SS Mendi Supporting Event: Walks

To complement SS Mendi we are staging two themed walks with Southampton Tourism Association

14 June, 2018 - 07 July, 2018

    SS Mendi Supporting Event: Walks

    Southampton Tourism Association

    Walk the War

    Southampton was the premiere military port during World War One but much of its wartime history is hidden from view. On 29 June-14 July, Nuffield Southampton Theatres is premiering a new play about the story of the SS Mendi which was bringing 823 South African men, volunteers for the British Army,  bound for the Western Front. Dubbed the ‘Black Titanic’, it was a terrible maritime disaster.

    To complement this production we are staging two themed walks telling other hidden history stories of the First World War: Swaythling & The Re-mount Depot & The Story of Netley Hospital.


    Swaythling & The Re-mount Depot

    A walk around the original village of Swaythling and the story of the War Horses of being readied to send to the Front. Swaythling was a largely open farmland in World War One which made it an ideal place to gather the nearly 400,000 horses and mules, becoming the biggest depot in the country. 

    14 June, 10.30am from St Marys Church, South Stoneham

    Tickets £5 (accompanied children free) available from


    The Story of Netley Hospital

    In partnership Royal Victoria Country Park

    Built in response to the horrors of the Crimean War, Netley Hospital was at the front line of the medical response to the new concept of Global War and the horrific destruction of the first industrial conflict. After your tour, why not take time to visit the War Graves Commission Cemetery, which is also part of the history of the site, or the new exhibition in the restored Chapel.

    30 June and 1 July, starts from outside the cafĂ©, Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley

    Tickets £5 (accompanied children free) available from