Created in the 18th century to provide power for an iron mill, the pond today provides valuable habitats for wildlife as well as being a scenic backdrop for a picnic or wildlife watching.
Created in the 18th century to provide power for an iron mill, the pond today provides valuable habitats for wildlife as well as being a scenic backdrop for a picnic or wildlife watching.
Boasting 16 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, fantastic food and drink and a family friendly environment for all ages. A great place to create wonderful memories and share fun times with family and friends.
The Hollywood Bowl menu offers a delicious range of food options for all the family to feast upon. From healthy lite bites such as chicken and bacon salads to delicious favourites like burgers and pasta, there’s plenty to tempt those taste buds and keep every appetite happy.
Take to the wheel and go head-to-head on the latest racing games, get your score to the top of the arcade leaderboards or challenge members of your family to the incredibly fast paced ‘Pacman Smash’ – a version of air hockey played with dozens of pucks at once.
With a huge and exciting range of activities and machines on offer at all our centres, there’s a game for every fun seeker.
Take an open-top safari with grandstand views of the scenery, animals and villages of the New Forest National Park.
Tours run daily from 7th July to 9th September 2018, with a choice of three routes: Red (the wild northwest), Green (the beautiful southeast) and Blue (the coastal southwest).
From the top deck you'll enjoy tree-top views of the National Park, with roaming animals, wide open heaths and ancient forest.
Special audio commentaries tell the stories of the people and places of the New Forest - with characters, sounds and music bringing the view to life.
On the open-top Tours you'll get a birds eye view of the landscape and a better chance of spotting the beautiful animals of the New Forest - including deer and rare birds, pigs and donkeys, and of course the famous ponies.
Hope on and off all day
You can hop-on and hop-off wherever you like and catch another bus later on - or switch between Tour routes - all on the same ticket.
Walk or cycle part of the way and then jump back on the Tour (up to four bikes carried free). There's a great network of cycling and walking tracks.
There are easy bus, train and ferry links to the New Forest from surrounding towns and cities with free bus and ferry travel on some routes.
Lyndhurst – Burley – Ringwood – Fordingbridge – Sandy Balls – Ashurst– New Forest Wildlife Park – Lyndhurst
The Red Route takes you around the fragrant heaths and scattered woodland of the wild northern part of the New Forest National Park, through the storybook village of Burley and the historic towns of Ringwood and Fordingbridge...
Lyndhurst – Brockenhurst – Lymington – Beaulieu – Exbury Gardens– Hythe Ferry – Lyndhurst
The Green Route explores the charming south east of the New Forest National Park including Beaulieu - with its historic abbey, Palace House and National Motor Museum - and Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway...
Lymington – Brockenhurst – Burley – New Milton – Barton-on-Sea – Milford-on-Sea– Keyhaven – Lymington
The Blue Route is your gateway to the beautiful beaches and coastal scenery in the south west of the New Forest National Park - the nature reserve at Keyhaven, the ferry to Hurst Castle and views across to the Needles...
Please refer to our map for further information on routes and how to find them.
Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) is one of the UK’s leading professional theatre companies creating fresh, vital experiences through theatre. NST has developed a profile and reputation for innovation and quality delivering work on a national and international scale, whilst acting as a major cultural force for good in the city of Southampton.
As well as its own produced work, NST’s programme includes the best touring theatre from local, national and international artists, children’s theatre, comedy, dance, circus, film and music.
On 16 February 2018, NST opened Southampton's new city centre performing arts venue, NST City, with Southampton Celebrates, a celebratory event in Guildhall Square featuring more than 100 performers, dance, music and fireworks, followed by the world premiere of Howard Brenton's The Shadow Factory. NST City includes a flexible 450 seat main house theatre, a 133 seat studio, screening facilities, rehearsal and workshop spaces. NST runs the new city centre venue alongside its existing theatre, NST Campus, on the University of Southampton’s Highfield Campus.
Laboratory is the creative development programme for new work and new talent; through which NST collaborate with artists at all stages in their careers to experiment with new ideas. All of NST’s produced work is developed alongside Laboratory, which also provides a programme of talent development opportunities such as creative residencies, scratch nights, networking opportunities and skills development workshops.
NST Connect aims to enrich the experience of NST and its work for all, through a vibrant programme of engagement. NST Connect reaches over 17,000 people through a programme of creative activities, Youth Theatre and Drama Club, and adult workshops and outreach projects, including RSC Open Stages.
NST is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and a registered charity, receiving additional core funding from the University of Southampton and Southampton City Council.
Southampton Ocean Cruise Terminal Berth 46/47:
One of Southampton's busiest terminals, Ocean has a host of amenities to make your time there as straightforward and comfortable as possible.
Travelling by car, getting there is easy. Just off the A33, Platform Road head for Dock Gate 4. Make sure to allow plenty of time, as traffic can get heavy during peak time.
By rail - Southampton Central is the closest train station, approximately 2 miles from Ocean Terminal.
Fully licensed taxi ranks are available either side of the station, with plenty of clearly designated areas for pre-booked taxis to wait. It should cost around £6 - £7, but may cost more on weekends and bank holidays. Luggage shouldn't cost any extra.
The nearest airport is Southampton. Taxi's are the quickest route to the Port if you are flying in, however trains are also frequent and inexpensive.
Private hire taxis can be booked by calling WestQuay Cars on 023 8099 9999.
22nd April 2018 - Please be aware the ABP Southampton Marathon is taking place on this date. Access to the port is unrestricted, however certain roads within the area will be a closed for a period of time. Please see map in downloads for all roads affected.
Dropping Off Your Luggage:
There's no need to worry if you're unsure; with clear signage and staff on hand, every step of the way has been thoroughly thought out. As you approach the terminal, to your left is the baggage handling area. Drop-off is located adjacent. Porters are quick to help with your luggage. If parking, you will need to bring your luggage over to this area yourself.
Where to Park:
Short stay parking, located just behind the coach bays, is to your right as you face the terminal. Starting at £1 per hour, prices rise to £10 for 24 hours. A lost or damaged ticket will set you back a £100, so make sure to keep it safe.
Long stay parking is situated behind the short stay car park. It's not available on the day, so don't leave booking a space until the last moment. Your travel agent or cruise operator should be able to book this for you.
A Quick Note for Smokers:
The terminal is No Smoking throughout. As you approach the terminal from the car parks, the designated smoking area is just in front of you, to the right hand side. Remember to use the bin provided, as littering in the UK has an £80 on the spot fine.
Heading In To the Terminal:
Things can look a little hectic when you first arrive. Two large doors frame the front of the building. Both sets lead into the same reception area, so there’s no need to worry about entering the wrong end. Seating for 100-150 is located downstairs. If you are waiting for a family member or friend to park, it’s a good idea to take a few minutes to wait and relax down here.
What to do Whilst Waiting:
A large magazine stand can be found in the window. Filled with a wide range of high-quality glossy magazines, these are complimentary, with issues changing throughout the year. A Map & Guide to the city is also available from here. It is located just before you exit through the door on the left.
Travel agents set up information stands downstairs for some cruises. They're not always there, but terminal staff are usually easy to spot and are always helpful.
A bank of three vending machines can be found just past the seating, along with a free water cooler.
Grabbing a Bite to Eat:
Café Ceanos offer a range of refreshments in the departure lounge, with a good selection of food and drink available. Fresh tea and coffee are available for the early starts, and why not grab a hot bacon bap for just £3. Smaller snacks start at 95p, sandwiches £2.95 and beef burgers costing £3.25 are also available.
For those wishing to start their holidays early alcoholic beverages are also available. With single spirits and beers ranging from £2.50 - £3.75, and champagne costing between £18.50 - £30 for a half or full bottle.
Where You Need to Go:
Standard and disabled access toilets are located on both floors. Mother and baby changing facilities are upstairs, towards the back of the terminal.
For this, you will need to head upstairs. An escalator, stairs and a lift are available. Check-in staff will be on hand to guide you to where you need to go.
Priority check-in takes up the first 3-5 desks, with a separate queue clearly marked. Around 30-40 desks are available in total.
Waiting to Board:
Seating for approximately 1,000 fills the majority of the first floor. Windows line the left hand wall, allowing a glimpse of your ship as luggage is loaded and passengers already on-board mill around on their balconies. Additional complimentary magazines are available towards the centre, just past Café Ceano.
Priority seating is sectioned off towards the far end of the terminal upstairs; P&O’s Peninsular Club members can use this section prior to boarding.
Useful to Know:
There is Wi-Fi available at the terminal.
There are no pay phones anywhere near the terminal, however mobile phone signal stays strong throughout. For any last-minute postcards or mail, the nearest postbox is in Oxford Street or the town centre.
The terminal is fully accessible throughout for passengers with mobility issues. Disabled parking is available right beside the front door. Disabled access toilets are located on both floors, with a 46 person capacity lift with extra-wide doors for easy access.
The nearest ATM can be found at Tesco Express over in Ocean Village, around a 10-15 minute walk, or on Oxford street. If you need a Bureau de Change, the closet one is on the high street.
If you do accidentally misplace your wallet or luggage it is best to contact your Cruise line Operator. Below are the numbers you may need:
Cunard, P&O and Princess:
Main number: 02380 656400
Lost Property: 02380 656426
Royal Caribbean International:
Norwegian Cruise Line:
Lost Baggage: 07901 978175
Main: 0207 3706293
A Green Flag award winning park, Palmerston is possibly the most seen of the central parks, being the only point where the parks actually meet the busy Above Bar Street. A densley planted park, it looks beautiful in the spring and summer.
The Viscount Palmerston Memorial sits within the park; statue of former Prime Minster the 3rd Viscount Palmerston. Standing over seven feet high on a marble and granite plinth, it had remained in Palmerston park since its erection in June 1869.
The Bandstand - built as a result of public demand - was completed in 1999. The original cast iron bandstand, erected in 1885, was sited further to the north of the park and was removed in 1940 as a result of bomb damage was.
Paultons Park and the UK's only Peppa Pig World are now even bigger and better than ever!
There is an amazing variety of things to see and do at Paultons including; big rides, small rides, play areas, entertainments and an astonishing collection of exotic birds and animals, all set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland.
Peppa Pig World has over 5 acres of fully themed fun! There are 9 fabulous rides including Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight, Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride, Grandpa’s Little Train, George’s Dinosaur Adventure and you can even ride in a ‘cloud’ around Windy Castle! New for 2018 is The Queen's Flying Coach Ride and Grampy Rabbit's Sailing Club! The Queen’s Flying Coach Ride will take families on a royal tour around part of Peppa Pig World in individual coaches starting from the top of the majestic Queen’s Castle. Children and parents will also be able to hop aboard brightly coloured boats at Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club where they can join the adventure and sail around Peppa Pig World and discover Pirate Island!
Peppa Pig World features a huge indoor play area, Georges Spaceship Playzone and superb animated themed attractions including a chance to visit Peppa and her family in their house! Peppa Pig World is also home to Daddy Pig’s Big Tummy café and Peppa’s Toy Shop, the largest (and only!) dedicated Peppa Pig shop in the World!
Lost Kingdom is an amazing Dinosaur Theme Park World that features two world class family rollercoasters, life-like animatronic dinosaurs, Jurassic themed family rides, a Prehistoric adventure play park and an amazing opportunity to come face to face with ‘living’, walking Dinosaurs!
Guests can soar high into the skies upon on The Flight of the Pterosaur, a mighty and unique suspended coaster, which takes family adventurers swooping high and low around a prehistoric landscape.
The Dinosaur Tour Co. takes visitors on an exciting 4x4 jeep expedition to come face to face with some of the largest and most fearsome dinosaurs to have walked the planet.
Only the bravest explorers will take on Velociraptor. Those who dare to board this breath-taking family boomerang coaster will sense the speed and agility of the Velociraptor as drops and sweeps around tight bends and through ancient tunnels.
Everyday there is an incredible opportunity to meet ‘living’ tame (ish) walking dinosaurs at Alive – Dinosaur Encounter.
Younger explorers can enjoy iconic views across Lost Kingdom on Temple Heights, choose between riding in a huge dinosaur egg or giant stone on the swirling Boulder-Dash ride, ride the cute mini-coaster, Dino Chase and let off steam at the Little Explorers’ Play Park.
Discover Lost Kingdom and experience a journey to a lost land that will never be forgotten.
Critter Creek is a world of strange mixed-up creatures known as the ‘Curious Critters’! Meet the Fly-ger or say hello to the Horned Swamp Donkey! You can take a ride on the Cat-o-pillar rollercoaster and discover enormous colourful plants the likes of which have never been seen before. Critter Creek is also home to Professor Blast’s Discovery Express Train, a delightful journey for little ones and Beastie Burrow, a real life bug emporium complete with fascinating and unusual insects, fish and lizards!
Little Africa houses a number of animals native to the continent, including fennec fox, African crested porcupines, meerkats, Savannah monitor lizards and giant train millipedes, as well as one of the largest rodents in Africa, the Gambian pouched rat, and also the smallest, the African pygmy mouse. At the centre of Little Africa is an impressive aviary where a mix of bird species such as the trumpeter hornbills and black-crowned night herons, will share the same environment that has been designed to replicate an African waterhole
Top for thrills is the Park’s breathtaking ride, EDGE. Riders swoop and spin through the air reaching a height of 15 metres on a giant disc that travels along a 90-metre track featuring a ‘camelback’ hill to create an amazing floating sensation. EDGE was the first ride of its type in the UK and perfectly complements the Park’s other thrilling rides including The Cobra and, last year’s exhilarating new attraction Magma. The largest of Paultons three rollercoasters, The Cobra features an exciting combination of twists, drops and turns that have made it a great family favourite whilst Magma launches riders 25 metres up in to the sky only to drop them back down in to the heart of a smoking volcano!
Smaller children will love Water Kingdom! It’s a whole world of water jets, giant tipping buckets, sprays, fountains, and super soakers for the little ones to enjoy and explore. This huge 8,500ft2 kids’ splash park paradise features more than 20 different ways of getting wet and has a seated patio area nearby so parents can relax whilst watching the fun.
Younger children also adore the beautiful garden-themed Trekking Tractors ride, Seal Falls and the Digger
Daily penguin feeding sessions also take place throughout the year, featuring an entertaining keeper talk which gives visitors a chance to learn more about these unusual and often humorous birds.
Paultons really is way too much fun for one day!
Further information including a calendar of opening times is available from paultonspark.co.uk
Booking a Red Funnel Ferry
Provides a vehicle ferry service to East Cowes and a Red Jet Hi-speed foot passenger service to West Cowes on the Isle of Wight 364 days a year. Passengers can book using the website up to 2 hours before the sailing departs or call 0844 844 998. Their cheapest fares can be found online and are shown alongside every sailing. There are no hidden extras and you'll be sent your ticket by email.
The internal lounges offer a place to relax with a tea or coffee from The Steam Coffee Company, while watching the TV or using the FREE wi-fi. On the outer decks passengers can enjoy the sea breeze and views of the Solent as they jet across the water. The ReFuel cafe restaurant provides hot and cold food including a cooked English breakfast, sandwiches, salads, snacks, fresh baked pastries, cookies and muffins. Bar1861 offers a selection of bottled and draft beers, wines and spirits. Both can be found on board the vehicle ferries.
Travelling to the Isle of Wight
The Red Funnel Ferry terminals are located at Town Quay, between Southampton's City and Ocean cruise terminals. Depending on how much luggage you are carrying it is a short walk of about 5-10 minutes from these cruise terminals. Alternatively taxis can be ordered to collect passengers from the terminals or found waiting outside. There is a free CityLink shuttle bus that operates every 15 minutes between Southampton Central station and Red Funnel's ferry terminals. The journey will take approximately 10 minutes and stops outside West Quay Shopping Centre on the way.
Check Out Our Day Trip Offers with discounted tickets to the Attractions on the Island including Osborne House the much loved home of Queen Victoria. Osborne House is a walk from the ferry terminal of just over a mile or take a bus.
Based in Brockenhurst on the Brookley Road, our bakery and tea house remains true to the ethics at the heart of the Rosie Lea brand, using locally produced New Forest ingredients to create high quality baked produce, keeping our carbon footprint down and remaining as ecologically friendly as possible.
During a visit to the bakery you can expect to enjoy creations containing local eggs, flour, meats & cheeses, locally produced jam and locally crafted chocolates. In addition to supporting existing New Forest businesses, Rosie Lea also provides a comprehensive and varied “free from” menu aiming to give those with specific dietary requirements as good a selection as those without.
All our produce is baked on site ad can also be beautifully packaged and taken away. The Tea House runs from early morning breakfast serving a good choice from menu from the humble muffin, to the house specialty “morning Tea”, a full continental breakfast served on a three tiered china cake stand, both glamorous and satisfying for hungry tums!
Throughout the remainder of the day Rosie Lea will be serving up light lunches, full sumptuous afternoon teas and a variety of cakes and baked goodies, and of course it wouldn’t be Rosie Lea if they didn’t serve you on their beautiful vintage china!
Also now at Setley Ridge is Rosie Leas Tearoom serving delicious homemade fayre, sumptuous afternoon teas, lunches and wine from our vineyard.
A mile or two east from the centre of Southampton is Royal Victoria Country Park. The beach at the park offers a stunning view of cruise liners before they pass Hamble Point. Covering over 200 acres, it is one of the most scenic and delightful areas of South Hampshire, providing an ideal day out for all the family.
The park is firm favourite, due to its attractive parkland and woodland, and seashore overlooking Southampton Water. There’s lots to do, including a miniature railway, story trail, play area, tearooms, BBQs for hire and plenty of walking routes. Plus there are loads of seasonal events with something bound to suit you.
Royal Vic was once the site of the world’s largest hospital, of which now only the iconic chapel remains. Due to Heritage Lottery funding, the chapel is currently undergoing restoration work. Opening in summer 2018, the plan is to uncover the history and hidden stories of this important building.
The park is open every day. Entry to the park is free.
The car park is open 8am-9pm (March to October) and 8am-5pm (November to February).
Up to one hour £2
Up to three hours £3
Full day £5
We offer an annual parking pass for £60.
Dogs are welcome in the country park.
The park is largely accessible to users of wheelchairs and pushchairs. All our buildings are fully accessible and there are accessible toilets next to the café. Most of our paths are flat and smooth, and a ramp allows access to the beach. Our children’s play areas contains fully accessible equipment.
Wheelchairs are available to borrow. Guide dogs are welcome in our buildings. Some locations require access via a RADAR key, which can be obtained from the park office.
Please don’t feed bread to our ducks! We have a family of ducks who live at Sophie’s Pond and they’ve become quite fond of bread, which is bad for their health. The bread also attracts rats. Ducks love healthier alternatives like seeds, lettuce and peas instead. Thank you!
Rising high above the town walls stood Southampton Castle. Built after the Norman conquest of 1066, the King and his court would stay here on their way to France. After gradually falling into disrepair the castle was rebuilt in 1805, but demolished 10 years later.
With over 40 specialist boutiques, shops, restaurants and cafes, Marlands shopping centre offers a unique range of stores and services. Spread over 2 levels with direct access onto the main high street, Above Bar, it’s just a short walk from the train station, WestQuay and many of the city’s heritage attractions. There is also access to public toilets and parking available with a daily charge of £5 between 8am-6pm.
Marlands Shopping Centre offers a great variety of shops, with stores that should appeal to most visitors. Southampton's only officially licensed Disney store can be found here, great for the kids, as is Rockbottom Toys. Those hunting for a gift may want to check out the Perfume Shop, The Market Gallery, or even the independent department store The Loft Ladder. In all, there are more than 40 shops housed in the centre, offering up a wide range of products. The best way to find out what's on offer is to simply explore - you never know what you may find.
Food & Drinks
There are a number of refreshment offerings found in the centre too. It's a great place to stop and grab a cup of coffee or a bit to eat. Visitors will find the likes of BB's Coffee & Muffins, Shakeaway, and ChariTeas awaiting. There's even Fredericks Chocolate, which is a miniature paradise for those with a sweet tooth.
The New Forest Centre is packed full of displays and activities about the New Forest National Park. There's something here for all ages and you'll find out more about how to enjoy your time in the Forest.
The New Forest Centre comprises of:
The New Forest Museum which is packed full of displays and activities about the New Forest National Park. There's something here for all ages and you’ll find out more about how to enjoy your time in the Forest
The New Forest Gallery with an exciting programme of changing exhibitions and displays throughout the year
The Centre Gift Shop where you are sure to find something to suit your taste and pocket whether you are looking for a memento of your time in the Forest or a special gift for family or friends
The Christopher Tower Reference Library where you can develop your interest in the New Forest
The New Forest Centre is the ideal place to start any visit to the New Forest National Park.
The Winchester City Mill is an urban working watermill powered by the fast-flowing River Itchen at the bottom of High Street.
Rebuilt in 1744 on an earlier medieval site, it remained in use until the early 20th century. Following major restoration undertook by The National Trust, the mill resumed grinding flour again in early 2004. The City Mill is today a National Trust property.
The City Mill is a lively and informative place for all ages to enjoy. You can learn about the technology and history of milling with hands-on activities, working models, displays and video presentations. Flour making demonstrations take place on Saturdays and Sundays. Frequent baking/tasting days as also organised throughout the year.
All areas are accessible to disabled visitors, and guide dogs are also permitted.
For non-English speakers, French and Spanish audio guides are available on request.
The Winchester City Museum is Hampshire's oldest museum.
The Museum tells the story of the city of Winchester, from an important Roman City later principal city of King Alfred. Through galleries, discover Winchester from its origins as a prehistoric trading centre and Roman regional capital, to its pre-eminence as a principal city in the Anglo- Norman kingdom and then development and decline in the Middle Ages, through to modern times.
Winchester City Museum also includes hands-on activities and quizzes, audio guides and gift shop.
Plus - admission is free!