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Light the South

Light the South, a national arts trail of stunning Lighthouse sculptures, kicks off on 12th July across Southampton, Cowes, and East Cowes.

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red jet and ferry in background, mini lighthouse in foreground

Each Lighthouse sculpture on the trail stands at a whopping 8 foot tall and carries a totally unique design. Every sculpture is an original work of art, designed and hand-painted by one of many talented artists involved. There are 40 of these amazing Lighthouses for you to find along the trail and it is totally free to follow!

A great mainland day out with family and friends, as well as bringing new visitors across to the Island, Red Funnel are proud to sponsor Light the South in 2024 - welcoming the brilliant “Moo Selfie” and “Light of Green” this side of the water, among others.

Alongside several giant sculptures in place between Cowes Parade and our East Cowes Terminal, those following the trail can look forward to a display of mini-Lighthouses designed and decorated by children from five Island schools, St Catherine’s School (Ventnor), St George’s School (Newport), St Helen’s Primary School, Cowes Enterprise College, and Godshill Primary School – along Cowes Hight Street. 

Families can participate in a free Window Spotting trail in Cowes and East Cowes High Street, connecting the trail across the river. Look out for mini versions of the 40 8ft lighthouses designed hidden in windows in the towns. 

There will also be an exhibition of nine “Little Lights” - a series of smaller sculptures hand painted by the artists – on show during Cowes Week at the Sir Max Aitken Museum between 27 July and 2 August. 

And of course, there is the rest of the trail to follow in Southampton with a great family ticket offer from Red Funnel, redeemable when you find “Solent Ships” in Southampton and “Light of Green” in East Cowes. This is a one time use offer, valid for use on the Hi-Speed Red Jet service to Cowes and as a foot passenger on the vehicle ferry from East Cowes, meaning you can complete the trail from one side of the river to the other and head over to Southampton.

Light the South will run for 8 weeks, before each giant Lighthouse is sold at auction on 21st September at the Southampton International Boat Show. All proceeds from the sponsorship of the sculptures and the art auction will go directly to Southampton Hospitals Charity, helping to raise vital funds for Southampton Children’s Hospital. 

Download the official Light the South app and be in with the chance of unlocking some fantastic rewards. Look out for the four-digit codes on the plaques and collect all the Lighthouse sculptures.   

You can also: 

  • Vote for your favourite

  • Add your photos to the gallery

  • Count how many steps you’ve taken with the built in pedometer. 

Foot Passenger Offer

Foot Passenger Travel Offer

Please note: offer can only be redeemed from Red Funnel ticket offices, by showing the matching reward in the Light the South app.

  • Adult Day Return (valid on Red Jet & VF): £10
  • Child Day Return (valid on Red Jet & VF): £5
  • Family Day Return (valid on Red Jet & VF): £25

Valid for travel from 09:00 Mon-Fri and anytime during weekends between 13 July - 12 September 2024. Valid for Sailings in either direction between Southampton and West Cowes or Southampton and East Cowes routes. Carriage is subject to availability and is on a first come first served basis. 

25% Off Hot Drinks & Sausage Rolls offer

Please note: offer can only be redeemed from the East Cowes terminal "Snack Shack", by showing the matching reward in the Light the South app.

Management reserve the right to restrict or remove this promotion without prior notice. Subject to product availability as no alternatives can be offered. Please check with server on food allergens or intolerances. Promotion only available to redeem at East Cowes concession diring normal trading times.