What's On in Hampshire
Hampshire is bursting with exciting entertainment and special events, from food festivals and sporting spectacles to art attractions and musical magic.
Are you a fan of the sea? Then don’t miss the annual Southampton Boat Show, where you can drool over hundreds of spectacular boats and try your hand at watery thrills like diving or yacht handling.
How about Cowes Week, the world's largest regatta? A truly lively event with lots of fun on land and sea, Cowes Week is a regular attraction in the Solent every August.
The Farnborough International Airshow takes place every two years and promises lots of aviation adventure.
You can enjoy air displays, stage shows, games and competitions as well as finding out about aviation heritage and the latest developments in aircraft technology.
If you love food, then the colourful Hampshire Farmers’ Markets will tempt you with tasty treats and top quality local produce.
To experience the best of what’s on in Hampshire, visit the Alresford Watercress Festival, held annually on the third Sunday in May.
This features cookery demonstrations and tastings of the town’s famous crop, but it’s also a huge street party.
Join in with music, dance, circus skills and face painting or browse the well-stocked market stalls for a friendly and memorable day out.
The Hampshire Food Festival takes place in July and champions good food all over the county.
Savour lovely sights, sounds and smells with farm tours, cookery demonstrations and lavender walks as well as trying your hand at jam and chocolate making workshops.
You can also go gourmet with wine tastings, brewery tours, afternoon teas and special menus on this month-long culinary trail.
For a joyful celebration of street theatre and lively entertainment, visit the Winchester Hat Fair.
Here you can watch performers of all kinds sing, dance, juggle and strut in return for a few coins in a hat.
If you want to try Indian classical dance, listen to Bollywood or Bhangra or try tasty Asian foods, look no further than the annual Southampton Mela Festival in July, a multi-cultural extravaganza of world music and dance.
More than just tractors and wellies, the agricultural shows of the New Forest & Hampshire County Show and the Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show have plenty of attractions for the family.
With highlights such as showjumping, motorbike and pole climbing displays, funfairs, livestock competitions, food halls and flower shows, they provide an insight into country life and a fascinating fun day out.
There’s plenty more to enjoy about what’s on in Hampshire, from theatre and all kinds of music to West End shows.
Other venues include the Southampton Guildhall, Portsmouth Guildhall, the West End Centre in Aldershot, the Anvil in Basingstoke and the Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton. Here you’ll find a fantastic choice of concerts, exhibitions and shows.
Football fans can celebrate the beautiful game at Southampton and Portsmouth Football Clubs.
You can watch Hampshire Cricket at the stunning Ageas Bowl, which also plays host to international rock and pop acts.
Motorsport fans will love the full programme of national car and bike racing at Thruxton, the UK's fastest circuit, near Andover, whilst the world renowned Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival meetings are held annually in nearby Chichester.
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Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink20th Nov 2014-4th Jan 2015
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Find out what family friendly fun, spooky and ghoulish events are taking place in Hampshire this Halloween and over October Half Term. There are plenty of things to do for kids and grown ups across the county.
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