What's On | Hampshire is the Place to Visit this Year | Andover & Villages2018 is set to be a big year for Hampshire with a variety of events and new attractions opening all over the county, helping to boost tourism spend. Hampshire County Council supports tourism via its Visit Hampshire service; working closely with all tourism businesses and local authorities in Hampshire.

Councillor Mel Kendal, Executive Member for Economic Development at Hampshire County Council, said, “It’s great to see a wide variety of new attractions opening in Hampshire, and the county hosting a number of exciting events in 2018. Everyone living in Hampshire already knows what a beautiful place it is, and all it has to offer, and we look forward to welcoming new visitors.

“Every year, tourism brings over £3 billion to Hampshire and, with around 70,000 people employed in this sector in the county; it plays an important role as a significant contributor to the local economy.”

What’s on:

Hampshire Food Festival celebrates the county’s produce and passion for food. Comprising of a series of foodie events over the month of July; discover food festivals, pop up restaurants, music festivals and much, much more.

Farnborough Air Show, which is due to take place 16- 22 July 2018, is one of Hampshire’s most iconic events. The show will feature a packed flying display in the air as well as on the ground, along with a multitude of entertainment features. The Airshow is open to the public over the weekend of the 21 and 22 July, with children aged 15 years and under offered free access.

Winchester Cathedral’s Flower Festival will return from the 5 until 9 September 2018. A stunning array of flower arrangements, inspired by the magnificent twelfth -century Winchester Bible, will fill Winchester Cathedral with spectacular and fragrant floral displays.

Other attractions due to open this year include Marwell Zoo’s Tropical House and the Paulton’s Park Peppa Pig expansion, both in the spring. The Ageas Bowl will also be hosting one of its biggest ever cricket matches – a test match between England and India, in late August/early September.

The Visit Hampshire website aims to inspire visitors to holiday in Hampshire and to assist with sustaining and generating employment, create business opportunities and support the local economy whilst widening opportunities for culture and recreation.

For more information about what’s on in Hampshire and things to do go to: www.visit-hampshire.co.uk