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Summer is in full swing, the school holidays start at the end of the month, and jubilant July brings an abundance of festival fun, exciting events, and outdoor adventures.

Here are our top picks of the happenings in Hampshire this July.

Hat Fair, Winchester

Friday 5 July – Sunday 7 July 2024

Winchester Hat Fair – the UK’s longest-running festival of outdoor arts – turns 50 this year and celebrates a golden half-century of street performances with its takeover of theatre, music, and dance in the city over the first weekend in July.  

It opens with the Carnival on Friday 5 July, when school children and community groups will parade through the city centre in colourful costume and community choirs and dancers will congregate outside Winchester Cathedral for a joyous Opening Ceremony.

Portsmouth Pride

Saturday 6 July 2024

Portsmouth Pride returns to Southsea Common for a celebration of acceptance and inclusivity on 6 July.

2024 will see a host of top acts perform on Southsea Common including Drag Race UK series 5 sensation Vicki Vivacious, Amelle (former Sugababe), Lolly, the Cheeky Girls, and many more!

Portsmouth Pride comprises a group of local LGBTQ+ people and allies, who have gathered to create a pride event for the city. What's more, Portsmouth has been chosen as the host of UK Pride 2025.

CycleFest at Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Saturday 6 July 2024

Get on your bike at Queen Elizabeth Country Park on Saturday 6 July when CycleFest gives visitors the opportunity to try out different bikes and get advice from local bike shops.

There will also be guided rides and coaching taster sessions so you can make the most of the brilliant trails at the Park.

Let's Rock Southampton

Saturday 6 July 2024

The ultimate retro festival, Let’s Rock will be bringing back the best of the 80s to the Common in Southampton on Saturday 6 July.

80s icons The Human League and Jason Donovan are on the bill for 2024 amongst others, and the DJ battle between Harriet Scott and Pat Sharp is sure to have everyone up and dancing.  

British Truck Racing at Thruxton Circuit

Saturday 6 July 2024 – Sunday 7 July 2024

Thruxton race circuit is hosting a festival of all things trucking on 6 and 7 July with some fantastic family activities alongside the British Truck Racing Championship at the UK's fastest race circuit as well as edge-of-the-seat action from a range of support championships.

Southern Cathedrals Festival 2024 at Winchester Cathedral

Wednesday 10 July – Sunday 14 July 2024

Bringing together the renowned choirs of Chichester, Salisbury, and Winchester Cathedrals, the Southern Cathedrals Festival 2024 at Winchester Cathedral brings five days of sacred choral and organ music performed to the very highest standard.

Outdoor theatre: The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle at The Vyne

Friday 12 July 2024

Pack your picnic and roll out your rug for an evening of outdoor theatre at The Vyne on Friday 12 July with a captivating performance of The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle.

Hugh Lofting's timeless classic celebrates the power of empathy and inspires audiences young and old to see the world through the eyes of animals. This funny, exciting new family musical is performed with flair and wit by Illyria in the great outdoors.

Lymington Seafood Festival

Friday 12 July – Sunday 14 July 2024

Eat and drink your way along Lymington’s pretty marina this July at the annual Lymington Seafood Festival – the ultimate summer food weekend full of delicious south coast food and music.

The Chefs Demo Stage showcases the region’s best cookery, and the smells from the BBQ, smoking, and asado fire cooking masterclasses will be hard to resist.  

New for 2024, adults and kids can check in to the festival Cookery School for a range of culinary experiences and festival music includes ‘Tina Turner’ taking the stage for Saturday’s tribute night.

Dress Up Day: Jane Austen's House

Saturday 13 July 2024

Join Jane Austen's House for their popular annual Dress Up Day on Saturday 13 July. Step out in Regency finery to pose, picnic, or promenade at Jane Austen's House and their pretty cottage garden. If you don't have a Regency outfit of your own, there'll be lots available for you to try on.

Southampton Mela Festival

Saturday 13 July 2024

Celebrating modern and traditional Asian culture with performances by world-class musicians and dancers as well as a whole host of delicious and authentic food, the Southampton Mela Festival returns to Hoglands Park this July.

The Southampton Mela Festival is a celebration showcase of the year-round music and dance activity that Art Asia coordinates in the city. There will food stalls from local businesses across the southern region, as well as family fun activities, creative workshops, and a huge range of stalls to explore.  

Stansted Summer Festival

Saturday 13 July – Sunday 14 July 2024

An eclectic weekend of family fun, the popular Stansted Summer Festival returns on 13 and 14 July for a weekend full of quirky entertainment – including music, performances, children’s entertainment, Napoleonic reenactments, classic cars, stall, and heritage crafts – within the setting of a quintessential country estate.

Fiesta - mini outdoor children's festival at Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Saturday 13 July – Monday 2 September 2024 (weekends and school holidays)

Get the summer started with a bang with Fiesta, an exciting mini children's festival of curiosity at Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium.

Themed around the Olympics and Paralympics, there will be interactive activities, Music Makers Mini Opening Ceremony hands on fun, and a free live science show about the body and exercise.

Sunset At The Trust at Hawk Conservancy Trust

Saturday 13 July, Saturday 27 July, and Saturday 10 August 2024

Spend a special summer’s evening at The Hawk Conservancy Trust as their feathered friends fly against a setting sun. Step inside the world of these awesome birds to watch them soar, swoop and dive over the grounds at dusk – showing off their skills before your very eyes.

Foodies Festival in Winchester

Friday 19 July 2024 – Sunday 21 July 2024

The nation’s top chefs and music artists are combined at the Winchester Foodies Festival – a delectable celebration of cooking, tasty food, delicious drinks, and live music known as Gastro-Glastonbury.

MasterChef Champions, Michelin-starred and top local chefs will be cooking up their signature summer recipes in the Chefs Theatre and the Great British Bake Off stars will be demonstrating how to make show-stopping cakes in The Cake & Bake Theatre.

Symphonic Ibiza and Blue will be bringing the music, and there will be plenty of street food and drinks to sample whilst the kids join in the fun at The Kids Cookery Theatre.

Hinton Ampner's Summer of Circus

Saturday 20 July – Sunday 1 September 2024

Roll up as a circus-themed summer of play arrives at Hinton Ampner later this month.

Step up onto the performance area and put on a show for your audience, conduct an outdoor orchestra in the music zone, practice your circus skills on the lawn, and test your flexibility with circus yoga.

The Hundred at The Utilita Bowl

Wednesday 24 July 2024

This July, The Hundred will return to the South Coast in 2024, delivering a month of world-class cricket and blockbuster entertainment for all the family.  

The South Coast will host its first home fixture at The Utilita Bowl on Wednesday 24 July, with both Southern Brave men’s and women’s teams kicking off their competition against London Spirit. 

The Brave will then be back at home for the first of three more double-headers on Thursday 1 August, taking on Manchester Originals, before their final two matchdays on Saturday 10 August against Trent Rockets and Wednesday 14 August versus Welsh Fire.  

Mr Toad at Theatre Royal Winchester

Friday 26 July – Sunday 28 July 2024

Mr Toad is paying a visit to Theatre Royal Winchester just in time for the start of the summer holidays.

From Friday 26 July to Sunday 28 July the family show will tell the story of Toad Hall, which is under threat from the sly Miss Weasel, and Toad’s insatiable need for speed. Based on the classic, Wind in the Willows, Badger, Ratty and Mole also feature in a play filled with love, laughter, and puppets.

Portsmouth International Kite Festival

Saturday 27 July – Sunday 28 July 2024

Go fly a kite, up to the highest height at the kaleidoscopic Portsmouth Kite Festival on 27 and 28 July.  This free event is a truly spectacular occasion with hundreds of kite fliers from around the world flying kites in a magical range of shapes and sizes on Southsea common.

The New Forest and Hampshire County Show

30 July 2024 – 1 Aug 2024

Showcasing the very best of all things agriculture from the New Forest and Hampshire, the New Forest and Hampshire County Show in Brockenhurst brings together livestock and equine competitors, local producers, and local businesses all topped off with lots of delicious food and drink and an exciting timetable of main ring attractions.

As well as the animals, there's countryside traditions and demonstrations, international show jumping, crafts, antiques, art, show gardens, flowers, vegetables, local produce, animals galore and show ring displays including the world-famous Heavy Horse Musical Drive.

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