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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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Hampshire Food Festival

Hampshire Food Festival

Dates:

Hampshire Food Festival

1st Jul 2014-3rd Aug 2014

Many different events held across Hampshire, here on the south coast of England, will celebrate the best of local food and farming throughout the Hampshire Food Festival which will this year run from 1st July-...

Cowes Week 2014

Cowes Week 2014

Location: Cowes

Dates:

Takes place

2nd Aug 2014-9th Aug 2014

Since 1826 Cowes Week has played a key part in the British sporting summer calendar and is one of the UK's longest running and most successful sporting events. It now stages up to 40 daily races for around...

Wickham Festival

Wickham Festival

Location: Fareham

Dates:

Take Place

14th Aug 2014-17th Aug 2014

The outskirts of historic Wickham village provide a picturesque setting for one of the safest and most relaxed festivals of the summer. Enjoy some great live music ... The main Festival site is located in...

Winchester CycleFest: Winchester Criterium & Family Cycle Day

Winchester CycleFest: Winchester Criterium & Family Cycle Day

Location: Winchester

Dates:

Winchester CycleFest

17th Aug 2014-17th Aug 2014

• Bring your bike! FREE Family Event! • Enjoy fun cycling activities for all the family - including a mountain bike display! • Have your bike checked by our very own Dr Bike • Try your hand at 'roller...

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...

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...

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