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From lively towns and cities to tranquil countryside and beautiful beaches, the county of Hampshire has it all. If you relish the buzz of an urban setting, head to the waterfront city of Portsmouth, or indeed the major port of Southampton and explore its shops, museums, art galleries and parks, before grabbing a bite at one of its many excellent eateries – perhaps Ovation, the popular restaurant at the Mayflower Theatre, or Quay Fifteen, where you can enjoy fuss-free fine dining.

Winchester and Eastleigh have a lot to offer too – including, in Winchester’s case, the Michelin-starred Black Rat restaurant. The city has also inspired a wealth of literary classics, from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility to John Keats’ Ode To Autumn.

Those looking for a break from city life, meanwhile, can get away from it all at coastal beauty spots such as Hayling Island near Chichester, or the historic Hurst Castle, or escape to the country and take advantage of Hampshire’s 3,000 miles of footpaths and 750 miles of cycle paths.

This county has something to inspire everyone, from the young family to the day-tripping couple, the literature fan to the ardent foodie.

Please note, only festivals from today's date are shown below.

Countryside Day

Set in 450 acres of Hampshire farmland, spend the day roaming around Sparsholt College campus.


Alresford Watercress Festival

Get rid of the rocket and banish the radish, because watercress is in town – Alresford town in Hampshire, to be exact


Alton Beer Festival

If you’re looking for great beer and cider, fantastic food and an unmissable line-up of music, Alton Beer Festival definitely needs to be a date marked on your calendar.


Cheese & Chilli Festival - Basingstoke

e-Damn this is going to be a good festival.


Farplace South East Vegan Festival

Calling all vegans, vegetarians and omnivores, the South East Vegan Festival is on the horizon!


Jerk Jam

From humble back garden beginnings, Jerk Jam has evolved into a fully-fledged, ultra-chill celebration of Caribbean food, live music and good times.


The New Forest and Hampshire County Show

It’s as good as New (Forest)! This county show promises to be one of the best in the country, so check it out or you’ll be missing out.


Lymington Seafood Festival

The festival is a celebration of Lymington and the New Forest's rich cultural heritage, local produce and links to the sea...


Cheese and Chilli Festival - Winchester

I curd through the grapevine that a great event would brie in Winchester in August


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