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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One of the best arts centres in the country, with something for everyone!
Edwardian theatre in the heart of Southsea offering a year-round programme of entertainment.
Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth
Year-round programme of solo, group and themed exhibitions of contemporary visual art, accompanied by talks, screenings, performances and participatory workshops.
Theatre Royal Winchester has been described as 'one of the most beautiful theatres in the south of England'.
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.
The largest Theatre in the south, The Mayflower offers spectacular touring musicals - many direct from the West End - plus opera, ballet and comedy.
Offering a vibrant range of top quality entertainment including theatre, comedy and music, the Ashcroft Arts Centre also runs a wide range of classes and workshops for all ages. For more details of what we have to offer, please contact the box office on 01329 223100 or visit our website: www...
Major collection of British and European paintings from the 14th to 20thC with emphasis on 20thC British art.
Hanger Farm Arts Centre provides a professional community arts venue for Totton and the wider New Forest area.
Working pottery, extensive gift shop and cafe.