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Southampton Travel Guide

Whether you are visiting the city for the first time, on a return visit, on business with a few hours to spare, or you’re a resident wanting to find out more about the city, Southampton guarantees an enjoyable experience for everyone, of all ages and interests.

Known as the cruise capital of Europe, Southampton plays host to over four million visitors a year and boasts an impressive cultural offering, from museums, music venues and art galleries, to award winning parks and the general hustle and bustle of a diverse city with fantastic shopping facilities.

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

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

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

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

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

Information courtesy of – http://www.discoversouthampton.co.uk/

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