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New Forest Walking Festival


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HMS Sultan Bonfire and Fireworks Night


HMS Sultan Bonfire and Fireworks Night


New Forest Food and Drink Festival


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Gunwharf Quays Fireworks Extravaganza


Gunwharf Quays Fireworks Extravaganza


Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market


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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!

Theatregoers can enjoy fantastic performances at Hampshire's top theatres including The Mayflower in Southampton, Kings Theatre in Portsmouth and Theatre Royal in Winchester to name a few.

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.

Further Recommendations

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:

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  1. Southampton City Art Gallery

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    Southampton City Art Gallery


    The art gallery attracts art-lovers, curious amateurs as well as those who simply enjoy the atmosphere of a gallery.

  2. Mayflower Theatre

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    Mayflower Theatre


    The largest Theatre in the south, The Mayflower offers spectacular touring musicals - many direct from the West End - plus opera, ballet and comedy.

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    Theatre Royal


    Theatre Royal Winchester has been described as 'one of the most beautiful theatres in the south of England'.

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    Cut Loose

    Guildhall Square, Portsmouth

    Visual artist Ilse Black has been commissioned to produce a large-scale wall drawing for Aspex Guildhall.

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    Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

    Aspex is thrilled to present Platform, an exhibition showcasing creative graduates from Universities across the South of England.

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    Drawing Attention by Tanya Wood


    Aspex Guildhall presents ‘Drawing Attention’, a collection of recent works from Portsmouth-based artist Tanya Wood.

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    Clay Without Borders

    Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

    Aspex presents 'Clay Without Borders', an exhibition of works from local community groups and run by The Clay Station.

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    Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

    Year-round programme of solo, group and themed exhibitions of contemporary visual art, accompanied by talks, screenings, performances and participatory workshops.

  9. City Space at Winchester Discovery Centre

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    City Space at Winchester Discovery Centre


    A vibrant and versatile gallery space hosting a changing programme of exhibits to celebrate the best of Winchester's thriving arts and heritage scene.

  10. Forest Arts Centre

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    Forest Arts Centre

    New Milton

    Forest Arts Centre is the leading venue for live arts events in the New Forest. A former military drill hall in New Milton, it has a 146 capacity air-conditioned theatre, dance studio, workshop room and licensed café-bar with gallery space.