What’s on for Thursday, December 18, 2014

Grimm's Fairy Tales for Young and Old. Hal Darling as The Wolf, Emily Wells as Little Red Riding Hood. Photo by Paul Inskip

REVIEW: Grimm’s Tales For Young and Old by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre

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COMEDY

BORDON: The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Station Road, GU35 OLR. 8pm. Stand up - Dogdish with Jarred Christmas. Jarred is reflecting on a life of accidental trials leading to the pre-midlife crisis of a man with no hobby. Tickets: £12. Call 01420 472664 or visit

phoenixarts.co.uk for more information.

CONCERT

FRATTON: St. Mary’s Church, Fratton Road. 7.30pm. Royal Marines School of Music Christmas Concert.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 7.30pm. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Pete Harrison leads the orchestra in the first of their Christmas proms. Tickets between £14.75 and £29.50, concessions available. Call 0844 847 2362 to book or visit bsolive.com
DANCING

DRAYTON: The Drayton Centre, Havant Road, PO6 1PA. 1.45-4.15pm. Tea Dance. Ballroom, latin and sequence dancing. Newcomers welcome. Admission £3.50, includes short instruction, tea and biscuits. For more information call the PP Dance Club on 07989 124089.

HORNDEAN: Merchistoun Hall, London Road. 2pm-4pm. Tea Dance. Includes sequence dances and some ballroom.Admission £2.50, includes refreshments. Call (023) 9226 6177.

EVENTS

EMSWORTH: The Baptist Church, North Street. 10am-11.30am. Country Market. Cakes, savouries, preserves, fresh local meat, eggs, plants and crafts.

PORTSMOUTH: St. Wilfrid’s Church, George Street. 12noon. Charity Lunch. Light lunch in aid of a charity.

PORTSMOUTH: The Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays. 10am-6pm. Santa at Spinnaker Tower. Kids can meet Santa on the view decks 100 metres above Portsmouth Harbour. Festive treats will be available in the Waterfront Café and Café in the Clouds on view deck two. Admission £6.95 for children, £7.95 concessions and £8.95 adult.

SOUTHSEA: Trinity Methodist Church, Albert Road. 10am-12noon. Thursday Chat and Tea Club. Come along for tea, cake and a very warm welcome. £2 admission. Call (023) 9268 8705 for more details.

SOUTHSEA: St. James’ Church Hall, Milton Road. 11 am. Singercise. Activity session for older people to improve fitness. Christmas special. Admission £2.50 Call 07754 52 8814 for more details.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Queen Alexandra Hospital, League of Friends’ coffee shop, Level B. 10am-4pm Mon-Fri; midday-3.30pm Sats and Suns. Paintings by Ted Baker, Sue Harvey and David Johnson. Admission free. Contact (023) 9238 7284 for more information.

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm Mon to Sat. The Artists Rifles. Exhibition showcasing the work of soldiers from the Artists Rifles volunteer regiment. Free admission, closed Suns and Bank Holidays. For more information visit hants.gov.uk/gosport-gallery

GOSPORT: Driftwood Studio /Gallery in North Meadow, Royal Clarence Yard, Weevil Lane, PO14 1BP. Mon­-Fri 10am, Sun 11am. Open Studio Exhibition. Marine watercolours, seachart paintings and ships in bottles. Full details at colinmbaxter.co.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. The Who’s Tommy Exhibition. Features touring exhibitions, and visitors are also able to enjoy rooms that reflect on Portsmouth music and the history of the Guildhall. Admission free. Visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Eldon Building, Middle Street, PO1 2DJ. 9am-5pm. Design Thinking in Practice. A design technology exhibition by final year BSc (Hons) Digital Media students. Students from the School of Creative Technologies are being supported and mentored by IBM designers whilst responding to the brief to create an app to support parents who have adopted a child. The project was given an IBM ‘Design in the Community’ Award. Admission free. Visit port.ac.uk/space for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 11am-4pm. Craft Emergency 2014. Craft Emergency winner, Malene Hartmann Rassmussen, will be displaying her work alongside 12 other artists from across the globe. (023) 9277 8080, aspex.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Seven Ages Of Woman, Photography Exhibition by UoP Graduate Tyran Hawthorn. Free admission.

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 Pompey special. A Study in Sherlock ... uncovering the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection. Admission free. (023) 9283 4779, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk

PORTSMOUTH: The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 10am-4pm. Weighing Anchor: An Artist at Sea Onboard HMS Argyll and Tireless. A body of work by Jules George depicting the experiences of HMS Argyll and the submarine HMS Tireless on active deployment. Admission free with a valid museum ticket. (023) 92727582.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 8.30am-5.30pm. Kroma: Kate Bishop Exhibition. Illustrations inspired by Scandinavian living and Kate’s love of colour.

FILMS

PORTSMOUTH: No.6 Cinema, Boathouse 6, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3LJ. 7pm. Hockney (15). David Hockney has given access to his personal archive of photographs and film, resulting in a visual diary from filmmaker Randall Wright. For more details contact 07435 029408 or email bookings@no6cinema.co.uk

GIGS

ROWLANDS CASTLE: Fountain Inn, The Green. 8.30pm-11pm. Open mic night. Free admission. Call (023) 9307 2783.

SOUTHSEA: The RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, PO4 9PN. 7pm. Play@The RMA Christmas Special. Incorporating Roger Courtney’s Open Mic Night Xmas Special. Live music from artists including Jerry Williams, One for the Road, Junkstar-Baby, Jodie Vinall, Ayse Nichelle, Paul Dillon, Jay J Music and Matt McGowan. Wear red or something that reminds you of Christmas. Attendees are also asked to donate and wrap up a mystery raffle prize for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raffle if possible. Free hotdogs. Broadcast live at thursdaymusic.co.uk

STAGE

FAREHAM: Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road. 10.15am and 1.30pm. Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. School performances. Admission: children £8, teachers free, all others £12. Call 01329 231942 or visit fernehamhall.co.uk for more details.

HAVANT: The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, 56 East Street, PO9 1BS. 7pm. Stardust. Performed by Forest Forge. Suitable for age 5+. Tickets £10, concessions available. For more information visit thespring.co.uk

PORTSEA: The Groundlings Theatre, Kent Street. 11am and 7pm. Cinderella. Family panto performed by a cast of professionals as well as local children. Adult tickets £16, concessions £12, children £10, family £42. Concessions available. Call (023) 9273 7370 for bookings and more information.

PORTSMOUTH: The Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 1pm and 7pm. Aladdin. Antony Costa and Jade Ellis star in this family panto. Tickets from £18.50 to £25.50. Call (023) 9282 8282 or visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk for bookings or more information.
WALKS & TALKS

COSHAM: The Link, Cosham Baptist Church, Havant Road, PO6 2QZ. 2pm. Talk. Dolphins & Other Marine Mammals by Jenny Watkins, hosted by Portsmouth Osteoporosis Support Group. Admission £2. For more information call (023) 9281 1209 or visit nos.org.ukportsmouth

HILSEA: Meet at Scott Road car park, off Military Road by The News Centre. 10.30am. Hilsea Lines. Uneven footpaths take you around ‘Foxes Forest’ where there is an abundance of wildlife. Organised by The Independence & Wellbeing Team. Contact Paula Day on (023) 9284 1762.

PORTSEA: Meet at TheJohn Pounds Centre, off Queen Street. 2pm. Slow, short walk to Victoria Park. Organised by The Independence & Wellbeing Team. Contact Paula Day on (023) 9284 1762.