IT'S set to be another hot weekend in Hampshire and you'll be wanting to get out and about and enjoy the sunshine.

Here's our pick of five of the top family fun events taking place on Saturday and Sunday.

Wickham Festival, all weekend

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CELEBRATED Irish rockers The Saw Doctors will celebrate 30 years of touring the UK with an exclusive headline set at Wickham Festival this weekend.

The concert, on Friday (August 5), will be the band's first UK gig in five years and their sole festival appearance of 2022.

The popular festival's line-up is packed with perennial favourites including the Waterboys who close the event on Sunday, August 7.

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The four-day festival kicks off on Thursday (August 4) with 10CC, Los Pacaminos with Paul Young, Chris Difford from Squeeze, Oyster Band and Grace Petrie.

In addition to the Saw Doctors, Friday features Martha Wainwright, Rumer, Spooky Men’s Chorale and Skinny Lister.

Saturday will deliver high-octane shows from the Levellers, Ferocious Dog, the Undertones, the Dhol Foundation and Show of Hands while Sunday also features Gilbert O’Sullivan and the Men They Couldn’t Hang.

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Thomas the Tank Engine, The Watercress Line, various times

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Young fans of Thomas the Tank Engine can jump on board when the popular Day Out With Thomas event returns to The Watercress Line this weekend.

Joining the famously friendly blue tank engine from Saturday will be Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty & Dusty, Sir Topham Hatt, Percy, Diesel and Toad.

Three different outdoor entertainment shows will be held daily, as well as opportunities to meet Sir Topham Hatt and Rusty & Dusty.

There will also be Thomas & Friends-themed activities including a ride behind the train and the Imagination Station Play Zone, alongside unlimited rides on the miniature railway and the big trains from Ropley to Alton, children’s vintage fairground rides and face painting fun.

Refreshments will be available or bring a picnic for the family to enjoy overlooking the South Downs.

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Supercar Weekend, Beaulieu, Saturday and Sunday

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Beaulieu Supercar Weekend is the must-see family spectacular that brings some of the world’s most exclusive and desirable motors to Beaulieu.

One of the biggest Supercar events on the South Coast, it is a must for all supercar enthusiasts, providing an opportunity to get almost close enough to touch these impressive motors!

The demonstration run is a must-see highlight. See incredible machines put through their paces along Beaulieu’s Chestnut Avenue as drivers test their supercars acceleration and breaking.

A McLaren F1 will be joining on both days. Often referred to as the greatest supercar ever built, this extraordinary vehicle is one of the world’s most exclusive cars.


Jerk Jam presents: One people, The Quarter Lounge, Saturday

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This day of food and music happening on Commercial Road is a celebration of Jamaican independence Day - and could be the first of many.

The event will feature an out door sound system powered by the legendary Maka foundation sound alongside guest selectors throughout the day.

There will be an outdoor street kitchen serving authentic Caribbean cuisine, festival installations, including a ten-foot model of the windrush, face painting and kids craft activities from midday.

It's free to attend and could lead to  a yearly celebration of the windrush generation, the positive input of the Jamaican community and the cross culture power of food and music.

Butterfly Weekend, Bursledon Windmill, Saturday and Sunday

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Go along to the laid-back Butterfly Weekend event, collect your big butterfly count sheet and stroll around the windmill site before you move onto the Windmill Woods Woodland Path.

See how many butterflies you can spot and identify! If you wish, you can submit your sightings to the Big Butterfly Count. 

There's also a themed butterfly make and take to join in with!

The coffee hut will be open to serve hot and cold drinks and snacks.

The event is suitable for four to ten-year-olds and runs from 10am to 4pm.

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