What’s on for Thursday, August 21, 2014

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DANCING

HORNDEAN: Merchistoun Hall, London Road. 2pm-4pm. Teadance with sequence and ballroom dancing. Admission: £2.50. (023) 9226 6177.

EVENTS

BUCKLAND: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road. 7.15pm-10pm. Training evening clinic. Practical and hands-on healing development session. Admission: £6. 07989 534 673.

COWPLAIN: St Wilfrid’s Church, Padnell Road. 2pm-3.30pm. Holiday Art Team. Creative sessions for children between five-14. Drawing, painting and printing. Admission: £2. (023) 9225 4703.

EMSWORTH: The Baptist Church, North Street. 10am-11.30am. Country market. Cakes, savouries, preserves, fresh local meat, eggs, plants and 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 8+. 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 Dockyard. 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 ticket. (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. 11am-4pm Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside. Dress up in Victorian summer wear and become an entertainer. Free with a valid Historic Dockyard ticket. (023) 9272 8060.

PORTSMOUTH: HMS Victory, Historic Dockyard. 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Summer fun. Identify mystery sounds, smells and objects on board. Free with a valid Historic Dockyard tickets. (023) 9289 3338.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 5pm-8pm. Al Fresco. Mixture of Jazz, Blues and World Music. Tapas and drinks available.

PORTSMOUTH: The Mary Rose Museum, Historic Dockyard. 6.30pm-9pm. Henry VIII’s Quest for the Perfect Bride. Discover more about Henry VIII’s quest, a search that spanned almost his entire reign. Admission: £18, concession available. maryrose.org/elizabethnortontickets.

SOUTHSEA: Trinity Methodist Church, Albert Road. 10am-12pm. Thursday Chat and Tea Club. Over-50s, £2. (023) 92688 705.

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’s 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.

WATERLOOVILLE: St George’s Church, St George’s Walk. 9.30am-11.30am. Market. Craft, jewellery, cakes, preseves and plants. Tea and coffee available.

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.

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 D-Day. Call 01329 233734.

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street. 10am-5pm. Art exhibition from Greg Gilbert on the use 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.

SWANWICK: Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, Swanwick Lane, Swanwick. 11am-4pm. Working, Waiting, Weeping. First World War exhibition. Admission: £6 adults, family ticket: £15.

GIGS

ROWLANDS CASTLE: The Fountain, 34, The Green. 8.30pm. James George and Friends Open Mic Night. All welcome.

SOUTHSEA: The RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road. 7pm. Nick Courtney Presents Play @ The RMA. Live music showcases Jay J music, Isa Bell, Sophie Darling, The Folsom, Without Reason, Midnight Beat, Old Sarum and Benny Blonde Live streaming at Thursdaymusic.co.uk. Free admission. (023) 9282 0896.

STAGE

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

HAYLING ISLAND: Station Theatre, Station Road. 7.45pm. Spider’s Web. Play by Agatha Christie. Performed by HIADS theatre group. (023) 9246 6363.

WALKS & TALKS

GOSPORT: Thorngate Hall, Bury Road. 7pm. Special Plants and Special Gardens. Talk by Roy Lancaster from Gardens World. Admission: £9.50. (023) 9258 0746.

HAYLING ISLAND: Hayling Island Community Centre, Station Road (PO11 0HB). 2pm. The Westerman Yarn: the life and works of Percy Westerman. Talk by Nigel Glossop, organised by the Hayling Island branch of the U3A. Admission: £2, new members welcome. (023) 9246 5010, 9246 4893.

HILSEA: meet at Scott Road car park. 10.30am. Walk around the Forest Foxes. Led by Volunteer walkers. Organised by Portsmouth City Council’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. (023) 9284 1762. Volunteer walk leaders needed. Call Paula Day on (023) 9284 1379 for more information.

PORTSEA: meet at the reception of the John Pounds Centre, Queen Street. 2pm. Slow short walk to Victoria Park. Led by Volunteer walkers. Organised by Portsmouth City Council’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. (023) 9284 1762. Volunteer walk leaders needed. Call Paula Day on (023) 9284 1379 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: meet at The Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park. 2pm. 2.5 mile walk. Organised by Walking Friends Portsmouth who are accredited to Walking for Health. New walkers to arrive early to register.

SOUTHSEA: meet at Southsea CC, St Paul’s Road. 10.30am. 2.5 mile walk. Organised by Walking Friends Portsmouth who are accredited to Walking for Health. New walkers to arrive early to register.

TOMORROW

EVENTS

CHICHESTER:Goodwood Race Couse 3.30pm. Race night and fireworks. Admission: from £10. 01243 755055.

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.

FAREHAM: Holly Hill Woodland car park. 8pm. Ghost walks. Donations welcome and all money goes to young carers in Fareham and Gosport. Booking is essential, call 01329 312993. Search spooky john’s ghost walks on facebook.com.

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 8+. Admission: £15 per day. (023) 9288 2550.

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

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 10am-3pm. One Direction Dance Day. Learn how to dance like one of the backing dancers for the boy band. Suitable for children over six. Admission: £20. 08448 472362.

PORTSMOUTH: Action Stations, College Road, Historic Dockyard. 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: Portsmouth Museum, Museum Road. Midday-2pm. Millers Ark Farm. Meet a variety of animals.

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.

ROWLANDS CASTLE: Pavilion Tearooms, Stansted Park. 5pm. The Walled Garden Summer Party. Stalls, raffle, children’s activities and a maze. Admission: £12.95 adults, £4.95 children (023) 9241 3432.

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’s 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. Visit 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.

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street. 10am-5pm. Art exhibition from Greg Gilbert on the use 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 ... Portsmouth’s special sights. A Study in Sherlock ... uncovering the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection. Admission free. (023) 9283 4779, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

GIGS

COPNOR: Harvest Home, Copnor Road. (PO3 5AN). 8.30pm. Two Rivals. (023) 9234 1665.

FAREHAM: The Cuckoo Pint, Cuckoo Lane, Stubbington. 9pm. Beau. 01329 661335.

ROWLANDS CASTLE: The Fountain, 34, The Green. 8.30pm. The Dolphins.

SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road. 8.30pm. Jimmy Strange. Magic and music. (023) 9278 0860.

SOUTHSEA: Golden Eagle, Delamere Road. 8.30pm. Eddie Vortex and the Cyclones. Rock ‘n’ roll. (023) 9282 1658.

STUBBINGTON: The Cuckoo Pint, Cuckoo Pint Lane. 9pm. Beau.

STAGE

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

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

HAYLING ISLAND: Station Theatre, Station Road. 7.45pm. Spider’s Web. Play by Agatha Christie. Performed by HIADS theatre group. (023) 9246 6363.

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.

SATURDAY

CONCERT

ALTON: Alton Abbey, Abbey Road. 7.30pm. Organ recital. Duncan Bradley OSB. £15.

DANCING

NORTH MUNDHAM: North Mundham Village Hall, School Lane. 8pm. Pat Jordan Finians Rainbow. £5.

EVENTS

CHICHESTER: Goodwood Race Course 11.30am-7.30pm. Races and funfair, including helter skelter, big wheel, maze. Admission: from £10. 01243 755055.

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: Henry Cort Recreation Ground, Highlands. 11am-7pm. Charity fun day. Donations welcome. 07474 981 225.

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, 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.

PORTSMOUTH: Action Stations, College Road, Historic Dockyard. 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.

SOUTHSEA: Southsea Common. 10am-5pm. Kite Festival. More than 100 kite fliers from four different continents.

SOUTHSEA: Southsea Common. 10am-midnight. Victorious Festival. Live music, games, food stalls and market stalls. Admission: Adults £20, children £6. victoriousfestival.co.uk.

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’s 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. Midday-3.30pm. Exhibition of paintings by June Cousins, Ros Croft and Michael Taylor.

EMSWORTH: Emsworth Museum, North Street. 10.30am-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.

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