Vitality Blast - Travel Information

Utilita Bowl will host seven huge Hampshire Hawks Vitality Blast matchdays in 2023.

The Hawks played seven group stage matches at Utilita Bowl before progressing to the knock-out rounds of the competition and were crowned Vitality Blast champions at T20 Finals Day in July 2022.

Below you can find the information you'll need regarding travel and parking.

Please plan your journey in advance of your trip to Utilita Bowl to make your journey as smooth and seamless as possible.


Rail & Free Shuttle Buses

Free buses will be available for all fans travelling to and from all of Hampshire Hawks' Vitality Blast fixtures at Utilita Bowl in 2023.

The hassle-free, environmentally friendly bus services have quickly became a firm favourite with event-goers, delivering over 20,000 supporter journeys in 2022, and thus these buses will be back for the 2023 season as well.

These free direct buses will be available to and from both Southampton Airport Parkway Railway Station and Hedge End Station, running continuously for all fixtures from 30 minutes before gates open and up to one hour after the Hampshire Hawks match has finished.

The buses will depart immediately from outside both railway stations - simply head for the Hampshire Hawks flags upon arrival at the stations!

The buses heading back to the stations from Utilita Bowl will depart from opposite the West Gate turnstiles and the last bus back to the stations will leave roughly 60 minutes after the end of the match.

Fans will not need a ticket or any accreditation to use the free buses - they could simply turn up at the stations and get on board.

Travel times via train from popular destinations to Southampton Airport Parkway or Hedge End are listed below:

Swaythling 3 minutes   Fratton 31 minutes
St Denys 6 minutes   Portsmouth & Southsea 35 minutes
Winchester 7 minutes   Bournemouth 38 minutes
Shawford 9 minutes   Portsmouth Harbour 40 minutes
Southampton Central 10 minutes   Reading 43 minutes
Fareham 11 minutes   Guildford 51 minutes
Millbrook 14 minutes   Salisbury 52 minutes
Portchester 17 minutes   Chichester 62 minutes
Romsey 17 minutes   Swindon 1 hour 15 minutes
Totton 18 minutes   Oxford 1 hour 17 minutes
Redbridge 18 minutes   Dorcester 1 hour 30 minutes
Cosham 22 minutes   Brighton 1 hour 35 minutes
Ashurst 23 minutes   Weymouth 1 hour 42 minutes
Basingstoke 24 minutes      

Find and book a train to either Southampton Airport Parkway or Hedge End station below:

 

Follow the link below if you can't see the train search portal above.


Car Parking

Seasonal car park pass holders, disabled guests, hospitality guests and Vitality Blast Parking Passport holders will be parked on-site.

Vitality Blast Parking Passport - £60 SOLD OUT

Hampshire Cricket Members and Vitality Blast Passport holders had the opportunity to secure a Car Parking Passport for £60 per car, which grants access to a on-site car parking for all seven T20s at Utilita Bowl.

Park & Walk

Park & Walk Per Fixture - £15

Vitality Blast attendees can pre-book car parking at Utilita Bowl's Park & Walk site for just £15 for all of Hampshire Hawks' T20 matchdays, other than Friday 26th May.

Ticket holders for Hampshire Hawks' T20s are encouraged to pre-book Park & Walk, as these spaces usually sell out in advance of the matchday.

The Park & Walk Car Park is open from 30 minutes prior to gates opening.

The vehicle entrance for Park & Walk is from the A27 Moorhill Road, please follow signage for "Park & Walk" on local roads.

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Park & Walk car parking will be parked on a grass surface and located a short walk (roughly 10 minutes on a tarmac path) away from the gate. Please note, this walk contains hills and will not be suitable for those with mobility requirements.

Park & Walk will be available via a different entrance at the ground for 2023, so please follow the directions provided on your purchased car parking pass.

On-site car parks will open 30 minutes before the scheduled gates opening time of the fixture, and will close 90 minutes after the match. Cars are not permitted to stay overnight.

Click here to read Utilita Bowl's Car Parking terms & conditions.

Please note, all on-site parking is subject to availability.


Accessible Car Parking

Per Vehicle - £15

To pre-book on-site accessible parking, please email tickets@utilitabowl.com with proof of a valid Blue Badge. On the matchday, pre-booked accessible parking passes should arrive with a valid Blue Badge to display to stewards at Utilita Bowl, who will then direct you to park in relevant accessible areas.

Pre-booked cars parking on-site will be directed to the appropriate car parks by stewards on T20 matchdays upon arrival.

On-site car parks will open 30 minutes before the scheduled gates opening time of the fixture, and will close 90 minutes after the match. Cars are not permitted to stay overnight.

Click here to read Utilita Bowl's Car Parking terms & conditions.

Please note, all on-site parking is subject to availability.


Alternative Car Parking Options

Another car parking option is to pay for car parking at Southampton Airport Parkway Railway Station's multi-story car park and then board the free rail shuttle. To find out more information about the rail shuttle service, please see the rail shuttle section above.

Please note, car parking spaces at this car park are subject to availability.


Motorbikes and Bicycles

Utilita Bowl provides a FREE motorbike and bicycle storage facility.

Please head towards the roundabout and follow directions from our traffic operatives. Please be aware motorbikes will be parked near the Hampshire Wellbeing Centre, located opposite the East Gate.

All parking is subject to availability and on a first come first served basis.


Public Bus

Bluestar Bus No.14

Southampton City Centre – Northam - Bitterne – West End – Chartwell Green – UTILITA BOWL – Hedge End Super Store and Train Station

For further timetable information for the No. 14 Bluestar Bus, please click here.

Bluestar Bus No. 24

Eastleigh Bus Station – Southampton Airport Parkway Station - Mansbridge – West End – UTILITA BOWL – Hedge End Super Stores - Hedge End Village

For further timetable information for the No. 24 Bluestar Bus, please click here

Follow the link below to plan your journey with these public buses.

The closest bus stops to Utilita Bowl are Dawson Lodge for buses travelling towards Southampton City Centre, and Moorgreen Hospital for buses travelling towards Hedge End Train Station.


Taxis

A Taxi Rank will operate from the Holiday Inn car park.

To book a local taxi online click here, or call 02380 666666.

Pre-booked taxis will pick up individuals from Holiday Inn & David Lloyd Car Parks.


Drop-Off & Pick-Up Area

All private vehicle drop-offs and pick-ups will be directed from traffic stewards towards the Holiday Inn & David Lloyd Car Parks.

If you're being picked up, please meet at one of these allocated car parks.

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