What’s on around the area today
BORDON: The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre. 8pm. The Phoenix Comedy Club. An evening of comedy with three great comedians and one hilarious compere. Featuring Jonny Awsum, Tania Edwards and Matt Green. Tickets £9.50, concessions £8.50. Book online at phoenixarts.co.uk or call (014) 2047 2664.
CHICHESTER: The Assembly Room, North Street. 7.30pm. Chichester Chamber Concerts. Hannah Marcinowicz on the clarinet/saxophone and the Maggini String Trio. Music by Crusell, Beethoven, Alan Rawsthorne, Gershwin and Piazzolla. Tickets: £17, free for people aged 8-25 free. For more information visit chichesterchamberconcerts.com
SOUTHSEA: The Bullfrog Blues Club at the NBECSA, Onslow Road. 8pm. Stompin’ Dave’s Blues3. Tickets: £6-£10. Visit stompindave.com for more details.
HORNDEAN: Merchistown Hall, London Road. 2pm-4pm. Tea Dance. Includes sequence dances and some ballroom. Admission £2.50, includes refreshments. Call (023) 9226 6177.
PORTSMOUTH: John Pounds Memorial Unitarian Church, High Street, Old Portsmouth, PO1 2HW. 2pm-4pm. Festive Swing Dance. With the Dave Baker Project. Admission £3, coffee and cake for sale. All proceeds go to church funds. Call (023) 9282 1101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings.
EMSWORTH: The Baptist Church, North Street. 10am-11.30am. Country market. Cakes, savouries, preserves, fresh local meat, eggs, plants and crafts.
FAREHAM: Fareham Methodist Church, Kings Road. 10am-6pm. Christmas Tree Festival. Admission £2 for adults, free for children. Includes drink and mince pie.
FARLINGTON: St Andrew’s Church Hall, Havant Road. 7.30pm. Christmas Floral Demonstration and Workshop. With Lynn Downer. Call (023) 9238 1976 for more information.
PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 7pm-9pm. After Hours. The return of the popular open mic night with compere Annette. Spoken word, poetry and acoustic all welcome. For more information visit aspex.org.uk/events
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.
WATERLOOVILLE: St. George’s Church Hall. 9.30am-11.30am. St. George’s Market. Stalls selling home produced craft, jewellery, cards, cakes, preserves, eggs and unusual gifts. Tea/coffee is available.
COSHAM: Queen Alexandra Hospital, League of Friends’ coffee shop, Level B. 10am-4pm Mon-Fri; midday-3.30pm Sats and Suns. Paintings by Belinda and David Johnson.
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
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: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 11am-5pm. Early Warning Signs. Ongoing project by Ellie Harrison on climate change. (023) 9277 8080, aspex.org.uk.
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: 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. Free admission, visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk for more information.
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: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 8.30am-5.30pm. Kroma: Kate Bishop Exhibition. Illustrations inspired by Scandinavian living and Kate’s love of colour.
PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall reception, Guildhall Square. 3pm. Guildhall Tours. Led by a concierge, take a closer look into the history of Portsmouth’s Guildhall and the events and occurrences which have made it the building it is today. Tours last approximately 45 minutes, free admission with donations to Portsmouth Cultural Trust welcomed. No booking neccessary, arrive five minutes before tour start time.
SOUTHSEA: The RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, PO4 9PN. 7pm. Play@The RMA. Incorporating Roger Courtney’s Open Mike Night. Live music from Winter’s Hill, Lou Richards, Lyndsey Lang, Beth Oliver Band, The Paper Trains and The Dead Scene Revival. Free admission. Will be broadcast live at thursdaymusic.co.uk
CHICHESTER: Minerva Theatre, Oaklands Park. 7.45pm. Frankie And Johnny In The Clair De Lune. In a New York apartment Johnny is trying to persuade his colleague that they have something special. Tickets: £24-£33. 01243 181312, cft.org.uk.
CHICHESTER: Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park. 2.30 and 7.30pm. An Ideal Husband. A comedic play by Oscar Wilde about blackmail and political corruption starring Patricia Routledge. Tickets: £8.50-£42. Call 01243 781
312 or visit cft.org.uk.
HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. 7.30pm. Sleeping Beauty. Pantomime by Mark Wakeman and performed by Bench Theatre Company. For more information call (023) 9247 2700.
HORNDEAN: Merchistoun Hall, Portsmouth Road. 7.30pm. And This Was Odd. Comedy by Kenneth Horne, performed by Horndean Amateur Theatrical Society. Call (023) 9278 5800.
PORTSEA: The Groundlings Theatre, Kent Street. 7pm. The Snow Queen. Hans Christian Andersen’s mysterious tale of The Snow Queen is brought to life at The Groundlings Theatre. Tickets between £9 and £13.50. Concessions available. Call (023) 9273 7370 for bookings and more information.
PORTSMOUTH: Fisher Hall, HMS Excellent, Whale Island, PO2 8ER. 7.30pm. Little Panto on the Prairie. The Admirals’ Players present this pantomime based on the book by Joe Allan. Call 07906 887709 for tickets and more information.
ROWLANDS CASTLE: The Church of St John the Baptist, Redhill Road, PO9 6DF. 7.30pm. The Vicar of Dibley - The Second Coming. Performed by Denmead Operatic Society. For tickets and more details call (023) 9283 8683.
SWANMORE: Village Hall, New Road. 7.30pm, Saturday Matinee 2.00pm. Alice in Wonderland. Christmas show by Martin Letss, performed by Swanmore Amateur Dramatic Society. Call 01489 894955.
WALKS & TALKS
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. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders and organised by Portsmouth City Council’s 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. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders and organised by Portsmouth City Council’s Independence & Wellbeing Team. Contact Paula Day on (023) 9284 1762 for more information.
SOUTHSEA: Grove Road South, PO5 3QW. 7.30pm. St John’s College Politics Society meeting. Military historian Professor Sir Hew Strachan addresses the society, refreshments available. Free admission.