Events and things to do in Hampshire - January 2015


Lightworks - Credit: Archant

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


Escape the darkness of winter and step into the light at Mottisfont. Lightworks is a contemporary exhibition featuring an international selection of accomplished artists. With focus on the effects of light, witness a whole host of photographic work, including that of Christiane Zschommler, Susan Derges and Chris Bucklow.

When: January 17 – April 19

Where: Mottisfont, near Romsey, SO51 0LP, 01794 340757,



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The magical story of Stardust was famously made into a film starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, and Robert De Niro in 2007. Now Forest Forge Theatre Company brings it to the stage. Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, this wondrous adventure is full of eccentric characters, haunting music, magic and mayhem.

When: January 30, 7.30pm

Where: The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre, Station Road, Bordon GU35 0LR, 01420 472664,


Battleships, Beaches and Bravery

Michael Forrest is the author of The Defence of the Dardanelles: from Bombards to Battleships, a book about the Gallipoli Campaign. In this fascinating talk he will give a detailed description of the naval attack and amphibious landing. The campaign was launched to secure the Gallipoli peninsula on the northern bank of the Dardanelles and was one of the Allies’ most disastrous campaigns of WWI.

When: January 22, 7.45 pm

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


Michael Portillo

Life: A Game of 2 Halves brings Michael Portillo to The Lights this month. Don’t miss your chance to listen to his story, including his fight to get a seat in the Commons and rise in power to a party leader and possible future PM. He will also be reflecting on his various TV work like ‘Great Victorian Railways’, ‘Michael becomes a Single Mum’ and ‘Death of a school friend’. Plus a question and answers session!

When: January 23, 7.30pm

Where: The Lights, West Street, Andover, SP10 1AH, 01264 368368,


Extraordinary People

Lives Less Ordinary is a new exhibition that celebrates the lives of nearly 30 local residents who made a mark both close to home and nationally. These range from GO Smith (1872-1943), the David Beckham of his day, captain of the England Football team and every schoolboy’s idol, to contemporary figures such as Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful sailor in Olympic history.

When: Until January 10

Where: St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington, SO41 9BH, 01590 676969,


The Ghost Train

All aboard for Arnold Ridley’s classic comedy thriller about a group of travellers (including a newlywed couple, an estranged couple, a self-indulgent young dandy and an elderly spinster with a parrot) stranded in the waiting room of an isolated railway station on a dark and stormy night. Be warned, anyone who sets eyes on the ghostly train that haunts the line will die!

When: January 28-31

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


Bird Hospital

Don’t miss your chance to get an exclusive insight into what happens behind the scenes at The National Bird of Prey Hospital. Join Kim Kirkbride, Head of Section, for a fascinating presentation about the work of the hospital, some of the most common injuries and illnesses and stories about the patients that she has cared for.

When: January 24

Where: The Hawk Conservancy Trust, Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, SP11 8DY, 01264 773 850,


Comic Genius

Winner of five major comedy awards, novelist, host of BBC’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks, radio presenter and Mock The Week regular; Mark Watson has many strings to his bow. He returns to the road this month with his new show, Flaws, which is said to be his darkest, most personal show yet - luckily, also his funniest too! Book early to avoid disappointment!

When: January 30, 7.30pm

Where: Theatre Royal Winchester, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB, 01962 840440,



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