Events & Activities News

Forthcoming Events

photo from Tee in the Park, July 2008

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:

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

ParkLives - New Year, New You!

Updated: 23rd 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).
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!


FREE exercise sessions

Every Thursday from 27th April

10.30am - 11.30am

St.James' Park

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
10.00am - 11.00am

St.James' Park

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

St.James' Park

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 get in touch by emailing 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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