Out (& About!) Southampton Pride ’18!

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Pride. It is not just a celebration of sexuality but of everyone. This colourful festival is back on the streets of Southampton and all are invited. With the extra flamboyant parade beginning at 2pm, expect big shows on wheels, dancing, party people and colourful representatives from all over the area including South Central Ambulance Service and Hampshire Constabulary (last year saw some colourful emergency vehicles!).

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Live Entertmainent from 11am

The main stage sees many acts singing, dancing and with plenty of fun for all the family to enjoy, including the Cheeky Girls!

The Stage Door, Southampton has all the doors wide open with a dedicated area for the kids and your pets! As always, superb food and drink will be in order. You can soak up the atmosphere from inside or simply enjoy Al fresco from the outdoor arena.

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The Acoustic Stage, inside the O2 Guildhall

The Acoustic Stage will be showcasing the latest talent if bands are more your thing. From some new music to the stuff we all know and love to sign along too!

The party continues at The Stage Door!

Not only will the food and drink be on flow but the Pride Village promises to offer something unique to buy and remember the day.

Each year Southampton grinds to a halt and produces the most magnificent of colours from all walks of life. Dark colours are not an option!

So, dress up, make-up, take pride and have an amazing time…whoever you are!

For more information click here.

Ben Glover

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Out & About: Seaside In The Square!

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There is always something for you as a guest in and around or serviced properties. Where else could you find a 480m2 beach in the centre of a city? Only in Southampton of course! If you love a bit of beach yoga, keeping fit to live music, a bit of cinema and sand art, the Seaside In The Square, Guildhall square has plenty to offer.

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If relaxing is more your thing (it is a beach) there is plenty to do including chilling by the bar or sampling plenty of restaurants and cafes around the square. With a whole host of varieties to choose from you won’t be going home hungry.

Got a mate or a date? The outdoor cinema is completely FREE and is so popular you will need to book well in advance for a romantic spot on the beach. Entry for the 3pm films will be from 2:30pm, and for the 7pm films will be from 6:30pm. Seating arrangements are up to you; either bring a blanket or get cosy on the seats, mind where you out that arm. 😉 No alcohol can or glass and sadly no pets.

Look out for and join in the Seaside in the Square Giant Deckchair Trail 20 July – 22 August >
Kids: Grab a copy of the trail from NST, Westquay, Marlands and other outlets in the city) and get hunting around town for our 14 giant deckchairs! Complete the trail and take your sheet to the beach bar at Seaside in the Square to claim your prize.

Adults: You have the chance to win a prize too! Get a snap of you and your friends on any of the chairs and post it on Instagram using #sotonseaside. Every week, the photo with the most likes will win a £20 Westquay gift card.#

See Calendar of Events > 

Ben Glover

Summer Serviced Survival Guide!

With summer actually being a summer in the UK, attempting to sleep at night can be hard work. Peruse these tips for a better stay.

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Duvet 

Whip out the duvet and just sleep with the cover. It is a light and refreshing way to get a good nights sleep on a sticky night.

Hydrate

We are not your parents and won’t teach you to suck eggs, but water is the source of life. You are pretty much made up of it! Make downing a pint the first thing you do in the morning and a smaller glass before you go to bed. A minimum of two litres a day is the RDA although this should double when the heat is on.

Ventilate

Having good air flow is key to feeling cool. In your serviced property, make sure windows and bedroom doors are open to give the O2 a chance tp get into those lungs and keep you cool. Most can be left on a night latch, remember to lose them on your way out.

Diet

Again, we are not your mum, but a good diet of fresh fruit and veg will give the body all it needs to process the right energies and recover. Avoiding bread, pastries, caffeine, fizzy drinks can make you feel bloated, not what you need on a hot day. With our Food Packs we can help plan your shopping list for your arrival. Don’t forget the fluids!

Switch Off

By turning off all digital devices or popping them in flight mode an hour before bed can help you sleep. Your mind won’t be running at 100 MPH trying to catch up on social media and working out how the next day will go. And go to bed early. (Sorry, not sorry).

Charlotte Glover

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Visit: Goodwood Festival Of Speed 2018

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Goodwood’s infamous monument sculpture has a historical theme for 2018!

For guests that have petrol running through their veins, Goodwood FOS is a mecca. Situated on what used to be a World War II airbase just outside Chichester, West Sussex, every year’s theme just gets bigger and better.

In 2018 it sees ‘The Silver Jubilee’ combining races of historic cars to the modern day track monsters we see today on all wheels. The past 100 years has seen huge advancements in technology when it has come to motor racing and this year’s FOS is not exception. From the hidden rally stages in top of the hill to the noise of the track past Goodwood house, there is a copious amount of noise that is music to the ears of any enthusiast.

Major motor manufactures will be on hand to showcase their latest models and with the theme ‘past, present and future’ we are guaranteed to see into our driving future. Interactivity comes in form of the Goodwood app as well as the chance to pick up some goodies and drive on the purposely created tracks on site (Land Rover always proves popular with it’s off-road moving arena).

Owner and curator, the Duke of Richmond, will showcase his favourite 25 moments of the festival’s history including celebrations, manufacturers, brands and motoring celebrities that have contributed to this stunning arena.

It is also the year the GRRC (Goodwood Road Racing Club) celebrate their 20th anniversary.

The Goodwood Festival Of Speed takes place 12th-15th July 2018.

Charlotte Glover

Marina Based Serviced Properties Just For You

Summer is in full flow and what better way to get on the water. If you are looking for a base off your vessel or need somewhere to stay while your pride and joy is in for repair, let us look after you.

Our properties are fully serviced by our in-housekeeping team and we are available 24 hours a day. The only schedule we work to is yours. You will get an information pack on arrival that includes our EXCLUSIVE Discount Card for money off local restaurants, bars and even the gym!

Stay beautiful.

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Sun Spots For Free!

With the UK about to bask in a heatwave, have some hang outs and soak up some rays…for nish!

Queen Elizabeth Country Park, nr Petersfield

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With over fourteen hundred acres of downland and woodland situated in the South Downs National Park, this beauty spot is perfect for your active self. Stroll the waymarked trails for walking, cycling and horse riding. Play trails, barbecues for hire. Programme of events and activities.

Queen Victoria Country Park, Southampton

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Once home to a military hospital now only the chapel remains. Acres of land right on Southampton Water make for a fun day out in the sea or on land. A miniature railway and obstacle park make this perfect for the family. Free entry, pay & display parking.

Southsea Bandstand, Southsea Common (weekends)

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This iconic stand plays host to some fine talent; local bands, DJs and a quality atmosphere. Every weekend a mini festival breaks out on the common with the bandstand it’s epicentre.

West Wittering Beach, nr Chichester

West Witt provides srtunning views of Chichester Harbour and the South Downs beyond. There are acres of sandy beach to enjoy and the water quality is rated excellent, so mich so it is one of the premier Blue Flag beaches in the country. Click here to read more about the bathing water quality.

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The extensive acres of neatly mown grass close to the beach are perfect for parking, and picnics.  The sea is popular with wind and kite surfers, while shallow lagoons are left on extensive sandy flats at low tide. The whole area is internationally recognised for its wildlife, birds and unique beauty.

Trained and dedicated staff endeavour to maintain and protect this special environment, and to provide a warm welcome to all our visitors whether here for a carefree traditional bucket and spade day in summer, or a brisk winter walk. (Parking charges apply).

Ben Glover

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No Park & Ride?

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Portsmouth has a successful Park & Ride system. 

Public transport links within the vicinity of our serviced properties have been superb. From access to motorways, train stations and airport, we have them sorted.

Recently though, with public transport becoming more popular, where is the Park & Ride for Southampton? With a city as large as it is Southampton appears to be ‘behind’ compared to it’s neighbour’s Winchester and Portsmouth.

Portsmouth City Council reclaimed old Ministry Of Defence land that saw a vast car park and interchange facility that launched in 2014. A bus leaves every 10-15 minutes with a short run time into the city, making it a popular choice for business and students. Located on the very busy M275, dedicated bus lanes bypass the traffic offering a stress free commute.

Winchester has similar, although a longer run time into the city, still proves popular for those who want to avoid the queues, connecting commuters with business and shoppers with some retail therapy without having to pay high parking charges.

Southampton, however, does not have such a system. Of course, with the cruise terminal a huge income for the city, there are plenty of long stay car parks within the vicinity. With traffic via all routes on the road, surely it would be a benefit for a Park & Ride to be in place for the city?

The argument is land. Southampton can be accessed from the west country, the north and south east, a location would prove a difficult find and with more than one a possible logistical nightmare that may not prove cost effective. That said, the many commuters that get stuck in traffic queues in the city leave, on average, an hour earlier just to get into work on time. That’s precious time away from family, friends or partners. And, let’s not forget, at the end of the day as well.

What is the solution in the meantime?

Public transport in our cities on the south coast has always been good; rail services offer good commuting pick up points, the bus network is frequent and cycle paths are in place to travel safely into your place of work.

Could a tram system for Southampton be on the cards? The last tram left the rails in 1949 and since the city’s roads have only changed, geographically, only slightly. Disruption would be inevitable whilst infra structure was place, but a modern and sleek city, that Southampton is becoming, really could do with something.

The beauty of a serviced property within our city centre portfolio ensures that you can have a hassle free journey to your destination. For those who we accommodate on the outskirts of the city, we ensure you can be where you want to be. With the advent of a possible congestion charge in our inner cities, will Southampton be left behind?

Ben Glover

Contributer/Blogger

Escapism – How We Help

Life is hectic. But for every hectic moment there should be at least two for recuperating. That is where we can help.

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Our obsession with ‘want’ is not only spiralling out of control it can interfere with our downtime. Having a mismatch in balance is not healthy. Sometimes, all you need is just that ‘getaway’ moment to help get back on track.

Serviced accommodation is different to staying in a hotel. Space, for one, is a premium and in every property we make sure that is the case. For example, our dedicated studio apartments have been designed with ‘compact’ in mind yet are cleverly laid out to give the impression of a large property.

And it is not just the inner-city bases.

We have a selection of properties that are based on the outskirts of Southampton and Portsmouth, each offering that perfect retreat for however long you need. From the converted chapel near Botley to the marina town houses in Port Solent, each are surrounded by luscious environments perfect to explore.

What is more, each property, whether town house or studio, will always make you feel at home. Essentially, you will have all in place to make sure you relax, including time. We are not obligating you to any timetable for our housekeeping team to change the sheets or clean, it is your space, your time.

Capture a moment from the balcony of our marina side apartments and enjoy a glass or two with some of the best sunsets in the UK. If being social is your relaxant, we have some of the best places and entertainment within reach of our serviced properties, powered by our regular blog updates.

From being the solo traveller to business, relax and take time out with us.

Ben Glover

Family Bank Holiday (and half term) Stuff

Longdown Activity Farm, Ashurt

longdownThis family run farm has all sorts of activities to enjoy including animal feeds and tractor rides!

And this Bank Holiday enjoy a vintage farm theme and see how it used to be done!

 

 

 

Dinosaur Footprint Trail, Hamble Country Park

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Who’s lurking in the woods?

Come and join the self-guided dinosaur footprints trail at River Hamble Country Park.

The trail pack is available from the Barnfield kiosk for just £2, with a prize when you complete it.

British Street Food Festival and Competition, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

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The toughest street food competition in the world is coming to Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays. The southern heat of the 2018 British Street Food Awards will see the region’s best traders fighting it out to win the public vote for a place in the national finals in London. And the chance to represent Britain in the European Street Food Awards finals in Berlin.

Gunwharf Quays’ Plaza will welcome over a dozen innovative street food vendors, giving visitors the opportunity to sample some of the finest street food on offer in the region. Shoppers will have the opportunity to give their feedback on the tastiest dishes, sampling competition dishes and voting for their favourite.

It’s all taking place on the Bank Holiday weekend of May 26/28 from 11am to 6pm each day with fun for all the family.

Special Ops, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu 

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Calling all spies and soldiers!!!

Test your mettle as a secret agent by heading off across the Beaulieu grounds on your own SOE training mission this May half-term.

The Special Operations Executive are running a training exercise before sending their trainee agents into enemy-occupied France – and they’ve recruited you to join them!

Track down hidden car parts, find all the Citroen 2CV parts and note down the cryptic symbol on each one. Then head back to the mission briefing room to match them back to the secret blueprints. Make a code breaking gadget…Can you crack the code? Create your own gadget and decipher the cryptic symbols to find out!

Throughout the week, dress up as a soldier, see a selection of wartime vehicles being driven around the attraction and talk to Lord Montagu’s falconer about the role of falconry in World War II. Plus, solve a puzzle to win prizes! Put your code cracking skills to the test in the Brabazon Restaurant to solve a fiendish puzzle and be entered into a prize draw. Each day’s winner will receive a fun spy or soldier pack.

Then head to the Secret Army Exhibition to discover the true story of Beaulieu’s role as a wartime finishing school for special agents.
Plus even more…

Join Beaulieu for more special activities on Sunday 27th May & Saturday 2nd June.

All May half-term activities are included in general admission tickets, which include entry to the whole of the attraction!

Kayaking and Paddleboarding, Fairthorne Manor, Botley

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Every Thursday evening 6pm – 7.30pm there is a taste for Kayaking + Stand Up Paddleboarding. These fun sessions are a great opportunity for the whole family to try and great way too cool off on a hot summers evening.

Just £10 per person ** YMCA members save 10%**

Have a go at both activities or spend the whole session just on one activity – its your choice.

Call 01489 772215 to book. Booking in advance required

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