Arts & Entertainment in Hampshire
From reggae to Rachmaninov, Bollywood to Hollywood, you're never far from quality arts and entertainment in Hampshire.
Hampshire has galleries both large and small, from the prestigious Southampton City Gallery, with its fine collections of 20th century British art, to ArtSway in the New Forest, with exhibitions of contemporary visual arts.
Our thriving arts centres offer world class dance, theatre, music and children's performances and also run activities such as salsa dancing, mask making and drama.
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens near Romsey holds a popular Art in the Garden event every summer, where outdoor art for sale is placed around the grounds, sometimes in unexpected places!
Entertainment is brought into local communities through the excellent Hog the Limelight programme, organising high quality productions, workshops, cabaret and music in village halls and art centres across the county.
Lovers of live music are spoilt for choice, from rock and pop concerts at Southampton Guildhall, Portsmouth Guildhall and the West End Centre in Aldershot to classical music, jazz and folk at the Turner Sims Concert Hall and The Anvil in Basingstoke.
Visitors to Winchester can follow a walking tour around the historic city using the excellent 'Eye-openers' guide and discover works by Elisabeth Frink, David Kemp and Antony Gormley among others.
If you would like any further tourism recommendations during your stay in Hampshire then there are a variety of different Tourist Information Centres you can visit anytime where our friendly staff will be more than happy to help you out.
Some of the things you can expect from our Tourist Information Centres include:
- A guide to the best things to do including visitor attractions and places to visit
- Useful accommodation and booking advice for hotels, B&Bs, holiday cottages and camping and caravan sites
- A what's on guide including information on the latest events and festivals
- Food and drink recommendations including the best restaurants, pubs and farmers' markets to visit
- Advice on the best walking, cycling, golf, fishing and horse riding locations
- Heritage information including guides to our museums, stately homes, gardens and landmarks
- Advice and background information on the many different towns and villages in the region
- Transport and travel advice and information
- A wide range of maps, guides, books and brochures
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The art gallery attracts art-lovers, curious amateurs as well as those who simply enjoy the atmosphere of a gallery.
Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth
Year-round programme of solo, group and themed exhibitions of contemporary visual art, accompanied by talks, screenings, performances and participatory workshops.
The Spring has a broad programme of entertainment including theatre shows, music, comedy nights, films, dance events, exhibitions and workshops. It is also a community museum telling the local story using a variety of medias.
Working pottery, extensive gift shop and cafe.
The largest Theatre in the south, The Mayflower offers spectacular touring musicals - many direct from the West End - plus opera, ballet and comedy.
Edwardian theatre in the heart of Southsea offering a year-round programme of entertainment.
The Princes Hall was built in 1973 and is owned and managed by Rushmoor Borough Council. It is a multi-purpose centre with a main hall and 3 function suites. The capacity of the main hall is currently 568 with tiered seating, or 690 with flat floor seating or for standing concerts.
The main hall...
One of the best arts centres in the country, with something for everyone!
Hanger Farm Arts Centre provides a professional community arts venue for Totton and the wider New Forest area.
SoCo Music Project has been working with Eastleigh Borough Council to develop a vibrant cultural space with a focus on music and visual arts, using a vacant building that previously housed the Eastleigh Magistrates Courts for over 40 years.