Local events in and around Hampshire

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We’ve compiled a list of our favourite upcoming events for 2017 and 2018 which span the surrounding area and are all easily accessible from Southampton Airport. From sport to music and sailing to seasonal special events you’ll find a lot to do during the year ahead.

Upcoming Events

  • 01 Dec 2017

    Victorian Festival of Christmas

    • Location: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

    A visit to the world-famous attractions of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is made even more memorable when you visit during A Victorian Festival of Christmas and is the perfect way to begin your seasonal preparations and celebrations! A host of traditional and deliciously saucy characters will provide fun and entertainment at every turn with Fagin’s Tavern and its unique blend of Music Hall style entertainment, Christmas markets, Reindeer and a traditional Father Christmas (dressed in green). 

  • 18 Nov 2017

    Christmas at Marwell

    • Location: Marwell Zoo

    Join in the festivities at Marwell Zoo where as well as visiting the zoo you can celebrate with a few special friends. Be enchanted by Mrs Claus whilst she reads a tale, meet reindeer and elves and even meet Santa himself in his sparkling grotto and receive a special gift.

  • 20 Nov 2017

    Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market

    • Location: Winchester Cathedral

    The Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe. Inspired by traditional German Christmas markets you can find wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods along with a great atmosphere and an open-air real ice rink.

  • 18 Nov 2017

    Christmas at Paultons

    • Location: Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World

    Visit Christmas at Paultons for a magical family experience. Enjoy your favourite rides, take a look at the musical Christmas tree and watch magical performances. Children will also get to meet Father Christmas and receive an exciting present.

  • 19 May 2018

    British Touring Car Championship

    • Location: Thruxton

    Rounds 7, 8 and 9 of the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship take place at Thruxton Motorsport Centre in Andover. Thruxton has the highest average speed of any circuit visited by the BTCC and provides some of the biggest thrills and spills in motor sport.

  • 29 Jun 2018

    Festival of Speed - 2018 dates TBC

    • Location: Goodwood Estate

    The Festival of Speed is the largest motoring garden party in the world – a unique summer weekend that brings together an impossibly heady mix of cars, stars and motor sport 'royalty' to create the largest car culture event in the world. Held in the immaculate grounds of Goodwood House, this annual Hillclimb event is a true celebration of motor sport and all things automotive. 

  • 07 Jul 2018

    Round the Island Race

    • Location: Isle of Wight

    The annual J.P Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight. The race attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors making it one of the largest yacht races in the world.

  • 24 Jul 2018

    The New Forest and Hampshire County Show

    • Location: Brockenhurst, New Forest
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    This three day agricultural Show showcases the best the New Forest and Hampshire has to offer and provides three days packed with agricultural fun and entertainment for all the family. With more than 600 trade stands, live cooking demonstrations from top local chefs, livestock classes and an exciting timetable of main ring attractions including the Metropolitan Mounted Police and International Show Jumping, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

  • 01 Aug 2018

    Qatar Goodwood Festival - 2018 dates TBC

    • Location: Goodwood Racecourse

    This year the Qatar Goodwood Festival will welcome the world’s very best horses and jockeys to this annual showpiece event where style and glamour take centre stage. Savour the thrill of prestigious races such as the Qatar Sussex Stakes, dress to impress at Ladies’ Day, and enjoy a chilled glass of Champagne or Pimm’s together with some of the finest cuisine available in the wide range of restaurants – it’s all part of the unique Qatar Goodwood Festival experience. 

  • 04 Aug 2018

    British Superbike Championship - 2018 dates TBC

    • Location: Thruxton

    Round seven of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship series is being held at Thruxton Motorsport Centre in Andover. A number of races take part including qualifying and final rounds.

  • 04 Aug 2018

    Cowes Week

    • Location: Isle of Wight

    Cowes Week offers a great mix of competitive sailing and social activities. The 8,500 competitors range from Olympic and world class professionals to weekend sailors. In excess of 100,000 spectators come to watch the sailing, enjoy the parties and live entertainment, and to experience the unique atmosphere. It is genuinely a one-of-a-kind event. 

  • 30 Aug 2018

    International Cricket England v India Test Match

    • Location: Ageas Bowl

    The Ageas Bowl, the home of Hampshire Cricket, will host a test match between England and India.

  • 07 Sep 2018

    Bestival - 2018 dates TBC

    • Location: Isle of Wight

    Set in Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight, Bestival is another major South Coast music festival. Bestival is a unique experience with boutique campsites, a Bollywood Cocktail Bar, Wishing Tree Stage and even a yearly theme. Read our blog on Isle of Wight festivals.

  • 08 Sep 2018

    Goodwood Revival - 2018 dates TBC

    • Location: Goodwood Estate

    The Goodwood Revival really is a magical step back in time, a unique chance to revel in the glamour and allure of motor racing in the romantic time capsule of the world’s most authentic motor circuit. The Revival is the world’s most popular historic motor race meeting and the only event of its kind to be staged entirely in the nostalgic time capsule of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. 

Past Events

  • 15 Sep 2017

    Southampton Boat Show

    • Location: Southampton

    Visit Europe’s premier on-water boat show where visitors are free to enjoy a wide range of features and activities, including show favourites, Try-A-Dive and Try-A-Boat. 

  • 29 Sep 2017

    International Cricket England v West Indies ODI

    • Location: Ageas Bowl

    The Ageas Bowl, the home of Hampshire Cricket, will host a Royal London One-Day International, England v West Indies.

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