A follow on from last week’s Portsmouth edition. Take a look at this Southampton student ‘bucket list’ of 10 things you must do before you graduate! The fantastic location of our buildings make all these activities simple and easy to get to.
View the town walls
Within a 5 minute walk from both our Southampton buildings you’ll find the city’s town walls. These huge stone walls were first built to defend the town from attack by land, and then extended to protect it from sea-borne enemies, following a devastating French raid in 1338. Steeped in history it’s an easy one to tick off the list, but still a must see!
Go on an adventure to the Hobbit Pub
Fan of the books or films? The pub, named after the race featured in J. R. R Tolkien’s novels, has two bars, a huge beer garden and even Bag End Burgers. With live music often on offer and character themed cocktails, there is something for all. Popular with students and like-minded locals, a fantastic atmosphere is guaranteed! Visit the Hobbit Pub website.
Spend a day at Alpine Snowsports
Nestled within the trees at the Alpine Snowsports centre you’ll find a huge 110 metre dry slope. This all-weather slope will cater for all your winter sport needs, no matter what the weather. Activities include skiing, snowboarding, sledging and even donutting (flying down the slope on an inflatable ring)! With something for everyone, no matter what your experience, a fun day all round is guaranteed. Visit the Alpine Snowsports website.
Visit the New Forest
A short train journey away, the New Forest can provide a welcome break to busy uni and city living. With over 550km of open space and greenery there is plenty of space to explore. Activities which you can take part in include things like; cycling, horse riding, walks, and loads of water sports. Spend the day, or make a weekend out of it. The New Forest is home to numerous camp sites, making it a fun and affordable get away. There are also plenty of hotels and B&B’s – if you’re not quite as adventurous! Visit the New Forest’s official visitor website.
Watch a game of cricket at the Ageas Bowl
Home to Hampshire County Cricket Club, the modern stadium built in 2001 is a fabulous cricketing venue. The ground also often plays home to England games, having hosted numerous limited over games and even some test matches. If you’re a cricket fan you’ll see the attraction of the Ageas Bowl, but if not it is well worthwhile going to watch a game. The uniqueness of cricket offers something for everyone, from short exciting evening T20 games with fancy dress, drinks and a party atmosphere to relaxing days in the sun watching a more civilised test match. You’ll have to wait until the summer to tick this one of your list though! Visit the Ageas Bowl website.
Watch a firework display at Mayflower Park
Fireworks at the Mayflower Park are well renowned in the area, with displays often attracting crowds of 15,000 plus! The city’s skyline is set ablaze with spectacular colours and along with the fireworks are a funfair, refreshments and other attractions. The next display is on 7th November. Tickets are available now, with the money going some way to help to provide funds for local charities. Check out a previous display on YouTube.
Follow the Titanic trail
Seen the film? Southampton will forever be intrinsically linked with the most infamous of ships, the Titanic, which sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in April 1912. Throughout the city sites with a connection to the liner, on which 1,517 people died, can be visited on what has become known as the Titanic Trail. Learn more about the ship and the people that were on it, in this unique tour around the area.
Go to IKEA
With less than 20 stores in the whole of the UK, customers travel for miles for the unique attraction IKEA has on people. Enter a world of inspiration when following the path through the show room, with loads of unique homeware products on display.
The restaurant is also very popular, allowing great food to be enjoyed at super cheap prices, the meatballs are a definite favourite, and are highly recommended! There is an opportunity when exiting the store to pick up food items offered at the restaurant for bargain prices, providing the chance to recreate again at home. Visit the IKEA Southampton website.
Visit the Mayflower theatre
Opened in 1928, the grade II listed building is home to the biggest theatre on the south coast with over 2,300 seats. With a diverse range of shows, such as; musicals, dance, drama and comedy, there is something everyone can enjoy. It is run as a charity, so all money generated goes straight back into keeping the theatre open! Visit the Mayflower theatre website.
Check out the Solent sky museum
Got an interest in aviation? The Solent sky museum is perfect for you! It showcases the history of aviation from around the Solent area, presented by a large range of different aircraft types, a whopping 18! The Solent was host to the most important aviation area in England, where the heart of aircraft development took place, the most famous being developing the Spitfire. So let your imagination take off as you sit inside the cockpit of a Harrier Jump Jet. Visit the Solent sky museum website.
Agree with our ‘Bucket list’? Have we missed something out? We’d love to know your opinion!