Ice skating and illuminations: Hampshire events this weekend

From ice skating to winter illuminations, Hampshire is getting festive.

Here’s our guide to five family events happening this weekend.

Westquay on ice

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Ice skating is back in Southampton!

Families can enjoy a seasonal skate in the beautiful setting of the historic city walls.

Westquay On Ice will run until January 8 and is accessible to everyone from beginners to avid skaters.

The Apres Bar next door serves a range of festive food, including mulled wine, winter cocktails, hot chocolate, and German Stein’s beer.

It also has several cozy mini chalets for up to 10 people which can be reserved in two-hour increments for festive get-togethers with family or friends.

To reserve a skate slot this weekend, visit

Steam Illuminations at the Watercress Line

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Returning this weekend, Steam Illuminations is a unique, pixel-mappable Christmas digital LED train!

It’s an incredible light show on and in a steam train, made up of thousands of fully controllable LED lights and LED wristbands. This makes the train magical inside and out. Popular and traditional Christmas music will play with the lights on board the train.

There will also be comedic narration throughout your journey by the one and only Voiceover Man, as heard on Britain’s Got Talent and X-Factor!

Trains depart from Alresford or Alton and return to the departure station.

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Southampton Film Week

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Southampton Film Week is back for its fifteenth year with a packed schedule of film screenings, events and activities.

Celebrating features and shorts, documentaries and fiction, artists’ films and films with live music, there is something for everyone at the event, which continues until Monday.

All over the city you will find screenings, workshops, quizzes, talks and masterclasses, with timeless classics and a few surprises.

An exciting program of new releases sits alongside timely reruns at MAST in the second half of the week, and on Saturday 19 November the program veers towards the themes of climate and environment, capitalism and exploitation, abuse of power and response. against.

SFW22 is 30 events over 11 days! Visit for more details and to reserve tickets.

New Forest Eats and Treats

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Come to Brockenhurst College on Sunday to celebrate the best local produce at the Eats ‘n’ Treats event, organized in association with Go New Forest and New Forest Marque.

This is your chance to sample some of the best locally produced food and drink while getting a head start on your Christmas shopping.

There will also be a pop-up bar and food court, as well as live music performances, hands-on demonstrations and plenty of activities to keep kids busy.

Entry costs £2.00 for adults, while Brockenhurst College students and children under 16 can enter free.

Switching on the Fareham Christmas lights

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Attend the Fareham Borough Council Christmas Lights Nutcracker event at West Street Fareham on Saturdays between 10am and 7pm.

This free family event is a favorite on the events calendar with thousands of Fareham residents flocking to the pedestrianized West Street area to partake in face painting, funfair rides, festive gift stalls, food and delicious drinks and activities.

This year’s theme is the classic Christmas story of ‘The Nutcracker’ and the day’s festivities will be overseen by the Sugar Plum Fairy herself.

There will be performers throughout the day, both on the main stage and to entertain the crowds along West Street.

Of course Santa Claus will also make an appearance and the Christmas lights will be switched on at 5.30pm by the Mayor of Fareham, Cllr Mike Ford. The evening’s festivities will all be capped off with the spectacular, not-to-be-missed final show.

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