What’s On in July

The school holidays are just around the corner, and for those of you getting away to our quiet corner of Hampshire, there’s plenty going on that everyone will enjoy. Don’t forget to make the most of free days out and enjoy the surrounding countryside and local beaches. 

Hampshire Food Festival
Wander through vines, explore the lavender fields, tour breweries and get hands on in the kitchen. All this and more is happening across the county as part of July’s month-long Hampshire Food Festival organised by local food group, Hampshire Fare. Find out more…
1st to 31st July

Fresh bread at a food market
Fresh bread at a food market

Chapterhouse Theatre Company- Sense and Sensibility at Chawton House
Welcome to 1810 as Chapterhouse Theatre Company invites you to take a step back in time, and lose yourself in this magical story of romance, recklessness and restraint. Find out more…
1st July

Love Southsea Market
A monthly street market held in Southsea with everything from delicious street food to gorgeous gifts, homewares, handcrafted jewellery, vintage traders, art, and much more. Find out more…
1st & 2nd July

The Repair Shop: Open Days – Weald & Downland Living Museum
With the skilled experts and crew now back and busy filming at the Museum, on selected weekends when they are not filming, the Museum offers visitors the chance to take a sneak peek inside Court Barn and explore where the magic happens. Find out more…
1st & 2nd July and 15th & 16th July

Weald & Downland Living Museum
Weald & Downland Living Museum

Family Fun Day at Fort Purbrook
Visitors of all ages will be able to experience many of the site’s activities including pony rides and entertaining arena displays. Or, just pull up a hay bale and soak up the heritage with something from the BBQ or refreshment tent. There will also be an opportunity to understand more about the heritage of this Palmerston Fort by joining a mini tour of the tunnels. Find out more…
2nd July

The Mikado at Theatre Royal Winchester
Regan De Wynter Williams Productions present The Mikado. In true topsy-turvy fashion, Gilbert and Sullivan’s inherent humour and timeless tunefulness are married with Regan’s wicked sense of fun. This vibrant production successfully pokes playful fun at British politics and institutions. Find out more…
3rd to 8th July

Romsey Festival 2023 – Gala Picnic Concert at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Bring your chairs, picnic and champagne to enjoy the renowned Southampton Concert Orchestra at the Romsey Festivals Gala Concert featuring music from Elgar, Parry, Coates, Tchaikovsky, John Williams and many more. Find out more…
8th July

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Fiesta – mini outdoor children’s festival at Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium
Get the summer started with a bang at Fiesta, an exciting festival of curiosity! As well as all the usual Science Centre fun, there’s lots to excite the whole family. Enjoy festival tents, mini stages and live science all set against the backdrop of the South Downs National Park. Find out more…
8th July to 3rd September

Let’s Rock Southampton 2023
With a fabulous line-up of artists to bring you the very best of the 80s, and an action packed day of general 80s madness, there is plenty for everyone at this Family Friendly Festival! Find out more…
8th July

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…
9th July

Southsea Castle
Southsea Castle

Lymington Seafood Festival
Every summer Lymington comes alive when it hosts the award-winning seafood festival adjacent to the town’s marinas for a long weekend of seafood and music. Find out more…
14th to 16th July

Dress Up Day: Jane Austen’s House
Join Jane Austen’s House for the popular annual Dress Up Day. It’s the perfect excuse to break out your Regency regalia and pose, picnic or promenade and experience the House in a different way. If you don’t have a Regency dress of your own, there’ll be lots available for you to try on! Find out more…
15th July

‘The Wind in the Willows’ with Quantum Theatre at Hinton Ampner House and Garden
Join Mole, Ratty and Badger at Hinton Ampner on their mad-cap adventures in this heart-warming tale of friendship, mishap and mayhem in Quantum Theatre’s adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s family favourite. Find out more…
15th & 21st July

Gardens at Hinton Ampner
Gardens at Hinton Ampner

Southsea Food Festival
The annual Southsea Food Festival is back for 2023! Portsmouth’s ultimate family foodie event returns with stalls from some of the best food and drink producers in the area. Find out more…
15th & 16th July

Gilbert White’s Birthday Celebration at Gilbert White’s House & Gardens
Every year the museum celebrates Gilbert White’s birthday with a day of free admission to the museum as well as some added bonuses! Find out more…
16th July

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

Petersfield Shakespeare Festival – Twelfth Night at Wylds Farm
Join this family-friendly festival in the beautiful surroundings of Wylds Farm. Start the evening with street food or a picnic and live music at the Bottoms Up Bar, before taking your seats for one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, Twelfth Night. Find out more…
18th to 23rd July

Bird of Prey Walk and Breakfast at Chawton House
Join Hampshire Hawk Walks for a Bird of Prey walk around Chawton estate. Stroll through the parkland, see native wildlife and watch a Harris Hawk flying through the trees. Afterwards, relax in the historic setting of Chawton House’s Old Kitchen and enjoy a delicious English Breakfast with a tea or coffee. Find out more…
20th July

Vineyards of Hampshire Fizz Fest
Take the opportunity to taste over 20 Hampshire sparkling and still wines hearing first hand from the winemakers and vineyard owners. Visitors can enjoy live music, delicious food from Hampshire street food stalls, as well as the opportunity to book vineyard tours and masterclasses. Held at Hambledon Vineyard, just up the road from Wallops Wood! Find out more…
23rd July

Hambledon Vineyards
Hambledon Vineyard is close to Wallops Wood

Steamship Shieldhall Steam to the Solent Cruise
Steam down Southampton Water to the Solent, passing the cruise ships Arvia, Queen Victoria and Seven Seas Navigator in berth, and on your return see a number of cruise ships depart – always the chance to sound the whistle and play the ‘Shieldhall Organ’! Find out more…
23rd July

New Forest & Hampshire County Show
Taking place in Brockenhurst, the New Forest Show offers visitors 30 acres of showground for the whole family to explore. Showcasing the very best of the New Forest and Hampshire, the Show brings together livestock and equine competitors, local producers, delicious locally produced food and drink and an exciting timetable of main ring attractions. Find out more…
25th to 27th July

Starlight Cinema: Shrek at Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium
Are you ready for the Starlight Cinema summer special? Every Sunday during the summer school holidays come and enjoy a completely unique family cinema experience. Grab a seat, sit back and relax as Shrek plays out under the stars of the Planetarium – with kids watching for just £1! Find out more…
30th July

Weave A Willow Foraging Basket at Gilbert White’s House & Gardens
Using sustainably sourced willow, follow expert weaver Louise Arthur as she shows you how to make a beautiful bowl-shaped basket with a willow or hazel handle filled with willow weaving rods. You’ll learn techniques to make and keep your own basket perfect for fruit, eggs, or vegetables, in this day long workshop! Find out more…
31st July

View from Sundew garden across the meadow and towards the surrounding countryside of the beautiful Meon Valley in Hampshire
Stunning countryside view at Wallops Wood cottages