If you’re staying in Southampton this summer, you don’t have to miss out on the festival circuit. With more festivals around than ever before, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Blissfields

  • Friday 01 & Saturday 02 July
  • Vicarage Farm, near Winchester
  • Tickets: £95 weekend, day tickets also available
  • For more information, go to: www.blissfields.co.uk

With Dizzee Rascal, Everything Everything and Shy FX topping the bill, you’re in for a treat.

Southampton Thai Festival

Discover a new culture with stalls, cooking demonstrations and live music and performances in Southampton’s Mayflower Park.

Winchester Hat Fair

  • Friday 01 – Sunday 03 July
  • Various venues across Winchester
  • Tickets: Free, but the organisers invite donations on their website
  • For more information, go to: www.winchesterfestival.co.uk

Founded in 1974, the hat fair is the UK’s longest-running festival of outdoor arts. From photography to dance and of course lots of headwear, this festival is a must-see.

Winchester Festival of the Arts

  • Friday 01 – Saturday 09 July
  • Various venues across Winchester
  • Tickets: Dependent on the event
  • For more information, go to: www.winchesterfestival.co.uk

Explore the visual arts, classic music performances, festival walks and much more at this varied festival based in and around Winchester.

Let’s Rock Southampton: The Retro Festival

If you like your golden oldies, then this is the perfect day out for you. Watch Jason Donovan, Tiffany, Rick Astley and many more perform their classic hits.

Southampton Mela Festival

Art Asia present an assortment of musical styles from South Asia and around the world, plus exciting dance acts and family activities.

Southampton Fake Festival 

A tribute-based music event featuring a triple line-up of ‘fake bands’ – Queen, Oasis and Chili Peppers – plus local support acts.

Graze Festival 

  • Sunday 28 August
  • Tickets: adult £25, children (under 12) free, young (13-18) £15, student £15
  • Humphrey Farms, Winchester
  • For more information, go to www.visitwinchester.co.uk/graze-festival-0

Explore Hampshire’s newest music, food and arts festival, showcasing an exciting line-up of live music, performing arts, pop-up restaurants and entertainment.

Soundclash Festival 

  • Saturday 01 October & Sunday 02 October
  • Tickets: first release £30
  • Somerley in Ringwood
  • For more information, go to: www.soundclashfest.com

A blend of popular electronic music set over several stages in a rural setting. Line-up to be announced on Friday 01 July.