10 events and things to do in Hampshire - November 2015


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

Heroes Captured on Canvas

The Everyday Tommy brings together the Great War series of works by artist, Helen Chester. Witness the dramatic portraits of those who went to war and those who were deeply affected by it. Working closely with the ancestors of these men, Helen Chester has sought to weave each personal history into her portraits, making reference to where the individual came from, vignettes from the subject’s lives either during, or after the war and meticulous rendering of regimental badges in both paint and gold leaf.

• When: 11 November to 31 January

• Where: Aldershot Military Museum, Queens Avenue, Aldershot, GU11 2LG, 01252 314598, hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/aldershot-military-museum

Silver Service

Learn how to make a unique piece of sterling silver jewellery. Under the expert guidance of local Winchester jeweller and silversmith Daniel Musselwhite, who has over 15 years’ experience in the industry, try your hand at making a ring, pedant or bangle. All tools and materials are provided - classes are limited to an intimate six students so that you can get as much help as you need. Perfect for beginners too.

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• When: 7, 14 and 21 November, 10am-1pm

• Where: Daniel Musselwhite Jewellery, Lark Hill Rise, Winchester, SO22 4LX, 01962 868875, danielmusselwhite.co.uk

Sisters on Song

Fresh from a summer spent performing across Europe, The Spitfire Sisters bring their band back home to Winchester for the premiere of their theatre show, and to launch their brand new EP. The three-part vocal harmony group have been steadily building a reputation by recreating the vintage sounds of the ’30s and ’40s through nostalgic Andrews Sisters-style harmonies. Expect an evening of live music, dancing and some special guest performers!

• When: 27 November, 7.30pm

• Where: Theatre Royal Winchester, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB, 01962 840440, theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

Ship Ahoy

Launched by the French in 1744 as L’Invincible, then captured by the English in 1747 and renamed, HMS Invincible sank and its remains now lay in the Solent. This exhibition, by diver John Broomhead, brings the legend to life.

• When: 3 November to 31 January

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

Night Rider

Don’t miss your chance to explore Moors Valley Country Park at night! Suitable for adults and children over ten.

• When: 11, 18 & 25 November, 6-7.30pm

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


Frantic Assembly present an explosive double-bill performed by one of the UK’s most innovative male dance companies. Dreaming in Code features a breathtaking collision of kinetically charged dance and theatre.

• When: 4 November, 7.30pm

• Where: The Point, Leigh Road, Eastleigh, Southampton, SO50 9DE, 02380 652333, thepointeastleigh.co.uk

Wine Festival Winchester

Don’t miss this three-day celebration of the local wine scene. Hosted in person by Masters of Wine and TV presenters Susie Barrie and Peter Richards, the festival features hundreds of fine wines to taste, from top-notch English sparkling wine to global brands. There’s also delicious local food, masterclasses, freebies, a charity prize draw and exclusive savings. Plus a VIP night!

• When: 27 to 29 November

• Where: Winchester Guildhall, Broadway, High Street, Winchester, SO23 9GH, thewinefestival.co.uk

Stephen Venables - Life After Everest

After climbing a new route up the world’s highest mountain, reaching the summit alone without oxygen and surviving a record bivouac at 28,000 feet, you might think that Stephen Venables would have decided to hang up his boots. Far from it. This new show, illustrated with stunning images, features exciting tales of his adventures around the world, including his narrow escape from death in the Indian Himalaya, and rock climbing from the Arctic to the Namib Desert.

• When: 5 November, 7.30pm

• Where: Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 2QJ, 02392 828282, kingsportsmouth.co.uk

Lady Chute’s Afternoon Tea

Treat yourself to a delicious afternoon tea at The Vyne. Named after Lady Joan Chute, whose family lived at the country house for many years, Joan herself was head of the Women’s Institute, and a bit of an afternoon tea expert. Savour a selection of finger sandwiches and cakes, including a scone with jam and cream, all served on delicate china with tea or coffee. Book in advance or on arrival.

• When: Daily, until 17 November, 2-4.30pm

• Where: The Vyne, Sherborne St John near Basingstoke, RG24 9HL, 01256 883858, nationaltrust.org.uk/vyne

With a Bang

Celebrate fireworks night in style with Gunwharf Quays. Visitors can look forward to breathtaking scenes of vibrant colours over the harbour and Spinnaker Tower as they watch from the perfect viewpoint along Gunwharf Quays’ waterfront. Jam-packed with free entertainment for the whole family, enjoy premium outlet shopping, tempting dining offers and live music performances, as well as the spectacular fireworks display. Mencap will be collecting charity donations.

• When: 13 November, 6pm

• Where: Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3TZ