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Ghosts of Tudor House online

Ghost of Tudor House

Ghosts of Tudor House online / Thu 29 Oct / From £4.40 each

Join us online for some spine-tingling but fun ghost stories from Southampton's most haunted house with Learning Officer, Andy Skinner. 

Do spirits still haunt the museum? Andy shares some of his own spooky experiences and discusses whether any of these hauntings could possibly be true. 

The stories will be delivered in a friendly way, but be prepared for some scary tales. Because of this we recommend a minimum age of 8 years.

Zoom on a Broom workshop at the gallery

Zoom on a Broom in-venue workshop / Tue 27 Oct / £6.00 each / Southampton City Art Gallery

Fancy yourself as a broomstick designer? Taking inspiration from the fastest models on the Quidditch field, you can design a broomstick to suit your inner witch or wizard. Broomsticks provided: just bring imagination. Suitable for 4 years +.

  • Morning session - 10.30am to 12pm  - Book here 
  • Afternoon session - 1pm to 2.30pm - Book here

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, anyone attending a workshop in our venues will need to pre-book, including adults. Children cannot attend without an adult - adults will need to book a FREE attending adult ticket. Each booking will be seated at the same table; if you are booking for two households please make two separate purchases. 

Online art appreciation talks

Image: Gwen John, Mere Poussepin © Southampton City Art Gallery

Southampton City Art Gallery’s programme of art appreciation talks with Ali Eales continues, exploring artists, art movements and their links to the City’s fine art collection. 

Tues 4 Nov / 7pm – 8.30pm / Mothers of Modernism – From Gwen John to Georgia O’Keeffe - Book here

Tues 17 Nov / 7pm – 8.30pm / Vincent Van Gogh: The Life and Legacy of a Life in Pain(t) - Book here

Tues 3 Dec / 7pm – 8.30pm / Sir Edward Coley Burne Jones: Finding Perseus - Book here 

Tues 15 Dec / 7pm – 8.30pm / The End of Baroque: A Flowery Death on the Rocks of Rococco - Book here  

Image: Gwen John, Mere Poussepin © Southampton City Art Gallery

2 weeks left to visit Wampum at SeaCity Museum

Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America is the story of the Wampanoag Native Americans, whom the Mayflower passengers would have met on their arrival to America 400 years ago. Discover their story at SeaCity Museum this half-term in this amazing exhibition which has only 2 weeks left. 

Book tickets

Wampum belts are a tapestry of art and tribal history. Made from the purple and white shells of the whelk and quahog, wampum beads embody the Wampanoag connection to the sea and to life itself.

Watch this short video from the opening of the exhibition and discover a little bit of what you'll see on your visit to the museum:

Wampum belt

Also listen to Paula Peters, a Wampanoag Scholar, in discussion with Cllr Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Culture & Homes, and Cllr Sue Blatchford, Mayor of Southampton in this short video as they discuss women of the Wampanoag People and insights into their Matriarchal society.

Paula Peters

You can find out more about Wampanoag culture, Wampum and all the other exhibitions and activities happening in the city as part of Southampton's Mayflower 400 programme on

Shadows and Light at City Art Gallery

shadows and light

24 Oct 2020 - 23 Jan 2021

Curated by Professor Stephen Foster, this exhibition brings together historic and contemporary works of art which relate to light as subject matter. Featuring photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and installation, the exhibition will also include key works from Southampton’s fine art collection. Discover more online.

The exhibition also forms part of the Southampton Mayflower 400 programme, marking the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower on its now famous journey to the New World.

Book your free tickets


Halloween half-term fun

Halloween kids

Keep the kids entertained this half-term with some fantasic, covid-secure in-venue and online activities for all the family to enjoy. 

To keep everyone safe, in-venue activities have limited numbers so make sure you get your tickets as soon as possible. Please also be aware that adults and children aged 11 and over will need to wear a face covering.

Mon 26 Oct

Spooky Clay Pumpkins Family Workshop / £6.00 each / Southampton City Art Gallery

Play with clay, experiment with new techniques and make a spooky pumpkin! Join one of the talented learning team for a messy, fun workshop. Suitable for families with children aged 4+. 

  • Morning session - 10.30am to 12pm  - Book here 
  • Afternoon session - 1pm to 2.30pm - Book here

Tue 27 Oct

Zoom on a Broom workshop / £6.00 each / Southampton City Art Gallery

Fancy yourself as a broomstick designer? Taking inspiration from the fastest models on the Quidditch field where you can design a broomstick to suit your inner witch or wizard. Broom stick included, just bring imagination. Suitable for 4 years +.

  • Morning session - 10.30am to 12pm  - Book here 
  • Afternoon session - 1pm to 2.30pm - Book here

Wed 28 Oct

Awesome Egyptians / £6.00 each / SeaCity Museum

Discover the incredible world of the pharaohs in this history and craft session based at SeaCity Museum, including mummifying your own orange!

  • Morning session - 10.30am to 12pm  - Book here 
  • Afternoon session - 2pm to 3.30pm - Book here

Thu 29 Oct

Ghosts of Tudor House / From £4.40 each / Online Only 
Join Tudor House's own Ghostfinder General in this online Zoom talk to find out the stories of spirits from Southampton's most haunted building.

Fri 30 Oct

Scary Southampton Walking Tour / £6.00 each / Outside Tudor House
Explore the Old Town with our learning officer Andy to discover grim tales of murder, foul deeds and disappearance! All ages (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)

BOOK these activities and more here:

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, anyone attending a workshop in these venues will need to pre-book, including adults. Children cannot attend without an adult - adults will need to book a FREE attending adult ticket. Each booking will be seated at the same table; if you are booking for two households please make two separate purchases. 

Witch history online talk


Thu 22 Oct , 2020

'Something wicked this way comes': A Brief History of Witches / From £4.40 each / Online Only

In the build-up to Halloween join Becky Sharp from Southampton City Councils Cultural Services Learning Team, to discover the history of witches and what happened to those who were accused of using magic.

Gallery online art talk

Tue 3 Nov, 2020

Mothers of Modernism - from Gwen John to Georgia O'Keeffe / From £4.40 each / Online Only

Ali Eales leads this art appreciation talk, exploring the work of these 20th Century visionaries and their legacy.  .

Opening at Southampton City Art Gallery

shadows and light

Shadows and Light

24 Oct 2020 - 23 Jan 2021

Curated by Professor Stephen Foster, this exhibition brings together historic and contemporary works of art which relate to light as subject matter. Featuring photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and installation, the exhibition will also include key works from Southampton’s fine art collection. Discover more online.

The exhibition forms part of the Southampton Mayflower 400 programme, marking the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower on its now famous journey to the New World.

Don't forget to book your free tickets in advance - If you visit the gallery before 23 October you can even pop to the SeaCity Café next-door and enjoy 50% off a hot drink*, just show our staff your gallery ticket.

*Offer ends 23 October

SeaCity Museum and Tudor House Museum short videos

Wampum Belt short vid

Discover some of the fascinating things you’ll find on a trip to SeaCity Museum in these fascinating short videos from Andy Skinner, from Southampton City Councils Cultural Services Learning Team.

  • Wampum Belt - In the Southampton Stories exhibition space you'll find Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America, part of the Mayflower 400 Anniversary programme in Southampton, open until 8 November 2020.
  • Bronze Age Sword - You'll find this in the Gateway to the World exhibition upstairs. 

Don't forget to pre-book your tickets before heading over to SeaCity this half-term. 

Unfortunately Tudor House is currently closed, but you can join Andy at the end of the garden at the museum in this short video, where you can find out some more about King John’s Palace.

You'll find lots more amazing things with Andy and Bea as they explore objects and places around the museums here on the Cultural Services Learning YouTube page.

Get involved with our UK City of Culture bid

City of Culture bid 2025

Don’t forget, we are encouraging everyone to get involved with our UK City of Culture bid. Southampton is bidding to become the UK City of Culture in 2025, a really fantastic opportunity for the city. You can keep up to date via regular emails and get involved here

The Southampton 2025 team has also launched their social media channels TwitterFacebook and Instagram – please check them out and share. To decide what sort of things should be included in the bid, the team wants to understand what the city needs and identify where the gaps are. To do this they are asking everyone for a few minutes of their time to complete a short survey or sign up to be part of focus groups.


We're celebrating 30 years of supporting Southampton residents

Employment support team

This month we're celebrating 30 years of supporting people in Southampton into employment, training and volunteering opportunities. 

We first started out as City Limits Employment in October 1990, and since then we have worked with over 10,000 residents who are disadvantaged in some way, and our dedicated Employment Officers have supported 3,300 individuals into paid employment in the last 3 decades. Our team has also supported approximately 2,500 voluntary placements and enabled 4000 individuals to complete training courses. In recent years the team has focused on helping people to remain in employment by working with individuals and their employers, helping 300 people to stay in work. The team also helps residents to set up their own businesses and as a team have supported 15 new start-ups.

We've changed and adapted to new challenges over the last 30 years, but our philosophy remains the same – anyone can work regardless of their disability or disadvantage, as long as it’s the right time for the individual, it’s the right opportunity and the right support is in place.

For more information and to see some graphics detailing our history, visit our website

If you’re a job seeker, employer or resident of Southampton that would benefit from our support to help you find work, please email us or call 023 8091 7585.

#EST30 Life Skills

Virtual Care Careers Roadshow

Care Roadshow

Seetec Pluss are hosting a virtual Careers Roadshow for people interested in a career in care. The event will take place on CHAOS TV on Thursday 5th November 2020, 11am-3pm and is open to anyone who wants to find out more about the variety of jobs in the care industry. 

There will be a chance to hear from local employers, people already working in care and people who receive care and their families. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions to a panel made up of employers, carers and councillors and explore career progression opportunities within the sector. 

For more information, please visit the Seetec Pluss website.

PATH Survey

PATH Survey

Are you an expectant or new parent? We're looking for people to take part in an online survey about their mental health and wellbeing to help shape our Perinatal Mental Health awareness campaign in partnership with the PATH project

Your feedback will help us plan and deliver a multimedia campaign across the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands aimed at parents, families, healthcare professionals and employers to raise awareness of Perinatal Mental Health.

Take the anonymous survey.

Jobs at Southampton City Council


We are currently recruiting for roles across the council. To see the full list of vacancies, visit our dedicated recruitment website.

Featured Jobs:

Customer Service Officer

Are you customer focused? Are you determined that all customer contact should be easy, effective and convenient? If so, then you might be just the person we’re looking for! We have an exciting opportunity available for a Customer Service Officer within our Contact Centre. In this role you will be responsible for answering enquiries from customers across a range of channels (telephone, face to face and digital). You will take a customer focused approach to all enquiries, help increase first point resolution and ensure we are a customer focused organisation.

Closing Date: 28 October 2020

Tree Surgery Improving (Second) Climber

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated individual to undertake the role of Improving (Second) Climber within Southampton City Council’s Tree Surgery Team.
You will possess a professional approach to tree management and impeccable working standards. You will work within a tree surgery team to provide a visible and responsive front-line service to the local community. You will be competent and experienced in aerial tree work, the use of chainsaws and associated land-based machinery. You must have a full, clean driving licence along with a good level of fitness. A towing licence and a minimum of a Level 2 qualification in arboriculture is desirable.

Closing Date: 11 November 2020

School Administrator

Would you like to be part of an ambitious and exciting school community which puts the interests of our children and young people at the centre of everything? The Cedar School is looking to appoint an experienced, enthusiastic and well-organised person to join our busy Admin team. This is a key role within our school where you will be the first point of contact for parents and visitors. You will also provide vital admin support to our Headteacher and SLT. Flexibility is essential, together with the ability to be pro-active and demonstrate excellent communication skills. Please email the School Business Manager for a full application pack

Closing Date: 3 November 2020

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Find Wally in Southampton City Art Gallery

Where's Wally

Hunt for Wally amongst our collections and exhibitions from 9 October – 1 November 2020, as well as spell out a spooky phrase with letters hidden alongside mini Wally standees, and receive a special “I found Wally!” bookmark on completion of the search, as well as the chance to enter the Where’s Wally? and Kids in Museums grand prize draw competition to win an ArtFund Family Membership and a bundle of Where’s Wally? goodies.

Book FREE tickets to the gallery here. You can also find some additional Where's Waly online activities here.

Young People’s Online Open Exhibition 2020

Young people's open

Young People's Open Exhibition: Journey, Migration and the Sea is now open online. Check out the work by students from Bitterne Park School, The Polygon School and Woodlands Community College. This is part of Southampton’s Mayflower 400. programme.

In the year which marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing from Southampton to the New World, students from Southampton schools were invited to respond to the themes of journey, migration and the sea using their own choice of media.

Coming Soon - Art Asia Belonging


Belonging is an exciting project and interpretation of the Mayflower story delivering a series of creative online tutorials in music, storytelling and crafts, which will generate material for a large-scale installation in Westquay. Resources can now be accessed online for you to join in at home. Discover more about this project on

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With everyone now back at school, it’s time to let you know about the TWO campaigns we are running this October. We’d love your school to be involved! It’s very easy to sign up for your free resources.

It's Walktober time again: Walking to Wellbeing in 2020 - Register below by Friday 25 September


For the fourth year running we are celebrating International Walk to School Month with Walktober!

Lockdown has shown us that exercising and spending time outside are essential for wellbeing. 

Walktober is about encouraging your pupils, staff and their families to walk as much as possible during the month. Register and you will receive a pack of information containing everything you need to participate including a bespoke outdoor scavenger hunt presented as a short film by Kate at The Mind Runner for use at home or at school to get the Walktober: Walking for Wellbeing month underway. 

We have some great prizes this year including Hampshire Outdoor Leader courses for staff, bespoke Mindful Movement courses for pupils and vouchers for family days out in Hampshire. Walktober is free to enter and open to all primary and secondary schools. Please use this link to register your school. Deadline for registration is Friday 25 September

For more information, please visit our website.

Clean Air Day - Thursday 8 October 

(Register below by Wednesday 7 October)

Clean Air Day

Unusually this year, during October, as well as Walktober, we will also be promoting Walk to School Week (5 - 9 October) and Clean Air Day (8 October), both delayed due to Covid-19.

All our Clean Air Day 2020 resources can be downloaded for free from our website, featuring easy and safe ways to make the air cleaner around your school.

Pupil pack and poster competition: Our resource packs include links to Clean Air Day PowerPoint presentations for use in class. They also include a poster competition linked to this year's key messages for all pupils to participate in. Please share with your pupils and their families.

Schools' competition: For your school's chance to win a handheld air pollution monitor called a Flow Meterregister here and let us know about any Clean Air Day activities and campaigns that you plan to run this term and give us a reason to pick your school as the winner. Deadline for registering is Wednesday 7 October.

Shirley Junior School completes first week of School Streets

School Street

Congratulations to Shirley Junior School, which last week became the third school in Southampton to introduce a temporary road closure outside its gates at drop off and pick up times. The 'School Streets' scheme is being trialled by the school in partnership with Southampton City Council and Sustrans to provide additional space for social distancing, encourage more families to travel actively to school and create a safer, healthier and more pleasant environment. 

The first week went very smoothly and the scheme has excellent support from staff and families, with some parents already volunteering to help out with manning the closures. There has also been positive feedback from local residents as well as the school community. 

It's been really lovely to see children and families happy and calm on their newly car-free school run. A big well done to the school and everyone involved in successfully bringing this scheme to another school in our city. If you're interested in running your own School Streets scheme, get in touch with us here.

Dates for your diary



Virtual Employability Course - October 2020

Virtual Employability

Are you looking for work in Southampton? Maybe you've been out of work for a while or are thinking about getting a new job after a long time? Or are you thinking about applying for your first job and don't know where to begin?

We are running a free online Employability Course for people who want to develop their employability skills and start preparing to look for work. The course will be delivered online via Zoom, and you will receive resources and a certificate of completion by email after the course.

Dates and times:

  • Wednesday 7th October 10am-11:30am
  • Thursday 8th October 10am-11:30am
  • Friday 9th October 10am-11:30am

The course is free for anyone aged 19+ and living in or around Southampton.

After the course, you will also have the opportunity to receive ongoing support from our other Employment Support Team projects, which are currently being delivered virtually.

Over the 3 sessions, the course will aim to:

  • Improve confidence and motivation
  • Support with CV writing
  • Teach job application tips and tricks
  • Develop interview techniques
  • Help you plan to move into paid work, volunteering or education

If you're interested in signing up to the course, please email us or call 07811 165534.

Free support for council tenants looking for work


Did you know, if you live in a Southampton City Council property, you can get support from our T.E.E.M project with finding work or becoming self-employed?

Our dedicated team of Employment Officers will work with you on a 1 to 1 basis and support you with things like:

  • Job searching
  • Application forms
  • CVs and Cover Letters
  • Advice and signposting around furlough and returning to work
  • Signposting to specialist services
  • Building confidence
  • Gaining work experience and developing skills

T.E.E.M also run a virtual work club on Zoom every Thursday between 3pm and 5pm where you can drop in and get advice and support. To join the virtual work club, you don’t need to have a Zoom account; all you need to do is click this link and enter the password: 356055

To find out more about T.E.E.M, please email Francesca or call 07811 165129

Not a council tenant? Don't worry, we've got lots of projects that can help you find work. Find out more

Solent Employment Support


Solent Employment Support (S.E.S) is our supported employment project that aims to help people with health conditions to achieve their employment goals. We provide tailored support including advice on housing, healthcare and social services to support you to get and keep a job. We also support clients to access training opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills. S.E.S supports individuals in a person-centred way with CV writing, job applications, interview advice and any other employment related activities.

Who can get support from S.E.S?

Anyone with a recognised health condition who is unemployed (including recently unemployed), eligible to receive public funds and has the right to live and work in the UK. 

What areas does S.E.S cover?

We are currently offering virtual support by phone, email or video call. If you live in Southampton, the Waterside area, Portsmouth, Havant, Gosport, the Isle of Wight, Eastleigh or the surrounding areas, you'll be able to get support.

What support does S.E.S offer?

  • Pre-employment support and help developing skills
  • Accessing volunteering and work placements
  • Impartial Information, Advice and Guidance around employment goals through 1 to 1 support and individualised support plans
  • Ongoing support in the workplace if required

How can I get support from S.E.S?

Email Francesca to find out how we can help, or call 07811 165129.

Find out more on Access Southampton

T Levels Launch

T Levels

We’re pleased to share the news that T Levels have now started. Students at selected colleges and schools across England are now beginning their two-year, post-GCSE courses in Digital, Construction and Design or Education and Childcare. These are just the start of the 24 T Levels that will roll out over the coming years in subjects as diverse as accounting and digital to engineering and healthcare.

Designed by employers for employers, T Levels are robust qualifications that combine classroom learning with a substantial industry placement so that graduates emerge with the knowledge and practical skills that businesses need plus real experience of being in the workplace. They are based on the world’s best technical education systems to address the skills gap and build a workforce fit for whatever the future brings.

With 1 T Level being equivalent to 3 A Levels, T Level graduates will have opportunities to move straight into work, to further study or an apprenticeship. Find out more about T Levels at

Using Social Media to look for work

social media

Social Media is a great resource for keeping in touch and staying up to date. But it can also be a useful tool when looking for work. 

Many people used apps like LinkedIn to look for work and network with employers. If you use LinkedIn, make sure your profile is up to date and professional. Interact with people and share your professional interests to get noticed.

Facebook is another great platform to look for jobs. Many companies, especially smaller businesses, will often advertise vacancies on their Facebook pages, so have a think about companies you'd like to work for and keep an eye on their page. There are also lots of groups set up where employers can advertise their vacancies, so have a look at what groups are in your local area. Remember though, if you're using Facebook to look for work, make sure there's nothing embarrassing on your profile that you wouldn't want an employer to see, and remember to never share personal information about you with strangers online. 

If you're a Twitter user, follow companies you're interested in - some companies might also have careers or jobs accounts that are separate from their main account. #SotonJobs Hour takes place on Twitter every Thursday between 1pm and 2pm where job vacancies are shared by employers and Southampton Jobcentre. You can also follow @sotoncareers and @JCPinHants_IOW for the latest job vacancies and advice.

Top tips for using social media to find your next job:

  • Make sure your profile is professional and private
  • Never share personal information or bank details on social media - always ask for an official business email address
  • Look out for scams. Safer Jobs has some useful articles to help you stay alert

Get more information and tips for looking for work on Access Southampton

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Celebrating 30 years in October...

October 2020 marks 30 years since we first started supporting people in Southampton back in 1990. Since then, we've helped thousands of people to find employment, training and volunteering in the city. Next month we'll be celebrating the work we've done as well as sharing our plans for the future, so make sure you're following us on social media for the latest updates! 



Opening tomorrow - A Mile in My Shoes at Westquay

Walk in my shoes girl

A Mile in My Shoes at Westquay, is an innovative artistic experience, where visitors are invited to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes and listen to the that persons fascinating story. The stories cover different aspects of life, exploring themes of shared humanity, from grief and loss to love and joy, so visitors take an empathetic as well as a physical journey.

It also includes 8 new stories from Southampton – including a Paralympian, Prof. Tom Wilkinson who is leading the Covid drug trials, and Lou Taylor from Black History Month. Find more information about the Southampton participants in whose shoes you can walk here.

Make sure you Book your tickets here.

A Mile in My Shoes will be at Westquay on the Esplanade from 12 to 20 September 2020 as part of Southampton’s Mayflower 400 anniversary programme.

Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America at SeaCity Museum

Wampum exhibition

Discover the story behind this newly-crafted wampum belt created by the Wampanoag people of the Mashpee and Aquinnah nations at SeaCity Museum. Make sure you book your tickets here before visiting the museum. 

This is the first time the belt has been displayed in the UK. Through this nationally-touring exhibition, commissioned by The Box, Plymouth, Wampanoag artists share their story with images, ideas and wampum - the sacred shells of Native America. They explore the history, art and culture of the Native Americans who met the passengers of the Mayflower when they arrived in North America. Watch the opening video of Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America here.

Discover more about this powerful exhibition, the making of the belt and its significance to the Wampanoag people in a series of short films here.

Ali's Autumn Art Club

Art Club

Explore the world of art with Ali Eales! Packed with drawing challenges, games and projects, this fun and accessible online course spans cave painting and contemporary art, with plenty in between! 

Ali’s Autumn Art Club is for 7-11yrs, running Wednesday's, 4.30pm, for six weeks. Tickets cost £7.50 per household.

16 Sept: Wild Beasts and Little Monsters - Meet the Fauves

23 Sept: Van Gogh's Sunflowers

7 Oct: Autumn Impressionism

14 Oct: Portraits - From Cave Paintings to Kings and Queens

21 Oct: Cartoons and Comic Books - From Lichtenstein to Marvel

Online history talks

Tales from Tudor Southampton

Explore the dark and dangerous world of Southampton in the sixteenth century - a time of privateers, plague, war and famine! Southampton's archaeology and archives team present an incredible picture of what life was like in the town at that time, in this fun and engaging talk suitable for all.

Thurs 17 Sept, 7pm, Tickets from £3.50 - Book online ticket

Online art talks

Street Art: Art in Public but not Public Art 

In the year Southampton boasts its own Banksy, Ali Eales explores the phenomenon of street art in all its forms. 

Thurs 24 Sept, 7pm, Tickets from £3.50 - Book online ticket

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Cycle September

Cycle September has officially started! Sign up to discover the benefits of cycling and you could even win some amazing prizes including bikes, accessories, vouchers and more.

Taking part is easy: ride anytime, anywhere for just 10 minutes or more and log your rides on the Love to Ride platform to be entered into the prize draws. You can even register your workplace as a team and compete against other organisations in a bid to win prizes for you and your colleagues. Get as many people involved as possible and keep encouraging each other to earn points and climb higher up the leader boards.

This is Cycle September's third year in Southampton and, with even more people cycling at the moment, we're determined to make this year's challenge bigger and better than ever before! 

To find out more and get started, visit the Love to Ride website

Events throughout September

Events throughout September

Want to take part in Cycle September but your bike needs a check over? Maybe you're looking for some support to help you develop your cycling skills? From Bike Doctors and repair workshops to guided rides, there are lots of free local events taking place throughout the month to help get you and your bike ready to take on the challenge of Cycle September. Click here to find out more.

Pop-up cycle lanes

Pop-up cycle lanes

Over the past few months, we've seen an increase in the number of people cycling in Southampton. With more people now starting to travel again, we want to make sure this continues. 

As part of plans to support social distancing and active travel, Southampton City Council is now trialling the following 'pop-up' cycle lanes to help people cycle with greater ease while keeping a safe distance from people walking. 

You can find out more about all of the above schemes, including how to comment on the changes, over on our website

New Norm, New Life, New You

New Norm

One of the key positives to emerge from the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic is an increase in people getting outdoors and being more active.

More and more of you have been enjoying the benefits of getting around on foot or by bike for essential journeys and as part of your daily exercise or just for fun.

As we start getting back to work and school, why not keep this healthier way of life going and continue the journey towards a healthier, happier future for everybody?

We are here to help you plan your route, plan your travel and provide you with great tips on how to keep active and stay safe!

Visit our website to find out more

Get #PumpedUpToCycle

Pumped Up

Following a recent resurgence in cycling across the country, Cycling UK has launched its Pumped Up campaign to inspire even more people to enjoy the thrill and freedom of riding a bike. 

The organisation is now looking to recruit members of an all-new Pumped Up crew to help support the campaign. Depending on your availability, there are three ways you can get involved:

  • Promote - use your own social media channels to spread the word about Pumped Up and celebrate the joys of cycling
  • Pedal - organise rides or take family and friends out on their bikes
  • Partner - volunteer as a Pumped Up Partner, researching cycle provision in your area and signposting local people to sources of support that will help them to build their cycling confidence

These are volunteer led initiatives and are independent of the My Journey programme. For details of other formal cycling support services available through the My Journey programme, including professional cycle training, please visit our website.

The Pumped Up campaign is also calling on everyone to get out on their bikes and log their rides on the Cycling UK website as part of the World's Biggest Bike Ride on Saturday 12 September. Do your bit by joining in the fun and why not also log your rides on that day on the Love to Ride website too for extra Cycle September points?

To find out more about the Pumped Up campaign and the many more resources available, visit the Cycling UK website here



The Event

Youth Ambassador’

Wednesday 7th October at 6pm

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Tickets are available on search ‘Youth Ambassador’

Parents/carers will need to buy a FREE ticket and complete a short survey







Becoming a COVID-19 Community Champion


To support the communities in which we live, work and learn, we’re looking for COVID-19 Community Champions to work with our Public Health and Stronger Communities Teams to share messages about how to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic.


As a COVID-19 Community Champion, you will be given the information you need through regular briefings and other channels to raise awareness and help people make informed choices. 


Anyone can join. You’ll be a voice for those around you, your household, school, work, club, group of friends, your local communities, or even make sense of the latest facts for yourself.




To sign up as a champion, please complete the registration form


In the mean time you can view a video on the scheme involving the Director of Public Health Debbie Chase at





Following a recent emollients safety campaign by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service (IWFRS) has put together a webpage and bulletin to raise awareness of the fire risks that can be posed from using emollient creams.  


Please be aware that there has not been any fire related deaths in the Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and IOW area involving emollient creams however this publication is being shared to increase knowledge of all agencies and professionals who work with people who use emollient creams, and highlight potential fire risks when using them.


The advice and information can be seen on the attached publication or accessed on the Hampshire and IOW Fire and Rescue Service Emollient Creams Webpage, which can be accessed here -





Summer schemes

SCC has worked with Testlands Community hub to provide a discounted rate of 50% for the families of key/critical workers over the 6 week school holiday.

Families will need to sign up via the website(  and this is on a first come, first serve basis. Please see the criteria for qualification and evidence will need to be provided to obtain the discount. There are additional places available for those that are non-key/critical workers on top of the allocated amount for the community to also access, but without the discount.





We like many other providers of PE & Sport Services were relieved at the Governments announcement last week to renew the PE & Sport Premium for the 2020-21 Academic Year. 


With just a week or so to go until the end of this Academic Year we still have some availability remaining to work regularly with Schools from September onwards. We also have a great offer that we think Schools will really appreciate. You can find more info about this below… 


ACE Sports & Education is a small, locally run Business that provides Infant, Primary, Junior & Independent Schools with excellent and high quality PE & Sport Services. 


We are passionate in delivering our PE & Sport Programmes to Children and School Staff and our aim is to provide Schools with the very best provision through engaging & high quality PE Lessons, After School Clubs, Lunchtime Clubs, Staff CPD & PPA Cover. We want to inspire Children to learn through Sport & Physical Education and to leave a positive impact on every person, everywhere we work.


We are looking to work regularly with a couple of new Schools from the New Academic Year onwards and are excited to offer new Schools the following offer…





We are offering the first 4 weeks of Lessons totally FREE from the start of next term!


This can include any PE Lessons, Staff CPD Lessons, PPA Lessons and School Funded Clubs.


We believe that allowing Children to be active and learning through Physical Education and Sport will be more important than ever in the coming months and what better way to do it than using our expert services!


An example of our Offer… A School signs up for an Academic Year of PPA Lessons & a Lunchtime Club every Thursday afternoon beginning in September. All lessons in the the first 4 weeks will be completely FREE effectively giving Schools a month of free provision.


It's a great way to see what we can offer and find out why so many local Schools love using our services.


This offer is available to any School we have yet to work with!





For more information on our Services CLICK HERE and scroll through the “Schools” section of our website.






We already work with a number of Schools who would only be too happy to recommend us. These include Chandlers Ford Infant School, Merdon Junior School, Bartley Junior School, Sherborne House School, Glenfield Infant School, Netley Marsh Infant School, St Michaels & All Angels Infant School & Copythorne Infant School.





Our Lead PE Staff (Charlie & Jack) are all PESS Level 5 & 3 Qualified and hold a number of Sports Specific Qualifications.


We have many years experience in Teaching PE Lessons, Working alongside Teachers and running Sports Clubs.


You can find out more about our Staff HERE

Southampton City Libraries offering select and collect service

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From this week, Southampton City Libraries are now offering a select and collect service.

All Council run libraries will initially be open for limited hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 12.30pm & 2pm to 4.30pm (with the exception of Lordshill which will open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) for this collection service. 

Customers will be able to reserve items online at or via telephone on 023 8083 3007. Items will be prepared for collection and made available on dedicated shelves.

All 6 council run libraries are accepting returns via collection bins located outside, though operating hours for this vary dependant on each library. No overdue fees will be charged until 6 September 2020.


Family friendly Rainbow Trail

Rainbow Trail

The Rainbow Trail consists of 100 colourful rainbows, carved from up-cycled scaffold board, and printed with designs from the residents of Southampton. You can follow the trail on Southampton Common and in city parks throughout July and August. Each rainbow has a QR code you can scan to “capture the rainbow” and read the story or poem linked to each rainbow.

Find out more about the rainbow trail on Visit Southampton or the Rainbow Trail website. Make sure you tag your trail photos with @TheRainbowTrail on Facebook.