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The Hampshire Art Fair, Nadia Waterfield Fine Art, Goodworth Clatford, Fri 20 Apr – Sat 5 May

For browsers and buyers alike, Nadia Waterfield’s welcoming gallery exhibits over 250 original paintings, sculpture, ceramics and garden sculpture from Contemporary British and International artists. Prices start at a very affordable £100, heading all the way up to £4,000 plus, but there is no pressure to buy. Come along for a quiet coffee and the chance to view world-class art in a beautiful, light-filled rural venue.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, NST City, Tue May 1-5

A riotous reinterpretation of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays. Featuring original live music, this classic tale of young lovers and warring fairies is given a unique and irreverent twist.

Swanwick Wildlife Tots: Plants and Seeds, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Tue May 1
It all starts with a seed—learn all about plants and new life with your little one.

The Spring Collection, Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Stockbridge, 28 Apr–12 May

Modern art, horse.
Abstracts, garden sculpture and everything in between, our Muddy award-winning art gallery: Josie Eastwood Fine Art, opens its doors for a limited time during The Spring Fair, expect pieces for the house and garden. The the rosé will be out this Bank Holiday weekend, with drinks at the gallery on Sat 5 to Mon 7 from 11 am onwards. All very welcome.

Chakra Balance Yoga Workshop, New Energy Yoga, Winchester, Sat May 5
Learn how to balance your chakras and corresponding organs with the powerful technology of Kundalini Yoga. The transformative session will culminate in a healing mantra meditation followed by a long relaxation in the sacred sound current of the universal gongs and crystal singing bowls.

Hamble Spring Festival, Sat May 5
Sample some of the county’s finest gin from Winchester Distillery and Silent Pool Distillers, pick-up a pack of Catch Fabulous Fishcakes and take a bite of something sweet from Cupcakes mmm Cookies. As well as a feast of food and drink there’s plenty of family activities including kayaking.

Cupper Joe Pop-up Coffee Shop, Basingstoke, Sun May 6
Coffee and fudge, plus it’s perfect for the nice weather (if it returns) right on the Clift Meadow Park. Take a stroll with your coffee or check out the outdoor gym… to earn that fudge.

Shamrock Quay Fest, Southampton, Mon May 7
Come to the festival of the sea and enjoy locally sourced food, cooking demos, face painting and live music.

Stories for Under 5s: Giraffes Can’t Dance, Haskins Garden Centre, Southampton, Tue May 8
Enjoy a coffee or two whilst your little one is entertained by guest story-teller Elliot Frisby.

Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales, Winchester Theatre Royal, Tue 8 – Wed 9 May
Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles.

Education, Education, Education, NST City, Southampton, Tue May 8 – 12
A comedy love-letter to the schools and music of the 90s.

Scummy Mummies, Theatre Royal Winchester, Thu May 10
Join Ellie and Helen as they celebrate the scummier side of parenting, from drinking wine at teatime to hiding from the PTA.

Gilbert White’s House Re-Launch, Selborne, Sat May 12

Large house with garden.
After a £3 million lottery funded refurbishment, Hampshire’s very own Natural History Museum opens its new Stable Yard, and galleries. Countryfile’s Tom Heap is cutting the ribbon at 11.30, plus expect performances and workshops from the Lions of Zululand and a chance to see the new museum for free before a good leg-stretch in the large garden.

Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair, Southampton Guildhall, Sat May 12
Find unique, handpicked quality goods with stalls of vintage fashion, accessories, home, collectables and more from some of the UK’s finest traders.

The Little Mermaid Ballet, The Lights, Andover, Sat May 12
Glittering costumes and expressive dancers bring this magical, childhood tale to life.

(How to stop pretending you) love your body: a talk, The Railway Inn, Winchester, Mon May 13

Do you love the way you look? Do you spend time trying to? Do you pretend that you do, or need convincing? In this talk from Wire Wool Events, Deborah Coughlin will take us through the theories and facts behind why having a body can be so tricky.

Palestinian Lunch, St Mary Bourne, North Hampshire, Sun May 13
Join some of the ABCD Team for a delicious Palestinian Lunch.

Vineyards of Hampshire Cellar Door Openings, Fri May 18 – Sept 18

Man holding fizz sitting on top of Union Jack.
Vineyards of Hampshire’s seven vineyards open their doors to visitors once a month on a Friday and Saturday for tasting galore. If you’ve never tried this county’s award-winning fizz, then here’s your chance. No need to book, just turn up.

Rowans Hospice Woofs and Wellies at Queen Elizabeth Country Park Sun May 20
Woofs & Wellies is a fun day out where over 300 dogs and their human best-friends walk through Queen Elizabeth Country Park raising money for Rowans Hospice.

Alresford Watercress Festival, Sun May 20
Watercress-inspired foodie demonstrations alongside over 80 stalls showcasing the best local food and drink producers plus arts, crafts, jewellery, homeware and more. Erm, and if you’re feeling brave, there’s a watercress eating competition.

Winchester Science Centre, After Dark, May 26
A child-free, evening exploration of the centre’s exhibition floors plus a film and live show in the planetarium taking viewers on a tour of the visible night sky plus tricks and hints for stargazing.

Winchester End of Month Market, Sun May 27
Local produce (including gin hurrah!) mixed with quirky art and homeware.

Doctor Dolittle, The Lights, Andover, Tue May 29
Dolittle and his animal gang have to find Long Arrow, the great explorer, fend off Mr Slymrott who wants to seize their home and defend themselves against cut-throat pirates. Will they succeed? Come along and take part in this epic journey.

Nadia Waterfield Fine Art, Children’s Half-Term Art Workshops
Painting a Cornish Scene, Tue 29 May, 10.00am – 1.00pm (age 8 – 10), 2.00pm – 5.00pm (age 11 – 14)
Looking at the style of Naive artists and their use of vibrant colours and detail, children will be encouraged to explore creative ways of producing an exciting contemporary Cornish landscape or seascape painting. £35 including all materials

Outdoor Landscape Painting, Fri 1 Jun, 10.00am – 1.00pm (age 8 – 10), 2.00pm – 5.00pm (age 11 – 14)
Looking at the work of famous landscape painters, children will be encouraged to look at their styles and develop these into their own paintings. They will go outside (weather permitting) make studies and draw the landscape to scale on canvases  plus look at prespective, shapes, patterns, shadows and textures. They will also look at the colour wheel and learn how to mix secondary colours from primary colours. £35 including all materials
For more info and to book go to:, 07717 833999,


Two Day Play: Dr Seuss, The Berry Theatre, Hedge End, Wed May 30 – 31
How about stepping into the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss this summer half term? In just two days, youngster aged 7 – 18 will create a swift but exciting drama based on the childhood classic: Oh the Places You’ll Go!

I Do! at Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery, Apr 25 – 7 Jul
With a royal wedding this year, what better excuse for Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery to delve into their collections and share exquisite wedding dresses from the last 250 years.

The Woman’s Hour Craft Prize Exhibition at National Trust Mottisfont, Romsey, Wed Apr 25 – Jun 24

From a bespoke bicycle to giant willow sculpture, this exhibition provides an important snapshot of how contemporary British craft connects with the world today.

Further afield:
Story Telling From the Start, Tynewydd Writers Retreat, Wales, Fri May 11-13

White building behind wrought iron gates.
This storytelling course for beginners—and those returning to the craft—is a chance to learn how to prepare and perform traditional stories in the company of two of Britain’s leading exponents of the art form.

And into June:
The Ginormous Teddy Bears Picnic, throughout Jun

Giant teddy bear with children.
Schools, pre-schools, organisations and businesses from across Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, West Sussex, Dorset, Devon, the Isle of Wight and The Channel Islands are invited to take part and help raise money to complete the build of the new Children’s Emergency and Trauma Department at Southampton University Hospital. Everyone’s invited! /

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