Hampshire has a great music and arts scene.
Major theatres include the Mayflower and the Nuffield in Southampton, the Theatre Royal in Winchester and the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth.
There is plenty of local musical talent, from bands such as Lip Service (classic rock band from Southampton), Automated (classic rock band from Farnborough) and Bigtopp (Ska/Rock/Reggae band from Portsmouth).
There’s no shortage of art galleries in the county and you can see anything from fine art to contemporary.
There are some great cultural events including Winchester Poetry Festival.