About Us

We are the Sotonettes, a modern, progressive Women’s Institute based in Southampton City Centre.  

Tea-Tasting and Christmas Social

Our next main meeting will be on Tuesday, 19 December at 7.30pm.  Join us to learn all about tea, including a theatrical presentation by Pedlars and Petticoats, which will delve into the fascinating and sometimes bloody history of our favourite drink. We’ll also be trying out some different teas to (hopefully) find one that everyone can enjoy in the winter months.

We meet in the Top Hall of Above Bar Church – access is via the side door on Ogle Road. If you have special access requirements, please let us know in advance as step-free access is available. You can arrive any time from 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

If you’re not a WI member, it’s only £5 to visit us. Sotonettes WI members attend free and members of other WIs pay £3.  Please sign up on our Facebook Event, or email us at sotonettes@gmail.com

We meet in the Top Hall of Above Bar Church – access is via the door on Ogle Road. If you have special access requirements, please let us know in advance as step-free access is available. You can arrive any time from 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Please note that our programme may be subject to change.


The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. Have a look at the WI website here.

Modern WIs are uniting women across the country, mixing traditional WI principles with a focus on topics and interests of their members. It’s not all Jam and Jerusalem! Our meetings are a place where women of all ages from the local community can share interests and learn new skills, and, most importantly enjoy themselves.

The Sotonettes WI usually meets on the last Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, upstairs in Above Bar Church, Above Bar Street in central Southampton. On occasion we may meet on a different date or use a different venue but this will be well advertised in advance.  Each meeting is different and we have a range of things lined up. We may be learning a new craft or skill, having a speaker come in to talk about a topic or focusing on a campaign issue. To find out what we’ve got planned take a look at our Events Calendar or to see what we’ve been up to take a look at our blog. We’re also on Facebook and Twitter too.

You’re very welcome to come along to a meeting to find out more about us and you don’t have to be a member to participate – attending as a visitor costs £5 per meeting. Alternatively, you can join the WI for a whole year for only £41. You may visit us three times before joining – if you join on the same night as visiting, we’ll even refund your visitor fee!  If you are a current member of another WI, just bring along your membership card and it’ll only cost £3 to visit us.

Look at our gallery below to see some of our past meetings

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