Graze Festival, Sun 27 Aug, Twyford
Let’s park this talk of Autumn, summer’s still here and the festival season is still on. I give you Twyford’s Graze Festival: nineties big-hitters Republica and the Stereo MC’s are headlining, plus some interesting live acts — finger picking Americana from Farnham’s Jonas & Jane with their finger picking clawhammer bango caught my eye. Living up to the name, elsewhere you’ll find live cookery demos from our friends at Hampshire Fare, plus a kid’s area.
Car Fest, 25 – 27 Aug, Laverstoke Park Farm
Calling all petrol heads; petrol heads with kids; and lovers of live music with a distinctly nineties twist. Yes Car-Fest roars into Hampshire’s Laverstoke Park, think, yup you guessed it, cars of all guises plus a veritable role call of big musical hitters from the nineties/early noughties: Dodgy, Kaiser Chiefs, Sophie Ellis-Bexter and erm, Coldplace. A nod to the days when a certain russet headed DJ ruled the Radio One waves, per chance? TFI Car Fest.
Free Learn To Fly-Fish Sessions, Orvis, Stockbridge, throughout August
Not just for the boys in tweed, more and more women are taking up fly-fishing. Seeing as our very own River Test is the sport’s mother-lode, Hampshire gals should make like Bette Davis, a famous fly aficiando, and take advantage of Orvis Stockbridge’s free taster sessions. This girl’s hooked.
Summer Pony Days and Weeks, Tanglewood Equestrian Centre, Winchester
Is National Velvet on repeat in your house? Is the question, “Mum can I have a pony” a frequent refrain? Then you need to know about these fun-filled sessions learning to ride, care-for and compete the centre’s friendly ponies.
The Art Room, Andover, throughout the summer holidays
Rock stars, Teddy Bears and deepest Africa, all themes in The Art Rooms fun activities for 6-11 year olds; half and full day sessions available.
And further afield…
Gifford’s Circus, across southern England
Described by the Telegraph as “the nation’s most glamorous troupe”, think vintage, eccentric, beautifully-mad with costumes to die for, live music and a 60-seat pop-up restaurant, complete with candle-lit communal oak tables.