5 things to do in Hampshire this weekend

Hat Fair

Dive into a wealth of fun activities at the Hat Fair - Credit: Adrienne Photography

Hampshire has an amazing cultural scene, which means there's always plenty to see and do. We've rounded up the best things in the county to go to this weekend, so all you need to do is book the tickets, pack your car, and head down...

Ports Fest
July 2 – 4 
Where? Multiple venues
How much? Free to varying prices depending on the event
The festival is inviting audiences to Remember, Reimagine, Reset with a festival of music, art, talks, and workshops, providing something for everyone. Highlights include Art Space Portsmouth opening their 33 artists’ studios and renowned gallery, Circo Rum Ba Ba’s theatre production about protecting the seas and the planet and Duncan Sandilands’ Saturday night musical extravaganza. There are events both online and in person, so do check their website for the full line-up.

Hat Fair
July 2 – 4 
Where? North Walls Recreation Ground and Winchester School of Art Car Park
How much? North Walls Recreation Ground £6 Friday and £8 Saturday and Sunday, Winchester School of Art Car Park £5 Saturday and Sunday
Using performance, theatrics and plenty of colour, this lively outdoor arts event inspires and is inspired by the people, heritage and public spaces within the city of Winchester. The aim is to shine a light on the city, transforming the everyday into the extraordinary. Don’t worry about finding your fascinator though – the name of this event comes from the tradition of the audience putting money in the hat at the end.

The 1940s Experience
 July 3–4, 9.45am to 5pm
Where? The Isle of Wight Steam Railway
How much? Adults: £14.50, Children: £7.25, Family: £37.00 if bought online.
Be inspired by the music, dress and food of the era that changed the world by spending the day wandering through 1940s street scenes, singing along and dancing to the music of the era. Dressing up in clothes of the time is positively encouraged but if you arrive and fancy popping on something vintage, there are plenty of pop-up shops selling 1940s clothes. You can even get your hair done in pin-curls at the onsite hairdresser.

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

Children can get involved with wildlife arts and crafts at the St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery this weekend - Credit: St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

Round the Island Yacht Race Cruise
July 3, 10am to 6pm
Where? Steamship Shieldhall, Southampton
How much? Adults £52.50, Children £13.00, Family £118
Spend a leisurely day on the Solent, enjoying the spectacle of the Round the Island Yacht Race from the great viewing platform of the SS Shieldhall. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

Animal Sketchbook
July 3, 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-6pm
Where? St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery
How much? Free
Have you got a budding young artist and/or wildlife enthusiast aged 7-11? If so, this fun and fascinating workshop is a lovely way to help nurture their passion. The museum’s workshop will focus on the amazing new forest wildlife. Participants will make their own sketchbooks and will use interesting drawing techniques, collage and simple printing techniques to make images of the exciting animals in the WILD exhibition, which you can visit and enjoy while they take part.

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