Southwest Finland offers a wide range of leisure activities. There are, for example, music and theatre activities and various physical exercise for everyone.
Turku is a real music & theatre city
– it even has Finland’s oldest philharmonic orchestra. The summer festivals in Southwest Finland, the music festivals in Turku and Naantali, and numerous concerts and gigs draw world-class artists and the biggest Finnish stars to the region. For those interested in music as a hobby, there is a wealth of music training and orchestral activities available in the local music and folk colleges.
Music lovers will find and extensive serving of teaching in the Rauma Music Institute, where nearly 800 students play under 40 teachers. The Music Institute also houses a youth orchestra, Minijouset orchestra, Rauma orchestra for boys, child and youth choirs, and many other music groups.
Turku is known as a theatre city, and the local amateur theatres, numerous summer theatres, and stand up and improvisation nights offer both drama and comedy the year round. Some 100,000 theatre lovers come to see the best of stage shows in the Turku City Theatre every year – and that’s just part of the total audience in the region!
Laitila does not pale beside big cities
– when it comes to the range of physical exercise for leisure. For sport lovers the municipality has e.g. an indoor skating rink and a multi-purpose hall. Traditional athletics club Laitilan Jyske arranges activities for fitness exercisers as well as competitive athletes, ranging from orienteering to floorball. Krouvinnummi has both a motocross and folkrace reacks for motor heads. Outdoor exercise can be enjoyed by jogging, skiing, mountain biking or playing frisbee golf, and swimmers can use natural waters.
Salo is a dream come true for sports fans and active exercisers.
Salo Athletics Park offers indoor and outdoor facilities for dozens of different sports. The Athletics Park is hailed as a high-standard sports centre – it was commended as unique in the whole world by the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö. And it surely is just that – or can you think of another place with a dog park, swimming hall, horse-riding grounds, skate park, and grounds for to football, tennis, golf, ice hockey and basketball?
If you are into motor sports, head to Alastaro!
Alastaro Circuit is a diverse motor sports centre in Loimaa. The popular test and competition circuit attracts motorists from near and far. The three-kilometre circuit is for cars and motorcycles alike. The Alastaro Circuit is open the year round and hosts many national and international competitions.