10 things to do in Hampshire this July

Foodies Festival

Learn how to make your meals taste top notch from experts at the Foodies Festival - Credit: Pageturner Photography

The sun is shining, the summer holidays are upon us, and there's plenty to see and do in Hampshire this month to soak up the rays and spend time with the family....

Distinctive Ceramics and Abstract Wall Art
July 8 – 16 
Where? Quarr Abbey, Ryde 
How much? Free entry
Isle of Wight artist Andrew Dowden, will be exhibiting his distinctive handmade sculptural ceramics and tiled panels, together with innovative mixed media wall art painted in oils. His inspiration comes from the surrounding sea and countryside, and his main area of interest is design, with shape and form and surface texture being more important than function. Andrew will also be in attendance to chat and answer any questions.

Winchester water meadows

Meander through the landscape that inspired poet John Keats - Credit: Herry Lawford/Flickr

Keats’ Water Meadows Walk 
July 11
Where? Starts at Winchester Cathedral
How much? Tickets: £20 or £16.00 for Friends of the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association
Follow in the footsteps of English Romantic poet, John Keats, through the beautiful natural habitat of the Winchester water meadows and discover the scenery that inspired Keats in writing one of his most famous poems, To Autumn. It is being organised by the Keats - Shelley Memorial Association and the South Downs Poetry, so it shall prove a thoughtful, intelligent insight into his works and thought process. 

July 15
Where? Chawton House, Alton
How much? Adult: £16, child: £10
The Lord Chamberlain's Men, the UK's premier all male theatre company invite you to join them for this outdoor theatre event. Emerging victorious and decorated in war Macbeth receives a thrilling pronouncement from three weird sisters who prophesy he will one day be King of Scotland. Overcome by ambition, Macbeth murders the king and sets in motion a terrible sequence of events. Make sure to bring a deckchair and a sunhat so you can watch the event both comfortably and in style.

Woodland Sessions
July 15 – July 17
Where? Robin Hill, Newport
How much? General admission: £35, VIP ticket: £45, after party £3
Live entertainment comes back to life at The Woodland Sessions, a brand new series of unique, intimate outdoor concerts set in Robin Hill’s natural environment. Its chilled but captivating evenings will bring you exceptional talent in the exceptional setting of Robin Hill’s gardens, woodland Amphitheatre. Take your seat and enjoy a night of comedy on Thursday, chilled acoustic music on the Friday, and a 90s party on the Saturday.

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Southern Cathedrals Festival
July 16 online 7pm, July 17 in person 11am and 3pm
Where? Winchester Cathedral
How much? Digital event free, in person free but ticket needed
The Southern Cathedrals Festival brings together the choirs of Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester, offering sacred choral and organ music performed to the very highest standard. The live streamed 40-minute concert, hosted by Aled Jones, will be available to watch on the Winchester Cathedral website, YouTube channel and Facebook page. Alongside this digital offering, two in-person services will take place at the Cathedral on Saturday.

Foodies Festival
July 16 – 18 
Where? Devils Island, Winchester
How much? Tickets: Adult day ticket price £19, weekend tcket £29, Children aged 12 and under go free when accompanied by an adult
The biggest gourmet food, drink and music festival series in the UK is back, and is set to feature MasterChef and Bake Off champions, plus chart-topping music acts. Tom Rhodes, the winner champion of MasterChef 2021 will be there, as well as Candice Brown and Peter Sawkins. The musical feast is just as sumptuous with Murder on the Dance Floor star Sophie Ellis-Bextor, platinum selling chart-toppers Scouting For Girls and more. 

Lymington Seafood Festival

Indulge in delicious food and dance the day away at the Lymington Seafood Festival - Credit: Harry Smith Photography

Lymington Seafood Festival
July 16 – 18 
Where? Bath Road Park, Lymington 
How much? Tickets: £5 entry, must be booked in advance
Bringing the finest fruits de mer and the county’s food and drink producers to the forefront, this little boutique festival is full of flavour both in taste terms and in its stage line-up. Street performers are set to dazzle with death defying stunt, Dan the Hat will bring plenty of laughs, and Bruce Airhead will rock out the town. For a weekend jam-packed with fun, this will have it in abundance. 

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Battle for Britannia 
July 17 – 18, 10am – 4pm 
Where? Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton
How much? General admission: adult £10, child 3 – 16 £6, under 3s free
The Germanic war band known as Herigeas Hundas have set their sights on the riches of Butser Ancient Farm, and they won't let anyone stand in their way! Don't miss this unique opportunity to see these terrifying raiders fall upon the Iron Age Village and Roman Villa. Enjoy fascinating living history talks from the reenactors, along with music and storytelling, and unmissable combat and archery demonstrations on throughout the weekend.

Summer Lanterns
July 27
Where? Southampton City Arts Gallery
How much? £7 per child, accompanying adult free, must be booked in advance
Round up your little ones and help get them creative while at the same time learning the importance of being sustainable. With the help of the gallery they will learn how to turn glass jars into lovely summer lanterns that you can decorate your home or garden with. A variety of materials will be on hand, so they can personalise it how they like. Glass takes one million years to decompose, so by upcycling the jars they gain a new lease of life in a beautiful way.


See artworks great and small at Beaulieu's Sculptures exhibition - Credit: Beaulieu

Until August 30
Where? Beaulieu, New Forest
How much? Tickets: Adult: £21.50, Senior: £20.50, Child: £10.00, Family: £55
This stunning event features a unique collection of works by over 55 renowned sculptors, including Dawn Rowland, Frederic Chevarin and Helen Sinclair. Each piece has been carefully selected to take full advantage of their unique backdrop; from the atmospheric ruins of Beaulieu Abbey to the serene beauty of the Victorian Flower Garden and the intimate setting of Palace House. Covering a diverse range of mediums, the exhibition provides something to suit all tastes.

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