Nearby Events – Sept 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”.

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!

Sunday 1st September and Sunday 15th September – Bransgore (near Sopley)
Friends of the New Forest Airfields (FONFA) Open Day
The refurbished Heritage Centre has recently received major grant funding, enabling investment in ‘state of the art’ touch screens and audio-visual facilities, which give visitors a wholly immersive interactive experience, for 2019. A wealth of model dioramas, pictures and artefacts tell the story of the aviators and aircraft operating from the twelve New Forest airfields in WW2. A new diorama depicts a Horsa glider many of which were made locally and flew from the area on D-Day. There is also a section describing the WWI training airfield at East Boldre. The Centre provides a unique perspective on our local aviation heritage. Open Days are from 10am-4pm for which the Trustees ask for a donation of £7.50 for adults, £3 for 10-16 year old’s and ‘under 10s’ are free. Service Veterans (pre-1961) are offered a concessionary rate of £3 on production of their service ID. Annual Membership £10, Family (2 adults + 2 children) £25, Life Membership £100. The Heritage Centre is in Mosquito Way, accessed via the new housing estate BH23 8AU, off Derritt Lane, Bransgore. Turn left immediately on entering the estate. See the Facebook page or the website at and e-mail

Sunday 1st September – 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

Note – Old Sarum Airfield will be closing 31st October 2019.

Wednesday 4th September – Romsey
South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

TBA. 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

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

Friday 13th September – Lyndhurst
New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Lecture

‘Flying the SR71’ by Colonel Richard H. Graham, USAF (Ret). Built in total secrecy, the first Blackbird flew on April 26, 1962. Flying at Mach 3+ speeds and cruising at over 85,000 feet, the SR-71 could survey over 100,000 square miles every hour, gathering in millions of bits of intelligence. When cruising at over 2,100 mph, with skin friction temperatures reaching 700 degrees Fahrenheit, the SR-71 performed at its very best! Col. Graham’s presentation will discuss his experiences and the aircraft. We expect a full house and se ts are strictly limited due to the size of our room but there are still some visitor tickets available which need to be pre booked – payment and collection on the night. Please do not travel a long distance if you have not received confirmation of a ticket. Contact Mike Collo at Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Visitors £4 including light refreshment. Chairman Stephen Robson:

Friday 13th – Sunday 15th September – Goodwood
Goodwood Revival 2019

The Goodwood Revival is a three-day festival held each September at Goodwood Circuit since 1998 for the types of road racing cars and motorcycle that would have competed during the circuit’s original period—1948–1966. The first Revival took place 50 years after the 9th Duke of Richmond and Gordon opened the motor racing track in 1948, driving around the circuit in a Bristol 400, then Britain’s state-of-the-art sporting saloon. Most people dress in period clothes. It is one of the world’s most popular motor race meetings and the only UK event which recreates the golden era of motorsport from the 1950s and 1960s. Dress to impress!

Friday 13th – Sunday 22nd – Southampton
Southampton International Boat Show.  For details see the website.

Saturday 15th September – Gosport
Hovercraft Museum Heritage 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

Tuesday 17th September – Salisbury
Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation

Maritime Patrol Nimrods – Andrew Collins. Andrew will talk about maritime patrol Nimrods (Mk1s and Mk2s). Monthly presentations. 18:30 for 19:00. Entrance Members free and Non-members £5 (includes access to the collection). Venue BDAC conference room Hangar 1 South, Old Sarum Airfield, Old Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 6DZ. Tel: 01722 323636.

Thursday 19th September – Farnborough
100 years of flying the Atlantic: talks & tours at National Aerospace Library

10.30-16.00. Talks & Tours at 11.00, 12.30, 13.30 & 15.00. 100 years after Alcock & Brown were the first to fly the Atlantic, come and join us for 1919 themed talks tours of one of the world’s best library collections on man’s dream to perfect flight; from balloons, to aeroplanes, drones and spaceflight. Visitors will also be able to see other gems from the library’s collection, learn how our volunteers conserve material for future generations and have a chance to explore the material on our shelves. For more information about the event visit or find out more about the NAL via

Saturday 21st September – Beaulieu
Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

Following in Grandad’s Flight Path 2019. When David Bremner found an old aircraft control column, rudder bar and magneto in his Grandfather’s shed, he suspected they came from a 1915 Bristol Scout. David knew his grandfather Bunnie had flown a Scout in World War 1 as a pilot with No. 2 Wing RNAS during 1915–1916, so his long-time friend Theo Willford suggested a plan to build a Bristol Scout exactly as flown by Bunnie. The evening will begin at 7.30 pm in the Lecture Theatre of the Collections Centre, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. A bar will be available for the purchase of beers, wines, soft drinks and tea and coffee. The evenings will conclude at around 10.00 pm. Tickets are £10.00 each for non-members; £7.50 for members. For further information and to purchase tickets please contact Theresa Browning on 01590 614792 or email

Monday 23rd September – Downton near Salisbury
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Wessex Area Event

Fun STEM Workshop – Inspire the Next Generation Inspire the Next Generation. In order to encourage engagement with young people and inspire the next generation, we are inviting you to come along to learn how to run fun engineering activities aimed at primary age children. Participants will make their own electric fan boats and vibrating brush monsters. The projects are designed to tie in with the school curriculum (D&T, electricity, forces and materials) and to provide a fun, engaging, design and build experience. Visit Caroline’s website to find out more: This is a joint event with the Association of Science Education so that engineers will have schools to work with and vice versa. Engineers will have access to class packs of materials with which to run the activities. Memory sticks will be provided to all attendees containing lesson plans, PowerPoints and pupil worksheets to help them plan and conduct the activities in class. 15:30 – 17:45. Downton Primary School, Gravel Close Downton, Salisbury SP5 3LZ.

Further Ahead

Friday 18th October – Southampton
University of Southampton IT, Science and Engineering Fair

University of Southampton. Jubilee Sports Hall Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm. This well-established recruitment event hosts leading graduate employers in Science, Technology and Engineering. The unmissable Careers Fair is a fantastic opportunity to network and explore a career with sector-leading organisations. Many of the graduate recruiters are also looking for roles within various other business areas.

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