Southampton gets ready for a Super September

Southampton is set for a busy September, as the city welcomes back visitors ready for an exciting events season

This month, the Southampton International Boat Show will return from 10-19 September, festival goers will make their way to the Isle of Wight Festival and runners will pound the streets as part of the ABP Southampton Marathon. And while holidays may be over for students as they travel back to the city ready for University, many holidaymakers will eagerly be heading to the port ahead of their sea-cations.

On Saturday 11 September, Southampton FC will also host a home match against West Ham, attracting football fans back to Saint Mary’s Stadium hoping to see a win.

The council is working closely with partner organisations, event venues and local businesses to ensure that necessary COVID-19 protocols are in place and encouraging customers to make the most of the free evening and Sunday parking and bus travel initiatives.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Daniel Fitzhenry comments: “September will mark another milestone as we continue to Get Southampton Moving, welcome people back to the city centre and of course, the safe return of events in Southampton. Whether it’s exploring the Boat Show, watching Southampton FC, taking on the challenge of the marathon, or making new memories on a cruise ship or at the Isle of Wight Festival, it’s fantastic to see people back doing things that they enjoy.”

Dr Debbie Chase, Public Health Director adds: “As events get back into full swing, it’s important to remember that COVID-19 has not gone away. With an increased amount of people visiting and passing through the city over the next few weeks, we know it’ll be busier than usual. We can reduce the spread of the virus by remembering the basics we have all become used to - keep washing or sanitising hands regularly and wear a mask indoors or in crowded areas. Very importantly, test every week, twice a week, even if you’ve been double jabbed. Following these measures will allow people to live safely with COVID-19 while we get back to the things we enjoy.”

Book your first, or second dose of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine via the NHS website.

With many people expected to visit or travel through Southampton it is likely that roads into the city will be busy at times, particularly along the waterfront, the West of the city and traffic from the M27 & M271. It is advised that people plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys.

To stay updated with the latest travel news, please follow Southampton Travel on Twitter: @scchighways or tune into your local radio station.

For more information on what’s on in the city, take a look at the Visit Southampton website.