10 events and things to do in Hampshire - August 2015

The Weird and Wonderful

The Weird and Wonderful - Credit: Archant

Charlotte Tomlinson-White has scoured the county to bring you the top events taking place this month

Contemporary Printmaking

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery is showcasing a selling exhibition from The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, now the UK’s premier printmaking organisation. Featuring contemporary printmaking including wood engraving, etching, aquatint, linocut, monotype and screen printing, witness some of the very best contemporary printmaking by today’s artists.

• When: August 1 – September 12

• Where: St. Barbe Gallery, New Street, Lymington, SO41 9B, 01590 676969, www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk


Cheese and Chilli

Things will be heating up when the Cheese & Chilli Festival comes to Winchester. The tasty festival promises to be a fun-filled day out for the whole family bringing an amazing array of flavours, colours and experiences. The festival market will provide an abundance of quality local and regional cheeses, chilli-based food and products from all over the world and a selection of high quality food stalls to taste and buy from. Plus a craft fair, Real Ale Festival and children’s entertainment!

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• When: August 8 and 9, 10am – 5pm

• Where: North Walls, Devils Island, Winchester, SO23 7DD, 07776 255199, www.cheeseandchillifestival.com


Felt Making Workshop

Discover and explore the ancient history of felt making. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience, choose from the techniques to create special felt pieces from Merino wool fibres. Why not make a small 3D flower, a paper weight or simply make a beautiful piece that could be hung on the wall? All materials, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

• When: August 15, 10am - 4pm

• Where: Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Romsey, SO51 0QA, 01794 369318, www3.hants.gov.uk/hilliergardens


Stained Glass

Rare Tudor stained glass that survived battles and bombs is being rescued from a new threat using the latest technology. The glass, found in the ancient Chapel of the Vyne, is being ‘eaten’ away by condensation. An exhibition plus weekly tours reveals more about the incredible conservation project to protect the glass, considered to be amongst the most beautiful in Europe. Be sure to visit in late August when conservators will painstakingly remove the glass, leaving the Chapel flooded with light.

• When: Until December 25

• Where: The Vyne, Sherborne St John, RH24 9HL, 01256 883858, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/vyne


Emsworth Show

There is something special about the tradition of the quintessential English village event, and you won’t be disappointed if you visit the Emworth show this year. Showcasing a wide variety of local produce, talent and creativity, it is certain to entertain people of all ages and walks of life. Don’t miss the Horticultural marquee. Thought to be the jewel in the crown of the show, it holds the competing exhibits from Fuchsia to photography, and carrots to cake!

• When: August 31, 10.30am – 5pm

• Where: Recreation Ground, Horndean Road, Emsworth, PO10 7PT, www.emsworthshow.org.uk


The Weird and Wonderful

Roll up for the most magnificent show in town! Dr Longitude’s Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie is an exotic caravan packed with puppets, magical music and crafty characters. See www.thespring.co.uk for more details.

• When: August 7 and 8, 1.30pm and 3.30pm

• Where: Hayling Island Park, PO11 0HB (7th) and Leigh Park Gardens, Staunton Country Park, PO9 5HB (8th)


Sherlock Holmes

Embrace your inner sleuth and join The Chapterhouse Theatre for a special performance in the grounds of Osborne House. With a missing novice, a death in the convent and treasure to find, Holmes’ newest case promises to be his most terrifying and challenging yet. Bring your chairs, picnics and wine and enjoy an enchanting evening of outdoor theatre at its best.

• When: August 26, 6.30pm

• Where: Osborne House, York Avenue, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6JX, 0370 333 1183, www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/osborne


Opera Gala

One of Mozart’s most popular operas, The Marriage of Figaro recounts the “day of madness” in the palace of Count Almaviva. Enjoy champagne and canapés and dinner.

• August 16, from 4.30pm

• Tylney Hall, Rotherwick, Hook, RG27 9AZ, 01256 745533, www.tylneyhall.co.uk


Gin o’clock

The UK’s largest Gin Festival comes to Portsmouth this month offering over 80 gins for you to try. With live entertainment, talks from experts and food stalls.

• August 1 and 2

• Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, PO1 2AB, 01274 568834, www.ginfestival.co.uk


Jersey Boys

Telling the remarkable story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys has won 55 major awards worldwide. Follow their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks and enjoy many of their hits.

• August 4 - 15

• Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE, 02380 711811