10 things to do this February in Hampshire

Alexandra Burke in The Bodyguard (Photograph of West End production) - Photo by Paul Coltas

Alexandra Burke in The Bodyguard (Photograph of West End production) - Photo by Paul Coltas - Credit: Archant

We’ve scoured the county to bring you the top events taking place this month

Purrrfect Family Theatre

Don’t miss your chance to see The Tiger Who Came to Tea live on stage! Following a smash-hit west end season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this charming family show. Based on the much loved classic book by Judith Kerr, this stunning stage adaptation is the brainchild of David Wood OBE, undisputedly the country’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children. Expect oodles of magic, songs and clumsy chaos.

When: February 17-21, 11am & 2pm

Where: Nuffield Theatre, University Road, Southampton, SO17 1TR, 02380 671771, www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk


Hilarious History

Following the sellout of The Six Wives of Henry VIII last year, Living Spit return to The Spring with a brand new show. Promising to be (another) poorly researched lesson in Tudor history that you’ll never forget, Elizabeth I: Virgin on the Ridiculous attempts to tell the story of the greatest monarch that ever lived. Expect live original music, silly songs, smutty shenanigans, perfunctory props, and hysterically historical horseplay from the Bristolian duo. Don’t forget the post-show chat in the bar!

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When: February 5, 8pm

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


Candy Tree Workshop

Hinton Ampner is fast building a reputation as the National Trust’s crafts centre of the south. Throughout early spring you can join a series of dip-in craft sessions, including this unusual opportunity to make a pretty candy tree out of your favourite sweets. Create a unique gift for a loved one on Valentine’s Day, or a delicious treat for yourself! Don’t forget to check out Hinton’s other crafty activities.

When: February 7, 1.30-3pm

Where: Hinton Ampner, near Alresford, SO24 0LA, 01962 771305, nationaltrust.org.uk/hinton-ampner


Heroes and Superheroes

Hear the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra celebrate some of the best heroes and superheroes with an evening of blockbuster soundtracks. Films represented include Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Schindler’s List, The Last Samurai, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars and a reprise of the best superhero of them all – Superman.

When: February 20, 7pm

Where: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AB, 0844 453 9028, www.portsmouthguildhall.org.uk


Bricks in Motion

Explore the history of transport in LEGO® bricks from pre-history through to the future. See icons of transport, everything from cars to spacecraft, made from the iconic building blocks! With Mini Figure making, play tables and dressing up costumes, plus a live build by a certified LEGO® builder. Don’t forget to take the Bricks in Motion trail.

When: February 25 to April 26

Where: Milestones Museum, Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke, RG22 6PG, 01256 477766, www.milestones-museum.com


An Evening of Murder

Join Dr Lucy Worsley for an illustrated tour through the dark story of our fascination with murder. The BBC TV presenter will examine some notorious crimes and criminals, but also explain how murder became a form of entertainment through novels, plays, paintings, and the press.

When: February 13, 7.30pm

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


The Bodyguard

Don’t miss this award-winning musical as it launches its tour in Southampton! Based on the blockbuster film, it follows Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, as he tries to protect superstar Rachel Marron (played by X-Factor’s Alexandra Burke) from an unknown stalker. Featuring a whole host of Whitney Houston’s songs this romantic thriller is guaranteed to take your breath away!

When: February 12 -28, see website for times

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


Henning Wehn

After more than a decade in Britain, the German Comedy Ambassador hasn’t lost his sense of wonderment at the foibles of British society. Expect an evening-long crash course in personal accountability and have a right old laugh at the same time! Wunderbar!

When: February 25, 7.45pm

Where: Princes Hall, Princes Way, Aldershot, GU11 1NX, 01252 329155, www.princeshall.com


The Picture Trail

For a special half-term experience head to Mottisfont. There’s crafty fun for kids on the ‘Get the picture’ trail, inspired by Mottisfont’s photography exhibition. Take a picture frame around the gardens to ‘capture’ some ideas then recreate them using the craft materials. Don’t forget to look out for the snowdrops – they litter the river banks of this ancient former priory.

When: February 14-22, 10am – 5pm

Where: Mottisfont, near Romsey, SO51 0LP, 01794 340757, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont


Shrove Tuesday

Do you like yours with lemon and sugar or bacon and egg? Head to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens for a Family Bushcraft session with a difference! Enjoy an outdoor cooking lesson making tasty treats to celebrate Pancake Day. You had better get practicing your flipping technique! Booking is essential and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

When: February 17, 10am - 12.30pm

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



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