Events & Activities News

Forthcoming Events

photo from Tee in the Park, July 2008

Updated: 13th May 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.

to 7 Jun
7.30pm - 8.30pm FREE Couch to 5k Sessions
Thursdays 10.30am - 11.30am FREE Boxercise Sessions
to 21 Jul
10.30am - 11.00am
11.00am - 11.30am
FREE Zumba Sessions
Fri 2 Jun 10.30am - 11.00am
11.00am - 11.30am
Ditch the Stabilisers
Sun 16 Jul 10.00am - 4.00pm 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:

For more information on forthcoming events, see our Calendar page or contact us via

ParkLives - FREE Exercise Classes Open to All

Updated: 30th April 2017

ParkLives logo ParkLives 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 5k

FREE running sessions

Mondays & Wednesdays
7.30pm - 8.30pm

Set 1 - Mondays, 9th January to 13th March
Set 2 - Wednesdays, 11th January to 15th March
Set 3 - Wednesdays, 5th April to 7th June

St.James' Park

(meet at the Church Street entrance near the ParkLife Café)

Active Nation! has organised a series of FREE 10‑week beginner's course in running, which started on Monday 9th January and runs to early June, in St.James' Park.

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).


FREE exercise sessions

Every Thursday

10.30am - 11.30am

St.James' Park

Following on from the popular taster session that was run in February, ParkLives is now running weekly Boxercise sessions at the Park. Boxercise combines exercise and boxing using gloves and pads, with a fully trained instructor - the course caters for all fitness levels, and is 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).


FREE exercise sessions

Every Friday

up to Friday 21st July

10.30am - 11.00am & 11.00am - 11.30am

St.James' Park

Zumba is a fantastic way to meet new people, get active, and have a laugh, and ParkLives Zumba is a great way to get out into the fresh air and enjoy your surroundings! You don't need any previous experience (or coordination) and everyone is welcome!

There are two FREE half‑hour sessions every Friday - you're welcome to sign up for as many sessions as you like.

To reserve your FREE space on these Zumba 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).

During 2017, Active Nation! also organised, all at St.James' Park:
  • a FREE Boxercise taster session on Thursday 9th February
  • a FREE Boot Camp fun workout session on Thursday 16th February
  • FREE Zumba taster sessions on Fridays 7th, 14th, and 21st April
  • a FREE Tai Chi taster session on World Tai Chi Day, Saturday 29th April
Everyone is welcome to join in with ParkLives – there really is no catch!

"Ditch the Stabilisers" - Friday 2nd June

Updated: 30th April 2017

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"Ditch the Stabilisers"

FREE cycling course for children aged 3+

Friday 2nd June
10.00am - 11.30am
12.30am - 2.00pm

St.James' Park

Each child must bring a suitable roadworthy bicycle (tyres inflated, brakes working)
and be accompanied by a responsible adult

sustrans logo
My Journey logo

Our friends at My Journey are running another FREE cycling course in the Summer half‑term holiday.

Booking is a must! You can book your child's place by contacting Stuart Williams by email or on 023 8083 4219.

International Family Day - Sunday 16th July

Updated: 14th May 2017

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International Family Day

Sunday 16th July
10.00am - 4.00pm

St.James' Park

Please see the blue box below about our
Volunteer Sign‑up Sheet!

FoSJP is organising an International Family Day at St.James' Park in July, and we're hoping to get as many people and nationalities involved as possible!

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 follow this link to our Volunteer Sign‑up Sheet to find out the many ways in which you could help. For more information, please email us at

Other Regular Activities

Updated: 4th April 2017

As well as one‑off events, FoSJP also helps organise regular activities at St.James' Park:

allplay logo 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.

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