Events of 2017 to 2018

Southampton benefits from many exciting events throughout the year. With so much happening in Southampton, your visits will never be boring. The city is one where there is always something going on and something to keep you and your family entertained. There is plenty of opportunities to have fun with the whole family! A quick internet search will help you to find more information about events in Southampton that you can enjoy with friends and family. However, here are some of our favourites.

A ceremony in stone is an art exhibition which will take place in the Southampton Castle. This was rebuilt in stone multiple times and raided by pirates many times as well. Southampton Castle is a really important monument to time that has gone by. It has lived through many of the key events that have occurred in the city through the ages and the exhibition will tell its story and the story of Southampton. The exhibition will also focus on the history of the castle through documentary and examination of the stone structures which are still alive to date. This is an event that is particularly exciting if you are new to Southampton as it will help tell the city’s story while allowing you to enjoy its artwork. A great event for your diary when you are in Southampton!

Another great exhibition is ‘Art in the Garden’ which will take place in the magnificent Hillier Gardens where monumental structured will be presented against a backdrop of beautiful 180 acres of parkland. You can find an antique piece of sculpture to use for your house and garden needs. This is a great event again in one of the city’s proudest locations. It is a great place to visit at any time of the year. Some of the structures on the show will be simply stunning and leave you in awe. Definitely, an event to consider if you are proud of your garden and introducing a unique antique structure.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is an exhibition which features images displayed on large-scale boxes of award-winning photographers celebrating the beauty and drama of nature captured through creative and striking photography. This is a competition that is run by the National History Museum in London. However, every year the museum selects some of the top entries that it receives and sends them on a national tour. Usually, the exhibition comes to the Sea City Museum Southampton. The exhibition is included in your usual entry ticket and it is certainly not to be missed. You will need to look at the museum's website to find out when the exhibition is on in Southampton. This is certainly one of the great events of the year when it comes to visiting exhibitions and it is well worth seeing many of the incredible entries.

Another great event that celebrates Southampton's relationship with the sea is the annual sailing week. This sees more than 100 different vessels take part of all shapes and sizes and is not to be missed. This is an opportunity to see Southampton celebrate its location by the sea and is enjoyed by families from all over the UK and further afield. Further details about this week are available online and it's worth making sure that the date for this is in your diary.

Finally, another event to enjoy with your family is the annual switching on of the Christmas lights. This is a great event that usually sees a celebrity run the show and press that all important button. The event happens in mid-November every year and is a really fun occasion that sees the whole city come together to celebrate the start of preparing for Christmas. The Southampton city council website will give you further details of when this event is. It is definitely worth attending whether you are a local or you have come to Southampton from further afield.

There are many more events that can be found in the city throughout the year. This list is by no means complete and having a look online and around the city will reveal even more key events that can be enjoyed by you and your family. Southampton is a dynamic city that is constantly evolving and has a lot to offer. More events will be added throughout the year so it is definitely worth checking before you are due to visit to see what you can attend!


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