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Festival season has arrived in Hampshire

Spring is in the air and May marks the start of an exciting calendar of festivals, and events in Hampshire.

Whether you’re joining us for a countryside staycation with the family or an overnight break with your other half, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Look at our top picks of things to do in and around the New Forest for 2022.


Burley Food & Drink Festival, 27th May–29th May 2022

Venture up the road to Burley for a food and drink festival nestled in beautiful woodlands. Bask in glorious views as you indulge in artisan food and artistic creations with music from the very best local artists. Stalls including the Root Vegetable Patch will transform the Manor, showcasing a range of vegan and veggie produce.

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Christchurch Food Festival, 2nd June–5th June 2022

There’s no better way to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee weekend than with tasty treats and refreshing drinks from the heart of Hampshire. Sample and buy from local producers, delicious street food makers, and craft drink producers whilst soaking up the spring sunshine and enjoy the atmosphere from a host of superb entertainment.

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Dogstival, 4th – 5th June 2022

One for the dog lovers amongst us, a special Jubilee edition of Dogstival, returns to the New Forest on the 4th & 5th June. Taking place in Broadlands Park, Romsey, this is the ultimate day out for you and your pooch. The festival is jam-packed with activities, displays, dog-friendly shopping, live music, and delicious food and drink for all. Plus, there’ll even be a doggy diving pool for your four-legged friend to create a splash.

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New Forest Folk Festival, 6-10th July 2022

Labelled as one of the friendliest festivals in the UK, the New Forest Folk Festival brings many folk artists to the area, including Lindisfarne, Ralph McTell, and Merry Hell. Head to Romsey for a day or two to enjoy a host of live music and quality food and drink from local New Forest suppliers.

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Lymington Seafood Festival, 15th – 17th July

Seafood lovers unite! Lymington Seafood Festival is a three-day event showcasing all the fantastic seafood and delicacies that the New Forest offers. It will be a big weekend with the UK’s number one Queen Tribute Band, bonkers street performers, and stand-up comedy from Dan the Hat.

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New Forest and Hampshire County Show 2022, 26th –28th July 2022

A trip to the New Forest wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the New Forest & Hampshire County Show. An annual three-day agricultural show with show jumping and a range of equestrian classes, livestock competitions, and much more. Stroll around a fantastic selection of stalls, pick up treats for your furry friends, buy accessories for your horse or simply enjoy the delicious food and drink on offer.

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Tree Top Trail Adventure, various dates until 31st July 2022

Climb up to the dizzying heights of the New Forest trees and get the adrenaline pumping with this exciting new Tree Top Trail. Suitable for 8-year-olds and over, this trail will take you to new heights as you make your way across obstacles and zipline through the trees.

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