IT'S high summer and, if the rain stays away, there's a host of hot events happening across Hampshire.

Here's our pick of the top ten days out this weekend...

(1) At Lymington Seafood Festival...

THE historic market town of Lymington will be holding its first seafood festival tomorrow and Sunday.

The two-day event, held at Bath Road Park, will feature some of the region’s most exciting chefs, restaurants and artisan producers.

It will play host to an exciting array of over 70 producers and pop-up restaurants across the weekend, including Chewton Glen, The Montagu Arms, Careys Manor and Lymington’s much-acclaimed Elderflower restaurant.

It aims to serve as many seafood delicacies as possible, from lobster mac n’ cheese, local hand dived scallops, clams, crab and mackerel.

Wines include Hambledon’s award-winning English sparkling, a pint of festival ale courtesy of Ringwood Brewery, or local gin or rum from Dancing Cows Distillery.

With its stunning Solent and estuary views, Bath Road Park will welcome Michelin-starred chefs in the demonstration kitchen. Luke Matthews of Chewton Glen and Roux Scholar Matthew Tomkinson of The Terrace will star alongside Pascal Aussignac from London’s Club Gascon and Mark Jarvis, of Anglo, one of London’s hottest young chefs.

In addition to the pop-up food stalls, there will be live music across the weekend with leading bands and artists playing a mix of soul, blues, ska and rag-time – plus a 12-strong sea shanty band. To further entertain the crowds, there will be children’s activities and street entertainers.


(2) At St Mary's Stadium...

SAINTS return to Premier League action tomorrow as they take on Swansea City in the season opener at St Mary's, kick off 3pm.

It's the first chance to see Southampton in competitive action since the appointment of their new manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

It was a successful end to pre-season last weekend with a 2-0 home win against a decent Sevilla side, but the team have been rocked this week by a transfer request from the previously popular wantaway Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk.

The manager, a former Argentinian international who had a successful last season at Alaves before arriving in Southampton, is aiming to bring in at least one new signing to freshen up his Saints squad, possibly more if he loses his star centre back.

Saints have so far only recruited £5m Polish centre half Jan Bednarek this summer.

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(3) At New Forest Fairy Festival...

FAIRIES and elves are taking over a Hampshire village this weekend.

Hundreds of people have strapped on their wings and stocked up on magic dust for the New Forest Fairy Festival.

Burley Park has been transformed into a hive of magical activity, boasting activities including live bands, Morris dancers, storytelling, belly dancing, workshops, a healing area, puppet shows and interactive workshops.

The festival begins tomorrow and returns on Sunday.

Enjoy interactive storytelling, yoga, meditation and bags of fairy-themed fun. Visitors are encouraged to dress up and enjoy the fun in Burley, the


(4) At the Ellingham & Ringwood Show...

LIGHT horse classes, heavy horse displays and dog agility contests are among the highlights of the annual agricultural show, which takes place tomorrow at the Ellingham and Ringwood show ground.

The horse classes attract a variety of breeds including New Forest Ponies, Arabs and Coloured Cobs. There are two dressage classes, as well as novices, show jumping and working hunters.

Alternatively, enter your pet in a variety of classes from ‘Most Handsome Pedigree’ to ‘Waggiest Tail’.

Dairy and Beef Cattle are on display and The Donkey Show is always popular. It all culminates in a Grand Parade of Champions in the main ring.

In the horticultural marquee, homemade produce ranges from fruit and vegetables to pot plants. There's flower arranging, homemade wine, photographs and handicrafts of all kinds.

Inside the Craft Marquee exhibitors make and show their own products, whilst outside Rural Crafts are displayed.

There's fancy dress, the scarecrow competition, a falconry display, vintage farm machinery and even reptiles.

The charitable society has been making donations to good causes for over 50 years.

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(5) At WestQuay...

ENJOY a trip to the flicks with a difference this weekend.

Cinema Amongst The Stars is to host an outdoor cinema on the Esplanade area at WestQuay in front of the city walls, showing a great selection of classics.

Film lovers are invited to kick back in a deckchair, put on the wireless headphones provided and relax.

Enjoy ET tomorrow night at 7.30pm. After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie, and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.

There's a Disney Pixar family treat in store on Sunday at 5pm. Finding Dory welcomes back to the big screen everyone's favourite forgetful blue tang Dory, who's living happily in the reef with Marlin and Nemo. When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California's prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation centre and aquarium.


(6) At The Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth...

RAISE a toast to the incredible views from 360ft up the Spinnaker Tower this summer at a new pop-up Champagne Bar event.

Savour the sunset over Portsmouth Harbour and be serenaded by live music whilst enjoying Champagne on View Deck 1, 100 metres above sea level. Your ticket includes a glass of Castelnau Champagne on arrival. A selection of Champagne options to suit all tastes will then be available from the dedicated bar, including Lanson Black and Veuve Clicquot.

Doors open at 8pm and tickets are £16 per person.


(7) At Beaulieu...

BACK by popular demand, all VW Transporter owners are invited to drive into Beaulieu and park up within the museum complex for VW T Fest tomorrow and Sunday.

It promises to be a superb weekend for VW Transporter owners and enthusiasts.

Sunday visitors to Beaulieu will be able to see the colourful display of VW Transporters parked on the Beaulieu arena for a show and shine, followed by presentations and trophies.

This year's fancy dress theme is the 1960s. Participants are encouraged to dress up, both person and vehicle are in the running for winning these categories.

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(8) At Southsea Common...

ONCE again the skies will be filled with a myriad of kites of all shapes and sizes tomorrow and Sunday, from 10am until 5pm.

Hundreds of kite fliers from around the world travelling to the event, which offers wide open spaces and good winds which allows kites fliers to show off their creations at their best.

This year celebrates the 26th Portsmouth International Kite Festival and the theme is The Seven Continents.

Organisers hope to have kites and kite fliers from six of the continents of the world. Countries include China, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, North and South America as well as countries across Europe. Plus, of course, kite fliers from Great Britain.

The festival will have a stunning and colourful demonstration of the art of kite flying and kite making reflecting the tradition of kites around the world, with many kites in the sky and on the ground for visitors to enjoy and admire. These include beautiful single line kites - intricately appliquéd or painted with magnificent designs, amazing cellular kites – flying miracles of structural engineering, awe inspiring 3D soft kites in a magical range of shapes and sizes and skilfully flown kites performing excellent tricks and routines to music

The event is free for everyone.


(9) On the Beaulieu Estate...

ENJOY bushcraft, archery, woodland low ropes challenges and a high ropes adventure on a family woodland adventure day on Sunday.

Enjoy a fantastic day of activities for all the family with the special event, organised by New Forest Activities. During the morning you’ll get the chance to light a fire and build a woodland shelter before testing your aim with a bow. In the afternoon you’ll explore some of our woodland Low Ropes Challenges before taking to the trees for your High Ropes Adventure.

The day, for ages eight plus, is a wonderful way to experience these varied activities based on the Beaulieu Estate.


(10) At Eastleigh Lakeside Railway...

ENJOY a day out with your favourite teddy bear on Sunday.

All children who bring their teddy bear along will ride free with a fare paying adult.

The railway is a 10¼-inch and 7¼-inch dual gauge miniature railway that runs from its main station, Eastleigh Parkway, to Monks Brook Halt and then back to Eastleigh Parkway.

Trains are usually steam hauled. The journey of just under 1¼ miles takes about 15-20 minutes.

Monks Brook Halt gives passengers an opportunity to visit the lakes, children’s playground or use the adjacent picnic tables.

The souvenir shop has the full range of Big Jigs wooden models along with Thomas the Tank Engine models and sits alongside Lakeside Cafe.

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