Planning to attend a festival in 2020? Want to dance the night away in an open field? Fancy camping-out under the stars or simply enjoy great food and drink? This year Hampshire will be playing host to several of the UK’s best festivals.

Hampshire’s music festivals will be attracting some of the world’s most renowned artists. Chris Evans’ own festival CarFest South will be back for another year raising money for children’s charities, the biggest South Coast festival Victorious will returning, the Kitesurfing Armada will be back celebrating all thins kiting and the colourful Southampton Mela Festival returns for another year.

It’s not all loud music and partying in the Hampshire festival scene, the county can offer you a more relaxed festival vibe with fantastic food, ales and acoustic music or for those petrol heads amongst you, a weekend full of motors and the sound of engines.

Whether you’re new to the festival scene or you’re a seasoned festival goer who enjoys the alfresco lifestyle, Hampshire has festivals that are ideal for the foodies, the water sports enthusiasts, families looking for a fun day out or those ready to party all night into the early hours with friends.


5th & 6th September 2020, New Forest National Park

This is an exciting festival is for dogs, their owners and dog lovers. Located at Burley Park in the heart of the New Forest, this dog themed festival will have some of the best food and drink producers from across the New Forest, stalls selling everything you need for your dog, a vintage fun fair and live music. They'll be interactive dog displays where everyone can get involved and learn more about their four-legged friends, but more importantly have lots of fun.

Find out more about Dogstival

Kitesurfing Armada

18th – 20st September 2020, Hayling Island

Love kitesurfing, watersports and live music? This is the festival for you! The festival is the biggest kitesurfing event in Europe and combines kiting, live music, family activities and fundraising all into one weekend. The festival is free to attend and is popular with all ages.

Find out more about the Kitesurfing Armada

Camping not your thing? How about Glamping? Glamping in Hampshire offers the experience of traditional camping but with a few added luxuries to make your stay more comfortable. See all glamping sites in Hampshire.

2021 Festivals 

Alresford Watercress Festival

23rd May 2021, Alresford near Winchester

This nationally acclaimed foodie festival celebrates the locally grown delicious crop of watercress. Situated in the quaint village of Alresford, this day festival is a must for food lovers with Hampshire Famers’ Market in attendance and watercress themed cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs. There is even a watercress eating competition!

Find out more about the Alresford Watercress Festival

Alresford Music Festival

Saturday 6th June 2021, Alresford near Winchester

This unique festival attracts over 4000 festival goers and is probably one of Hampshire's best kept secrets. With five stages there is always something to see and dance to, from up and coming bands to established names. As well as a huge programme of music you'll find a festival village featuring a huge family arena with loads of free activities for all ages.

Find out more about the Alresford Music Festival

Smoked and Uncut

29th June (The Pig Brockenhurst) and 24th July (Lime Wood Hotel) 2021, New Forest

Hosted at the The Pig in the Forest and the luxury country house, Lime Wood Hotel in the New Forest National Park. These day festivals offer the perfect blend of high-quality local food, English sparkling wine, local ale and great live musical entertainment. With a more relaxed feel, the event gives you the opportunity to unwind and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the New Forest.

Find out more about Smoked and Uncut at The Pig in the Forest

Find out more about Smoked and Uncut at Lime Wood Hotel

Hampshire Food Festival

Date to be confirmed, across Hampshire

Organised by Hampshire Fare and originally established as a weekend event, this Festival has grown into a month-long, countywide programme of events celebrating the best of local food and farming. The Festival showcases the abundance of Hampshire’s food and drink through farm visits, vineyard and brewery tours, tastings, pop-ups, special menus, chef demonstrations, workshops, fairs and shows. It is believed that no other county does a Food Festival on such an ambitious scale as Hampshire!

Find out more about the Hampshire Food Festival

Mela Festival

2021 Date to be confirmed, Southampton

The Southampton Mela Festival returns for festival fun at Hoglands Park. Attracting over 20,000 people, this free festival is full of an assortment of musical styles including Indian Classical, Bollywood, Folk, World Music, Asian Fusion, Flamenco and Bhangra. Plus, exciting dance acts and family activities celebrating world culture.

Find out more about Mela Festival

Winchester Hat Fair

Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th July 2021, Winchester

Now the UK’s longest running festival of outdoor arts, this weekend festival is set in the centre of the historic city of Winchester. The Hat Fair offers a jam-packed programme of outdoor street performances, live music and fun and games over three days. There is something for all ages on offer across the city and best of all its absolutely free!

Find out more about the Winchester Hat Fair

Why not make your visit to Hampshire longer? Book accommodation and plan a visit to some of Hampshire’s amazing attractions.

B LOVE Festival

2021 date coming soon, Basingstoke

B LOVE is Basingstoke's biggest weekend of live music and is packed full of exciting performances, arts and family fun. The festival will see an incredible line-up of international headliners and local talent take to the stage. B Love marks the end of Basingstoke Festival, a free arts festival which takes place across the town. 

Find out more about B Love Festival

Wickham Festival

5th – 8th August 2021, Wickham

This 4-day family friendly music and arts festival is held in the rural but beautiful location of the village of Wickham. In the past the festival has won prestigious awards for the best festival. Stay the whole weekend and camp-out or if camping isn’t your scene full day and evening tickets are also available.

Find out more about Wickham Festival


11th – 15th August 2021, The Matterley Estate near Winchester

For those looking for a party atmosphere all weekend Boomtown is on of Hampshire’s biggest festival. This festival takes place on the outskirts of the historic city of Winchester. Thousands are invited to embark on an immersive audio-visual joyride, dancing through the labyrinthine streets and plazas on a non-stop weekend journey of discovery! Every kind of musical genre is celebrated at BoomTown, from ska, folk, gypsy, reggae, world, punk, pirate and disco to electro-swing, jazz, blue-grass, bass, jungle and techno.

Find out more about Boomtown


27th - 29th August 2021, Portsmouth

Situated on the stunning Southsea Seafront in the maritime city of Portsmouth, Victorious is a three-day festival, which is set to be bigger and better. As well as great music you can enjoy children's entertainment and activities, delicious food, comedy, real ale and much more. Tickets are now on sale.  

Find out more about Victorious Festival

CarFest South

27th – 29th August 2021, Laverstoke Park Overton

This year Carfest South and Carfest North will be combining to create Carfest United. This family friendly festival with a unique mix of fast cars, live music and tasty food. Located at Laverstoke Farm, this charity festival supports children’s charities with the support of Virgin Radio DJ, Chris Evans. Camp the whole weekend or enjoy a day out. Tickets sell out fast, so be quick!

Find out more about CarFest United

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