Whilst events can’t happen physically in Southampton, you can still get involved with a number of online events, lectures and webinars hosted by local businesses and venues. Stay connected to Southampton and the community, you might meet some new friends or discover something new along the way!
Join Ali's Autumn Art Club and discover the world of art through fun games and drawing activities. The online course covers lots of topics and is suitable for 7-11 year olds running every Wednesday at 4.30pm. Click below to book.
7 October: Autumn Impressionism
There's lots to do and discover for all age groups with Mayflower Theatre's new courses - with some classes in the theatre and some online, there's plenty of ways to get involved!
Young Filmmakers online - 23 September - 21 October 2020
Mayflower Young Writers - 26 September - 5 December 2020
Mayflower Drama Club - 26 September - 5 December 2020
Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre - 28 September - 8 December 2020
Mayflower Creative Writers Online - 28 September - 7 December 2020
Mayflower Youth Theatre - 28 September - 10 December 2020
Mayflower Young Company - 29 September - 8 December 2020
Adult Beginners Ballet Online - 29 September - 24 November 2020
Why not take on the ABP Southampton Half Marathon?
You can run the 13.1 miles in one go if you can or over multiple days and then you can get a 2020 Finisher tee and medal. There's also 10k and full marathon options too!
If you want to sign up you can do here
Or is cycling more your thing?
Take on the postponed Southampton Sporterium Cycle. The route is 100km and this scenic route begins in the city centre, and will see riders travelling through the beautiful surrounding countryside heading north of Winchester, through New Alresford and across to Stockbridge before coming back down towards Southampton through Romsey.
What a challenge! If you are a fan of these events check out the Rees Leisure for membership options and more.
ArtfulScribe is hosting a number of online events to connect writers and writing, suiting for all different ages and abilities. If the lockdown life has brought out a passion for writing then why not sign up to a workshop and unleash your creative side!
Mayflower Creative Writers: Monday 7-9pm, 18 to 25 years
Led by Antosh Wojcik writing, editing and developing work for performance and publication (all genres). For sign-up details, please email email@example.com.
ArtfulScribe Junior Writers Club: Wednesday 9.30 - 11am, 7 to 11 years
Led by Susmita Bhattacharya, this is a new group aimed at primary school children featuring fun ways to engage and get creative with words, encouraging young people’s voices to be heard. For sign-up details, please firstname.lastname@example.org. See an example of Susmita's online workshops here.
ArtfulScribe Young Writers Online: Wednesday 11.30 - 1pm
Aimed at Secondary School and 6thForm college-aged participants, led by Tabitha Hayward featuring creative approaches to generate new work for publication, performance, and personal satisfaction (all genres). For sign-up details please email@example.com.
SO:Write Women: Thursday 11am - 1pm
Weeks 1 and 3 of each month led by Joanna Barnard. A group tailored towards creating, sharing and celebrating women’s writing in a safe and supportive environment. For sign-up details please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing for Wellbeing: Thursday 11am - 1pm
Weeks 2 and 4 of each month led by Joanna Barnard. A qualified counsellor and award-winning novelist leads these sessions to encourage new and advanced writers to develop a toolbox of skills for creative self-expression during times of crisis. Participants in a recent pilot described the sessions as ‘validating’, ‘healing’, ‘inspiring’ and more. For sign-up details please email email@example.com. For a taster, see this session here.
Mayflower Young Writers: Saturday 9am - 9.45am, 11 to 14 years. Saturday 11am - 1pm, 15 to 18 years.
Led by award-winning author Susmita Bhattacharya. A Hampshire-based group for young writers who normally meet at Mayflower Theatre during term-time and work towards project-based outcomes including publishing an anthology and writing for performance. You can find out more about the Mayflower Young Writers here. For sign-up details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Eye: Lockdown Days brings the opportunity for everyone in and around Southampton to share up to 90 seconds of film with them - something extraordinary or very ordinary, the high days and the low ones. They will then use your film to build an archive record of this unique time, of life during the city during COVID-19. See more here.
Arts Award Discover at Home
You can also get creative with the Arts Award Discover virtual programme aimed at people aged 5 - 25 encouraging you to explore the wonderful world of art. Take part in activities, learn about other artists and share your creations with each other whilst at home. Find out more here.
Weekly Youth Choir
Aimed at children aged 6 - 18 Showcase Music School are running weekly youth choir rehearsals where children can learn and develop their singing skills and record their parts for a weekly video performance. Find out more here.
Virtual Youth Orchestra
Showcase Music School is running a free weekly Virtual Youth Orchester with parts available to all abilities who play all different types of instruments. So far 2,200 people registered from 22 countries have contributed to 15 pieces of music in just 10 weeks! Sign up here to get involved. Below is one of their pieces 'The Greatest Showman', check it out!👇
When you do go outside, following social distancing guidance, why not make a stop and explore the outdoor art and historical monuments on your way?
There are plenty of social activities for over 55's with MHA Southampton
Mondays - Exercise class and Mastermind Quizzes
Tuesdays - Cheerleading and Chatterbox Tuesdays
Wednesdays - Tai Chi and Tea at 3 with P
Thursdays - Minding Me and Fun Thursdays
Fridays - Singing for Wellbeing and Crafts with Laughs
All you need to do to take part is register here.
Mayflower Theatre and City Eye Young Filmmakers group is going online!
They are offering a free taster session so why not give it a go, see more here. Then if you find that you love it, you can join their brilliant group for regular sessions with guided through weekly zoom sessions to explore the film making process, looking at script writing, story boarding, filming and editing.