Events and things to do in Hampshire - June 2014

Rosy delights

Rosy delights - Credit: Archant

We’ve scoured the county to bring you the top events taking place this month - compiled by Charlotte Tomlinson-White

Sunset Party in the Park

Sunset Party in the Park - Credit: Archant

Sunset Party in the Park

The party to remember is back with a dinosaur twist! Guests will have special out of hours access to Rise of the Dinosaurs, where they will witness dinosaurs come to life with awesome animatronics. Party the night away with a packed programme of incredible performers and enjoy entertainment from The Pigeons, Juggling Inferno and The Penguins, amongst others. Plus, visitors can also delight in exclusive talks and see the animals at sunset.

When: June 13

Where: Marwell Wildlife, Thompsons Lane, Colden Common, Winchester, SO21 1JH, 01962 777407,


The Great McGarry

World famous wildlife artist, Pip McGarry, will once again be wowing Hampshire residents when he returns to The Frame Gallery with his latest collection of awe-inspiring paintings of African wildlife. Witness exclusive paintings from his recent travels to Kenya, including the highly sought after cheetah, leopard, lion cubs and zebras. Interest in this solo exhibition is hotly anticipated so early viewing is recommended to avoid disappointment. Plus, meet the artist in person on June 28!

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When: June 28 - July 21

Where: The Frame, Number 81, High Street, Odiham, RG29 1LB, 01256 701082,


Lighting the way on D-Day

It is a little known fact that the first vessels off the coast of Normandy on 6th June 1944 were two midget submarines that guided the British forces towards the beaches. Find out about the craft, their part in Operation Neptune, and George Honour who commanded X-23 at this fascinating talk led by Alexandra Geary, Keeper of Artefacts at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. A must for those with an interest in the Navy during WWII.

When: June 19, 7pm

Where: Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Haslar Road, Gosport, PO12 2AS, 02392 510354,


Dirty Dancing

The fastest selling show in West End history is dancing its way to the Mayflower. With sensationally sexy moves, Dirty Dancing tells the story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together to face the most triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs ‘Hungry Eyes’, ‘Do You Love Me?’ and ‘Time Of My Life’, you’d be crazy to miss this spectacular piece of musical theatre!

When: June 10 – 28, see website for times

Where: The Mayflower, 26 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE, 02380 711811,


First World War Tour and Tea

What was it like to live in and around Winchester Cathedral during the Great War? How did this inspirational place of holiness, prayer and pilgrimage respond to the needs of the community? And finally, how did they remember those we had lost? Join the team of guides as they seek to answer these questions on a First World War tour of the Cathedral.

When: Last Friday of the month, 2 - 4pm

Where: Winchester cathedral, 9 The Close, Winchester, SO23 9LS, 01962 857275,


The Walthamstow Tapestry

Turner Prize winner, broadcaster and lecturer Grayson Perry is bringing his latest thought provoking offering to Winchester. Inspired by antique batik fabrics, The Walthamstow Tapestry explores the emotional resonance of brand names in our life, providing a colourful, rich and complex visual journey across our contemporary landscape.

When: Until July 6

Where: The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8S, 01962 873603,


Rosy Delights

Did you know that Mottisfont’s world-famous walled rose gardens, created by renowned horticultural Graham Stuart Thomas, are one of only six in the world to be in the Rose Garden Hall of Fame? During Mottisfont’s peak rose season, you can join the daily Gardener’s Question Time, pick up the head gardener’s full rose list, and find out what his top ten roses are. There will also be some special late evening openings, when the roses’ fragrance will be at their best.

When: 29 June – 31 August

Where: Mottisfont, near Romsey, SO51 0LP, 01794 344020,


Upcycled Mosaics

Join artist Sarah Moore and learn how to make a mosaic picture or house sign. Sarah will give you design ideas, or you might want to bring your own photos or drawings. All materials are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own shells, pebbles, china and glass if you would like to incorporate them.

When: June 11, 10.30am-4.30pm

Where: Rum’s Eg, 27 Bell Street, Romsey, SO51 8GY, 01794 511220,


Hat Fitz and Cara

If you haven’t heard them already, you’ll certainly be struck when you hear Hat Fitz and Cara. A veteran wild man of the blues scene in Australia, Hat Fitz is the only artist to have a record 18 straight appearances at Byron’s East Coast Blues and Roots Festival. Cara is an Irish singer who also plays washboards, flute and tin whistle. Together they are the perfect blend as heard on their new album, Wiley Ways. Don’t miss this amazing musical talent.

When: June 5, 8pm

Where: The Forge, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, RG21 7QR, 01256 844244,


The Mousical

Everyone’s favourite little star Angelina Ballerina is pirouetting to Basingstoke with her brand new musical. Angelina and her friends can’t believe their luck when Camembert Academy wins the opportunity to appear in their favourite television programme ‘Dancing With Mice!’. But the boys and girls have very different ideas for the shop and just can’t seem to agree on anything. Will the show go ahead? Can Angelina save the day? Find out in this magical show full of singing and dancing.

When: June 13-15, see website for times

Where: The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, RG21 7QR, 01256 844244,