What’s on June
Children’s Art Workshops: Nadia Waterfield Fine Art, Goodworth Clatford, Fri Jun 1
Perfect half-term activity for all your aspiring Hockneys!
English Wine Week, Special Winery Tour & Tastings at Hattingley Valley Wines, Sat Jun 2
A chance to tour the state-of-the-art winery and location of the Muddy Hants awards and sample its wonderful English sparkling wine (trust us, t’is good).
Arches Open Studios, Southampton, Sat – Sun Jun 2-3
Home to 21 Artist studios, this is your chance to explore behind-the-scenes of this grade II listed creative hub
The Grange Festival, Alresford, Thu Jun 7 – Sun Jul 8
With opera, ballet and a lake-view champagne bar you can leave your festival wellies at home for this one
Soldier: An Exhibition by Robert Fitzmaurice, Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere, Fri 8 Jun – Fri 6 Jul
Painting, printing and mixed media art considering the nature of the soldier from ancient times to the present day. The world-famous Sandham Memorial Chapel houses Sir Stanley Spencer’s epic series of large-scale murals depicting the first world war. There will also be a poetry and discussion event at 3pm on Sat 16 June when poet, Adrian Blamires joins Robert Fitzmaurice to consider the themes and influences of his programme alongside those found in the Spencer Chapel paintings.
The exhibition is open Wed – Fri 11.00-16.00 and Sat & Sun 11.00 – 17.00 Free entry. Usual admission to the chapel.
Alresford Music Festival, Arlebury Park, Sat Jun 9
Totally family friendly, this ‘party in the park’ is a brilliant way to keep everyone entertained this summer with headliners including the London-based collective Nubiyan Twist and the 9-piece soul fusion band, Necktr.
The Ginchester Fête, Winchester, Sat Jun 9 (World Gin Day!)
A chance to try a vast selection of gins from all across Hampshire, time for some local pride!
Southwick Revival, Southwick Village, Sat Jun 9 – Sun Jun 10
Commemorate D-Day with this living, breathing experience of 1940s Britain with a vintage fun-fair, history talks and even a battle of Britain memorial fly over.
Basingstoke Thai Festival, Sat Jun 9 – Sun Jun 10
A touch of Thai life with this magical festival, enjoy the cuisine and entertainment or just make the most of the Thai massages on offer.
Hampshire Country & Garden Festival, Bere Mill, Whitchurch, Sun Jun 10
Filled with demonstrations, music, food and drink, this festival isn’t just for those with green fingers.
KookyTwo Jewellery, 3rd Birthday Pop-Up Shop, Basingstoke, Sat 16 Jun
One of our brilliant Muddy Award finalists, KookyTwo, is holding its first pop-up shop to celebrate its 3rd birthday and showcase its modern, stylish, everyday jewellery. Psst. plus there’s a glass of of fizz on arrival and a raffle raising money for The Smile Train.
11am – 3pm. Viables Craft Centre, Osborne Room, Basingstoke, RG22 4BU. No ticket required but people can register interest to attend for a special offer on the day: kookytwo.co.uk
Jane Austen Regency Week, Alton & Chawton, Sat Jun 16- Sun Jun 24
Nine days filled with everything Jane Austen. Our highlight? The regency ball.
Hot Rod and Custom Drive-In Day at Beaulieu Motor Museum, Sun Jun 17
From classic Camaros to modern Mustangs, expect hundreds of custom cars and motorcycles making this the perfect Father’s Day treat.
Weapons & Warriors Father’s Day Special, Butser Ancient Farm, Waterlooville, Sun Jun 17
Could he cope with wearing armour? Fight the enemy? Even order his food in Latin? This Father’s Day find out if he would have made it into the Roman Legions.
Evening Opening at Jane Austen’s House & Garden, Chawton, Sun Jun 17
Once-a-year opportunity to witness the majesty of Jane Austen’s house and gardens as the sunsets.
Paint Chill co. Wine & Canvas Launch Party, Portsmouth, Thur Jun 21
Paint brush in one hand, wine glass in the other, add some friends into the mix and you’ve got Muddy’s perfect evening.
Eastleigh Unwrapped from The Point, Sat Jun 23
A day-long free festival jam packed with music, dance and theatre for all the family to enjoy.
Children are Stinky, The Point, Eastleigh, Sat 23 June
Fresh from a smash hit, sell out season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the critically-acclaimed family circus show is packed full of incredible acrobatics, comedy and dare devil balances. Great fun for children aged 3-12 years old, Children are Stinky is a must-see. Priced at £9 for adults and £7 for children, it’s an affordable production for families to enjoy.
Etsy Makers Market and Open Studios at The Sorting Office, Eastleigh, Sat Jun 23 – Sun Jun 24
A showcase of not only the most talented Etsy sellers in Hampshire (hello gift for the relative who has it all) but also a chance to explore and buy from the resident artist studios in The Sorting Office.
Cheese & Chilli Festival, Basingstoke, Sat Jun 23 – Sun Jun 24
Cheese. Chilli. Need we say more?
Learn to cook with Galton Blackiston at The Kitchen, Chewton Glen Hotel, New Milton, Wed 27 Jun
Galton is the owner and chef of renowned hotel and restaurant Morston Hall. Galton has held a Michelin star for 18 years and become UK Craft Guild of Chefs ‘Chef of the year’, East Anglian Chef of the Year and fellow of the craft guild of chefs. So it would be safe to say you are learning from one of the best. Join Galton for a day and learn how to cook some of his famous dishes, or join him for dinner and learn all of his industry secrets.
£195 per person.
Winchester Hat Fair, Sat Jun 29 – Sun Jul 1
Hampshire’s own fringe event from the world’s very best street performers.
And into July…
WOCKFEST, Whitchurch, Fri Jul 20, 7pm – 1am
Ibiza meets Hampshire for one night only, with headline DJ Dean Oram — fresh from Ministry of Sound, Ibiza and The Black Eyed Peas tour in Dubai — plus vocalist Errol Reid of 90s reggae outfit China Black. WOCKFEST is the brainchild of local chiropractor and thermographer, Elizabeth Bayliss, so help will be on hand if any of us over-enthusiuastic dancers do some damage *phewff*. So grab your glow sticks, daub on the UV paint and go large or go home… a short hop down the road. Amen to that.
Hampshire Food Festival, throughout July
Calling all foodies. Launching this Saturday, a month-long celebration of Hampshire’s food and farming community. Expect everything from local produce pop-up dinners with James Durrant to Southampton Cocktail Week via English wine masterclasses with Berry Bros. & Rudd and butchery workshops at Newylns Farm Shop. Drink up. Chow down.