What’s on from Friday, April 1 – Thursday, April 7, 2016

Learn about the waterfront history of Lee-on-the-Solent on Monday

Learn about the waterfront history of Lee-on-the-Solent on Monday

Richard Wilson stars in Forty Years On at Chichester Festival Theatre

Six things to do in the next 72 hours: April 22, 23 and 24

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today

DANCING
PORTSMOUTH, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road. 1.30pm- 4pm. Tea dance. Ballroom and sequence. Music from Brenda & W Sounds. Admission £3, payable on the door. Lunches available in the cafe from 12pm. Call Brenda on (023) 9242 5331 for more information.

EVENTS
COSHAM: Cosham Community Centre, Wootton Street, PO6 3AP. 10am-12pm. Toy sale. Mums and tots toys at reduced prices. Free entry.

FAREHAM: Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, PO16 9AD. 11.15am-12.30pm. Table tennis. Every Friday.

GOSPORT: Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Priddys Hard, PO12 4LE. 10am-4pm. Easter puzzle trail. Can you find all the egg shaped clues in the museum galleries and discover what word they spell? Pick up a trail sheet at the front desk and take part in this self-guided activity. Free with a valid ticket. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk.

SOUTHSEA: Blue Reef Aquarium, Clarence Esplanade. 10am-4pm. Venom, Poison and Stingers. This event, showcases a selection of the aquatic world’s deadliest critters including lionfish, stingrays, and fire bellied toads. The aquarium will be running ‘Predators’ tours throughout the holidays, younger visitors will be able to take part in arts and crafts workshops where they can create their own paper plate pufferfish, funky jellyfish hats and awesome anemones. Call (023) 9287 5222 or visit bluereefaquarium.co.uk/portsmouth.
EXHIBITIONS
COSHAM: League of Friends Coffee Shop, Level B, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Exhibition. With work from Diane Ings, Sue Dixon and Anne Cops. Diane and Sue paint abstracts in acrylics and Anne creates collages using various materials. Call (023) 9238 7284.
GOSPORT: Gallery, Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Bi-annual Open Art Exhibition. Displaying the best submissions from Hampshire’s artists. With a range of styles and media, this exhibition is a chance to showcase the talents of local artists and craftspeople both professional and amateur. Call (023) 9250 3280 for more information.

GIGS
SOUTHSEA: The Golden Eagle, 1 Delamere Road, PO4 0JA. Spike’s Classic Vinyl Rock Roadshow.

SOUTHSEA: Rosies Vineyard, 87 Elm Grove, PO5 1JF. 8.30pm-11pm. Milton James Hot Four. Traditional jazz band. Admission free. For eating, pre-booking is essential. Call (023) 9275 5944.
MARKETS

FAREHAM: Stubbington Library, Stubbington Lane, PO14 2PP. 9am-12pm. Stubbington Country Market.

WALKS & TALKS
SOUTHSEA: Meet at the Pyramids Centre, Clarence Esplanade. 10.30am. Seafront walk. Walk along the promenade. Suitable for all. New walkers to arrive early to register. Organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390.

tomorrow

EVENTS
DENMEAD: Denmead Community Centre, School Lane, PO7 6LU. 10.30am-2.30pm. Handmade Craft Market. Craft stalls, prize draw, kid’s crafting area, homemade cakes and refreshments. Plus, find the golden egg. Visit fromthecraftbox.net for more details.

FARLINGTON: St. Andrews Church Hall, Havant Road. 11.30am for judging, doors open to public at 1.30pm. Farlington & District Garden Club Spring Show.

GOSPORT: Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Priddys Hard, PO12 4LE. 10am-4pm. Easter puzzle trail. Can you find all the egg shaped clues in the museum galleries and discover what word they spell? Pick up a trail sheet at the front desk and take part in this self-guided activity. Free with a valid ticket. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk.

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, PO12 1BT. 11am-12pm. Ugly Duckling Storytime Special. Once upon a time there was a mother duck who had seven little ducklings. Six of them were soft, fluffy and yellow. The seventh duckling was different. Hans Christian Andersen, author of The Ugly Duckling would be 210 years old on April 2, mark his birthday by listening to the story and making your own duck mask. For children aged three to 10, must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book but places are limited. Call (023) 9250 3280.

HAVANT: Empower Centre Havant, Botley Drive, PO9 4PJ. 11.30am-2.30pm. Empower Centre Open Day. The Empower Centre Havant is a community hub and home to Family Church and Love Leigh Park. Hear about events and projects planned for the local community. There’ll be free fun activities such as games, a bouncy castle, crafts, a photo corner and more. Call (023) 9248 2777.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3BF. 11am-4pm. Get Creative Day. A fun-filled artistic day for all the family. Part of the BBC’s ‘Get Creative Day’. There’ll be a variety of free creative activities, involving responding to the gallery’s exhibitions through photography, creative writing and more. No booking required, e-mail vicky@aspex.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Technology Dept., Portsmouth Grammar School, PO1 2LN. 10am-3pm. Carve-in. Members carve their own projects but people who are interested can go along to see.

SOUTHSEA: Blue Reef Aquarium, Clarence Esplanade. 10am-4pm. Venom, Poison and Stingers. See ‘Today’ for full details.

WATERLOOVILLE: Purbrook Members Centre, Stakes Road, P07 5LX. 10am-3pm. Come and Sing Day. Spirit-of-The-South invite you to take part in a day of discovery. Discover your real singing voice and have fun at the same time. The local four part harmony chorus for ladies are looking for new members. Call (023) 9263 2414 or visit spirit-of-the-south.com.
EXHIBITIONS
COSHAM: League of Friends Coffee Shop, Level B, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Exhibition. With work from Diane Ings, Sue Dixon and Anne Cops. Diane and Sue paint abstracts in acrylics and Anne creates collages using various materials. Call (023) 9238 7284 for more information. Weekend opening is accordng to volunteer availability.

GOSPORT: Gallery, Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Bi-annual Open Art Exhibition. Displaying the best submissions from Hampshire’s artists. With a range of styles and media, this exhibition is a chance to showcase the talents of local artists and craftspeople both professional and amateur. Call (023) 9250 3280 for more information.

EMSWORTH: Emsworth Museum, 10b North Street (above the fire station),

PO10 7DD. 10.30am-4.30pm. The history of the oyster boat named Terror. Terror was built in about 1890 to support the large oyster dredgers that worked in Emsworth Harbour. In the early 1900s the local oysters became infected and Emsworth’s oyster industry collapsed overnight. For many years Terror was left to decay until a project led by Chichester Harbour Conservancy using a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund allowed it to be restored. Call 01243 378091 or visit emsworthmuseum.org.uk.

GIGS
PORTSMOUTH: The Froddington Arms, 55 Fratton Road, PO1 5AB. 9pm. Bex and The Beat Bonanza.

SOUTHSEA: The Golden Eagle, 1 Delamere Road, PO4 0JA. Silvercatcher. Rock band.

WALKS & TALKS
HILSEA: Meet at the Blue Lagoon, Hilsea Lido. 10.30am. Walk. Along the foreshore footpath to the Mountbatten Centre and back. Flat and paved route. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.
WORKSHOPS
PORTSMOUTH: The Makers’ Merchant, 1 Cornwall Road. 10.30am-5.30pm. Ceramics. Potters wheel and model making. £25. Call (023) 9282 2026 or visit makersmerchant.com.

sunday

DANCING
EMSWORTH: Emsworth Community Hall, North Street, PO10 7DD. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Ballroom dancing. Call 07950 730274.

GOSPORT: Thorngate Hall, Bury Road. 7pm-10pm. 50/50 dance. Admission £4.50.

EVENTS
EASTNEY: Miniature Railway Track, Bransbury Park. 2pm-5pm. Public passenger running. Both steam and/or electric locomotives. Weather permitting. 50p per person for two circuits of track.

GOSPORT: Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Priddys Hard, PO12 4LE. 10am-4pm. Easter puzzle trail. Can you find all the egg shaped clues in the museum galleries and discover what word they spell? Pick up a trail sheet at the front desk and take part in this self-guided activity. Free with a valid ticket. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk.

GOSPORT: Hedca, Coombe Road, PO12 4JB. 1pm-4pm. Charity craft fair. A family-friendly event with children’s entertainers, face-painting, jewellery, glitter. All proceeds go to Marvels and Meltdowns and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

HAVANT: Bethel Evangelical Church, 441 Dunsbury Way, Leigh Park, PO9 5BD. 10.30am-12.30pm. Morning worship. Creche available. Call (023) 9217 6400 for more information.

MIDHURST: New Grange Centre, Bepton Road, GU29 9HD. 10.30am-4pm. Antique and collectors fair. Admission £1.50. Wide variety of antiques and collectables including pottery, porcelain, gold and silver, glass, jewellery, military badges postcards and more. Buying and selling. Large car park. Call 07747 604541.

PORTSMOUTH: St. Mary’s Church, Fratton Road. 6.30pm. Choral Evensong.

On the eve of the Feast of the Annunciation.

SOUTHSEA: Blue Reef Aquarium, Clarence Esplanade. 10am-4pm. Venom, Poison and Stingers. See ‘Today’ for full details. 
EXHIBITIONS
COSHAM: League of Friends Coffee Shop, Level B, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 12pm-3.30pm. Paintings by Val Carter. Call (023) 9238 7284 for more information. Weekend opening is according availability of volunteers.

EMSWORTH: Emsworth Museum, 10b North Street (above the fire station),

PO10 7DD. 2.30pm-4.30pm. The history of the oyster boat named Terror. Terror was built in about 1890 to support the large oyster dredgers that worked in Emsworth Harbour. In the early 1900s the local oysters became infected and Emsworth’s oyster industry collapsed overnight. For many years Terror was left to decay until a project led by Chichester Harbour Conservancy using a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund allowed it to be restored. Call 01243 378091 or visit emsworthmuseum.org.uk. 
FILMS

HAVANT: Bethel Evangelical Church, 441 Dunsbury Way, Leigh Park, PO9 5BD. 4pm-6pm. Presentation of Amazing Grace DVD. With free popcorn and drinks beforehand and meal afterwards. Creche available. Call (023) 9217 6400 for more information.
WALKS & TALKS
PORTSMOUTH: Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum, 393 Old Commercial Road, Landport. 12pm-2pm. An afternoon of readings. Lucinda Hawksley Dickens, the great, great, great granddaughter of Charles Dickens, will be in the museum to give readings of his work. Call (023) 9266 4205.

monday

CLASSES

SOUTHSEA: St Swithun’s Church Hall, PO5 2PL. 6pm-8.30pm. Martial arts. Tai Chi 6-7pm and Kung Fu 7-8.30pm. First lesson free. Call 078130 06569 for more information.

DANCING
STUBBINGTON: Crofton Community Centre, Stubbington Lane, PO14 2PP. 6.30pm-7.30pm. Dancin’ Fit. £4. Call 07979 800299 for more information.

GOSPORT: Thorngate Hall, Bury Road. 1.30pm-4pm. Tea dance. Admission £2.50, includes tea and biscuits.

EVENTS
COPNOR: North End Baptist Church, Powerscourt Road. 10am-12pm. Copnor Coffee Club. A group for those aged 50 and over to meet new people. Call Julie Roberts on (023) 9268 8705 or e-mail julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk for more information.

COWPLAIN: The Borrow Centre, London Road, PO8 8DB. 1.30pm-3.30pm. Crafty Needles Knit and Natter Group. All welcome. £2.50. Call Carole on (023) 9261 5916 or The Borrow Centre on (023) 9226 6423 for more information.

COSHAM: Cosham Library, Spur Road. 2pm-4pm. Craft Group. A group for those aged 50 and over to meet new people. Call Julie Roberts on (023) 9268 8705 or email julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk for more information.

GOSPORT: Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Priddys Hard, PO12 4LE. 10am-4pm. Easter puzzle trail. Can you find all the egg shaped clues in the museum galleries and discover what word they spell? Pick up a trail sheet at the front desk and take part in this self-guided activity. Free with a valid ticket. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, North End. 10.30am-12.45pm & 4pm-8pm. Spiritual Healing Clinic. No appointment necessary. Free, donations are gratefully received. Call (023) 9269 3169.

SOUTHSEA: Blue Reef Aquarium, Clarence Esplanade. 10am-4pm. Venom, Poison and Stingers. See ‘Today’ for full details.

SOUTHSEA: Southsea Library, 19-21 Palmerston Road. 2pm-4pm. Relax with Colouring. For adults. Research has found that colouring-in is a great way to beat stress, it also aids relaxation. Drop-in, all materials are provided.
EXHIBITIONS
COSHAM: League of Friends Coffee Shop, Level B, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Paintings by Val Carter. Call (023) 9238 7284 for more information.

GOSPORT: Gallery, Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Bi-annual Open Art Exhibition. Displaying the best submissions from Hampshire’s artists. With a range of styles and media, this exhibition is a chance to showcase the talents of local artists and craftspeople both professional and amateur. Call (023) 9250 3280 for more information.

WALKS & TALKS

FRATTON: Meet at The Bridge Centre. 10.30am. Victoria Park walk. Buggy and wheelchair friendly. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.

LEE-ON-THE-SOLENT: Elmore Car Park, Marine Parade East, PO13 9BW. 10am. Heritage Historic Waterfront Walk and Talk. Learn about the waterfront history of Lee-on-the-Solent. Lasts around 90 minutes. Call (023) 9255 1706.

SOUTHSEA: Meet at South Parade Pier. 1pm. Pier to pier walk. Ideal for buggies and wheelchairs. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.

SOUTHSEA: Canoe Lake, Memorial where the buses terminate. 1pm. Canoe Lake walk. Slow short 30 minute walk. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.

SOUTHSEA: Meet at South Parade Pier. 6.30pm. Evening walk. Along the promenade to Eastney and back. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information. 
WORKSHOPS
HAVANT: Bethel Evangelical Church, 441 Dunsbury Way, Leigh Park, PO9 5BD. 7pm-8.30pm. Guitar workshop. Call (023) 9217 6400 for more information.

tuesday

DANCING
FAREHAM: Fareham Academy, St Annes Grove, PO14 1JJ. 7.30pm-8.30pm. Ballroom and Latin beginners’ dance class. Tickets £6. Call 07505 191596 or visit dancerevival.co.uk for more information.

LEE-ON-THE-SOLENT: Lee Community Centre, 51 Twyford Drive, PO13 8JU. 9.30am-10.30am. Dancin’ Fit. £4. Call 07979 800299 for more information.

TITCHFIELD: Titchfield Community Centre, Mill Street. 1.30pm-4.00pm. Tea dance. Admission £2, includes tea and biscuits.

EVENTS
FAREHAM: Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, PO16 9AD. 1pm-3pm. Variety club. Every Tuesday. GOSPORT: Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Priddys Hard, PO12 4LE. 10am-4pm. Easter puzzle trail. Can you find all the egg shaped clues in the museum galleries and discover what word they spell? Pick up a trail sheet at the front desk and take part in this self-guided activity. Free with a valid ticket. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk.

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, PO12 1BT. 7.30pm. Test Pilots. Presented by Ashley Morgan, archivist at the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Film Archive. Britain played a major role in the development of civil and military aviation. Working alongside the scientists and engineers from the RAE at Farnborough were the test pilots who risked their lives pushing aircraft to the limit. This presentation, illustrated with film clips from the FAST Film Archive, looks at the work of some of the most famous test pilots and the aircraft they flew. Tickets £3, Call (023) 9252 3463 to book.

HAVANT: Saint Faiths Church Hall, The Pallant, PO9 1PP. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Solent Male Voice Choir. Seeking new members. Go along and sit in one of the rehearsal evenings. Call McAndrew on (023) 9222 1531 or 07736 877506 or visit smvc.co.uk.

HAVANT: Avenue Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, PO9 2RS. 7pm. Bridge Players Wanted. Bridge club needing new members. Meet every Tuesday evening. Beginners are welcome, but some knowledge and experience of bridge is necessary. No need to bring a partner. Call Angela and Nigel Peake on 01243 372718 or email angela.nigel.peake@gmail.com for more information.

HILSEA: Howard Road Community Centre, Howard Road, off of Northern Parade. 10.30am-12.30pm. Hilsea Social Group. A chance to meet new people. Group for those aged 50 and over. Call Julie Roberts on (023) 9268 8705 or email julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: The Hub, Tysley Road, Somerstown. 10am-12pm. Pompey Kurlers. A chance to meet new people. Group for those aged 50 and over. Call Julie Roberts on (023) 9268 8705 or email julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk for more information.

SOUTHSEA: The White Horse Pub, Southsea Terrace. 2pm-4pm. Southsea Seniors. A chance to meet new people. Group for those aged 50 and over. Call Julie Roberts on (023) 9268 8705 or e-mail julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk for more information. 
SOUTHSEA: Blue Reef Aquarium, Clarence Esplanade. 10am-4pm. Venom, Poison and Stingers. See ‘Today’ for full details. 
EXHIBITIONS
COSHAM: League of Friends Coffee Shop, Level B, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Paintings by Val Carter. Call (023) 9238 7284 for more information.

GOSPORT: Gallery, Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Bi-annual Open Art Exhibition. Displaying the best submissions from Hampshire’s artists. With a range of styles and media, this exhibition is a chance to showcase the talents of local artists and craftspeople both professional and amateur. Call (023) 9250 3280 for more information. 
FILMS

SOUTHSEA: Kings theatre, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Banff Mountain Film Festival – World Tour. Experience an evening of extraordinary short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. The festival tour showcases a diverse collection of the newest and best films from the global mountain culture and sports community. The two different film programmes, each approximately

two and a half hours in length, are selected from over 350 films. The films explore remote cultures, highlight intense expeditions through exotic landscapes and bring into sharp focus adrenaline-packed action sports. Visit banff-uk.com or kingsportmouth.co.uk for tickets and more details.

GIGS
PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Road, PO4 9PN. 7pm. Rock ‘n’ Roll Jukebox Jam Session. Hosted by Robin Quigly. All Welcome. Call (023) 9282 0896 or visit rmatavern.co.uk.
STAGE
PORTSMOUTH: Fisher Hall, HMS Excellent, Whale Island, PO2 8ER. 7.30pm. Murder by the Book. A comedy by Craig Sodaro. Call 07906 227709.

WALKS & TALKS
PORTSMOUTH: Meet at Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road. 10.30am. Stamshaw foreshore walk. A walk with views to Portchester Castle. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Meet outside Civic Offices, Guildhall Square. 12.15pm. Lunchtime walk. Brisk walk to Gunwharf or Southsea and back. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390.

PORTSMOUTH: Meet at the John Pounds Centre, Queen Street. 1.30pm. Walk. A new walk for people living with dementia and their carers. Call (023) 9284 1762 for more information and to book a place. 
WORKSHOPS
GOSPORT: SEARCH, Local & Naval Studies Centre, Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, PO12 1NS. 10am-1pm. SEARCHing for Spring. Drop-in workshop with hands-on natural history activities with real museum specimens, with a Spring theme. Make and take art activity. £2 per child, accompanying adults free. Call (023) 9252 3463 to book.

wednesday

CLASSES

SOUTHSEA: St Luke’s Church Hall, PO5 2PL. 7.30pm-9pm. Martial arts. Kung fu. First lesson is free. Call 07813 006569.

COFFEE

PORTSMOUTH: Scout Headquarters, Paignton Avenue, Baffins. 10am. 54th Portsmouth Scout Group coffee morning. With bric-a-brac, books, clothing and more.

DANCING
FAREHAM: Sarisbury Green Community Centre, The Green, SO31 7AA. 8pm-10pm. 50/50 ballroom and sequence dancing. Singles welcome. No experience necessary. Ample parking. Bar available. Admission £2.50, includes tea and biscuits. Call Annette on 01489 573114 for more information.

SOUTHSEA: The Royal Beach Hotel. 1pm-4pm. Social dancing. Admission £4.50. Call (023) 9273 1281.

STUBBINGTON: Crofton Community Centre, Stubbington Lane, PO14 2PP. 7pm-8pm. Dancin’ Fit. £4. Call 07979 800299 for more information.

EVENTS
COSHAM: Cosham Conservative Social Club, 11 Spur Road. 7.30pm. Indoor golf. 55 Social Club meeting. New members welcome.

COSHAM: Cosham Community Centre. 10.30am-12.30pm. Mess at the museum. A group for ex-service personnel and civilians to promote undrstanding about life in the services and life for covilians during times of conflict. Meet on the first Wedesnday of each month. Booking not necessary. Call (023) 9284 1762 or e-mail iwt@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

FAREHAM: Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, PO16 9AD. 2pm-4pm. Whist (cards). Every Wednesday.

GOSPORT: Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Priddys Hard, PO12 4LE. 10am-4pm. Easter puzzle trail. Can you find all the egg shaped clues in the museum galleries and discover what word they spell? Pick up a trail sheet at the front desk and take part in this self-guided activity. Free with a valid ticket. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, North End. 7.30pm. Mediumship and healing demonstration. £5 per person. Call (023) 9269 3169 or e-mail newsdesk@jcpf.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: St. Mary’s Church, Fratton Road. 12pm. Mass and charity lunch.

A light lunch. The money raised will be used to support a charity.

SOUTHSEA: Church of the Holy Spirit, Fawcett Road. 2pm-4pm. The Natterjacks. A group for those aged 50 and over wanting to meet new people. Call (023) 9268 8705 or e-mail julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

SOUTHSEA: Blue Reef Aquarium, Clarence Esplanade. 10am-4pm. Venom, Poison and Stingers. See ‘Today’ for full details. 
EXHIBITIONS
COSHAM: League of Friends Coffee Shop, Level B, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Paintings by Val Carter. Call (023) 9238 7284.

GOSPORT: Gallery, Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Bi-annual Open Art Exhibition. Displaying the best submissions from Hampshire’s artists. With a range of styles and media, this exhibition is a chance to showcase the talents of local artists and craftspeople both professional and amateur. Call (023) 9250 3280 for more information.

GIGS
FAREHAM: Park Gate Royal British Legion, 366 Brook Lane, Sarisbury Green, SO31 7DP. 8pm-10.30pm. The Clive New Big Band. Admission free. Call (023) 9269 3988 for more information.
STAGE
PORTSMOUTH: Fisher Hall, HMS Excellent, Whale Island, PO2 8ER. 7.30pm. Murder by the Book. A comedy by Craig Sodaro. Call 07906 227709.

PORTSMOUTH: The Square Tower, High Street, PO1 2JE. 7.30pm. The Winter’s Tale.

WALKS & TALKS
OLD PORTSMOUTH: Meet at the Royal Garrison Church, Grand Parade. 1.30pm. Walk. Taking in the views of the Spinnaker Tower. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Meet at King George V Playing Fields car park, Northern Road. 2pm. Lakeside North Harbour Walk. A walk around the lake. Call (023) 9268 8390.

PORTSMOUTH: Meet at The Stacey Centre, Walsall Road. 10.30am. Baffins Pond/Milton Foreshore walk. Short walk to Baffins Pond, long walk to Milton foreshore. Ideal for buggies or wheelchairs. New walkers to arrive early to register. Organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.

SOUTHSEA: Meet outside Canoe Lake Café, St Helens Parade. 10.30am.

Canoe Lake/Southsea Seafront walk. Through the Rose and Rock Garden. Suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. New walkers to arrive early to register. Organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390.
WORKSHOPS
PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3BF. 11am-12pm. Mini makers. A world of colour and creativity for those aged five and below. Led by trained arts professionals, each session starts with a story, before the children, along with their parents and guardians are invited to try their hand at a range of arts activities. £3 per child. turn up on the day.

thursday

DANCING
DRAYTON: The Drayton Centre, Havant Road, PO6 1PA. 1.45pm-4.15pm. Tea Dance. Ballroom, latin and sequence. Admission £3.50, includes tea and biscuits. New people welcome. Call 07989 124089 or e-mail pp.danceclub@yahoo.co.uk for more information.

GOSPORT: Alverbank Hotel, Alverstoke. 8pm-11pm. Salsa Class. Beginners’ and improvers’ lessons. Fun and entertainment with Salsa Synergy UK. Group dances and more. £6. Call 07979 800299.

STUBBINGTON: Crofton Community Centre, Stubbington Lane, PO14 2PP. 9.30am-10.30am. Dancin’ Fit. £4. Call 07979 800299 for more information.

WATERLOOVILLE: St Wilfrid’s Church Hall, Padnell Road, PO8 8DZ. 7pm-8pm & 8pm-9pm. Ballroom and Latin beginners’ dance class. Tickets £6. Call 07505 191596 or visit dancerevival.co.uk.

EVENTS
COPNOR: The Stacey Centre, Walsall Road. 11.30am-1.30pm. Lunch Club. A fresh homemade lunch and dessert, followed by entertainment afterwards, which can include bingo, a quiz or a guest speaker. Admission £3.95. Call (023) 9261 7890 for more information.

COSHAM: Cosham Library, Spur Road, PO6 3EB. 2pm-4pm. Relax with Colouring. For adults. Beat stress and aid relaxation. Drop-in, all materials are provided. Call (023) 9268 8259.

SOUTHSEA: Blue Reef Aquarium, Clarence Esplanade. 10am-4pm. Venom, Poison and Stingers. See ‘Today’ for full details.

SOUTHSEA: Blue Reef Aquarium, Clarence Esplanade. 10am-4pm. Visit from the bug man. Enjoy hands-on encounters with a selection of creepy crawlies like tarantulas, scorpions and giant centipedes. Call (023) 9287 5222 or visit bluereefaquarium.co.uk/portsmouth for more information.

SOUTHSEA: St. James’ Church Hall, Milton Road. 11am. Singercise. Seated fun activity session to music for older and disabled people to help improve fitness. Tea and chat after. Admission £2.50. Call 07754 528814.

SOUTHSEA: Trinity Methodist Church, Albert Road. 10am-12pm. Chat and tea club. A group for those aged 50 and over wanting to meet new people. Call Julie Roberts on (023) 9268 8705 or email julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

WATERLOOVILLE: Anders Hall, off Milton Road, PO7 6AW. 7.30pm. Natter night and social evening. Horndean & District Amateur Radio Club. Visitors always welcome. Visit hdarc.co.uk.
EXHIBITIONS
COSHAM: League of Friends Coffee Shop, Level B, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Paintings by Val Carter. Call (023) 9238 7284.

GOSPORT: Gallery, Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Bi-annual Open Art Exhibition. Displaying the best submissions from Hampshire’s artists. With a range of styles and media, this exhibition is a chance to showcase the talents of local artists and craftspeople both professional and amateur. Call (023) 9250 3280 for more information.

GIGS
PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Road, PO4 9PN. 7pm-12am. On Stage @ The RMA. Open-mic night. All welcome – solo’s, duo’s and bands. Bands book in advance. Full PA supplied plus video streaming. Call (023) 9282 0896 or visit rmatavern.co.uk.
MARKETS

EMSWORTH: Emsworth Baptist Church Hall, North Street, PO10 7BY. 10am-11.30pm. Emsworth Country Market. With cakes, savouries, preserves, fresh local meat, eggs, plants and crafts. Refreshments available.
STAGE
PORTSMOUTH: Fisher Hall, HMS Excellent, Whale Island, PO2 8ER. 7.30pm. Murder by the Book. A comedy by Craig Sodaro. Call 07906 227709.

PORTSMOUTH: The Square Tower, High Street, PO1 2JE. 7.30pm. The Winter’s Tale.

WALKS & TALKS
HILSEA: Meet in Scott Road car park, off Military Road by The News Centre. 10.30am. Hilsea Lines walk. Uneven footpaths take you around ‘Foxes Forest’ where there is an abundance of wildlife. New walkers to arrive early to register. Call (023) 9268 8390.
HILSEA: Alexandra Park, Mountbatten Centre entrance. 6.30pm. Walk. The flat, paved circular route follows the shore line along the pedestrian footpath up to Hilsea Lido and back. New walkers to arrive early to register. Call (023) 9284 1762 for information.

PORTSMOUTH: Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Square, Clive Road, PO15 5JJ. 7pm. Un Farrago Espanol. Portsmouth Hispanic Society will present an illustrated talk by society member Mike English. A discussion of various aspects of Spain, ranging from daily life (and death), to the the Spanish electoral system, the Greenwich meridian, Queen Victoria’s grandaughter, food and more. Non-members £2. Visit spanishportsmouth.org.uk.
WORKSHOPS
GOSPORT: Elson Library, 136 Chantry Road, PO12 4NG. 3.30pm-4.30pm. Krafty Kids – Robots. 50p per child. Suitable for ages five to 10. Call (023) 9252 4608 for more details.

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