Festive music, mulled wine, sparkling lights - Christmas Markets and Winter Wonderlands are one of England's best traditions. An excuse to have a lovely day out with friends and families, take in the country's most picturesque cities, and do a little retail therapy whilst you're at it. We have listed some of the most popular Christmas markets for you to visit this festive season. Start planning your ultimate winter trip for 2023 today.
Heading down South for uni? Here’s our guide to Southampton.
So you’ve chosen to go to University in Southampton – the city on the south coast of England? Cool! But remember, there’s more to living in Southampton than just studying and taking in the fresh sea air. That’s why we’ve put together a quick guide to some of the top must-see and do things while you’re a student in the city.
1. Shop ‘til you drop
What city would be complete without some top shops to spend your student loan in? And in Southampton you won’t be disappointed. For fashion and beauty, or tasty treats and delicious restaurants, make your way down to Westquay shopping centre – dubbed the south coast’s premier shopping destination. Or, if you’re looking for something a little more traditional, head across town to the north of the city to Bedford Place. Here you’ll find small and independent boutique shops, bars, restaurants and much more.
2. Support The Saints
Whether you’re a huge football fan or not, what better way to make yourself at home in your new city than to support your local club? That’s why a trip to watch Premier League football team Southampton F.C (nicknamed ‘The Saints’) in action at St Mary’s Stadium is well worth a visit. And if you’re aged 18-21, tickets are available from just £19!
3. Relax at the marina
Soak up the bustling atmosphere and admire the yachts docked up in the marina at Ocean Village. Start the afternoon with a cocktail or two at Banana Wharf, then suffice your appetite with a bite to eat at Maritimo Lounge. And after all that, why not squeeze in the time to catch the latest blockbuster at the cinema?
4. Take a trip back in time
Take some time out to discover the hidden history of the city with a guided tour around Southampton. For just £5 you can enjoy a 90 minute walking tour where you’ll walk the walls, visit medieval vaults and towers, and learn about the city’s historic associations with everything from The Romans to WW2. Then, when friends or family ask about life in your new city, you’ll be all clued up to fill them in!
5. Escape the city
So you’re new to the city, and now we’re telling you to leave? Well, we don’t mean for good. It’s just while you’re living here, it’s the perfect opportunity to discover some of the surrounding sites. Hop on the ferry and explore the Isle of Wight’s beautiful beaches and distinctive landscapes, or take a trek through the woods and experience the peace and tranquillity of The New Forest.
Getting serious about the environment we live in.
To become more ‘environmentally friendly’, Host is launching the #HostEnvironmentalPledge campaign to encourage responsible behaviour and drive sustainability across our sites throughout the UK and Ireland.
It’s a simple campaign! For every percent we reduce our overall utilities (electric, water and gas) consumption by we donate to one of our nominated charities.Show me all news
Hello Leeds! We are expanding our range of locations for student accommodation. Welcome to Exchange Court, our latest student accommodation in Leeds. A brand new luxury student accommodation in Leeds city centre opening in September 2024. Offering spacious studios with huge windows and lots of natural light and many with your own private balcony.
It's that time of year when the days are shorter, the weather is cold and wet, and after a day studying you just want to get cosy, not go to the gym. That's perfectly okay. Read our tips on how to burn calories another way.