If you’re looking to visit a truly iconic sporting destination in the south west, then head to The Ageas Bowl. Also known as The Rose Bowl or The Hampshire Bowl, this 25,000-capacity venue is both a British cricket ground and a lively music venue, and since it’s built alongside a four-star hotel, The Ageas Bowl stadium makes for a perfect weekend activity.
Whether you’re visiting with family, friends or as a couple, you’ll find plenty to do at The Ageas Bowl, from thrilling cricket events to blissful outdoor cinema nights. As the home of the Hampshire cricket teams Southern Vipers and Southern Brave, The Ageas Bowl is a must-visit for any sports fan, hosting both national and international cricket games as well as golf, boxing and running. Read on to find out more about this iconic venue, including how to get there, where to stay and where to eat and drink.
Where is The Ageas Bowl?
The Ageas Bowl is located on Botley Road in West End, in the Borough of Eastleigh, Hampshire. It’s less than five miles east of Southampton city centre.
How do I get to The Ageas Bowl?
Travelling by train
The nearest South Western Railway stations to The Ageas Bowl are:
During match days, you can make the most of the shuttle bus service that runs to The Ageas Bowl from Southampton Airport Parkway station. Adult return tickets cost £5 and groups can benefit from discounted tickets.
On non-match days, you can catch the X4 or the 8 bus from Southampton Airport Parkway to The Ageas Bowl, or alternatively you can take a taxi.
From Hedge End station, the walks takes just over half an hour, or you can catch the 8 CITY RED bus towards Grange Park, which takes approximately 16 minutes.
From the buzz of the matches to the venue’s exciting, year-round events, there’s plenty to do during your day out to The Ageas Bowl. Die-hard cricket fans won’t want to miss both the national and international cricket matches, while live music-lovers can check out what concerts are scheduled to go ahead. If you have some time to spare, there’s also lots of fun things to do around the local area.
Cricket is undoubtedly the main attraction at The Ageas Bowl, which plays host to some huge international sporting events from the inaugural ICC World Test Championship to Vitality IT20. Whether you’re supporting England in an international game or your local team in a national fixture, nothing beats the atmosphere and buzz that comes from watching your team play live amongst thousands of other sports fans.
The summer months are the best time to visit the venue, since this is when most of the fixtures take place. The Royal London One-Day Cup games are held from mid-July to mid-August and are a particular fan favourite, so to be a part of these action-packed games you should book your tickets online to avoid disappointment.
Golf, boxing and running
While cricket games take centre stage at The Ageas Bowl, it’s not the only sporting activity on offer at this venue. Golf fans can make the most of the Boundary Lakes, an 18-hole golf course, set against the iconic background of Hampshire Cricket's home.
Those local to the area can get involved in the sporting clubs on offer. Both the Poseidon amateur boxing club and the Hedge End running club train at The Ageas Bowl and welcome all levels, from beginner to expert.
When not hosting cricket matches, The Ageas Bowl swaps cricket fans for music lovers and becomes a big-name music venue. In the past, The Ageas Bowl has hosted sell-out shows from performers such as Little Mix and Queen, so it’s definitely worth checking out their upcoming concerts.
The fun doesn’t stop there, as this versatile venue also hosts outdoor cinema nights during the summertime, where you and your friends can relax and watch your favourite films under the stars.
Things to do around Southampton
If you’re planning to spend the weekend in Southampton make sure you check out the many museums and galleries the city has to offer, as well as the beautiful, historic port.
Begin your day at the Solent Sky Museum for a journey into Southampton’s aviation and aircraft history, before heading to SeaCity Museum, where you’ll swap planes for boats as you explore the city’s fascinating naval history.
Shopaholics should visit Westquay shopping centre, which is home to over 100 shops as well as a cinema and a bowling alley. Alternatively, get away from the hustle and bustle of the city by heading to Southampton Common, a beautiful park that’s bursting with plants and wildlife.
Food and drink
From relaxed pub-inspired meals to sit-down dining, The Ageas Bowl has food and drink options to keep everyone happy. For dining within the grounds, visit BEEFY’s, a restaurant inspired by English cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham which serves a selection of delicious, traditionally British dishes. With a large selection of wines, craft ales and cocktails, this restaurant is also a great place to enjoy a drink or two.
Indulge in a slice of one of the most superb British traditions and enjoy a spot of afternoon tea, freshly prepared at BEEFY’s. With delicious gluten free and vegan options available, there’s something for the whole group.
For more casual dining further afield, check out the Conservatory Restaurant in the Holiday Inn Express, West End Brewery and The Southampton Arms.
Places to stay in and around The Ageas Bowl
No matter your budget and group size, there are plenty of places to stay in and around The Ageas Bowl. For a luxury stay right in the heart of the stadium, make your reservation at Hilton at The Ageas Bowl Southampton, or alternatively, check into Southampton Harbour Hotel for stunning views of the marina.
For something a little more family-friendly, you can choose from Macdonald Botley Park Hotel and Spa and the Strawberry Cottage B&B, while those on a budget can check out the Holiday Inn Express Southampton, Highfield House Hotel, and Premier Inn Southampton Airport.
The Ageas Bowl Accessibility
The Ageas Bowl is proud to welcome people of all abilities to its grounds, and is happy to help with any questions you may have regarding parking and access, accessible toilets, wheelchair accessible areas and more.