What's on in Hampshire: October to December

What's on in Hampshire: October to December

Hampshire, a diverse and vibrant county, continually offers a wide range of events to cater to all tastes, ages, and preferences. At Hambledon Vineyard, we're deeply rooted in the Hampshire community, savoring all the facets of this county, from its urban hubs to its rustic landscapes. Here's a glimpse of the events that have us eagerly anticipating the winter season:

Great South Run

On the 15th of October, Portsmouth hosts the Great South Run, the South Coast's premier running event. The course stretches over a fast and flat 10-mile route, offering captivating sea views and a rich historical backdrop. For those seeking a less strenuous experience, there's also a 5km route. Whether you run for personal achievement or in support of a charitable cause, this event promises an electric atmosphere and a memorable day out.

Oktoberfest Southampton

Prepare for one of the season's most extravagant celebrations at Oktoberfest Southampton. Guildhall Square is magically transformed into a Bavarian extravaganza, complete with live music, a DJ, spirited dancing, and an all-around lively atmosphere. You'll find a wide range of beverages to suit all tastes, from ice-cold beer to soft drinks, spirits, and wines. Complement your drinks with a delectable selection of Bavarian-inspired cuisine, including various vegan options.

Winchester Bonfire & Fireworks

The Winchester Bonfire and Fireworks show is more than just a dazzling display. It doubles as a delightful food festival, setting the stage for an unforgettable evening. Kickstart your night with a street food festival, followed by a traditional torchlit procession that illuminates the city with thousands of wax candles. Conclude the evening with a cozy bonfire and a spectacular fireworks display. It's a heartwarming and charitable way to celebrate Bonfire Night, with all proceeds going to charity.

Steam Illuminations: The Watercress Line

Step aboard a historic steam train and embark on a mesmerizing journey through the Steam Illuminations. This incredible light show features a kaleidoscope of colors, thanks to LED lights and captivating patterns that transform the train into a magical spectacle both inside and out. With a 'Christmas Crackers DJ' on board until Christmas day, you can enjoy interactive sound-to-light fun with family, friends, or even corporate groups. Trains depart from Alresford or Alton, making it the ideal festive experience for Hampshire residents.

Christmas Markets

Once again, Hampshire welcomes the joy of Christmas markets, spreading festive cheer across the county. These markets showcase the offerings of a diverse range of artisan producers, including wine, gifts, and delectable food.


Renowned for its picturesque setting within Winchester Cathedral, this market exudes a festive atmosphere. Select exhibitors occupy chalets inspired by traditional German markets, offering a perfect Christmas preparation destination. British craftspeople, including jewelers, painters, glassmakers, and more, provide thoughtful and unique gifts. Enjoy an array of festive foods, an enchanting nativity scene, and a truly idyllic day out.


Southampton's Christmas market offers a lively experience with a wide array of live entertainment and food stalls. Varied stallholders ensure a diverse selection, and children can enjoy rides, including a traditional carousel, enhancing the festive spirit. For adults, the bars are stocked with everything from hot chocolates to mulled cider, ensuring a fun day out for everyone.