What’s On in May

With spring well and truly sprung, May is a wonderful time to get out and make the most of the longer days. There’s plenty on as usual, plus with the Coronation bank holiday, lots to keep the family entertained. 

Spring Steam Gala at the Watercress Line
Enjoy a ‘steam’ packed three-day Spring Steam Gala with visiting locomotive 4079 ‘Pendennis Castle’. It’s a chance to see and ride behind this special guest engine and the home-fleet locomotives. Explore all four heritage stations along the 10 mile line, enjoy crane demonstrations, driver experiences, behind the scenes tours, brake van rides and more. Find out more…
29th April to 1st May

Alton Walking Festival
Alton’s walking festival has grown in popularity and we have what promises to be a great festival to get out and about in the area. There will be a variety of walks of different lengths offering something for all. Details on the website. Booking essential. Find out more…
1st to 31st May

A walk in the country with the dog
Enjoy walking in the beautiful countryside

Coronation Celebrations at Winchester Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral will host a majestic service of thanksgiving and celebration to mark the coronation of King Charles III. For this joyful occasion, the cathedral will be transformed with greenery, shrubs and trees, a nod to King Charles III’s love for nature. The air will be filled with triumphant music from a 200 strong youth choir. Find out more…
5th to 8th May

Celebrate the King’s Coronation at The Mary Rose
Be a King or Queen for the day at The Mary Rose Museum! Celebrate the King’s Coronation in style with fun activities across Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Visit the pop-up Selfie Station and dress up as a monarch! Create your own coronation photo with our fun props like crowns, flags and costumes! Find out more…
6th to 8th May

Love Southsea Market
There’s everything from delicious street food to gorgeous gifts, homewares, handcrafted jewellery, vintage traders, art, and so much more. Find out more…
6th & 7th May

Soap at a craft market
Soap at a craft market

A Royal Celebration on the Watercress Line
To celebration the Coronation of King Charles III, join The Watercress Line and Alresford town for a splendid afternoon of music, entertainment, fun and celebration. Find out more…
7th May 

South Downs Green Fair at the Sustainability Centre
The Green Fair offers plenty of activities for all. Circus skills, bushcraft demonstrations and outdoor cooking along with a wide variety of free children’s activities. With local food and drink stalls offering Fairtrade and organic wares it’s a great family day out. Find out more…
7th May

Ben Fogle – Wild at the Kings Theatre, Portsmouth
Ben Fogle’s show Wild brings to life on stage some fascinating stories of hope, possibility, and positivity. From his extraordinary encounters with the human and natural world; from the wilderness of Northern Sweden to the jungles of Honduras; Ben will take you on a journey with inspiring and uplifting tales that will leave you enchanted, enlightened, and entertained. Find out more…
11th May

Mysteries & Mayhem at Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium
As well as all the usual Science Centre fun, there’ll be plenty on offer to excite all ages: two floors of exciting hands-on exhibits, free live science show, chemistry Crime Squad, huge demos in Science Live, nature adventures in Bio:Space. Find out more…
13th May to 5th June

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

Nature Day at Gilbert White’s House
Throughout the day there will be a range of activities led by environmental experts, from pond dipping, to bug hunting to bird spotting walks. Nature and conservation groups from across the area will help visitors connect with nature. Each stallholder brings an exciting activities to the event, enabling children to collect stamps as they explore the stallholder trail. Find out more…
14th May

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…
14th May

Southsea Castle
Southsea Castle

Historic Garden Tour with Chawton House’s Head Gardener
Join Chawton House’s Head Gardener Julia for a guided tour of the Chawton House Gardens and learn about their fascinating history. Explore the gardens and admire the stunning display spring flowers as you learn about the adaptations the Knight family made to the grounds over the centuries. Find out more…
19th May

Goodwoof at Goodwood House
With world-class competitions, trials, demonstrations and workshops, there’s something for everyone – including four-legged friends! Elsewhere, highlights include Barkitecture – a one-of-a-kind design competition – with top architects turning their talents to kennels. A superb day out for dog lovers. Find out more…
20th & 21st May

Portsmouth Gin & Chilli Festival
The Portsmouth Chilli and Gin Festival heads to Fort Purbrook for a two-day celebration of food and drink. There will be lots of stalls on offer for you to try a whole host of sauces, chutneys, jams, gin and much more. Plus, free entertainment throughout the event. Find out more…
20th & 21st May

The Alresford Watercress Festival
The Alresford Watercress Festival is a fun day out for the family with watercress tasting, cookery demonstrations, song and dance. Find out more…
21st May

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

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…
27th May to 4th June

Half Term Activities at the Weald & Downland Living Museum
Get buzzy this May half term and learn all about bees and why we need them. With hands on activities, you can explore the 40 acre site and follow the Busy Bees Trail around the historic gardens. Whether you are 5 or 95 there is something for everyone to enjoy. Find out more…
27th May to 4th June

Starlight Cinema – E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial at Winchester Science Centre
Are you ready for a completely unique cinema experience? Grab a seat, sit back and relax as one of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, plays out under the stars of the Planetarium. Find out more…
28th May

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

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