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Welcome Welcome to The Southampton Guest Guide and a relaxing stay, whatever your itinerary.

Our aim is to provide you with a wealth of information, including the hidden secrets that will make your stay in Southampton truly memorable. Located on the beautiful south coast of England, Southampton is a city of growing international renown. Regarded as the cruise capital of Northern Europe, Southampton plays host to over 4 million visitors a year and offers a vibrant, cultural experience for all who stay. 2012 is a big year in Southampton with the opening of a new visitor attraction; SeaCity Museum, Titanic Centenary, 175 years of P&O, the Olympic Torch Relay and many more fantastic cultural events. Southampton is a diverse city offering the finest shopping in the region from major shopping venues and names to bespoke boutiques. Blending the historic Old Town comprising of medieval city walls, with new developments and cultural spaces, Southampton is a unique city waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. Whether you are in the city for an overnight stay, few days of a weekend short break, we hope that you emerge from your stay enlightened and reinvigorated. We look forward to welcoming you again, very soon!

Jo Cooper

PAGE 4 SeaCity Museum 6 Tudor House and Garden 8 Southampton City Art Gallery 9 John Hansard Art Gallery 10 The Nuffield Theatre 11 The Mayflower Theatre 12 Bedford Place Boutique 13 Vintage Southampton 14 John Lewis - Season to Savour 15 Feast of Flavours 16 Oxford Street 17 Simons at Oxfords 18 Ideal Collection 20 On the Road to London 2012 22 Olympic Torch in Southampton 24 A Base for Exploration 25 Marwell Wildlife 26 Sourcing Great Days Out 27 Bond in Motion 28 Itineraries 30 Events

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Southampton Guest Guide: History

SeaCity Museum


outhampton’s latest must-visit attraction is

Explore the 1:25 scale interactive model of the ship and

the long-awaited SeaCity Museum which

see what it was like to work onboard. You will have the

tells the story of the people of Southampton

opportunity to have a go at steering the ship, load the coal

through the ages, their fascinating lives and

in the Boiler Room and learn about Morse Code and the

the city’s historic connection with the sea.

messages that were sent the night of the disaster.

Located in the Grade II* former Magistrates

Experience the ‘Disaster Room’ where the temperature falls.

Court, SeaCity Museum tells the history of the city and

As part of an audio-visual installation listen to recordings

the people who have travelled in and out of the area over

of passengers and

the past 250,000 years. The exhibitions and displays

crew describing the

bring maritime history to life through interactive experiences

night the ship sank.

designed for all ages.

View the pocket

Whether you are stopping in the city for a few hours,

watch owned by

a day or a weekend, make sure you add the museum

Titanic steward, Sid

to your itinerary.

Sedundary showing

Southampton’s Titanic Story

the exact time it hit the water and stopped.

The most famous ship in the world, the RMS Titanic, pulled

Immerse yourself in

away from White Star Dock in Southampton at the start

the original 1930s

of her maiden voyage on 10 April, 1912. Five days later in

court room which

the early hours of 15 April she struck an iceburg and sank

depicts the inquiry held in London after the disaster. A sound

causing great loss of life. The disaster made headlines across

and light show will be read by actors summarising the key

the world.

conclusions and stages of the inquiry. You can also learn

The impact of the tragedy was felt no more so than in

about the changes made to ship safety, design and maritime

Southampton. Most of the crew of the Titanic lived in the city

safety following the Titanic disaster.

and more than 500 households in Southampton lost at least one family member. 538 of the 714 crew members who gave

Southampton - Gateway to the World

a Southampton address were lost; the city was devastated.

Southampton has unique historic connections and Gateway

This exhibition tells their story. Your journey will begin with

to the World recounts the stories of people who have

a wall of photos of the crew from Southampton. You will

departed from or arrived in the port of Southampton over the

be able to learn about what it was like to live and work in

last 2000 years with themes of invaders and settlers, traders,

Southampton in 1912. Some of the museum’s collections will

exiles and soldiers. One gallery is dedicated to the role the

be on display, including Captain Smith’s sword.

city has played post 1945, told through The Suitcase Stories.


Special Exhibition - Titanic the Legend Marking the hundred-year commemoration of the disaster, 2012 sees the SeaCity Special Exhibition Area host a completely original Titanic exhibition – ‘Titanic the Legend’. This will be in place into 2013. The Titanic story is presented through a variety of perspectives and considers why the legend endures and the effect it has had on ship design, safety and technological research. The exhibition also explores the notion of a ‘Titanic industry’ from books and films, merchandise, celebrities and the myths that still surround the disaster. This special exhibition space will host other temporary exhibitions in future years. The Galley Café is the ideal refreshment stop during your visit to SeaCity Museum, or during your visit to Southampton. You do not need to pay for admission to the rest of the museum if you wish to stop for a spot of lunch or afternoon tea.

SeaCity Museum is open daily 10am – 5pm (from 11 April 2012).

Venue details: SeaCity Museum Havelock Road Southampton SO14 7FY 023 8083 3007


Southampton Guest Guide: History

Encompassing over 800 years of history on one site, Southampton’s most important historic building, the Tudor House, is now open after almost a decade of repairs and refurbishment. Dating back to 1492, the current Grade 1 listed house has

Tudor Lord Chief Justice, Sir Richard Lyster and Victorian

been home to such characters as eminent Tudor lawyer

milliner, Eliza Simmons each offering their own personal

Lord Lyster, artist George Rogers and Victorian bonnet maker

insight into the period in which they lived.

Eliza Simmons.

The reconstructed Tudor and Victorian kitchens demonstrate

Enjoy an exciting audio-visual show which explains the history of the house, while lenticular panels and innovative interactive guides rotate to show how the rooms would have looked during different historic periods, in particular the Tudor, Georgian and Victorian eras. If you are visiting with your family, look out for the drop-in workshops and regular special events with historic experts on hand to talk about life in the house

how far mod cons have come in the

The impressive timber framed house facing St Michael’s Square has been a museum since 1912.

throughout its long history. There is also a

21st Century. A selection of restored artefacts of historic importance are on display in the fascinating museum, including examples of Georgian and Victorian jewellery, as well as a number of archaeological finds dating back to the medieval and Tudor periods. After a tour of the house, enjoy a cream tea in the café overlooking the tranquil Tudor knot garden, which has also been

series of interactive activities giving children the chance to

restored, offering plenty of opportunities for children to

find specific objects around the house, design their own wall

explore safely.

fabrics or tiles, make rubbings of unusual textures within the

Beyond the garden lies King John’s Palace, the remains of a

building and dress up in period costume.

stone-built merchant’s house built in the 1200s, which later

A vivid light and sound show in the Banqueting Hall will

became part of the medieval town walls.

introduce you to the house and some of the characters

Tudor House is open daily 10am – 5pm.

such as John Dawtrey, who built Tudor House and William Spranger, who saved it from demolition at the end of the 19th Century. The banqueting hall will also introduce 6

History at the Heart of Southampton

Venue details: Tudor House and Garden Bugle Street Southampton SO14 2AD 023 8083 4242 www.tudorhouseandgarden. com


Southampton Guest Guide: Cultural Tourist


City Art Gallery

Southampton City Art Gallery is the most significant public art gallery south of London. Opened in April 1939 in Southampton’s Civic Centre,

2012 Exhibitions

as those who simply enjoy the atmosphere of a gallery.

9 February – 13 May 2012 Roland Penrose and the British Surrealists

Southampton City Art Gallery offers the opportunity to enjoy

A major exhibition examining the work of Roland

high quality exhibitions ranging from painting, sculpture and

Penrose, his relationship with his wife, Lee Miller

drawing, to photography and film, as well as permanent

and the other British Surrealists

the art gallery attracts art-lovers, curious amateurs as well

collection and displays that change regularly to ensuring new Internationally renowned for its permanent collection, the

25 May – 2 September 2012 New work by British artist Clare Woods

gallery features 3,700 works of art spanning eight centuries.

Featuring alternative landscape paintings which

These tell the story of western art from the Renaissance

respond to Southampton City Art Gallery’s collection

period right through to the present day.

as well as two large works which have been

The core of the collection consists of Twentieth Century and

commissioned for the London 2012 Olympic Games

experiences with each visit.

contemporary British art. Large clusters under this umbrella include Post-Impressionist works (notably the Camden Town Group), Surrealist paintings, St Ives and progressive


14 September 2012 – November 2012 Gary Stevens

contemporary art from

This exhibition is an ambitious series of video

the mid-1970s.

installation works by the artist Gary Stevens,

Venue details:

Conveniently located

examining time, presence and absence in his

City Art Gallery

right next to SeaCity

captivating films

Civic Centre, Commercial Rd

Museum, the venue

Southampton, SO14 7LP

caters for families. You

After viewing the exhibitions be sure to take a break in

023 8083 2277

can enjoy gallery trails

The Fountains Café. The café offers locally sourced produce

through the exhibitions,

for breakfast and lunch alternatively pop in for a cup of tea

monthly art clubs and

and delicious piece cake.

a fantastic range of

Southampton City Art Gallery is open daily from

activities for all ages.

10am to 5pm and general admission is FREE.

Southampton Guest Guide: Cultural Tourist

Venue details: John Hansard Gallery University of Southampton

World-class contemporary art in Southampton.

Highfield, SO17 1BJ 023 8059 2158


2012 Exhibitions

t the John Hansard

organisations across the city

Gallery you can

and region.

explore world-class

At the Gallery you’ll find a friendly

contemporary art,

welcome, free tea and coffee, plus all

24 April – 9 June 2012 Quarantania: Neha Choksi, Eva Kotátková, Taus Makhacheva

just fifteen minutes

the latest art books, magazines and

Three award-winning, young artists

from Southampton

gifts in our shop. Admission is free, and

from India, Czech Republic and

city centre. Based on

the Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday,


the University of Southampton’s

11am - 5pm and Saturday 11am-4pm.

picturesque Highfield campus for

The Gallery is situated on the west side

over thirty years, the Gallery is free

of the University Campus, just a few

26 June – 11 August 2012 Torsten Lauschmann

and presents five different exhibitions

minutes walk from the Nuffield Theatre

German-born, Glasgow-based

each year, featuring today’s most

and Turner Sims Concert Hall. Getting

artist whose work explores new

innovative artists. Throughout 2012,

here is simple by public transport – from


we’re also presenting a brand new

Southampton City Centre catch the

series of exhibitions in special city

Uni-link U1 bus to Highfield

centre locations.

Interchange. The journey takes just

28 August – 13 October 2012 Rona Lee

The best contemporary art allows you

twenty minutes, with up to six buses

New works developed in

to see, experience and think about the

leaving each hour.

conjunction with the world-

world differently. At the John Hansard

Forthcoming exhibitions in 2012

renowned National Oceanographic

Gallery we celebrate

include high-tech digital

Centre, part of the University of

this by showcasing a

installations by David


rich variety of work, from new talent to major international figures, and from painting and sculpture to film, photography,

The best contemporary art allows you to see, experience and think about the world differently.

installations and digital technology.

Cotterrell, previously Afghanistan; Quarantania,

30 October – 21 December 2012 Joachim Hendricks

featuring three award-

Renowned German artist whose

winning, emerging

work addresses complex moral

international artists; Rona

and ethical issues.

an official War Artist in

Lee, who has developed work with the world-

Off-site exhibitions in Southampton

Throughout the year you can also take

renowned National Oceanographic

city centre from early Summer 2012,

part in a range of events and activities,

Centre, part of the University of

starting with Jennifer Anyan: Embodied

including artist talks and tours,

Southampton. And launching the


workshops for children, young people

Gallery’s off-site programme during

Admission is FREE and everyone

and families, seminars and conferences.

Spring 2012 will be artist and fashion

welcome - we look forward to meeting

We also lead a range of community

stylist Jennifer Anyan, whose work is

you at the Gallery soon.

initiatives and projects with schools and

poised between sculpture and couture. 9


he Nuffield Theatre,

theatre talent, developing new artists

Whether you are visiting Southampton

on the University of

and productions, aspiring playwrights

briefly, or here for a longer stay, The

Southampton’s campus,

(several of whom have gone on to win

Nuffield Theatre would love to welcome

is one of the South’s

professional acclaim), and a lively and

you to the theatre on the campus.

leading producing

exciting Youth Theatre.

For a relaxed meal before a show,


Headlong Theatre Company are one

there’s a thriving Cafe Bar restaurant,

Over the last forty years The Nuffield

of our regular collaborators, with

with occasional special events for

has come to be recognised in England

productions such as the astonishing

Valentine’s Day, Easter and Christmas.

and abroad as a major force in British

new Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer

There’s free parking from 6pm, or a

theatre, led by Artistic Director, Patrick

Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale

great bus service from Southampton

Sandford and Executive Director,

and Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats

Airport Parkway and Southampton

Kate Anderson. It’s the place to go for

of Loneliness. And, during 2012,

Central stations. During the summer a

their own award-winning productions

the Nuffield, Headlong and HighTide

leafy lawn provides somewhere you can

that tour nationally and sometimes

Festival co-produce Boys, a world

sit with your interval drinks, and in the

internationally and for the world’s

premiere by Ella Hickson and work

winter, the cosy, curtained Cafe Bar has

best national and international touring

with the Royal Shakespeare Company

its own special theatrical atmosphere.


to showcase the very best of the local

The Nuffield Theatre sometimes

theatre talent, with twenty amateur

welcomes famous faces, and regularly

companies taking to the stage.

supports and mentors the best of new

Many of The Nuffield Theatre plays and events are family friendly – and nationally known stand-up comedians

Venue details:

are often programmed on Sunday

The Nuffield Theatre

nights during the season. Each summer

University of Southampton

there is a stunning outdoor event

Highfield, SO17 1BJ

such as Waterlitz – music, lights and

023 8067 1771

fireworks around a giant created from

shipping containers, towering over a city park. If you’ve seen or heard of the Sultan’s Elephant, this will be a similarly extraordinary experience.


For up-to-date information on what’s happening at The Nuffield this season please visit Facebook or Twitter@nuffieldtheatre.

Image captions: Daniel Boyd and Catrin Stewart in Romeo and Juliet, a Nuffield Theatre, Headlong and Nottingham Playhouse co-production | James and the Giant Peach Alchemy in the UK – a new play by Maggie Nevill | Boys – 2012 world premiere from Ella Hickson

Southampton Guest Guide: Cultural Tourist

he Mayflower Theatre is the most prominent

Shall We Dance, The March of the Siamese Children and the

theatre along the South coast, bringing the

unforgettable Getting To Know You.

West End experience to Southampton. The

Welsh National Opera return with their Spring Season from

theatre has a long standing history of hosting

27 March for a week consisting of La traviata, Berlioz’s

major West End plays and spectacular touring

opera, Beatrice and Benedict and The Marriage of

musicals. Ballet, opera and comedy all find a


home on the boards and with the recent investment of £1.6

Dirty Dancing will set pulses racing when it arrives for a

million, guaranteeing access to large stage structures, the

four week run from 3 April. Seen by millions across the globe

physical presence of the touring companies is enormous.

this worldwide smash-hit tells the classic story of Baby

West End productions brought to Southampton include

and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from

Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and Phantom of the Opera.

different worlds, who come together in what will be the most

Audiences enjoy the space of the auditorium and facilities,

challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring

which can some time be lacking in the smaller London

hit songs; including Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love

venues. At the same time, the theatre is designed to create

Me? and the heart stopping I’ve Had The Time Of My Life.

a cosseted atmosphere, ensuring a feeling of comfort during

Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Lionel Bart’s

your stay.

smash hit musical Oliver! follows from 1 – 26 May, starring

Ovation is the aptly named restaurant on site, featuring

Brian Conley as Fagin, Iain Fletcher as Bill Sikes. The

mouth watering menus and heavily influenced by the best

sensational score of Oliver! is full of Lionel Bart’s irresistible

seasonal and fresh produce. The first class service rounds

songs including Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself,

off your meal, leaving you ready to enjoy a show or return

You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two, I’d Do Anything, Oom

home, having enjoyed a wonderful evening.

Pah Pah and As Long As He Needs Me.

Originally an Art Deco styled theatre, opening in 1928 as the

Later in the year The

Southampton Empire, the theatre changed its name to the

Theatre will be presenting

Gaumont in 1950, finally becoming The Mayflower in 1987.

a new production of

Venue details:

The forthcoming season will see The Mayflower play host to

Leonard Bernstein’s

The Mayflower Theatre

world class entertainment for all Rodgers and Hammerstein’s

Wonderful Town

Commercial Road

smash-hit musical The King and I, runs from 20 – 24

starring Connie Fisher,

Ticket information:

March. Ramon Tikaram will play the role of The King and

Steel Magnolias and

023 8071 1811

Josefina Gabrielle will play the role of Anna. The King and I is

the smash hit Legally

For full information about

told using one of the most beautiful scores ever written with


what is on:

sweeping melodies such as


images King and I © Catherine Ashmore


images Oliver! © Seamus_Ryan

Southampton Guest Guide: Cultural Tourist

Southampton Guest Guide: Shop to your heart’s content

Bedford Place offers a fascinating selection of small independent shops and stylish boutiques. This part of the city is also filled with bars and bistros all within easy reach of the city centre and parks.

Arcana is one of Southampton’s most established salons. With stylishly modern decor and a relaxing ambiance, Arcana offers the ultimate hair and beauty experience. 46 Bedford Place Tel: 023 8063 1292

A beautiful selection of womens wear from French Brand Devernois. Cleverly created to co-ordinate outfits for all occasions.       47 Bedford Place, Southampton, SO15 2DG. Tel: 023 8023 7501 10am till 5pm.  Mon to Sat.

Cloud Wine is an independent old fashioned wine, spirit and beer shop. Interesting and unusual! 45 Bedford Place, Tel: 023 8022 8015

At Hepwright’s you will find wonderful hand picked vintage clothes, accessories, homewares, textiles and collectibles. 34 Bedford Place, Tel: 07733 766 746 12

Southampton Guest Guide: Shop to your heart’s content

1950s Swirly Dress £125

1950s Tweed Jacket £28 1970s Missoni Belted T Shirt Dress £85

1960s Purple Evening Dress £95

1960s Gold Beaded Evening Purse £14 1960s Wool Waistcoat £16

1940s Red Wool Dress £54

1980s Sunglasses £14

There was a time when vintage shops had a reputation for being jam packed, untidy and even a bit smelly. “If you want something a little bit different, vintage shops are the ideal place to go. Not only are the clothes more individual, of Hepwright’s in Bedford Place, Southampton says that but the shops are independently run by people with a passion shops like hers are the new face of vintage. for fashion.... “I hope visitors find my shop is as bright and welcoming as We’ve got everything from wartime tea dresses, 1950s party a designer boutique. We don’t pack the rails so it is easy to browse. Stock changes all the time and we try to offer as much frocks, Tweed jackets for the chaps, beaded evening gowns and everything in between. I love it when we can help style for the mainstream fashion shopper as the vintage collector. customers for big event like Bestival or Goodwood Revival.” We sell clothes and accessories people can wear every day.” “But you don’t have to dress top to toe in vintage fashion to All the pieces at Hepwright’s are bought locally from private get the look. A funky tie, a pretty silk scarf or a brooch added clients by Catherine and she can often tell you the story of to your high street outfit can transform it into you own unique who used to own them look.” “I always say I’m running an adoption agency for clothes. The previous owners entrust their beautiful garments to me – Once you find Hepwright’s, it’s only a short walk to another and they tell me they are pleased they are going to be bought Southampton vintage shop The Beatnik Emporium. Right by someone who will love them just as much they did.” opposite the Cenotaph in Watts Park, you can’t miss its But all that has changed and vintage expert Catherine Wright

Vintage clothing has moved into the mainstream and is no

colourful hand painted

longer the preserve of the young and trendy or flamboyant

sign and windows full of


individuals who like to dress-up.

vintage curiosities.

34 Bedford Place, Southampton. SO15 2DG.

Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @hepvintage

Tel: 07733 766 746 Open Tuesday to Saturday


 epwright’s can help you with: Private appointments. Hire options H available. Alterations service. Vintage dressing up parties. Styling service & Gift vouchers.

10am to 5pm. Other times by appointment.


a season to


Refined Puritan II

John Lewis Southampton, in WestQuay, is a full-line department store offering four floors of the best in fashion, home and technology. Its many facilities include a licensed restaurant, café, spacious parent’s room, beauty treatment rooms and a Clarins Spa. Special services range from fashion advice, home design and kitchen planning to gift list and gift-wrapping. In 2011, John Lewis Southampton underwent the second of it’s multi million pound projects to transform two of it’s floors. In October last year the refurbishment of the First floor was completed, transforming the Consumer Electronics, Furniture and Menswear departments and creating an enhanced shopping experience. Playnation

created three distinctive stories for

John Lewis Home Design Service

Spring/Summer 2012 – Playnation,

If you’re planning anything from a

Refined Puritan II and Maritime. From

complete redesign to a seasonal update

pop art playfulness to casual coastal

you can call on the creative expertise of

living, these trends encapsulate the

the John Lewis Home design advisors to

must-have looks for the home in 2012.

help you bring out the best in your home.

Playnation: John Lewis’s key trend

The specially trained Home design

for Spring Summer 12, Playnation

advisors will bring a fresh and creative

injects some much-needed fun into our

perspective to your interior design

surroundings. Celebrating colour, the

project, working closely with you every

For more information contact

palette utilises a core base of neutrals in

step of the way to design a scheme that’s

John Lewis

conjunction with chalky pastels and pops

personal, practical and unique.


of acid brights

Offering two levels of service to meet

023 8021 6400

Refined Puritan II: 2012’s Refined

your specific needs, you can book a

see a member of staff in store

Puritan II story has evolved from its

free in-store appointment, or opt for

or log on to

austere origins to embrace a softer, more

a more thorough home consultation,

rustic attitude whilst also still retaining a

which is particularly recommend if you’re

pared-back beauty. Placing value on the

contemplating changes in several rooms.

longevity and authenticity of products,

There’s a charge of £200 for the at home

this mood is very much a response to the

service, but that’s redeemable against the

economic times we live in.

cost of any made to order products for

Maritime: A timeless trend that has

your new scheme.

The John Lewis Design Studio has


been extremely popular in recent seasons, Spring 2012 will see a simplified version of the coastal theme. 14

image © Dan Wilson

Southampton Guest Guide: Fork and Cork


outhampton offers a gastronomic experience

transporting you straight to one of the islands.

with influences from the diverse local

With such a huge influence coming from the Polish

population, location and the availability

community, a number of Polish restaurants have gained

of fresh, locally grown produce.

national recognition for their quality and presentation. Top of

Across the many restaurants,

the list is undoubtedly Stacja PL, located in Onslow Road.

bistros, pubs and cafes you will find

Off the beaten track for many, but well worth a visit, with

excellent food and drink always on the menu.

an incredible insight into the delicacies of Polish cuisine.

The heady mix of fresh, local and exotic produce with

Undoubtedly the grandest experience in Thai food will be

new food tastes all come together in Southampton in a

found at Kuti’s Royal Thai Pier, on the Royal Pier at Town

celebration of dishes and wines and whatever your personal

Quay. Watch the sunset over the water as you indulge

taste, you’ll be sure to find what you are looking for.

yourself in the finest Thai cuisine along the south coast.

Turtle Bay, located in Guildhall Square, brings the secrets

The Far East has a huge influence on restaurants in

of Caribbean food to the city. The menu celebrates the

Southampton but the true Japanese experience may be

traditional cuisine found across the islands, including the

experienced in a modern, contemporary environment

marinades, fresh fish and obviously an extensive cocktail

right in the heart of Southampton at Below Bar:

menu! Special events at Turtle Bay include Limbo dancing

Zen offers a truly incredible array of fresh fish and

and steel band music; truly enhancing all your senses.

delicate delights at mouth-wateringly good prices.

For those who prefer a meditereanean feel to dining, a visit

If a more European style takes your fancy, you’ll appreciate

to the Spanish La Esquina in Oxford Street is a must. An

the menu at IKEA. Truly Swedish but at a fantastic price

impressive menu

and the largest

includes not

restaurant in

only vegetarian


and gluten free

The Coriander

options but also

Lounge on the

allows you to

High Street aims

travel through

to restore the

the many regions

lost primordial

of Spain, at a

authenticity of

leisurely pace.

Indian cuisine

Italian food reigns supreme at Buon Gusto, a truly authentic

that shares the same traditional cooking techniques and

restaurant where the food is presented in a stylish fashion,

ingredients that make the dishes exceedingly delicious.

to fit with the surroundings. Cafexpresso close the The

Sometimes only a traditional roast will hit the spot and for

Mayflower Theatre is a modern continental bar and bistro with

a quintessential English meal then your really should book a

a mouth-watering menu. With two Bella Italia restaurants in

table at the Duke of Wellington, located in Bugle Street.

the city, delicious pizza and pasta dishes are easy to find.

It doesn’t get more atmospheric than this, with the history and

The Fat Fig in Bedford Place is a surprising find in

aromas surrounding you, a memorable evening is assured.

the heart of the city, with an extensive Greek menu that stays true to the culture of beautifully fresh food, 15

Southampton Guest Guide: Fork and Cork

Undoubtedly at the heart of Southampton’s maritime history, Oxford Street has played host to a thousand years of international trade and war. Both have left their mark in the form of historic architecture and a wonderfully cosmopolitan atmosphere.

and engine room workers on the liners

The menu at Antico Restaurant and

used to drink in what was a real ‘spit

Bar uses locally sourced produce and

and sawdust’ pub just before departure.

is prepared fresh on a daily basis. With

Six Titanic crewmen left it late and

steak being a specialty, which is cooked

dashed through Dock Gate 4 just before

to perfection.

midday - three men crossed the railway

For entertainment, The London Hotel

line just in front of a train but the three

offers a great cabaret experience. A

Slade brothers let the train pass. In the

cosmopolitan atmosphere is on offer at

meantime, the gangplank was pulled up

this predominantly gay pub, along with

and fortunately for them, they missed

great real ales and the quintessential

the Titanic.

Sunday roast.

Today visitors to the Oxford Street area

Located a short walk from Oxford Street

April 2012 sees the 100th Anniversary

are greeted by a charming spectacle,

is the Grand Cafe. Originally used by

of the ill-fated maiden voyage of RMS

with a true cafe culture bringing the

passengers of the Titanic, this grade II

Titanic, which left Southampton on 10th

shop fronts to life. The White Star holds

listed building was once Southampton’s

April 1912. Five days later in the early

two of the the coveted AA Rosettes and

grandest hotel. Now, the Wedgewood

hours of 15th April she sank with great

even boasts a roof garden.

Ballroom is a unique bar, bistro and

loss of life after striking an iceberg.

Bistro dining is a key theme in Oxford

restaurant, offering a truly remarkable

The disaster made headlines across

Street, with a fabulous array of

setting for your dining experience.

the world and had a devastating effect

specialities including, but not limited

For those in the know, Oxford Street

on the people of Southampton. Most

to, vegetarian and freshly baked

is also home to the best Medi- Spa in

of the crew lived in the town and over

breads at the Olive Tree Mediterranean

Hampshire, namely Dr Xavier’s Medi-

500 households lost at least one family

Restaurant. Simons at Oxfords Bar and

Spa Clinic. Visitors with limited time in


Restaurant offers an extensive wine

the city can still benefit from wide range

Oxford Street was home to the largest

list and regularly alters the daily menu

of professional cosmetic medical and

number of sailors in Southampton

to make the most of freshly sourced

injectable treatments for lines, wrinkles,

due to the Sailors’ Home - now the

produce, especially fish and meat. Kuti’s

skin health and appearance. What

Salvation Army - and a number of

Brasserie is one of the most highly

better way to begin your holiday or to

hostels that were on the street at the

awarded Indian restaurants in the UK,

return home to your friends than looking

time. There are many connections with

with an elaborate and extensive menu

and feeling truly refreshed?

Oxford Street and RMS Titanic which

incorporating the best of India with

are highlighted in a new Titanic Trail

specialities and influences from all over

Leaflet, from the White Star Dining

the East and often, with a creative twist.

Find out more about Oxford

Rooms which is named after the famous

Scoozi Italian is your true

Streets links with RMS Titanic

White Star Shipping Line which owned

neighbourhood Italian with the right

and the cruise heritage by

RMS Titanic; Scott Oscar Woody who

blend of traditional ingredients and a

following the Oxford Street

was a postal clerk on board the ship

warm and friendly atmosphere which

Titanic Trail. The trail leaflets

and who stayed in Parkers Hotel, now

welcomes you for lunch and dinner for

are available from the Tourist

maritime-themed Antico Restaurant

the finest wood fired pizza’s, home-

Information Centre or within

and Bar, the night before the ship sailed

made pastas and fresh fish.

venues on Oxford Street.

to The Grapes pub where the firemen 16

Southampton Guest Guide: Fork and Cork

Simons returns to

Southampton Simons, iconic and much loved wine bar of the 70’s and 80’s, has re-opened in lavish new premises next to favourite Southampton restaurant, Oxfords in Oxford street Southampton. Simons Wine Bar originally opened in December 1975 in the Bedford Place area of Southampton and soon established itself as one of the major eating and drinking venues in the city. The new Simons has inherited much of the class and style from its predecessor. The striking Victorian building has been refurbished providing a classic and impressive interior; with high ceilings, large mirrors and carefully chosen comfortable furniture which invites you to stay and have another drink. The soft green and cream colour scheme re-emphasises the quality of the cool finishes and the relaxed atmosphere. The glorious mahogany bar is a wonderful focal piece and once seated you will not want to give up your stool easily. There is a great selection of wines available, sold by the glass, carafe and bottle, as well as a range of delicious cocktails. Beers are sold on tap as well as some interesting bottled varieties. Food is provided by an inspiring menu, including a range of wine bar favourites. There is also a good range of side dishes, sandwiches, salads and other delights to suit all appetites. The music at Simons is diverse, with a good mix of new and old classics. Nothing too cheesy, and nothing too obscure. Live music plays every Thursday evening, providing the best jazz and contemporary musicians in the area. The service is friendly, efficient and offers a real welcome. Great bars in Southampton are few and far between but Simons can rightfully take its place amongst the best of them. For the 35/36 Oxfords Street

future, a function room in the cellar is planned and a new

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‘al fresco’ area, including a barbecue, will be ready this

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summer. Simon is still involved, older, greyer but still


passionate with his new young team now responsible for one


of the best new bars in the city.

For more serious diners, the adjacent award winning Oxfords

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Restaurant still flourishes and the good news is, that both


theses quality operations are not only under the same management, but are now interconnected. 17



Southampton Guest Guide: City of Sport

Southampton enjoys a great relationship with sport and with The London 2012 Olympic Games taking place this summer, the light will be shining on the city for many reasons! Southampton is home to Olympians Peter Waterfield and Stacie Powell, and would be Olympians Max Brick

Two of Southampton’s Olympic hopefuls tell The Southampton Guest Guide about how they are feeling about this summer: Peter Waterfield | Aged 30

and Chris Mears, all world-class divers

Olympic Silver Medalist, Commonwealth Gold and Silver Medalist, World Championship

who will be competing this August as

Bronze Medalist and World Series Gold Medalist.

part of Team GB. They all use the city’s

How did you get into diving and then deciding to do it professionally?

training facilities, which are managed by

I started age 9 and stumbled across it while learning to swim, I really enjoyed it

Active Nation, a charity campaigning to

and pursued the diving side.

persuade Southampton to Get up and

How are you feeling about the Olympics?

Get Active!

I am feeling very excited and can not wait! I’ve been to three games, winning the

The Quays Swimming and Diving

Silver in 2004 but really can’t wait to do it in my home country and to try winning

Complex offer world-class diving

a medal.

facilities, a state-of-the-art gym and two

As a Southampton resident, what is your experience of the city?

amazing fitness studios, and with a great

I love living here and the people are great. Southampton has been very supportive

family fun pool, complete with whirlpool

throughout my career and really hope to bring a medal back to the city.

and jets, water-babies young and old are

Tell us about the sports facilities in Southampton and how they have helped you?

happily entertained!

The Quays is one of the best facilities for diving in the country and has everything

For those wanting to follow in the

we need to be able to train to the highest level.

footsteps of Peter, Max, Stacie and Chris,

Lastly, any advice for those wishing to pursue a career in diving?

the South’s premier Diving Academy

Diving has given me a great life, I’ve travelled the world met lots of different

holds taster sessions for all ages and

people – and I get paid to do something that I love to do, so if you find a sport

abilities in the centre’s Olympic standard

that you love, whether it is diving or swimming or anything, then work hard as you

diving pool.

could be the next Olympic medalist.


Perfectly placed For those seeking to spend their leisure time in the bustle of a lively city and travel to the various sporting venues for individual events, Southampton is perfectly placed. With flights from around 50 destinations into Southampton International Airport, visitors from the north of the UK and across Europe will experience a warm welcome thanks to Max Brick | Aged 19

the airport’s easy, fast and friendly operating ethos.

National 10m champion 2012, Commonwealth Gold Medalist,

For anyone flying into the airport and heading straight out

World finalist

to an event, Southampton Parkway rail station is as close

How did you get into diving and then deciding to do it professionally?

to an airport as it’s possible to be; it’s just a minute’s walk

When I was 10 years old I was a gymnast and I took a


free taster session at the Quays. My gymnastic back

Two trains an hour take passengers directly into London

round helped me to learn how to twist and somersault

Waterloo with a journey time of only 66 minutes. Other

into the water and consequently, I was spotted as a talent

trains take a little longer stopping in Hampshire’s

and given the opportunity to join the Southampton

larger towns, Winchester and Basingstoke, as well as

Diving Academy; one of the most successful programs

small picturesque stations along the way for those

in the UK.

who are seeking quiet time after the excitement of the

How are you feeling about the Olympics?

competitions. In the opposite direction, just 90 minutes on

I am very excited to not only compete in my first Olympic

the train will take visitors to the coast and right to the home

games but to experience it with a home crowd.

of water sports, Weymouth.

As a Southampton resident, what is your experience of the city?

On the same side of the station as the terminal, frequent

I was born and bred in Southampton and love our city. It

many of the city’s hotels and attractions just a short walk

has much to offer whether you live here or just visiting!

away from the station.

Tell us about the sports facilities in Southampton and how they have helped you?

Southampton Airport is also ideally placed for those

The World -class diving pool and recently upgraded dry-

region and is located close to the M27 motorway which

land facility means we have everything we need to train at

runs to Portsmouth in the east and towards Bournemouth

The Quays.

in the west. Just one junction down the M27 east is the

Lastly, any advice for those wishing to pursue a career in diving?

M3 motorway, which joins the M25, so venues on London’s

You need to be a bit crazy, but it is a fun

Whether you’re staying in the region for a short time or a

and exciting sport.

long time, regular flights into Southampton International

from the terminal building to join the large regional rail

trains take passengers directly into Southampton with

picking up hire cars and travelling by road around the

outskirts are quick and easy to get to.

Airport from the UK and Europe, mean getting here is easy,

The Southampton Guest Guide sends its best wishes to Peter and Max also to their team mates Stacie Powell and Chris Mears to achieve their medal dreams.

and travelling from the airport to enjoy all of the summers festivities is a breeze.



Olympic Torch Relay and city celebrations

Saturday 14th July



The Olympic Flame is one of the most recognised symbols of any Olympic Games. On 18 May 2012, the Olympic Torch Relay will start with a 70-day celebration that will travel thousands of miles to bring the London 2012 Games to hundreds of communities across the UK.

outhampton will be a part of the Olympic Torch Relay and will host an evening celebration on Saturday 14th July 2012. The Olympic Flame will travel approximately 3.72 mile through the city starting from Town Quay and ending with the celebration at

Mayflower Park. The Olympic flame will arrive from the  Isle

Celebrating the Olympics

convoy of London 2012 vehicles - the Olympic flame will be

Clare Woods
Southampton City Art Gallery From 25th May – 2nd September Southampton City Art Gallery will be hosting exhibition by the British artist Clare Woods.

exchanged with Southampton’s first torchbearer on the ferry

This major exhibition will include two paintings, Brick

forecourt. The torchbearer will then run with the Olympic

Field and Carpenter’s Curve, which have been specially

flame approximately 300m to the next exchange point where

commissioned by the Olympic Delivery Authority to be

the next torchbearers will be ready.

enlarged for a public artwork for the Olympics’ Utilities

Our celebrations and entertainment on Saturday 14th

Buildings. They will be recreated on a huge scale using

of Wight on Red Funnel’s flagship car Ferry the Red Eagle, where it will receive a spectacular dock-head welcome. 

As the Isle of Wight torchbearer exits the ferry at 17:40pm with a

88,000 specially made tiles, for the London

July will start from 2pm and will include sponsor road shows, sporting activities in

Further details for the Olympic

2012 site. Southampton City Art Gallery

the parks and other family fun activities.

Flame in Southampton

will exhibit the two original paintings during

The Torch Relay map indicates the route

are available from: www.

the Olympic season and the exhibition

and streets the torch will travel to around

will explore the subjects behind the two

the city, highlighting the iconic Bargate,


monumental works, each measuring over

Tudor House Museum, a sponsor stop in

10 meters long, as well as the creation of

the high street, a lap of St Mary’s Stadium

this significant commission.

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Southampton Guest Guide: Out and About

A base exploration for


outhampton is a great base for discovering

times with a visit to Milestone’s Museum in Basingstoke. The

Hampshire, where family attractions, national

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey is a 180-acre garden

parks and waterside villages are waiting to

paradise and boasts one of the largest Winter Gardens of its

be discovered.

kind in Europe whilst the National Trust’s Mottisfont, is set in

The New Forest is a must for many visitors

glorious grounds by the River Test.

to the region, enjoying unparalleled natural

Southampton’s neighbouring city of Portsmouth, offers an insight into the south’s links with maritime history. Experience

record-breaking supercars at the National Motor Museum

the oceans at the Blue Reef Aquarium or glide to the top

at Beaulieu; explore 200 acres of beautiful gardens at Exbury

of the Spinnaker Tower to see stunning views across the

Gardens and Steam Railway; visit Peppa Pig World

Solent. Cross the water to Gosport and go on aboard HMS

at Paultons Theme Park, home to over 60 family rides and

Alliance, a WW2 submarine at the Royal Navy Submarine

attractions as well as a collection of exotic birds and animals.

Museum or discover the fascinating history of Royal Marines

Or take to the trees for an exhilarating adventure experience

at the Royal Marines Museum in Southsea . Visit Staunton

at Go Ape! at Moors Valley Country Park.

Country Park near Havant and enjoy 1000 acres of beautiful

Winchester is a spectacular Cathedral city, where over

country park. Or visit a vibrant picturesque stretch of coast

15 centuries of Christian faith is captured in glorious

at Southsea Beach with a visit to the family fun Pyramids

architecture, both throughout the city and within the

Centre with fun pools and funky flumes.

Cathedral itself. Visit the Great Hall, one of the finest 13th

From Southampton explore the Isle of Wight

century halls and home to the Round Table. Families and

with Red Funnel Ferries and discover royal

astronomers will enjoy the delights of the Intech Science

residencies, fairytale castles and

Centre and Planetarium, located just outside of Winchester

dramatic coastline. Whether you choose to take a short break

Those seeking an insight in to the past of Hampshire may

or opt for a longer stay, you’ll find many

wish to venture out on the unique Watercress Railway Line,

adventures awaiting you. To find out

taking a choice of either steam or a loco through the county’s

further information on these and numerous

famous watercress beds and alighting at a number of

other attractions, please visit

character stations along route. Take a trip back to Victorian


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and Marwell Wildlife is also nearby, where conservation and


beauty and an abundance of flora and fauna. You can see

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isit Marwell Wildlife, near Winchester and

Whilst at the park, why not visit the Sulawesi Crested

you’ll not only be making a big contribution

Macaques and see the world’s first cognitive study centre

to conserve endangered species, but helping

for these critically endangered animals. Visitors to Marwell

to celebrate their 40th anniversary! Every

Wildlife can watch science in action as the monkeys

school holiday will be packed full of exciting

voluntarily enjoy operating computer touch screens.

and creative family fun as well as a host of

This allows scientists from Portsmouth University to

fascinating and endangered animals to get to know. This

investigate fundamental aspects of their cognition

year there’ll be new interactive talks with the giraffes as

such as memory, communication and

well as an incredible new exhibit for leaf cutter ants in Tropical World. Best of all on Marwell’s actual

emotion. For more information about the charity’s work visit

birthday (22 May) a giant commemorative mosaic will be unveiled at the same time as the opening of a revamped Penguin World which will offer an even more immersive experience as you see the penguins “fly” through water and hear all about them in a new daily show. Photo credits: Baby Giraffe (c) Marwell Wildlife | snow leopard image - Jason Brown Photography

As a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity, Marwell is involved with several breeding programmes and initiatives to address issues that animals face in the wild. The humble Partula gibba snail is one of the animals that is now extinct in the wild but can still be seen at Marwell. The charity introduced Partula snails to their collection five years ago and now has more than 800 snails on view in Cold Blooded Corner. In some sub-species, over 50% of the world’s population are kept at Marwell! In the wild, the snails were found only on islands in the Pacific Ocean. This year, conservationists will be releasing snails into reserves on the islands. They will then be closely monitored until they are released into the wild to fend for themselves.


Sourcing great days out

Southampton Guest Guide: Out and About

Our Team of knowledgeable and trained staff are waiting for you. 01590 612377 www.newforestactivities.


he New Forest offers a stunning

people a template for achieving goals and overcoming

landscape covering 570km and located

personal limitations. Our instructors and coaches are trained

only fifteen miles from Southampton.

to reflect with teams on performance and achievement,

When looking for activities and things to

using the activities as metaphors, often mirroring the kinds of

do, New Forest Activities Booking Centre in

challenges faced in the work place or in social situations.

Beaulieu is the place to go. They’ll help you

For example we do a lot of work with The Prince’s Trust,

with great ideas; from an easy to organise,

where young people learn to ’paddle your canoe’. This is

fun filled family day out, to a fully catered corporate team-

of course not just about canoeing! Spending time blaming

building day; there is something for everyone in this

the wind, the tide and other people does not help you get

beautiful place.

where you want to go. On the other hand, learning from

The range of activities, services and packages on offer

experts, applying effort, embracing challenge and having an

means not only great service, but great experiences and

awareness of feedback usually does!

memories too. From Digital Combat Games with Battlefield

What is your favourite activity?

LIVE, to relaxing on The Beaulieu River in Canoes, there is a

As a participant I enjoy kayaking. It’s such a versatile sport,

wide range of great activities for work, rest and play.

with all sorts of different adventures and relaxed days on

The Southampton Guest Guide talked to Sam Sutton,

offer. Locally the Solent provides lots of sea kayaking and

Director of New Forest Activities about how outdoor activities

with the right wind, you can have a fun surf session to

can be good for your soul!

complement your day out.

We know that The New Forest is a great day out for families, but what does it offer for groups?

In terms of running an activity day; it has to be Cockleshell

The location of The New Forest is perfect for groups. Close

historical interest, skills development, communication and

to the Sea, major cities and with great road links, the area

coaching techniques. Based around the idea of Joseph

makes an ideal visit for ease and access.

Campbell’s Heroes Journey, participants re-enact a training

Our selection of activities, combined with catering and event

exercise reminiscent of the WW2 heroes who trained in the

management services ensures that groups are catered

Beaulieu Area. This event has been re-developed over the

for before, during and after their visit. We customise our

last year and now incorporating our new Battlefield LIVE

activities and pride ourselves on a personal touch, meaning

activity and is now better than ever.

Heroes. A teambuilding event combining elements of

that pretty much anyone can take part, regardless of their fitness levels or requirements. Groups can also benefit from special package deals, private activity sessions and bespoke services. With a huge number of successful events behind us, you can trust us to deliver top quality experiences, focused on you and your budgets. From small social parties to full development training packages for major organisations, The New Forest has it all.

Surely, the activities are all about having fun… where does Team Building come into it? Team Building means different things to different people. To us it means more than just doing. It’s about exploring relationships with the environment, other people and yourself. Challenging situations and natural spaces, gives 26

Back in October 2011, Battlefield LIVE run by New Forest Activities, showcased its top themed event with the Digital Media Team from GAME UK. They had a full Tactics themed event day, taking place at the new Urban Battlefield. Scan the QR code and see a video of their story.

Bond in Motion For your eyes only in 2012


o mark the 50th anniversary of James Bond, EON Productions has teamed up with the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, to stage the world’s largest official collection of original Bond vehicles. This one year exhibition celebrates fifty years of the Bond franchise, sixty years of Beaulieu opening its doors to the public and

forty years since the National Motor Museum opened.
 BOND IN MOTION showcases 50 of the best loved and most iconic Bond vehicles – some never before seen in public. It features a whole range of vehicles which have appeared in Bond films over the years including cars, boats, motorbikes, sleds, jets and many more. Amongst the vehicles on show is a 2006 Aston Martin DBS in pristine condition, used during the filming of Casino Royale, which stands alongside a severely damaged Aston Martin DBS stunt car which rolled seven and three quarter turns to set a Guinness World Record. Also on display is a BMW 750iL used in the memorable car park chase scene in Tomorrow Never Dies where Pierce Brosnan’s Bond was seen driving the vehicle remotely from the back seat, using his Ericsson cellular phone. This vehicle was one of 17 cars supplied by BMW for this film. Visitors can also watch exclusive behind-the-scenes footage showing just how some of the most memorable stunts in the films were created, including interviews with stunt co-ordinators and members of the stunt teams. BOND IN MOTION will run to December 2012 and Venue details:

can be seen as part of a

National Motor Museum

visit to the whole Beaulieu


attraction, which also

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features the National Motor

Museum, World of Top Gear,

For further information

On Screen Cars, Beaulieu

on the exhibition visit

Abbey, and Palace House

and gardens.


Southampton Guest Guide: Itineraries


Time waits for no man, or woman come to that. With your free moments being so precious, The Southampton Guest Guide has produced some suggested itineraries for your visit to Southampton.

The Romantic Getaway

The Duke of Wellington. For those who

opportunity for parents to part with

Surprisingly, Southampton has all

crave romance on a grand scale, The

their money! Southampton boasts

the perfect ingredients for a fantastic

Grand Cafe is your dinner destination.

3 great shopping centres, namely

romantic weekend. Many hotels,

The magnificent Wedgewood ballroom,

Bargate, The Marlands and WestQuay,

including the newly refurbished Dolphin

frequented by first class passengers for

the largest shopping arena along the

Hotel and White Star Hotel, boast

the Titanic, is now home to a superb

south coast. Lunch options include

beautiful, character features including

bar, bistro and restaurant. Original

Yo! Sushi, Nando’s and Pizza Hut.

log fires, luxurious furnishings and

features and the sheer spectacular

Families seeking sporting activities

grand settings. As the greenest city

scale of your surroundings will

will be delighted with the facilities at

on the South Coast, Southampton

guarantee you the ‘wow!’ factor.

Woodmill Centre, where you can try

has 12 lush green parks and a number

your hand at a number of water sports,

of city trails to explore. Stop for a

The Family Break

including kayaking. For younger children

coffee and cake at one of the many

Families of all ages will find a huge

and keen swimmers, The Quays is a

cafes enroute, including the wonderful

amount to do in Southampton.

great mix of family fun pools and Olympic

Caffexpresso on Nelson Gate.

Whatever your children’s ages, all will

standard diving facilities. Located

You may be looking for a memento of

be captivated by the newly restored

near to WestQuay Shopping Centre,

your time together and what better than

Tudor House and Garden. A walk around this centre will provide hours of fun.

a piece of vintage jewellery, furniture or

the Old Town and along the Old Town

Dinner options for those with children are

clothing? Vintage fans rate Hepwright’s

Trail will bring your family into touch

extensive but for traditional family food

Vintage Boutique at 34 Bedford Place

with Southampton’s historical secrets,

in contemporary surroundings, head

extremely highly. For those looking for a

dating back to medieval times.

for an Italian restaurant, Buon Gusto on

funkier twist on their clothing collection,

For those who like a hands on

Commercial Road. Located opposite The

the Beatnik Emporium at 202 Above

approach to art, the John Hansard

Mayflower Theatre, why not head there

Bar Street is truly special. Evenings in

Gallery is ideal. Modern, touring

for a pre-theatre show, before taking the

Southampton offer something for every

collections alongside tactile exhibits

family to see a West End production.

taste. You may wish to stroll through the

ensure that children of all ages engage

Old Town and stop for a drink and dinner with the themes around them. at one of the public houses in England, 28

Retail therapy is also a great

The Business Stopover

The Cruise Stop off

If you are looking for the best in top

When your working day is done,

You’ve arrived in Southampton and

brands and an exclusive shopping

you’ll want to make the most of your

your holiday starts here! The city has

service, which is second to none,

time in Southampton. WestQuay

so much to offer cruising enthusiasts,

then John Lewis at WestQuay will

Shopping Centre is open late Monday

including the wonderful maritime history

delight you. Cosmetics from decleor,

to Saturday, giving you access to

which makes it so famous. Why not

the Clarins day spa and the unique

fabulous stores including John Lewis.

visit the new SeaCity Museum which

shopping environment will leave

When you are ready to head out for

opens on 10 April 2012 or take a walk

you feeling truly pampered.

the evening, Oxford Street provides

along the QE2 Mile. Discovering the

Dining opportunities in Southampton

a fabulous range of chic bars and

extent of Southampton’s connections

are extensive but prior to the grand

restaurants. Simons at Oxfords Bar

to the sea, including the QE2’s anchor,

dining onboard ship you may prefer

and Restaurant offers you a great

donated by Cunard and located by

a quieter, more intimate meal at La

wine selection, along with fresh fish

Holyrood Church, which is dedicated to

Esquina Spanish tapas restaurant

and local produce. If you are looking

lost seafarers. Carrying on the maritime

or The Olivetree Restaurant, both

for a venue to entertain business

theme, stop off at the White Star and

located in Oxford Street.

guests, Kuti’s Royal Thai Pier at

soak up the ambiance of the White Star

Town Quay and The Grand Café

Lines, famous for launching the Titanic.

For more ideas and suggestions for

are both magnificent options.

Boutique shopping is a wonderful way

days out in Southampton, ask your

If you have extra time on your

of creating your cruise wardrobe, with

establishment for The Southampton

hands, why not take a stroll along

unique pieces available from Devernois

Pocket Guide; a comprehensive visitor

one of the city’s walks, including

at 47 Bedford Place. If hair and beauty

publication detailing attractions,

the Jane Austen Trail. Alternatively,

is vital why not visit Arcana at 46

accommodation venues, places to

take a short taxi ride to the Nuffield

Bedford Place will leave your locks and

eat and drink including discount

Theatre and enjoy contemporary

nails in tip top condition.

vouchers for some of the most popular

theatre productions at their best.

eateries and a useful city map.


Southampton Guest Guide: Out and About

From coast to countryside, whether your

showcase their skills. Events include

passion is heritage, culture, shopping

Hamble Week, the Hamble Winter &

or a fun-filled family day out, the world

Spring Series, the Bursledon Regatta

renowned Hamble

and national World

Valley has it all.

Series competitions.

Located to the east

The essence of a sailing

of Southampton, this

lifestyle is captured

area of outstanding


natural beauty is quite

the marinas, chandleries,

literally at your feet.

restaurants and

Set alongside the

boutiques, located

stunning River Hamble,

along the shoreline.

the Valley boasts

Indeed, numerous

a variety of unique

opportunities present

For further information on

family attractions, quaint villages and

themselves to way anchor and

glorious days out on the

over 1500 acres of unspoilt countryside.

investigate the local vintage ales.

River Hamble or your personal

Hamble River events take place

Whether you are on a romantic short

journey through the

throughout the year, attracting world

break or visiting for the week with

Hamble Valley, visit

class yachtsmen and racing enthusiasts.

a young family, you’ll wish you had

Competition within the sailing world

discovered the Hamble Valley sooner.

is strong and many sailors come to

Events APRIL

Visit for a more up to date list of what’s on in and around Southampton. Here is a taste what 2012 has in-store for you. JULY

13th - 15th Titanic Commemorative: Events

and activities will take place across the city (starting 4th April) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of R.M.S Titanic with events culminating Easter Weekend. 10th

Opening of SeaCity Museum: New state of the art museum focussing on Southampton and its connection with the sea including the city’s Titanic Heritage.

MAY 1st - 7th


Moscow State Circus: see this spectacular circus at Southampton’s Mayflower Park



Sky Ride: A free cycling event taking place across the city


Mela Festival: Art Asia presents a free festival celebrating South Asian culture


Race For Life: 5km race around Southampton Common for Cancer Research


Olympic Torch Relay: Southampton is one of only a handful of cities where the torch will not only visit but stop over for celebration

Outdoor Film Festival

JUNE 2nd - 5th

The Queens Diamond Jubilee


3 Queens: Cunard’s three cruise ships will visit Southampton together



Waterlitz: A large family-friendly street theatre event held in Guildhall Square including music, dance, acrobatics and pyrotechnics

AUGUST 175 Years of P&O: For the first time ever the seven ships of the P&O Cruises fleet will be together in Southampton for a great day of celebration


The Clipper 2011-2012: The finale to the Round the World Yacht Race

1st - 31st

Hampshire Food Festival: a month long festival celebrating Hampshire fare and produce

23rd - 27th August Fair: Traditional fair on

Southampton Common 29th

The Paralympic Games continuing until 9th September


Extreme Stunt Show: Family autosport show with monster trucks, motorcycles, cars and bmx stunts on Southampton Common

14th - 23rd PSP Southampton Boat Show 15th-16th

Southampton International Food Festival


Southampton Film Week


Black History Month


Music In The City: A programme of events celebrating Southampton’s music


Southampton Christmas Festival & Market continuing until 31st December

Destination Southampton is Southampton’s official conference and accommodation bureau offering assistance with events, conferences and short breaks. Visit for more information on hotels, events and venues.

Image Š Manor Farm Country Park


The world’s largest official collection of original Bond vehicles

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National Motor Museum Palace House & Gardens Beaulieu Abbey

Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire SO42 7ZN Exit 2 M27 Tel 01590 612345 Open daily 10am

The Southampton Guest Guide 2012  

The Southampton Guest Guide is a lifestyle based visitor magazine for visitors staying in and around Southampton, promoting where to go and...

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