Repair Cafe

Started in 2014, the Southampton Repair Cafe is a place where people can bring broken items to be fixed by our expert repairers at the same time as having a cuppa and some homemade cake and meeting like-minded others. We repair all sorts of things (assuming we have a full compliment of repairers) including:

  • Bikes (see the Bike2Basics project)
  • Electrical items
  • Computers
  • Jewelry
  • Clothes
  • Woodwork & furniture

If we can’t fix it we may be able to advise you what to do next. We have been running since 2014 and have run over 70 events and tackled well over 1,500 items with a 75% success rate. You can also pick up a copy of our popular Southampton sustainable living guide which includes a map of repairs and spares places in the city.

When and Where

Please note that Repair Cafes are currently suspended due to Covid restrictions.

Normally our repair cafes run at Freemantle Baptist Church (Testwood Road, SO15 8RL) and St Denys Community Centre (Priory Rd), with occasional pop-up events elsewhere. Sign up to our newsletter, where we will post updates as to when they restart.

You can find more information about repair campaigns and repairing during the coronavirus crisis at:

Get Involved – Volunteers Needed

We always welcome more volunteers, both repairers and general helpers so assist with the smooth running of the event. Come along to one of the events or contact us via email on repaircafe[at]

Our Goals

  • Reduce waste and save resources by repairing instead of throwing items away
  • Reskilling by sharing repair skills
  • Encouraging a circular economy
  • Create a community hub for ideas and the local community, building community resilience

The Results

  • Over 70 events held (13 in 2019)
  • Over 1,500 items seen, 75% of which were repaired or advice was given
  • In 2019 we had 413 visitors, 260 were new first-time visitors