What’s on July
Winchester Hat Fair, Sat Jun 29 – Sun Jul 1
Hampshire’s own fringe event from the world’s very best street performers.
Soldier: An Exhibition by Robert Fitzmaurice, Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere, Fri 8 Jun – Fri 6 Jul
Painting, printing and mixed media art considering the nature of the soldier from ancient times to the present day. The world-famous Sandham Memorial Chapel houses Sir Stanley Spencer’s epic series of large-scale murals depicting the first world war. There will also be a poetry and discussion event at 3pm on Sat 16 June when poet, Adrian Blamires joins Robert Fitzmaurice to consider the themes and influences of his programme alongside those found in the Spencer Chapel paintings.
The exhibition is open Wed – Fri 11.00-16.00 and Sat & Sun 11.00 – 17.00 Free entry. Usual admission to the chapel.
The Grange Festival, Alresford, Thu Jun 7 – Sun Jul 8
With opera, ballet and a lake-view champagne bar you can leave your festival wellies at home for this one
The Tate’s ARTIST ROOMS: Agnes Martin, The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre, Thu Jul 5 – 5 Oct
World-class art comes to Winchester. Agnes Martin was one of America’s foremost abstract painters and this exhibition, part of Tate’s highly prestigious ARTIST ROOMS scheme, is definitely worth a visit or five. Apparently, to really appreciate the calming, grounding nature of Martin’s work, you need see it regularly; entirely possible with this three-month-long exhibition.
WOCKFEST, Whitchurch, Fri Jul 20, 7pm – 1am
Ibiza meets Hampshire for one night only, with headline DJ Dean Oram — fresh from Ministry of Sound, Ibiza and The Black Eyed Peas tour in Dubai — plus vocalist Errol Reid of 90s reggae outfit China Black. WOCKFEST is the brainchild of local chiropractor and thermographer, Elizabeth Bayliss, so help will be on hand if any of us over-enthusiuastic dancers do some damage *phewff*. So grab your glow sticks, daub on the UV paint and go large or go home… a short hop down the road. Amen to that.
Hampshire Food Festival, throughout July
Calling all foodies. Launching this Saturday, a month-long celebration of Hampshire’s food and farming community. Expect everything from local produce pop-up dinners with James Durrant to Southampton Cocktail Week via English wine masterclasses with Berry Bros. & Rudd and butchery workshops at Newylns Farm Shop. Drink up. Chow down.
Summer Holiday Art Workshops with Nadia Waterfield Fine Art, Goodworth Clatford, Jul & Aug
PAINT A JUNGLE SCENE: Tue 24 Jul/10.00am – 1.00pm: 7 – 11 yrs/ 2.30 – 5.30pm: 11 – 14 yrs
DESIGN YOUR DREAM BEDROOM IN A SHOEBOX: Tue 31 Jul/10.00am – 1.00pm: 7 – 11 yrs/2.30 – 5.30pm: 11 – 14 yrs
EXPERIMENTAL ART: Thur 30 Aug 10.00am – 1.00pm: age 7 – 11 yrs /2.30 – 5.30pm: 11 – 14 yrs
Nadia Waterfield Fine Art, Quiddity Barn, Goodworth Clatford SP11/07717 833999/nadiawaterfieldfineart.com
Jewellery Moves at Freyr and Fell Concept Store, Alresford, Tue 17 Jul, 7pm – 9pm
Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival, Raimes Vineyard, Hinton Ampner, Sun 22 Jul
Meet the winemakers and sample award winning sparkling and still wines from seven of Hampshire’s top vineyards, plus local grub from Hampshire Fare members, wine masterclasses, guided vineyard tours and music from Alresford Ukulele Jam. You can buy tickets from the link below, where you’ll find options to book on masterclasses plus tickets that include coach travel from Winchester hosted by Joel from Grape & Grain Tours.