Nearby Events – Aug 2019

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.

[NB All information is passed on in good faith, but it would be wise to check with the contacts given before travelling to any of these events.]

Now, through 28th September – Southampton City Art Gallery
Criminal Ornamentation: Yinka Shonibare Curates the Arts Council Collection
Criminal Ornamentation brings together over 80 works by a number of celebrated artists, selected and curated by Yinka Shonibare CBE.  Reflective of Shonibare’s own practice, this exhibition explores the cultural and social dimensions of the use of pattern in modern and contemporary art. The title of the show is taken from Adolf Loos’ 1908 influential essay ‘Ornament and Crime’. In this essay Loos’ examines the notions of good and bad taste and condemns the use of decoration and craft as an indication of the lowest level of cultural development, to the extent of stating “the modern man who tattoos himself is a criminal”.

Sunday 4th August – Salisbury
Old Sarum Airfield ‘Vintage Sunday’ Event

Our popular event for vintage and classic cars, motorbikes and aircraft. Join us on the first Sunday of every month for this informal gathering. Free. Arrivals from 10am. Free landings at Old Sarum for all aircraft registered before 1960. Reduced entry (£5) to the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection for pilots of pre-1960 aircraft and drivers/riders of classic and vintage cars and motorbikes. On arrival, please 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 the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection can be found on Facebook page: or at

Wednesday 7th August – Romsey
South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

CS Rolls (pioneer aviator) a talk by Steve Robson. All meetings 7.30 for 7.45pm start. Romsey Working Men’s Conservative Club. Non-members very welcome (£4 on the door). Contact Mike Webster

Saturday 10th August – Gosport
Hovercraft Museum Open Days

The Hovercraft Museum Trust is open 10 am to 4 pm every Saturday until Winter 2019 plus has monthly demo ride days. Individuals and groups are welcome, come and browse around our exclusive collection of over 60 Hovercraft including James Bond, Scrap Heap Challenge, military, racing, commercial, home builds, models, and archives. Hovercraft Ride Days 2019, 15 minute demo rides on one of the Hovertravel Hovercrafts. The Hovercraft Museum Trust, HMS Daedalus, Broom Way, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, PO13 9YA

Thursday 29th August to Sunday 1st September – Bournemouth
2019 Bournemouth Air Festival

Experience the UK’s biggest air festival – by the sea and completely free!

Further Ahead

Thursday 5th September – Middle Wallop
Museum of Army Flying Event

Forgotten Few – the story of the naval pilots in the Battle of Britain. For 20 years, the contribution of the Fleet Air Arm in the Battle of Britain went unrecognised by either the Admiralty or the Air Ministry. In 1960, the definition of ‘veteran of the Battle’ was widened to cover two naval squadrons in Scotland and although the naval pilots were mentioned in official records and memorials, their individual histories have seldom been recognised. Paul Beaver uses the research from his new book to tell the stories of some of the characters – the Royal Marine Ronnie Hay from Amesbury; Douglas Bader’s wingman, Dickie Cork and earlier operations in Norway. A curry supper is also available from the Apache Cafe at 6pm. Spaces are limited so book in advance to avoid disappointment. 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Book online

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