AT NEW PARK, BROCKENHURST… ONE of the biggest events on the Hampshire summer calendar returns next week with a special visit from Her Majesty The Queen (July 25), to end her Diamond Jubilee tour.
The New Forest Show opens on Tuesday for three days of traditional country fun.
New attractions include ‘One Man and His Dog’, a display of the best sheep dog techniques, while old favourites like the Shetland Pony Grand National return.
Visitors can tackle 80ft climbing poles, see the Solent Dog Display team and a vintage and modern farm machinery display.
Meanwhile old favourites like fly fishing, falconry displays, gun dog demonstrations and game cookery are on offer.
Children can enjoy the show farm where they can interact with small animals and the new discovery zone where they can take part in scavenging, den building and potato branding.
There will also be several marquees including New Forest & Hampshire Food Fayre, crafts, antiques, blacksmiths and a flower show.
AT BEAULIEU… IF you can’t get away for a trip abroad this summer, look no further than Beaulieu in the New Forest for an around-the-world tour in 90 days.
Throughout the coming months Beaulieu and its world-famous National Motor Museum will give visitors an away-day experience to their favourite country, while they staycation at home.
The German Show takes place on Sunday.
Owners of all German marques are invited for a day of purely Teutonic motors, old, new, standard, modified and everything in between. The show will feature a huge variety of German cars, including BMW, Audi, VW, Porsche and Mercedes.
AT NETLEY MARSH… WITH the Steam and Craft show cancelled this weekend because of the current adverse weather,dozens of craft stands and artists will be decamping to The White Horse.
The pub is hosting its first trade fair weekend tomorrow and Sunday between 10am and 6pm.
Howard Mathurine’s iconic music paintings will be on display with a craft fair,live music and kids zone, as well as bouncy castles, sumo suit wrestling and a penalty shoot out. All profits from the trade stands go to charity.
Live music tomorrow night comes from Rival Agents with The Buble Experience taking to the stage on Sunday night.
AT Winchester CATHEDRAL… GIVING visitors the chance to explore further, guides will again be running the popular weekly Special To urs this summer,starting on Wednesday.
This year’s series will look at not only some of the more hidden architectural features of the 900- year-old building, but also some of the people and experiences that have played a part in its history.
Face the Music,next week, includes background musical history and examines aspects of music within the cathedral.
AT GOALS SOCCER CENTRE, Southampton … BUDDING future stars of all footballing abilities are being invited to come along to Goals Soccer Centre over the summer holidays to join in their summer festival of sport.
The FA accredited centre, on Millbrook Point Road, will be hosting specially arranged junior academy days every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from next week on the latest Astroturf technology 5G pitches.
AT THE CELLAR, SOUTHAMPTON… IT’S a Quadrophenia special this afternoon between 3.30pm and 6pm. With two iconic scooters on show, along with memorabilia from the 70s film, fans are invited to have their picture taken with Jimmy and Sting’s scooters. AT THE RIVER HAMBLE GAMES… THIS one-day sporting extravaganza takes place tomorrow.
Teams and individuals are invited to take part in the sailing , swimming, kayaking, rowing and running events. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be competed for across the disciplines and age groups. Supporters will be able to line the banks of the river as competitors take to the water.
The event will culminate in a medal ceremony open to competitors and their supporters.
AT MICHELDEVER FETE… ORGANISERS are praying for sunshine tomorrow between 1pm and 4pm.
With a packed programme of arena events on Lord Rank Playing Field. In addition, there will be wine tasting, ferret racing, miniature steam train, coconut shy and stalls selling cakes, bric-a-brac and plants.
AT QUEEN ELIZABETH COUNTRY PARK… THE South Downs Wood Fair, tomorrow and Sunday, will focus on all aspects of wood, its production and its uses. On show will be everything from large machinery to small scale craftsmanship.
There will also be lots of other attractions including chainsaw sculpture, coppice crafts displays and working heavy horses will be among the many wood-based displays. A wonderful range of other crafts and exhibits will also be on show.
For more active visitors, there’s a spectacular climbing wall, “Have-a-go”
archery, and donkey rides for the children.
AT THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY OFF-ROAD BIKE RIDE… CYCLISTS are taking on a gruelling challenge in aid of the British Heart Foundation tomorrow.
More than 400 are expected to saddle up and help raise £45,000 for the charity’s vital work.
People can choose to do 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne, 65 miles from Winchester to Brighton or 35 miles from Brighton to Eastbourne.
AT 424 (CITY OF SOUTHAMPTON) SQDRN ROYAL AIR FORCE CADETS… TOMORROW’S model railway exhibition, next to Solent Sky Aircraft, gives visitors the chance to view some of the best models on the south coast including a c1976 model railway of St Denys Railway Station.
Also included is an exhibition of model aircraft and dioramas made and displayed by current and former cadets.Try the flight simulators with full instruction from expert instuctors, fly models, watch the displays of drill by the cadets and enjoy a barbecue.
AT THE CARROLL CENTRE, WINCHESTER… RESIDENTS are invited to a ‘Party in the Park’ community event in Stanmore tomorrow.
Enjoy a mobile farm, fairground rides, fun run, charity stalls, tea dance and lots more.
The free event opens at 12pm and will continue until 5pm.
AT SOUTHAMPTON SPORTS CENTRE… HE has brought joy to generations of children in Southampton for four decades.
But now Don Salter who runs the city’s Children’s Pleasure Park is retiring aged 80.
He founded the play park, considered to be Southampton’s best-kept secret for entertaining children, back in the 1970s with his wife Betty, now aged 78.
But after nearly 40 years of sliding down the slides with grandmas in hand and singing hundreds of happy birthdays on the merry-go-round, Don and Betty have retired and handed control of the park to their two sons Fred and Gary.
Now he has invited everyone who has played in the park over the years – including those he used to teach trampolining – to an open event at the Pleasure Park to mark the retirement.
The open day takes place on Tuesday from noon.