1. New Westquay complex

Westquay Southampton has expanded to offer a whole new leisure wing. Complete with Hollywood Bowl, luxury cinema (coming soon) and over 14 different restaurants and cafes, including Bills, The Real Greek, Cau, and Jamie’s Italian.

This extension of the popular Westquay shopping centre has given added pleasure to a day out in Southampton when you can now enjoy a day of shopping, with plenty of variety for lunch and an evening of food and fun!

  1. Southampton Sailing Week

An exciting week of sailing is coming to Southampton in May 2017, Southampton Sailing Week will take place from the 24th-29th May and promises a fantastic week for not just sailors, but for anyone who would like to try their hand on the water or just enjoy watching from dry land.

Throughout the action-packed week there will be loads of events and opportunities for everyone to enjoy.  Take a look at events throughout Southampton Sailing Week here.

  1. ABP Marathon

For a past couple of years the ABP half marathon and 10k have proved popular with both runners and spectators. This year the challenge is doubled as the city welcomes it’s first full marathon!

The 26.2 mile course will take runners through the city, with views of the coast and parks as well as crossing Itchen Bridge. With plenty of spots for spectators to cheer on their loved ones! Book your place.

  1. Common People

For it’s 3rd year running Southampton’s Common People will be back on the 26th-27th May. Previous years have seen the likes of Craig David, Fat Boy Slim, and Duran Duran take to the stage.

With four stages, plenty of bars, street food and entertainment, it’s a great event in the city for the whole family to enjoy.

  1. Gung-ho

Gung-ho is coming back to Southampton to take a 5k run to the next level. With an inflatable obstacle course to add some serious fun to your run.

The obstacles include the biggest inflatable slide in Europe and a foam party to finish! Gung-Ho Southampton takes place on the 17th June. Book your place here.

  1. Southampton in the Sky

A unique dining experience comes to Southampton from the 21st – 24th September 2017. Events in the Sky transfers some of the city’s best restaurants to suspend 100 feet in the air!

The table seats 22 guests, with a guest chef, sommelier and waiting team serving from the pop-up kitchen in the centre of the table in the sky.

  1. Lets Rock Southampton

Popular retro festival Lets Rock Southampton returns to the city for its fourth year on the 8th July 2017.

Held on Southampton Common, this year’s line up already has the likes of the Human League, Belinda Carlisle, and the one and only Chesney Hawkes!

  1. Studio 144

In the art of Southampton’s thriving cultural quarter Studio 144 with open its doors in 2017. It will be home to the John Hansard Gallery, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, and City Eye.

It will present world-class art exhibitions, inspirational performances, outstanding resources for film-makers and creative events for all ages.

  1. Billy Elliot the Musical comes to the Mayflower Theatre

Having celebrated 10 years in London’s West End, Billy Elliot the Musical is off on its first ever UK and Ireland tour.

Coming to the Mayflower in February, this show promises a timeless score by Elton John, sensational dance and a powerful story that will captivate its audience. Book your tickets here.

  1. Southampton parks and green space

For a city centre you will be pleasantly surprised at the amount of parks and green spaces available in the city. A day of relaxing on Southampton Common, taking in the views from Mayflower Park, or enjoying a stroll through St James’s Park.

It’s worth a visit to the city just to see it’s green areas, and they offer plenty of entertainment from cafes, gardens, walks and playgrounds.

  1. Active Warrior

With 35 man made, and many more natural obstacles this 7.5km course is not for the faint hearted! Powered by sport and exercise charity Active Nation, the course offers some new unique challenges for even the hardcore obstacle course fans.

Taking place on Saturday 1st July at Southampton Outdoor Sports Centre, you can book you place here.

  1. Jane Austen 200

Jane Austen spent three periods of her life in Southampton, as a schoolgirl, as a young woman and as an adult when she, her mother and sister lived with her brother Frank Austen in a house near Southampton Castle.

2017 will mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, and Hampshire Cultural Trust is working with Jane Austen’s House Museum and many other partners across the county and in Southampton to celebrate Jane’s creativity and talent. Find out more here.

  1. Southampton Walking tours

Southampton boasts the third longest original uninterrupted stretch of medieval defensive walling of any other town or city in Great Britain. For that reason alone it’s worth doing a walking tour of Southampton to discover more.

Southampton Tourist Guides Association offer a wide selection of tours to help discover the city’s history, from Southampton Vaults, Medieval Churches, and the Titanic rail. Find out more here.

  1. Retail therapy

Southampton is the shopping hub on the south coast and one of the UK’s top 10 retail destinations. The city centre has two indoor shopping centres, an IKEA store, an impressive retail park, plus boutique shopping for those looking for something a little different.

Explore Westquay for big named brands, find specialist boutiques in The Marlands Shopping Centre, find numerous independent shops throughout the city, and enjoy the regular markets that help bring the city to life.

  1. Southampton football cup

The Southampton Cup is a brand new eight-day international youth football tournament, which is being hosted in Southampton and the surrounding area, involving boys’ and girls’ teams from across the globe.

It will get under way on Saturday 5th August and finish on the 12th August. Some of the games will be hosted at the club’s Staplewood Campus. The tournament will become a key fixture in the calendar for youth football clubs around the world, bringing some of the most talented young players to the region for a ‘festival of football’.

  1. Southampton Pride

In 2016 Southampton enjoyed its first Pride celebrations in 20 years. The day was full of love and colour, with cabaret acts, music, parades and fun for the whole family.

It returns in 2017 on the 26th August at Guildhall Square and West Marlands Road. Find out more and keep up to date on the latest news from Pride on the Southampton Pride Facebook page.

  1. Music in the city

On the 7th and 8th October 2017 you can enjoy a range of musical delights performed in some of the quirkiest places. The project was initiated in 2009 by Linda Norris when she was a City Councillor, and is supported, by the City Council.

With performances across the city by many local talents in some of the city’s most popular music venues.