Interesting Events – Apr 2017

A monthly digest of upcoming events in our region that local residents may find interesting, and of which they may otherwise be unaware.  If you know of any others that you think are worth including, please send details to the Editor.

Sunday 2nd April Salisbury – Old Sarum Airfield Event

A popular event for vintage and classic cars, motorbikes and aircraft. Held on the first Sunday of every month as an informal gathering. Free entry. Arrivals from 10am Free landings for all aircraft registered before 1960.

On arrival, follow the signs and look out for marshals who will direct you to a dedicated parking area. Cars and motorbikes must not enter the active airfield. Information on events at Old Sarum can be found on the website:

Tuesday 4th – Thursday 6th April Southampton – Ocean Business 2017

Ocean Business is now firmly established as an unmissable international event for ocean technology, with almost 40% of visitors coming from abroad.  Each Ocean Business show has seen a substantial increase in visitors with the last show in 2015, seeing a remarkable 29% increase in visitor numbers. More than 340 international exhibitors, over 180 hours of training and demonstration workshops, a cutting edge conference, industry led associated meetings, a careers event and innovative networking opportunities…. National Oceanography Centre, Southampton SO14 3ZH.

Sunday 23rd April Sopley (nr Bransgore) – Friends of the New Forest Airfields (FONFA) Classic Car day
This is a classic car event aimed at anyone who is interested in classic cars, aviation history or just history in general. You don’t have to have a classic car to enjoy this day. Located near Bransgore, the FONFA museum is dedicated to promoting the history that the New Forest’s airfields have played from 1918 to 1945 onwards. The event starts at 10am before a talk given at 10.45 by Dr Henry Goodall about the history of the New Forest’s aviation. After the talk, you can view the museum and the cars, which will be parked on site, whilst enjoying the light refreshments on offer. At noon we are off to one of the finest pubs in the New Forest, namely the ‘Three Tuns Inn’ where lunch will be available until about 2pm and then it’s off onto the New Forest roads! What will it cost? FONFA asks for a donation of £5 and for 10 –16 year olds it is £2. See the Facebook page or  the website at <> or details via email at <>

Wednesday 26th April Winchester – Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

NASA Juno mission to Jupiter by Dr Emma Bunce (University of Leicester). The Juno mission to Jupiter is NASA’s latest endeavour to explore our outer solar system. Launched from Earth in 2011, Juno’s trip to Jupiter took about five years. Though the journey may seem long, this flight plan allowed the mission to use Earth’s gravity to speed the craft on its way. The spacecraft first looped around the inner solar system and then swung past Earth two years after launch to get a boost that propelled it onward to its destination. In July 2016, Juno successfully fired its main engine and was captured into orbit around the giant planet to begin its scientific mission. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Thursday 27th April Southampton – The Big Bang @ Solent Fair

Join us at Big Bang @ Solent for an inspirational day of science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities, provided by local employers, universities and FE colleges, professional bodies and STEM outreach organisations. There will be a real focus on potential career paths in and with STEM. Big Bang @ Solent is hosted by EBP South, in collaboration with STEM Sussex. There will be over 50 exhibitors with hands on activities all aimed at inspiring young people to consider STEM career paths. Opening hours for visitors: 09:00-15:00. To register to attend the Big Bang @ Solent, Hilton at The Ageas Bowl. For more information, please email:


Thursday 18th May Portsmouth – TeenTech Solent 2017

TeenTech Solent will run for the third year on May 18th 2017. Lead sponsors Highbury College have already confirmed they will be supporting us again, so let us know if you want to be part of this inspiring day by emailing TeenTech™  is a lively initiative co-founded by broadcaster Maggie Philbin and Chris Dodson OBE, which aims to change perceptions of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers amongst teenagers and their teachers, and act as a catalyst to encourage business to engage with young people. The events inspire young people to develop their own projects with the support of TeenTech mentors throughout the year and develop on-going relationships between schools and local businesses. Companies were so keen to run activities and challenges last time that there was a waiting list. 09:15-12:25. Portsmouth Guildhall. Regional sponsors include BAE Maritime Services, Wartsila UK, Pfizer and Portsmouth Water.


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