Hello! How has your week been? Here are five things you really need to know about this week…
1. Tuesday 19th: X Factor Mobile Auditions in Newport
Having been in Southampton last Wednesday and Bournemouth over the weekend, the X Factor mobile auditions are now venturing over to the Isle of Wight and can be found at the Quay Arts Centre in Newport on Tuesday. This year is the biggest ever X Factor audition tour, and this will be the last chance locally to try out your singing talent. If you think you can hold a tune – or be very entertaining – then pop along. You don’t need to register for this one, just turn up and do your thing!
2. Wednesday 20th: Wickham Horse Fair
Wickham Horse Fair is a massively popular fair that’s been running since the 13th century. The travelling community will gather together to race and sell ponies and horses – and there’s a funfair too! The main road through Wickham will be closed on Wednesday for this event too, so bear that in mind if you’re travelling around the area.
3. Friday 22nd: Bournemouth 7s Festival begins at East Parley
This is the largest sports and music festival in the world, and runs until the 25th. It’s known as the sporting Glastonbury and is a massive event full of all sorts of fun and festivities – not least the sport and music. There’s a beer tent, 80s karaoke tent, dance and urban tents, a mad hatter’s tea party, fancy dress, loads of bands and DJs. There’s an Ibiza foam party, pitch side jacuzzi, big screen TV, a players’ lounge and a catering village… oh, and some sport! Over 360 teams will compete in rugby, netball, dodgeball and hockey. I think there’s still time to enter a team too…
4. Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th: Common People Festival on Southampton Common
This is the first Common People festival, curated by Rob da Bank who was co-founder of Bestival and Camp Bestival. Headlining acts are Fatboy Slim and Grace Jones, and there are loads of other amazing acts performing. There are four stages, bars, street food, yarn bombing, hoe downs, morris dancing, trapeze lessons, welly wanging, a balloon disco, a toddler play area, face painting and craft tents as well as the music!
5. Sunday 24th: Langstone Harbour Walk
This is a sponsored walk run by the Hayling Island Lions Club around the entire harbour. There are seven checkpoints along the route, and you can start wherever you like as long as you get your “passport” stamped at each one – but the course is a 15-mile walk so this is not for the faint hearted. That said, it is a flat walk and there’s no time limit so it’s not arduous and can be a nice gentle stroll – with several pubs to stop off at for lunch along the way!
The Hayling Island ferry is closed at the moment; the walk will go ahead without it – this will pose a slight problem for the parts where you would need to cross the water. They say it’s fine to double back though – and you get a medal if you walk more than 15 miles!
Here’s a photo of Simon working his radio magic…
That’s all for this week, we’ll be back next week with another five things…