The List: week commencing Friday December 17, 2010

LETTER OF THE DAY: Housing - more needs to be done

What to do and where to go in Portsmouth, south east Hampshire and West Sussex.

FRIDAY

CAROL SERVICES

HAMBLEDON, The Methodist Chapel. 7pm. Carol Service. Carol service followed by festive supper.

PORTSMOUTH, St Mary's Church, Fratton Road. Midday. Churches Homeless Action Carols. A celebration of Christmas and distribution of vouchers collected via local churches and groups to agencies who will be supporting the homeless over the Christmas season. A chance for us to share a 'gift' with others

CHURCH SERVICES

PORTSMOUTH, St Cuthbert's Church, Lichfield Road, Copnor. 11:30am. Christmas Tree Festival. Enjoy the sight of 25 decorated trees by local groups, listen to music, and relish in hot pumpkin soups, mince pies and mulled wine.. Admission 1.50, children free. 023 9282 7071.

COMEDY

PORTSMOUTH, Highlight - Gunwharf Quays. Doors - 6:30pm. Comedy Central Live at Highlight. Featuring Rhodri Rhys, Steve Harris, Mike Gunn and Daliso Chaponda.. Admission See website. 0844 844 0044 www.highlight.co.uk.

CONCERTS

FARNHAM, Maltings, Bridge Square. 8pm-10pm. Clare Teal's Festive Fiesta. An irresistible blend of seasonal swing, cheeky Latin grooves, and a smattering of cosy fireside ballads to add a little romance. Admission 16-18. (01252) 745444, box office.

EVENTS

CHICHESTER, Otter Gallery, University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane. Pairings. Collaborations between artists and makers from diverse backgrounds. Artists include Alice Kettle, Victoria Brown and Heather Belcher. . (01243) 816098 www.chi.ac.uk/ottergallery.

CRANLEIGH, Arts Centre, 1, High Street. 10am-4.30pm. Gifted. A selection of unique gifts for sale in our gallery. All created by local artists, gifts range from Christmas tree decorations to beautiful hand made jewellery; something for everyone. Prices range from 3 to 300. 08456 128 128, box office.

PORTSMOUTH, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road. 11am-2pm. Christmas Fayre. Includes Grand Draw at 1.30pm. 07834 165122.

PORTSMOUTH, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road. 6pm-9.20pm. Reiki Therapy. Drop-in therapy session. Admission by 4 donation. 07596 138 867.

PORTSMOUTH, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 7pm. A Traditional Victorian Christmas. A nostalgic evening embracing the many festivities of the bygone Victorian era to which we owe so many traditions.. Admission 60 per person

EXHIBITIONS

GOSPORT, Gallery, Ordnance Road. 10am-4pm. A World of Imagination. Celebrating 120 years of children's storybook illustration. (023) 9258 8035.

HAVANT, The Spring, East Street. Kate Watkins. Kate Watkins shows her series of prints inspired by the coastline and area around Calshot. (023) 9247 2700.

PORTSMOUTH, Royal Marines Museum, Eastney Esplanade. 10am-5pm. Why Stay Silent?. Featuring 25 individual stories of remembrance, from the mother of a Royal Marine killed in Afghanistan who wears his coat on a cold day; to the Marines in 1939 who fundraised to create a memorial to commemorate an officer who jumped over board to save a comrade and was never seen again. (023) 9281 9385.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Alien Invasion. Star Wars, Aliens, Predator, Dr Who? See creatures, costumes and props from your favourite sci-fi TV shows and movies - if you dare!. Admission free. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Football in the City: a space in the heart of Portsmouth. . (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, Aspex Gallery, Gunwharf Quays. 11am. Must have.....a little decadence. A seeling exhibition featuring a glorious range of contemporary craft and design.. Admission Free. 023 9277 8080 www.aspex.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, Univeristy of Portsmouth, SPACE and Eldon Foyer. 10am. Blue Eyed Boys. Blue Eyed Boys is a series of monumental portraits depicting an alternative beauty of bearded men from the "Bear" world that draw inspiration from Renaissance portraiture and reference Holbein.. Admission Free. 023 9284 5197 www.port.ac.uk/space.

PORTSMOUTH, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Historic Dockyard. 10am-4pm. Sea Your History: 20th Century Royal Navy. . (023) 9272 7562.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Richard Lancelyn Green's Bequest. . (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

GIGS

CHICHESTER, Pallant Suite, South Pallant. 6.30pm doors for 7.30pm–10pm. Chichester Jazz Club. Featuring The Mark Crooks Quintet, playing the music of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. Admission 12. (01243) 776001.

EMSWORTH, Railway Inn, North Inn. 9pm. Hunter. . (01243) 372351.

ROWLANDS CASTLE, The Fountain, The Green. 8:30pm. Live Music. The Dolphins. Admission FREE. 023 9241 2291.

SOUTHAMPTON, The Brook, 466, Portswood Road, Portswood. 8pm doors. Bog Rolling Stones. . Admission 9 in advance, 10 on door. (023) 8055 5366.

SOUTHSEA, Rosie's Vineyard, 87, Elm Grove. 8.30pm-11pm. Live Jazz and Carols. Featuring: the Milton James Four. (023) 9275 5944.

WESTBOURNE, Stags Head, The Square. 8.30pm. Two Rivals. 50s and 60s act

WINCHESTER, Tower Arts Centre, Romsey Road. 8pm. The Men They Couldn't Hang. Admission 15. 08700 600 100 or towerarts.co.uk for tickets.

STAGE

FAREHAM, Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road. 7.30pm. Joglaresa: In A Hoary Winter's Night. Ancient, spellbinding Christmas songs ringing with echoes of winter pagan festivities from first rate folk musicians. Admission 15.50, concs. (01329) 223100, box office.

GUILDFORD, Main Stage, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook. 1.30pm, 7pm. Sleeping Beauty. Pantomime starring Boyzone's Shane Lynch as Prince Charming and Cbeebie's Sarah-Jane Honeywell as Beauty. Admission 15.50-24. (01483) 440000.

GUILDFORD, Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook. 8pm. A Christmas Carol. Written by Charles Dickens. Adapted by and starring Clive Francis. Admission 10. (01483) 440000.

GUILDFORD, Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook. 11am, 2pm. Children's Theatre: The Night Before Christmas. Suitable for ages three to seven years. Admission 7. (01483) 440000.

HAVANT, The Spring, East Street. 7.30pm. Cinderella, A Christmas Adventure!. An original telling of an old classic. Written by Mark Wakeman and presented by Bench Theatre. Admission 8.75, concs. (023) 9247 2700.

PORTSEA, Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street. Call to check times. A Christmas Carol. Groundling's breathtaking adaptation of the Christmas classic. Served with a sumptuous 2 course Christmas meal.. Admission 18 / 12 conc. 023 9273 7370.

PORTSMOUTH, Groundlings Theatre at The Old Benny, Curzon Howe Road, Portsea. 7.30pm. Dude Where's My Script? Christmas Special. An evening of inspired lunacy. (023) 9273 7370, groundlings.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, New Theatre Royal, Guildhall Walk. 10am, 7.30pm. Treasure Island. A swashbuckling musical adventure with a Christmas slant. Admission 10-16, concs. (023) 9264 9000.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Commercial Road. 7pm. Aladdin. Starring Paul O'Grady. Admission 14-29.50, concs. (023) 8071 1811.

SOUTHSEA, Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 7pm. Jack and the Beanstalk. Christmas pantomime starring Britt Ekland, Steven Arnold, Lynn McGranger, Richard Stride, Nick Girdler and Aiden J Harvey. Admission 11.50-21.50, concs. (023) 9282 8282.

WINCHESTER, Theatre Royal, Jewry Street. 10.15am, 1.15pm, 7pm. Peter Pan the Pantomime. Magical pantomime version of Peter Pan, adapted from the novel by J M Barrie. With original music by Simon Slater. Admission 10.50-20, concs. (01962) 840440, box office.

WALKS & TALKS

HAVANT, meet outside Wyevale Garden Centre, Bartons Road. 10.30am. West Leigh Walk to Health. Contrasting views take in the urban parks and natural surroundings and animals. (023) 9244 6642 or whi.org.uk.

PORTCHESTER, Parish Hall, Castle Street. 7.30pm. A Victorian Christmas. Talk by Mrs Marion Emery, organised by the Portchester Allotment Holders and Gardeners Association. Visitors and new members welcome. Admission 1.50 (inc tea/ biscuits)

SOUTHSEA, meet Pyramids Centre, Clarence Esplanade. 10.30am. Seafront Walk. To Grand Parade and back. New walkers arrive early to register please. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth's health improvement and development team. Admission free. (023) 9268 8390, for further details.

SATURDAY

CAROL SERVICES

ROWLANDS CASTLE, St John's Church. 8:00am. Holy Communion. . 10:00am. Morning worship with Holy Communion. 6:30pm. Carols and Christmas readings. By candlelight - with mulled wine and mince pies.. 023 9248 0650.

CHURCH SERVICES

PORTSMOUTH, St Cuthbert's Church, Lichfield Road, Copnor. 11:30am. Christmas Tree Festival. Enjoy the sight of 25 decorated trees by local groups, listen to music, and relish in hot pumpkin soups, mince pies and mulled wine.. Admission 1.50, children free. 023 9282 7071.

STUBBINGTON, Holy Rood Church. 10am - 1pm. Live Nativity. Bring the children to meet the shepherds, the angels and the kings and to see and touch the animals. Finally have a cup of tea annd something tasty while the children enjoy some Christmas crafts.

COMEDY

HAVANT, The Spring, East Street. 8pm. Havant Comedy Club's Christmas Extravaganza. . Admission 8, concs. (023) 9247 2700.

PORTSMOUTH, highlight Comedy, Boulevard Building, Gunwharf Quays. 6.30pm doors, last entry 8.30pm. Comedy Central Live at highlight. Featuring: Rhodri Rhys; Steve Harris; Mike Gunn; and Daliso Chaponda. Followed by dancing in Club Risa till 2am. Admission from 24.95. (023) 9229 8563, thehighlight.co.uk.

CONCERTS

FARNHAM, Maltings, Bridge Square. 7.30pm. Farnham Youth Choir Christmas Concert. Concert by Farnham Youth Choir and both girls and boys junior choirs. A fun evening to begin the Christmas season. Admission 8-11. (01252) 745444, box office.

FARNHAM, Maltings, Bridge Square. 1pm. Farnham Maltings Classical Series: The 03 Trio. A perfectly relaxing lunchtime concert from the clarinet, violin and piano trio. Their programme will feature trios by Khachaturian, Berg, Ghymers and Bartok. Admission 4-5. (01252) 745444, box office.

DANCING

PORTSMOUTH, Broad Oak Sports and Social Club, PO3 5PQ. 8:00 pm. Xmas Party Disco. Disco with DJ Gary McLean - all over 18's welcome. Free Parking.. Admission 5 mems 6 non-mems. 023 9222 7411 after 7pm.

WICKHAM, Community Centre, Mill Lane. 7.30pm-midnight. Christmas Buffet Dance. By advance ticket only. (023) 9273 3393 or 07980 058 310, for tickets.

EVENTS

FAREHAM, West Street pedestrianised precinct. 9am-2pm. Special Farmers' Market. Last chance to buy fresh seasonal goodies. Seasonal performances by the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra followed by Denmead Brass

FAREHAM, Performance Podium, West Street. 10am-1pm. Hampshire County Youth Orchestra.

MIDHURST, Cowdray Ruins and Gift Shop, Cowdray Visitor Centre, River Ground Stables. 11am-3pm. Cowdray at Christmas . Traditional decorations in the wine cellars and Tudor kitchen (01730) 810781, cowdray.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum, Southsea. 10am - 5pm. Christmas Decorations activities. Open daily. Admission Free

PORTSMOUTH, Mary Rose Museum, Old Portsmouth. From 10am. Christmas at the Mary Rose Museum. Family Christmas trail, 10am - 4:30pm, Tudor games and pastimes 11am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm. Children to be accompanied by an adult.. Admission Free with valid admission ticket

PORTSMOUTH, HMS Warrior. 10am - 4:30pm. Hunt the Slipper. Family trail.. Admission Free with valid admission ticket

PORTSMOUTH, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 10am onwards. Christmas Holiday Fun at the Dockyard. A range of festive events and activities for the whole family.. Admission Free with valid attraction ticket. 023 9283 9766.

PORTSMOUTH, meet Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park. 1pm-2pm. Santa Sleigh Run Cycle Ride. Owen.Devine@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

SOUTHSEA, The Square Tower, Broad Street. 10:00am. Christmas Gift Fair. Admission free

EXHIBITIONS

GOSPORT, Gallery, Ordnance Road. 10am-4pm. A World of Imagination. Celebrating 120 years of children's storybook illustration. (023) 9258 8035.

HAVANT, The Spring, East Street. Kate Watkins. Kate Watkins shows her series of prints inspired by the coastline and area around Calshot. (023) 9247 2700.

PORTSMOUTH, Royal Marines Museum, Eastney Esplanade. 10am-5pm. Why Stay Silent?. Featuring 25 individual stories of remembrance. (023) 9281 9385.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Alien Invasion. Admission free. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Football in the City: a space in the heart of Portsmouth. . (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, Aspex Gallery, Gunwharf Quays. 11am. Must have.....a little decadence. A seeling exhibition featuring a glorious range of contemporary craft and design.. Admission Free. 023 9277 8080 www.aspex.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Richard Lancelyn Green's Bequest. . (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

GIGS

COSHAM, The Swan, 40, High Street. Mitchell. . (023) 9266 6420.

HAVANT, White Hart, 1, East Street. 8.30pm. Two Rivals. 50s and 60s act

HAYLING ISLAND, The West Town, Hayling Island. 9:00pm. Evening Entertainment. Tobo Lumpyfoot. 023 9246 3703.

HAYLING ISLAND, Hayling Billy, 117, Elm Grove. Reactor 1. today

PORTSMOUTH, Milton Arms - front bar. 8pm. Live Music. Neanandertomess - 70's rock/60's/Punk/Other. Admission FREE. 023 92296352.

PORTSMOUTH, The Rifle Club, Goldsmith Avenue. 7.30pm. Orange Street. Plus DJ Rob Moore. (023) 9235 5245.

PORTSMOUTH, RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 8.30pm. Skinny Lennard. . rmatavern.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, The Stag Hotel, New Road. 8:30 pm. Kenny Mayes Gigs. Kenny Mayes - 1950's and 60's covers. Admission Free entry

PORTSMOUTH, Old Canal, Shirley Avenue, Eastney. 8.30pm-11.30pm. Steve Williams.

PORTSMOUTH, The Mermaid, George Street. Twos Harmony.

PORTSMOUTH, Graham Arms, George Street, Copnor. Verity.

PORTSMOUTH, The Mermaid, George Street, Copnor. Twos Harmony.

ROGATE, Village Hall. 8pm. JC King. Organised by Rogate CMC. BYO drinks. (01730) 300192.

ROWLANDS CASTLE, The Fountain, The Green. 8:30pm. Live Music. Trax with Keith Graham. Admission FREE. 023 9241 2291.

SOUTHAMPTON, The Brook, 466, Portswood Road, Portswood. 8pm doors. Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel. . Admission 22 in advance, 24 on door. (023) 8055 5366.

SOUTHSEA, The Rifles Club, Goldsmith Avenue. 7:30pm. Live Music. Orange Street plus DJ Moore.. Admission 5.00 - on sale now. 023 9235 5245.

SOUTHSEA, Rosie's Vineyard, 87, Elm Grove. 8.30pm-11pm. Live Jazz and Carols. Featuring: the Milton James Four. (023) 9275 5944.

STAGE

CHICHESTER, Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park. 2pm, 7.30pm. Alice in Wonderland. Presented by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre. Directed by Dale Rooks. Admission 9-23.50, concs. (01243) 781312 or cft.org.uk.

FAREHAM, Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road. 11am, 2.30pm, 7pm. Aladdin. Pantomime full of eastern promise, starring Peter Duncan, Chris Edgerley, Robert Rawles and Lisa Mathieson. Admission 11-17. (01329) 231942, box office.

FARNHAM, Maltings, Bridge Square. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Miracle on 34th Street. Farnham Maltings has transformed everyone's favourite Christmas story into magical, rough-edged theatre complete with Thanksgiving parade and newly-fallen snow. Admission 6-8. (01252) 745444, box office.

GUILDFORD, Main Stage, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook. 10.30am, 2.30pm, 7pm. Sleeping Beauty. Pantomime starring Boyzone's Shane Lynch as Prince Charming and Cbeebie's Sarah-Jane Honeywell as Beauty. Admission 15.50-24. (01483) 440000.

HAVANT, The Spring, East Street. 11.30am, 3pm. Cinderella, A Christmas Adventure!. An original telling of an old classic. Written by Mark Wakeman and presented by Bench Theatre. Admission 8.75, concs. (023) 9247 2700.

PORTSEA, Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street. Call to check times. A Christmas Carol. Groundling's breathtaking adaptation of the Christmas classic. Served with a sumptuous 2 course Christmas meal.. Admission 18 / 12 conc. 023 9273 7370.

PORTSMOUTH, Groundlings Theatre at The Old Benny, Curzon Howe Road, Portsea. 11am, 3pm, 7pm. A Christmas Carol. Groundlings Theatre Company present a seasonal spectacular with their version of Dickens' yuletide ghost story. Admission 10, concs. (023) 9273 7370, groundlings.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, New Theatre Royal, Guildhall Walk. 2.30pm, 7.30pm. Treasure Island. A swashbuckling musical adventure with a Christmas slant. Admission 10-16, concs. (023) 9264 9000.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Commercial Road. 1.30pm, 5pm. Aladdin. Starring Paul O'Grady. Admission 14-29.50, concs. (023) 8071 1811.

SOUTHSEA, The Kings Theatre. Please contact theatre for times. Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack and the Beanstalk - the traditional family panto.. Admission 11.50 - 21.50

SOUTHSEA, Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 11am, 3pm, 7pm. Jack and the Beanstalk. Christmas pantomime starring Britt Ekland, Steven Arnold, Lynn McGranger, Richard Stride, Nick Girdler and Aiden J Harvey. Admission 11.50-21.50, concs. (023) 9282 8282.

WINCHESTER, Theatre Royal, Jewry Street. 2pm, 7pm. Peter Pan the Pantomime. Magical pantomime version of Peter Pan, adapted from the novel by J M Barrie. With original music by Simon Slater. Admission 10.50-20, concs. (01962) 840440, box office.

WALKS & TALKS

WINCHESTER, HCC car park, Cheesefoot Head, Long Warren. 10.30am. Buzzard, red kite, red-legged partridge, raven, brambling, yellowhammer, corn bunting, brown hare. Moderate three-five-mile am/pm walk organised by the Gilkicker Point Bird Group. Grid Ref: SU529278. (01489) 582503, for further information.

SUNDAY

CAROL SERVICES

ALVERSTOKE, St Faith's Church. 3:30pm. Carol Service. Carol Service

ALVERSTOKE, St Mary's Church. 6:30pm. Parish Carol Service. Parish Carol Service

ALVERSTOKE, St Francis Church. 11:15am. Family Worship. Family Worship and carols

BEDHAMPTON, St Thomas' Church. 6:30pm. Candlelight Carol Service. Candlelight Carol Service. 023 9248 3013.

BRIDGEMARY, GOSPORT, St Matthew's Church. 6pm. Parish Carol Service. Parish Carol Service follwed by refreshments.. 01329 829883.

CATHERINGTON, All Saints Church. 6pm. Carol Service. Carol Service

COPNOR, PORTSMOUTH, St Cuthbert's Centre. 6:30pm. Parish Carol Service. Parish Carol Service.. 023 9234 0730.

CROOKHORN, The Church of the Good Shepherd, Crookhorn Lane. 6:30pm. Carols by Candlelight. 023 9225 6814 or www.cogs.org.uk.

DENMEAD, All Saints Church. 6pm. Carol Service. Churches together in Denmead - traditional carol service.

HAYLING ISLAND, St Mary's Hall, Church Road. 5pm. Traditional Service. Traditional Service of Lessons and carols.

PETERSFIELD, St Peter's Church, The Square. 6pm. The Carol Service. The Carol Service

PORTSEA, St George's. 3pm. Carol Service. Children from St George's School will take part.

PORTSMOUTH, St Mary's Church, Fratton Road. 6.30pm. Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Followed by sherry and mince pies. Admission Free. 023 9229 3020.

PORTSMOUTH, Portsmouth Cathedral, St Thomas Street. 6pm. Evensong at Portsmouth Cathedral. Evensong followed by Britten;s Ceremony of Carols sung by Cathedral Choiristers.. Admission see web site www.portsmouthcathedral.org.uk. 023 9282 3300.

PORTSMOUTH, All Saints Church, Portsmouth. 4pm. Christmas Carol Service. Follwed by seasonal refreshments.

PURBROOK, St John's Church. 6:00pm. Carol Service. Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. Admission Free. 023 9226 6170.

ROWLANDS CASTLE, St John's Church. 8:00am. Holy Communion. . 10:00am. Morning worship with Holy Communion. 6:30pm. Carols and Christmas readings- with mulled wine and mince pies.. 023 9248 0650.

STUBBINGTON, St Edmund's Church. 4pm. Traditional Carol Services. Nine Lessons and Carols.

STUBBINGTON, Holy Rood Church. 9:30am. Children's Christmas 11:10am. Holy Communion. Holy Communion. 6:30pm. Carols by Candlelight.

WARREN PARK, St Clares . 6:30pm. Combined Carol Service.

WATERLOOVILLE, Hart Plain Church, Hart Plain Avenue. 6:30pm. Carols by Candlelight. Carols by Candlelight

WATERLOOVILLE, Westbrook Church, Westbrook Hall, Tempest Ave. 10am. Family carols at the Westbrook. Mince pies and coffee afterwards. 02392 262295 stwilfrid.com.

WEST LEIGH, St Alban's. 6pm. Carol Service. Service of readings and carols.. 023 9259 5561.

CHURCH SERVICES

BLENDWORTH, The United Benefice of Holy Trinity. 11am. Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.

BURITON, St Mary's Church. 3pm. Service of readings and carols for Christmas.

CHALTON, St Michael and All Angels Church. 6pm. Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.

DENMEAD, All Saints Church. 9:30am. All Age Communion. An informal family communion service.

FAREHAM, Holy Trinity Church Hall, West Street. 5.00pm. Christingle Service. 6.30pm. Service of Lessons and Carols. (01329) 287653.

HAMBLEDON, The Church of St Peter and St Paul. 6:30pm. Readings and Carols for Christmas.

HAMBLEDON, The Methodist Chapel. 11am. Children's service.

IDSWORTH, St Hubert's Church. 9:30am. Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.

PORTSMOUTH, St Cuthbert's Church, Lichfield Road, Copnor. 11:30am. Christmas Tree Festival. Seasonal refreshments and music - all are welcome.. Admission 1.50, children free. 023 9266 3863.

SOUTHSEA, Church of the Holy Spirit, Fawcett Road. 6:30pm. Carols by Candlelight. Carols by Candlelight

STUBBINGTON, St Edmund's Church. 8am. Holy Communion. Holy Communion.

WIDLEY, Christ Church, London Road. 3pm. Christingle Service. 7pm. Carols by Candlelight. 023 9235 7360.

CONCERTS

EMSWORTH, St James's Church. 7pm. Christmas Concert. With Emsworth Concert Band. Admission 5 at the door

EVENTS

COSHAM, Library, Spur Road. 9.15am. Cycle ride to Victoria Country Park. All welcome. (023) 9247 0341, 9266 2522, or ctcportsmouth.hampshire.org.uk.

FAREHAM, Performance Podium, West Street. Midday-2pm. Street Vibes Dance School.

FAREHAM, Performance Podium, West Street. 2pm-4pm. 2nd 2 Nun.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum, Southsea. 10am - 5pm. Christmas Decorations activities. Free gallery activities for families during the holidays from Christmas themed trails and games to a chance to make your own festive decoration. Open daily. Admission Free

PORTSMOUTH, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 10am onwards. Christmas Holiday Fun at the Dockyard. A range of festive events and activities for the whole family.. Admission Free with valid attraction ticket. 023 9283 9766.

PORTSMOUTH, Palmeston Road, Southsea. 10am onwards. Hampshire Farmers Market. Sample and savour some of the finaest, fresh and traditional produce of Hampshire.. Admission FREE. 01420 588671.

PORTSMOUTH, The Royal Maritime Club. 3pm. Kids Christmas Party. Children's party with face painting, Santa, games, food and a disco.. Admission 10. 07729 294137 www.lovesouthsea.co.uk.

SOUTHSEA, Palmerston Road. 10am-2pm. Farmers' Market.

SOUTHSEA, The Square Tower, Broad Street. 10:00am. Christmas Gift Fair. Admission free

EXHIBITIONS

HAVANT, The Spring, East Street. Kate Watkins. Kate Watkins shows her series of prints inspired by the coastline and area around Calshot. (023) 9247 2700.

PORTSMOUTH, Aspex Gallery, Gunwharf Quays. 11am. Must have... a little decadence. Exhibition featuring a glorious range of contemporary craft and design.. Admission Free. 023 9277 8080 www.aspex.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Historic Dockyard. 10am-4pm. Sea Your History: 20th Century Royal Navy. . (023) 9272 7562.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Richard Lancelyn Green's Bequest. . (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, Royal Marines Museum, Eastney Esplanade. 10am-5pm. Why Stay Silent?. Featuring 25 individual stories of remembrance. (023) 9281 9385.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Alien Invasion. Admission free. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Football in the City: a space in the heart of Portsmouth. . (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

GIGS

PORTSMOUTH, Moneyfields Social Club, Moneyfields Avenue, Copnor. Twos Harmony.

PORTSMOUTH, Milton Arms, Milton Road. 8pm-2am. Wheels for Africa. Charity fundraiser. Admission free

SOUTHAMPTON, The Brook, 466, Portswood Road, Portswood. 7.30pm doors. Sound of the C. Showcasing the best new up-and-coming talent. Admission 6 in advance, 7 on door. (023) 8055 5366.

SOUTHSEA, Rosie's Vineyard, 87, Elm Grove. 1pm-4pm. Live Jazz and Carols. Featuring: the Milton James Four. (023) 9275 5944.

WINCHESTER, Tower Arts Centre, Romsey Road. 8pm. Thea Gilmore. Plus guests. Admission 14. 08700 600 100 or towerarts.co.uk for tickets.

STAGE

FAREHAM, Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road. 2pm, 6pm. Aladdin. Pantomime full of eastern promise, starring Peter Duncan, Chris Edgerley, Robert Rawles and Lisa Mathieson. Admission 11-17. (01329) 231942, box office.

HAVANT, The Spring, East Street. 2.30pm. Cinderella, A Christmas Adventure!. An original telling of an old classic. Written by Mark Wakeman and presented by Bench Theatre. Admission 8.75, concs. (023) 9247 2700.

PORTSEA, Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street. Call to check times. A Christmas Carol. Groundling's breathtaking adaptation of the Christmas classic. Served with a sumptuous 2 course Christmas meal.. Admission 18 / 12 conc. 023 9273 7370.

PORTSMOUTH, New Theatre Royal, Guildhall Walk. 2.30pm. Treasure Island. A swashbuckling musical adventure with a Christmas slant. Admission 10-16, concs. (023) 9264 9000.

SOUTHSEA, Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 2pm, 7pm. Jack and the Beanstalk. Christmas pantomime starring Britt Ekland, Steven Arnold, Lynn McGranger, Richard Stride, Nick Girdler and Aiden J Harvey. Admission 11.50-21.50, concs. (023) 9282 8282.

WINCHESTER, Theatre Royal, Jewry Street. 11am, 2.30pm. Peter Pan the Pantomime. Magical version of Peter Pan, adapted from the novel by J M Barrie. With original music by Simon Slater. Admission 10.50-20, concs. (01962) 840440, box office.

WALKS & TALKS

CATHERINGTON, Catherington Lane car park (north of Farmer Inn). Catherington Circular: Denmead, Hambledon, Prew's Hanger. Eleven-and-a-half-mile regular pace walk. Meet 9.45am, or Cosham railway station 9.20am. EX119 - 694144. (023) 9264 9237, for further details.

OLD PORTSMOUTH, Portsmouth Visitor Information Centre. 2:30pm. Charles Dickens Christmas Walk. Admission 3 per person, 1 leisure card holders. 023 9282 6722.

MONDAY

CAROL SERVICES

ANCHORAGE PARK, Compass Rose Pub. 7:30pm. Carol singing. 023 9234 0730.

PORTSMOUTH, Guildhall, City Centre. 6:30pm. Christmas Spectacular. Family Christmas Show, with choirs, brass and steel bands, drama, dance and fabulous multimedia. Admission free. (023) 9266 2257.

CHURCH SERVICES

ANCHORAGE PARK, St Aiden's, The Lodge. 4pm. Christingle. 023 9234 0730.

BRIDGEMARY, GOSPORT, St Matthew's Church. 10:00am - 11:15am. Messy Christmas. 01329 829883.

PORTSMOUTH, St Cuthbert's Church, Lichfield Road, Copnor. 11:30am. Christmas Tree Festival. Seasonal refreshments and music - all are welcome.. Admission 1.50, children free. 023 9266 3863.

COMEDY

PORTSMOUTH, highlight Comedy, Bourlevard Building, Gunwharf Quays. 6.30pm doors, last entry 8.30pm. Comedy Central Live at highlight. Featuring: Mandy Knight; Carl Donnelly; Alistair Barrie; and Jeff Innocent. Followed by dancing in Club Risa till 2am. Admission from 24.95. (023) 9229 8563, thehighlight.co.uk.

DANCING

HAVANT, Leigh Park Community Centre, Dunsbury Way. 8pm-10pm. Modern Ballroom and Sequence Dance (50/50). Tea/ biscuits provided. Visitors welcome. Admission 2.50. (023) 9241 2023, (01730) 300295.

EVENTS

CHICHESTER, Otter Gallery, University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane. Pairings. Collaborations between artists and makers from diverse backgrounds. Artists include Alice Kettle, Victoria Brown and Heather Belcher. . (01243) 816098 www.chi.ac.uk/ottergallery.

PORTSMOUTH, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 10am onwards. Christmas Holiday Fun at the Dockyard. A range of festive events and activities for the whole family.. Admission Free with valid attraction ticket. 023 9283 9766.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum, Southsea. 10am - 5pm. Christmas Decorations activities. Free gallery activities for families during the holidays from Christmas themed trails and games to a chance to make your own festive decoration. Open daily. Admission Free

EXHIBITIONS

GOSPORT, Gallery, Ordnance Road. 10am-4pm. A World of Imagination. Celebrating 120 years of children's storybook illustration. (023) 9258 8035.

HAVANT, The Spring, East Street. Kate Watkins. Kate Watkins shows her series of prints inspired by the coastline and area around Calshot. (023) 9247 2700.

PORTSMOUTH, Royal Marines Museum, Eastney Esplanade. 10am-5pm. Why Stay Silent?. Featuring 25 individual stories of remembrance, from the mother of a Royal Marine killed in Afghanistan who wears his coat on a cold day; to the Marines in 1939 who fundraised to create a memorial to commemorate an officer who jumped over board to save a comrade and was never seen again. (023) 9281 9385.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Alien Invasion. Star Wars, Aliens, Predator, Dr Who? See creatures, costumes and props from your favourite sci-fi TV shows and movies - if you dare!. Admission free. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Football in the City: a space in the heart of Portsmouth. . (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, Aspex Gallery, Gunwharf Quays. 11am. Must have.....a little decadence. A seeling exhibition featuring a glorious range of contemporary craft and design.. Admission Free. 023 9277 8080 aspex.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, University of Portsmouth, SPACE and Eldon Foyer. 10am. Blue Eyed Boys. Blue Eyed Boys is a series of monumental portraits depicting an alternative beauty of bearded men from the "Bear" world that draw inspiration from Renaissance portraiture and reference Holbein.. Admission Free. 023 9284 5197port.ac.uk/space.

PORTSMOUTH, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Historic Dockyard. 10am-4pm. Sea Your History: 20th Century Royal Navy. (023) 9272 7562.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Richard Lancelyn Green's Bequest. . (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

GIGS

HAYLING ISLAND, The West Town, Hayling Island. 9:00pm. Evening Entertainment. Jam night. 023 9246 3703.

STAGE

CHICHESTER, Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park. 7.30pm. Alice in Wonderland. Presented by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre. Directed by Dale Rooks. Admission 9-23.50, concs. (01243) 781312 or cft.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, Groundlings Theatre at The Old Benny, Curzon Howe Road, Portsea. 2pm, 7pm. A Christmas Carol. Groundlings Theatre Company present a seasonal spectacular with their version of Dickens' yuletide ghost story. Admission 10, concs. (023) 9273 7370, groundlings.co.uk.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Commercial Road. 7pm. Aladdin. Starring Paul O'Grady. Admission 14-29.50, concs. (023) 8071 1811.

SOUTHSEA, Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 2pm, 7pm. Jack and the Beanstalk. Christmas pantomime starring Britt Ekland, Steven Arnold, Lynn McGranger, Richard Stride, Nick Girdler and Aiden J Harvey. Admission 11.50-21.50, concs. (023) 9282 8282.

WALKS & TALKS

BEDHAMPTON, meet Bedhampton Arts Centre, Bedhampton Road. 10.30am. Not suitable for wheelchairs. (023) 9244 6642 or whi.org.uk.

DENMEAD, meet Bowling Club car park, Ashling Park Road. 11am. Denmead Walk to Health. Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. (023) 9244 6642 or whi.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, meet ASDA, The Bridge Centre, Fratton. 10.30am. Victoria Park. Buggy and wheelchair friendly walk. Admission free. (023) 9268 8390, for further details.

PORTSMOUTH, Meet at South Parade Pier.. 10:30am start. Local health walks. Pier to Pier Walk;

ideal for buggies and wheelchairs. 023 9265 1136.

PORTSMOUTH, Meet at South Parade Pier. 7:30pm start. Local health walks. Eastney Seafront Walk. 023 9265 1136.

PORTSMOUTH, Meet Buckland Community Centre. 10:30am start. Local health walks. Stamshaw Foreshore Walk. 023 9265 1136.

SOUTHSEA, Langstone Church, Shore Avenue. 12pm noon. Christmas Production . Short presentation by the joint Splintr Cell/Acts Home Group followed by mince pies, tea, coffee.. Admission See website. 023 9273 5818.

SOUTHSEA, meet South Parade Pier. 1pm. Pier to Pier Walk. Admission free. (023) 9268 8390, for further details.

SOUTHSEA, meet South Parade Pier. 7.30pm. Eastney Seafront Walk. An evening stroll along the seafront towards Eastney and returning to the pier via Eastern Parade. Admission free. (023) 9268 8390, for further details.

TUESDAY

CAROL SERVICES

PORTSMOUTH, Portsmouth Guildhall. 7:30pm. BSO Christmas Carols. A celebration of Christmas carols.. Admission 10 - 19

CHURCH SERVICES

BRIDGEMARY, GOSPORT, St Matthew's Church. 10:00am - 11:15am. Messy Christmas. 01329 829883.

PORTSMOUTH, St Cuthbert's Church, Lichfield Road, Copnor. 11:30am. Christmas Tree Festival. Seasonal refreshments and music - all are welcome. Admission 1.50, children free. 023 9266 3863.

COMEDY

PORTSMOUTH, highlight Comedy, Bourlevard Building, Gunwharf Quays. 6.30pm doors, last entry 8.30pm. Comedy Central Live at highlight. Featuring: Mandy Knight; Carl Donnelly; Alistair Barrie; and Jeff Innocent. Followed by dancing in Club Risa till 2am. Admission from 24.95. (023) 9229 8563, thehighlight.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, Highlight - Gunwharf Quays. Doors - 6:30pm. Comedy Central Live at Highlight. Featuring Mandy Knight, Carl Donnelly, Alistair Barrie and Jeff Innocent.. Admission See website. 0844 844 0044 www.highlight.co.uk.

CONCERTS

PETERSFIELD, The Square Brewery. 7:30pm. Poetry and Music. Write Angle poetry and music caberet with Paul Lyalls. . Admission 4. 07834 316040 www.petersfieldwriteangle.co.uk .

PORTSMOUTH, Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 7.30pm. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Celebration of Christmas Carols. . Admission 10-19. (023) 9282 4355.

EVENTS

BOSHAM, Bosham House, Main Road. midday. Winter Solstice Ceremony. Today we 'standstill' with the Sun and welcome the growing Light. (01243) 572109.

BOSHAM, Bosham House, Main Road. 7.30-8.30pm. Meditation based on the cycle of the Full Moon.. Tonight we learn from Capricorn. Donations welcome. (01243) 572109.

CHICHESTER, Otter Gallery, University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane. Pairings. Collaborations between artists and makers from diverse backgrounds. Artists include Alice Kettle, Victoria Brown and Heather Belcher. . (01243) 816098 www.chi.ac.uk/ottergallery.

FAREHAM, Performance Podium, West Street. 5pm-9pm. Songs from Stars in the Sky Hampshire.

PORTSMOUTH, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 10am onwards. Christmas Holiday Fun at the Dockyard. A range of festive events and activities for the whole family.. Admission Free with valid attraction ticket. 023 9283 9766.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum, Southsea. 10am - 5pm. Christmas Decorations activities. Free gallery activities for families during the holidays from Christmas themed trails and games to a chance to make your own festive decoration. Open daily. Admission Free

PORTSMOUTH, HMS Warrior. 10am - 4:30pm. Hunt the Slipper. Family trail.. Admission Free with valid admission ticket

EXHIBITIONS

GOSPORT, Gallery, Ordnance Road. 10am-4pm. A World of Imagination. Celebrating 120 years of children's storybook illustration. (023) 9258 8035.

HAVANT, The Spring, East Street. Kate Watkins. Kate Watkins shows her series of prints inspired by the coastline and area around Calshot. (023) 9247 2700.

PORTSMOUTH, Royal Marines Museum, Eastney Esplanade. 10am-5pm. Why Stay Silent?. Featuring 25 individual stories of remembrance, from the mother of a Royal Marine killed in Afghanistan who wears his coat on a cold day; to the Marines in 1939 who fundraised to create a memorial to commemorate an officer who jumped over board to save a comrade and was never seen again. (023) 9281 9385.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Alien Invasion. Star Wars, Aliens, Predator, Dr Who? See creatures, costumes and props from your favourite sci-fi TV shows and movies - if you dare!. Admission free. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Football in the City: a space in the heart of Portsmouth. . (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, Aspex Gallery, Gunwharf Quays. 11am. Must have.....a little decadence. A seeling exhibition featuring a glorious range of contemporary craft and design.. Admission Free. 023 9277 8080 www.aspex.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, University of Portsmouth, SPACE and Eldon Foyer. 10am. Blue Eyed Boys. Blue Eyed Boys is a series of monumental portraits depicting an alternative beauty of bearded men from the "Bear" world that draw inspiration from Renaissance portraiture and reference Holbein.. Admission Free. 023 9284 5197 www.port.ac.uk/space.

PORTSMOUTH, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Historic Dockyard. 10am-4pm. Sea Your History: 20th Century Royal Navy. . (023) 9272 7562.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Richard Lancelyn Green's Bequest. . (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

FILMS

HAVANT, The Spring, East Street. Sound of Music Sing Along. (U); 10.30am, 1.45pm, 8pm. Directed by Robert Wise. Starring: Julie Andrews; Christopher Plummer; and Eleanor Parker. Admission 4.50, concs. (023) 9247 2700.

GIGS

CRANLEIGH, Arts Centre, 1, High Street. 8.30pm. Paul Jones and Friends. Profits from this gig will be shared between Cranleigh Arts Centre and two other charities. Admission 30. 08456 128 128, box office.

FARNHAM, Maltings, Bridge Square. 9pm. Cellar Bar Blues. Featuring: The Hamsters' Christmas Party. Admission 12.50, concs. (01252) 745444, box office.

PORTSMOUTH, Front Bar, Milton Arms, Milton Road. Rockin' Fish Open Mike Night. Musicians of all levels. Admission free

ROWLANDS CASTLE, The Fountain, The Green. 8:30pm. Live Music. Open mic night with Tony and James.. Admission FREE. 023 9241 2291.

SOUTHWICK, Golden Lion, High Street. 8.15pm-11pm. Delta Syncopators. Traditional jazz band. Admission free. (023) 9287 5700.

STAGE

CHICHESTER, Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park. 7pm. Alice in Wonderland. Presented by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre. Directed by Dale Rooks. Admission 9-23.50, concs. (01243) 781312 or cft.org.uk.

FAREHAM, Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road. 2pm, 6pm. Aladdin. Pantomime full of eastern promise, starring Peter Duncan, Chris Edgerley, Robert Rawles and Lisa Mathieson. Admission 11-17. (01329) 231942, box office.

FARNHAM, Maltings, Bridge Square. 7.30pm-10pm. Bolshoi Ballet Live in HD: Nutcracker. Satellite broadcast from Moscow. Admission 15. (01252) 745444, box office.

PORTSEA, Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street. Call to check times. A Christmas Carol. Groundling's breathtaking adaptation of the Christmas classic. Served with a sumptuous 2 course Christmas meal.. Admission 18 / 12 conc. 023 9273 7370.

PORTSMOUTH, Groundlings Theatre at The Old Benny, Curzon Howe Road, Portsea. 2pm, 7pm. A Christmas Carol. Groundlings Theatre Company present a seasonal spectacular with their version of Dickens' yuletide ghost story. Admission 10, concs. (023) 9273 7370, groundlings.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, New Theatre Royal, Guildhall Walk. 2.30pm, 7.30pm. Treasure Island. A swashbuckling musical adventure with a Christmas slant. Admission 10-16, concs. (023) 9264 9000.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Commercial Road. 1.30pm, 7pm. Aladdin. Starring Paul O'Grady. Admission 14-29.50, concs. (023) 8071 1811.

SOUTHSEA, Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 2pm, 7pm. Jack and the Beanstalk. Christmas pantomime starring Britt Ekland, Steven Arnold, Lynn McGranger, Richard Stride, Nick Girdler and Aiden J Harvey. Admission 11.50-21.50, concs. (023) 9282 8282.

WINCHESTER, Theatre Royal, Jewry Street. 2pm, 7pm. Peter Pan the Pantomime. Magical pantomime version of Peter Pan, adapted from the novel by J M Barrie. With original music by Simon Slater. Admission 10.50-20, concs. (01962) 840440, box office.

WALKS & TALKS

FAREHAM, Royal Armories, Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road. 10am-5pm. Children's Activity: Festive Fun at the Fort. Enjoy traditional Punch and Judy shows and Christmas craft activities – make yourself a unique greetings card or tree decoration. No need to book – just drop in!. Admission 2.50, children; 1, adults. (01329) 832500, for further details.

FAREHAM, Royal Armories, Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road. 10am-5pm. Children's Activity: Festive Fun at the Fort. Enjoy traditional Punch and Judy shows and Christmas craft activities – make yourself a unique greetings card or tree decoration. No need to book – just drop in!. Admission 2.50, children; 1, adults. (01329) 832500, for further details.

HAVANT, The Spring, East Street. Havant Walks to Health. Share a morning (11am) or afternoon (2pm) stroll with friends. (023) 9244 6642 or whi.org.uk.

HAYLING ISLAND, meet outside Beachlands Tourist Information Office, Beach Road. 10.30am. Hayling Island Walk to Health. Share a morning stroll with friends taking in the fresh sea air and ever changing environment. (023) 9244 6642 or whi.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, meet Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road. 10.30am. Stamshaw Foreshore Walk. Healthy walk with views to Portchester Castle. New walkers arrive early to register please. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth's health improvement and development team. Admission free. (023) 9268 8390, for further details.

PORTSMOUTH, meet outside the Civic Offices, Guildhall Square. 12.15pm. Lunchtime Walk. Take a break with this brisk walk to Gunwharf or Southsea and back. Admission free. (023) 9268 8390, for further details.

PORTSMOUTH, BR Social Club, Selbourne Terrace (opp Fratton Station). 8pm. Members' Own Transport Slides. Plus mince pies! Organised by the Portsmouth Regional Group of the Mid-Hants Railway Preservation Society. Visitors and new members welcome. Admission 1.50 donation. (023) 9237 1215.

WECOCK, meet Acorn Centre (off Eagle Avenue). 2pm. Wecock Short Walk to Health. Share an afternoon stroll with friends. (023) 9244 6642 or whi.org.uk.

WEDNESDAY

CAROL SERVICES

PORTSMOUTH, Portsmouth Cathedral, St Thomas Street. 7:30pm. Christmas at Portsmouth Cathedral. Carol service 1.. 023 9282 3300.

CHURCH SERVICES

BRIDGEMARY, GOSPORT, St Matthew's Church. 10:00am - 11:15am. Messy Christmas. Messy Christmas. 01329 829883.

PORTSMOUTH, St Cuthbert's Church, Lichfield Road, Copnor. 11:30am. Christmas Tree Festival. Seasonal refreshments and music - all are welcome.. Admission 1.50, children free. 023 9266 3863.

PORTSMOUTH, St Cuthbert's Church, Lichfield Road, Copnor. 11:30am. Christmas Tree Festival. Enjoy the sight of 25 decorated trees by local groups, listen to music, and relish in hot pumpkin soups, mince pies and mulled wine.. Admission 1.50, children free. 023 9282 7071.

COMEDY

PORTSMOUTH, highlight Comedy, Bourlevard Building, Gunwharf Quays. 6.30pm doors, last entry 8.30pm. Comedy Central Live at highlight. Featuring: Mandy Knight; Carl Donnelly; Alistair Barrie; and Jeff Innocent. Followed by dancing in Club Risa till 2am. Admission from 24.95. (023) 9229 8563, thehighlight.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, Highlight - Gunwharf Quays. Doors - 6:30pm. Comedy Central Live at Highlight. Featuring Mandy Knight, Carl Donnelly, Alistair Barrie and Jeff Innocent.. Admission See website. 0844 844 0044 www.highlight.co.uk.

EVENTS

CHICHESTER, Otter Gallery, University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane. Pairings. Collaborations between artists and makers from diverse backgrounds. Artists include Alice Kettle, Victoria Brown and Heather Belcher. . (01243) 816098 www.chi.ac.uk/ottergallery.

FAREHAM, Performance Podium, West Street. 11am-2pm. Portsmouth City Training Band.

FAREHAM, Performance Podium, West Street. 2pm-5pm. Popular and classic tunes by vocalist Sylvia Rota.

HAVANT, meet outside The Spring, East Street. 9am. Cycle ride to West Wittering. Organised by the Portsmouth CTC. All welcome. (023) 9247 0341, 9266 2522, or ctcportsmouth.hampshire.org.uk.

PORTCHESTER, The Cormorant pub, Castle Street. 8:30pm. Portsmouth IVC Sports and Social Clubnight. Paul Kennedy as host - come and have some fun and meet new friends. Admission Free. 07527 107964.

PORTSMOUTH, St Agatha's Church, Market Way. 10am-4pm. Charity Christmas Cards. Christmas cards from various charities on sale. st-agathas.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 10am onwards. Christmas Holiday Fun at the Dockyard. A range of festive events and activities for the whole family.. Admission Free with valid attraction ticket. 023 9283 9766.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum, Southsea. 10am - 5pm. Christmas Decorations activities. Free gallery activities for families during the holidays from Christmas themed trails and games to a chance to make your own festive decoration. Open daily. Admission Free

EXHIBITIONS

GOSPORT, Gallery, Ordnance Road. 10am-4pm. A World of Imagination. Celebrating 120 years of children's storybook illustration. (023) 9258 8035.

HAVANT, The Spring, East Street. Kate Watkins. Kate Watkins shows her series of prints inspired by the coastline and area around Calshot. (023) 9247 2700.

PORTSMOUTH, Royal Marines Museum, Eastney Esplanade. 10am-5pm. Why Stay Silent?. Featuring 25 individual stories of remembrance, from the mother of a Royal Marine killed in Afghanistan who wears his coat on a cold day; to the Marines in 1939 who fundraised to create a memorial to commemorate an officer who jumped over board to save a comrade and was never seen again. (023) 9281 9385.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Alien Invasion. Star Wars, Aliens, Predator, Dr Who? See creatures, costumes and props from your favourite sci-fi TV shows and movies - if you dare!. Admission free. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Football in the City: a space in the heart of Portsmouth. . (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, Aspex Gallery, Gunwharf Quays. 11am. Must have.....a little decadence. A seeling exhibition featuring a glorious range of contemporary craft and design.. Admission Free. 023 9277 8080 www.aspex.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, University of Portsmouth, SPACE and Eldon Foyer. 10am. Blue Eyed Boys. Blue Eyed Boys is a series of monumental portraits depicting an alternative beauty of bearded men from the "Bear" world that draw inspiration from Renaissance portraiture and reference Holbein.. Admission Free. 023 9284 5197 www.port.ac.uk/space.

PORTSMOUTH, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Historic Dockyard. 10am-4pm. Sea Your History: 20th Century Royal Navy. . (023) 9272 7562.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Richard Lancelyn Green's Bequest. . (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

GIGS

PORTSMOUTH, Cellars at Eastney, 56, Cromwell Road. 8pm doors. Missing Andy. Plus special guests. Admission 7 in advance, 8 on door. (023) 9282 6249, thecellars.co.uk.

SOUTHSEA, The Cellars, Eastney. See website. Missing Andy. Indie/Pop/Rock Runner up in Sky TVs "Must Be the Music". Admission See website. www.thecellars.co.uk 023 9282 6249.

STAGE

CHICHESTER, Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park. 2pm, 7.30pm. Alice in Wonderland. Presented by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre. Directed by Dale Rooks. Admission 9-23.50, concs. (01243) 781312 or cft.org.uk.

FAREHAM, Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road. 2pm, 6pm. Aladdin. Pantomime full of eastern promise, starring Peter Duncan, Chris Edgerley, Robert Rawles and Lisa Mathieson. Admission 11-17. (01329) 231942, box office.

GOSPORT, Discovery Centre, High Street. 7.30pm-9pm. Dickens at Christmas. Vera Hughes and David Weller present a selection of seasonal writings presented as a dramatised reading in Victorian costume. Booking essential. Admission 4, concs (inc mulled wine and mince pies). 0845 603 5631.

GUILDFORD, Main Stage, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook. 2.30pm, 7pm. Sleeping Beauty. Pantomime starring Boyzone's Shane Lynch as Prince Charming and Cbeebie's Sarah-Jane Honeywell as Beauty. Admission 15.50-24. (01483) 440000.

GUILDFORD, Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook. 6pm, 8pm. A Christmas Carol. Written by Charles Dickens. Adapted by and starring Clive Francis. Admission 10. (01483) 440000.

GUILDFORD, Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook. 11am, 2pm, 4pm. Children's Theatre: The Night Before Christmas. Suitable for ages three to seven years. Admission 7. (01483) 440000.

HAVANT, The Spring, East Street. 1.30pm. Children's Theatre: Laura's Star. Based on the original works written and illustrated by Klaus Baumgart. Presented by the Pied Piper Theatre Company. Ideal for children between the ages of three and seven. Admission 5.75, concs. (023) 9247 2700.

PORTSMOUTH, Groundlings Theatre at The Old Benny, Curzon Howe Road, Portsea. 2pm, 7pm. A Christmas Carol. Groundlings Theatre Company present a seasonal spectacular with their version of Dickens' yuletide ghost story. Admission 10, concs. (023) 9273 7370, groundlings.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, New Theatre Royal, Guildhall Walk. 2.30pm, 7.30pm. Treasure Island. A swashbuckling musical adventure with a Christmas slant. Admission 10-16, concs. (023) 9264 9000.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Commercial Road. 1.30pm, 7pm. Aladdin. Starring Paul O'Grady. Admission 14-29.50, concs. (023) 8071 1811.

SOUTHSEA, Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 2pm, 7pm. Jack and the Beanstalk. Christmas pantomime starring Britt Ekland, Steven Arnold, Lynn McGranger, Richard Stride, Nick Girdler and Aiden J Harvey. Admission 11.50-21.50, concs. (023) 9282 8282.

WINCHESTER, Theatre Royal, Jewry Street. 2pm, 7pm. Peter Pan the Pantomime. Magical pantomime version of Peter Pan, adapted from the novel by J M Barrie. With original music by Simon Slater. Admission 10.50-20, concs. (01962) 840440, box office.

WALKS & TALKS

CROOKHORN, meet Centurion pub car park, Crookhorn Lane. 9.45am. Purbrook/ Crookhorn Walk to Health. Enjoy the opportunity to walk with others on this morning walk. (023) 9244 6642 or whi.org.uk.

NORTH EMSWORTH, meet The Syrch Centre (off Cotton Drive). 10am. North Emsworth Walk to Health. A social walk aimed at all abilities and ages. (023) 9244 6642 or whi.org.uk.

OLD PORTSMOUTH, meet Royal Garrison Church, Grand Parade. 1.30pm. Old Portsmouth. Taking in views of the Spinnaker Tower. New walkers arrive early to register please. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth's health improvement and development team. Admission free. (023) 9268 8390, for further details.

PORT SOLENT, meet in front of Odeon Cinema. Fit 4 Life Walk, Port Solent. Suitable for beginners. Meet 1.45pm for registration for 2pm walk. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth's health improvement and development team. Admission free. (023) 9268 8390, for further details.

PORTSMOUTH, Meet outside Canoe Lake Caf, St Helens Parade.. 10:30am start. Local health walks. Canoe Lake/Southsea Seafront. Through the Rose Garden and Rock Garden, suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. New walkers to arrive early to register please. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth's Health Development Team. . 023 9265 1136.

PORTSMOUTH, meet The Stacey Centre, Walsall Road, Copnor. 10.30am. Baffins Pond/ Milton Foreshore. Short walk to Baffins/ longer walk to the Milton. New walkers arrive early to register please. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth's health improvement and development team. Admission free. (023) 9268 8390, for further details.

THURSDAY

CAROL SERVICES

PORTSMOUTH, Portsmouth Cathedral, St Thomas Street. 7:30pm. Christmas at Portsmouth Cathedral. Carol service 2.. Admission see web site www.portsmouthcathedral.org.uk. 023 9282 3300.

CHURCH SERVICES

BRIDGEMARY, GOSPORT, St Matthew's Church. 10:00am - 11:15am. Messy Christmas. Messy Christmas. 01329 829883.

PORTSMOUTH, St Cuthbert's Church, Lichfield Road, Copnor. 11:30am. Christmas Tree Festival. Seasonal refreshments and music - all are welcome.. Admission 1.50, children free. 023 9266 3863.

COMEDY

PORTSMOUTH, highlight Comedy, Bourlevard Building, Gunwharf Quays. 6.30pm doors, last entry 8.30pm. Comedy Central Live at highlight. Featuring: Windsor; Carl Donnelly; Alistair Barrie; and Jeff Innocent. Followed by dancing in Club Risa till 2am. Admission from 24.95. (023) 9229 8563, thehighlight.co.uk.

EVENTS

CHICHESTER, Otter Gallery, University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane. Pairings. Collaborations between artists and makers from diverse backgrounds. Artists include Alice Kettle, Victoria Brown and Heather Belcher. . (01243) 816098 www.chi.ac.uk/ottergallery.

PORTSMOUTH, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 10am onwards. Christmas Holiday Fun at the Dockyard. A range of festive events and activities for the whole family.. Admission Free with valid attraction ticket. 023 9283 9766.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum, Southsea. 10am - 5pm. Christmas Decorations activities. Free gallery activities for families during the holidays from Christmas themed trails and games to a chance to make your own festive decoration. Open daily. Admission Free

PORTSMOUTH, HMS Warrior. 10am - 4:30pm. Hunt the Slipper. Family trail.. Admission Free with valid admission ticket

EXHIBITIONS

GOSPORT, Gallery, Ordnance Road. 10am-4pm. A World of Imagination. Celebrating 120 years of children's storybook illustration. (023) 9258 8035.

PORTSMOUTH, Royal Marines Museum, Eastney Esplanade. 10am-5pm. Why Stay Silent?. Featuring 25 individual stories of remembrance, from the mother of a Royal Marine killed in Afghanistan who wears his coat on a cold day; to the Marines in 1939 who fundraised to create a memorial to commemorate an officer who jumped over board to save a comrade and was never seen again. (023) 9281 9385.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Alien Invasion. Star Wars, Aliens, Predator, Dr Who? See creatures, costumes and props from your favourite sci-fi TV shows and movies - if you dare!. Admission free. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Football in the City: a space in the heart of Portsmouth. . (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, Aspex Gallery, Gunwharf Quays. 11am. Must have.....a little decadence. A seeling exhibition featuring a glorious range of contemporary craft and design.. Admission Free. 023 9277 8080 www.aspex.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Historic Dockyard. 10am-4pm. Sea Your History: 20th Century Royal Navy. . (023) 9272 7562.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Richard Lancelyn Green's Bequest. . (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

GIGS

PORTSMOUTH, White House, Eastney Road, Eastney. 8pm. The Function. Open mic night

PORTSMOUTH, RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 8.30pm. This Way Up. . rmatavern.co.uk.

ROWLANDS CASTLE, The Fountain, The Green. 8:30pm. Live Music. Open mic night with Keith and Graham.. Admission FREE. 023 9241 2291.

SOUTHAMPTON, The Brook, 466, Portswood Road, Portswood. 8pm doors. Joe Brooks. . Admission 12 in advance, 14 on door. (023) 8055 5366.

STAGE

CHICHESTER, Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park. 2pm, 7.30pm. Alice in Wonderland. Presented by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre. Directed by Dale Rooks. Admission 9-23.50, concs. (01243) 781312 or cft.org.uk.

FAREHAM, Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road. 11.30am, 2.30pm. Children's Theatre: How the Koala Learned to Hug. Great stories, sing along songs, superb games and first class hugging. Suitable for ages six plus. Admission 7, concs. (01329) 223100, box office.

FAREHAM, Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road. 2pm, 6pm. Aladdin. Pantomime full of eastern promise, starring Peter Duncan, Chris Edgerley, Robert Rawles and Lisa Mathieson. Admission 11-17. (01329) 231942, box office.

HAVANT, The Spring, East Street. 8pm. Joglaresa: In A Hoary Winter's Night. Ancient, spellbinding Christmas songs ringing with echoes of winter pagan festivities from first rate folk musicians. Admission 15.50, concs. (023) 9247 2700.

PORTSMOUTH, Groundlings Theatre at The Old Benny, Curzon Howe Road, Portsea. 2pm, 7pm. A Christmas Carol. Groundlings Theatre Company present a seasonal spectacular with their version of Dickens' yuletide ghost story. Admission 10, concs. (023) 9273 7370, groundlings.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, New Theatre Royal, Guildhall Walk. 2.30pm, 7.30pm. Treasure Island. A swashbuckling musical adventure with a Christmas slant. Admission 10-16, concs. (023) 9264 9000.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Commercial Road. 1.30pm, 7pm. Aladdin. Starring Paul O'Grady. Admission 14-29.50, concs. (023) 8071 1811.

SOUTHSEA, Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 7pm. Jack and the Beanstalk. Christmas pantomime starring Britt Ekland, Steven Arnold, Lynn McGranger, Richard Stride, Nick Girdler and Aiden J Harvey. Admission 11.50-21.50, concs. (023) 9282 8282.

WALKS & TALKS

FAREHAM, Royal Armories, Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road. 10am-5pm. Children's Activity: Off With Their Heads. Dress up as Tudor lords and ladies – but watch out for the executioner! Plus puppet shows and castle building contest. Admission 2.50, children; 1, adults. (01329) 832500, for further details.

HAYLING ISLAND, meet outside Beachlands Tourist Information Office, Beach Road. 10am. Hayling Island Walk to Health. Share a morning stroll with friends. (023) 9244 6642 or whi.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, meet Scott Road car park (off Military Road, by the News Centre), Hilsea. 10.30am. Hilsea Lines. Admission free. (023) 9268 8390, for further details.

WATERLOOVILLE, meet Jubilee car park, bottom of Rowlands Avenue. 10am. Waterlooville. Walk to Health. (023) 9244 6642 or whi.org.uk.

christmas eve

CAROL SERVICES

BEDHAMPTON, St Nicholas' Church. 4:00pm. Christmas Eve Service. 10:30pm. Midnight Communion Service. 023 9248 3013.

BRIDGEMARY, GOSPORT, St Matthew's Church. 4pm. Crib Service. 11:30pm. Midnight Mass. 01329 829883.

CLANFIELD, Memorial Hall, Clanfield. 6pm. Carol Service. Carol Service

CROOKHORN, The Church of the Good Shepherd, Crookhorn Lane. 4pm. Christmas Eve Family Service. 11pm. Midnight Communiion Service. 023 9225 6814 or www.cogs.org.uk.

HAYLING ISLAND, St Mary's Hall, Church Road. 5pm. Christmas Eve. Family worship including nativity. 11:30pm. Midnight Mass.

LEIGH PARK, St Francis' Church. 5pm. Nativity Service. Full Nativity service. 11:30pm. Midnight Mass. Midnight Mass

PETERSFIELD, St Peter's Church, The Square. 3pm and 4:30pm. Christmas Nativity Service. Christmas Nativity Service. 11:15pm. Midnight Mass.

PORTSMOUTH, All Saints Church, Portsmouth. 5pm. Crib Service - suitable for children.

PURBROOK, St John's Church. 4:00pm. Carol Service. Crib service. Admission Free. 023 9226 6170.

ROWLANDS CASTLE, St John's Church. 6:00pm. Carols around the Christmas Tree. 11:00pm. Midnight Mass. 023 9248 0650.

WARREN PARK, St Clares . 11:30pm. Midnight Mass.

WEST LEIGH, St Alban's. 5pm. Christingle service. 11:30pm. Midnight Mass. 023 9259 5561.

WIDLEY, Christ Church, London Road. 3pm. Family Carol Service. 11:30pm. Midnight Communion. 023 9235 7360.

CHURCH SERVICES

ALVERSTOKE, St Faith's Church. 3pm and 4:30pm. Blessing of the Crib. 11:30pm. Midnight Mass.

ANCHORAGE PARK, The Lodge. 11:30pm. Midnight Mass. 023 9234 0730.

BLENDWORTH, St Michael and all Angels Church. 11:30pm. Midnight Communion.

BLENDWORTH, The United Benefice of Holy Trinity. 9:30pm. Christmas Eve Communion. BRIDGEMARY, GOSPORT, St Matthew's Church. 10:00am - 11:15am. Messy Christmas. Messy Christmas. 01329 829883.

BURITON, St Mary's Church. 11:30pm. Midnight Eucharist. 4pm. Crib Service.

CHALTON, St Michael and all Angels Church. 9:30pm. The Blessing of the Crib. CLANFIELD, St James Church. 3pm. Christmas Eve Crib Service. 11:30pm. Christmas Eve Midnight Holy Communion.

CLANFIELD, All Saints Church. 11:30pm. Christmas Eve Midnight Holy Communion. Christmas Eve Midnight Holy Communion

COPNOR, PORTSMOUTH, St Cuthbert's Centre. 4:00pm. Crib Service. 11:30pm. Midnight Communion. 023 9234 0730.

COWPLAIN, St Wilfred's Church, Padnell Road. 3pm. Crib Service.

DENMEAD, All Saints Church. 4pm. Crib Service. 11:15pm. Midnight Communion Service.

FAREHAM, Holy Trinity Church Hall, West Street. 3.30pm. Nativity Service. 7.00pm. Carols by candlelight. 11:30pm. Midnight Communion. (01329) 287653.

HAMBLEDON, The Church of St Peter and St Paul. 6:00pm. Christmas Eve service. 11:30pm. Midnight communion.

IDSWORTH, St Hubert's Church. 11:30pm. Midnight Communion.

PAULSGROVE, Saint Michael and All Angels Church. 4pm. Crib service. 11:30pm. Midnight Mass.

PORTSEA, St George's. 3pm. Crib Service. 11:30pm. Midnight Mass.

PORTSMOUTH, St Mary's Church, Fratton Road. 5pm. Nativity Service. 11.30pm. Midnight Mass.

PORTSMOUTH, St Wilfrid's Church, George Street. Christmas Eve Services. Nativity Service and Christingle, 6pm; Midnight Mass, 11.30pm

PORTSMOUTH, St Faith's Church, Crasswell Street. 11.30pm. Midnight Mass.

PORTSMOUTH, Portsmouth Cathedral, St Thomas Street. 3:00pm. Christmas Eve. Crib service 4:30pm & 6pm. Evensong and the Blessing of the Crib. 11:30pm. Midnight Eucharist sung by Cathedral Choir. Admission see web site portsmouthcathedral.org.uk. (023) 9282 3300.

PORTSMOUTH, St Wilfred's Church, George Street. 6pm. Nativity service and Christingle. 11:30pm. Midnight Mass. 023 9229 3020.

PORTSMOUTH, St Mary's Church, Fratton Road. 5pm. Nativity service and Christingle. 11:30pm. Midnight Mass. 023 9229 3020.

PORTSMOUTH, St Faith's Church, Crasswell Street. 11:30pm. Midnight Mass. 023 9229 3020.

PORTSMOUTH, St Cuthbert's Church, Lichfield Road, Copnor. 11:30am. Christmas Tree Festival. Admission 1.50, children free. 023 9266 3863.

PORTSMOUTH, Lake Road, Portsmouth. 11pm. Candlelit service with the Salvation Army. salvationarmy.org.uk/portsmouth. 10am. Celebrate Christmas with the Salvation Army. Morning service on Christmas Day.

PORTSMOUTH, All Saints Church, Portsmouth. 11:30pm. Midnight Mass.

ROWLANDS CASTLE, St John's Church. 10:00am. Family service on Christmas morning with Holy Communion. 023 9248 0650.

SOUTHSEA, Church of the Holy Spirit, Fawcett Road. 6:00pm. Crib service and Christingle. 11:10pm. Carols. 11:30pm. Midnight Mass.

STUBBINGTON, Holy Rood Church. 11pm. Midnight Holy Communion..

STUBBINGTON, St Edmund's Church. 4pm - 6pm. Nativity services.

WATERLOOVILLE, Hart Plain Church, Hart Plain Avenue. 11:30pm. Midnight Holy Communion.

DANCING

WICKHAM, Community Centre, Mill Lane. 8pm-11pm. Christmas Eve Dance. By advance ticket only. (023) 9273 3393 or 07980 058 310, for tickets.

GIGS

PORTSMOUTH, The Rifle Club, Goldsmith Avenue. 7.30pm. Christmas Eve with DJ Rob Moore. . (023) 9235 5245.

PORTSMOUTH, Old Canal, Shirley Avenue, Eastney. 8.30pm-11.30pm. Kevin Ray.

PORTSMOUTH, Moneyfields Social Club, Moneyfields Avenue, Copnor. Jamie Riley.

PORTSMOUTH, Torrington Road, Copnor. Les Budd. Soul and Motown

ROWLANDS CASTLE, The Fountain, The Green. 8:30pm. Live Music. Christmas Eve with Solarflare. Admission FREE. 023 9241 2291.

SOUTHAMPTON, The Brook, 466, Portswood Road, Portswood. 8pm doors. Silver Beatles' Christmas Extravaganza. Admission 13 in advance, 15 on door. (023) 8055 5366.

STAGE

CHICHESTER, Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park. 2pm. Alice in Wonderland. Presented by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre. Directed by Dale Rooks. Admission 9-23.50, concs. (01243) 781312 or cft.org.uk.

FAREHAM, Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road. 11am, 2.30pm. Aladdin. Pantomime full of eastern promise, starring Peter Duncan, Chris Edgerley, Robert Rawles and Lisa Mathieson. Admission 11-17. (01329) 231942, box office.

PORTSEA, Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street. 11am, 3pm. A Christmas Carol. 023 9273 7370.

PORTSMOUTH, New Theatre Royal, Guildhall Walk. 2.30pm. Treasure Island. A swashbuckling musical adventure with a Christmas slant. Admission 10-16, concs. (023) 9264 9000.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Commercial Road. 1.30pm, 5pm. Aladdin. Starring Paul O'Grady. Admission 14-29.50, concs. (023) 8071 1811.

SOUTHSEA, Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 11am, 3pm. Jack and the Beanstalk. Christmas pantomime starring Britt Ekland, Steven Arnold, Lynn McGranger, Richard Stride, Nick Girdler and Aiden J Harvey. Admission 11.50-21.50, concs. (023) 9282 8282.