1 In the New Forest...

CATCH the end of The New Forest's Food and Drink Week this weekend.

Although it has been running since Monday, there will still be plenty of produce for those busy families busting to spend the weekend out and about.

Try, buy and learn about everything food and drink related from some of the forest's finest farmers, shops, restaurants, pubs, tearooms, kitchens, chefs, cooks, bakers and locals.

Various locations will be participating in the week-long festival, so venture throughout the green ground to find the perfect samples for you.

All ages are welcome. A full brochure detailing individual locations can be found on the New Forest website.

2 In Winchester...

THE Winchester Round Table Bonfire and Fireworks 60th annual event takes place in the heart of the city on Saturday.

Be part of the 20,000 people expected to gather at North Walls Recreational Ground for one of the nation's best November displays.

Don't forget about the unmissable eccentric processions on High Street before the family fireworks.

Timings and further details are to be confirmed. Tickets are available via local businesses around the city.

They are priced at £5 each. Volunteers from the Round Table will also be selling tickets in the high street on Saturday before the event.

3 In Southampton...

GET cosy at Tudor House this Saturday and make some professional-standard gingerbread men decorations with artist Caroline Misslebrook.

Visitors will be taught to use a variety of techniques and stitches in this exclusive session, suitable for any ability.

It is perfect for complete beginners who want to ensure that their house is the most eye-catching this Christmas.

All materials are included and refreshments are to be provided throughout the session.

The specialist course costs £22 per person and must be pre-booked.

This can be done so by calling 02380 834536, or by visiting Tudor House.

4 In Southampton...

DEFEAT the Aqua Warrior this Saturday at The Quays Swimming and Diving Complex, Harbour Parade.

Have you got what it takes? Work as a team or individually in a challenge to get from start to finish on the 14-piece inflatable obstacle course.

Perfect for the whole family, there is no age limit - participants are only deemed unsuitable to participate if they are unable to swim 25 meters unaided before the session.

Under 16s cost £5 and those above cost £7. The session runs between 2pm and 4pm.

5 In Southampton...

DISCOVER the underlying tales of treason and murder in Southampton this Sunday.

In the dark, families are invited to join a specialist guide on a Guy Fawkes themed walk around the city.

A plan to murder a king, nineteen dismembered Lancastrians, spies and vanishing friars - this walk has it all.

It will start at the Bargate 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5.00 plus a booking fee.

They can be reserved at www.wegottickets.com/tourguides1976.

They can also be purchased on the night of the walk but a space is not guaranteed.

For more information, contact 07974 292414.

6 In Basingstoke...

TAKE a trip to the Willis Museum in Basingstoke this Saturday and witness a promisingly unique exhibition for all ages.

The automata are on tour from Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, whose exhibits have recently been enjoyed in China, Korea, and the USA.

Featuring modern mechanical sculptures with clever mechanisms and humorous ideas, this collection has been seen by over ten million people worldwide over the past 30 years.

Artists’ works featured include Paul Spooner, Matt Smith and Peter Markey.

The exhibition also features a display of amusing circus themed artworks especially commissioned for the show by talented illustrator Sam Hiscock.

As usual, entrance to the museum is free and the exhibition requires no extra fee.

7 In Winchester...

THE Winchester Short Film Festival will return for its seventh consecutive year on Saturday and promises to be better than ever.

Shortlisted films from categories such as 'Best British Short Film' are showcased and promoted throughout the week-long festival.

But the icing on the cake is the prizes to be won and the black-tie award ceremony, with keynote speakers from the industry.

Various events at a range of venues with different age limits will be hosted across the city.

Visit the festival's website to find the most suitable event for your family.

8 In Winchester...

'FREEDOM! The Power of Song' was commissioned by the Salisbury Community Choir, and is coming to Winchester Cathedral this Saturday.

The inspiring performance travels through history, remembering and celebrating the pinnacles of peace achieving people and moments.

It will start at 7.30pm and tickets range from £15 to £30.

There will be a retiring collection in support of Naomi House Children’s Hospice, the chosen charity of Salisbury Community Choir.

All ages are welcome. For more information or to book tickets, visit the cathedral's website.

Alternatively for bookings, contact cathedral.office@winchester-cathedral.org.uk or call 01962 857251.

9 In Bournemouth...

CURE your Halloween blues this weekend and head to Bournemouth to celebrate the life of the Shelley family.

Saturday and Sunday will see the grand finale of The Shelley Frankenstein festival take place.

The family's artistic, social and political accomplishments reverberate around the world to this day.

Events at the festival aim to reflect this by providing a platform for people to explore these accomplishments through theatre, art, fun, philosophy and reflection.

Suitable for all ages, the spooky yet indulging festival finale will take place in multiple venues across the city.

For a brochure detailing individual events, visit The Shelley Frankenstein Festival website.

10 In Portsmouth...

LOVE Southsea Market returns to Palmerston Road for both days of the weekend and is to be as packed as ever.

The iconic market will feature stalls offering all sorts of products - you're guaranteed to want something.

With a friendly vibe and the bustling Southsea community spirit, there will be something for even the fussiest of buyers.

Whether it be the goods on offer or the wide range of street foods that you take a liking to, your family are sure to enjoy a trip to this market.

On Saturday the market opens at 9am and Sunday at 10am. Entry is free both days.