FORDINGBRIDE is to host a Culture Week with a variety of events planned.

The event will run from May 29 to June 7 and is being organised by the Fordingbridge Events Group.

Nicky Jenkins, the chairman of Fordingbridge Events Group, said: “There are so many different groups involved with it. There will be stuff for all ages.

“It is a real mix of all things culture running throughout the week.”

Activities will include performances by Fordingbridge Players, film screenings at The Regal Cinema, a host of events at Fordingbridge Library, an art exhibition and workshop from artist Angela Corben, a children’s illustration workshop with artist Selina Snow, an open mic night and craft workshops as well as a comedy night, live music, historical town tours, and Storyville - an exhibition of stories.

Nicky says the event is stretching over a week to accommodate the packed programme of events.

One of the more unusual events is a re-creation of Constable’s The Hay Wain in the river near the recreation ground from 11am to 11.30am on Saturday with heavy horses Belle and Bresil. As part of this a spot the difference competition is being held.

The Fordingbridge Events Group hope the event will encourage more people into the town as well as bring the community together.

Nicky says the Culture Week is about showing what “Fordingbridge has got to offer”, adding: “Everyone has really come together for a real celebration, which is what we wanted to achieve.”

People and groups have already expressed an interest in getting involved with the event next year.

Most events during Culture Week are free but some do require booking. A full list of the events and timings are available at

Plans are also in progress for this year’s Fordingbridge Festival, which will run from 10.30am to 5pm at the Recreation Ground on July 20.