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Arts & Culture - a guide to spring events in Hampshire

15th Mar 2020

We have put together a guide of some of the finest upcoming spring events in Hampshire so you can look ahead and fill your calendar with some true highlights; view unique art collections rarely seen by the public eye, step outside to admire nature up close and personal and listen to sound of world renowned artists at some of Hampshire’s favourite and truly unique, art galleries and exhibition venues.


John Hitchens: Aspects of Landscape

Southampton City Art Gallery | Southampton, Hampshire

13th March - 27th June 2020

Created over a period of more than five decades, this exhibition follows artist John Hitchens’ journey of artwork development ‘from early descriptive paintings to increasingly abstract ways of interpreting landscape, reducing its forms to lines, circles and patterns.’

With his work becoming influenced by photographing landscape, Hitchens gained awareness of land as a two-dimensional composition and was able to develop his painting. This exhibition includes work which has never been seen by the public before.


Exbury Gardens: Guided Bird Watching Walks

Exbury Gardens | Southampton, Hampshire

Twice monthly from 25th March - 19th June 2020

Nature’s very own art exhibition, and one like no other; visit the famous Exbury Gardens for one of their Guided Bird Watching Walks this spring. Join bird expert, Tony for a walk around the beautiful gardens to see where Exbury’s bird wildlife resides.




Living with art: Picasso to Clemins

The Gallery | Winchester, Hampshire

4th April - 28th June 2020

Showcasing the collection of avid art collector, Alexander Walker, which was left to the British Museum, this exhibition spans almost one hundred years of modern art with over two hundred works.

With drawings from artists including Henri Matisse, Veja Clemins and David Hockney to name a few, this collection exhibits a variety of working methods, experimentation and development in styles and techniques of these artists.


Pictures at an Exhibition: Philharmonia Orchestra

The Anvil | Basingstoke

5th April 2020 | 7.45pm

Book your tickets for this wonderful concert from the world-class symphony orchestra ‘Philharmonic’. The programme features one of today’s most exciting young pianists, Daniel Kharitonov, taking direction from conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, with three vivid Russian works.



Art in the Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral | Winchester

2nd May 2020 | 10.30am

With almost one thousand years of history, the iconic Winchester Cathedral is home to a number of art works well worth visiting. This tour will allow close up interactions with several of the works from artists including Cecil Collins, Sophie Hacker and Justin Knowles.


Guided Village Walk: In Jane Austen’s Footsteps

Jane Austen’s House Museum | Chawton, Hampshire

2nd May 2020 | 10.30am

Follow the footsteps of the legendary Jane Austen as you stroll through the quaint, country village of Chawton. A series of short readings from Austen’s novels and letters will bring her world to life throughout the walk, visiting the places of great importance in influencing her writing.


Last Night of the Proms

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens | Romsey, Hampshire

11th July 2020 | 6.15pm

The perfect setting to say farewell to the Proms. Bring a picnic and some champagne to Hillier’s beautiful gardens, as you listen to the Southampton Concert Orchestra in celebration of the final night of the Proms.

Conducted by Paul Ingram, this concert will feature music from Tchaikovsky, Coates and John Williams, amongst others. The evening will end with a fantastic firework display you’re sure to remember.


For lovers of nature, history and amazing food, why not make our home your home for an unforgettable New Forest stay this Spring? You can explore everything that the New Forest has to offer and discover so much more. 


Exbury Gardens | The Montagu Arms Hotel

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