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Daytrips- Southampton City Art Gallery-Southampton.

On a recent trip to Southampton Dan and I decided to visit the Art Gallery. I had always thought about it when finding myself around the vicinity but either got there too late or torrential rain had decided that we went to IKEA instead. 
Southampton City Council says;
'The gallery is based in Southampton’s Civic Centre and opened in 1939. It offers the opportunity to enjoy high-quality exhibitions ranging from painting, sculpture and drawing, to photography and film. As well as a permanent collection, there are displays that change regularly to ensure new experiences with each visit.  The gallery holds an internationally important collection of over 5,300 works of art.'
Lets have a look...






Anthony Gormley- Untitled (Diver), 1983





Barry Flanagan- Little Man of Wilmington, 1980


Daytrips- Southport Botanical Gardens- Churchtown.

I have always wanted to visit the Botanical Gardens in Churchtown. I always used to see tiny brown signs with a flower on when going to the beach and I just never got round to it. Back in September I finally made it and I wasn't disappointed. I had originally planned my level of excitement through this VIDEO that shows a bit of the gardens in the 1990's. I wanted to see all of the things and the boats. It starts at 9 minutes in. There is also THIS gem of a film from 1975 made by The Sefton Film Unit for Southport Tourism & Attractions Department. Go to around 2 minutes in and you can see the gardens.
The Victorian Fernery is beautiful and once was housed in a glass conservatory. You can still the outline of it on the walls. If you are ever passing or just want somewhere nice to walk around then do please go. It is really lovely and the tea and cheese toasties in the cafe are very good. Go HERE to read about events at the gardens, apply to be a friend or be a sponsor.