Southampton Mela 2023 – Frequently Asked Questions

Published on: 7 July 2023

You might have some questions about Southampton Mela Festival 2023. We’ve answered the most common questions below!

If you still need a bit more information, please contact us at and we will endeavour to answer you soon as we can.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 15th July 12 noon – 9pm at Hoglands Park, Southampton SO14 1JZ – don’t forget it’s FREE ENTRY all day!

What time does the festival start/end?

The Southampton Mela Festival 2023 is on Saturday 15th July 2023 at Hoglands Park, Southampton. It starts at Midday and ends at 9pm.

How much is it to get in?

Arguably the best outdoor festival in the city centre is FREE to visit.

Is there access for wheelchairs/walking impairments/can I bring my mobility scooter?

Yes, the site is flat and there are concrete paths that cross the site. In wet weather, mobility might be more challenging so please be more vigilant.

Do I need to bring chairs or blankets to sit on?

You can bring chairs and blankets – please be aware that people will dance in the front of the stage areas and your chairs and blankets might get in the way.

Is there parking?

No parking for the general public is available. There is limited blue badge parking allocated on a first come, first-served basis.

Is there toilets on site?

Yes, and that includes an accessible unit.

What happens if it rains?

We think it will be really hot this year, so wear a hat, or bring an umbrella or parasol, bring sunscreen and keep hydrated throughout the day. However, if it looks like rain, bring a coat. The show will go on!

Are there phone charging points?

No charging points are available.

What ages is this festival suitable for?

The whole family from all backgrounds are welcome.

Is there food available for all allergies and diets?

All traders are asked to provide a range of foods, and make you aware of allergies. If there is nothing for you, the city centre is very close and you can quickly get some food and return to the fun.

Can we bring our own food and drink?

Yes, it is a free site but the food and drink is amazing so you will want to enjoy it.

What environmental aspects are you encouraging at the festival site?

All litter will be sorted off site. All traders have been asked to use recyclable/biodegradable plates, cups and cutlery. Local suppliers are being used wherever possible to reduce travel distance. Festival goers are encouraged to walk, bike or use public transport to get to the festival too.