What’s on from Friday, May 27 – Thursday, June 2, 2016

Visit Fort Nelson free of charge on a classic bus on Monday

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Today

DANCING
PORTSMOUTH: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, PO2 7BL. 1.30pm-4pm. Ballroom/sequence dancing. Admission £3. Includes bar facility. Lunches available from 12pm. Call Brenda on (023) 9242 5331 or the community centre on (023) 9269 2914.

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

FRATTON: The Markers’ Merchant, Cornwall Road. 10.30am-12pm. Coffee morning. For parents and those aged over 50. Call (023) 9268 8705 or email julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Action Stations, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 10am onwards. Ninja Force. A brand new family attraction, based on the popular TV series Ninja Warrior. This new assault course has been tailor-made to reflect the physical challenges of the Royal Marines, which showcases life in the Royal Navy. Combining elements of Parkour, rock climbing and rope courses, the course is suitable for anyone over six and visitors can have as many goes as they like. Anyone arriving dressed as a ninja today will get a prize. Entry to Ninja Force is free with a ticket to Action Stations or as part of the All Attraction Ticket to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Call (023) 9289 3338.
EXHIBITIONS
COSHAM: League of Friends Coffee Shop, Level B, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Belinda and Nandhra. Admission free. Call (023) 9238 7284.

CHICHESTER: Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, PO19 1TJ. 10am-5pm. John Piper: The Fabric of Modernism. This major exhibition is the first to focus on John Piper’s textile designs, exploring key motifs in the artist’s work such as historic architecture, abstract and religious imagery, as well as subjects explored in the final years of the artist’s life. Call 01243 774557 or visit pallant org.uk.

CHICHESTER: Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, PO19 1TJ. 10am-5pm. Clare Woods and Des Hughes: The Sleepers. New paintings by Clare Woods (b.1972) with sculptures by Des Hughes (b.1970), created in response to key Modern British artworks in the gallery’s collection by Paul Nash, Henry Moore and Eduardo Paolozzi, as well as the celebrated Arundel Tomb in Chichester Cathedral. Call 01243 774557 or visit pallant org.uk. 
GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre,

Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Gosport’s Hidden High Street. This exhibition looks at the shops and businesses on Gosport’s High Street over the last 100 years through photographs, objects and memories. Take in your own pictures to add to the display. Free admission. Visit hants.gov.uk/gosport-gallery.

GIGS
SOUTHSEA: The Golden Eagle, 1 Delamere Road. Stone Free (70’s rock band).
MARKETS

FAREHAM: Stubbington Library, Stubbington Lane, PO14 2PP. 9am-12pm. Stubbington Country Market. With cakes, savouries, dairy and gluten free products, crafts, flowers, fruit and vegetables.

WALKS & TALKS
FARLINGTON: Meet in third car park at Farlington Marshes. 10.30am. Farlington Marshes walk. Sturdy shoes for this walk across farmland and exposed open footpaths around the marshes. Led by volunteer walk leaders and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390.
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. Led by volunteer walk leaders and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.

SOUTHSEA: Southsea Library, Palmerston Road. 10.30am-12pm. A Passion for Portsmouth. Presented by The Friends of Southsea Library and the Portsmouth Ambassadors. Are you proud of where you live and want to know more about Portsmouth? This session gives you a chance to share what you know and find out more about your city. Why did so many superstar authors live in Portsmouth in the 19th Century and what do all our statues around the city commemorate? Please reserve your place by going into your local library or call (023) 9268 8999, or e-mail libraries@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

Tomorrow

DANCING
CHICHESTER: Mundham Village Hall. 8pm. Dance. Pat Jordan’s Finion Rainbow. Irishman from Manchester. £6.

PORTSMOUTH: Admiral Lord Nelson School, Dundas Lane, PO3 5XT. 7.30pm–10.30pm. 50/50 Ballroom, Latin and sequence dancing. All standards welcome. Admission £4. No bar, take your own drinks. Refreshments will be served in the interval. Ample parking. Call 07980 058310 or visit ballroomrazzamatazz.co.uk.
EVENTS

COWPLAIN: 50 Gladys Avenue, PO8 8HS. 2pm. Garden fete. Stalls, bric a brac, teas, music, plants, cakes, books.Advice regarding lung disease. To raise funds for Lung Research Breathe Easy.

FAREHAM: Fareham Library. 10am-12pm. Elmer Day storytelling and craft session for children. Local children are invited to go dressed in their brightests colours and attend an event including storytelling crafts and games as part of the national Elmer Day celebrations. The day is a celebration of popular children’s character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. E-mail fareham.lending@hants.gov.uk for more information.

GOSPORT: St Mary the Virgin Church, 174 Rowner Lane, PO13 9SU. 11am-1pm. May Fair. Usual attractions, refreshments, children’s fun. Grand draw of £100. Call (023) 9258 1834.
EXHIBITIONS
COSHAM: League of Friends Coffee Shop, Level B, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 12pm-3.30pm. Belinda and Nandhra. Call (023) 9238 7284 for more information. Weekend opening is according to the availability of volunteers.

CHICHESTER: Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, PO19 1TJ. 10am-5pm. John Piper: The Fabric of Modernism. See ‘Today’ for full details.

CHICHESTER: Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, PO19 1TJ. 10am-5pm. Clare Woods and Des Hughes: The Sleepers. See ‘Today’ for full details.

CHICHESTER: Candida Stevens Fine Art, 12 Northgate, West Sussex, PO19 1BA. 10am-5pm. The Story In Art: Reading The Visual – artists as storytellers. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.
GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre,

Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Gosport’s Hidden High Street. See ‘Today’ for full details.
FILMS

DENMEAD: Denmead Community Centre, School Lane, PO7 6LU. 7pm for 7.30pm. Bridge of Spies (12A). Directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance. Admission £5. Call (023) 9225 6132.

GIGS
PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Road, PO4 9PN. Masquerade Ball. Caberet charity event in aid of YOUNG MINDS. Free entry.

PORTSMOUTH: The Druid’s Arms, Binsteed Road. 8.30pm until late. Kenny Mayes. 50s and 60s music.

SOUTHSEA: The Golden Eagle, 1 Delamere Road. This Way Up (rock/blues 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.

sunday

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.

HAVANT: Bethel Evangelical Church, 441 Dunsbury Way, Leigh Park, PO9 5BD. 10.30am-12.30pm. Morning Worship with creche available. Followed by free BBQ. Call (023) 9217 6400.
EXHIBITIONS
COSHAM: League of Friends Coffee Shop, Level B, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 12pm-3.30pm. Belinda and Nandhra. Call (023) 9238 7284 for more information. Weekend opening is according to the availability of volunteers.

CHICHESTER: Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, PO19 1TJ. 11am-5pm. John Piper: The Fabric of Modernism. See ‘Today’ for full details.

CHICHESTER: Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, PO19 1TJ. 11am-5pm. Clare Woods and Des Hughes: The Sleepers. See ‘Today’ for full details.

GIGS
SOUTHSEA: The Golden Eagle, 1 Delamere Road. 8.30pm. AlleyCats (open mic night).
WALKS & TALKS
MILTON: Meet at The Good Companion, Moorings Way. 2.30pm. Milton foreshore. A brisk walk over the uneven footpaths across the common to the shore. 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.

monday

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

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

EVENTS
CHICHESTER: Lavant House Stables,

Lavant, West Sussex, PO18 9AH. 10am-1pm. Open morning. Pony rides, pony parlour, meet the donkeys, tractor rides, treasure hunt, face painting, competitions, refreshments, picnic and play area and more. Free.

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.

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

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.

FAREHAM: Royal Armouries Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road. 10am-4pm. Classic Buses Running Day. The City of Portsmouth Preserved Transport Depot (CPPTD) are holding a Classic Buses Running Day in conjunction with Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson. Free buses will connect the fort with Cosham, Havant and Fareham Railway stations. There will be transport stalls and refreshments at the fort. Admission and all bus rides are free. No dogs allowed in the fort. Details at cpptd.co.uk or royalarmouries.org.
HAVANT: Bethel Evangelical Church, 441 Dunsbury Way, Leigh Park, PO9 5BD. 7pm-9pm. Guitar Club. Call (023) 9217 6400 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 10am-6pm. Street Party. Join The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund and friends to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. There will be a colourful family fun street party with a street market, face painters, a clown, a magic show, historical re-enactors and live music from The Big Band of the Royal Marines Association. You will also have the chance to buy homemade products and gifts including fudge, flowers and candles and take part in the grand raffle. Hear stories from wives and girlfriends of serving and former Royal Navy and Royal Marines. Food available to buy.
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. Belinda and Nandhra. Admission free. Call (023) 9238 7284.

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre,

Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Gosport’s Hidden High Street. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.
WALKS & TALKS
SOUTHSEA: Meet at South Parade Pier. 1pm. Pier to pier walk. Ideal for buggies and wheelchairs. New walkers to arrive early to register. 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. 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. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.

Tuesday

CONCERTS
FAREHAM: Holy Trinity Church, PO16 0EL. 12.30pm-1.15pm. Sarah Sanders and Peter Hallam present music for violin and piano. Free entry, collection in aid of the Church Refurbishment Fund. Call 01329 232688 or e-mail office@htscf.org.uk.

DANCING
BEDHAMPTON: Bedhampton Social Hall Centre, 21 Bedhampton Road, PO9 3ES. 7.45pm-10.15pm. Solent Country Dance Club. All welcome. Call (023) 9248 0654 or visit bedhamptonsocialhampshire.org.uk.
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-4pm. Tea dance. Admission is £2, includes tea and biscuits.

EVENTS
FAREHAM: Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, PO16 9AD. 1pm-3pm. Variety club. Every Tuesday.

FRATTON: Community Room, Tesco Extra, Pompey Centre. 10am-12pm. Shop and Natter Group. Ask about the group at customer services. Call Julie (023) 9268 8705 or email julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

GOSPORT: Elson Library, 136 Chantry Road, Elson, PO12 4NG. 1.30pm-2pm. Rhymetime. Every Tuesday in the children’s library. Free toe tapping, hand clapping, knee jogging fun for babies & toddlers. It’s fun, free and friendly, just drop-in. During term-time only. Parents/carers to remain with their children.

GOSPORT: Local & Naval Studies Centre, Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, PO12 1NS. 10am-1pm. When We Were Children. Drop-in event for grandparents and grandchildren or other intergenerational groups to explore the 1950s House and learn from each other. Includes themed areas with interview cards and lots of hands-on activities. No need to book, just turn up. Free

HAVANT: Bethel Evangelical Church, 441 Dunsbury Way, Leigh Park, PO9 5BD. 10am-11.30am. Parents and Toddler’s Group. Call (023) 9217 6400.
HAVANT: Saint Faith’s 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 David Stretton on (023) 9245 3634 or visit solentmalevoicechoir.org.

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 01243 372718 or email angela.nigel.peake@gmail.com.

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 (023) 9268 8705 or email julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

MINSTEAD: Furzey Gardens, Minstead, SO43 7GL. 11am-3.30pm. Half-term fun.

Gardening fun during half-term. Plant a sunflower seed and decorate its plant pot, take it home and watch it grow.

The event is on rain or shine. £3, includes a drink and biscuit at the Gallery Coffee Shop. Parent/guardian supervision required. Call (023) 8081 2464 or visit furzey-gardens.org.

PORTSMOUTH: Milton Locks Nature Reserve, Locksway Road, Milton, PO4 8LT. 10am-12pm. Family Wild Beach Week. A series of four outdoor family sessions playing in, discovering and exploring Milton Locks Nature Reserve. Activities will include den building, scavenger hunts, natural art and plenty of exploring. The sessions will be guided by the children’s own interests and ideas. All children must be accompanied by adults. Booking is essential. Suggested donation is £4 per child, per session. Call 01489 570 240 or e-mail jess.daish-miller@hiwwt.org.uk.

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. 
EXHIBITIONS
COSHAM: League of Friends Coffee Shop, Level B, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Belinda and Nandhra. Admission free. Call (023) 9238 7284.

CHICHESTER: Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, PO19 1TJ. 10am-5pm. John Piper: The Fabric of Modernism. See ‘Today’ for full details.

CHICHESTER: Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, PO19 1TJ. 10am-5pm. Clare Woods and Des Hughes: The Sleepers. See ‘Today’ for full details.

CHICHESTER: Candida Stevens Fine Art, 12 Northgate, West Sussex, PO19 1BA. 10am-5pm. The Story In Art: Reading The Visual – artists as storytellers. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.
GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre,

Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Gosport’s Hidden High Street. See ‘Today’ for full details.

GIGS
PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Road, PO4 9PN. Open-mic night at the RMA Tavern. Featuring house band.

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. Call (023) 9268 8390.

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. 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. Organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9284 1762 for more information and to book a place.

WORKSHOPS
PORTSMOUTH: Aspex, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3BF. 10am-3pm. Young Artists – Explosive Drawing with Arma artist in residence Alison Carlier. Using drawing and sound in unconventional ways, explore the history of the gallery building and uncover its previous life as an artillery store. For 11-15 years, £18 per child. Call (023) 9277 8080 or visit aspex.org.uk.

wednesday

CLASSES

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

COFFEE

PORTSMOUTH: Scout Headquarters, Paignton Avenue, Baffins. 10am. 54th Portsmouth Scout Group coffee morning. Bric-a-brac, books, clothing etc.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Central Library. 10am-12pm. Macmillan coffee morning. For those affected by cancer.

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 Library, Spur Road. 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.

HAVANT: Bethel Evangelical Church, 441 Dunsbury Way, Leigh Park, PO9 5BD. 3pm-4.30pm. Discoverer’s Club. Ages four to 12. Call (023) 9217 6400.

MINSTEAD: Furzey Gardens, Minstead, SO43 7GL. 11am-3.30pm. Half-term fun.

Gardening fun during half-term. Plant a sunflower seed and decorate its plant pot, take it home and watch it grow.

The event is on rain or shine. £3, includes a drink and biscuit at the Gallery Coffee Shop. Parent/guardian supervision required. Call (023) 8081 2464 or visit furzey-gardens.org.

PURBROOK: Christchurch Hall, London Road, Widley, PO7 5AX. 7.45pm. Solent City Chorus. Looking for new male members to join the friendly singing group. Drop-in and see for yourself, but contact them first in case they’re doing something away from the hall. Call 07796 136487, 07709 617348 or visit singinportsmouth.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Milton Locks Nature Reserve, Locksway Road, Milton, PO4 8LT. 10am-12pm. Family Wild Beach Week. A series of four outdoor family sessions playing in, discovering and exploring Milton Locks Nature Reserve. Activities will include den building, scavenger hunts, natural art and plenty of exploring. The sessions will be guided by the children’s own interests and ideas. All children must be accompanied by adults. Booking is essential. Suggested donation is £4 per child, per session. Call 01489 570 240 or e-mail jess.daish-miller@hiwwt.org.uk.

SOUTHAMPTON: Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve, Sopwith Way, SO31 7AY. 9.30am-12.30pm. Mini Bioblitz – Family Bird Race. Take your family and help to find and record the bird life of Swanwick Lakes. How many birds can you spot and hear in three hours? Join local bird expert Trevor Codlin and other reserve staff to help record as many different birds as possible. Booking is essential.

Suggested donation of £4 per person.

Call 01489 570 240 or e-mail swanwicklakes@hiwwt.org.uk.
EXHIBITIONS
COSHAM: League of Friends Coffee Shop, Level B, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Belinda and Nandhra. Admission free. Call (023) 9238 7284.

CHICHESTER: Candida Stevens Fine Art, 12 Northgate, West Sussex, PO19 1BA. 10am-5pm. The Story In Art: Reading The Visual – artists as storytellers. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

CHICHESTER: Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, PO19 1TJ. 10am-5pm. John Piper: The Fabric of Modernism. See ‘Today’ for full details.

CHICHESTER: Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, PO19 1TJ. 10am-5pm. Clare Woods and Des Hughes: The Sleepers. See ‘Today’ for full details.

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre,

Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Gosport’s Hidden High Street. See ‘Today’ for full details.

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.

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. Call (023) 9268 8390.

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. Call (023) 9268 8390.

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. 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
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 for more information.

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 for more information.

MINSTEAD: Furzey Gardens, Minstead, SO43 7GL. 11am-3.30pm. Half-term fun.

Gardening fun during half-term. Plant a sunflower seed and decorate its plant pot, take it home and watch it grow.

The event is on rain or shine. £3, includes a drink and biscuit at the Gallery Coffee Shop. Parent/guardian supervision required. Call (023) 8081 2464 or visit furzey-gardens.org.

PORTSMOUTH: Milton Locks Nature Reserve, Locksway Road, Milton, PO4 8LT. 10am-12pm. Family Wild Beach Week. A series of four outdoor family sessions playing in, discovering and exploring Milton Locks Nature Reserve. Activities will include den building, scavenger hunts, natural art and plenty of exploring. The sessions will be guided by the children’s own interests and ideas. All children must be accompanied by adults. Booking is essential. Suggested donation is £4 per child, per session. Call 01489 570 240 or e-mail jess.daish-miller@hiwwt.org.uk.

SOUTHAMPTON: Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve, Sopwith Way, SO31 7AY. 10am-12pm. Mini Bioblitz – The Great Bug Hunt. Do you like looking for creepy-crawlies? Then go to Swanwick Lakes for the family bug hunt to help to record as many invertebrates as you can in two hours. Booking essential. Suggested donation of £4 per person. Call 01489 570 240 or e-mail swanwicklakes@hiwwt.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA: Royal Marines Museum, Eastney Esplanade, PO4 9PX. 10am-5.30pm. Royal Marines Commando Action. Action-packed day for all the family. Test your agility on the marine assault course and see the power of the Royal Marines up close in the tug-of-war competition. A chance to see live-action demonstrations and see a unique performance by the Royal Marines School of Music. Plus, laser quest and the chance to explore a wasp helicopter and real military vehicles. Free admission. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk.

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.

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. Belinda and Nandhra. Admission free. Call (023) 9238 7284.

CHICHESTER: Candida Stevens Fine Art, 12 Northgate, West Sussex, PO19 1BA. 10am-5pm. The Story In Art: Reading The Visual – artists as storytellers. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

CHICHESTER: Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, PO19 1TJ. 10am-8pm. John Piper: The Fabric of Modernism. See ‘Today’ for full details.

CHICHESTER: Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, PO19 1TJ. 10am-8pm. Clare Woods and Des Hughes: The Sleepers. See ‘Today’ for full details.

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre,

Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Gosport’s Hidden High Street. See ‘Today’ for full details.

GARDENS

HORNDEAN: Crookley Pool, Blendworth Lane. 2pm-5pm. Ngs Gardens. Here the plants decide where to grow. Californian tree poppies elbow valerian aside to crowd round the pool. Evening primroses obstruct the way to the door and the steps to wisteria-shaded terraces. Admission £4. Plants for sale. Teas.

WINCHESTER: Crawley Gardens, Crawley, SO21 2PR. 2pm-6pm. Ngs Gardens. Village nestling chalk downland with thatched houses, C14 church and village pond. This year the June opening comprises three large, varied and exciting gardens. Plants for sale, teas in Village Hall.

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.
TOURS

PORTSMOUTH: Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, PO1 3BS. 1pm & 2.30pm. Theatre tours. Discover the history of The Old Beneficial School on a theatre tour. Explore the truth surrounding Charles Dickens’s birth and learn about former pupil Sir Henry Ayers, the man who became a rock in the middle of Australia. Costumed actors will take you through the sights and sounds of this Georgian school. £5 per person. Call (023) 9273 7370.

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. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. 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. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9284 1762.
WORKSHOPS
GOSPORT: Elson Library, 136 Chantry Road, Elson, PO12 4NG. 3.30pm-4.30pm. Krafty Kids – Space. Tim Peake returns to Earth. Make a space helmet mask, rocket mobile and space station porthole for an astronaut. Suitable for ages five to 10 years. Parents/carers must remain in the library during this activity. No need to book, but places are limited. Call (023) 9252 4608.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3BF. 10am-3pm. ‘Wonderland Zine’ with Kate Bishop. Ever created your own Zine? Using a mix of printmaking skills and paper collage, learn how to design and create your own Zine based on Aspex’s current Exhibition, Waldeinsamkeit.

For eight to 11 years, £18 per child. Call (023) 9277 8080 or visit aspex.org.uk.

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