Romsey Christmas events

Christmas lights

A reminder that Romsey Town will be hosting a wealth of festive events this year, starting with the Christmas lights switch on and Winter Carnival Parade on Saturday 24 November.

Hundreds of Romsey residents are expected to attend to see in the start of the festive season. The procession will assemble at Crosfield Hall and move off at 6.15pm, travelling around the town.

Please note road closures and car park closures will be in place for the duration of the procession as well as periods before the procession.

Fishlake Meadows video

Martin De Retuerto, from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, has taken part in an interview with That’s Solent TV. The Trust has recently been awarded the contract to manage Fishlake Meadows Local Nature Reserve, which covers approximately 60 hectares and comprises a mix of open and standing water, reed bed and swamp.

The resulting video can be seen here.

A Previous aerial survey is also shown with the following link

Christmas Lights


The nights are drawing in and that can only mean one thing…the annual Christmas lights switch on event in Andover High Street from 5pm to 7.30pm on Friday, 18 November.

The Big TV screen will once again grace the High Street to make sure that you don’t miss anything that is going on, and there will be lots to see! Father Christmas will be stopping by, and the stage will play host to a range of local performers. The Breeze will compère the evening, and there will be rides and attractions, children’s face painting and lots of delicious food to keep you warm.

The evening will culminate in the Christmas lights switch on, followed by a grand firework display sponsored by The Chantry Centre. Make a date in your diary now so that you don’t miss the High Street event of the year!


The Romsey Christmas lights switch on will take place on Saturday, 26 November. As part of the event, there will be a winter procession which will begin at Crosfield Hall at 6pm and make its way to Market Place before heading towards Bell Street. The town centre lights will be switched on at 6.30pm.

Free tennis coaching sessions


Test Valley Borough Council is supporting Romsey and Abbey Tennis Club to host a series of free tennis coaching sessions for people aged 14 to 25 throughout August. Sessions will be available for beginners as well as more experienced players, and will be led by fully qualified coaches.

The Lawn Tennis Association has awarded a grant to Romsey and Abbey Tennis Club to enable the sessions to take place. Anyone who would like to attend a session can book their place online by clicking here.

You are invited to the launch of the first Romsey Future vision document, “Our Town, Our Future”, a vision for the next 20 years.

Romsey Future

Come and see the five strategic ambitions for Romsey Future that have been developed by the town’s residents and service providers over the last two years. Take the chance to talk to those who’ve been involved in Romsey Future, pick up a copy of the document and see how you can play a part in helping take Romsey Future forward.

Join us for a cup of tea and a slice of cake at our exhibition and drop in sometime between 10am until 12noon on Saturday 12th December at the Crosfield Hall.

Please pass the invitation on to anyone else who you think would like to attend.

For more information, please contact Sophie Tyldesley on  We look forward to seeing you there!

Shop in town for longer this Christmas

Shoppers will have even longer to stock up on fabulous festive goodies and tantalising treats this Christmas, as Test Valley Borough Council is set to offer one hour’s free parking this December.

Visitors will be able to make use of the offer on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 30 November to 16 December and will need to purchase a minimum of one hour’s parking in any Test Valley Borough Council car park to qualify. They then need to display the Christmas voucher on their dashboard alongside a valid pay and display ticket to get another hour free. The voucher can also be used with a Ringo payment.

The Council’s car parks continue to be free to use after 4pm, so during the offer period visitors will be able to stay in town from 2pm until late for just 90 pence! Shoppers can collect vouchers from participating retailers or the Former Magistrates’ Court. Simply look out for the poster in shop windows and pop in to collect one. Alternatively, vouchers can be downloaded from the Council’s website, or cut out from the autumn issue of Test Valley News which was distributed to all households from late October. Retailers can contact Town Centre Manager, Mark Edgerley, for vouchers to hand out to their customers.

Kiosk opens at Romsey War Memorial Park

The brand new kiosk at Romsey War Memorial Park proved to be a sweet treat for residents as Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Iris Andersen, marked the official opening with the cutting of a cake on Sunday, 16 August.

The new kiosk took five months to complete and provides the perfect place for people to sit, socialise and sip delicious teas and coffees. The kiosk also sells a range of other hot and cold snacks and goodies and members of the public can use tennis equipment from the kiosk free of charge.