Interesting Events – Sept 2016

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 worth including, please send details to the site’s Admin.

Highlights this month include the Goodwood Revival, the Romsey Show, a new hot air balloon festival at Longleat, the Boat Show and our very own Science Park’s Nucleus Expo…

Sunday 4th September Gatwick – Great Gatwick Hot Rod & Custom Show
The first-ever car show presented by American Autoparts is to be staged on Sunday September 4 at the Gatwick Aviation Museum, in Charlwood, Surrey, adjacent to Gatwick Airport. The event – The Great Gatwick Hot Rod & Custom Show – is an all-charity project in aid of the Museum, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Association and a local Council appeal to replace the village’s sports pavilion. Tel 01293 862417.

Wednesday 7th September Romsey – South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society SHHAS Talk
“Air Defence during the Cold War” a talk by Roger Beazley CBE, AFC, BA (Hons), FRAeS. Roger is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots [US] and Honorary Member of the Flight Test Society of Australia. He was decorated with an Air Force Cross [AFC] in 1978 and appointed Commander of the British Empire [CBE] in 1996. In 2003 he was awarded the Master’s Commendation from the City of London Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators for his work in supervising the display flying at the Farnborough International Airshow for some 12 years and in 2006, awarded a Master Air Pilot Certificate again by the City Guild. 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 9th September Stockbridge – Museum of Army Aviation Event
The Museum of Army Flying holds a special lecture at Stockbridge Town Hall. Guest Speaker is world record breaker, adventure balloonist and author of ‘The Edge of Space’, Colin Prescot. A chance meeting with a hot-air balloon owning Afghan princess, hanging 300m below a helicopter in the Grand Canyon and breaking the World Record for a non-stop orbital flying machine: 17 days and 18 hours of endurance, surviving being sucked into a lethal thunderstorm over Central Thailand. Colin Prescot joins us to share his remarkable story. 19:00. Refreshments will be available from 18.30. £10.00 Lecture Ticket.

Friday 9th – Sunday 11th September Chichester – Goodwood Revival
Step back in time to the halcyon days of motor racing at Goodwood. The Revival is not just a celebration but a recreation of the ‘Goodwood Years’. Come in period dress and be part of the festival with period car and motorcycle racing, flying and static air displays of pre-1966 craft. Entry by advance ticket only – no tickets on the gate.

Saturday, 10th September – Romsey Show

Just in case you’d forgotten… here’s the show’s website.

Wednesday 14th September Winchester – Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series
Derek McKay-Bukowski (STFC) – The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are a remarkable phenomenon. A good auroral display is one of the most beautiful and profound spectacles in the natural world. Yet, despite the fact they are so close to us, and have been studied for so long, they remain elusive and not well understood. Much of what has been written about them is now antiquated and out of step with the latest research results. This lecture will report on our dramatic recent findings and will describe our current, evolving understanding of these mysterious apparitions. In addition to the stunning images and underlying science, it will also explain how we go about predicting displays and how you can see the Northern Lights for yourself. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Friday 16th – Sunday 18th September Warminster – Sky Safari Hot Air Balloon Festival
Longleat’s first Sky Safari will take place from 16 – 18 September 2016, and will see two mass ascensions of fifty hot air balloons from Longleat House’s Lawn, each day. One will take place in the morning and another in the early evening. During the day many of the balloons will be beautifying the sky above Longleat’s 900 acres of parkland with individual tethered ascents. Longleat Safari & Adventure Park, Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW.

Friday 16th – Sunday 25th September – Southampton Boat Show 2016
The UK’s largest purpose-built Show marina in the late summer sunshine. This year’s Show is a festival of boating fun for all the family. Brand new attractions to enjoy, see and have a go at as well as much loved favourites. Mixed in with over 100s of exhibitors and 1000s of boats and brands this really is a festival of boating fun for everyone. There are so many ways to get out on the water, whether you are new to boating or an experienced sailor so buy now.

Tuesday 20th September Salisbury – Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation
I learnt about flight test from that in 4.8 million miles – Capt. Rod Sears. Rod served in the RAF for over 20 years, with flight tours in Experimental and Engineering flight test and finally serving as a Flight Test Tutor at the Empire Test Pilot’s School. Following his RAF career he had world wide experience operating Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 as a Captain in British Airways, whilst also holding the post of Simulator Standards Manager. 18:30 for 19:00. Members free, non-members £5 (includes access to the aviation collection). 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.

Wednesday 21st September Southampton – Nucleus Expo
The University of Southampton Science Park is set to host Nucleus Expo 2016, a one day event promising to showcase the best of Hampshire’s most exciting science and technology-led innovations. Nucleus Expo encourages participation at all levels from university spin-outs to multinationals. One of the industries that Nucleus Expo will be highlighting is, of course, maritime. With exhibitors and speakers including the Royal Navy, ASV Global, the National Oceanography Centre, Sustainable Marine Energy and REAP Systems, Nucleus Expo is a key date for the dairy for technology-focused maritime businesses. Registration for the event, which takes place on Wednesday 21st September, is now open at Attendance is free.

Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th September London – New Scientist Live
New Scientist Live is a festival of ideas and discovery, taking place at ExCeL London. Rooted in the biggest, best and most provocative science, New Scientist Live will touch on all areas of human life. The show will feature four immersive zones covering Brain & Body, Technology, Earth and Cosmos. For four days this September, New Scientist Live will be like no other place on earth.


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