8 of the best music festivals in Hampshire this summer
PUBLISHED: 10:33 03 August 2018
Festival lovers, rejoice. The 2018 season is finally upon us. We round-up some of the best to visit this summer
The Winchester Festival - 6-14 July
One of the oldest festivals in Winchester returns for its 21st year with a week-long celebration of the arts, featuring music, talks, drama, visual arts and guided walks in venues across the city. Bake-off lovers won’t want to miss Mary Berry in conversation with Kirsty Wark – about her life and career as one of the country’s best-loved cookery writers and TV presenters at the Winchester Guildhall. Other talks include Jeremy Paxman, Chris Packham and Paddy Ashdown. Plus a plethora of music and choirs – including Winchester Camerata and a drama performance by 2TimeTheatre titled: ‘An Honest Soldier’ at Winchester Cathedral.
Ticket price: £20.00 adults, £5.00 children, under 5s free
B Love, Basingstoke - 7-8 July
Back with a new name, Basingstoke’s B LOVE two-day festival takes over the War Memorial this summer. Headliners, DJ & Record Producer Wilkinson are on the main stage on Saturday night. Whilst Reef top the bill on Sunday, with 90s classics including ‘Place Your Hand’, as well as new songs from their first studio album in 17 years!
Ticket price: Weekend tickets - £15.00 adults, 13-17 year olds - £3.00 (plus booking fees) and under 12s free.
Tylney Hall Garden Party, Rotherwick - 15 July
Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and head to Tylney Hall Hotel for a family-friendly day dancing on the lawn, overlooking the beautiful boathouse lake. Grown-ups can kick off their shoes and sip champagne or jugs of Pimms; feast on strawberries and cream and enjoy the sound of Salisbury Big Swing Band as it fills the natural amphitheatre. Picnic hampers are available to pre-order and there’ll be tempting hot food stalls and pop-up bars. Children will be entertained by Dali Ballooni and his balloon magic, Little Tops with their boutique festival kids section and giant outdoor games. A quintessentially English affair set in 66-acres of manicured gardens.
Ticket price: £20.00 - adults, £5.00 - children, under 5s free.
Curious Arts Festival, Pylewell Park - 20-22 July
This eclectic, very-English, boutique fest returns with a stellar line up of live music, comedy and prize winning novelists. Plus, a uniquely engaging programme for children and all in the stunning Solent-side setting of privately owned Pylewell Park, in the heart of the New Forest. Highlights include: singer songwriter John Newman, comedian Al Murray and an array of lively literary chat. Expect cocktail masterclasses, secret midnight bat walks and snail racing, alongside a pop-up choir and even a game of cricket! Dogs on leads are welcome. Camping is free.
Ticket price: Full price weekend tickets are £128, with children aged 5 and over at just £23. Children under 5 are free. Family tickets are £279.
Wickham Festival - 2-5 August
Wickham Festival will be taking festival-goers on a trip down memory lane with headliners Squeeze, whose signature song: Cool for Cats was released in 1979! British Folk Rock Legend, Richard Thompson Electric Trio will also be headlining. Located in the rural village of Wickham, this four-day fest is relaxed and perfect for families.
Ticket price: Adult day tickets from £35.00
BoomTown Fair, Matterley Estate - 9-12 August
Boomtown is back! Transforming a beautiful valley at the Matterley Estate, near Winchester, into a sprawling metropolis. With room for 60,000 folk - this is the biggest immersive music and theatrical festival in the world - made up of 14 distinct areas, which includes: three mega stage line-ups, 27 main stages and 80 smaller street venues.
Ticket price: Adult weekend ticket - £243.50, children under 12 go free.
Victorious Festival, Southsea - 24-26 August
What to expect: This bank holiday seaside shindig returns to Southsea Common, with another epic line-up – including the god-fathers’ of rave: The Prodigy as the Sunday headliners. And while the parents’ are transported back to the 90s, kids can enjoy a visit from CBeebies favourite – Mr Bloom, Peppa Pig and her dinosaur-loving brother and Chase & Sky from Paw Patrol. The Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs, Paul Wellar, Paloma Faith, Brian Wilson and Friendly Fires also top the bill.
Ticket price: Adults from £33.00, 5-12 years from £8.80 and under 5s £1.10
Graze, Twyford - 26 August
What to expect: Twyford’s home-grown fest returns for its fourth year with a delicious mix of music and fine food. Bringing the eclectic festival to its climax will be From the Jam, comprised of legendary former ‘The Jam’ bassist Bruce Foxton, vocalist and guitarist Russell Hastings, drummer Mike Randon, and Andy Fairclough on Hammond and piano. Neville Staple of The Specials will bring a dance extravaganza with hits such as Ghost Town, Rat Race and A Message To You. What’s more, this family-friendly fest raises money for great local groups and charities.
Ticket price: Adults - £35.00, Young Person (13 – 17 years) - £20.00, Child (6 – 12 years) £12.50, Under 5s free