Category: Events

Solent Gardeners Fayre returns to Eastleigh this weekend

The ever popular Solent Gardeners and Craft fayre returns Southampton University’s sports ground at Wide Lane this Sunday (May 31) for the 17th year. The annual event, which organised by the Rotary Club of Southampton, has become a must for all keen gardeners and craft enthusiasts with over 70 exhibitors. It’s not just for the…

Queen names Britannia at Southampton

The Queen visited Southampton on Tuesday to name P&O Ferries’ new cruise liner, Britannia. Hundreds of invited guests saw the Queen bless the boat before launching a giant magnum of champagne in to the hull. “I name this ship Britannia, may God bless her, and all who sail in her”. Queen Elizabeth said. The naming…

Fireworks herald Christmas in Eastleigh

Around 10,000 people attended the popular annual Christmas Light Switch On event in Eastleigh town centre following a day of festive celebrations and family fun day to launch this years festive season. The Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Tony Noyce, assisted by Santa Claus and MP Mike Thornton, switched on the town’s 2014 Christmas lights display…

Eastleigh remembers the fallen

Remembrance Sunday 2104 A record crowd assembled on Eastleigh recreation ground on Remembrance Sunday to honour the memory of the town’s fallen. The exceptionalyl mild weather and the World War One centenary boosted numbers at the service which was led by Salvation Army Envoy Margaret Moore and organised by the Eastleigh and District Royal British…

Poet will inspire Jane Austen house visitors

Jane Austen’s beautiful former house and garden at Chawton will be inspiring another female writer this summer as the museum has appointed a poet in residence. During August and September Maura Dooley will be working with Hampshire’s Jane Austen House Museum on a number of writing related projects. Maura, who teaches at Goldsmiths College and…

Eastleigh Mela will feature giant naan bread

Eastleigh Mela will be celebrating it’s ninth year tomorrow (Sunday 6 July) with an attempt by Hampshire firefighters to break the world record for the world’s largest naan bread. As usual the popular community event will be held on Leigh Road recreation ground with participants and performers from a range of diverse backgrounds such as…

Seventh Seeker to rock the bandstand

Eastleigh’s bandstand will be rocking to the sounds of local band “Seventh Seeker” tomorrow (Saturday July 5). The band, fronted by local singer Daisty Brockman will be kicking off their set at midday as part of series of free weekend concerts organised by Eastleigh Borough Council and the town Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras organiser Cllr…

Armed Forces Day flag raised at bowling club

Today June 28 is armed forces day, which organisers say, is: “an opportunity, to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces” and secondly “it gives the nation an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the…

Share your WWI memories

Hampshire Museums Service  are looking for memories and memorabilia from World  War I. The project, Hampshire’s Big Theme 1914, is a five year programme of activities that will commemorate the centenary of the First World War. During 2014 a programme of exhibitions and events which will focus on the 100th commemoration of the First World War.  Funded by…

Many hands make Hedge End’s lights work…

The Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Malcolm Cross, switched on Hedge End’s Xmas lights this evening. In a ceremony organised by Hedge End Town Council’s Culture & Community Committee, a modest crowd braved the rain to watch various entertainments before the lights were switched on. With Cllr Jane Welsh introducing the performers, suitably adorned in a…

Record crowds for Eastleigh’s Christmas parade

  A record crowd lined the streets and thronged around the bandstand last night to watch Santa switch on the towns Christmas lights. Police told Eastleigh News they estimated 8,000 people were in town for the festivities which capped a day of family events. Market St, High St and Wells Place had been closed to…

Eastleigh’s Christmas lights switch on this Saturday

Eastleigh is getting set to enjoy a festive season of fun with the launch of the town’s festive celebrations and family fun day on Saturday 23 November 2013. The popular annual family fun day, that  attracts thousands of visitors to the town, will include the switching on of Eastleigh’s Christmas lights and firework display.  An…

Town remembers the fallen

  A crowd of up to 1,000 Eastleigh townsfolk joined veterans, servicemen and cadets gathered on the recreation ground today (Sunday 11 Nov) to pay homage to the fallen of two world wars, Eastleigh’s first citizen, Mayor Malcolm Cross accompanied by the Deputy Lieutenant  of Hampshire Andrew Kent were joined by  MP Mike Thornton and…

A welcome visitor to Eastleigh…

Steam will return to Hedge End and Eastleigh briefly on 5th December, when passengers can travel to Bath behind two ‘Black Five’ locos hauling The Cathedrals Express. The event is also likely to attract steam enthusiasts and train-spotters to all the other stations along the route, many of whom will find Botley a good vantage point as the…

Paul Daniels: From Legend to leg end

Veteran magician and TV entertainer Paul Daniels will be appearing in Eastleigh this Friday night (October 25). Daniels and his glamorous assistant wife ‘The lovely Debbie McGee’ will be bringing their stage show to the more intimate, cabaret atmosphere of the Concorde Club. Paul and Debbie were a mainstay of BBC TV entertainment schedules throughout…