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Hands-on Humanities Day 2021 will take place at the University of Southampton's Avenue Campus (SO17 1BF).

Parking will be limited on site and on a first come-first served basis, so where possible please try to travel by foot, bike or bus.

We will run a Travel Sustainably Prize draw. To enter the competition, simply fill in the prize draw entry slip when checking in at one of the Welcome Desks (located at the entrance of Avenue Campus) and you will be in with a chance to win a fantastic voucher to experience more arts and culture in Southampton.

By Bus

Some of the Unilink and Bluestar buses can take you from Southampton City Centre to Avenue Campus in only 15-20 minutes.

The Unilink U2B and U2 buses travel from Southampton City Centre (Central Station, Cenotaph stops) directly to Avenue Campus in approximately 15 minutes. They also go to the University€™s main Highfield campus a few stops after Avenue, where U1A and U6H also stop. To get from Highfield Interchange to Avenue Campus you can walk directly or take the U2C service, which stops at Avenue Subway, a 3-minute walk from Avenue Campus - see map below.

All Unilink tickets are £2.20 single/£3.70 all-day pass for adults and £1.50 single/£2.80 all-day pass for children (free for under 2 years old) and are also valid on Bluestar buses.

The Bluestar 1 bus goes from Winchester to Southampton city centre (via Otterbourne and Chandlers Ford), and stops at Avenue Subway. The Bluestar 2 bus goes from Fair Oak to the city centre (via Eastleigh) and stops at Portswood Broadway, about a 15-minute walk from Avenue Campus.

The Bluestar 3 bus goes from Eastleigh to the city centre via Bitterne, Thornhill, Hedge End, Botley and Fair Oak. The Bluestar 4 bus goes from Romsey to Southampton Central Station via Shirley, Lordshill, Nursling, Rownhams and North Baddesley. The Bluestar 6 bus goes from Lymington to Southampton Central Station via Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst, Ashurst, Totton and Millbrook. From Southampton Central Station you can catch the Unilink U2B or the U2, which will take you to Avenue Campus in approximately 15 minutes.

The Bluestar 7 (from Lordshill to Sholing) and the Bluestar 17 (from Weston to Adanac Park) also stop at Southampton Central Station.

You can find more information on bus times, ticket fares and city maps on the Unilink website, Bluestar website or via the Unilink App (to buy tickets on the go, check maps and see your bus's live locations).

Alternative routes are also available on the First Southampton website and Xelabus website.

You can also plan your journey by bus by visiting the My Journey Southampton website.

By Bicycle

There are a number of cycle hoops around Guildhall Square.

For full information on walking and cycling to campus, including walking maps and bicycle store locations, please see our active travel page.

Avenue Campus is a 5-minute ride from the main Highfield Campus via Lovers Walk or Highfield Road.


By Scooter

You can travel around Southampton by using the new E-scooters, the newest environmentally-friendly means of transport trialled by Southampton City Council.

To use an e-scooter you will need:

  • A full or provisional driving licence that has category Q entitlement.
  • To be 18 or over
  • To sign up via the Voi app and scan your photo driving licence. You can download the app via the play and app stores

Here are the instructions for using an e-scooter:

  1. Download the Voi app.
  2. Open the app and search for nearby e-scooters.
  3. Follow the instructions provided in-app.
  4. Scan the QR code to unlock.
  5. Enjoy your ride, follow local regulations, use bike lanes where available, and do not ride on pavements.
  6. Reach your destination and End Ride¯ in the app. Park correctly and make sure the e-scooter is not obstructing others.

Maps are available in the app showing where the boundaries are for the e-scooters as well as the no-ride and slow-ride zones. The Voi e-scooters have geofencing technology that slows and stops the e-scooters to support safer riding.

For the latest map and information, please download the Voi app. You will be able to find the closest station to Avenue Campus using the app.

By Train

There are two train stations in Southampton, both convenient to the University. Coming from London, the first station is Southampton Airport Parkway (Eastleigh), located directly opposite Southampton Airport. This station is slightly closer to the University's Highfield Interchange.

Fast trains from London and Bournemouth/Weymouth stop at Southampton Central as well as Southampton Airport Parkway (Eastleigh). Trains from Portsmouth and Bristol/South Wales stop at Southampton Central. There are also regular trains from major airports such as Gatwick and Heathrow to Southampton Central. You can find details of routes and timetables on the National Rail website.

From Southampton Airport Parkway (Eastleigh): the journey takes about 30 minutes using the Unilink U1C to Highfield Interchange, followed either by U2C from there or a short walk.

Taxis are also usually available on the east side of the station, towards Wide Ln. From Southampton Airport Parkway, the ride is about 10 minutes long and costs approximately £10-12, depending on the company.

From Southampton Central station: Use the south side (platform 4) and exit for the Unilink U2B or U2 bus service which will take you directly to Avenue Campus in approximately 15 minutes.

Taxis are also usually available on both sides of the station. From Southampton Central, the ride is about 10 minutes long and costs approximately £6-8, depending on the company and travel time.

Alternatively, St Deny's Station is a 25-minute walk from Avenue campus.

By Car

Recommended postcode for satnav to the closest car parks to festival venues: SO17 1BF - AVENUE CAMPUS CAR PARK


If travelling via the M3: exit at junction 14 (Southampton A33).

If travelling via the M27: exit at junction 5 (Southampton Airport).

If travelling from the city centre, follow the signs for the A33 (M3 London/ Winchester) onto Bassett Avenue.

Look out for the yellow AA signs that will be directing you to Hands-on Humanities Day and to the Festival parking sites.


Parking will operate on a first-come-first-served basis and we are unable to reserve any parking in advance. There will be limited parking available on Avenue Campus.

The first car park at the entrance, on the right, is currently reserved exclusively for the Covid-19 Walk-through Testing Site. Please do not use this space but instead proceed to the car park at the end of the building.

Recommended postcode for satnav to the Avenue Car Park: SO17 1BF (Avenue Campus Car Park).

More parking will be available at Highfield Campus, a short 10-15 minutes' walk away from the main Highfield Campus, or a 6-minute bus ride if you take the Unilink U2C from Highfield Interchange to Avenue Subway.

By Coach

A more affordable and rather convenient option to reach the University of Southampton from London is the coach service provided by National Express. Timetables and reservations are available online at

Some coaches arrive (and depart) at the University of Southampton Coach Station on Burgess Road, a 5 minutes' walk away from Highfield Campus, from where you can get to Avenue Subway (3 minutes’ walk from Avenue Campus) in 6 minutes on the Unilink U2C, or in 15 minutes if you choose to walk.

To obtain information and book tickets on those coaches, please make sure to enter 'Southampton University' in the 'To' field on the National Express website. There are also coaches that go to the centre of Southampton but only stop at Southampton Coach Station. These are less convenient, as you will then need to take a bus or taxi to the Highfield Campus.

From Southampton Coach Station you will need to walk for approximately 6 minutes to Southampton Central Station, from where you can take the Unilink U2B or U2 directly to Avenue Campus. Alternatively, you can walk for 3 minutes to the ASDA & Marlands stop (Portland Terrace), to take the Unilink U1A/U1E, or U6H to Highfield Campus, from where you can get to Avenue Subway (3 minutes’ walk from Avenue Campus) in 6 minutes on the Unilink U2C, or in 15 minutes if you choose to walk.

By Ferry

If you are travelling to us by Ferry from the Isle of Wight, Red Funnel ferries passenger terminal is in the city centre at Town Quay.

From here, walk up to High Street to the bus stop Telephone House (Stop TE) where you can catch the Unilink U1A or U1E, which stops at University's Highfield Campus, from where you can get to Avenue Subway (3 minutes' walk from Avenue Campus) in 6 minutes on the Unilink U2C, or in 15 minutes if you choose to walk. Alternatively, you can change to a U2B or a U2 at Southampton Central Station – these buses will take you directly to Avenue Campus.

By Air

Southampton International Airport is approximately a 10-minute drive from the Festival site by car or taxi, off junction 5 of the M27. There are flights to Southampton from UK airports, mainland Europe and the Channel Islands.

From Southampton Airport you can get the Unilink U1C bus to University's Highfield Interchange, and then walk to Avenue Campus (15 minutes) or take the U2C bus to Avenue Subway (3 minutes away from Avenue Campus – 10 minutes total).

London Heathrow Airport is just over 60 miles from Southampton. You can catch a National Express coach direct to Southampton Coach Station from Terminals 2/3, 4 and 5. Some coaches also stop on Burgess Road, a 2 minutes' walk from Highfield Campus.

You can also travel by train from Heathrow to Paddington in central London. From London, you can take a train to Southampton. For more details see the National Rail website.

London Gatwick Airport is nearly 90 miles from Southampton. You can catch a National Express coach directly to Southampton Coach Station. You can also catch a direct train from Gatwick Airport to Southampton Central. For more details see the National Rail website.

Taxis to London airports

Some local companies provide a taxi service between Southampton and the London airports, including:

  • Radio Taxis
  • English Rose Collection

For more travel advice and options, please visit the My Journey Southampton website and check the Southampton City Council public transport map.