Cultural Explosion in Southampton this Summer

Major New Art Exhibition and Ralph Fiennes Headline

Southampton Culture

A major new exhibition and new theatrical debut are two of several new arts and culture launches for city – underlining its aspiration to be UK City of Culture 2025

Southampton’s City Art Gallery will unveil a major new exhibition in association with the National Gallery this summer. Running from 28 May to 4 September, it marks part of Southampton’s bid to become UK City of Culture in 2025. Featuring 58 works with paintings by Monet, Gainsborough, Maggi Hambling and Paula Rego from both the Southampton and the National Gallery’s collection, it covers key moments in the history of Western European art.

Art and culture lovers heading to Southampton this summer can also look forward to a series of other exciting new launches including:

Theatrical debut for the MAST Mayflower Studio starring Ralph Fiennes

MAST Mayflower Studios (MAST), Southampton’s brand new cultural hub, is excited to announce six performances of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets starring and directed by acclaimed actor Ralph Fiennes this July 2021. Working with and supporting local artists and companies, the theatre’s inaugural programme will also feature an ambitious performance by world renowned dance company Rambert2 plus a reimagined and fake news inspired performance of the War of the Worlds. For children, there’s the live science show, Brainiac, as well as the world premiere of a musical adaptation of the book ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World’. For full details of the programme for its opening year visit

New contemporary arts and heritage centre unveiled within God’s House Tower – Southampton’s historic stalwart

Benefiting from a £3.1 million restoration fund, the impressively named God’s House Tower will unveil a full programme of contemporary art-focused events within its interactive museum setting this summer. Part of Southampton’s medieval city wall and fortifications, the heritage venue has lived through many reincarnations and in its new guise it will interpret the city’s history – both past and living – through a revolving programme of exhibitions and events. Built in 1415 it has been an integral part of the Southampton’s evolution. From a south coast defence lookout and storage tower for gunpower and cannons to the town gaol, a temporary mortuary, warehouse and more recently Southampton’s Museum of Archaeology, before becoming an arts and heritage centre.

STAY: Tucked away in the city’s medieval walls, and within easy walking distance of the new art and cultural attractions is the stylish Pig-in-the Wall Hotel. All 12 of the hotel’s rooms have their own individual quirk, with mid-week prices from £140 per room per night for the charming Snug room. Dining in the all-day deli is a must for breakfast, with the produce sourced from the hotel’s sister property in Brockenhurst in the nearby New Forest. For more information and to book:

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