10 events and things to do in Hampshire - September 2016

Ocean Film Fest

Ocean Film Fest - Credit: Archant

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

Ocean Film Fest

Showcasing the world’s most amazing ocean films from both above and below the water’s surface, dive deep into The Ocean Film Festival this month! Brought to you by the producers of the Banff Film Festival UK Tour, this extraordinary collection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray. See www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk for more details.

• When: September 24

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

Women Artists

During Jane Austen’s lifetime, it was much more difficult for a woman to become an artist than a writer. Women were largely excluded from the institutions of the art world, but a few nevertheless succeeded in making a career and a name for themselves. Dr Emma Barker from the Open University will lead this talk at Chawton House Library, considering the life and work of a number of these inspirational women.

• When: September 29

• Where: Chawton House Library, Chawton, Alton, GU34 1SJ, 01420 541010, www.chawtonhouse.org

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Sandham Events

Featuring music, art workshops and talks, the autumn season at Sandham Memorial Chapel is not to be missed. Join Violinist Theresa Caudle and harpsichordist Alastair Ross (September 17) as they play Handel, Corelli and Bach – the favourite composer of artist Sir Stanley Spencer, whose magnificent series of World War One murals resides in the chapel. Or why not try your hand at ‘Delft’-style ceramic tile painting with leading ceramicist Piet Van den Beuken (September 20)

• Where: Sandham Memorial Chapel, Harts Lane, Burghclere, RG20 9JT, 01635 278394

All That Jazz

Join Acclaimed Isle of Wight-born vocalist Edana Minghella in celebrating the launch of her new album, All or Nothing, a tribute to Billie Holiday.

• When: September 9

• Where: Minghella Studio, New Theatre Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, PO1 2DD, 02392 649000, www.newtheatreroyal.com

Ghost Walk

Brace yourself for a tour of intrigue, history and secrecy with the crew of one of England’s best preserved and most feared warships, HMS Warrior.

• When: September 4

• Where: HMS Warrior, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3QX, 01962 435020

Mandela Trilogy

The amazing life of Nelson Mandela is brought vividly to the stage by Cape Town Opera in a large-scale celebration and tribute to the man who touched hearts and minds around the world.

• When: September 7 – 10

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

Explore the Canopy

For a vertical adventure, join the Great Big Tree Climbing Company at The Vyne and head to the sky this month! Under the expert guidance of two friendly instructors, you’ll find yourself entering the canopy of a huge tree within The Vyne’s grounds, using ropes, knots and karabiners whilst being securely attached in a harness. What better way to get close to nature? Suitable for ages 6 and upwards. Booking essential.

• When: September 2 and 24

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

Petersfield Antiques

Attracting over 2000 collectors and dealers from across the south of England, this established autumn event is not to be missed. Marvel at famous historical figures including Greek God Ajax, William Shakespeare and the nymph Sabrina, as well as fine silver, jewellery, glass, art work and furniture.

• When: September 2-4

• Where: The Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, GU31 4EA, 01825 744074, www.penman-fairs.co.uk

Out of Africa

Film director and photographer Harry Hook spent his childhood in Kenya and has been filming beautiful images of the African continent and its people for over 40 years. Join Harry for an unforgettable evening of extraordinary stories and film footage as he tells the story of Africa’s people.

• When: September 20

• Where: The Haymarket, Wote Street, Basingstoke, RG21 7NE, 01256 844244


Fresh from an international tour, Worklight Theatre present this award-winning, comical and touching true story about mixed heritage and multiculturalism. By using family stories from when he grew up in 90s rural England, Joe Sellman-Leava examines the differences between curiosity and fear, the words and numbers we stick on each other, and answers the question about where he is really from.

• When: September 29

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