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Trains to Let’s Rock Southampton

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Established in 2009, Let’s Rock Southampton is a family-friendly festival showcasing the best of ‘80s music. Occurring every July, it’s a fantastic way to keep the kids entertained in the summer.  

With world-class live music, children’s entertainers, a playpen, a disco shack and more, the festival has everything you need for an action-packed day out with family or friends. 

This year’s Let’s Rock Southampton will take place on Saturday, 8 July 2023. Read on to learn more about one of Southampton’s most loved festivals, including how to get there with South Western Railway.  


Where is Let's Rock Southampton?

Let’s Rock Southampton 2023 will take place at The Common, Southampton. It’s a stone’s throw from the city centre, with excellent transport links.

Let’s Rock Southampton’s address: The Common, Southampton SO15 7NN.

How to get to Let's Rock Southampton

The nearest train stations to Let’s Rock Southampton are Southampton Central and St Denys. Southampton Central is a half-hour walk away, or you can catch the U1A, U2 or U2B bus to Northlands Road, which is a three-minute stroll from The Common. 

If you’re travelling from St Denys, you can walk to The Common in 25 minutes, or save your energy for dancing and catch the U1C bus from Portswood Broadway. Once you’ve reached Albany Park Court, get off and walk for three minutes to the festival.

Travelling by train

On the day of the festival, the roads around The Common will likely be congested, and you may need help finding a parking spot. If you live close to transport hubs like Bournemouth, Woking, Basingstoke and Winchester, our direct services will get you to Southampton in no time.

We offer various ticket types to ensure the right fare for your trip. If you want to save money on your train tickets, travel off-peak and remember to check if you’re eligible for railcards and discounts. Travelling with family or friends? GroupSave lets you pay less per head and is a fantastic way to save money.

Travelling from London

Our direct services make it easy to travel from London to Southampton. Hop on the train at London Waterloo or the next stop at Clapham Junction, then sit back and enjoy the journey. Remember to bring your London TravelcardOyster card or contactless to enjoy seamless travel on public transport.

When does Let's Rock Southampton start and finish? 

Let’s Rock Southampton starts at midday. However, gates open at 11am, so get there early to avoid missing the action! The event finishes at 10:30pm.

Things to do at Let’s Rock Southampton

Renowned as one of the South West’s top family festivals, Let’s Rock Southampton offers plenty to see and do. Nostalgic live ‘80s music is the festival’s main attraction, but other exciting activities include children’s entertainment and a disco area. Here’s everything there is to do at Let’s Rock Southampton. 

Lineup and music

Let’s Rock Southampton showcases the best of ‘80s music, with toe-tapping tunes guaranteed to bring back memories. There’s something for everyone, from soft rock to smooth jazz, glam metal and pinch harmonics, performed live on stage by retro favourites.  

Let’s Rock! Playpen

The Let’s Rock! Playpen is the perfect place for little ones, with free activities. The playpen is set to offer a variety of children’s entertainment, including kids’ presenters from BBC and ITV, circus workshops with Bigtopmania Circus, arts & crafts, face painting, tricycles and a ‘Disco Shack’. 


No festival would be complete without a funfair, and the fairground rides at Let’s Rock Southampton are perfect for children. The funfair includes thrilling water rides ideal for a sunny July weekend, while younger kids will love the soft play area.

VIP Club Tropicana package and ‘Posh Toilets’

For ultimate luxury, Let’s Rock Southampton’s VIP Experience is sure to be a hit. VIP tickets grant you fast-track entry to the festival, a delicious meal and welcome drink, luxury loos, exclusive DJ sets and a comfy seat at a bar with tasty ’80s-themed cocktails.

If you’re a festival fanatic but cringe at the idea of dirty loos, you’ll love the Posh Toilets. These regularly serviced toilets are in a separate enclosure, guaranteeing a much cleaner experience! Posh Toilet tickets are available at an extra charge.


Tickets to Let’s Rock Southampton are sold in Tiers from 1 to 5, with Tier 1 being the cheapest and Tier 5 being the most expensive. The earlier you buy your tickets, the cheaper they will be. Tickets start from £39.00 per person.

Tips to make the most of Let’s Rock Southampton

Make sure your day is smooth sailing with our top tips:

• buy your tickets as early as possible to secure the lowest price
• you’re welcome to bring a picnic into the main arena, but no alcohol is permitted. Let’s Rock also has a strict no-drugs policy
• let’s Rock Southampton is a no-re-entry event, meaning you can’t come and go during the day; only parents or guardians accompanying children under 16 will be granted a single-use re-entry wristband
• double-check you have all your belongings with you before entering and leaving the festival grounds

• since the roads around The Common will likely be congested, we recommend travelling by train for a stress-free journey

Food and drinks

After dancing along to ‘80s tunes, you’ll likely work up an appetite. Thankfully, the festival caters to various tastes, so even the pickiest eaters will be satisfied. Choose from worldwide cuisines, including Indian, Mexican and Chinese, or grab a burger and a hotdog from the barbecue area. Alternatively, visitors can bring packed lunches if they wish.

Places to stay in and around Let’s Rock Southampton

Let’s Rock Southampton is a day festival, meaning there’s no onsite camping or accommodation. However, if you’d prefer to travel home the next day or want to explore Southampton before the festival starts, you’ll find many places to stay near Southampton Common.

For those on a budget, Travelodge Southampton and Arches Guest House and Lodge are within walking distance of The Common. Meanwhile, Travelodge Southampton Central is a fantastic low-cost option in the city centre.

Family-friendly stays include Leonardo Royal Hotel Southampton Grand Harbour and Premier Inn Southampton West Quay Hotel. Both are in the city centre, just a stone’s throw from Southampton Central.

Book a room at No.4 Carlton Boutique Hotel or Harbour Hotel Southampton for a luxurious stay.

Let’s Rock Southampton accessibility

Let’s Rock Southampton welcomes disabled guests and is committed to ensuring accessibility for all visitors. However, as the festival takes place in open countryside, guests with mobility issues should be aware that some areas may be uneven and difficult to navigate. 

The festival offers accessible toilets and a small viewing area for disabled guests and stewards who are happy to help. For more information, check the festival’s accessibility page. 

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