What’s on for Friday. August 29, 2014

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DANCING

BUCKLAND: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road. 1.30pm-4pm. Tea dance. Ballroom, Latin, sequence. Admission: £3. (023) 9235 1162.

EVENTS

ALTON: Alton Abbey, Abbey Road. 7.30pm. Hymns and Pimms. Admission: £5.

FAREHAM: Stubbington Library, Stubbington Lane. 9am-midday. Stubbington Country Market. Freshly-made cakes and dairy products. Hand-made crafts.

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road (PO17 6AN). 10am-5pm. Junior Assault Course. Obstacle course suitable for children 3+. Admission: £3.50. 01329 233734.

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road (PO17 6AN). 1pm. Artillery In Action. Watch the big guns in action. 01329 233734.

HILSEA: Jubilee Splashpool, Hilsea Lido, London Road. 11am-6pm. For children up to eight. Two shallow pools (no deeper than five inches). Play features and rubber safety surfaces. Toilets and baby changing facilities. Picnic tables, seats and refreshments. Free admission and free parking. (023) 9266 2440 or bluelagoon@hilsea-lido.org.uk.

PAULSGROVE: Hillside and Wymering Centre, Cheltenham Road. 10am-4pm. Drama workshops. Acting, singing and dancing with professionals from The New Theatre Royal. For ages 5+. Admission: £15 per day. (023) 9288 2550.

PORTSMOUTH: Watersports Centre, Eastern Road. 9.30am-5pm. Watersports week. Kayaking, climbing wall with high ropes, den building, beach safari, raft building bushcraft skills and more. Admission: £125 per week, day prices also available. Booking is essential. (023) 9266 3873.

PORTSMOUTH: Action Stations, College Road, Historic Doackyard. 10.30am-5.30pm. Do You Have What It Takes To Serve In The 1914 British Army? Complete challenges to collect your identity card. Free with a valid Historic Dockyard tickets. (023) 9289 3338.

PORTSMOUTH: HMS Warrior, Historic Dockyard. 10.30am-4.30pm. Family activity area. Children’s play will include costumed role-play, toys, games and colouring sheets. Free with a valid Historic Dockyard ticket. (023) 9272 8060.

PORTSMOUTH: National Museum of the Royal Navy, Historic Dockyard. 11am-midday. Telescope Tales. Play in the new activity area, listen to stories, take part in role play and object handling. Free activity for children up to five. (023) 9298 4615.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays. 11am-3pm. Weave. Summer art club with Georgina Giles. Admission: £50 for the three days, £18 for one. Booking is essential call (023) 9277 8080.

PORTSMOUTH: Paulsgrove Prime Time, Healthy Living Centre, Allaway Avenue. 2pm-4pm. Over-50s social club. £2. Meet new people, try activities and enjoy a chat.

SOUTHSEA: Royal Marines Museum, Eastney Esplanade. 10am-5pm. Get Me Out of Here - Commando Survival. Learn how to survive in hot jungle conditions and desert-themed survival activities. Admission: Adults £7, children £4. (023) 9281 9385.

SOUTHSEA: Southsea Common. 2.30pm and 7pm. Billy Smart Circus. Hosted by Yasmine Smart and will include Flying Aces, Assadulin Troupe, Alina Eskina, Jonny Bogino and Extreme Brothers. Admission: adults £12-£28, children £10-£24. billy-smarts-circus.co.uk.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Queen Alexandra Hospital, League of Friends’ coffee shop, Level B. 10am-4pm. Exhibition of paintings by June Cousins, Ros Croft and Michael Taylor.

EMSWORTH: Emsworth Museum, North Street. 2.30pm-4.30pm. The Men Of Emsworth Who Went To War 1914-1918. Exhibition from Linda Newell to portray the lives of people from Emsworth involved in the First World War. 01243 378091.

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road (PO17 6AN). 10am-4pm. Inspired by Landings. Photography exhibition of Russell Squires’s work to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. 01329 233734.

GOSPORT: Explosion! Museum, Museum’s Conference Hall, Priddys Hard. 10am-4pm. Solent Aviation Art Society. Art exhibition for aviation art. (023) 9250 5600.

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street. 10am-5pm. Art exhibition from Greg Gilbert on the se of biro and pencil. (023) 9247 2700.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 9am-5pm. Surroundings. Art exhibition by Simon Whitcomb on living and working in Portsmouth.

PORTSMOUTH: City Museum, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Lest We Forget ... remembering Portsmouth people and the First World War. No Place Like Pompey ... looking at some of the things that make Portsmouth special. A Study in Sherlock ... uncovering the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection. Admission free. (023) 9283 4779, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

GIGS

CROOKHORN: The Crookhorn Phoenix Club, Crookhorn Lane. 8.30pm. Brent gig.

ROWLANDS CASTLE: The Fountain, 34, The Green. 8.30pm. Shake Rattle and Bones.

SOUTHSEA: Golden Eagle, Delamere Road. 8.30pm. Absolute Zero. Dual lead guitar rock band. (023) 9282 1658.

SOUTHSEA:Auckland Arms, Netley Road. 8.30pm. The Jack Daniels Band. Smooth jazz. (023) 9278 0860.

STAGE

CHICHESTER: Minerva Theatre, Oaklands Park. 2.45pm and 7.45pm. Pitcairn. Co-production from Out Of Joint and Shakespeare’s Globe. Tickets: £24-£33. 01243 181312.

CHICHESTER: Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park. 7.30pm. Guys and Dolls. Tickets: from £15. 01243 181312.

WALKS & TALKS

SOUTHSEA: meet at the Pyramids Centre. 10.30am. Walk along the promenade. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders. Organised by Portsmouth City Council’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Volunteer walk leaders needed. Call Paula Day on (023) 9284 1379 for more information.