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Whether you’re a first time visitor, a regular, or you’re travelling on business – the city of Southampton guarantees an enjoyable experience for all.

Said to be the cruise capital of Europe, this up and coming destination boasts a number of inspiring cultural offerings. From music venues to museums, to award winning parks and art galleries, the day-to-day hustle and bustle of this diverse metropolis attracts over four million visitors per year.

And now, with the introduction of the Blue Islands 07.15 red-eye service to Southampton and a new Saturday day return, both of which will be launching on the 1st February, it’s easier than ever to gain access to this exhilarating city.

On top of this, Blue Islands have also partnered up with South West Trains. In just 99 steps, you can exit Southampton Airport and board the train at Parkway Station, and with a negotiated £30 return rail fare to London Waterloo; you can be in the big smoke in less than an hour, with children’s fares and £45 first class also available.

Aside from boasting a number of impressive business links, Southampton is the perfect base for a short break in Hampshire. And with South West Trains launching their biggest ever £10 ticket sale, featuring over 195 destinations, exploring further afield won’t cost you the earth!

From spending the day with Peppa Pig at Paultons Theme Park to discovering New Forest’s many ancient wonders, including miles of breathtaking scenery, footpaths and bridleways – there’s something for both adults and children. In the heart of New Forest, you’ll discover Beaulieu – home to the world famous National Motor Museum and a stunning collection of automobiles.

A trip to the world famous Ageas Bowl, and Hampshire’s test cricket ground, is a must for sporting fanatics, whilst Discover Winchester plays host to an array of architectural gems, comprising the Great Hall, King Arthur’s Round Table and Winchester Cathedral.

For those wishing to delve a little deeper into Southampton’s fascinating history, or alternatively, hire a venue that boasts a unique backdrop for a conference or event, the SeaCity Museum is home to both an excellent exhibition space as well as an abundance of maritime history. Other top attractions include Southampton Art Gallery and the Tudor House Museum.

With Southampton becoming a bigger and better place for business, the likes of Business South are aiming to connect a number of corporate leaders to this area. It’s central, it’s extremely easy to get to and it’s surrounded by a number of top-class hotels, restaurants, shops and cultural attractions – many of which can be hired out as conference venues.

Southampton Airport has been consistently voted as one of the few five star airports in the UK, often nicknamed the ‘Breeze Through’ airport. This is largely because of the speed of service, allowing you to spend less time checking in and more time discovering the outside world.

From 9 o clock meetings in central London to retail therapy at the WestQuay Shopping Centre, with an increase in Flybe’s summer flights to the Channel Islands, and the introduction of Blue Island’s earlier flight times, enjoying a jet-set lifestyle has never been easier!