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Super September! What’s on this month

Tuck into a bumper crop of sport, cinema, theatre, festivals, music, art and more brilliant events around Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

ART: Hampshire Hogs Sculpture Trail, Basingstoke, throughout Sept

This little piggie went to Basingstoke – and lots of his buddies came too! Great fun, if you haven’t already, look out for these happy hogs located all around the city (top tip: Muddy spotted a few in and around Festival Place). Painted by local artists, they’ll be on display until mid-October when they’ll be auctioned-off for charity. Love it? There’s a free app to download for a self-guided trail.

EXHIBITION: Iconic Jimi by Gered Mankowitz, Dimbola Museum & Galleries, Freshwater, throughout Sept

Jimi Hendrix Exhibition Isle of Wight Dimbola What's On September

A celebration of the legendary Jimi Hendrix, the Dimbola Gallery’s Iconic Jimi exhibition features photographs by renowned British music photographer, Gered Mankowitz. Taken in early 1967 when Gered worked with Jimi Hendrix and The Experience during two sessions at his Mason’s Yard studio in Mayfair, it’s a rare glimpse of the genius guitarist and performer’s life at that time – just three years before his final performance at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970.

FOOD: Afternoon Tea with Rukmini Iyer, Thurs 9 Sept, The Greyhound on the Test, Stockbridge

Tea, cake, bakes, glass of rosé and a chat. Erm, sounds like a bit of us! Meet author and baking supremo Rukmini Iyer at the fabulous Greyhound on the Test to sample a few of her delicious goodies. Then recreate them at home with a signed copy of her new book, The Sweet Roasting Tin. Get set, BAKE!

FILM: Summer Screens at Houghton Lodge, Thurs 9 – Sat 11 Sept, Stockbridge

Outdoor film movie Hampshire what's on September Summer Screens

September heralds a last hurrah for the summer movies season. See it out in style at the gorgeous Houghton Lodge near Stockbridge. On the bill are all-time classics Top Gun and Dirty Dancing, plus the brand new summer release In the Heights. There’s no food offer this year but you can grab a drink from the bar and some posh popcorn.

WORKSHOPS: Santa Monica Aromatherapy, Fri 10/17 Sept, Stockbridge

New this year on Stockbridge High Street, Santa Monica Aromatherapy is one of those fabulous little shops that gives you an instant uplift just whafting around them. Join them for a Friday evening workshop this month and create your own bespoke fragrance, enjoy a glass of bubbly and go home with a reed diffuser (10 Sept) or Himalayan bath salts (17 Sept). *Deep inhale*

SPORT: Kitesurfing Armada, Fri 10 – Sun 12 Sept, Hayling Island

Sleepy Hayling Island becomes a non-stop action-packed spot each Summer with the Kitesurfing Armada. Bumped forward to September this year, this part-festival part-gala is where the great and the good of the kitesurfing world descend to Hants and fill up the skies with their aerial acrobatics and pretty-coloured canvasses. And they can certainly party too, with live music, food and the Baywatch theme tune blaring out for good measure, this is one for all you who like to hang loose.

VISIT: Southampton Boat Show, Fri 10 – Sun 19 Sept, Mayflower Park and Marina, Southampton

Southampton Boat Show

It’s back! The Southampton Boat Show is for serious boat buyers and, err, those of us who enjoy nosing around inside multi-million pound super yachts…. Running over 10 days, highlights include awe-inspiring flyboarders and jet-ski freestylers performances at the On the Water stage. Look out too for SUP, kayaking and dinghy sailing plus Try-A-Boat sessions on RIBS, powerboats, sailing yachts and motor cruisers. The historic 1919 square-rigged Tall Ship Morgenster will sail daily and there’s a new family-friendly Festival Green area with music, entertainment and street food pop-ups.

ART: Winchester Deserves Cake at Inn the Park, Fri 10 – Sun 19 Sept, Winchester

A Stonehenge eclair? Rum baba hovering precariously above the South Downs? When it comes to quirky art, David Ferry’s surrealist prints really take the cake. Well worth a peek, this brilliantly-titled, off-beat exhibition by the artist and former Head of Printmaking at the Winchester School of Art combines heritage landmarks with culinary creations. Tucked away in a new gallery space at Inn the Park, it’s part of a series of gastronomically-themed Heritage Open Days being held all around the city centre.

FOOD & DRINK: Cider & Cheese Festival, Sat 11 – Sun 12 Sept, Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet

Cheese and cider festival Isle of Wight steam railway

Say CHEESE! A highlight of the always-good Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s early autumn calendar, lunch on a platter of good cheese, crunchy pickles, crackers and a pint or two of cider – your choice of around 25 varieties! – at the annual Cider & Cheese Festival, followed-up by an (optional) nostalgic train ride.

ART: Karl Blossfeldt: Art Forms in Nature, Mon 13 Sept – Sat 23 Oct, The Spring, Havant

Photography meets botany in this remarkable collection of close-up images of plants and fauna. They’re all part of a touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre, coming to The Spring in Havant this September. Taken in 1932, the final year of his life, Blossfeldt developed homemade cameras and lenses to capture cutting edge images for the time which still have a fascinating appeal.

FOOD: Dinner Ladies on the Farm, Sat 18 Sept, Newton Manor Farm, nr. Stockbridge

Say hello to the Dinner Ladies, a London super club and event business headed for Hampshire with a new farm-to-table evening experience at Newton Manor Farm. Mingle with cocktails and canapés in the woods then adventure to the banqueting table for a four-course menu featuring fresh local produce sourced within a 10-mile radius. Yum!

MUSIC: Isle of Wight Festival, Thurs 16 – Sun 19 Sept, Newport

Tents at the ready! The Isle of Wight Festival is one of the original festivals and always one of the best. Pitch up and rock out to the sounds of Liam Gallagher, Snow Patrol, David Guetta, Duran Duran, Tom Jones, The Script, Sam Fender, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and more.

FESTIVAL: Re:Claim Southampton, Fri 25 Sept, Southampton

Southampton RE:CLAIM festival What's On Hampshire Isle of Wight September 2021

Brand new this year in the city, GO! Southampton’s Re:Claim Festival will showcase some pretty cool street art, music and sports. Running from Carlton Place to Westquay Esplanade, highlights include The Luminaria (above), a colourful inflatable cathedral (Insta-tastic!). Listen to music performed on repurposed shipping container stages, watch guerrilla-style street dance and theatre plus there’s BMX and skateboard competitions, masterclasses and more.

KIDS: Fort Nelson Victorian Fun Fair, Fri 25 – Sat 26 Sept, Porchester

Victorian fun fair carousel

All the fun of the fair! Marking the 150th anniversary of the opening of Fort Nelson, roll up for traditional entertainment, including a helter skelter, ferris wheel rides and of course, the traditional carousel. Look out for Victorian character-entertainers roaming the fair and snap a comedy pic by the ‘test your strength’ machine.

THEATRE: Harpy, The Kings Theatre, Tues 28 – Wed 29 Sept, Southsea, Portsmouth

Pic: Andrew Searle

Billed as delivering “a one-woman, tour-de-force performance”, Birdy is a dark, bittersweet drama featuring the irrepressible Su Pollard. Loathed by her neighbours as a nuisance who’s bringing down the house prices in the street, a growing hoard is the troubled Birdy’s life’s work. The critics have been raving about this gripping production – and its easy to see why.

POETRY: Edward Thomas Literary Festival, Petersfield Museum, 27 Sept – Sun 3 Oct, Petersfield

Reopened this summer after a £4m refurb, the Petersfield Museum will play host to this celebration of poet Edward Thomas. Over the seven-days, there’ll be around 15 different events at the Museum, Bedales School and online, featuring the likes of poet laureate Andrew Motion. Look out for the evening of live music with refreshments in the brand-new Court Yard café on 1 October.

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