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Welcome to Portswood

Enjoy a mix of heritage, history, lively arts whilst visiting Portswood - our guide to events and days out is just the ticket.

Whether you're looking to brush up on local history at a museum, enjoy local arts, watch some sport, or listen to live music, you're sure to find things to do in Portswood to suit all the family, whatever the weather.

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Forthcoming events in Portswood

26
MAY
EXHIBITION: Visions & Dimensions
Quarr Abbey Art Gallery

Isle of Wight ceramic artist Andrew Dowden will be exhibiting at Quarr Abbey Art Gallery with Wootton‐based artist Jeanne Mills‐Holland. This will be their sixth exhibition together at Quarr Abbey.A carpenter for twenty years ANDREW DOWDEN was inspired to take up ceramics…

Location: 15.5 miles away
Category: Exhibitions

TEL: 01983 867505
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27
MAY
Laughter Live! Comedy Club
Ferneham Hall

Another fantastic night of comedy on 27th May hosted as always by your award‐winning compere James Alderson.Opening the show is Jo Caulfield as seen on Have I got News For You Mock The Week Never Mind The Buzzcocks Michael McIntyres Comedy Roadshow…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01329 231942
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27
MAY
Adam Ant
Portsmouth Guildhall

In a career spanning more than 35 years Adam Ant has had ten top 10 singles with his band Adam and the Ants and also as a solo artist with 3 reaching the number 1…

Location: 15.6 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

28
MAY
Half-Term Holiday Fun
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

Join us at Beaulieu over the May Half Term for Giant Games & Super‐Sized Scalextric plus medieval activities from Tuesday 31 MayGiant Games: Challenge your family throughout the half‐term holiday: race to the top of the leader board on our giant…

Location: 7.5 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01590 612345
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29
MAY
Truckmania
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

Stand amongst the giants of motoring and enjoy a day of all things truckingMarvel at the Monster Truck displays test your strength in the Tug a Truck challenge try out your driving skills in the Mini Truck arena and much more... with…

Location: 7.5 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01590 612888
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02
JUN
Noises Off
The Nuffield Theatre

Thats what its all about. Doors and sardines. Getting on getting off. Getting the sardines on getting the sardines off. Thats theatre. This irresistible unruly comedy serves up a glimpse in to the onstage and offstage antics of a touring…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 02380 671771
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05
JUN
Simply Porsche
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

Come to Beaulieu in your Porsche on Sunday 5 June and become part of the fourth Simply Porsche a gathering of Porsche cars of all shapes and sizes. Join other Porsche enthusiasts and show off your pride and joy. All models…

Location: 7.5 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01590 612888
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10
JUN
Thank ABBA For The Music
Portsmouth Guildhall

Grab your platforms and flares for a journey back in time to when ABBA dominated the charts and ruled the airwaves. New for 2016‐2017 and featuring all of ABBAs greatest and most memorable hits Thank ABBA For The Music is the…

Location: 15.6 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 08448 472362
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10
JUN
Rod Stewart
The Ageas Bowl

One of the most successful recording artists of all time Rod Stewart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame way back in 1994. Awarded a CBE for services to music he…

Location: 2.9 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

12
JUN
Country Fair
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

One of our most popular days. We turn the old factory into the countryside for the day well as best we can Come and see the museum itself and then add animals crafts displays and more.The Trains Trust will be running…

Location: 5.4 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01489 576248
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18
JUN
Simply Classics & Sports Car
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

The sixth Beaulieu Simply Classics & Sport Car event will take place on Saturday 18 June 2016 and promises to be a great day out for all motoring enthusiasts. With hundreds of vehicles on display owners of classic vehicles dated pre 1990…

Location: 7.5 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01590 612888
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19
JUN
Hot Rod and Custom Drive-In Day
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

Bring the family down to Beaulieu for Fathers Day 2016 to enjoy a colourful display of hundreds of custom cars and motorcycles. With live music and entertainment there will be something for all the family to enjoy. PLUS: Back for 2016 the…

Location: 7.5 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01590 612888
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21
JUN
Winchester Original Ghost Walk
Royal Oak

Get ready to discover the ghosts of Winchester in this Ultimate Ghost Walk Experience Our guides will take you on a journey around the citys historic streets sharing its many secrets with you. Youll hear about the bloody plots of treason horrific…

Location: 10.1 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 07516 103947
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24
JUN
Spinnaker Tower Comedy Club
Spinnaker Tower

Award winning comedian James Alderson once again introduces three more brilliant comedians to the Spinnaker Tower stage.Local comedian James Alderson introduces 3 more brilliant acts from the best in the world to bring another amazing night of comedy including a trip up…

Location: 15.1 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 07736 326326
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26
JUN
Simply VW
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

Come to Beaulieu in your VW and become part of the second Simply VW rally. All models are welcome and visitors will have the choice to vote for their favourite in the Peoples Choice Award the winner will receive a Beaulieu…

Location: 7.5 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01590 612888
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28
JUN
The Gruffalo's Child
The Nuffield Theatre

Wed 29th Jun to Sun 3rd July‐ 10:30amTall Stories return bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Schefflers award‐winning sequel to life in this magical musical stage adaptation.All adults must be accompanied by a responsible childSuitable for ages 3…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 02380 671771
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29
JUN
Southampton Ghost Walk
Outside Tudor House

Southampton gets spooky as Supernatural Tours joins forces with SEE Southampton Two of Southamptons tour companies are set to join forces in 2016 to bring an all new ghost walk to the city. Scream in Southampton with our interactive Southampton Ghost Walk.…

Location: 1.8 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 07516 103947
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01
JUL
Sarah Millican
Portsmouth Guildhall

Sarah Millican is a successful English stand‐up comedienne from South Shields. Her profile on the comedy scene first increased after winning the if.comedy award in 2008 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She is now…

Location: 15.6 miles away
Category: Miscellaneous

05
JUL
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk
The Nuffield Theatre

Perhaps youve seen them floating over a Russian village Or perhaps youve seen her toppling forward arms full of wild flowers as he arches above her head and steals a kissMeet Marc and Bella Chagall The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk Partners in…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 02380 671771
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05
JUL
England vs Sri Lanka NatWest IT20
The Ageas Bowl

England vs Sri Lanka NatWest IT20 at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday 05 July 2016. We love live events and we know you love them too. Thats why weve created a ticket price comparison service that compares tickets from…

Location: 2.9 miles away
Category: Sports

10
JUL
Music @ The Brickworks
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

A day of music ranging from jazz to Elvis. Why not come along and see the museum all steamed up and working and then join us for a relaxing time listening to the talented people who live in our area.The Trains Trust…

Location: 5.4 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01489 576248
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10
JUL
Simply Bikes
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

Enjoy a ride through the beautiful New Forest and join us for the popular Simply Bikes rally. All bikes are welcome and visitors will have the choice to vote for their favourite in the Peoples Choice Award the winner will receive…

Location: 7.5 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01590 612888
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18
JUL
Edinburgh Preview Comedy Shows
Spinnaker Tower

Once again Spinnaker Tower Comedy Club is bringing you 3 wonderful nights of top flight show previews before some of the best comedians in the country take their solo shows to the Edinburgh Festival this SummerAll hosted by local award winning comedian…

Location: 15.1 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 07736 326326
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31
JUL
Simply Japanese
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

Come to Beaulieu in your Japanese vehicle on Sunday 31 July and become part of Simply Japanese a gathering of Japanese vehicles of all shapes and sizes. All models are welcome and visitors will have the choice to vote for their…

Location: 7.5 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01590 612888
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03
AUG
Artists in August Exhibition
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

Exhibition of recent work by Southampton University Art graduates. Five artists ‐ Five styles. In addition there will be a varied programme of activities for children inspired by the exhibition. Exhibition and activities are included in the price of museum visit.PLEASE NOTE:…

Location: 5.4 miles away
Category: Exhibitions

TEL: 01489 576248
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07
AUG
Family Days @ The Brickworks!
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

Over the August holidays we are going to be running all kinds of art activities for children. Lots of making going on. This is part of the ordinary museum visit and if you buy a ticket once then you can come for…

Location: 5.4 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01489 576248
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10
AUG
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Osborne House and Gardens

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Shakespeares best‐loved romantic comedy. Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star‐crossed lovers playful fairies and hilarious travelling players.Beautifully designed Elizabethan costumes a wonderful new musical score and…

Location: 13 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 03703 331183
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14
AUG
Vehicles through the ages
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

Steam‐up Sunday again and this time there will be all kinds of vehicles on site to make the visit even more interesting. We will be all steamed up and the machinery working. The Trains Trust will be running their trains subject to…

Location: 5.4 miles away
Category: Historic/Heritage

TEL: 01489 576248
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21
AUG
Supercar Showdown
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

See the worlds most prestigious supercars unleash their horsepower through the grounds of Beaulieu in the ever‐popular Supercar Showdown. Your Supercar Showdown ticket includes entry to the Beaulieu attraction including the National Motor Museum Palace House Beaulieu Abbey and World of Top…

Location: 7.5 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01590 612888
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01
SEP
"Indian Terracotta Art" photographic exhibition
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

An exhibition of photographs showing the rich and living tradition of terracotta art in India. Exhibition is included in the price of museum visit. …

Location: 5 miles away
Category: Exhibitions

TEL: 01489 576248
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Tourist Attractions


Beaulieu Palace House

Formerly the 14th century Great Gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House is set in glorious grounds and gardens with immaculate spreading lawns and walkways overlooking the Beaulieu River. The House has been in Lord Montagu's family ownership since 1538, when Sir Thomas Wriothesley, later 1st Earl of Southampton,…

Beaulieu National Motor Museum

Few car museums in the world can match the unique collection of the world renowned National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Managed by the National Motor Museum Trust, Beaulieu is also the home of the world famous Beaulieu International Autojumble and Automart. Whether your interest is as an individual,…

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway is a magical place in the New Forest National ParkThe Gardens are a spectacular 200 acre 100 hectare site, world‐famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. This earthly paradise offers a riot of colour in spring,…

Marwell Zoo

Marwell is a great place for a day out. From antelope to ants, from bats to bongo, from wallabies to warthogs, from zebra to zebu ‐ there are over 200 different species of amazing animals.Zambar the Amur tiger cub was born in March and had a slightly shaky…

Beaulieu

Beaulieu, one of the South of England's top day visitor attractions, is set in the heart of the New Forest, the UK's newest National Park. Beaulieu is a guaranteed great family day out with lots for everyone to enjoy including the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House,…

Beaulieu Abbey

Beaulieu Abbey was founded in 1204 by Cistercian monks on land given to them by King John. Although much was destroyed at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII, there is still much for visitors to see today. In medieval times,…

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