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If you are a regular reader of Discover you may remember that last year I bought classic VW campervan – completely out of character as I am a real “Princess and the Pea”. Well, it was a great success; I’ve woken up to views you can only get from wild camping, I’ve survived being wifi-free for more than two days and made many, new friends (still don’t get the waving at other campervan drivers!). The successful trial persuaded me to upgrade so I sadly say goodbye to “Jesse” (for sale … anyone?) and will be taking a younger (still 15 years old) “Annie” to many of the music events listed in our Special Feature on Summer Festivals (see page 29). If you’ve ever sold an old faithful car you’ll understand

my feeling of betrayal in trading Jesse in for a younger model but I now have a toilet .. yeah! Out with Old, in with the New – Hang On! Yes, it’s often cheaper these days to replace a worn or broken gadget for new but before you do it’s really worth using a few websites and apps where you can buy and sell just about anything that’s used or not wanted; gumtree, freecycle, preloved, ebay. I helped furnish my daughter’s first rented flat entirely from gumtree! Or why not try to fix it yourself at a local Repair Café such as featured on page 16 – what a great idea! Editor

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By Tania Houston The music scene is a vibrant and important part of UK culture, and the summer festival season is the exciting showcase for the best of our new and established artists. If you’ve never been to a festival however, you might think that what you’ve seen of Glastonbury epitomises the reason you don’t go: lots of mud and a huge drunk crowd of mostly twenty-somethings. Let me enlighten you! I am – shall we say - a ‘more mature’ music fan and I promise you that there is something on offer for almost every age, music taste and budget. There are festivals for party animals and for families; for teens and baby boomers; for day trippers and weekenders; in other words, for anyone that likes the idea of having fun with a bit of music involved. These pages give you some help with where to start and a more information about some of the ones I know a bit about.

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There are several things to consider when planning your summer festival diary. Most of the events could be said to be suitable for anyone. Very few don’t accept children. But try to find out who the organisers are really targeting and match yourself with those. 1 You have a tight budget. Aim for the one-day only gigs, and make the most of anything free or very low cost and local. Look at: Beggars Fair, Alresford Festival 2 You have young children. Does the website say children are ‘accepted’ or ‘welcomed’ – there’s a world of difference. Look at: Camp Bestival, Victorious

3 You have tweenagers/ teenagers. They need keeping an eye on, but they want to spend the time with their friends, not you. Day events are ideal for this as it gives them a bit of freedom, but stops it getting out of hand. Look at: Common People, Victorious. 4 You are over 40, child-free and want Radio 2/Breeze FM type music. The retro festivals are best for you. Look at: Wickham Festival, Let’s Rock and some of the artists at the Isle of Wight Festival.

5 You are an adult with no ties and really into music and/ or fun and dancing. Aim for something meant for grownups and chart watchers. Look at: Common People, Reading Festival. 6 You are an adult with no ties and want a full entertainment program e.g. talks and activity. Plenty on offer and we’d recommend Blissfields (local), Cornbury and Secret Garden Party.

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A weekend AwAy On your doorstep is great, but it doesn’t feel like a holiday if you can nip back home at a moment’s notice. What’s needed is bit of distance (but not too much) and definitely a complete change of scene. From June to August, these ones will cram as much into three days as a fortnight in Magaluf. SeCret GArden pArty 20-23 July, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Credit: Louise Roberts Wildfire Adventure CAmp 16-17-18 June somewhere in Kent Wildfire is the place to go to bring out your inner Bear Grylls. Billed as Half Adventure Camp, Half Music Festival, this is two days/ three nights of activities and music. There is some extreme stuff in there – Zorbing, obstacle course, sword skills – but also wood whittling, macramé, and fire lighting amongst the 80 activities on offer. It’s adults only, so you really won’t be running around unless you want to and – bliss mobile phones are discouraged. Winner of Best New Festival and Best Small Festival, it’ll be a memory making weekend.


Whilst this is very much a music festival, it is equally a huge weekend outdoor party. Some really exciting musicians, side shows, talks, fancy dress, fireworks and more, you will have just the best time ever. It has been announced this will be the last time it runs having been around for 13 years so I guess all good things…, but ‘SGP’ fans are determined to make a truly memorable sendoff. This is a great example of a ‘don’t think you are too old’ type of event. Yes, there will be more under 40s than over, but the relaxed environment means that anyone, young/old, slim/fat, straight/gay, normal or a bit quirky is equally welcome. For a break from the big, bad world, it’s just 3 hours’ journey to pure Credit: Max Miechowski hedonism.

WilderneSS feStivAl 3-6 August, Cornbury park, Oxfordshire Into August and school holidays, so a festival that truly offers something for everyone. Not every family is universally into the same music, or indeed into music at all. Wilderness offers a grand buffet of activities, where even the hardest to please will admit they had fun. Music – Grace Jones and Two Door Cinema Club for starters. Talks, poetry, debate, theatre, games, workshops, outdoor activity, wellbeing and dining experiences. Topped off with plenty of entertainment for children (because if they aren’t enjoying it, neither are you).

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AlreSfOrd feStivAl 8 July, Alresford

A retro festival, so if you are of the right age, you will have grown up with these acts. There’s just one stage at the front, but the day is as much about the socialising as it is about the music. Because everyone knows the lyrics, people singing and dancing at their ‘base’ is the norm, and that base is picnic blankets, chairs, picnics and plenty to drink. Headliners include Tony Hadley (ex Spandau Ballet).

Family friendly, several stages and – because it’s for charity – bargain tickets. You won’t know most of the bands, but that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of talent. Several stages, bouncy castles and camping on the Saturday night if you want it, or the option of a bus to and from Winchester station.

Victorious is unique in its truly universal appeal. It has a dedicated entertainment area for children, Rita Ora and Olly Murs for the teens and Madness and Stereophonics for the ‘non-teens’. Being a flat site it’s good for parents with buggies and elderly or disabled. And with bargain price day tickets (adults £30, age 5-15 £8) and a good train service to Southsea, well what’s not to like?

Two big ones There are two big all weekenders in this area which need a budget and some stamina to attend. BliSSfieldS 6-8 July, Winchester

BOOmtOWn 10-13 August, Winchester

Several of the Discover team went to this one last year and loved it. Blissfields has become a little gem on the festival circuit and whilst it’s never going to be a Reading, Glastonbury or Isle of Wight sized event, it has pulled loads of established names in the past such as Bastille and Mumford and Sons. An illicit journey to the Hidden Hedge at night – a party in its own right - is a must to sample the bohemian delights of fire dancers, acrobats and trapeze artists. A wonderful festival experience on a smaller scale. blissfields,

Talking of stamina, Boomtown is built around Winchester’s Matterley Bowl so bear in mind there’s a very steep hill to negotiate several times a day. This one certainly has plenty of music, but that’s not really what it’s about. Rather it’s ‘theatre’ with amazing temporary cities across the site including The Wild West, Trenchtown and China Town. The days are fairly quiet but at night Boomtown comes alive.


bigger fesTivAls If what interests you is the big name chart artists - either have been, are or will be - then these are the ones to go to all within around an hour’s drive. Many will have camping, including motorhomes, and late night entertainment too. Typically these events are better for adults, but Camp Bestival is a definite exception, being very family focused.

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Cornbury Festival Nr Oxford

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Upton House Festival, Poole

Three very different nights: Classical, 80s and Superstar (with Michael Bolton).


Isle of Wight Festival Newport

Rod Stewart, Clean Bandit, The Pretenders. Kidzone although it’s term time.


Wild Life Festival Brighton

Jess Glynne, Rag’n’Bone Man, Zara Larsson, really for over 16s. No camping but coach available.



Let’s Rock Southampton

Curious Arts Festival Lymington

Tom Odell and Izzy Bizu headline. Also talks, poetry and comedy. Unusually, accepts dogs.


Camp Bestival Lulworth


Weyfest Farnham

Jools Holland and Alison Moyet headline. At an outdoor rural museum, they are the polite festival without mud, and you may see daleks!


Reading & Leeds Festival, Reading

Muse, Eminen, Kasabian it’s all about seeing the biggest names, very little in the way of other activities.


Victorious Portsmouth

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End of the Road Blandford

Loads of family entertainment but doesn’t skimp on the music inc Madness, Louisa Johnson, Mark Ronson.

Friendly but serious about music. Good food and drink, art installations.




Wickham Festival Wickham

KT Tunstall and 10CC headline. Tends to attract older audience, camper chairs welcome!

Bestival Lulworth

Pet Shop Boys, Circa Waves, Prince Tribute. Make the most of the last big one of the year; other activities offered.

sMaller fesTivAls These ones are music festivals, but very affordable, family friendly and will generally offer other activities too.

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Alresford Music Festival, Alresford

See previous page.


Vicky Park Festival Netley

Day of music and entertainment.


Christchurch Festival, Christchurch

Music headlined by Blackwater County. Dance groups and other entertainment.

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New Forest Folk Festival Brockenhurst

Folk music festival, with music workshops and singarounds. Families welcome.


Beggars Fair Romsey

Held in various venues throughout the town, both indoor and out.


Lowde Fest Nr Hook

Charity music festival with fun fair.


One Live Guildford

One day event headlined by Darkness & Melanie C. Charity so inexpensive tickets.


The Pig Brockenhurst

Hosted by the Pig Hotel, good music and excellent food!


Jurassic Fields Bridport

Over 40 acts, many of them local. Very family friendly.


Wonky Donk Festival Nr Poole

Roots Revival with local band Trav Cats headlining. Search wonkydonk on FaceBook


Mela Festival Southampton

Music & dance from South Asia and around the world. Free.


Milford Arts & Music Milford on Sea

Various music and arts attractions. Free.


JerkJam Festival Fareham

Day of music, children’s attractions and food.


Lime Wood Lyndhurst

Hosted by the Pig Hotel, good music and and excellent food!


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Alesha Dixon headlines. Comedy, 80s dance music. Cheap!

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Tribute event with covers of Blondie, Bon Jovi, Arctic Monkeys.


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Pierrot and Rose grow up together in a Montreal orphanage. They bond over a shared love of entertaining people, but go their separate ways as teenagers. Reunited years later, they set out to realise their childhood dream of running their own stage show. Their path isn’t an easy one, however. They both have demons to face, and Rose’s wants her dead. A highly entertaining read, with beautiful, lyrical prose and characters you’ll be rooting for from the beginning.

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I LOVE GIN. AND APPARENTLY, I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE... Fetch the ice and tonic – the gin industry in the UK is indeed booming, with 49 distilleries opening in 2016 alone, and £400 million spent on buying gin bottles. The trend for small batch gin is still on the increase this year with new gin lists popping up in restaurants, pubs and bars all over the county, Winchester leading the way of course! But do you know which gin you actually prefer? And why? The Hampshire Wine School offers an education, in a fun and relaxed way at the Winchester Wessex Hotel, on how gin is created, and how to make THE perfect Gin & Tonic by comparing 5 styles of gin, 3 premium tonics and 5 types of botanicals. A real mouth-watering and eyeopening experience for £32.50pp. Do not miss out on Winchester’s forthcoming House of Gin Festival either, which is returning to Winchester GuildHall on Saturday 27th May, 5pm-10pm, in association with Winchester Distillery and East Imperial tonic and mixers. The Festival will have three Gin bars showcasing a wide selection of small batch and Award Winning Gins. Producers shall also run masterclasses on how their gin is distilled, offer tastings and an opportunity to purchase bottles at a discounted rate. Copperhead Gin, Nordes gin, Marylebone Gin, Liverpool Gin,

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GREAT BRITISH TENNIS WEEKEND With summer fast approaching, it is the time for many people to think of taking to the great outdoors to indulge in some exercise. So as temperatures begin to rise what better time to try a new sport? The Lawn Tennis Association is promoting the Great British Tennis Weekend on 13-14 May to encourage members of the public to try a game of tennis at their local club for free. The only preparation participants require is a suitable pair of footwear and clothing. The host club will provide tennis racquets and balls but you may bring your own playing equipment. Junior players are catered for with ‘short tennis’ nets and small racquets, as well as tennis balls designed for the younger set; slightly softer and graded as traffic lights according to age and ability. The LTA was started in Victorian times when the only playing surface available was grass. These playing surfaces are now fairly rare treasures, since the British public are likely to think of Wimbledon pastures and, inevitably, strawberries and cream, which are all associated with that mid summer tennis feast.

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These days playing surfaces vary between astro turf, hard court, clay and even a form of carpet as well as grass. These surfaces allow tennis to be played all year round and where clubs have invested in floodlights, after dark.

Downton Tennis Club Brian Whitehead Sports Centre, Wick Lane Downton, SALISBURY, SP5 3NF Saturday 06 May - 14:00 - 16:00

The successes of Andy and Jamie Murray, plus Johanna Konta in Grand Slam Tournaments, winning the Davis Cup in 2015, progressing forwards in the Federation Cup in 2017; have all encouraged more media coverage and awareness of the sport.

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Discover Southampton May/June 2017  

An A5, local community magazine delivered to the residents of Southampton, promoting small businesses operating in the area. Also community...

Discover Southampton May/June 2017  

An A5, local community magazine delivered to the residents of Southampton, promoting small businesses operating in the area. Also community...