Events & Activities News
Updated: 23rd April 2017
These are the events currently planned at or around St.James' Park over the next few months - follow the links to find out more about each event.
All events are held at St.James' Park unless otherwise stated.
5 Apr to 7 Jun
|7.30pm - 8.30pm||Couch to 5k|
from 27 Apr
|10.30am - 11.30am||Boxercise Sessions|
|Sat 29 Apr||10.00am - 11.00am||Tai Chi Taster Session|
|Sun 16 Jul||to be confirmed||International Family Day|
|Sun 24 Sep||11.00am - 2.00pm||Fun Dog Show|
|Visit our Past Events page to find out what's already happened in and around St.James' Park.|
Don't forget to also check our:
- Community Groups page for information about groups who regularly meet in St.James' Park
- FoSJP Gardening Team page for information about regular gardening activities
- History News page for information on forthcoming history‑related events
- Learning Opportunities page for information on learning opportunities
|For more information on forthcoming events, see our Calendar page or contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.|
ParkLives - New Year, New You!
Updated: 23rd April 2017
is a Healthy Living initiative which encourages people to get out into their local green spaces in any way possible.
Sessions happen all around Southampton in the city parks, and all are completely FREE, with activities ranging from Tai Chi to Tennis to Climbing.
See below to find out about sessions organised at St.James' Park - they're all FREE to join, but booking is a must!
Couch to 5kFREE running sessions
Mondays & Wednesdays
Each session is run by a qualified coach and is designed to get just about anyone off the couch and running - even if you're completely new to running, the session leader will help you achieve your running goals. Each session will include a warm‑up and a warm‑down, and be filled with breaks, games, coaching, and smaller challenges - you won't be expected to run for a full hour!
Please note that there's a maximum of 25 participants in each session, so you'll need to reserve your space.
|To reserve your FREE space on these Couch to 5k sessions, click here to visit the ParkLives website, click on Sign Up, sign up either via Facebook or with your email address, and reserve your space on your chosen date(s).|
|Active Nation! also organised a FREE Boxercise session - combining exercise and boxing using gloves and pads, with a fully trained instructor - on Thursday 9th February, a FREE Boot Camp fun workout session on Thursday 16th February, and FREE Zumba sessions on Fridays 7th, 14th, and 21st April, all at St.James' Park.|
Everyone is welcome to join in with ParkLives – there really is no catch!
BoxerciseFREE exercise sessions
Every Thursday from 27th April
10.30am - 11.30am
Following on from the popular taster session that was run in February, ParkLives will now be running weekly Boxercise sessions at the Park. Boxercise combines exercise and boxing using gloves and pads, with a fully trained instructor - the course will cater for all fitness levels, and will be FREE to attend, but booking is essential.
|To reserve your FREE space on these Boxercise sessions, click here to visit the ParkLives website, click on Sign Up, sign up either via Facebook or with your email address, and reserve your space on your chosen date(s) and time(s).|
Tai Chi Taster Session
Saturday 29th April
Saturday 29th April is World Tai Chi Day and your whole family is invited to a taster session at St.James' Park to give it a try.
Originally developed as a martial art in 13th century China, Tai Chi is today practised around the world as a health‑promoting exercise, combining deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. Come and join our experienced coach for an hour of this wonderful skill that will make you forget the world!
This session is FREE to attend - just turn up on the day
International Family Day - Sunday 16th July
Updated: 5th February 2017
International Family Day
Sunday 16th July
The event will be FREE to attend and participate in, but we need your help! Do you know anyone involved in international groups, charities, societies, or businesses based in Southampton? This can range from language courses for children, university groups, a country's specific society, national or cultural music, choirs, bands, dance groups, restaurants, cafés, sports groups, etc - the possibilities are endless!
|If you or someone you know might be interested in helping us to make this event a success, please get in touch by emailing us at email@example.com.|
Other Regular Activities
Updated: 4th April 2017
As well as one‑off events, FoSJP also helps organise regular activities at St.James' Park:
- The FoSJP Gardening Team meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday afternoons of each month, to help maintain and improve the planting in the Park.
- Monthly Crafty Saturday sessions were held for young children on Saturday mornings from December 2013 to July 2016.
- Youth Sports & Games Club sessions were held for children on alternate Saturday mornings from October 2014 to October 2015.
- On Wednesday afternoons during the Summer 2012 term (April to July), a team of young volunteers from Upper Shirley High School was on hand at the ParkLife Building to lend out sports equipment for use in the Park.
- Jamie's Playtime sessions were held for families with pre‑school children, on Monday afternoons during the summer holidays from 2008 to 2012.
|Did you know that St.James' Park
is now on the national tennis map?
Click on the Lawn Tennis Association's allplay logo to keep up to date with tennis events at St.James' Park - you can register as a local player and arrange "play dates" with like‑minded tennis enthusiasts!
If you'd like to try your hand at tennis on the courts at St.James' Park but don't have any equipment, FoSJP has a stock of tennis rackets and balls that you're welcome to borrow from the staff at the ParkLife Café during opening hours.