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County Town: Winchester
Population: 1,585,00
Area: 1458 Sq miles 3775 Sq k
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Events

January
Christmas Celebrations at Beaulieu
Hampshire Potato Day
Lambing Days
Somerley 10k and Fun Run

March
Hardley Runners Exbury 10k
Lachenalia Exhibition
Mothering Sunday
Music evening at Stansted Park
New Forest Book Fair
Petersfield Music Festival
Primrose and Camellia Walks
Winchester Beer Fest
Young Art Hampshire Exhibition

April
A Garden for all Seasons
Annual Oyster & Beer Festival
Beaulieu Boatjumble
Big Top at the Tower!
Daffodils on Mother’s Day at Stansted Park
Easter at Exbury
Festival of St George
Four Seasons Artists Exhibition
Hamble Point Boat Show
Lachenalia Exhibition
Meon Valley Riser in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Miniature Steam Rally
Primrose and Camellia Walks
Simply Aston Martin
The Glory of the Garden FOCAL EVENT

May
A Garden for all Seasons
Alresford Watercress Festival
Charity Walk for ‘Love your Hospital’
Four Seasons Artists Exhibition
French Market
Hatherden & Wildhern Summer Fete
Hedge End Rotary Jazz Picnic
HiFi South Festival
May Day Cavalcade
May Day Fun at Cranbury Park
Mayfest
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Romsey Green Fair
Simply Ford Car Rally
Simply Jaguar
Solent Boat Jumble
Sparsholt College Countryside Day
Spring Autojumble
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June
Alresford Music Festival
Annual Community Fun Day
Annual Writer's Conference - Festival of Writing
Artlook Exhibition
Autojumble and Grand Vintage Show
Blissfields Festival
Clarendon Way Walk
Fathers Day at Stansted Park
Fleet & District Carnival
Four Seasons Artists Exhibition
Hampshire Food Festival
Petersfield Festival of Food & Drink
Power in the Park
Sherfield on Loddon Village Fête
Simply Classics & Sport Car Rally
Simply Porsche Car Rally
Simply VW Rally
Southern Tool Fair
St Cross Fete
St Cross in Bloom
The Garden Show at Stansted
The Glory of the Garden FOCAL EVENT
The New Forest Book Fair
Unusual Plants Fair

July
A Lavender Experience!
14th Big Wheel Bike
All Breeds Fun Dog Show
All That's Vintage Craft & Gift Event
Andover Carnival
Annual Flower Show
Artlook Exhibition
Austin Seven Rally
Bark in The Park
Blissfields Festival
Exbury Tea Festival
Gig on the Green
Good Weekend
Hat Fair
Hedge End Carnival & Gala Show
International Air Show
Look Twice Artists Exhibition
Lymington Carnival
Manydown Maize Maze
Netley Marsh Steam & Craft Show
New Forest and Hampshire County Show
Parachute Spectacular & Military Tattoo
Petersfield Artists in Town
Point on the Park
Rock the Park
Simply Japanese Rally
Simply Vauxhall Rally
Southampton Garden Festival
Strawberries and Steam
Summer Tours at Bucklers Hard
The Countryside on Show
The Stansted Proms
Titchfield Boat Jumble
Winchester Festival

August
Balloons over Basingstoke
Blasts From The Past
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Fireworks Proms
Doggie Fun Day
Eastleigh Festival
Ellingham & Ringwood Show
Emsworth Show
Look Twice Artists Exhibition
Mad Hatters Tea Party
Manydown Maize Maze
New Forest Fuchsia Society Exhibition
One Beat
Overton Beer Festival
Portsmouth Boat Jumble
Ringwood Art Society Annual Summer Exhibition
Simply Land Rover Rally
Summer Tours at Bucklers Hard
Supercar Showdown
Teddy Bears Picnic at Stansted Park
VW T Fest!

September
A Thought for Food
Alresford Agricultural Show
Beaulieu International Autojumble
Girls Night Out
Heritage Open Day at Stansted Park
Heritage Open Days
Manydown Maize Maze
Michaelmas Fair
New Forest bike ride for Orchid Cancer Care
New Forest Book Fair
Petersfield Antiques Fair
Slog & Slug at Stansted Park
Solent Boat Jumble
Southsea Fest
The Stansted Slog
Winchester Open Weekend

October
Alton Word Fest
Autumn Pumpkin Festival and Scarecrow Avenue
Big Draw
Emsworth Seafood Week
Ethelflaeda Festival
Exbury Ghost Train
Festival of Autumn Colours
Halloween at the Spinnaker
Portsmouth & Southsea Festival
RHS New Forest Breakfast Walk
Steam in the Gardens
Titchfield Carnival
Torchlight tours at Stansted Park

November
Christmas Fayre
Christmas Festival at Stansted Park
Cosham Bonfire & Fireworks Display
East Hants Boat Jumble
Evening Christmas Fair
Fireworks Spectacular
Simply Smart
Thorney Island Bonfire & Fireworks

December
Basingstoke Santa Jog
Christmas Celebrations at Beaulieu
Christmas Fayre
Exbury Santa Steam Specials
New Forest Book Fair
New Year's Eve Spectacular
New Years Eve Party
Petersfield Christmas Market
Santa Specials
Victorian Festival of Christmas

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Principal Towns: Winchester, Portsmouth, Southhampton, Basingstoke, Aldershot
Home to literary legends Jane Austen and Charles Dickens , King Arthur’s round table, chocolate box villages set in beautiful green countryside, two of England’s largest ports, The New Forest , National Park land and a plethora of other remarkable attractions, Hampshire is one of those counties that literally throws everything at you and dares you to be unmoved.

You’ll find this busy county on the south coast of England bordering Dorset , Wiltshire , Berkshire , Surrey and West Sussex. Its county town is Winchester but Portsmouth and Southampton are its main two towns. Most of Portsmouth lies on Portsea Island, where the Solent joins the English Channel making Portsmouth the UK's only island city. Fareham , Gosport and Havant sort of fill the gap in between the two. Most of its southern coastline is on the stretch of water known as The Solent, meaning that it offers some fantastic maritime points of interest and activites. Keen sailors will be spoilt for choice as the waters around Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight are great for sailing. You can also get excellent potted histories of the area’s naval and marine history by visiting some of the many museums – Portsmouth City Museum and the Royal Naval Museum being the most popular, or better still actually seeing pieces of history in the form The Mary Rose itself - the only 16th century warship on display anywhere in the world and HMS Victory , the world's oldest commissioned warship.

In between Portsmouth and Southampton you’ll find some of Hampshire's best, cleanest beaches. Hayling Island, is the birthplace of windsurfing, due to the fact the inventor of the windsurfer, Peter Chilvers, actually had first his idea for a board with a sail when he was 12 year old whilst on Hayling Island. It’s also home to plenty of other water-based activities is a great place for the more seaworthy types and other attractive beaches include those at Calshot and Lepe. To get a great birds eye view of Southampton visit Lepe Country Park, which is in the New Forest, where the views take in all the shipping passing in and out of Southampton Water, and sailing boats from Hamble and Cowes. The Royal Victoria Country Park at Netley also overlooks the approaches to the port. Other good beaches are at Milford on Sea and New Milton, opposite the Needles, a dramatic collection chalk outcrops off the Isle of Wight.

If you wanted a slightly more regal viewpoint then you might prefer to take position at one of the castles and forts that have been built over the centuries on the coast to defend the harbours at Southampton and Portsmouth. These include the Norman Portchester Castle which overlooks Portsmouth Harbour, and a series of forts built by Henry VIII including Hurst Castle, situated on a sand spit at the mouth of the Solent , Calshot Castle on another spit at the mouth of Southampton Water, and Netley Castle. There are plenty of more modern attractions and facilities in the town centres of Southampton and Portsmouth, with both being terrific for shopping with new ultra modern complexes in each town. If you’re looking for somewhere inspirational for horse riding , then The New Forest certainly comes in the top ten venues in the UK. Created in 1079 by William I, The New Forest is a former royal hunting area, principally of deer. The area carries forward many of the rural practices conceded by the Crown in past times to local people. The primary of these is the pasturing of ponies, cattle, pigs and donkeys in the open Forest by local ‘commoners’. It is an amazing recreational area for walking and cycling as well as horse riding and has great camping facilities. The Museum and Visitor Centre in Lyndhurst is the place to stop to find out more about the Forest. On your way out of The New Forest, just on the border, you’ll find the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu which is well worth a visit.

Also known as the ancient capital of England, Winchester is most famous for its beautiful cathedral. The second longest building in Europe, Winchester Cathedral was originally built in 1079. It contains fine architecture spanning the 11th to the 16th century and is the burial place of a number of bishops of Winchester, many Anglo-Saxon and later kings including King Canute, as well as Jane Austen. If ancient history interests you then you must, must visit Winchester Castle which is well known for its Great Hall which was built in the 12th century. The Great Hall was rebuilt, between 1222-1235 and is famous for King Arthur's Round Table, which has hung in the hall from 1463. The table actually dates from the 13th century, and as such is not contemporary to Arthur but it is still of considerable historical interest.

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