We love May half term in Southampton! There’s plenty of things to do and it’s a break before the final hurdle to the long summer holidays. With so much to choose from you’re spoilt for choice, so here’s a suggestion of just a few things to do in Southampton this My half term…

Join Southampton’s heritage steamship, SS Shieldhall, on her first weekend of 2018 sailings on Sat 26 and Sun 27 May. Saturday’s 2hr sailing tours the Southampton Docks, and Sunday’s 3hr sailing is all about the Titanic!

Join SEE Southampton on Weds 30 May for a ‘Ghastly, Grim and Gory’ walk, exploring towers and vaults and the more macabre history of the City. Great fun for kids and grown-ups! Departs the Bargate at 1.30pm, lasting approx 1 1/4hrs.

Take the Top Trumps Challenge at Marwell Zoo! You’ll receive a free Top Trumps card and fun trail, so you can compare the scores on your card to giant cards around the park, all representing amazing animal species!

Following 8 record-breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse will return to The Mayflower Southampton in Spring 2018.

Head for a tour of Tudor House & Garden, including the attic and cellars. Discover more about the wonderful history of the museum that spans over 800 years. Following the tour enjoy a scrumptious cream tea while taking in the beautiful views of the garden.

What goes on behind the scenes in the build up to a match? How is the club leading research to help prevent player injury? Which Southampton player introduced football to Brazil in 1894? And which player had the worst haircut in the 1980s? Discover these things and a great deal more in a major exhibition about the Saints which will explore the club’s rich history and how it operates today to meet the challenges of Premier League Football. The club runs one of the country’s leading football academies and a state-of-the-art training facility at Staplewood, in the New Forest. The academy has produced many players who have gone on to play international football and become shining stars on the world stage.

May half term in Southampton

You can’t miss the Grand Harbour Hotel – its intriguing exterior combines sloping glass with robust concrete to create an iconic landmark on the waterfront. Positioned right in Southampton’s vibrant centre, you’ll find a tranquil spa, a Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill and temptingly cosy rooms all set within this unusual and impressive facade. Whatever your reason is for taking in Southampton, you’ll want to check out the calming spa. Take a dip in the indoor pool or while away some time in the steam room or sauna after a satisfying session in the fully equipped gym. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, gaze over Southampton Medieval Walls from Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, as you dine on seasonal cuisine.

Set to bring you electrifying music, entertainment and arts in the heart of Southampton this spring bank holiday, Common People is back for 2018 with headliners Lily Allen and James on Saturday and The Jacksons on Sunday. For just £57.50 for an Adult weekend ticket or £30 for an Adult day ticket, you can enjoy an amazing festival brimful of singalong favourites, deep-down disco delights, and all manner of amusements. Don’t miss out on two joyful days of bank holiday merrymaking brought to you with love by the makers of Bestival, this 26 & 27 May on Southampton Common.

Southampton, are you ready for the third annual Fake Fest on the 2nd June? Now twice as good with double the line-up, you get SIX pro-level Fake Bands! It’s a massive local rock party until late evening, so join them at the giant marquee on the Riverside, the perfect way to wrap up May half term!