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What's On in Hampshire

If you want to find out about exciting things to do and places to visit, what’s on in Hampshire will give you a whole new world of experiences. 

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.  

Farnborough AirshowGoodwood RevivalHat Fair

Food

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. 

Festivals

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.

New Forest ShowSouthampton Boat ShowRomsey Show

Entertainment shows

There’s plenty more to enjoy about what’s on in Hampshire, from theatre and all kinds of music to West End shows.

The Mayflower in Southampton stages many top musicals, operas and concerts and the King’s Theatre in Portsmouth and Theatre Royal in Winchester also offer a rich and stimulating programme.

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.

Sports

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.

Search for What’s On in Hampshire to find out about more the county’s exciting events. 

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Southampton Maritime Festival

Southampton Maritime Festival

Location: Southampton

Dates:

Takes place

22nd Aug 2014-23rd Aug 2014

The Festival will once again be taking over the docks and water within Dock Gate 4 to bring you a whole host of activities and attractions that hark back to Southampton’s past. In a bumper year of...

National Watersports Festival

National Watersports Festival

Location: Hayling Island

Dates:

Festival dates

5th Sep 2014-7th Sep 2014

The National Watersports Festival (NWF) is the largest participation water sports event in the UK. Fondly known as “The People’s Festival,” it is designed to cater for novice and intermediate watersports...

Beaulieu International Autojumble and Automart at National Motor Museum Beaulieu

Beaulieu International Autojumble and Automart at National Motor Museum Beaulieu

Location: BROCKENHURST

Dates:

Takes Place

6th Sep 2014-7th Sep 2014

Beaulieu's most famous event is the International Autojumble, with 32,000 attending the 2006 event, it is the biggest outdoor sale of motoring items for European cars and motorcycles this side of the...

PSP Southampton Boat Show

PSP Southampton Boat Show

Location: Southampton

Dates:

Takes place

12th Sep 2014-21st Sep 2014

The biggest marine event hits the South Coast in September, so whether you're an expert or only just finding your sea legs, PSP's Southampton Boat Show is not to be missed. The show offers a fun-filled,...

The Romsey Show

The Romsey Show

Location: Romsey

Dates:

Takes place

13th Sep 2014-13th Sep 2014

A real agricultural show and great day out with something for all the family - that’s The Romsey Show, which takes place at Broadlands on Saturday the 13th of September 2014. The show is one of the oldest in...

Winchester Comedy Festival

Winchester Comedy Festival

Location: Winchester

Dates:

Comedy Festival

2nd Oct 2014-5th Oct 2014

Winchester Comedy Festival will be bringing you four nights of the best comedy in the country. All hosted at the fantastic Theatre Royal Winchester and venue next door, Winchester Discovery Centre. isit...

Autumn Steam Spectacular

Autumn Steam Spectacular

Location: Alresford

Dates:

Autumn Steam Spectacular

24th Oct 2014-26th Oct 2014

The Watercress Line's Autumn Steam Gala always aims for the spectacular, with a dazzling display of steam powered magic! Over 3 days they run an intensive timetable - giving you the opportunity to ride behind...

Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink

Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink

Location: Winchester

Dates:

Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink

20th Nov 2014-4th Jan 2015

Don your hat and gloves and head to Winchester's Christmas ice rink. Experience an exhilarating skate against the magnificent backdrop of Winchester Cathedral. With an adjoining café offering stunning views of...

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