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25 Hampshire dates for your 2017 diary

PUBLISHED: 10:53 03 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:34 02 August 2017


Got an empty calendar for 2017? We’re here to help you fill it. Claire Pitcher handpicks the year’s big events to make a note of

January 28 - Icebreaker Festival in Southsea

Celebrating the county’s music scene, confirmed acts this year include Basement83, Ben Harvey, SleepWalker and Sophie Darling.

Tickets are £12, available at www.icebreakerfestival.com

January 21 - Burns Night Aboard HMS Warrior 1860

Climb aboard HMS Warrior 1860 for a celebration of Scotland’s most famous Bard. There will be traditional fare and entertainment, finishing with a Ceilidh band on the Officer’s Half Deck. £70 per person, which includes drinks reception, three-course dinner, wine and entertainment.

Call 02392 778604 to book

6 to 12 February - Winchester Cocktail Week

Back for a second year, Gary Whiter and Marcus Roe of Cabinet Rooms will be organising masterclasses and parties for over 500 wristband holders.

Tickets are £15, from www.winchestercocktailweek.co.uk

All February - Snowdrop walks

It doesn’t matter which National Trust property you visit in February, all will have a glorious carpet of snowdrops in their grounds. Take the dog along the trails or join one of their snowdrop guided walks.


13 February to 5 March - Portsmouth Book Fest

From Charles Dickens to HG Wells, Portsmouth has strong literary links. What better way to celebrate, but with modern day popular local authors and exciting events.


17 to 25 March - Petersfield Music Festival

For more than a century this wonderful festival has promoted music in and around Petersfield, from singers to instrumentalists of all ages. Taking place in Festival Hall, this year’s programme includes works by Mendelssohn and Edward Thomas.


24 to 29 April - Winchester Fashion Week

A Winchester event calendar highlight, the week will be packed full of masterclasses, finishing with the Grand Finale Catwalk Display.


23 April - Beaulieu BoatJumble

Back for its 40th year, Boatjumble boasts hundreds of stalls and stands selling new and used kit, clothes and craft.


13 & 14 May - Mayday Arts Trail

Art lovers always make their way to Havant for the May Day Arts Trail. Local artists open their homes and studios to view their oil paintings, textiles, watercolours, sculpture or jewellery. There are classes and workshops too.


21 May - Alresford Watercress Festival

Famous for its chalk streams bursting with delicious watercress, Alresford celebrates in style each year. Alongside local producers there are competitions, street entertainment and weird recipes to sample.


2 & 3 June - Alton Beer Festival

Beer, cider, wine, food and music are on the programme for this year’s event at Alton College. Hampshire’s breweries come out to show off their latest tipples and it’s all for charity.

Tickets are £5 and beer/cider is £3 a pint. Bring a glass.


25 June - Isle of Wight County Show

Celebrate country life on the Island including falconry displays, gun dogs, show animals, local produce, stalls and food and drink. £8 for adults and children under 16 go free.


July All month - Hampshire Food Festival

Organised by Hampshire Fare, this month-long celebration has over 75 events involving county producers, including brewery tours, farm walks, festival menus, pop-up restaurants and more.


30 June to 2 July - Winchester Hat Fair

It’s the UK’s longest running festival of the outdoor arts and each year more and more people flock to the city to delight in the colourful show. From DJs to dancing, art installations to processions, this is a chance to see some real talent.


25 to 27 July - New Forest and Hampshire County Show

Sprawling over 30 acres of grounds this is a must for those who love farm animals, poultry, local food and crafts and equine competitions. Take a picnic and make a day of it, there’s loads to see and do from face painting to fly-fishing.

Buy discounted tickets online before 18th July. Adults £17.85; children (5 to 16) £6.30 and family tickets £42.


29 July to 5 August - Lendy Cowes Week

The largest and oldest sailing regatta in the world boasts a busy eight-day schedule comprising 8,000 competitors. The famous fireworks are on the final Friday.


2 September - Hayling Island Horticultural Show

Your last chance this year to marvel at the plants and flowers on display. It opens at 2pm for the general public as judging takes place in the morning. There are afternoon teas, plant sales, tombola and a raffle.


9 September - The Romsey Show

Held every year at Broadlands, this traditional show welcomes over 1,000 exhibitors and displays of caged birds, fur and feather shows, otters and even water buffalo. Tickets are £15 for adults, £10 for young adults, and £44 for a family.


23 September to 8 October - British Food Fortnight in Emsworth

There will be over 75 food-related activities in and around the pretty coastal town including Hampshire Farmers’ Market, ‘Great British Menu Lunches’, a Harvest Festival Service in St Peters Square, tasting and exhibitions.


8 & 9 October - OctoberFest

Organised by Wessex Heritage Trust at Basingstoke Cricket and Sports Ground, visitors can expect around 180 beers, ciders and wines from the region. There are bands and musicians, arts, crafts, puppetry, storytelling and theatre.


22 October - The Great South Run

Thousands will slip on their running shoes for this 10-mile event. As well as the camaraderie, runners turn out to see some of the south coast’s most iconic sights, including Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Spinnaker Tower and views of the Isle of Wight.

Entry is £41 online at www.greatrun.org.uk

12 November to 23 December - Southampton Christmas Festival and Market

A traditional German market offering everything from bratwurst and waffles to gingerbread hearts, with 40 alpine chalets and the Flying Santa over the city centre daily.

18 to 23 December - Christmas at Marwell

Meet Marwell’s animals and spend an hour with some of the zoo’s friends this Christmas. Join the elves for a glass of mulled wine, be charmed by Mrs Claus reading The Animals That Saved Christmas, create a Christmas candy cane tree and meet Santa at his grotto.

You need to pre-book at www.marwell.org.uk

Weekends throughout December - Winter’s Tales at Beaulieu

Experience the illuminated magic of Palace House after dark. Running alongside their Victorian Christmas, this event takes in the giant Christmas tree then heads inside to witness falling snow, toys springing to life and a stunning candle display.

Tickets from www.beaulieu.co.uk

3 December - Petersfield Christmas Festival

From morning until dusk Petersfield celebrates with a festive market alongside Hampshire Farmers’ Market. There will be live music, a live nativity and Father Christmas too.


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