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Become a cultural tourist, delve into history and shop to your heart’s content. | Issue 7

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Welcome Welcome to The Southampton Guest Guide

There’s plenty of reasons to #visitsouthampton whether you are staying for business or pleasure. From museums, to music venues, art galleries and shopping centres - you may need to extend your visit! Whether here for one night or staying for longer, make the most of your visit by exploring the unique areas that Southampton has to offer. Head to the Cultural Quarter for its arts complex and enjoy the vibrancy provided by the numerous bars and restaurants. Visit the Old Town and explore the history of Southampton with it’s medieval walls; the city has over 90 listed buildings and more than 30 ancient monuments just waiting to be discovered. Shop until you drop in Southampton Centre, with big name brands, independent boutiques and lively markets with everything from souvenirs to the best local produce. If you simply want to relax, take a walk along the waterfront watching the ships go by - a highlight of the city which is often referred to as the ‘cruise capital of Europe’. There’s plenty to see and celebrate when you #VisitSouthampton - please share your experiences by using the hashtag and we hope you will be back to stay again soon…

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SeaCity Museum


SS Shieldhall

9 Tudor House & Gardens 10

Southampton City Art Gallery

11 K6 Gallery 12 Go Ape 13 Marwell Zoo 14

Solent University

16 Olive Tree 16 Enoteca 18 The Bugle Pub Hamble 19 The White Star Tavern 20

The Southampton Pocket Guide: A comprehensive and official guide to the city with attractions to visit, places to eat and drink, events, visitor map and special offer discounts. Ask your venue for a copy.

Dancing Man Brew House

21 The Stable

Also available: Keep up with events taking place across the city, follow on Twitter for live events and information @Soton_Events


17 Mango Thai Tapas

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Steak of the Art

26 Hampshire’s Top Attractions 28 Beaulieu 28 Hamble Valley 29 Red Funnel 30 Walk this way 30 Reasons to visit REASONS TO VISIT WATCH . EAT . STAY . ENGAGE . PLAY

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Family fun in the city


There is so much for families to do in Southampton, whether you are looking for adventure, a fun day out, making some memories, or just something to pass a few hours. Southampton is lucky to benefit from some great open spaces, which are perfect for some affordable family fun! Watch the boats go by and grab an ice cream down at Mayflower Park, or take a picnic to Southampton Common with it’s woodland, parkland, rough grassland, ponds, wetlands, nature trails, a paddling pool, a children’s play area, a model yachting pond, and a fishing lake! At Southampton Common you’ll also find Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre, the perfect place to get in touch with nature and discover what wildlife can be found in the city. If you’ve got some energy to burn when make sure you visit Southampton’s Oxygen Freejumping! This new trampolining venue, gives you over 25,000 square feet of air to explore. Flick, flack, flip (or trip!), up and down until your hearts content. Certainly a great way to tire the family out! After a full on day of adventure your family will definitely need something hearty to fill them up! The Rockstone in Bevois Valley is a great spot for one of the best burgers in town. If you have a variety of different appetites then JRC Global Buffet is the perfect place to satisfy all tastes, with a huge selection of feasts from all over the world available to pick and choose as you wish!

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ItineraryTWO A couples playground Start your day with a visit to the City Art Gallery to awaken the senses. The gallery is internationally renowned and offers high quality exhibitions ranging from painting, sculpture and drawing, to photography and film, as well as displays that change regularly to ensure new experiences with each visit. If you want to enjoy a few thrills then head to Go Ape Southampton, where you can live life adventurously and take on a Tree Top Adventure course like no other, including award winning high ropes, awesome crossings, tunnels, bridges and an epic wind-in-your-face zip wire to finish! You can easily spend a few hours exploring all the shops that Southampton has to offer, from West Quay and the Marlands Shopping Centres, to small independent shops and markets, Southampton has it all for a day of shopping until you drop! If you want the adventure to continue from your Southampton base, then hop on Red Funnel Ferries and in just over 20 minutes you could be exploring the Isle of Wight with its fantastic attractions as well as stunning unspoilt scenery and blue flag beaches. After a busy day together, there’s nothing better than a romantic dinner and evening out to finish the day off just right. The Olive Tree Restaurant is the perfect spot to be wined and dined. Locally known for its seasonally inspired classic French bistro dishes, diners can choose from a à la Carte menu or daily seafood specials written on black boards. You’re then perfectly placed to enjoy Oxford Street, Southampton’s answer to Covent Garden. With a whole host of high-end bars and restaurants to see you through the evening in style!

ItineraryTHREE A cultural city break Southampton is a multi-cultural city, which is fast becoming a thriving hub of arts and culture, with its theatres, museums and art galleries. If it’s history you’re after then Southampton has a rich medieval and maritime history. Well know for it’s connection with the Titanic and remaining visible history with the Bargate Monument and Old Town Walls. It’s museums support its history with the SeaCity Museum telling the story of the people of the city, their fascinating lives and historic connections with Titanic, and Tudor House revealing over 800 years of history in one fascinating location at the heart of the Old Town. You can further appreciate Southampton’s maritime history with a visit to the SS Shieldhall, the largest working steam ship in Britain. A member of the National Historic Fleet she serves as a sea going tribute to Britain’s maritime heritage. As a passenger you too can experience the golden age of steam by booking on an excursion or visiting her in Southampton. After a busy day exploring Southampton’s history and culture, enjoy a taste of the Orient at Mango Thai Tapas Bar & Restaurants, with three locations across Southampton in Portswood, Above Bar and Ocean Village. Whatever your interest or passion – there will be a reason to #VisitSouthampton. From the Tudor heritage to cruise ships, shopping to a great tasting pint, it is all on offer – and once you visit, you will realise there are plenty of reasons to visit again.

If you’ve not managed to fit everything in, you’ll just have to come back!


Tom Joyce brings your attention to the detail

Freelance illustrator and graphic designer Tom Joyce knows how to make more from his imagery. Working mainly with pen and ink, Tom creates imaginative worlds packed with as much detail as possible. Showcasing his work on the front cover of The Southampton Guest Guide we find out more about the man behind the image. Tell us Tom, how did Tom Joyce Illustration begin?


my inspiration from everything and anything, books, movies, graphic novels, people I have For as long as I can met and places I have remember I have the been. I always carry a always drawn in Southampton pen and sketchbook some way or another, art scene wherever I go, just in in my schoolbooks, is forever case. sketchbooks and scrap growing The art scene in bits of paper, it’s what Southampton is forever I’ve always loved doing, growing and I was even from an early amazed when I moved back to age, its always been my passion. I then went on to graduate from Southampton from university to the University of Plymouth with discover it for myself. The more a degree in Illustration, and have you dig and explore the more you begin to realise how much of an art been drawing ever since. Do you have an inspiration for scene Southampton has, such as the Arches studios, pop-up galleries your work? My mind is always on the go, so I get in East Street, and temporary giant

animal sculptures over the summer, there is so much to see and admire and I am privileged to be part of it. What springs to mind when you think about Southampton? History - the city is riddled with it! I’ve always been interested in the back-stories of places and people and I really love that in Southampton, everywhere you go there are reminders of its rich history. From the Southampton Walls, to the many monuments dotted around the city, it really evokes the imagination and makes you want to discover the secrets that Southampton holds.

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What are your top 5 favourite things to do when in Southampton? Well if I had to just pick five I would say: 1. A pie and a pint or two at the Dancing Man Brewery. 2. Going to gigs at Southampton’s many live music venues. 3. Visiting the Southampton City Art Gallery. 4. Shopping for books and vinyl. 5. Chilling out on Southampton Common in the summer. What are the must-sees and dos? As of last year the Common People Festival is hopefully set to be a mustdo annual event. For a bit of history the Tudor House and Gardens, and Vaults Tour are perfect, you could even test your bravery with a Ghost tour at night! A nice aspect of Southampton is its location, making it easy to visit stunning places like the New Forest. Finally for those who love good food and a relaxing drink, Oxford Street is just the place to go.


Southampton’s must-visit attraction is SeaCity Museum, which tells the story of the people of the city through the ages, their fascinating lives and the area’s historic connection with the sea. Titanic Story The most famous ship in the world, the RMS Titanic, pulled away from White Star Dock in Southampton at the start of her maiden voyage on 10 April, 1912. In the early hours of 15 April she struck an iceberg and sank, causing great loss of life. Nowhere was the tragedy of the Titanic disaster more felt than in Southampton, where more than 500 households lost a family member. Visitors to the museum will discover how many people worked on board and the huge variety of jobs the crew carried out. The centre-piece of this gallery features a 1:25 scale, interactive model of the Titanic. Through powerful oral testimony from survivors, the Disaster Room describes the sequence of events from the time the ship struck the iceberg to its sinking, and the rescue of passengers by the Carpathia. Also, there is a fascinating audio visual show for visitors to find out about the British Inquiry, which was held in London soon after the disaster.

Gateway to the World Gateway to the World recounts the stories of people who have departed from or arrived in the port of Southampton over the last 200,000

years with themes of invaders and settlers, traders, exiles and soldiers. This gallery introduces visitors to people who have passed through Southampton: from Roman traders bringing new merchandise, Saxon settlers setting up homes bringing in new trades and skills to Hamwic, or Huguenot Protestants seeking refuge and Victorian industrialists with links across the British Empire. Digital touchscreens and hands-on activities invite visitors to interact and engage in exhibits and share their Southampton stories. To help put the city into context, a large interactive map reveals the development of Southampton from small Stone Age settlements into the walled medieval town and through the ages to its present size.

Special Exhibition Area The Pavilion, the iconic building attached to SeaCity Museum, houses our special exhibitions. This year, the exhibition Port Out, Southampton Home, celebrates the golden age of the ocean liner. These ships were the lifeblood of Southampton, bringing employment, industry and glamour to the city. From the early days in the 1890s to modern day cruise liners, this major

exhibition tells the story of these great ships and evokes the romance of sea travel and life on board. It includes a wide range of rarely seen items from the city’s maritime collection, including ship models, posters, photographs and ephemera from liners such as menu cards and souvenirs. Visitors of all ages can have a go at activities such as deck quoits, try on uniforms, or find out what was served for a meal in First Class on the Queen Mary. SeaCity Museum is open daily 10am – 5pm. Visit for ticket prices.

Location: Havelock Rd, Southampton SO14 7FY


023 8083 4536



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SS Shieldhall ©David McEldowney

Alive and Steaming! 2016 cruise dates from Southampton


4, 5, 18, 19


3, 23, 24


12, 14, 15


3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18

Don’t miss the chance to cruise on Southampton’s ‘hidden gem’! A heritage, cargo-passenger ship included in the National Historic Fleet, SS Shieldhall was launched on the Clyde in 1955, and later owned by Southern Water until her purchase for £20,000 in 1988 by the charity that still operates her. Today the Shieldhall is a unique seagoing ‘time capsule’. She provides a working example of steamship machinery both above and below deck, typical of the cargo and passenger ships that plied the oceans of the world

between the 1870s and 1960s, after which they became all but extinct. Whilst other heritage ships are held permanently in dry dock, the Shieldhall is very active, with a programme that allows passengers to access the impressive steam engines at work in the engine room itself, and the bridge, complete with traditional instruments and gleaming brasswork. Passengers are encouraged to see how the ship operates, and meet the Captain and volunteer crew. Relax on board and listen to the

commentary of the sites and sounds of Southampton Water, as Shieldhall passes the outgoing cruise ships. Shieldhall is considered a very stable vessel, providing an excellent viewing platform. There is plenty of covered seating on board, a Children’s Passport to follow, and a fully licensed bar and saloon serving hot snacks and refreshments. The 2016 cruising programme runs from June – September, with a variety of trips from 2hr to all-day cruises. Look out too for ‘alongside events’ taking place in dock.


0844 357 2329


Tudor House Discover Southampton’s most important historic building, encompassing over 800 years of history on one site. Tudor House, with its beautifully recreated Tudor knot garden, is just a few minutes walk from the city centre. The timber-framed building facing St Michael’s Square was built in the late 15th Century, with King John’s Palace, an adjacent Norman house accessible from the garden, dating back a further 300 years. Tudor House gives a unique and atmospheric insight into the lives and times of both its residents through the years, and of Southampton itself. Enjoy a vivid and exciting audio-visual show which explains the history of the house, alongside interactive screens that rotate to show how the rooms would have looked during different historic periods, in particular the Tudor, Georgian and Victorian eras. A selection of restored artefacts are on display in the museum, including archaeological finds dating back to the medieval and Tudor periods. Special events are held throughout the year, including hugely popular Halloween & Christmas activities. Tudor House & nearby Westgate Hall are also available for weddings and corporate hire. Within this historic complex, we offer a wide range of rooms which can be laid out in different styles to suit your event – be it a meeting, conference, product launch, team building day or corporate hospitality with a difference. They may be used by themselves or in combination to enable, for example, breakout sessions and the ability to provide catering and refreshments separately from the main venue. Alternatively, it is possible to hire the entire venue for exclusive use.

After a tour of the house, you can enjoy a cream tea in the café overlooking the tranquil garden.

LOCATION: Bugle Street, Southampton, SO14 2AD.


023 8083 4536



The gallery, based in Southampton’s Civic Centre, opened in 1939.

internationally renowned permanent collection


he art gallery attracts artlovers, curious amateurs as well as those who simply enjoy the atmosphere of a gallery. Southampton City Art Gallery offers the opportunity to enjoy high quality exhibitions ranging from painting, sculpture and drawing, to photography and film, as well as permanent collection and displays that change regularly to ensure new experiences with each visit. Southampton City Art Gallery is internationally renowned for its permanent collection which features around 5,000 works. These span eight centuries and tell the story of western art from the Renaissance to the present day. The core of the collection is twentieth century and contemporary British art. Strong clusters within this include Post-Impressionism (notably the Camden Town Group), Surrealism, St Ives and progressive contemporary art from the mid-1970s. Free to enter and conveniently located right next to SeaCity Museum, the venue caters for families. You can enjoy gallery trails through the exhibitions, monthly art clubs and a fantastic range of activities for all ages. The gallery can be hired for weddings, civil ceremonies, drinks receptions and even more. Paintings and sculptures provide a wonderful backdrop for couples seeking somewhere unique and the gallery spaces provide a harmonious environment for an unforgettable day. Seating can be provided for up to 120 people, and our in house catering team can work with you to ensure your guests are kept happy throughout your event.


Southampton City Art Gallery

The Art Gallery is open Monday - Friday 10am - 3pm and Saturday 10am - 5pm, closed Sundays. Visit the website for more details.

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Art in Southampton S

outhampton is fast becoming a hub for the arts and has plenty to offer art enthusiasts and creative minds. With

artistic venues throughout the city tailored to many of your creative needs. The Art House welcomes the unexpected and unusual,

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displaying arts and crafts from local artists at different stages of their careers. You can even enjoy refreshments, food and live music during your visit. If you like to get your hands “dirty” then the Red Hot Press Printmaking Workshop is a great place to practice the art of printmaking, with courses available for all levels of skill. In Southampton’s newly developing Cultural Quarter you’ll find the Solent Showcase which features contemporary visual art that encourages engagement, discussion and participation. The Cultural Quarter will also soon be home to the John Hansard Gallery. This contemporary visual art gallery can currently be found at the University of Southampton. With a thriving and growing art scene Southampton is the perfect place for creative minds.

K6 GAllery K6 Gallery is the region’s newest and smallest art gallery. The contemporary gallery has an on-going programme of exhibitions and events throughout the year. Located in a pair of grade II listed phone boxes in the heart of Southampton, and within the city’s medieval town walls. The gallery is open year round, every day of the week, 24 hours a day and is free to enter.


April to July sees it host Roam an arts trail comprising of artworks by both local and international artists in a variety of unusual spaces starting at the phone boxes. At just over 2 miles long it makes the perfect way to fill an afternoon. From July to October the phone boxes will each host an installation by Isle of Wight based artists Joanne HummelNewell and Laura Hathaway. From October until the New Year the gallery will be part of the British Art Show Fringe, making up one of many events around the city to celebrate local artistic talent to coincide with arrival of the British Art Show in the city. To check details of current and upcoming events please

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check the gallery’s website.

LOCATION: The Phone Kiosks, Castle Way, Southampton, SO14 2AW






UK’s o N 1

Forest Adventure If you’ve not come across us before, Go Ape is the UK’s number one forest adventure. Days out at Go Ape are about living life more adventurously, having fun with friends and family and getting in touch with your inner Tarzan. Set within the beautiful Itchen Valley Country Park, families and friends of all ages can unleash their inner Ape on our Tree Top Adventure or Tree Top Junior course. It’s a day out like no other. We think everyone has the Go Ape spirit just waiting to be unleashed! There’s no greater rush than the great outdoors, so whether your tribe is a stag do, birthday party, corporate event or simply a day out with the kids, we make our courses as fun and as accessible as possible. There are 29 Go Ape sites around the country all featuring our classic and original Tree Top Adventure. At Go Ape Southampton we brief you for safety before you fly down zip-wires, leap off our Tarzan Swing and tackle our obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery. With 40 crossings, including a 193 meter zip wire, you’ll spend 2-3 hours enjoying outdoor adventure with us. NEW to Go Ape Southampton! Release your mini Tarzans onto a Go Ape course designed for them. Tree Top Junior is an hour-long fun-filled experience of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. You’ll take on crossings over trails and finish with one awesome zip wire. No one loves adventure more than kids! One of the great things about Go Ape is that it brings people together. It’s a fun way to spend time with family and friends. Our customers find their friendships grow when they’re on the course. Perhaps it’s that sense of shared experience, perhaps it’s getting close to nature, or it might just be all that monkeying around in the trees with your tribe that brings a smile to your face.

LOCATION: Allington Lane, SO30 3HQ.

0845 838 1063



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Marwell Zoo

Visit Marwell Zoo, just 11 miles from Southampton, and discover the wonders of the natural world.


rom ring-tailed coatis to majestic giraffes, endangered tigers to giant anteaters, curious meerkats to pygmy hippos – their 140-acre park is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings and by exploring Marwell Zoo you’ll play a big part in helping to save them.

A host of exciting special events and fun packed activities will be taking place throughout the year at Marwell during school holidays, promising to occupy the most curious of little monkeys. Marwell’s Zany Zebras will gallop through Southampton and Marwell Zoo for 10 weeks from 16 July creating two fun, family friendly trails for all to enjoy. Over 140 brightly coloured sculptures will adorn the city streets and a miniature replica trail will be hosted at the zoo. Find out fun facts about the Grevy’s zebra, and finally figure out if they are white with black stripes or black with white stripes! Learn how you can support their community based conservation programmes in Northern Kenya around Grevy’s zebras whilst taking part in a host of zany activities. As well as Marwell’s Zany Zebras, you can experience the African Wilderness first hand at their newest and biggest ever exhibit – Wild Explorers! Home to white rhino, Grevy’s zebra and scimitar-horned oryx, the new immersive exhibit is five times bigger than any other at the zoo. You’ll enjoy a cracking view of the animals, both near and far, from

the raised observation boardwalk – the perfect spot for wildlife photography. What’s more, the exhibit offers covered areas for exhibitions and education sessions plus a themed play area for your children to practice their ranger skills. Marwell Zoo also offers guests a programme of fascinating daily talks and feeds on a range of animal species throughout the day including giraffes, meerkats, penguins and ring-tailed coatis. When you fancy a break and the kids want to play, stop by at one of the fantastic adventure playgrounds for some fun or even take them for a relaxing ride on either the road train (for free!) or the rail train. Marwell Zoo provides all the facilities you and your family need for a brilliant day out at any time of the year – it’s more than just a zoo! Location: Thompson’s Lane, Colden Common, WINCHESTER SO21 1JH 01962 777407 marwellwildlife




Sparking local interest


ith a population of around 12,800 staff and students, Southampton Solent University offers more than 200 qualifications ranging from HND to PhD, in subjects

as diverse as maritime education and training, fashion and design, media and television, music, health, sport and leisure, business, IT and technology. Every year around 10,000 additional students undertake short professional courses. Winner of the Times Higher Education ‘Most Improved Student Experience’ Award 2015, the University was also awarded the 2013 Quality Assurance Agency kitemark for quality and standards of teaching and learning, and voted one of the UK’s most creative universities in Which? University‘s 2013 and 2014 student polls. Solent’s business school has been awarded ‘Gold approval’ by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and also holds the Small Business Charter Award, which is supported by the Association of Business Schools and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Southampton Solent University prides itself on offering work-based learning wherever possible, and student-run enterprises such as Re:So and Solent Productions are testament to that. In Re:So, the UK’s first student-led retail initiative to open in a shopping centre, students act as managers, retail associates and merchandisers to become fully immersed in retail processes. Solent Productions offers students the chance to produce commissioned high quality video content for clients. It’s this real world experience that sets Solent apart. In addition to the traditional degrees, Warsash Maritime Academy forms part of the

University, offering pathways to the Merchant Navy and the Warsash Superyacht Academy, among others. In September, Solent launches its first degree apprenticeship, an alternative route to gaining a qualification for learners of all ages. Earning while learning, degree apprentices study a curriculum designed in partnership with employers, ensuring


their studies align with the business needs of industry.

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And that’s not all the University has



As part of students’ involvement,

to offer. Recent successes include

space for more than 1,100 guests in

15 inspirational quotes, chosen by

Restless Symphony, an a cappella

the atrium and a flexible space for

students in a competition run by the

group made up of Solent students,

buffets, fine dining, dancefloors and

Students’ Union, will be etched into

getting to the semi-finals of Gareth

drinks receptions and an impressive

the 45 glass panels looking down

Malone’s The Naked Choir; two

36-screen video wall is being put

over the pod and the new atrium.

students breaking separate world

in place to entertain, inform, and

Solent Visual Communication and

records for overclocking, a complex



method of improving the processing

through the building.

Leader Nick Long has designed a



What the Spark is already known for,

bespoke typeface for the quotes,

student’s video on using make-up to

however, is its pod, an instantly iconic

based around architectural plans for

minimise the appearance of vitiligo

67 tonne structure that dominates the

the building and the lettering stencils

went viral on Buzzfeed, with more

building’s main atrium. The futuristic

that architects used on their drawings.

than 39,000 views; and officer cadets

pod features a full-sized lecture room

Students’ chosen quotes include GK

at Warsash Maritime Academy raising

and an open-topped viewing platform

Chesterton, who said “Education is

more than £12,000 for charity.

with fantastic views across the park.

simply the soul of a society as it passes

It doesn’t stop there. Committed

It was opened in September 2015

from one generation to another.”

to providing the highest quality

by Southampton Solent University’s

teaching and learning environment,


the new £30 million ‘Spark’ building

Baldwin, with guests including the

is on the verge of completion and

Mayor of Southampton.

the University’s staff and students


are eagerly awaiting the handover of

students, staff and local schools have

the keys. Encompassing a full-height

had the opportunity to get involved,

atrium, teaching and lecture rooms as

with 15 school and college visits,

well as a conference centre, the Spark


is a diverse, multi-functional space

lectures delivered by contractors at

Southampton, Hampshire SO14 0YN

including social and flexible space for

the University.



exhibitions, shows and events.
















Location: East Park Terrace, 023 8201 3039


Olive Tree L

ocated in Oxford Street, a short walk from the main shopping area, the Olive Tree has

a reputation for classic bistro food and the best fresh seafood in Southampton with a

Enjoy fresh seafood in the heart of Southampton.

friendly atmosphere. Diners can choose from our a la carte menu or our daily specials, written on black boards. Start your meal with a cocktail, while you peruse our menu. You can’t go wrong with trying our homemade chicken liver parfait, followed by seafood linguini and followed by cafe gourmand (coffee and petits fours) for dessert. Ask our knowledgeable staff about our wine list so that they can recommend a wine to compliment your meal. Open from midday for lunch and from 6pm for dinner. Live piano music every Sunday

LOCATION: 29 Oxford St, Southampton SO14 3DJ

night. Contact us with special requests.

023 8034 3333


Neil and Laura Moodley started Enoteca in January of 2016, based on a loose interpretation of the Italian Enoteca establishment. These small, usually informal restaurants dotted around Italy, tend to focus on good quality but inexpensive wines as well as good, local, simple food. Very often, they encourage diners towards the idea that people love being able to order many dishes from a menu and share those dishes with their dining companions. The menu was designed by Neil and tested extensively on his very willing wife and children, using both Italian inspiration as well as the classical techniques learnt at Gordon Ramsay’s Tante Marie Culinary Academy where he achieved his Cordon Bleu Diploma. Both Neil and Laura truly believe food is the greatest unifier of people. A meal shared is, in their view, a great comforter, a great inspirer and the best way to feed mind, body and soul. Beyond that, a table laden with delicious food is an unbeatable medium through which friends and family can share quality time. The restaurant is developing a reputation for extraordinarily good food - one diner compared the Tiramisu to “Angels tap dancing on your tongue.” High praise indeed! LOCATION: 5 Bedford Pl, Southampton SO15 2DB 023 8033 3725



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MaNgo kitchens are open 7 DAYS a week.

Choose from one of Mango’s Southampton locations: 27 Portswood Road, Portswood, SO17 2ES 023 8067 8877 180-182 Above Bar Street, SO14 7DW 023 8033 6540 5 Canute Road, Ocean Village, SO14 3FH 023 8033 1477 @mangothaitapas

Mango Thai Tapas Since opening in 2007, the original Mango Thai in Portswood’s boho student area has become renowned on the South Coast for its intimate charm and vibrant atmosphere. The family-run tapas bar has since opened two more in the city. The second on Above Bar Street is located footsteps from the Guildhall and Mayflower Theatre, making it ideal if you are looking for a pre- or post- concert/theatre drink or meal. The most recently opened is a short walk from Ocean Village marina and Oxford Street. Offering an informal and fun dining experience, there’s nothing quite like the energy that spills out of Mango’s front doors; plus subdued lighting and candles, big windows, exotic murals, tropical plants and eclectic music all add to the promise of a Thai beach bar. The food, though, is ultimately Mango’s greatest pull… Thai cuisine is a blend of spicy, salty, sweet and sour, and this balance of tastes is the essence of Mango’s dishes, which are made to order by their team of Thai chefs. Spices are specially imported from Thailand and, whenever possible, only fresh ingredients and locally sourced meat is used. A separate menu is available for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets, and other requirements are well accommodated for on request. Combining Thai food with small plates provides diners with the opportunity to enjoy a variety of the tastes of south-east Asia together; and, following Thai culture, Mango’s menu is format free – enjoy it whichever way takes your fancy: a starter then a main, or a mix of dishes all together, or the ‘Spanish way’ – a couple of tapas at a time enjoyed with a drink. Specialities from the tapas menu include Coconut Chicken, Crispy Soft Shell Crab, and Crispy Beef; and the authentic Thai curries and noodle dishes from the mains menu are not to be missed by all accounts. The kitchens are open 7 days a week from midday, with good value lunch deals and 4 for 3 on Thai Tapas until 5 pm. Other offers include 2-4-1 cocktails daily at the Above Bar venue, and 20% off the food bill when you book for or after 9.30 pm at Above Bar and Portswood. Mango holds weekly live music nights across the three venues – check the website for up-to-date listings. And, should you be visiting over a weekend, Mango Ocean Village Bar & Lounge regularly holds late music nights/ events on their lower floor level (open until 3 am or later). It’s worth noting that whilst Mango Portswood and Mango Above Bar offer a more ‘restauranty’ atmosphere, Mango Ocean Village operates a walk-in only policy for groups of less than six people – a ‘pop in for a drink and maybe a bite to eat’ kind of attitude. While you wait for a table, the bartenders will take pride in creating a cocktail especially for you or helping you pick from their extensive back bar selection. Whichever Mango you visit, you’re in for a treat. Delicious, authentic Thai food, a lively atmosphere and good value, make Mango a ‘must visit’ whilst in Southampton.



amble Village is a picturesque village in the Hamble Valley and a great spot for enjoying a relaxing afternoon by the water. In the centre of its quaint and cobbled High Street you’ll find the Bugle pub and restaurant, stood proudly and ready to welcome you in. This grade II listing building enjoys a terraced area perfect for a cold drink on a summers day right by the waterfront, and an interior that offers warm and cosy surroundings, perfect for any time of the year. This classic pub is heaped with tradition with its flagstone walls, wooden rafters and antique floors. Pride of place in the centre of the building is a large brick built fireplace that not only makes for a real feature of the venue but an atmospheric centrepiece when lit on cold nights. The wooden tables and nautical images that hang on the walls nod to the maritime history found within Hamble Village. The warmth of the pub is matched by the welcoming efforts of its friendly staff that take attentive care of you throughout your visit and help to portray a home-away-from-home vibe. The bar is well stocked with speciality rums and local beers to wet your whistle, and the locally sourced fresh produce and seasonal menu means you’re in for a dining treat. From the start the menu you’ll find some traditional favourites such as Crackling with apply source. Perfectly crispy there’s no better way to get stuck into this than with your hands, perhaps not one for a first date but we guarantee it will leave a smile on your face! For a more delicate starter the Smoked Scottish Salmon with crayfish and horseradish foam kick-start the appetite perfectly and certainly feel in keeping with your nautical surroundings. For the mains a Spinach Risotto is the ideal choice for vegetarians or for anyone who enjoys a creamy risotto full of flavour, complete with Viola edible flowers this dish tastes as good as it looks. Keeping it local with the Hampshire Steak Burger prepare for a mouth full of heaven as you sink into this thick, juicy burger, full of flavour. Locally sourced you can really taste the quality with every bite. If you’ve still got room for dessert then the Lemon Tart with Blood Orange Sorbet is the perfect pallet cleanser. The freshness of the sorbet is the perfect way to finish off the meal. For chocolate lovers then the Chocolate Brownie is perfect, with its crispy edge and rich gooey centre. As the warmth of the brownie melts the accompanying vanilla ice cream you’ll be left feeling relaxed and content. After your meal you can continue to enjoy the homely atmosphere for a drink from the bar or a soothing coffee. Once you’re done you are just a stones throw from Hamble Quay allowing you to finish your visit with a pleasant waterside walk.


A warm welcome awaits you at

The Bugle Pub Hamble

LOCATION: High Street, Hamble, SO31 4HA 02380 453000

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Theatre on a plate at

The White Star Tavern

Location: 28 Oxford Street, Hampshire, SO14 3DJ

outhampton’s Oxford Street is the social hub of the city and home to award winning bar and restaurant, The White Star Tavern. Taking its name from the White Star Shipping Line and a base for many that began their fateful voyage on the infamous Titanic, The White Star Tavern is a part of history. True to its heritage, the décor throughout the White Star has kept in-tune with its past. Even with its modern touches you can still imagine the passengers from the past 100+ years passing through before boarding ships travelling all over the world. Still as popular today, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a fine meal before boarding one of the many cruise liners that depart from Southampton. The modern touches throughout give this venue a trendy edge making it a great spot for an evening drink. The restaurant encompasses fine dining and is the only restaurant in Southampton that can boast 2 AA Rosettes. Attention is taken with every detail at the White Star, and head chef Matt Noonan and his team highlight this perfectly with every dish they put on the table. Starters such as Salt Baked & Pickled Beetroot Salad combine the crunch of the beetroot with the creaminess of the goat’s cheese for a perfect combination of textures, exploding with flavour at every mouthful. Silky smooth Chicken Liver parfait with an incredible depth of flavour that perfectly accompanies lightly fried croutons. Each main dish that reaches the table is presented with great care and finesse. Picture perfect cuisine that takes you to a new level of fine dining. Roast lamb wonderfully cooked that slices with ease and is united with a spinach wrapped parcel of couscous, that looks as pleasing as it tastes. Honey roast duck breast which has been rendered to perfection to give it a crispy skin and meat that melts in the mouth, all lovingly combined with a pickled ginger jus to tantalise those taste buds. You may well find your appetite has been completely satisfied at this point, but we urge you to go for a dessert anyway, they are worth it for their presentation alone! You will be pleasantly surprised when it’s not a bowl of stodgy rice pudding that lands in front of you, but a deconstructed masterpiece of smooth rice pudding, silky jam and a passion fruit ice parfait that cleanses the pallet. If it’s a showstopper you’re after, “Chocolate Death” is nothing short of theatre on a plate! Don’t be scared by this coffin shaped dessert, with it’s warm brownie centre surrounded by a chocolate crumb soil, blood splattered raspberry coulis and a skull shaped burnt white chocolate and vanilla parfait that finishes it off perfectly. This dessert is unexpectedly lighter than you’d expect and with flavours that will make putting the spoon down before you finish, near impossible. Once you’ve finished your meal, sit back and take in the surroundings and the ambience. Whether you come for its history, elegant atmosphere or fine dining, one thing is for sure; a visit to The White Star Tavern is a treat for all the senses.

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Southampton’s only brew house

The Dancing Man Located in the only surviving freestanding medieval warehouse in Southampton, The Dancing Man Brewery is an award-winning microbrewery offering great beer, mouth-watering food and outstanding service. Built in 1338, The Wool House was used as storehouse for wool exports to Europe, during Southampton’s time as a leading wool port it is one of several wool houses. It was later used as an prison during the Napoleonic war an then the Maritime Museum which closed following the opening of the new SeaCity Museum.

The Grade I listed building, has been brought to life by the owners of nearby pub, Platform Tavern, who have successfully restored an empty heritage building into a city brew house. Renovated beautifully to compliment the building’s character, the Dancing Man Brewery’s minimalistic design mixes the old with the new. Look out for the graffiti on the walls, which remain from when it once held French prisoners from the Peninsular War. You can’t escape the smell of hops brewing the selection of beers. From light Pale Ale to new World Special Bitter, IPA and Red Ale, there is much

to be sampled. In 2014, the Dancing Man Brewery won an award for its Sea City Gold, which was produced as part of the 50th anniversary of Southampton gaining city status. Enjoy hearty, traditional pies in the Pie Hole with plenty of mouth-watering servings - modern and true to the great British dish ~ a Victorian menu offers pie’n’mash and liquor. Learn how to pair with not just our Craft beers but beers from all over the World, partake in the sampling of the ciders and fine wines. And if you just want to enjoy a coffee and take in the surroundings, drink kicking coffee in The Cake Hole.

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LOCATION: Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2AR 023 8083 6666



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A cathedral to cider - with over 80 varieties available!

The Stable T

he second Stable in Hampshire opened its doors in November 2015 and what a beauty it is. Situated on Above Bar Street this cathedral to cider has over 80 varieties of craft cider. Artisan sourdough pizzas are freshly make on site and of course more cider than you can shake your tail feather at.

It’s simple food, that’s simply amazing. The Stable proudly source prime local ingredients from the finest growers and producers in the region to create totally unique, West Country inspired dishes. It goes without saying that everything is responsibly sourced and prepared. No preservatives go into the food and everything is freshly hand-made from scratch, from the organic sourdough pizza bases to our super spicy Naga chilli oil. Each day the chefs chop, slice, stir, fry and roast fresh ingredients, preparing them for topping delicious pizzas. The Stable wouldn’t have it any other way.

site so it’s best to call ahead before your visit and confirm how many in your group will be ordering one. The organic sourdough pizza bases are 100% animal-free and, as everything is made to order, vegans and vegetarians can drop the meat and cheese from any pizza. Try the scrummy ‘The Billy the Kid’ (without the cheese for vegans) with caramelised onions, field mushrooms, fresh spinach, tomato and roasted hazelnuts. To book visit the website or call on the number below: Sunday - Thursday Midday - 11.00pm (food 10.00pm) Friday - Saturday Midday - midnight (food 10.00pm) Please book ahead for groups of 8 or more.

Try The Blazing Saddle; slow roasted pulled beef, smoked bacon, caramelised onion, grilled red pepper and mozzarella topped with sour cream and jalapeño chillies. Phew! Non-Gluten Ingredients (NGI) are available for all pizzas from the main menu – the dough is specially made on


How do you like them apples? Location: The Stable, Unit 6, Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DU

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Tapas Barcelona Contact: 023 8033 7171 Unit 3, Arts Centre, Guildhall Square,  Southampton, SO14 7DU In the heart of Southampton’s Cultural Quarter, Tapas Barcelona provides authentic tapas with influences from Spanish kitchens around the world. Split across two levels, you can expect to see traditional hanging Serrano hams, freshly prepared Paella along with the Spanish favourite Churros & Chocolate plus an impressive drinks selection from world spirits to late night cocktails.

Authentic tapas experience

Grand Café Contact: 023 8033 9303 www.grand-café Grand Café, South Western House,  Southampton SO14 3AS The stunning Grand Cafe is located within a Grade II listed building, South Western House. Visitors can enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea with unlimited tea & coffee served from 2.30pm 5.00pm. Freshly baked on the day the tea includes a superb selection of freshly cut sandwiches, mouth-watering scones, cupcakes, seasonal fruit and chef’s petit four.

Best Afternoon Tea experience


Shrimp & Burger Contact:023 8033 8898 29  Bedford Place, Southampton SO15 2DG Described by some as a ‘shack style eatery’ Shrimp and Burger offers a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere where the food is created with passion & served with a smile. The menu offers a mixture of tasty seafood to hearty burgers such as the southern soul Louisana burger as well as classic such as Mac ‘n’ cheese.

Always fresh, always full of f lavour.

Ennio’s Ristorante E Bar Italiano Contact: 023 8022 1159 Ennio’s Town Quay Rd, Southampton  SO14 2AR Nestled in the old walls of the City, in a converted old Victorian warehouse overlooking Southampton water, Ennios provides an authentic Italian atmosphere whilst serving a wonderful selection of Italian dishes and wines. Famous for traditional homemade cuisine, Ennios was voted the best Italian restaurant in Hampshire. The menu offers fine pastas, and fresh fish. Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday.

Voted one of the best Independent Italian restaurants in the UK.

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Banana Wharf Ocean Village Contact: 023 8033 8866 Ocean Village, Southampton, SO14 3JF  Situated in the heart of Southampton, Ocean Village is one of the most attractive marinas on the South Coast. The exciting menu blends tropical and oriental dishes with great seafood, traditional favourites, pizza, pasta and a fabulous breakfast selection.

Meet, eat, drink... by the water

Banana Wharf Hamble Contact: 023 8045 6622 Port Hamble Marina, Hamble, Southampton,  SO31 4QD Banana Wharf bar and restaurant at Port Hamble marina is the perfect spot to meet, eat and drink by the water, with unobstructed views of the world famous river Hamble. The menu mirrors the flagship Ocean Village restaurant. From the Banana Bar enjoy a coffee over breakfast, a quick beer after work, fine wines to accompany dinner or cocktails as the sun sets.

Meet, eat, drink... by the water

Puccinis Contact: 023 8076 4522 325 - 327 Shirley Road, Southampton  SO15 3HW Puccini’s Ristorante Italiano in Shirley Road Southampton, provides traditional food made from the best Italian ingredients, served in a fantastic bustling trattoria atmosphere with a friendly Italian welcome. Enjoy alfresco dining in the outside terrace available during the summer months.

Fantastic trattoria atmosphere


Bringing better Tea and Coffee to Southampton Mettricks Tea & Coffee House is pioneering the specialty coffee culture within Southampton, with a distinctively local flare. Their mission is simple; to bring some much deserved Better Tea & Coffee to their South Coast home. Mettricks’ expert baristas take great pride in each and every coffee they serve. Their house blend is South American by origin and roasted here in the St Mary’s area of the city by Mozzo Coffee. They also offer a rotating guest single origin coffee alongside retail beans, which can be ground to suit your home equipment Not just about coffee, you will find the widest range of fine loose leaf teas in the city, all carefully selected by the tea experts at Char in Winchester and the hot chocolates are made using flakes of real white, dark and milk chocolate (no powder used!).

Mettricks Old Town - The Original One Located in the heart of Southampton’s medieval Old Town, The Original Mettricks is where our coffee mission began.

To compliment their tea and coffee expertise there is an extensive menu of fresh tasty locally sourced food.

Now serving cocktails, beers, wines & an evening menu of flatbreads, small bites & posh bar snacks until 10pm Location: 117 High Street, OLD TOWN, Southampton SO14 2AA Mettricks Bargate - The Central One With an unrivalled view over the city’s historic Bargate, and right in the heart of the city’s main shopping precinct. Location: 2 East Bargate, BARGATE, Southampton SO14 2DL


Breakfast and brunch is extensively covered, whether that be a bowl of porridge or fresh croissant with a fresh fruit smoothie, scotch pancakes with crispy

Coming 2016... Mettricks Guildhall The Cultured One Location: 1 Guildhall Walk, Guildhall Square, Southampton SO14 7LP

bacon, a Mettricks English breakfast or their famous local bacon and free range egg sandwich on locally baked bread. For lunch, Mettricks prides itself on summer salads using the freshest leaves, homemade soups and stews, sausage rolls, wraps and sandwiches all freshly made on site daily and using seasonal ingredients from Southampton markets, butchers, bakers and local craftsmen. If you need a pit stop after exploring, then afternoon tea is served with fresh scones which are baked every morning and served with local jam and clotted cream as well as stocking a wide selection of home made cakes and bakes, including their legendary chocolate brownie. Slipping into late afternoon and early evening, Mettricks serves an extensive range of local real ales, wines and spirits, as well as hosting live music from acoustic guitar to blues and jazz alongside a wide programme of events. Simply put Mettricks isn’t just another generic High Street Coffee shop – it’s one of Southampton’s best kept secrets.

Opening times: Mon - Weds 7.30am – 7pm, Thurs & Fri 7.30am – 10pm, Sat 9am – 10pm and Sun 9am – 6pm. TEL: 02380 710583. @MettricksCoffee


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Have a drink or a bite to eat...

Steak of the Art Southampton


pened in February 2016, Steak of the Art redefined what eating out means in Southampton. Perfect for those looking for pure foodie pleasure, the restaurant, which is located at Admirals Quay, Ocean Village, combines an electric artistic atmosphere with some of the best steaks served anywhere across the south coast. From the moment you step inside customers are rewarded with a real wow factor. Split over two floors, 130 covers are indoors while the remaining 40 are outside providing a vista unlike anything else in the city and the ideal spot to soak up the summer sun while enjoying a refreshing drink and bite to eat. The restaurant itself is a living gallery with pictures and paintings on display (and for sale) from local artists including work from the Southampton Art Society. The venue also includes a quirky crow’s nest where up to six customers can sit and enjoy their meal while overlooking the rest of the venue. A Titanic themed mural adorns one entire wall. Made up of over 40 aluminium panels it links Southampton’s historical past with the famous ship. There are also a number of

booths which offer a more private dining experience for up to six people. The nautical theme continues throughout the whole restaurant with the floor incorporating numerous nautical flags while the private dining area, which is great for meetings, private events or family gatherings is decked out with a series of ropes. The importance of sourcing the very best ingredients is a real labour of love for the team and is reflected in the quality of the meat and fish. The team insists that all the main ingredients have good provenance with amazing quality, and the Southampton restaurant benefits from getting its meat and fish from some amazing suppliers which includes Cornwall-based Philip Warren butchers and Fish for Thought. Steak of the Art is a totally new concept and one that has captured the imagination of the people of Southampton and is a great place to go for visitors to the city. Customers will be able to enjoy some top quality food but they will also be able to take in some excellent art. For visitors who just want to visit the art gallery, enjoy a quiet drink, coffee or light bite they are more than welcome.

Redefining eating out in Southampton

Location: Unit 3, The Moresby Tower, Admirals Quay, Ocean Way, SO14 3LG TEL: 023 8063 9046.


Steak of the Art, Southampton


Discover & Explore Southampton visitors are in primary position for exploring Hampshire’s top attractions! Whether you’re visiting for a short break or enjoying a little longer, Southampton is home to lots of great attractions, and makes the perfect gateway for reaching other top attractions in Hampshire. Whatever you are looking for; family fun, something for the kids, adventures as a couple, there is an attraction to please everyone. You can enjoy a full day out keeping you entertained for hours, or visit an attraction to occupy you for a couple of hours.

A full day of adventure If it’s adventure you’re after then a visit to Paultons Park is a must, with over 60 rides and attractions, it’s also home to the popular Pepper Pig World, which is perfect for those little ones. Fill the day with enjoyment at Beaulieu, home of the National Motor Museum, it’s a great place to spend the day enjoying over 250 automobiles and motorcycles, as well as Palace House and gardens, the Secret Army Exhibition and the World of Top Gear. Exbury Gardens & Steam railway is great ways to spend the day out in the open. The picturesque gardens and their hidden treasures will keep you entertained for hours! If that’s what


you’re looking for then make sure you also visit Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey, a 180-acre garden paradise with a magnificent collection of more than 42,000 plants and boasts one of the largest Winter Gardens of its kind in Europe. For animal lovers get up-close to your favourite animals at Marwell Zoo. From ring-tailed coatis to majestic giraffes, endangered tigers to frilled lizards, curious meerkats to pygmy hippos – home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings.

 n experience to A remember If you’re a bit of a monkey yourself then Go Ape Southampton promises you fun and adventure in the trees, and you can dive to the depths without getting wet at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Southsea. Enjoy hands-on, interactive science and technology at the Winchester Science Centre and learn whilst having fun. A unique experience awaits you at Mid Hants Railway “Watercress Line” and for those brave enough try walking over the glass floor platform at Emirates Spinnaker Tower! @HampshireTopAttractions

A whole lot of history You can make your day out interesting and cultural with a visit to Mottisfont with its changing exhibitions, a feast for the senses all year round. Winchester Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in England and well worth a visit, with crypt and Cathedral tours available it offers a wealth of beauty, from its outstanding architecture to the deep emotions stirred by its choral music.  The only remaining steam driven brickworks left in the country – a unique survivor from our Victorian industrial past, a visit to Bursledon Brickworks is a must! Manor Farm & Country Park is a working historic farm with lots to see and interact with. For some more history explore historic warships including Nelson’s HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and marvel at “The Big-Guns” at Fort Nelson. Another fascinating part of our history is that of our military. You can see over 40 historic aircraft at the Museum Army of Flying. Experience 1000 years of Royal Navy history at the National Museum of The Royal Navy.


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A day of exploration Getting to and from your day out can be just as exciting as the day out itself! Hovertravel offers you the fastest foot passenger service to the Isle of Wight, from Southsea to Ryde. Take your car across from Portsmouth or Lymington with Wightlink ferries. Or, choose between the passenger Red Jet and car ferry service at Red Funnel leaving from Southampton. Whilst you’re discovering the Isle of Wight make sure you explore Dinosaur Isle where you will be taken on a journey back through fossilised time.

Sometimes there’s nothing better than packing up at picnic and heading to a picturesque country park, luckily Hampshire has some great ones to choose from including Staunton Country Park with 1,000 acres for you to explore.  There is so much on offer in Hampshire, and Southampton is the perfect place to start your adventures. If you need any help planning your visit to one of Hampshire’s Top Attractions visit w w w. h a m p s h i r e a t t r a c t i o n s . c o . u k or pick up a leaflet from reception for discount vouchers and special offers. #HantsDaysOut16

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rom coast to countryside, whether your passion is heritage, culture, shopping or a fun-filled family day out, the world-renowned Hamble Valley has it all. Located to the east of Southampton, this area of outstanding natural beauty is quite literally at your feet. Known as the Strawberry Coast, The Hamble Valley is set alongside the stunning River Hamble, tucked between the bustling cities of Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth and stretching along 25 miles of Hampshire’s coastline. There is so much on offer with a variety of unique family attractions from Manor Farm, the Victorian working farm which was the setting for the BBC’s Wartime Farm series to

Enjoy beautiful waterside vistas and amble through woodlands, marshes and meadows on one of the many walking trails

Bursledon Windmill and Bursledon Brickworks. Discover delightfully quaint villages and charming towns and over 1500 acres of unspoilt countryside with five country parks. Enjoy beautiful waterside vistas and amble through woodlands, marshes and meadows on one of the many walking trails including the Strawberry Trail, a long distance walk along the River Hamble, the Cobbett Trail, a short walk around the village of Botley and the Hamble Rail Trail. Hamble River events take place throughout the year, attracting world class yachtsmen and racing enthusiasts. Competition within the sailing world is strong and many sailors come to showcase their skills. The essence of a sailing lifestyle

is captured through the marinas, chandleries, restaurants and boutiques, located along the shoreline. Indeed, numerous opportunities present themselves to way anchor and investigate the local vintage ales. Whether you are on a romantic short break or visiting for the week with a young family, you’ll wish you had discovered the Hamble Valley sooner. For further information on glorious days out on the River Hamble or your personal journey through the Hamble Valley, visit


eet the talking crash test dummy in Driving Change, the new interactive display which explores motoring innovations and technologies at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. Push buttons to hear his fascinating facts about how safety has evolved throughout motoring history. Then turn knobs and handles to discover how gears, suspension and engines work at the new-for-2016 display. Film footage, memorabilia and cars from the museum’s collection combine to tell the story of motoring right up to today’s electric vehicles and predictions for alternative power in the future. In the National Motor Museum, see over 250 stunning vehicles on display from every motoring era, ranging from some of the world’s most iconic Land Speed Record breakers to motoring oddities such as a giant orange on wheels! Special displays include Grand Prix Greats celebrating the adrenaline-fuelled history of F1 and its track racing forerunners, and Road, Race and Rally with machines from the fearless world of rallying and hill-climb. Take a pod ride through 100 years of motoring history on Wheels and experience the sights, smells and sounds of Jack Tucker’s recreated 1930s garage. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the grounds with a ride on the high-level Monorail or seek out the sights aboard the open-top Veteran London Bus. Enter World of Top Gear, featuring actual vehicles created for the hit TV show. Then visit On Screen Cars to see favourites including Del Boy’s Reliant Regal and Mr Bean’s lime green Mini. Visit Palace House, home of the Montagu family since 1538, to see the magnificent rooms and talk to costumed guides about life ‘below stairs’ in a Victorian country house. Then in 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, enjoy a film presentation and exhibition about the lives of its Cistercian monk founders.

Meet the talking crash test dummy at Beaulieu’s new display LOCATION: New Forest, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN




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he beautiful Isle of Wight makes the perfect choice for a day out or short break. The Island is packed with everything to keep little ones entertained, from dinosaur museums and fossil hunting to wildlife parks and castles. With so many great adventures waiting to be discovered, there really is something for everyone. From cycling trails and tree climbing to penguins and paragliding, the hardest part will be deciding what to do first. Red Funnel is the Isle of Wight specialist with over 150 years of experience and can help you arrange everything from attraction and event tickets to ferry travel and accommodation. Red Funnel sail to the Isle of Wight from Southampton and their fleet of vehicle ferries are the largest to serve the Solent. A trip on board offers superb views across Southampton Water and out to the Solent. When you’ve finished enjoying the view why not sample a specialist coffee, choose from the tempting hot and cold food, or use the free Wi-Fi to catch up on your emails. Experience the newly refurbished Red Osprey or Red Falcon which boast a kids lounge, pet friendly lounge and sun deck. At just 23 miles long and 13 miles wide, the Isle of Wight has an incredible number of varied attractions from fun packed theme parks, an historic steam railway and exotic wildlife sanctuaries to historical sites such

as medieval Carisbrooke Castle and Queen Victoria’s Osborne House. What’s more, the Island is one of the sunniest places in the UK so visitors are almost guaranteed a sunny day, but even if not, there are plenty of things to do if the clouds roll in. Attraction tickets are available in advance from Red Funnel, with up to a third off selected attractions. The Isle of Wight is famous for events and boasts a calendar packed with everything from Cowes Week to the Isle of Wight Festival, it’s easy to see why. Foodies will love the Garlic Festival in August, and outdoorsy types can enjoy the beautiful countryside during the annual Cycling Festival in September. The Island is a walker’s paradise and the annual Isle of Wight Walking Festival is the largest in Europe, offering over 300 different guided walks, most of which are free of charge. Delve a little deeper and you’ll discover an eclectic events calendar that has something for everyone. Try viewing the Island’s magnificent coastline from a yacht or surfboard, or for something completely different why not try tree climbing or coasteering? The Isle of Wight has something for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Head across the water and leave your troubles on the mainland.

Red Funnel is the Isle of Wight specialist with over 150 years of experience

LOCATION: Dock Gate 7 off Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2AR 023 8024 8500




Walk this way

Like any city, Southampton has a rich and varied heritage with many stories, tales and mysteries, which unfold through the buildings, landscape and people of the city.


rom the Tudors, Pilgrim Fathers, Agincourt and the 100 years War, to Jane Austen, World War II and the Titanic; Southampton has been influenced and shaped by many key events and people. One of the best and most informative ways to discover more about the heritage of the city is to join one of the many guided walks and talks. There are two tour guiding associations operating in the city providing flexibility and covering a wide variety of interests.

See Southampton Tour Guides Operating from the 1st April until 30th September, Southampton’s Hidden History Walks, which include the walls and visiting the medieval vaults, take place every Saturday and Sunday at 10.30am and 1.30pm and at 5.30pm on a Wednesday evening. From the 1st October until the 31st March, the walks take place every Saturday and Sunday at 1.30pm. To join the tour by the lions at the Bargate by the lions. There is a charge of £5.00 per person (accompanied children free). There are also a number of themed walks which take place every month including: Titanic Walk, Southampton’s Central Parks, Southampton at War, Maritime Museum and Ghastly, Grim and Gory stories. For more information, dates, times and contact details visit

Southampton Tourist Guides Association (STGA) 2016 will see the STGA celebrating 40-years of sharing Southampton’s history. Throughout the year, public walks take place every Saturday and Sunday, leaving from the Bargate at 11:00am. Walks last 1.5 hours and cost £5.00 per person, accompanied children free. Themed walks include the Terrible Tudors, Harry Hamtun, Titanic, Medieval Churches and the Friary and if you are brave enough… ghost walks! To find out dates of themed walks, how to arrange private walks for a group and general information, dates, times and contact details visit: Visit Oceans located at 160 High Street on the QE2 Mile to purchase tickets for STGA guided walks plus for Tourist Information and Southampton souvenirs.

Reasons to visit There are so many reasons to #VisitSouthampton; from it’s maritime history to it’s creative outlets, open green spaces to numerous shopping centres, museums, galleries, and not forgetting it’s restaurants and bars! Use the QR code to take a look at the Reasons to visit Southampton video and share with us your favourite reasons to #VisitSouthampton. Pick up a copy of The Southampton Pocket Guide for more information on discovering Southampton and the many reasons to visit, plus you could also WIN a fabulous Southampton weekend break, which includes 4 Star accommodation, museums, attractions and food for the weekend!


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The beautiful Isle of Wight is only an hour’s ferry crossing from Southampton, or 25 minutes using the Red Jet foot passenger service, making it a great choice for your next UK adventure or for a day trip as part of your mainland break. The Island is packed with everything to keep you entertained, from historic houses to fossil hunting, hidden coves to bustling attractions. With so many great adventures waiting to be discovered, there really is something for everyone. The hardest part will be deciding what to do first.

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The Southampton Guest Guide 2016  
The Southampton Guest Guide 2016  

The Southampton Guest Guide is a lifestyle visitor magazine specifically for staying visitors to Southampton. Discover the places to visit,...