What’s on for Thursday August 15, 2013

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

CONCERTS

PORTCHESTER: St Mary’s Church, Portchester Castle. 1pm. Lunchtime Recital: Anthony Cheng (piano). Admission free, retiring collection in aid of the church.

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: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street. 3pm-4.30pm. Ferrets for Fun – with real ferrets! Join Gordon Lewis to learn all about ferrets. Suitable for families. Admission £3 (accompanied children free). (023) 9252 3463.

GOSPORT: RN Submarine Museum, Haslar Road (PO12 2AS). 10am-3pm. Sammy Sardine’s Summer School: World Food Day. Discover some of the exotic places that HMS Alliance stopped at and taste your way around the world with our food stalls! (023) 9254 5034.

PORTSMOUTH: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road. 7.15pm-10pm. Healer Training Evening Clinic. Admission £5 per session. (023) 9269 3169 for further details.

PORTSMOUTH: City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 11am-3pm. Create Your Own Detective Mask. A chance to make your own Sherlock detective mask, using parts of actors faces that have played Sherlock Holmes, cartoon images and drawing, make your own new detective. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

SOUTHSEA: D-Day Museum, Clarence Esplanade. 11am-3pm. Meet Normandie Veterans. A chance to meet members of the local branch of the Normandy Veterans Association. Please telephone on the day to confirm that the veterans will be here. (023) 9282 8068.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Coffee Shop, B Level, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Art Exhibition. Featuring works by Belinda (paintings) and Steve Guilfoyle (photographs). Organised by the QA League of Friends. (023) 9238 7284.

GOSPORT: Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower, Priddy’s Hard (PO12 4LE). 10am-4pm. Lee Art Group 41st Annual Exhibition. Paintings, crafts, cards. Tea room. Part of Hampshire Open Studio event. Admission free. (023) 9250 5600.

GOSPORT: Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road. 10am-5pm. Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition. World-renowned annual exhibition puts the spotlight on the rarely-seen wonders of the natural world. All 100 winning and commended images from the 2012 competition are on display. Free admission. (023) 9252 3463.

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.

PORTCHESTER: Library, West Street. 9.30am-5pm. Exhibition of Works by Maureen and Terry Flynn. Original water colour paintings and fine art prints: wildlife, land and seascapes, planes, etc. flynnspaintings.com.

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.

PORTSMOUTH: The Lodge Arts Centre, Anglesea Road. 10am-5pm. Park Life. Paintings and photographs based in the natural world and life in our parks and gardens. (023) 9287 0880.

FILMS

HASLEMERE: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Street. Epic 2D (U); 5pm. Animated fantasy adventure. Before Midnight (15); 8pm. Directed by Richard Linklater. Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick. (01428) 642161 for further details.

GIGS

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

PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 7pm-midnight. Play at The RMA. Nick Courtney presents: The Shamans, 7pm; Sophie Darling, 7.30pm; Kayleigh Middleton, 8pm; The Folsom, 8.30pm; The High Wire Act, 9pm; Saucy Jack, 9.30pm; Foxer, 10.15pm; Open Mic (three songs each, just turn up and put your name down to play), 10.45pm. Thursdaymusic.co.uk.

SOUTHAMPTON: The Joiners Arms, 141, St Mary’s Street. 7.30pm. Posthardcore/ Metalcore Showcase. Admission £4. (023) 8022 5612.

SOUTHSEA: Edge of the Wedge, Albert Road. 8pm. Bangers. Plus special guests: Underparts; and Attack! Vipers! Admission £5. (023) 9286 3911.

SOUTHSEA: Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms, Albert Road. 9pm. Betty Blue.

SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 8pm. Showcase 2013: Heat Six. Featuring: Leftines; Dutch Criminal Record; The Hazy Eyed; Smiles; and Do The Tuesday. Admission £4. (023) 9286 3911.

STAGE

CHICHESTER: Minerva Theatre, Oaklands Park. 7.45pm. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. By Bertolt Brecht. Starring Henry Goodman as Arturo Ui. Admission: £24.50, concs. (01243) 781312 or cft.org.uk.

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.

GOSPORT: Thorngate Halls Ballroom, Bury Road. 7.30pm. The Code of Love. First performance of a new musical written by Louise Helyer based on a book by Andro Linklater, presented by Col Productions. Admission £6, concs. 07789 793 895.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 3pm. Saving Grace. Sylke Freeke’s first full-length solo work. Sylke is a graduate devised performance artist completing her Master’s degree at the University of Chichester in the MA Performance. Admission free. (023) 9282 4355, portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.