What’s On in August

There’s a huge choice of events and activities in the area throughout August that everyone will enjoy. If you’re staying with us there’s plenty to choose from! If you’d rather relax at your cottage, make the most of your swim slot and simply enjoy al fresco meals with your group, taking in those amazing views 🤩

Summer Holiday Activities and the Weald & Downland Living Museum
Each week over the summer holidays the museum is putting on different activities for visitors to explore, learn and have fun! Find out more…
31st July to 1st September

Winchester Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral

Summer Family Tours at Winchester Cathedral
Join the Winchester Cathedral Learning Team for a tailored tour of Winchester Cathedral especially for children and families. Experience the Cathedral’s atmosphere, architecture and objects, hear stories about historic events and visit the famous Antony Gormley statue in the Crypt. Find out more…
1st to 31st  August

Wicked Weapons: Tudor Gun Display and Meet The Tudor Soldier at The Mary Rose
Delve into history with the ‘Meet the Tudor Soldier’ experience. Be amazed as you view full scale replica Tudor guns. Experience live gun firing demonstrations and hear the roar of gunpowder! Find out more…
3rd to 5th August

Wickham Festival 2023
The outskirts of Wickham village provides a picturesque setting for one of the most relaxed festivals of the summer. Enjoy some great live music along with a wide range of family entertainment including cartoon cinema, storytelling and a crafts tent. Plus a digital funfair, playbus, bouncy castles and children’s entertainers. Find out more…
3rd to 6th August

Giraffes at Marwell Zoo
Marwell Zoo is not far from Wallops Wood

Thursday Fun Days at Marwell Zoo
Marwell Zoo is welcoming three CBeebies favourites over the summer for Thursday Fun Days throughout the school holidays. Bluey and her little sister Bingo will be visiting the zoo on 10 August and 24 August. Hey Duggee will be visiting Marwell on 3 August and 17 August. Find out more…
3rd to 24th August

The Hundred at The Ageas Bowl
The Hundred is an action-packed, unmissable cricket competition that fuses world-class cricket with blockbuster entertainment. Combining a short, fast format of cricket, with each entertaining game lasting less than three hours, The Hundred is making cricket more accessible and reaching a broader audience. Find out more…
4th, 6th, 16th & 19th August

Beaulieu Supercar Weekend
A must-see family spectacular that brings some of the world’s most exclusive and desirable motors to Beaulieu. A perfect day out for supercar enthusiasts, providing an opportunity to get almost close enough to touch these impressive motors! Find out more…
5th & 6th August

New Forest Food Festival
New Forest Food Festival is an event for all the family. Rich in local produce, artisan foodies and makers, learn new skills, visit the craft market and explore the best of the New Forest. Find out more…
5th & 6th August

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Starlight Cinema: Aladdin at Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium
Every Sunday during the summer school holidays you can enjoy a completely unique family cinema experience. Grab a seat, sit back and relax as Aladdin plays out under the stars of the Planetarium – with kids watching for just £1! Find out more…
6th August
Toy Story – 13th August
The Lion King – 20th August
Honey I Shrunk the Kids – 27th August

Trout ‘n About Food Festival
Trout ‘n About is a thriving local food festival which takes place in the market town of Stockbridge on the first Sunday of August every year. With over 100 stalls showcasing the very best of local food, produce and crafts, it is a family friendly event attracting thousands of visitors from all around. Find out more…
6th August

Woodland Adventure Day with New Forest Activities
Hidden away in Beaulieu at New Forest Activities’ wonderful woodland activity site, you’ll enjoy an array of exciting outdoor adventures! Learn archery with one of the knowledgeable instructors, then it’s onto the ropes course for some aerial adventures up in the trees. Navigate their low rope obstacle course, or leap from the high all-aboard! Find out more…
6th, 13th, 20th & 27th August

Gilbert White's House in Selborne
Gilbert White’s House in Selborne

Nature Explorer Days & Outdoor Family Theatre at Gilbert White’s House & Gardens
A day of activities for 7–12-year-olds exploring nature in the grounds of the museum through a variety of activities including bug hunting, bird watching, art, craft, games and challenges. Find out more…
7th to 10th August
Outdoor Family Theatre: The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny
Quantum Theatre are putting on an enchanting new adaptation of two of Beatrix Potter’s best-loved Tales, The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny. Find out more…
8th August

Outdoor Theatre ‘Alice in Wonderland’ at Uppark House and Garden
In this production, full of fun and laughter, you’ll join Alice as she explores Wonderland and meets fantastical characters, from the White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat, to the Mad Hatter and the dreaded Queen of Hearts. Find out more…
8th & 9th August

Boomtown Festival
A world of unity, creativity & freedom, Boomtown is a four day festival set in the Matterley bowl in Hampshire. Boomtown fuses a diverse line-up of underground and global music with immersive art, theatre and performance coming together as a living, breathing, fictitious city. Find out more…
9th to 13th August

Steamship Shieldhall Friday August Evening Cruise to the Solent passing Queen Mary 2
Join Shieldhall’s volunteer crew on the third of three Friday evening cruises being staged during the 2023 sailing season. Get your weekend off to a relaxed start with a leisurely cruise on Southampton Water to the Solent, passing lots of marine traffic on a return trip to the north shore of the Isle of Wight. Find out more…
11th August

Queen Elizabeth Country Park
Queen Elizabeth Country Park

The South Downs Show at Queen Elizabeth Country Park
Join in the South Downs Show at Butser Hill which will be filled with awesome arena acts, entertaining attractions, dog shows, animal petting zoo, children’s rides and fun zone, country life stalls, beer tent and food with live music and much more. Find out more…
12th & 13th August

Day Out With Thomas on The Watercress Line
Peep, peep! Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at The Watercress Line. Take a train ride with Thomas, meet some of your favourite characters and join Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty & Dusty for a trainload of excitement! Find out more…
12th  to 20th August

Thomas the Tank Engine at the Watercress Line
Thomas the Tank Engine at the Watercress Line

Southsea Castle Makers Market
Southsea Castle hosts a monthly exhibition and sale of original work from local artists, designers, makers and crafters. With a selection of work on offer including paintings and prints, sculptures and jewellery, there’s something for every taste. Find out more…
13th August

Carfest South 2023
Carfest South will be returning to Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire in August which is owned by ex-racing driver and Formula 1 World Champion Jody Scheckter. Created by Chris Evans to help raise funds for UK Children’s Charities, CarFest is the largest family fundraising festival in the UK. Find out more…
25th to 27th August

Victorious Festival 2023
Victorious is a family friendly festival for music lovers, a stone’s throw from the sea. It’s a day festival located on the picturesque Southsea Seafront and takes place over August Bank Holiday Weekend. Find out more…
25th to 27th August

A summer festival
A summer festival

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