What’s On in May

There’s plenty to entertain everyone throughout May. Enjoy the great outdoors with a walking festival, gardens in bloom and nature days. If you’re more of a foodie, visit the farmers markets and local food festivals. In between, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings at Wallops Wood with local walks from the doorstep, swims in our indoor pool or just taking in the wonderful views from the hot tub 🌷

Alton Walking Festival
Alton has an incredible history and many interesting places to visit, and is a gateway to the South Downs National Park. Join the Walking Festival throughout May, discover some of the beautiful local walks and take in the amazing scenery. Find out more…
1st to 31st May

May at the Weald & Downland Living Museum
Explore the Museum and find demonstrations and activities varying daily, much like the seasonal activities that would have taken place in the times of the people who lived and worked in the historic buildings. The museum’s interpretation team are showcasing different aspects of the Museum collection each day. Find out more…
1st to 31st May
Half Term Activities
27th to 31st May

Weald & Downland Living Museum
Explore the beautiful 40 acre site at the Weald & Downland Living Museum

Rhododendrons and Azaleas at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway
During May, Exbury’s seasonal focus is on their world famous collection of rhododendrons and azaleas. The tours are limited to 30 places so make sure you book in advance! Find out more…
2nd to 11th May

BBC Gardeners’ World Fair Spring at Beaulieu
Inspire your gardening year by joining the Gardeners World Spring Fair. Set in the beautiful grounds of Beaulieu, the Fair includes Beautiful Borders and The Hillier Experience packed with planting ideas, and stunning floral displays from top nurseries. Find out more…
3rd to 5th May

Hamble Spring Market
At this special Hampshire Farmers’ Market you’ll find a variety of fresh local produce. Including locally grown vegetables, free range local meat, fish, jams and chutneys, plants, wine, gin and beer, cakes, bread and more! Find out more…
4th May
Hampshire Farmers Markets
Visit one of the Hampshire farmers markets this month for local produce and some amazing locally made food. 
4th May – Alresford
5th May – Petersfield
11th May – Alton
12th & 26th May – Winchester
18th May– Emsworth
19th May – Southsea

Fresh bread at a food market
Purchase delicious market produce from local artisans

Chilli & Gin Festival, Fort Purbrook, Portsmouth
The UK’s only chilli and gin festival is back! Taste delicious gins, fiery chillies and plenty of entertainment over the two-day event. With live music, including dance and indie bands, plus chilli-eating competitions, cocktail masterclasses, axe throwing, children’s face painting, chilli tasting, gin samples and more. Find out more…
4th & 5th May

Love Southsea Market
Visit Southsea market for an array of traders selling locally produced, handmade and vintage goods including vintage clothing, candles, art, gorgeous gifts, homewares, jewellery, and more. Find out more…
4th & 5th May, 18th May

Dogs Day Out, nr Alton
The popular dogs’ day out returns! Watch displays of Agility, Flyball and Heelwork to Music. Take part yourself in a fun dog show – free to enter for all ticket holders. Plus shop the stalls and enjoy delicious food and drink all day. Find out more…
11th & 12th May

Winchester Cathedral © 921563, Pixabay
Visit historic Winchester Cathedral (© 921563, Pixabay)

Saxon Winchester Guided Walking Tour
A walk to discover Winchester’s important role in Saxon history. The tour includes locations in the city centre that had significance in Saxon times, concentrating mainly on late Saxon: King Alfred to 1066, plus the flourishing of art in Winchester, Viking and Norman influences and the important monasteries of the time. Find out more...
11th May

Mysteries & Mayhem at Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium
Calling all science spies and curious kids. Find out where your curiosity will take you at Winchester Science Centre. Join the Science Spy School live show and help use light to uncover the secrets contained in the mystery safe. Put your forensic skills to the test in an indoor and outdoor Hide and Seek activity trail. Find out more…
11th May to 3rd June

How to Train Your Dinosaur!, Novium, Chichester
Join in for a fun-filled theatrical Dinosaur show, full of slapstick mischief, educational entertainment and lots of magical moments! Guaranteed fun for all ages, get up close to realistic dinosaurs, and cute baby dinos! Find out more…
11th May

Nature Day 2024 at Gilbert White’s House and Gardens
A Family Fun day where you will find nature and conservation organisations offering family friendly activities, crafts and workshops. Admission includes access to the house and gardens. Find out more...
12th May

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

Chawton Guided Village Walk: Jane Austen’s House
This fun, relaxed guided walk will take you back in time, to discover the village Jane Austen knew and loved. Walk in Jane’s footsteps and learn about her love of nature, the houses, and the importance of village life in shaping her writing. Find out more…
18th May

Daytime Vineyard Tours at The Grange Vineyard
Join the vineyard tour where you will be taken around the vines and have an opportunity to taste the award-winning wines the vineyard produces afterwards. There are daytime tours and evening tours. Find out more…
18th May
Canape Evening Tours
23rd May

Alresford Watercress Festival 2024
The Watercress Festival has it all. Find street markets, food & drink stalls, cookery demonstrations with world class chefs, the Hampshire Farmers Market, plus a ‘Kids Zone’ featuring Falcon Displays and Circus Skills. Find out more…
19th May

A box of watercress
Freshly picked local watercress ready for market

The Big Eat at Royal Victoria Country Park
A three day food festival at Royal Victoria Country Park near Southampton. With free entry, the event showcases the best food and drink in Hampshire as well as lots of entertainment onsite including live music. Find out more…
25th to 27th May

Day Out With Thomas at The Watercress Line
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…
25th May to 2nd June

Mayfest at The Brickworks Museum
Family fun at the Brickworks Museum returns with Mayfest – a celebration of spring. Featuring a fun dog show and children’s activities, this is a great day out for all the family. Inside, the Brickworks’ machinery will be under steam and the miniature railway will be giving rides around the track. Find out more…
26th May

Ranger School at Sky Park Farm
Step into the world of wildlife and embark on a ‘Hands-On’ adventure with the deer! Join a team of Rangers to connect with nature and deepen your understanding of the majestic deer population. Book your spot now and prepare for an exciting day filled with wildlife wonders! For children 5-12 years old. Find out more…
28th May

Herd of deer at Sky Park Farm
Meet the deer at Sky Park Farm