Arts & culture

This is a region at the heart of art!

This is a region at the heart of art!

Hampshire & the Isle of Wight has been a breeding-ground, and stage, for a huge array of artistic talent.

Allen Richings Fine Art Studio & Gallery

Allen Richings Fine Art

Allen Richings Studio & Gallery Painting offers the visitors the opportunity to browse the art on offer in the gallery and if you visit the studio you will find Allen working at his easel on view to the public. Oils or soft pastels commissions.

Arreton Barns

Arreton Barns

At Arreton Barns enjoy watching local skilled artisans hard at work in their studios, they are open 7 days a week. Visitor can also browse the local shops and take in the numerous displays of times gone by.

Arty’s Wine Bar & Gallery

Arty's Wine Bar & Art Gallery

Arty’s Wine Bar & Gallery is a small family run business offering great food, great wine, and great company. Anything and everything you see in the Wine Bar, is for sale, including the table that you eat your meal from!

Aspex Gallery

Aspex Gallery

Aspex is a gallery aiming to provide visitors with opportunities to experience the most innovative contemporary visual art at a local and global level. The Gallery also plays host to talks, film screenings and a vibrant learning programme.

Basingstoke Festival

Basingstoke Festival

Basingstoke Festival is an annual arts festival created to showcase the wealth of talent and community spirit in the borough. Covering a range of art forms including drama, music, dance, comedy, film and creative arts.

Beaulieu Abbey

Beaulieu Abbey

Beaulieu Abbey was once thriving Cistercian Abbey, destroyed on the orders of King Henry VIII in 1538 having been founded by King John three centuries before. The now tranquil Abbey is a conserved ruin and visitor attraction.

Bestival

Festival

Bestival is a four-day music festival held at the Robin Hill country park on the Isle of Wight. It has been run by DJ and record producer Rob da Bank since 2004 and has attracted Fatboy Slim, Scissor Sisters, among others.

Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum

Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

The Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum is the perfect place to start exploring the work of one of England’s most famous writers. There are three furnished rooms: the parlour, the dining room and the bedroom where Charles was born.

Chessell Pottery Barns

Chessell Pottery Barns

Chessell Pottery is a small working pottery on the Isle of Wight, where you will find a pottery painting studio, gift barn and award winning café. You can also design and paint your own hand-made English pottery.

Courcoux & Courcoux Gallery

Courcoux & Courcoux Gallery

Courcoux & Courcoux Gallery was established in 1985 and has since become one of Britain’s leading provincial contemporary art galleries that represents 30 of Britain’s foremost and up-and-coming sculptors and painters.

Cumberland Natural History Museum

Cumberland Natural History Museum

There’s a buzz around Cumberland House Natural History Museum as visitors flock to see the observational beehive. Up to 9,000 European Honey Bees live in a colony in the hive, producing honey combs and raising their young.

Dimbola Museum & Gallery

Dimbola Museum and Gallery

Home of the celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. It is now a Museum and Gallery dedicated to her life and work, which also showcases contemporary exhibitions from photographers around the globe.

Gilbert White’s House

Gilbert White's House

It’s located in the picturesque Hampshire village of Selborne. The charming country house was once the home of England’s first ecologist, here you can discover three fascinating stories about explorers of the Natural World.

Groundling’s Theatre

Groundling's Theatre

Groundling’s Theatre represent both past and the future of Portsmouth culture. The theatre is a platform for community arts to thrive and mature, for new and old talent, and voices of all ages to be heard and appreciated.

Isle of Wight Arts

Isle of Wight Arts

Isle of Wight Arts are a not-for-profit company run for Island artists. Each July, Isle of Wight artists and crafts-people open their studios, homes or exhibit in public venues over two open studios weekends.

Isle of Wight Literary Festival

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival celebrates all things literary, from plays to paperbacks to poetry, at the beautiful Northwood House. Taking place over 4 days there is a fantastic line-up of writers and speakers.

Isle of Wight Studio Glass

Isle of Wight Studio Glass

Isle of Wight Studio Glass is the studio from which designer-glassmaker Timothy Harris pursues his innovative approach to making beautiful hand blown studio glass. Visit the studio to see how the glass is made.

John Hansard Gallery

World class contemporary art in Southampton for everyone at the John Hansard Gallery. At the Gallery you can discover exhibitions by today’s most inspiring artists, plus a range of talks, tours and creative activities for all ages.

Kings Theatre

Kings Theatre

The dignified and beautiful Kings Theatre with its Italian Renaissance style of decor is one of the most elegant Edwardian playhouses in the British Isles. It welcomes many one night touring shows and productions.

Laurence Oxley Gallery

Laurence Oxley Bookshop & Gallery

The Laurence Oxley Bookshop and Gallery features an extensive display of 19th and 20th century watercolour paintings. In and amongst these are a large selection of books that include both old and new reads.

Mayflower Theatre

Mayflower Theatre

Mayflower Theatre is the biggest theatre on the south coast presenting a mixture of spectacular touring productions, from musicals – many direct from the West End – to dance, opera, drama, ballet and comedy.

Nuffield Theatre

Nuffield Theatre

The Nuffield Theatre is situated on the Highfield campus at the University. of Southampton. Nuffield aim to create bold, distinctive productions, attracting the highest calibre of artist and talent to work in Southampton.

Osborne House

Osborne House

“It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot” said Queen Victoria of Osborne House, her palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight. Visit Victoria and Albert’s private apartments, their bathing beach and children’s play-cottage.

Palace House

Palace House

In an idyllic New Forest setting, overlooking the picturesque Beaulieu River millpond, Palace House was re-modeled and extended during the 1800s and is now a fine example of a Victorian country house.

Portsmouth Guildhall

Portsmouth Guildhall

Portsmouth Guildhall is known for hosting some of the biggest concerts, conferences, exhibitions and banquets in the South. With a standing capacity of 2,500, Portsmouth Guildhall is managed by the Portsmouth Cultural Trust.

Portsmouth Museum

Portsmouth Museum

Portsmouth Museum explores different facets of Portsmouth’s history – from the everyday to moments when the city has played its role in national and international events. The city’s art and design collections are also showcased here.

Red Hot Press

Red Hot Press

Red Hot Press exist to promote and develop an appreciation and understanding of Fine Art Printmaking. In addition to the programme of workshops and courses, Red Hot Press also organise a number of events.

Rum’s Eg

Rum's Eg Gallery

Rum’s Eg is an inspiring and friendly art and craft gallery and café in Romsey, run by a Community Interest Company dedicated to supporting Hampshire artists and encouraging education and participation in art and craft workshops.

Sandown Illuminated Carnival

Sandown Illuminated Carnival

Sandown Illuminated Carnival features dozens of brightly-lit floats and vehicles plus hundreds of costumes, this much-loved procession weaves its way around Sandown to the delight of thousands of spectators.

Southampton City Art Gallery

Southampton City Art Gallery

Southampton City Art Gallery offers the opportunity to enjoy high quality exhibitions ranging from painting, sculpture and drawing, to photography and film, as well as a permanent collection and displays that change regularly.

The Anvil

The Anvil

Anvil Arts, the largest performing arts organisation in Hampshire, runs The Anvil whose wide-ranging programme encompasses international orchestras, music, comedy, theatre, world premieres, drama, and more.

The Art House

The Art House

The Art House is a grassroots art and craft gallery, venue and community learning hub funded by a not-for-profit, organic veggie cafe and preloved clothes shop! Art House welcomes the unexpected and unusual.

The Chesil Theatre

The Chesil Theatre

The Chesil Theatre is an innovative and friendly amateur company. The intimate 75-seat studio-style theatre provides a versatile performance space. Programmes run from classics to new writing, tragedy to experimental.

The Great Hall

The Great Hall

The legend of King Arthur has endured for over a thousand years and during that time it has lost none of its fascination. The Great Hall is home to ‘King Arthur’s Round Table’, possibly the greatest symbol of medieval mythology.

The Haymarket

The Haymarket

Anvil Arts, the largest performing arts organisation in Hampshire, runs The Haymarket whose wide-ranging programme encompasses international orchestras, music, comedy, theatre, world premieres, drama and more.

The New Theatre Royal

The New Theatre Royal

An iconic Victorian building on the South Coast, The New Theatre Royal is a 700 seat theatre based in the heart of Portsmouth. The theatre hosts a variety of productions from comedy through to children’s shows.

The Quay Arts Centre

The Quay Arts Centre

The Quay Arts Centre is the Isle of Wight’s leading art gallery and venue for live arts events. The centre is situated in a converted 19th-Century brewery warehouse complex at the head of the River Medina in Newport.

The Ventnor Fringe

The Ventnor Fringe

The Ventnor Fringe is a unique celebration of the arts, showcasing emerging and established talent across every creative discipline. The Fringe has gradually grown into one of the Isle of Wight’s most exciting new festivals.

The Winchester Hat Fair

Hat Fair

Winchester Hat Fair is the longest running street arts festival in Britain. From its origins as a busking festival in the 1970s, it has developed to include a wide range of outstanding artistic events in the streets and public spaces.

The Wykeham Gallery

The Wykeham Gallery

The Wykeham Gallery is one of the country’s leading contemporary art galleries exhibiting work by many well established artists. It includes paintings of all media, an extensive selection of bronze sculptures as well as ceramics.

Theatre Royal Winchester

Theatre Royal Winchester

Theatre Royal is a beautiful Edwardian 400 seat venue, rich in history but fully attuned to the 21st century. The theatre presents a dynamic programme of the highest quality drama, music, dance, comedy and pantomime.

Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral

Explore more than 1000 years of history in Europe’s longest medieval Cathedral. Discover the beautiful illuminated Winchester Bible, 12th-century wall paintings, medieval carvings and contemporary art.

Winchester Discovery Centre

The Winchester Discovery Centre

The Winchester Discovery Centre is a library, art gallery, museum, and cafe that also hosts a number of events throughout the year. The exhibition space is designed to display material from some of the most important collections.

Yarmouth Gallery

Yarmouth Gallery

The Yarmouth Gallery exhibits art work from around the UK and especially by Isle of Wight artists. As well as originals, some of the series of paintings are now available to order as prints on stretched canvas.