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Things to Do

Attractions, Activtities, Arts, Shopping, Walks, Tours and Sports

Use the Events search facility to find out about all sorts of events, gigs, theatre performances and other cultural and sports activities taking place in Southampton (and the surrounding area).

Take a look at the Attractions & Activities for where to find Southampton's art galleries and museums and what activities there are for individuals and family fun.

If in search for some retail therapy the Shopping page gives and overview of what the city centre has to offer in terms of shopping centres, speciality shops, boutique shopping and local markets.

look through the city maps and guides

Fancy a guided walk in the Old Town, a self-guided city trail or a boat trip on the River Solent - visit the Walks and Tours page to help plan a route.

To find out about sport venues, leisure centres and swimming in Southampton, see the Sports page.

With all these options, why not visit one of the city's food and drink venues to restock on fuel along the way! 

    • SeaCity Museum

    SeaCity Museum

    • City Art Gallery

    City Art Gallery

    • Inside Tudor House

    Inside Tudor House

    • Walk The Southampton Walls

    Walk The Southampton Walls

    • Outside Bucklers Hard

    Outside Bucklers Hard

    • Sea City Museum - Exterior

    Sea City Museum - Exterior

    • WestQuay Shopping Centre

    WestQuay Shopping Centre

    • Southampton FC - St Marys Stadium, Entrance

    Southampton FC - St Marys Stadium, Entrance

    • Cycling on the Common

    Cycling on the Common

    • Inside Beaulieu

    Inside Beaulieu

    • Festivals in Southampton

    Festivals in Southampton

    • Music in the city

    Music in the city

    • Patriotic Kites

    Patriotic Kites - Photo Credit: Michael Lowe

    • Golf


    • Fun fair

    Fun fair

    • Picnic in the park

    Picnic in the park

    • SeaCity Museum - Sign

    SeaCity Museum - Sign

Southampton plays host to a spectacular range of events each year, from large national and international one-off events to smaller community events.

The city plays its part in contributing to the prestigious maritime event programme for the annual Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and is proud to be home to the International PSP Southampton Boat Show held annually at Mayflower Park, since 1969.

Southampton is a vibrant city, renowned for conjuring up huge interest and participation in outdoor sporting activities. It is a flagship city for the BBC Sport Relief Mile event (6,000 participants), while Southampton Common is the perfect race course for Cancer Research’s Race For Life (10,000 participants).

In recent years, Southampton Sky Ride has been tremendously popular, encouraging novice and proficient cyclists to get involved en masse in this fantastic 8km route around the city (15,000 participants). Southampton also runs smaller Sky Ride Group Rides at weekends for those interested in exploring the city’s reaches with the whole family.

Music lovers and culture fanatics will find a wealth of arty events in the city. Enjoy a mix of live music, art, theatre and dance performance events all year round. Southampton brings a multitude of festivals and family events to its residents and visitors. Over the last year, the city’s programme of events included the Kite Festival, Mela Festival, SO Fest, Thai Festival and a number of family fun days, plus top class circuses and local fun fairs.