Fri 14 - Sun 16 Jun
FOOD & DRINK: Spring Food Pairing, Chewton Glen, until 20 Jun
Chewton Glen has introduced a new house Champagne and to celebrate this Spring foodie event is running until the middle of the month. This sumptuous three-course meal includes fresh English asparagus, duck eggs and the main course of Assiette of spring lamb, paired with a glass of Veuve Clicquot’s Rosé Champagne for £45 per person.
EXHIBITION: Sculpture at Beaulieu, Sat 25 May – Sun 24 July
While Beaulieu is pretty rammed with amazing things to check out normally, all you culture vultures are about to get another excuse to visit. Sculpture at Beaulieu turns this family attraction into a fabulous al fresco gallery for fine art with a whopping 350 works to take a look at. Even if you spent a minute at looking at each one that would take you well over five hours, so it’s a good job it’s running until July.
CULTURE: New Forest Film Festival, various locations, Sat 8 – Sun 16
Celebrating a huge range of 10-minute shorts across six venues, the great and the good of the art house world have submitted their pieces and will be judged by names such as Tyger Drew-Honey and Mark Kermode, film critic for the Observer.
EXHIBITION: Iconic Bowie, Dimbola Museum & Galleries, Freshwater, Sat 8 Jun – Sun 18 Aug
Gone but definitely not forgotten, David Bowie continues to be an icon and probably will be for a long time coming. This fantastic new retrospective at the Dimbola Museum & Galleries in Freshwater is a collection of images of the man himself over a 50+ year career.
THEATRE: Matilda The Musical, The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Tues 11 Jun – Sat 6 Jul
Matilda The Musical heads to Southampton’s Mayflower this month for an extra long run (Tues 11 Jun – Sat 6 Jul). This adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale, with music from Australian funny bloke Tim Minchin, has been wowing crowds for nearly nine years now.
SHOPPING: Vaughan Summer Sale, Winchester, Thurs 13 – Fri 14 Jun
Make sure you mark Thurs 13 – Fri 14 in your calendar as super luxe furniture and lighting shop Vaughan has its super summer sale in Winchester. Not only can you grab some amazing discounts on high-end pieces but there’s free fizz on Thursday night.
FESTIVAL: Isle of Wight Festival, Thurs 13 – Sun 16 Jun
Things then really kick off with the Island’s best-known festival, Isle of Wight Festival (Thurs 13 – Sun 16). The line-up this year is STELLAR (as always!) and includes everybody from Biffy Clyro to Noel Gallagher, George Ezra to Garbage. Best saddle up the wellies.
COMEDY: James Rowland, The Spring Arts Centre, Havant, Fri 14 Jun
James Rowland brings his final of three shows to The Spring on Fri 14. In this instalment, James talks about when he was asked by two friends for his sperm… yep. His comedy is tipped as hilarious, but equally heart-warming as well.
OUTDOORS: New Forest Drive-In Movie, Bransgore, Fri 14 Jun
Over in the New Forest, in conjunction with the New Forest Film Festival, there are two fab films on at the New Forest Drive-In Movie (Sat 14) in Bransgore. With both Back to The Future and the Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody showing, grab the car and some popcorn for a fab outdoor viewing experience.
CULTURE: Calendar Girls screening and Q&A, Regal Cinema, Fordingbridge, Sat 15 Jun
This feel-good film about the feisty members of a local WI that bared all for a charity calendar has gone from screen to stage and then some. This special screening at the bijou Regal Cinema is followed by a special Q&A session with the cinematographer and local resident, Ashley Rowe.
FESTIVAL: Winchestival, Winchester, Sat 15 Jun
If full-weekend jollies aren’t your thing, then make sure you check out Winchestival (Sat 15) also on this weekend. With hairy rockers The Magic Numbers, an impressive comedy line-up plus many Muddy fave indies getting involved, the third year of this festival is going to be a banger.
FOOD & DRINK: Romsey Gin Festival, Crosfield Hall, Romsey, Sat 15 Jun
Romsey is hosting its annual Gin Festival on Sat 15 at Crosfield Hall. Hosted by The Gin Stall, they definitely know their stuff (plus there’s rum, Prosecco and more for those who fancy something a bit different).
FAMILY: Tractor Weekend, Tapnell Farm Park, Sat 15 – Sun 16 Jun
If the kids are into tractors and big machines then this weekend at Tapnell Farm will definitely win you all the brownie points. With vintage machines to check out plus a chance to catch a ride on one of these beasts, the highlight of the weekend is Father’s Day Go Kart Grand Prix where dad or grandad can live out any racecar driver dream with the kids, and go for gold.
CULTURE: The Secret History of Burlesque, The Lights, Andover, Sat 15 Jun
On a completely different tack, The Lights in Andover has a saucy evening of fun with The Secret History of Burlesque on Sat 15 Jun. Expect cheeky jokes, plenty of skin and an evening of good ol’ fashioned adult amusement.
OUTDOORS: Forest Bathing, The Assembly @ Heckfield Place, Sun 16 Jun
Fancy a spot of Forest Bathing? The Duchess of Cambridge is apparently a big fan of this on-trend wellbeing activity. Participants ditch their tech and head into the forest for a little bit of one-on-one with nature. Muddy and Royal favourite Heckfield Place has a special guided session with Maria Verdicchio on Sun 16.
FAMILY: Fathers’ Day Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea, Cambium, Careys Manor, Brockenhurst, Sun 16 Jun
Treat dad this Fathers Day with this specially created Afternoon Tea for dads (and everybody else who wants to pop along). Swapping the cucumber sandwiches for locally made pork pies, rabbit Scotch eggs, venison sausage rolls and local ale from Flacks Manor, this is a hearty choice for Fathers Day. It costs £29 per person and there’s a kids choice for £14.50 per child.
COMEDY: Hastings Fringe Comedy Festival, Wed 12 – Sun 16 June
Head east for a spot of hilarity this week and weekend as the up-and-coming of the comedy circuit descend on Hastings. The improvised movie musical Notflix; 1960s comedy party Honey’s Happening and stand-up from Tony Law and Dane Baptiste are among highlights.
FOOD: Feastival, Forbury Gardens Reading, Fri 14 – Sun 16 Jun
Did somebody say ‘street food’? I am all over Feastival, a celebration of gourmet eccentricity and flavour happening in Reading this weekend. Originally started in 2016 it part of Waterfest and curated by Reading’s own Blue Collar Street Food. Expect live music, fire pits and plenty of deliciousness in Forbury Gardens.