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, or walking from the The Avenue (from City Centre and Southampton Train Station).

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.


Common People is a short walk from the train station and the city centre with approximate walking times below:

- 25mins walk from East Entrance to Southampton Central train station
- 20mins walk from East Entrance to Southampton City Centre


Important note. There is no car parking available at the festival so please use public transport if you are not walking or cycling to the event.

If you want to drive into Southampton then walk or take a taxi to the Common, West Quay is the biggest car park and the U1 bus stops at West Quay.

If you’re driving 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.

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.

Local buses from Train Station and City Centre to Common People

Route: U1
Runs from central station stop SF (south side of station) to the stop on The Avenue at Northland Road.
Saturday operates every 10-minutes on between 09.00 and 18.00 and then every 20-minutes until midnight.
Sunday operates every 20-minutes between 09.00 and midnight.

Route: Bluestar 1
Runs from the city centre (Hanover Buildings & Above Bar) to the stop on The Avenue at Northland Road.
Saturday operates 15-minutes from 09.00 until 18.00 and then once an hour between 21.00 and midnight.
Sunday operates 30-minutes from 09.00 until 18.00 and then once an hour between 18.00 and 23.35.

Timetables and route maps are available here:

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

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.