The Weekend


Saturday 7th July, from 10am

The Village Festival Day is FREE, entertainment all around Hythe Village with performance areas outside Waitrose, outside HSBC and in Pylewell Precinct. Also, a first this year, on Prospect Green where there will be Birds of Prey.

Outside Waitrose – During the morning be entertained by Hythe Ukulele Group and Celtic Confusion. Pause a while during your shopping to listen to the foot tapping music. In the afternoon there are craft workshops for children run by Cornerstone Church.

Outside HSBC and on Pylewell Precinct – Chantelle and Shine Schools of Dance, Ocean Harmony and the Mellow Tones Singing Groups (not the Melody Makers as incorrectly stated in the Brochure), Morris Dancing from New Forest Medlars , Face Painting and much more


On Prospect Green – A first for Waterside Arts, Birds of Prey from the New Forest with a chance to get close-up to photograph, draw or paint them. People were able to visit John Edwards in the Art Tent for a painting and drawing workshop, whether it was the pier, the view or the birds he was able to offer advice and help.

Around the Village – Street theatre from Guy Heathcote and fun & games with Mortimer Sparks. As part of the Festival Fringe, ‘Taste of the South’ stalls will be showcasing local food and crafts.

Saturday 7th July from 6pm

Come down to the little amphitheatre on The Prom to be entertained for the evening while you watch the boats go by. Bring your own picnic and enjoy the music – why not have a drink in the garden of ‘The Lord Nelson’ !

6pm – Waterside Community Choir – formed last year, the choir is made up of people from the Waterside who love singing. Their repertoire is growing all the time with songs to suit all tastes.

7pm – Re-Issue – An evening of foot tapping music (and even dancing) to songs from the 50’s and 60’s from this popular local group. Supporting them will be well know local musician Lucy Smith, who will be playing and singing a selection of covers as well as her own songs

Sunday 8th July on The Promenade

11am – Cornerstone and St John’s churches come together for an open-air Worship Service, led by Rev Eddie Boon. Everyone is welcome to come along and join them. Some chairs will be provided, or you can bring a folding chair or a cushion to sit on the concrete amphitheatre steps. The service will last about an hour.

2.30pm – Festival Regulars New Forest Brass return to the performance area at the end of The Promenade. Songs from the shows, light classics and usually a surprise or two make up the programme for what promises to be a lovely end to this year’s Summer Festival.