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Things to do in Southampton once you’ve swung through Itchen Valley

things to do in southampton

Set in Itchen Valley Country Park, Go Ape in Southampton is both a wholesome and thrilling way to spend a morning or afternoon. If you’re in this neck of the woods and find yourself at a loose end either before or after your monkey business, we’ve kindly put together a little list of suggestions of things to do in Southampton with your tribe. Go Ape is less than four miles from the centre of Southampton, and there’s plenty to see and do in this bustling city.

Where to go?

Manor Farm Country Park

If you’re a lover of all things animal, this is the place for you. This hands-on farm allows you to experience milking a cow, holding a newborn bunny and bottle-feeding a tiny lamb. Old McDonald’s Farm becomes a reality here – a whole host of farmyard animals will greet you on arrival. Be prepared, though – your heart will melt.

What to do?

Visit Old Town

Said to have more hidden treasures than any city in the UK, Southampton’s Old Town is situated just south of the centre. If you’re looking for sightseeing opportunities, you’ve come to the right place. There are organised guided walks on a variety of themes here (Titanic, Jane Austen, Perils and Plots – to name but a few) lasting around two hours and priced at just £4. Strolling along this well-preserved, third longest stretch of medieval town walling in England, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Don’t forget your camera!

Where to eat?

Fat Fig

Famous around Southampton for its homemade food and reasonable prices, Fat Fig is a Greek restaurant that makes the ideal lunch option. Specialities? The obvious moussaka and kebabs. However, it also features lovingly-prepared specials such as barbecued trout. All dishes are made using locally sourced produce and the atmosphere is unpretentious, friendly and relaxed. Perfect if you fancy a cheap but mouth-wateringly delicious lunch. And, after swinging around the trees all morning at Go Ape, you will have certainly worked up an appetite.

And something for a rainy day?

SeaCity Museum

Located in the centre of the city’s emerging Cultural Quarter, SeaCity is a state-of-the-art, interactive museum, housed in a Grade II listed building. The museum takes you through Southampton’s connection with the sea, focusing on the people who have travelled in and out of the city through the centuries, with a particular focus on the city’s fascinating Titanic heritage.

Fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust

Teenage Cancer Trust | Go Ape Donation page

As some of you may know our charity partner for 2014 is Teenage Cancer Trust. We hope to be as successful as we have been in previous years in raising money for our chosen charity. We have been hard at work at Banana HQ coming up with fundraising ideas and finally we’ve found the perfect one. All will be revealed soon, but the top suggestion came  from our Bedgebury site.

Over the course of the year, we will be raising money for the charity and of course we will keep you informed with regular post updates. If you would like to keep up to date with our charity news, then please subscribe to our RSS Feed on the right hand side.

Don’t forget when you visit one of our 28 sites you can show your support by donating, and in return you will receive a Teenage Cancer Trust band.

In the meantime, you can donate to this fantastic charity through our Teenage Cancer trust page or by following this link.

Who are Teenage Cancer Trust?

Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK.  We’re the only charity dedicated to providing expert care and support from the moment they hear the word cancer. We treat them as young people first, cancer patients second and everything we do aims to improve their quality of life and chances of survival.

We also educate young people in schools about cancer to help improve the speed and quality of diagnosis.

We rely on donations to fund our vital work. Help transform the lives of young people with cancer.

Bedgebury give blood in support of Teenage Cancer Trust

Blood Donation

Sat in the sunshine of the Bedgebury jungle, the team were mulling over a myriad of increasingly ridiculous ideas about how to do some good for this year’s charity. When a surprisingly sensible suggestion was made.

Lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, is one of the most common amongst Teenagers we felt a team blood donation would make a great start to our support for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

With the majority of the team keen and the rest convinced by the promise of biscuits, the convoy set off for the local village hall. After a smiley welcome and paperwork completed we were underway. As you can see everything went like clockwork with nerves calmed and successful donations all round.

Click on the links to find out more about how you can support the Teenage Cancer Trust and Blood donation, go on, get your team together and give blood. There’ll be biscuits in it for you.

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