What’s on for Thursday August 1, 2013

Youngsters queue at the Kings to audition for a previous production, Cinderella

Panto auditions for young dancers to be held at Kings Theatre

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A guide to what’s on around the area today.

CLUBBING

PORTSMOUTH: The Barn, Milton Arms, Milton Road. 7.30pm-12.30am. Spectrum: Alternative Night for Alternative People plus friends. Featuring a host of DJs. (023) 9221 0437.

DANCING

HORNDEAN: Merchistoun Hall, London Road. 2pm-4pm. Tea Dance. Sequence and some ballroom. Admission £2.50. (023) 9226 6177.

EVENTS

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road (PO17 6AN). The Commando Course, 10am-4.30pm, challenging assault course for children aged three plus, £3 per child. Craft Activities, 10.30am-4pm, Commando masks, colouring, word search and puzzles for children aged three plus, £2 per child. History of Fort Nelson Guided Tour, 1.30pm, £3 per person. Handling Sessions, 11am, midday, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, handle objects from our collection, led by museum guides, objects include flak jacket, webbing, uniforms, WW2 Lee Enfield Rifle, etc. (01329) 233734, royalarmouries.org.

GOSPORT: RN Submarine Museum, Haslar Road (PO12 2AS). 10am-3pm. Sammy Sardine’s Summer School: Wacky Waves! Discover how waves affect people and animals how they can also affect submarines, also meet experts with their singing bubbles! (023) 9254 5034.

PORTSMOUTH: City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-3pm. Football Skills with Portsmouth FC. Includes penalties against the Pompey mascot Nelson and fastest shot. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Coffee Shop, B Level, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Art Exhibition. Featuring works by June Cousins, Ros Croft and Michael Taylor. Organised by the QA League of Friends. (023) 9238 7284.

HAYLING ISLAND: Station Theatre, Station Road, West Town. 10am-midday. HB50 Exhibition. To commemorate 50 years since the closure of the Hayling Billy train line, the Station Theatre is hosting historical displays about the railway line, the people who ran it and used it and the communities it supported. The exhibition features photographs and artefacts, many of which are on loan to the Hayling Billy 50 project from members of the local community. (023) 9246 6363.

PORTSMOUTH: City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Teddy Bear Story ... featuring 150 teddy bears, including many rare and diverse examples of the toy. No Place Like Pompey ... looking at some of the things that make Portsmouth special. Football in the City: a space in the heart of Portsmouth ... devoted to the beautiful game. A Study in Sherlock ... uncovering the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

FILMS

FARNHAM: Maltings, Bridge Square. The Spirit of ’45 (U); 11am, 3pm, 8pm. An impassioned documentary by Ken Loach which illuminates and celebrates a period of unprecedented community spirit in the UK. Admission £6, concs. (01252) 745444.

HASLEMERE: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Street. The Croods 2D (U); 3pm. A prehistoric comedy. Man of Steel 2D (12A); 7.45pm. Starring: Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe and Amy Adams. (01428) 642161 for further details.

GIGS

PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 7pm-midnight. Play at The RMA. Nick Courtney presents: Isa Bell, 7.30pm; Caz Batten, 8pm; Matt Jarvis, 8.30pm; The Vallettas, 9pm; 21 Days, 9.30pm; Trash Dandies, 10.15pm; Open Mic (three songs each, just turn up and put your name down to play), 10.45pm. Thursdaymusic.co.uk.

ROWLANDS CASTLE: The Fountain, 34, The Green. 8.30pm. Herbie Armstrong and friends Open Mic Night. All welcome.

SOUTHAMPTON: The Joiners Arms, 141, St Mary’s Street. 7.30pm. Band of Skulls. Admission £15. (023) 8022 5612.

SOUTHSEA: Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms, Albert Road. 9pm. The Little Deep Band.

SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 8pm. Showcase 2013: Heat Two. Featuring: Basis, The Doppler Shift, The Broken Arrows, Royal Shades and Shotaway. Admission £4. (023) 9286 3911.

STAGE

CHICHESTER: Theatre in the Park, Oaklands Park. 2.30pm, 7.30pm. Barnum. A revised version by Cameron Mackintosh and Mark Bramble, starring Christopher Fitzgerald. Admission: £16-£40, concs. (01243) 781312 or cft.org.uk.