What's on, when it's on, in Hampshire
The rolling chalk downs and lush agricultural valleys that have inspired so much great English literature still loom large over the county of Hampshire and still attract hikers and bikers, walkers and tourists to the region to this day. But Hampshire offers so much more than its downs, from the stunning cathedral city of Winchester to the world famous woodlands and heaths of the ancient New Forest. Sat on the south coast, Hampshire is also famous as being the birthplace of the Royal Navy and the maritime history of Portsmouth and Southampton is also one of the highlights of the region.
Indeed history is everywhere across the county, Hampshire having been attracting visitors to its chalk down lands since before the Neolithic era (as evidenced by the numerous forts such as the one at Winklebury.) It has also been invaded by the Romans, the Jutes, the Saxons and the Normans. After the Norman conquest the county became popular with the Norman Kings who declared the New Forest a hunting forest. From the 12th century onwards the ports grew in importance and fishing and shipbuilding joined the already established wool and cloth trades as the chief economies of the county. As such there are hundreds of historic sites to visit, particularly the castles and forts constructed over the centuries to defend the Solent region. These include the Roman built Portchester Castle, watching over Portsmouth harbor, and forts built by Henry VIII such as Netley Castle, Calshot Castle, and Hurst Castle at the mouth of the Solent. Other historic sites include Southampton docks, which have welcomed ships from the Mayflower to the Titanic, and the Royal Navy Harbour at Portsmouth.
Ultimately though, people come to Hampshire for the incredible variety of attractions and scenery, from the seaside resorts, the national parks of the South Downs and the New Forest, the wonderful motor museum at Beaulieu, and the stunning cathedral at Winchester. From Southsea Castle to the Isle of Wight, Hampshire has simply too much to see!
Days out and Attractions
Discover museums, art galleries, historic houses, castles, attractions, theme parks and much more in and around Hampshire to keep families entertained whatever the British weather.
Events in Hampshire
From world-class live music, festivals and exhibitions to shows, sports events and gigs, Hampshire has it all.
Use the list of event categories below to find events to suit your mood, as well as your pocket!
Britain's rudest place names
Are you proud of the name of your hometown or does it leave you a little red-faced? The rest of the world has place names that may cause raised eyebrows - such as the coastal town of Dildo in Canada - but Britain has a wealth of rude place names that often go unnoticed. Here's a roundup of ten of the most indecent place names to be found in Britain today.
Forthcoming Events Diary
|Jools HollandJulian Miles Holland (OBE, DL) was founder member of the band 'Squeeze' but began his solo career as a pianist, singer, composer and band leader in the late 70s. In 1978 he co-hosted 'The Tube' with Paula Yates and is no…||21 Dec 2013Portsmouth GuildhallPortsmouthMiscellaneous|
|Lamb of GodThe heavy metal sounds of Lamb of God was born in Richmond Virgina in 1994. The band consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarist Mark Morton and Willie Adler, master of the bass John Campbell and hard hitting drummer Ch…||12 Jan 2014Southampton GuildhallSouthamptonMiscellaneous|
|James ArthurAfter winning X Factor 2012, James went on to score the biggest selling X Factor single of all time with the BRIT Award nominated ‘Impossible’ and has recorded a stunning debut record writing and collaborating with s…||14 Jan 2014Portsmouth GuildhallPortsmouthMiscellaneous|
|Paul CarrackEnglish singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist 'Paul Carrack' has seen major music success as a band member and solo performer since the 1970s. Playing with 'Ace', 'Roxy Music' 'Squeeze', 'Mike and the Mechanics' he…||5 Feb 2014AnvilBasingstokeMiscellaneous|
|TurisasTurisas appears live in Southampton, Hampshire at Talking Heads on Saturday, 22 February 2014. For ticket prices to watch Turisas at Talking Heads, see the list of tickets available for Turisas.…||22 Feb 2014Talking HeadsSouthamptonMiscellaneous|
|Miranda HartMiranda Hart will be performing live Theatre Tickets Comedy at Bournemouth International Centre and Pavilion on the Friday, 28 February 2014 in Bournemouth, Hampshire. Buy tickets for Miranda Hart online.…||28 Feb 2014Bournemouth International Centre and PavilionBournemouthTheatre & Performing Arts|
|Russell BrandMessiah Complex is a mental disorder where the sufferer thinks they might be the messiah. Did Jesus have it? What about Che Guevara, Gandhi, Malcolm X and Hitler? All these men have shaped our lives and influenced the w…||28 Feb 2014Portsmouth GuildhallPortsmouthMiscellaneous|
|SoulflySoulfly appears live in Southampton, Hampshire at Talking Heads on Monday, 03 March 2014. For ticket prices to watch Soulfly at Talking Heads, see the list of tickets available for Soulfly.…||3 Mar 2014Talking HeadsSouthamptonMiscellaneous|
|Close to YouClose To You takes it name from the legendary 1956 Sinatra album of the same title. Exquisitely arranged by Nelson Riddle, Close To You presented Sinatra a particularly intimate setting of popular song accompanied by …||5 Mar 2014The Concorde ClubEastleighMusic/Gigs/Concerts|
|Maximo ParkMaximo Park is an alternative rock band signed under Warp Records. They named their band after the Maximo Gomez Park, located in Miami, Florida. The group has released four albums so far, with their latest album The Nati…||6 Mar 2014Portsmouth PyramidsPortsmouthMiscellaneous|
|CarmenCarmen at Portsmouth Guildhall live on Sunday, 09 March 2014 in Portsmouth, Hampshire. For tickets to see Carmen at Portsmouth Guildhall, see the list of ticket prices.…||9 Mar 2014Portsmouth GuildhallPortsmouthMiscellaneous|
|The AnswerThe Answer appears live in Southampton, Hampshire at The Brook on Monday, 10 March 2014. For ticket prices to watch The Answer at The Brook, see the list of tickets available for The Answer.…||10 Mar 2014The BrookSouthamptonMiscellaneous|