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Celebrate Christmas at Sea

Relax and unwind this Christmas, as you are whisked away to enjoy this festive season at sea.

Spitbank Fort will be looking even more incredible this festive season, with their Winter Wonderland packages which can be tailored to suit your every need. Expect beautifully decorated Christmas trees, decadent festive feasts and suitably seasonal entertainment that will amaze and delight.

They have created a delightful programme of festive activities for you to savour this Christmas - so come and enjoy the magic of Spitbank Fort. Whether you are organising a Christmas Party for hardworking colleagues or a night out with friends, Spitbank Fort, transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland, is the place to be.

Book an exclusive private party or join in one of the mixed company/friends evenings and they promise to make it the highlight of your seasonal celebrations...

For more information call us on 0845 226 9944 or email us your enquiry.

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Festive Afternoon Tea at Chilworth Manor

Treat yourself over the Christmas period to a scrumptious Afternoon Tea with a festive twist at the BEST WESTERN Chilworth Manor. Enjoy wonderful surroundings and soak up the festive cheer of the beautifully decorated galleried main hall and cosy side rooms. This is the ideal opportunity to meet up with friends and family and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with friendly service and delightful food.

You will be welcomed with a glass of fizz or mulled wine before enjoying this truly traditional English occasion. Head Chef; Chris Keel has adapted the ever popular Afternoon Tea menu to incorporate flavours from the festive season.

Please reserve your table for Sunday 22nd December or Sunday 29th December by contacting the Christmas Sales Team on 023 8076 7333 or emailing Tables can be booked between 2.00pm and 5.00pm, for £16.95 per adult and £9.95 per child (up to the age of 12). Payment is required at the time of booking.

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Go! Rhinos raise £124,700 for charity at the Grand Auction

The streets of Southampton were adorned with rhinos this summer, on every corner these pieces of art stood proud and were seen by hundreds of thousands of business visitors, tourists and city residents.

All 36 large rhino sculptures and one little rhino ‘Rudy’ went under the hammer at the Grand Harbour Hotel and more than 300 people attended the auction.

One lot, ‘Flossy’ the rhino sold for a fantastic £9,000 which created much excitement in the auction room. The winning bidder bought the sculpture in memory of his mother who was also called Flossy.

Kirstie Mathieson, Go! Rhinos project manager was delighted with the result, she said: “The auction was fantastic, it was a great atmosphere and auctioneer for the evening Mike Osman brought a great sense of fun to the evening".

The money raised at the auction will go towards Marwell Wildlife, The Rose Road Association and Wessex Heartbeat’s High 5 Appeal.

Destination Southampton was a proud co-sponsor of the punk rhino 'Stylo'. Along with the Hoteliers Association we were delighted that Stylo raised £2,500.00 for the fantastic charities.

Click here to view the auction video.

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Destination Southampton welcomes Katie to the team!

We are delighted to introduce our new team member, Katie Ponsford.

Katie is a placement student, studying Events Management at Bournemouth University. She will be with us for the next year, assisting the team with conference and event enquiries, onsite event experience and also managing the Cruise and Stay bookings.

Katie can be contacted on 0845 226 9944 or

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Calling all Association Conference & Event bookers

Destination Southampton is proudly hosting a Familiarisation Weekend to showcase the city and facilities for Associations to bring their Annual Conference to Southampton and the region.

If you are responsible for booking an Annual Conference and would like more information on our Familiarisation Weekend please contact Hannah on 0845 226 9944 or

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Time to book your Christmas Party!

The team at Destination Southampton are on hand to assist with your Christmas Party enquiry.

Call our friendly team on 0845 226 9944 or email us your enquiry and we will do all the hard work for you and find a perfect venue for your festive celebration!

Why not take a look at our Occasions, Celebrations & Christmas Venue Guide to get some inspiration!

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Holiday Inn Express Southampton M27 Jct7 now offering FREE internet & breakfast

All residential meeting delegates and hotel guests can now enjoy free internet and an extensive hot buffet breakfast with every overnight stay.

If your travel experience is business, your health is still an essential part of the journey.

For more information call us on 0845 226 9944 or email us your enquiry.

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