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Fly from Aberdeen Airport to Southampton - it may be the cruise capital of Europe, but there’s much more to Southampton than its role as a cruise ship and ferry embarkation point.

The America's Cup
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, the hottest sailing competition in the world, returns to Portsmouth 22-24 July. This edge of your seat and adrenaline fuelled spectacle sees the world’s best sailors racing the fastest boats, reaching speeds of 40mph metres away from the spectators on shore. This is your Last chance to cheer on Sir Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR on home waters before next year’s historic America’s Cup in Bermuda. As well as on-water action there is a packed three-day programme of entertainment, the Red Arrows on Friday 22 July, The Blades display team on Saturday 23 July and The Red Bull Matadors on Sunday 24 July.

Tickets start from £25 per person, with 6-15 year olds half price and under-5s going free. For all info on tickets:

Walk the QE2 Mile
This famous stretch runs through the heart of the city, from the Cenotaph to Town Quay - and you’ll experience Southampton in all its guises, down the centuries. The Mile provides a link between relaxing green spaces, the new cultural quarter, the High Street, old town the historic waterfront and many more!

The new Cultural Quarter
Here you’ll find the SeaCity Museum, whose un-missable interactive exhibition, ‘Southampton’s Titanic Story’, brings to life the experiences of some of the local members of the 897-strong crew, as they prepare, embark on and experience the tragedy of the doomed ship’s fateful voyage. Close by are the City Art Gallery, Guildhall and the Civic Centre.

Winchester Cathedral
This is a magnificent, 1000-year-old architectural masterpiece, home to the 12th-century Winchester Bible, ‘The Jane Austen Story’ permanent exhibition, and offering cathedral tours, a children’s trail, refreshments and a gift shop. Located just 7 miles from Southampton.

Marwell Zoo and New Forest Wildlife Park
The charity-owned Marwell Zoo is home to more than 180 species of animals, including exotic and endangered species. Also join a park tour with the rail train and learn more about giraffes, hippos and other species. Another hotspot for animal lovers is the New Forest wildlife park. Here you can admire animals such as wolves or bison in beautiful natural settings.

Water activities
From canoeing and kayaking to sailing and stand-up paddling – Southampton provides exciting opportunities for everyone who is keen to practice water sports. Experienced instructors advise beginners and take care everyone’s safety.