10 events and things to do in Hampshire - February 2016


'Impossible' - Credit: Archant

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

Stick Man Trail

Help Stick Man find his way home and be reunited with his Stick Lady Love, and his Stick children three! Based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s popular Stick Man books, venture on this self-guided trail through the beautiful New Forest. With activity packs (costing £3) to encourage children to discover the great outdoors, in the county’s magical woodland surrounding.

• When: Until February 29, 9am to 4pm

• Where: Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Ringwood, BH24 2ET, 01425 480811, www.moors-valley.co.uk

Navy Fashion

Join fashion historian Amber Jane Butchart for a talk on her new book, Nautical Chic, which traces the relationship between maritime dress and the fashionable wardrobe, uncovering stories and tracing the evolution of the style back to its roots in our seafaring past. Find out about the origins of naval uniform and why it continues to provide perennial inspiration for the fashion world.

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• When: February 25, 6.30pm – 9pm

• Where: National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Visitor Centre, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ, 02392 839766, historicdockyard.co.uk

Out of Egypt

Discover more about the religious beliefs and passage from life to the afterlife in ancient Egypt at a new exhibition at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery. Out of Egypt explores the elaborate rituals intended to prepare the departed for an everlasting life after death. With original artefacts from the Hampshire Cultural Trust collections, displays include coffin masks, animal mummies, canopic jars, amulets, scarabs, shabti figures and a beautiful funerary boat.

• When: Until February 27, 10am – 4pm

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

Falconry Course

The Hawk Conservancy Trust, in association with Amews Falconry, is offering a rewarding opportunity to achieve the nationally recognised Lantra qualification. The course is designed to teach the beginner, with little or no knowledge, how to prepare for, source, select and care for birds of prey.

• When: February 9 to 12

• Where: The Hawk Conservancy Trust, Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, SP11 8DY, 01264 773850

Royal Stories

Join an expert guide and tour the royal ground floor rooms of Osborne House to hear tales of Queen Victoria and the Empress of India.

• When: Saturdays & Sundays until February 28, daily in half term, 10am-2.30pm

• Where: Osborne House, York Avenue, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6JX, 0370 333 1181, www.english-heritage.org.uk

King Arthur Tales

An exciting, interactive and action-packed show, prepare for magic, music and mirth as the ‘boy who would be king’ pulls the sword from the stone. Admission: £16.

• When: Thursday 18 February, 7.30pm

• Where: New Theatre Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, PO1 2DD, 02392 649000


Don’t miss the most dangerous show Southampton has ever seen! Fresh from its ground-breaking run in London’s West End, Impossible features the world’s greatest illusionists live on stage in a magic spectacular that will thrill and amaze audiences of all ages. Expect a fast-paced, breath-taking performance with death-defying stunts, technological trickery, grand stage illusions and close-up magic. Guaranteed to mesmerize and baffle, sit back and enjoy a stunning range of magical artistry.

• When: February 3 – 6

• Where: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE, 02380 711811, www.mayflower.org.uk

Historical Buildings

Journeying through time and place, from the ancient Egyptian pyramids to the soaring skyscrapers of Manhattan, renowned architectural historian Dan Cruickshank explores the most inspirational and characterful creations in world architecture. Having visited all but three of the buildings in the list of one hundred, including inaccessible and threatened locations such as Hatra in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria, he speaks movingly about ancient artefacts and buildings that may never again be experienced first-hand.

• When: February 18, 7.30pm

• Where: The Spring Arts & Heritage, 56 East Street, Havant, PO9 1BS, 02392 472700, www.thespring.co.uk

How does your garden grow

Want to be a better Gardener? Head to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens for a six week course and learn all the tricks and techniques required. Join horticulturists and learn about a variety of topics.

• When: Every Wednesday from February 24 to March 30, 6pm - 7.30pm

• Where: Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Romsey, SO51 0QA, 01794 369318

The Swing Commanders

If you enjoy vintage style, lively music and good old fashioned entertainment, you’ll have a ball with The Swing Commanders! Fresh from a busy 2015 that included European festivals, a tour of Texas and a new CD, their music ranges from ragtime through to 40’s and 50’s classics, boogie-woogie, western swing and jump jive, plus a few self penned songs. Expect sophisticated harmonies, hot solos and pretty dresses from this vibrant and versatile Lancashire quintet!

• When: Saturday 6 February, 7.30pm

• Where: The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane, Hedge End, SO30 4EJ, 02380 652333, www.theberrytheatre.co.uk