Interesting Events – July 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.

1st – 16th July – Romsey Festival
Check out for full details.

Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd July Camberley – Blackbushe Festival of Flight

Blackbushe Airport celebrates 75 years of service to aviation. An incredible history with two days of flying, fun, and entertainment.

Sunday 2nd July 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:

Wednesday 5th July Romsey – South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

‘Terrifying Typhoons’ a talk by James Randell.  All meetings 7.30 for 7.45pm start. Romsey Working Men’s Conservative Club. Non-members very welcome (£4 on the door). Contact Phil Wiltshire

Friday 7th & Saturday 8th July – “Chilworth – A Country Estate in the 1880s”

Come along to St Denys Church and see what Chilworth looked like in the 1880s.   Who lived there?   What lives did they lead?   See how little and how much has changed.

Friday 7th July Larkhill – Special Wings Over Stonehenge – A Unique Bristol Scout Returns to Larkhill

A Bristol Scout biplane will return to the Grade II Listed Flying Sheds at Larkhill for the first time in 103 years. The prototype Scout flew for the first time from Larkhill in February 1914 and no Bristol Scout has been seen there since.  Scout C Serial No.1264, one of a batch produced in the Summer 1915, was recreated from three original parts kept as a souvenir by Flt Sub Lt F.D.H Bremner RNAS. She is the only airworthy Scout in the world today. This will also be a rare chance to see inside the historic Grade II listed flying sheds at Larkhill, which are normally closed to the public. To mark this unique occasion there will be a programme of engine runs, photoshoots, presentations and displays throughout the day telling the story of the Scout, its pilots, and the amazing recreation of this particular aircraft. 10.00am until 3.00pm Wood Road, Larkhill. Admission Adults £5.00. Children (under 12) Free* Further information – see attached briefing sheets. Contact: Wings Over Stonehenge. Roger Green (Event Coordinator) Tel 01980 849040 mob 07952 024090. Tim Brown (Publicity) Tel 01209 219778 mob 07753 677548. ‘Wings Over Stonehenge’ c/o Wakes Farm House, Humber Lane, Tidworth SP97AN

Wednesday 12th July Winchester – Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

The Medical Implications of Space Flight by Steven Cutts FRCS. In this talk Doctor Cutts talks about how the human body reacts to the environment of outer space and the threats and the dangers faced by astronauts in both low earth orbit and in any future interplanetary missions. Steven Cutts is a doctor and science writer based in Norwich. He studied physics at Imperial College and medicine at St Thomas’s. His futuristic science fiction novel Viking Village is set on Mars. He has now given more than 50 science lectures around the country. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Wednesday 19th July Guildford – Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) event

ExoMars Rover: Engineering for the Red Planet by Abbie Hutty.  ExoMars is Europe’s first Rover mission to Mars – a mission in search of life, past or present, to answer one of mankind’s big questions: are we alone in the Universe? Abbie Hutty, Platform Delivery Manager for the Rover, will talk through what the mission’s aims and objectives are, what some of the major challenges and design drivers of a mission to Mars are, and how the team are engineering solutions to meet those challenges. This event has been organised as part of the 18th Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS) Conference which is being held at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK on the 19 – 21 July 2017.18:30-20:00.  University of Surrey, Austin Pierce Building, Room 1-4, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH. Contact Gemma Hadley at or on 01438 767621 for more information.

Thursday 20th July Salisbury – Museum of Army Flying Special Event

Malaysia’s Undeclared wars 1948-1965 Part 2. The Indonesian Confrontation 1962-1966. In 1962, Indonesia planned to disrupt the creation of Malaysia by infiltrating armed groups across the ill-defined border that resulted in what was arguably the most effective use of British military force since WWII.  This is the second of a two part presentation made by Stuart Wakefield who studies the end of the British Empire in S.E. Asia. A curry supper is available from 6pm (vegetarian option is offered). 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Tickets are £10 and can be purchased online or by contacting Joe Faretra on 01264 784428. Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8DY.

Friday 28th – Sunday 30th July – Winchester Science Festival

Far too much to list here, with interest for all the family.  This event goes from strength to strength with each passing year.  Check out the website for all the details.


Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August Guildford – Dunsfold Wings & Wheels 2017

Historically the previous owners of the Aerodrome, BAE Systems, held a staff family fun day which included an airshow and attracted 13,000 visitors. Wings & Wheels was founded by Dunsfold Park in 2005 to celebrate the long history of British aviation and motoring and assist the fundraising efforts of a number of charities. Wings & Wheels has evolved to be more than just an airshow and have a strong motoring offer as well as military displays and good old fashioned family entertainment.


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1 thought on “Interesting Events – July 2017

  1. Can you also include : Friday 7 and Saturday 8 July. CHILWORTH: A country estate. Come along to St Denys Church and see what Chilworth looked like in the 1880s. Who lived there? What lives did they lead? See how little and how much has changed

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