English Tourism Week
5 months ago
We are delighted that spring has finally sprung! The days are getting longer, the sun is making a more frequent appearance, and temperatures are gradually rising. We can finally come out of hibernation and enjoy the great outdoors. And what better way to do so than exploring somewhere new? Just in time for English Tourism Week and to enjoy our local fun-filled attractions ... there’s so much to do in Southampton, Eastleigh and our surrounding areas. We have compiled a list of some of our favourite places to visit.
Take a stroll round our beautiful Southampton Common. Or if you're thinking about a more vigorous way to burn off some energy, Southampton 5k Park Run takes place every Saturday morning at 9am (registration required).
How to get there: Bluestar 1 buses from Winchester, Otterbourne, Chandler's Ford and Bassett pass the Common, running up to every 15 minutes into the city. Bluestar 2 from Fair Oak via Eastleigh, Swaythling and Portswood also runs up to every 15 minutes and stops a few minutes’ walk away. Unilink U1 and U2 services also pass the Common frequently.
In the city centre - Westquay Shopping Centre has more than 100 stylish shops for you to explore, so you're bound to find a bargain, and when you've shopped until you drop - replenish your energy at one of the 30+ food outlets at Westquay South - there's something for every taste. And the fun doesn't stop there, because there's a cinema and bowling alley too - we're not sure if it's possible to fit it all in one day!
How to get there: Nearly all our buses go in and out of the city centre, serving everywhere from Hythe and Winchester to Romsey and Eastleigh. Plan your journey now!
Staying in the city centre, if shopping isn't your thing, fear not, because there's still loads of great stuff to see and do:
We're lucky to have two great theatres in the city centre and another not far away at the University of Southampton, and with each having such a wide variety of shows on offer, from big productions at The Mayflower, or the more intimate and artistic offering from Nuffield Southampton Theatres 'City' or 'Campus' venues, there's something for everyone!
Southampton O2 Guildhall
Southampton's O2 Guildhall boasts big names in music, comedy and more. Upcoming gigs include stand up from Jason Manford, a night with Peter Andre, and the Kaiser Chiefs!
The Seacity Museum is the place to go to learn about Southampton's rich and fascinating sea history, particularly Southampton's Titanic Story where visitors are given an insight into the lives of the crew aboard the Titanic, many of whom were Southampton residents.
Solent Sky Museum
The Solent Sky Museum showcases the history of aviation in Southampton and the surrounding Solent area. They have 18 complete airframes, including a Supermarine Spitfire and Supermarine S6a (N248). Visitors are welcome to board the aircraft to sample the luxury of air travel in the romantic era of the great flying boats, and guided tours of the flight deck are also available. Kids (and big kids) can also imagine what it would be like to fly a jet fighter while sat in the cockpits of our Supermarine Swift and Harrier Jump Jet.
How to get there: Solent Sky is located in Albert Road South near Ocean Village. Almost all of our services head into and out of the city centre, which is a short walk away. Our Bluestar 7 and 17 use the Central and Itchen Bridge with bus stops just round the corner from the museum.
Venturing away from the city centre? There's still attractions-a-plenty...
Oxygen Freejumping in Antelope Park, Thornhill promises hours of fun - with 150 interconnected trampolines for you to explore, a mega airbag, performance trampolines, dodgeball courts and a super squishy foam pit to leap into, there's plenty of ways to get you bouncing!
How to get there: Bluestar 18 runs up to every 7-8 minutes Monday to Saturday, every 15 minutes on Sundays and half hour evenings serving Millbrook, Shirley, the city, Northam and Bitterne and stops really close by in Hinkler Road, then it's just a short walk to the park. Bluestar 7 also runs along nearby Butts Road, Sholing, also a hop, skip and jump away from the park.
Antelope Park also boasts a gym, fast food and hot drink outlets, a bingo hall and retail units.
Over in Eastleigh, The Point Theatre has something for everyone - from comedy gigs, dance performances, theatre productions, music concerts and even film showings.
TeamSport Go Karting, located just over the train bridge towards Bishopstoke is a great place to go if you're feeling competitive. They pack so much in to their 375m track that you won't believe it. If you're looking for a real test of your abilities then look no further: with hairpin bends, double apex corners, a flyover and plenty of lengthy straights to open up on the throttle, TeamSport Southampton is as fast and furious as they come.
How to get there: Bluestar 2 runs up to every 15 minutes Monday-Saturday day times, half hourly on Sundays and hourly in the evenings serving Fair Oak and Bishopstoke to the west, and North Stoneham, Swaythling, Portswood and Southampton to the south. Bluestar 5 runs hourly Monday-Saturday between Romsey and Boyatt Wood via North Baddesley, Velmore (Templars Way/Asda) and Eastleigh.
Perhaps being locked in a room is more your thing? (It's not quite as sinister as it sounds). Escape Rooms are becoming increasingly popular, and Southampton has some of the best. An Escape Room is a physical adventure game in which players have to solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand, to escape the perceived 'danger' - and usually against the clock.
There's Escape Rooms around the city centre and in Shirley.
How to get there: Most of our services run into and out of the city centre, Bluestar 4, 7, 17 and 18 all run along Shirley High Street and go on to serve Lordshill, North Baddesley and Romsey, Millbrook, Woolston, Weston and Sholing, Bitterne and Thornhill.