Dear Fellow Members,
The City of Southampton invites us for our 34th Annual Weekend. The city has magnificent theatres, unique galleries and museums, with over 400 shops and a diverse dinning on offer. The award-winning parks make Southampton the greenest city in Southern England and Southampton Common has over 300 acres of flora and fauna for you to enjoy.
- The Old Town today still contains a wealth of historical attractions such as the 800-year-old Bargate, which was originally built as the main gateway to the medieval city and where you will find the third longest stretch of unbroken medieval defensive walling in England along with Tudor House.
- There is a Jane Austin trail named after the famous novelist who lived there.
- The City has an important aviation and maritime heritage –
- It is rumoured that Southampton Water is the site where King Canute tried to hold back the tides.
- Henry V marched his troops through the Westgate (still standing) to sail for France and the battle of Agincourt.
- The Mayflower sailed from Southampton taking settlers to the New World of America.
- The Titanic embarked from Southampton on its fateful maiden voyage, and Southampton was home of some of the first flying boats.
- Local resident RJ Mitchell designed the Spitfire and it had its maiden flight from what is now Southampton airport. Local people kept production of this vital plane going throughout the war.
- The port also served as a critical base for American soldiers amassing in secret for the D Day landings.