April is on the horizon and with it begins the boating calendar for the season. Below are some highlights of events happening that you might enjoy, on or near to the water this April.
On April 1st if you are in search of the Easter bunny, then you may want to pop into any of the MDL marinas to see if you can spot him. If you are in the Hamble area, then stop off at Mercury Marina for a bacon bap too!
This event isn't near to water, although it's getting a lot of local press, so worth popping into our guide. Popping up from Tuesday 3 to Monday 9 April at 11am and 1pm. Free entry, although you do need to book and some dates are already fully booked.
Five years after the Ford Transit Assembly Plant in Southampton closed down,. This pop-up museum explores the industrial transformations of this small but historically significant site. From Making to Moving, tells this story of the site's transformation. From WW2 aircraft manufacture, through the heyday of mass production of the iconic 'white van' Transit.
Told through the voices of the men and women whose stories were captured during oral history interviews. The exhibition brings to life the conditions, atmosphere, camaraderie and banter on a production line.
Housed in shipping containers, the pop-up museum also offers a chance to see the last Transit van made in Southampton.
If you have wanted to look behind the Union Flag at Land Rover BAR, then you'll get the opportunity on April 11th. From 11am - 3pm you can visit the Tech Deck. A unique behind the scenes experience with hands-on interactives.
Get close to the boats, people, and technologies in development. Allowing team BAR to fly faster and sail smarter. Helping them to achieve their goal to bring the America's Cup home for the first time in its 165 year history.
Visits to the Tech Deck are free of charge but must be booked. Other dates that you can visit the Tech Deck are August 22nd, 29th and October 24th.
On April 14th take your RIB over to Portchester. Featuring live music, Food and over 30 Real Ales & Ciders, it promises to be a great event. Raising money for the Wessex Cancer Trust.
The day is split into two sessions. The lunchtime session between 12 and 5pm and the evening session between 6pm and 11pm.
This year the festival are welcoming The Suite and The Damiain Lodrick Band to entertain.
If you are a fan of striding out, then a trip over to the IOW would be a step in the right direction.Their 2018 walking festival dates are from the 28th of April to the 13th of May. Join one of the walks and you can get an introduction to island wildlife or hear stories about the Island’s varied and interesting past.