Help shape the future of our city.

We are calling upon Southampton residents to have a say in the future of our city by helping to develop our bid to become UK City of Culture.


Bidding to become UK City of Culture 2025 is our chance to put Southampton on the map. UK City of Culture is a title awarded every four years, with the winner hosting a year-long programme of cultural events and celebrations. The winner receives significant funding to transform their city through culture, which will bring in new investment and tourism, lifting the economy and creating jobs.


To do this, we need to ask for your help. Your expert knowledge of the area you live in is vital to the development of our bid, along with your opinions on topics such as the strengths and challenges that the area you live in faces, and how you think becoming UK City of Culture will help Southampton. It is critical that our final bid represents all the voices of Southampton.


We would like to invite you to participate online to represent your area on the following dates:


Monday 25th January 17.00-18.00 Shirley & Freemantle

Tuesday 26th January 17.00-18.00 Bargate & Bevois

Wednesday 27th January 17.00-18.00 Redbridge & Millbrook

Wednesday 27th January 18.30-19.30 Coxford & Bassett

Thursday 28th January 17.00-18.00 Portswood & Swaythling

Wednesday 3rd February 17.00-18.00 Bitterne & Harefield

Wednesday 3rd February 18.30-19.30 Woolston & Sholing

Thursday 4th February 17.00-18.00 Bitterne Park & Peartree


To get involved, please email cityofculture25@southampton.gov.uk stating clearly in the subject line which meeting you would like to be invited to.