Fri 9 - Sun 11 Aug
FAMILY: Day Out With Thomas, Watercress Line, Sat 3 – Sun 11 Aug
Choo choo! Grab a ticket and hitch a ride with everybody’s favourite anthropomorphic locomotive. Thomas is currently taking passengers up and down the gorgeous Watercress Line keeping toddlers happy and giving the grown-ups a chance for a (somewhat) relaxing steam train ride, there’s also a retro funfair, temporary tattoos and all sorts of other fun stuff to check out as well. Tickets cost £20 for adults and £14 for kids 2-16 (under 2s ride free).
FESTIVAL: BoomTown Fair, Winchester, 7 – 11 Aug
If you missed out on Glasto’ then you need to book up for BoomTown Fair (7-11) near Winchester. Less Festival, more megacity of music, arts and general bonkersness highlights include The Streets, Ms Lauryn Hill and the fab kids field with all sorts of crazy goings on.
MUSIC: Royal Blood, O2 Guildhall Southampton, Fri 9 Aug
This East Sussex rock duo has been making waves since their formation back in 2011 and is heading to Southampton this weekend for an epic show. With a repertoire that includes singles such as I Only Lie When I Love You and Lights Out, tickets to catch this Brit Award-winning act start at £39.67 on resale.
FOOD & DRINK: Summer Veuve Cliquot Vibes, Chewton Glen, Fri 9 Aug
Sip some Champagne in the super-luxe surroundings of Chewton. The Summer Veuve Cliquot Vibes events are the perfect way to shrug off the working week and enjoy an excellent drink in beautiful surroundings of Chewton’s Walled Garden. Don’t fret if you can’t make it this week though as there’s another event on 23 Aug.
MUSIC: Ultimate Ska Wars, Newport, Fri 9 Aug
Get ready to skank the night away with the launch of Ultimate Ska Wars in Newport. Don some checkerboarded togs and bop around to Bad Manners and the Island-based Ska’d For Life. Tickets are a bargainous £15 as well.
FESTIVAL: Jack Up The Summer, Newport, Sat 10 – Sun 11 Aug
The Island is getting all 80s/90s this week with the annual Jack Up The Summer event in Newport. Headlining on the Saturday Nick Heyward, ASWAD and Heaven 17 with the Sunday getting all 90s with East 17, 911 and Republica. Weekend tickets cost £66 and day tickets are £48.40 and there are ferry discounts available.
SHOPPING: Alton Farmers Market, Sat 10 Aug
Skip the supermarket and head to Alton for the fantastic famer’s market this weekend. The freshest local produce, plenty of things to eat and drink and some of the best that Hants has to offer. It’s totally free (though you’ll probably spend a bomb on handcrafted chocolate and 15 different types of cheese).
FOOD & DRINK: Balaeric Beats Summer Party, Outside-In, Portsmouth, Sat 10 Aug
Over in Portsmouth, the street food pop-up spot Outside-In is channelling some Ibiza vibes with its Balaeric Beats Summer Party on Sat 10, with DJs spinning the tunes and a huge range of awesome street food stalls to check out. If you haven’t had the chance to visit this spot yet then definitely make the trip.
FAMILY: Welly’s Summer Fun Day, Wellington Country Park, Riseley, Sat 10 – Sun 11 Aug
Our fave country park in the north of the county is having a HUGE celebration of Summer fun this weekend with Welly’s Summer Fun Day (well… two of them actually.) With things like The Big Foot Show, Jungle Party Times and the Big Bears Balloon Show, you can wear the kids out, get some fresh air and earn some parental brownie points with a trip to here this weekend.
FOOD & DRINK: Eat Street, Festival Place, Basingstoke, Sat 10 – Sun 11 Aug
Food festival incomingggggg! Festival Place is getting a street food injection this weekend with Eat Street. With special appearances from GBBO’s Candice Brown (#lipstickqueen) and Chris Bavin, there’s going to be world cuisine, plenty of tasters and some of the restaurants in Festival Place will be slinging some fab street snacks. There’s also a giveaway of a giant foodie hamper and its totally free to check out.
EVENT: Cowes Week, Sat 10 – Sat 17 Aug
For one of the biggest parties… err I mean sporting events… the Isle of Wight has to offer definitely ship out for Cowes Week. Cowes is always buzzing when this is on, with plenty of music, free shows and lots of boaty fun-stuff. It also has its very own Art Trail for something a little more sedate during the day.
FAMILY: New Forest Fairy Festival, Burley, Sat 10 – Sun 11
Grab your sparkliest dress and a dose of fairy magic for the New Forest Fairy Festival (Sat 10 – Sun 11) in Burley. This is a weekend of making kids dreams come true, mermaid meet-ups and fairy tea parties. Swing by to meet my personal fairy friend, Felicity Fairy who will be teaching kids magic spells and all sorts of fun stuff, I’ve also heard she has a tiger as well…. errr.
EVENT: Portsmouth Kite Festival, Southsea Common, Sat 10 – Sun 11
Also on the weekend of the 10-11 is the annual Portsmouth Kite Festival, where the skies about the seaside city become a huge mass of colour with some of the largest, and most unusual, kites you’ve ever seen. There’s also some really cool displays of acrobatics from stunt teams from across the world.
FAMILY: Ellingham Show, Somerley Park, nr Ringwood, Sat 10 – Sun 11
If you’re horsey mad then how about spending the weekend at the Ellingham Show? Launched in 1947 it not only raises funds for local charities but includes fun events including a dog show, pony high jumping, Shetland pony racing and lots of other fun countryside hijinks. Tickets are £12 for adults and kids go free.
FOOD & DRINK: Lymington Seafood Festival, Sat 10 – Sun 11
One of Muddy’s absolute favourite events of the year, the Lymington Seafood Festival returns this weekend with the New Forest town celebrating all things pescatarian. Head along to see top chefs serving up freshly caught wares, family-friendly entertainment, a few sleb guests – Steve Bulmer and Luke Matthews from Chewton Glen, Alex Aitken from The Jetty and Matthew Whitfield from The Montagu Arms. Bring a big appetite for this free event.
FOOD & DRINK: West Dean Chilli Fiesta, West Dean, Fri 9 – Sun 11
One of the spiciest festivals going the West Dean Chilli Fiesta garners visitors from far and wide (including plenty from overseas). Celebrating the wonderful capsicum, here you can try a wide range of them, learn to grow your own, enjoy live music and even camp out in fabulous West Sussex countryside. Day tickets are £18.00 for adults, £2.50 for children (under 4s free) with this year 20% off two-day tickets bought together, making two adult tickets for the same day a total £32.
FAMILY: Wind in the Willows, Painshill, Cobham, Sun 11
This production of the classic Wind In The Willows will enchant the adults as much as the kids in a beautiful riverside setting. There’s plenty of audience interaction and plenty of feel-good fuzzy themes to the legendary tale.
FESTIVAL: Retro Festival, Newbury Showground, Fri 9 – Sun 11 Aug
Best foot to the past this weekend and party like its 1940-something. The Retro Festival at Newbury Showground will bring all the fun and glamour of the past, without any of the rationing and lack of Wi-Fi. There’s even a retro hair salon on-site to get yourself the perfect pompadour barnet.