village take Junction 8 off the M27 (Windhover Roundabout) which is approximately 10 minutes depending on traffic into the village of Hamble where parking is available in the Donkey Derby Field and at other locations in the village.

To Warsash village take Junction 9 off the M27 taking the A27 towards the River Hamble taking the left hand turn down Brook Lane into Warsash. Parking is limited but there are two car parks close to the water and the start of the competitions.

Train: Hamble does have a train station but please note that it is about a 30 minute walk to Hamble Foreshore. Check with the Trainline website or similar for times .

Please allow time to walk from whatever area you have parked in. Parking in both villages (Hamble and Warsash) is limited if you come by car please car share where possible!

Getting across the river

The Hamble-Warsash “Pink Ferry” will be running as usual between the ferry pontoon at Hamble Quay and the pink ferry hut on the Warsash side of the river. The charge for an adult is £1.50

The Hamble River

The River Hamble is a busy and beautiful stretch of water that rises near Bishop’s Waltham and flows for some 7.5 miles (12 km) through Botley, Bursledon and Swanwick before entering Southampton Water near Hamble-le-Rice and Warsash. It boast a rich ship-building history, including the Elephant Boatyard in Bursledon, which is still in operation today. Thousands of boats – large and small – are moored along the river which provides easy access to the nautical playground of The Solent.

If you’re not on the water, you can enjoy beautiful river walks, as the easily identifiable pink Hamble-Warsash ferry makes it’s easy to do a circular walk that takes in Hamble, Burslesdon, Swanwick, and Warsash. Bird watching is a popular pastime with many beautiful and rare birds living along its shores. And with plenty of pubs and marinas along the way, there’s no shortage of watering holes and eateries to choose from.

The river was put on the entertainment map in the 1980s as the location for Howard’s Way. Places like the famous Jolly Sailor pub where Jack Rolf enjoyed a pint or two and the prominent black and white Harbour Master’s offices in Warsash, ensured this popular series gave viewers plenty of River Hamble scenery to enjoy that you can still enjoy today!

The River Hamble is an all year round destination for residents and tourists alike. From quaint villages, yacht clubs, marinas and shops to walking, bird-watching and all manner of boating fun, it really is a river for everyone to enjoy.


It is with great regret that the organising committee has taken the decision to postpone the 2020 River Hamble Games due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic. We will keep a watching brief on the situation and make a decision in due course whether to run the full event in 2021 or much-reduced event later this year.

We are enormously grateful for the time and effort that has gone into organising the event thus far from our sponsors and event management teams.

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Gold Sponsors

Grapefruit Graphics
Hampshire City Council

Silver Sponsors

Acute Medical Event Services
RF Composites
Hamble Yacht Services
Eastleigh Borough Council
The Gregg School

Supporters, Organisers and Clubs

BP Hamble
Earth to Ocean
The Horse & Jockey
Washed UP Swim Events

Website by Gareth Pullen
Logo and signage by Grapefruit Graphics
Photography by Tom Barnett, Lucy Briggs and Silverscale Photography