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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.

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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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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    The Portsmouth Music Experience


    The Portsmouth Music Experience gallery features spectacular touring exhibitions as well as pieces from the local music scene.

  6. Proteus Creation Space

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    Proteus Creation Space


    Proteus Creation Space is a dynamic, creative arts hub in the heart of Basingstoke, providing a real community resource that offers an extensive programme of classes, workshops, events and exhibitions.

  7. Hanger Farm Arts Centre

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    Hanger Farm Arts Centre


    Hanger Farm Arts Centre provides a professional community arts venue for Totton and the wider New Forest area.

  8. Rum's Eg

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    Rum's Eg


    Rum's Eg is a stylish and friendly Art & Craft gallery and cafe in Romsey featuring work by Hampshire based and Hampshire-associated artists and crafts-people.

  9. The Court House

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    The Court House


    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.

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    Antiques Storehouse

    HM Naval Base, Portsmouth

    The Antiques Storehouse is housed within the newly refurbished Storehouse 9 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. You will find many independent specialist items and a wide variety of antiques, collectables and artwork on display.