Spring in Southampton is a wonderful time of year. We are out of the winter gloom, the evenings are getting lighter, the air feels fresher, and the city comes back to life! There are regular events, people are happier and there’s a bloom of colour from blossoming flowers and trees found in and around the city.

Whether it’s the ample green space, being by the sea, or the fantastic array of bars and restaurants in Southampton, but the city in spring is a wonderful places to be. We’ve put together 5 great reasons to enjoy spring in Southampton…

1. Green space and parks in Southampton

spring in southampton

It’s surprising how much green space can be found in the city centre. There are numerous parks dotted throughout the city that are a haven for city-dwellers, especially when the sun in shining! They offer a place to relax, some peace amongst the bustle, and the ideal spot to grab a picnic lunch.

Southampton Common is a perfect example of an oasis in the city. With plenty of open green space to enjoy a game of frisbee with friends, take a stroll and feed the ducks, or just relax on the grass with a good book. Further in the centre of Southampton, East park through to Hoglands park are ideal spots to enjoy your lunch, with various monuments and an arbour walk to help relax the mind.

2. Life by the sea

spring in southampton

What better city to be in during spring than one that is by the sea! Famous for it’s cruise sailing, Southampton’s waters make for a picturesque backdrop to a beautiful spring day. Head down to Mayflower park where you can enjoy the sites and smells of the sea whilst enjoying an ice cream on the waterfront. If you dream of luxury then enjoy the sites offered by Ocean Village marina; enjoy a drink in one of the areas waterfront bars whilst admiring the yachts in the marina.

If you need to feel the sea air in your lungs then it’s time to get onto the water. Enjoy a day or evening cruise with Blue Funnel Cruises, out in the Solent, tours of the harbour, or exploring the nearby rivers; it’s must-try experience to add to the enjoyment spring in Southampton.

3. Alfresco dining in Southampton

alfresco dining in southampton

Most of us love a good meal out, most of us also love a sunny spring day, and when you combine the two there’s nothing better than alfresco dining! Sitting outside the restaurant enjoying your food in the fresh air and warm sunshine. Luckily for us Southampton is full of great restaurants which offer outdoor seating whilst you enjoy your meal or drinks.

There are many places to choose from if you want to sit outside whilst you eat. Many of the new restaurants at Westquay spill out and overlook the old Southampton walls, Oxford Street Southampton offers a cosmopolitan feel, and new and existing developments and Ocean Village mean you can enjoy dining outside within the fantastic marina setting!

4. We all scream for ice cream!

ice cream parlour in southampton

There’s no better excuse for ice cream than a warm spring day, whether it’s enjoying it around the table with friends, sitting in the park with your favourite flavour or strolling along the waterfront with an ice cream from the local ice cream van. There are plenty of options for ice cream parlours in Southampton these days, so spring is sorted!

Which ever end of the city you’re in when that ice cream craving hits there is a Sprinkles Gelato waiting for you! At Hannover Buildings you’ll find Italian Creams, offering a huge selection of fantastic sundaes. And if you want your ice cream is liquid form then you can’t beat Shakeaway in the Marlands Shopping Centre for milkshakes of all flavours!

5. Afterwork drinks

Afterwork drinks in southampton

Finally, our 5th great reason to enjoy spring in Southampton is the afterwork drinks. That time at the end of a hard day where you want to relax and unwind! Southampton is perfect for venues that offer a great vibe for afterwork drinks, and on a hot spring day when you’ve been trapped inside an office there’s nothing better!

Southampton’s Cultural Quarter is in easy reach of many of Southampton’s busy offices, and with Turtle Bay offering 2-4-1 cocktails in their happy hour every day you can’t go far wrong! Or head down to Ocean Village where you can unwind by the sea in the relaxing marina, a perfect way to wrap up your day!