There’s an exciting programme of events that will make Eastleigh town centre a must-visit destination in 2019 – so get the dates your diaries now!
More are currently being pulled together and will be announced soon, but confirmed events so far include:
Young Enterprise Market – Saturday 23 March, Market Place. The UK’s leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills will hold a showcase in the Market Place.
St George’s Day Parade – Sunday 28 April. A traditional parade involving local uniformed groups.
Eastleigh Unwrapped - Saturday 22 June, Town Centre. The free annual outdoor festival will fill the town centre with street circus, aerial theatre and stunning interactive performances, all to a live music soundtrack.
The Sorting Office Summer Open Studios – Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June, Sorting Office, Wells Road. The town’s artist and designer-maker studios will showcase artworks, design and craft made locally, with demonstrations and lots to see, do and buy.
The Point Summer Social programme kicks off with Eastleigh Unwrapped on Saturday 22 June and runs for five weeks until Sunday 4 August with Thursday evenings dedicated to the Sounds of Summer DJ bar and barbecue, Friday evenings are Garden Sessions with live music, Saturdays are Family Days, and Sundays are Wellness Days with yoga. More details will be published on The Point’s website – www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk
The Eastleigh Chilli Fiesta - Saturday 13 July, Leigh Road Recreation Ground. Summer gets even hotter with the arrival of the Eastleigh chilli festival in July. Featuring the best in chilli-based food and drink, live music and the notorious chilli eating contest. Stalls will offer sizzling sauces, chilli jams, curries – and even chilli beer. Admission is free.
Eastleigh Mela - Sunday 21 July, Leigh Road Recreation Ground. The celebration of the Borough’s Asian and other cultures comes to the Leigh Road Recreation Ground, with traditional music, dance, culture and mouth-watering cuisine. The event is organised by the Eastleigh Asian Welfare & Cultural Association – www.awca-eastleigh.org.uk
European Aerial Dance Festival – Monday 5 – Friday 17 August. The Point hosts the 9th annual European Aerial Dance Festival (EADF) - a world-class training event that offers aerialists of all levels the opportunity to learn new skills in professional workshops.
A Day at the Beach – throughout August, Market Place. Combine a day at the seaside with a visit to the town centre shops and restaurants as the Eastleigh BID once again bring the beach to the town centre, with real sand, deck chairs, ice cream and entertainment, creating an authentic holiday atmosphere. The kids will love it!
Pride in Eastleigh – Saturday 7 September. Eastleigh Pride’s debut celebrating the achievements of the LGBTQ+ community was a huge hit last year and the 2019 event promises to be event better.
Eastleigh Film Festival – Monday 23 to Saturday 28 September, at various venues. In 2018 we scared people with a screening of The Cabin in the Woods in Itchen Valley Country Park, showed My Beautiful Launderette in…naturally..a launderette, brought Chicago to the region’s foremost jazz venue and turned the interior of a hairdressers into a cinema for Steel Magnolias. Movie fans adored last year’s Eastleigh Film Festival, and new surprises are promised for 2019.
Christmas Light Switch-On - Saturday 16 November. The switch-on of Eastleigh’s festive lights display is always hugely popular, with entertainment, Santa’s Grotto, live music and a variety of market stalls delivering a great, free day out for all the family. Santa Claus will lead Eastleigh’s traditional Christmas Light Parade and the festivities will be rounded off with a spectacular firework display.
More events will be announced throughout the year. Stay up to date with events across the Borough by checking the events listing, or by signing up for our weekly ENews bulletin – or follow us on Twitter @eastleighbc or Facebook: www.facebook.com/EastleighBC .