10 events and things to do in Hampshire - January 2017
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Charlotte Tomlinson-White has scoured the county to bring you the top events taking place this month
A Starry Night
Following a hit Broadway run, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s comic classic No Man’s Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre. One summer evening, two ageing writers meet. As they become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, conversation turns into a revealing power game, complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. An exclusive Q&A with the cast and director will follow.
• When: January 12
• Where: The Berry Theatre, Hedge End, SO30 4EJ Box Office: 023 8065 2333 theberrytheatre.co.uk
Bake Off Time
Winchester City Mill’s friendly baking volunteers are hosting two special themed events. Choose from Beating January Blues on January 21, and Burns Night Baking on January 29. Find out how to make a variety of seasonal sweet and savoury treats. Take home the recipe cards (small donation) and try some baking at home, using the Mill’s own flour from the shop.
• Where: Winchester City Mill, Bridge Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9BH, 01962 870057 nationaltrust.org.uk/winchester-city-mill
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Marvel at artworks by 20th-century artist Rex Whistler, including oil paintings from his time as a soldier and intricate design sketches. His prolific body of work included murals, stage designs and book illustrations, portraits and commercial illustrations. Borrowing works from private collections, Rex Whistler: More than Murals explores the talents of this incredible artist, creator of Mottisfont’s trompe l’oeil wall paintings.
• When: January 21 – April 23
• Where: Mottisfont, near Romsey SO51 0LP, 01794 340757, nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont
The Bob Dylan Story
A tribute to a song writing genius, experience the thrill of a Dylan concert planted firmly in the 1960s, when anything seemed possible. Enjoy hits like Blowing In The Wind and The Times They Are A Changin’.
• When: January 15
• Where: Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth PO1 2AB, 023 93870 200, portsmouthguildhall.org.uk
Ocean liners were once Southampton’s lifeblood. From the 1890s to the modern day, discover their story at Port Out, Southampton Home, with rarely seen ship models, posters and photographs
• When: Until June 4
• Where: SeaCity Museum, SO14 7FY, 023 8083 4536 seacitymuseum.co.uk
Return of the Cat
Get set for an evening of nostalgia with The music of Cat Stevens. Keith James presents the history and spirit of Cat (now Yusuf), Stevens with some songs performed as you remember and others reinterpreted. Proceeds and donations to UNICEF Syrian Children’s appeal
• When: January 28
• Where: Spring Arts & Heritage, Havant PO9 1BS, 023 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk
Bright and Bracing
Forget the January blues and bring in the New Year with a guided walk around the estate and woodland at Hinton Ampner. Wrap up warm, don your walking boots and join Hinton’s knowledgeable Head Gardener John Wood for a four-mile walk around the estate, taking in panoramic views of the Southdowns as well as the stunning woodland. You will be rewarded with a hot drink and snack on the walk.
• When: January 1
• Where: Hinton Ampner, near Alresford SO24 0LA, 01962 771305, nationaltrust.org.uk/hinton-ampner
Britain’s most controversial comedian celebrates an explosive 40 years in show business, bringing to the stage for the first time a truly revealing and hilarious look at his life. Discover how it all began, from the triumphs to the tragedies, this is Jim Davidson as you have never seen him before. Suitable for those aged 16 years and over, it’s guaranteed to be a night to remember. Share funny, poignant and at times brutally honest moments with the people’s comedian in this autobiographical reflection.
• When: January 31
• Where: The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, RG21 7QR, 01256 844244, anvilarts.org.uk
Born in the USA
Jump into the creek and take an invigorating swim with Ben Hunter, Joe Seamons (pictured) and Phil Wiggins as they present a musical whirlpool of pre-war American music. In the UK for a rare visit, the trio brings their joyful blend of folk and roots to Basingstoke after performing at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival. Don’t miss the chance to hear these tremendous troubadours performing the songs that paved the way for so many artists we enjoy today.
• When: January 31
• Where: The Forge, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR, 01256 844244, anvilarts.org.uk
Sweeping You Away
Iggety, ziggety, zaggety, zoom! Room on the Broom flies into Aldershot this month and it’s guaranteed to sweep you away! Featuring enchanting puppetry, original sing-a-long songs and scary fun, don’t miss this Olivier Award-nominated production from Tall Stories. Join the Witch and her cat on their mission to defeat the dragon and meet a friendly dog, a beautiful green bird and a crazy frog in this magical musical adaptation by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
• When: January 25-26
• Where: Princes Hall, Princes Way, Aldershot GU11 1NX, 01252 329155 princeshall.com