Hampshire has many festivals and special events. Tall ships, pirate shows, live music and spectacular boats make the annual Southampton Boat Show a day out to remember. Don't miss the acclaimed Farnborough Airshow which takes place every two years. And not forgetting all the exciting local food events happening throughout the year to tickle your taste buds.
For those with a nautical interest, Cowes Week, the world's largest regatta, has been a regular fixture in the Solent every August since 1826 and is a truly magnificent spectacle.
Football fans can watch Premiership matches at Southampton Football Club, League Two matches at Portsmouth Football Club and Hampshire Cricket at the stunning Ageas Bowl (formerly the Rose Bowl, which also plays host to international rock and pop acts).
Motorsport fans can also enjoy a 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.
Takes place14th Nov 2013-31st Dec 2013
This year’s Christmas Market in Southampton opens on 14th November in Above Bar and the Bargate. Often attracting thousands of visitors annually, this year’s Christmas Festival will feature over 30 stalls...
Takes place16th Nov 2013-22nd Dec 2013
Visit Santa's Christmas Wonderland this festive season and step into a magical world of fun and song. Adorable animated characters greet you at your every turn as you make your way through the enchanted snow...
Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink21st Nov 2013-5th Jan 2014
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...
Open21st Nov 2013-22nd Dec 2013
Founded in 2006, the Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe, renowned for its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and...
2013 Season23rd Nov 2013-24th Dec 2013
Magical fun for all the family, meet Mrs Claus, the elves and Santa in the classic setting of enchanted Marwell Hall.
Dates21st Dec 2013-24th Dec 2013
Our ever popular Christmas festivities are back! Meet Father Christmas in his grotto with his fantastic gifts. Go on a festive nature trail and tractor ride and enjoy children s crafts. This is a 2 hour...
Open21st Feb 2014-22nd Feb 2014
The beer festival is held in aid of local charities at Alton College. There will be an average of 40 different ales, mainly from Micro Breweries. Also wines, lagers, food and music available at both sessions...
Winchester Fashion Week1st Apr 2014-5th Apr 2014
Taking place from 1 - 5 April, 2014 this annual festival of fashion promises to be the largest, liveliest and most significant to date. Further information to be announced.
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Don't miss Hampshire's exciting family friendly Christmas events this winter. From festive Christmas markets to meeting Santa, there's plenty of things to do to suit all ages!
There are lots of events going on across Hampshire during 2013. Make sure you don't miss some great opportunities for a day out!
Hampshire is well known for its locally grown produce, fine eateries and food festivals. Find out about what is happening in Hampshire this year.
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