Common People Southampton 2018

Transport to Common People

Common People will take place on the area known as The Flats on the Common in Southampton City Centre.


There will be two entrances into Common People:

The East Entrance is located on the pathway on to the Common from Northlands Road, just off The Avenue, for people coming from the Hackney Carriage Taxi Rank at The Cowherds Pub, shuttle bus from City Centre, Southampton Train Station or walking from the The Avenue.

The West Entrance is for people coming from Hill Lane and the official Pick-up / Drop-off Point at Richard Taunton College for Private Hire Taxis, family and friends.

Please do not attempt to enter by any other route as you will be asked to continue or turn back towards one of the two entrances. Take a nice stroll through the park if you are entering from the North of Southampton Common.


Important note. There is no car parking available at the festival so please use public transport or suggested town centre car parks, which are all 5 minutes walk from the City Centre shuttle bus route, if you are not walking or cycling to the event.

If you’re driving to the event and using one of the car parks, please ensure you have a designated driver.

Drink Driving
- the consequences of a drink drive conviction can ruin your life: a criminal record; a heavy fine; loss of your licence/freedom; potential job loss
- one pint may lose you your car for a whole year
- the only safe option is not to drink alcohol if you are planning to drive
- you don’t have to feel drunk to be a drink driver
- THINK! Don’t drink and drive

Trains & Buses

The nearest train station to Common People is Southampton Central, managed by South West Trains.

There will be regular shuttle buses operating to and from the Northlands Road entrance to Common People. Tickets can be purchased on the bus priced £5 per person (return). A Family Ticket is also available priced £10 (for 2 adults and up to 3 kids). Bluestar and Unlink season passes are both valid on shuttle buses.

The City Centre shuttle bus will run continuously from 9.45am to midnight, with frequent intervals at peak times from 10.15am to 3pm, and 9.30pm to midnight. Pick ups will be Town Quay Red Funnel / Red Jet Terminal 1, Castle Way, Southampton Central Station (South Side), Above Bar (Cenotaph) and London Road.

South West Trains offer Off-Peak Day Return tickets which must be purchased at least a day in advance from South West Trains, ticket offices or via 0345 6000 650.

Regular bus/coach services will be available to and from the areas surrounding the City of Southampton. Please check for routes, timetables and tickets.

Regular Bluestar buses will run from the following towns to Southampton city centre then change onto the shuttle bus to the Common:
Eastleigh & Fair Oak – Bluestar Route 2
Winchester & Chandlers Ford – Bluestar Route 1 (stops next to the Common)
Hedge End – Bluestar Route 3
Romsey – Bluestar Route 4
Salisbury – Salisbury Reds Route X7
Lymington, Brockenhurst & Lyndhurst – Bluestar Route 6

Uni-Link will also be operating a regular service servicing the areas around Southampton Common. Please check for the routes and timetables.

First Buses will be operating across Southampton on regular routes so please check local timetables for information on routes and timetables.

Taxi Rank

There will be a designated taxi rank at The Cowherds Pub each night, after the show has finished. This will STRICTLY be for Hackney Carriage Taxis only and not collections by pre-booked Private Hire Taxis or friends and family pick-ups.

Pick Up and Drop Off (Private Hire Taxis / Family & Friends)

All drop-offs or pick-ups by pre-booked Private Hire Taxi’s / family or friends should be arranged at the official Pick-up / Drop-off Point at Richard Taunton College: Richard Tanton College Car Park, Hill Lane, Southampton, SO15 5RL.

For those coming from further afield

There is strictly no camping at Common People, or on Southampton Common so please book your accommodation in advance if you plan to enjoy the whole weekend with us, or even just a night. Booking in advance is highly recommended.

Southampton International Airport has a train station that has regular services to Southampton Central Station

South West Trains, Southern, Virgin and First Great Western trains have regular services to the City of Southampton so please check your transport options from your location.

Coach services are available to the City of Southampton from different companies including National Express.