Events & Activities News

Forthcoming Events

photo from Tee in the Park, July 2008

Updated: 18th February 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.

Mon & Wed 7.30pm - 8.30pm Couch to 5k
Thu 23 Feb 10.00am - 11.30am Ditch the Stabilisers FULL
Fri 24 Feb 10.00am - 11.30am Ditch the Stabilisers FULL
Sun 12 Mar 10.00am - 1.00pm Table Top Sale NEW
Sun 16 Jul to be confirmed International Family Day NEW
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: 18th February 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

St.James' Park

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

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

There'll be two evening sessions each week, on 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, and a FREE Boot Camp fun workout session on Thursday 16th February, both at St.James' Park.

Everyone is welcome to join in with ParkLives – there really is no catch!

"Ditch the Stabilisers" - Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th February

Updated: 25th January 2017

Click to see larger version

"Ditch the Stabilisers"

FREE cycling courses for children aged 3+

Thursday 23rd February
10.00am - 11.30am

Friday 24th February
10.00am - 11.30am

St.James' Park

sustrans logo
My Journey logo

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

Our friends at My Journey are running two more FREE cycling courses in the Spring half‑term holiday.

Sorry, both courses are now fully booked. If you've missed out, please keep an eye out in case further such courses are organised in the future.

Table Top Sale - Sunday 12th March

Updated: 17th January 2017

Table Top Sale

Sunday 12th March
10.00am - 1.00pm

St.James' Park

FREE entry for visitors
  • £5 for private sellers †
  • £10 for businesses †
  • Tombola
  • Facepainting
  • Barbecue
  • Home‑baked Cakes for sale
† Please bring your own table or gazebo for your goods

Why not make an afternoon of it? Grab some bargains, enjoy the refreshments, and let the children have fun and let off some steam... Everyone welcome!

To find out more or to book a stall, email us at

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

Crafty Saturdays - First Saturday of the Month

Updated: 10th October 2016

Crafty Saturday is not running at present, owing to a lack of available volunteers. We hope that it can be reinstated in the not too distant future - watch this space.
Click here to see full size poster
Click on icon for
full size poster

Crafty Saturdays

FREE Drop‑in Craft Sessions for Children
Suitable for children aged 4 - 10 years
All materials supplied - dress for mess!

First Saturday of the Month

In the ParkLife Community Room, St.James' Park
(entrance opposite Tennis Courts)
run by
FoSJP logo
Our Heritage Lottery Fund grant for this activity expired in 2015, but we plan to carry on until at least July 2016

See the calendar at the top of this page for confirmation of dates.

If you'd be interested in volunteering to help with these sessions, please contact us via - thank you!

Saturday 2nd July 2016

The theme this month was Under the Sea - 20 children (including two on holiday from New Zealand) made sealife scratch pictures, sealife window pictures, and paper plate fish, boats, seascapes, and octopuses.

Photos courtesy of Nichola Caveney

Saturday 4th June 2016

This month, Crafty Saturday ran in collaboration with Churches Together in Shirley & District, as part of the Party Time! event at St.James' Park. We estimate that about 200 children took part across the whole day!

Photos courtesy of Nichola Caveney

Saturday 7th May 2016

The theme this month was Spring - the children made tulips and sunflowers and decorated biscuits and tins.

Photos courtesy of Nichola Caveney

Saturday 6th February 2016

The theme this month was Chinese New Year - the children made twisty snakes, scratchcard animals, twisty drums, and paper dragons.

Photos courtesy of Julie Catling

Saturday 5th December 2015

The theme this month was Christmas - 15 children and accompanying adults came along to decorate baubles and star boxes and to make tree decorations out of macaroni, ribbons, bells, and pipecleaners.

Photos courtesy of Nichola Caveney

Saturday 7th November 2015

The theme this month was Fireworks & Spiders - a small group of four children and accompanying adults braved the wind and rain to take part in making firework scenes, spider facepainting, making spider webs, and spider web marble painting.

Photos courtesy of Nichola Caveney

Saturday 3rd October 2015

The theme this month was Autumn - 20 children and accompanying adults took part in leaf printing and making leaf hedgehogs and leaf people.

Photos courtesy of Nichola Caveney

Saturday 5th September 2015

A bumper crowd of 30 children and accompanying adults made and coloured in gliders, decorated glasses, made Autumn stained windows, and decorated fairy cakes.

Photos courtesy of Nichola Caveney

Saturday 4th July 2015

The theme this month was Under the Sea - 12 children and accompanying adults made scratch sealife bookmarks, sealife window decorations, and macaroni necklaces and bracelets, and were offered sealife motif face painting. Some of our visitors had travelled from Lordswood and Thornhill for the session, and we were pleased to welcome one family who had moved into our area just 2 days ago.

Photos courtesy of Nichola Caveney

Saturday 2nd May 2015

The theme this month was Insects - 20 children and accompanying adults, with many new faces amongst them, enjoyed making insect dolly pegs and insect pictures and collages, while insect‑themed face painting was also on offer.

Photos courtesy of Nichola Caveney

Saturday 4th April 2015

The theme this month was Easter - 30 children and accompanying adults enjoyed making Easter cards and Easter baskets, and decorating Easter biscuits. There were many new faces, with people travelling from as far afield as Romsey, Totton, and Thornhill.

Photos courtesy of Nichola Caveney

Saturday 7th March 2015

The theme this month was Weather - 35 children and accompanying adults enjoyed making weather‑themed mobiles and rainbow crowns, and face painting.

Photos courtesy of Nichola Caveney

Saturday 7th February 2015

The theme this month was Chinese New Year - 15 children and accompanying adults enjoyed making paper lanterns, lucky fish, and dragon spiral mobiles.

Photos courtesy of Nichola Caveney

Crafty Saturday took a well‑earned break in early January 2015.

Saturday 6th September 2014

The theme this month was Autumn - 20 children and accompanying adults were busy making harvest window pictures and woodland animals.

Photos courtesy of Nichola Caveney

There was no Crafty Saturday session in July 2014 as it would have clashed with the Community Games event, where there was plenty of fun and activities for children of all ages!

Saturday 7th June 2014

The theme this month was Transport - making and decorating gliders, colouring transport cards, and decorating bookmarks with transport and glitter stickers.

We also decorated more fabric triangles for bunting for the forthcoming Community Games.

Saturday 3rd May 2014

Today a total of 25 children and accompanying adults decorated fabric triangles to make bunting for the forthcoming Community Games, decorated and wore wacky foam glasses, and decorated and ate cupcakes, both inside the ParkLife Community Room and in the sunshine outside.

Photos courtesy of Nichola Caveney

Saturday 5th April 2014

The theme this month was Easter - cards, badges, baskets, and chocolate!

Saturday 1st March 2014

The theme this month was Flower Power! Children topped biscuits with flower decorations and coloured icing, and made flowers from foam shapes, pipe cleaners, and scrap materials.

Saturday 1st February 2014

The theme for this very busy Crafty Saturday session was birds. A total of 25 children, helped by parents and FoSJP volunteers, made bird feeders and decorated paper birds and bird finger puppets.

Photos courtesy of Nichola Caveney

Saturday 4th January 2014

The themes for the second Crafty Saturday session were Snowflakes and Crowns.

Photos courtesy of Nichola Caveney

Saturday 7th December 2013

The first session in this series was a special Christmas Crafty Saturday.

Youth Sports & Games Club

Updated: 3rd July 2016

The Youth Sports & Games Club is no longer running, as our lead volunteer Scott Boreham is no longer available. Many thanks to Scott and all the other volunteers who gave up their Saturday mornings, come rain or shine, to provide an opportunity for young people to have some fun.
Click here to see full size poster
Click on icon for full size poster

Youth Sports & Games Club

For ages 6‑12
Dress appropriately for rain or shine!

Every alternate Saturday
from 18th October 2014 to 3rd October 2015


Outside the ParkLife Café, St.James' Park

FREE but a 50p donation would be much appreciated!
No fizzy drinks, please
funded by
HLF logo
run by
FoSJP logo

Following on from our Community Games event in July, one of our volunteers, Scott, could see the potential of St.James' Park for the benefit for young people. His idea became a reality when four other volunteers from the event agreed to get involved.

Scott and his team are also being helped out by Tom and Beth who run District Sports in Winchester, providing grass roots coaching in a multitude of sporting activities to primary schools throughout the region. Tom and Beth volunteered at our Community Games event, and will also be volunteering for this project as they are community‑minded and happy to share their skills and knowledge.

Maze with a Twist, February 2015

The session on Saturday 7th February included a special event aimed at all ages. Developed by our Sports Development Volunteer John Sennett, the "Maze with a Twist" was designed to educate people about visual impairments and to teach certain aspects of a daily routine in a life of a visually impaired person. For full effect, blindfolds were introduced and participants tried four stages.

Each stage represented a different sense, and everyone who took part had the chance to guide a partner through the maze, providing the participants with hands‑on experience which can be used in real‑life situations.

In addition to the maze, a guest speaker talked about what he does on a daily basis and what it's like living with a visual impairment.

Update, December 2014

Scott's idea for this group has really taken off - we now have a group of 8 volunteers that we can call on to help, and a core of up to 16 local children who are spreading the word and bringing their friends. They've played various different games and sports – manhunt, hide & seek, volleyball, dodgeball, football. We're already getting positive feedback, as one of our volunteers reports:

"I had a couple of parents tell me how much their kids love coming to the club and really look forward to it each week."

At present the Club runs every other Saturday but the children are asking that it be every week.

Three of our volunteers are young people themselves - they're volunteering to gain valuable experience but also enjoy playing the games.

Saturday 13th December 2014
Saturday 29th November 2014
The Youth Sports & Games Club was supported by
District Sports logo ParkLife logo CDYP logo SCC logo
We'd also like to thank Roger Murphy, a local builder, for kindly lending us the money to buy a container for all our equipment. We've used this container to store the Sports Cage and other equipment, thereby freeing up space inside the building.

Other Regular Activities

Updated: 5th February 2014

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.

Site location: Home > Events & Activities