What’s on for Thursday February 20, 2014

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

CONCERTS

CHICHESTER: The Assembly Room, North Street. 7.30pm. Chichester Chamber Concert featuring Jack Liebeck (violin) and Katya Apekisheva (piano). Programme includes works by: Brahms, Stravinsky and Beethoven. Admission £15 (students free). (01243) 781312.

EVENTS

FAREHAM: Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road. 9am-3pm. Space Mission. Year R-6. This workshop blends drama and art activities into a creative and unique experience. Admission £18.50. (01329) 223100.

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road (PO17 6AN). 10.30am-4pm. Victorian Life at Fort Nelson: Childhood. Access to three Victorian-themed areas: the schoolroom; play time; and crafty corner. Suitable for ages three to 12. Admission £4 per child (on door). (01329) 233 734, royalarmouries.org.

FARNHAM: Alice Holt Forest, Bucks Horn Oak (GU10 4LS). 10am-midday. Wonderful, Weird and Wacky Walking Staffs. Learn how to make a personalised walking staff. Materials and tools provided. For children over 10. Admission £10 per child. (01420) 520212 to book.

PORTSMOUTH: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road. 7.15pm-10pm. Healer Training Evening Clinic. Admission £6. 07989 534 673 for further details.

PORTSMOUTH: Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place (off Clive Road). 2pm-4pm. Friendship Club. Different activity each week with a welcoming friendly group. Admission: £2.50 a session. (023) 9278 0500.

PORTSMOUTH: Milton Village Hall, Milton Road (PO4 8PR). 11am. Zumba. Get fit, have fun! Admission £18 for a six-week course. 07582 370 900.

PORTSMOUTH: St Wilfrid’s Church, George Street. Midday. Mass and Charity Lunch. A chance to enjoy a light lunch – the money raised will be used to support the work of a charity.

PORT SOLENT: meet by the playground. 11am-4pm. Happy Hula Monkeys. Come along and get warm and burn off some surplus energy with our workshop where you will learn how to hula hoop with some cool moves. Mums and dads are welcome to join in with this fun activity. (023) 9261 0001.

PORTSMOUTH: City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 1pm-3pm. Hybrid Heads. Learn about the beliefs of the ancient Egyptians and use recycled materials to transform yourself into an animal-headed god or goddess in this 3D making workshop. For ages eight plus. All under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. Admission free, pre-booking required. (023) 90283 4744, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

SELBORNE: Gilbert White’s House and Garden, The Wakes, High Street (GU34 3JH). 10.30am-4.30pm. Wild at White’s Antarctic Adventures. Discover the frozen Antarctic this half-term with family fun activities at Gilbert White’s. Prepare for an expedition into our 30 acres of garden and parkland to find the six species of Antarctic penguin, before exploring the Scott Antarctic Expedition in our galleries . (01420) 511275, gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA: D-Day Museum, Clarence Esplanade. 10am-5pm. Meet Normandy Veterans (11am-3pm). Please check on the day of your visit in they will be in attendance. (023) 9282 6722.

WATERLOOVILLE: St George’s Church Hall, Hambledon Road. 9.30am-11.30am. St George’s Market. Eggs and home made preserves, honey, cards, jewellery, woodcraft, craft, cakes, and plants. Coffee and tea available. (023) 9226 4583, stgeorgesnews.org.

EXHIBITIONS

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

GOSPORT: Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road. 10am-5pm. Open Art Exhibition. A chance to see some of the best work by our local artists in an exhibition displaying a variety of styles and media. Visitors are invited to vote for their favourite piece. Both the visitors’ choice and the Rotarians’ choice are awarded prizes. Sponsored by the Gosport Rotary Club and Southern Co-operative. Free Admission . (023) 9252 3463.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays (PO1 3BF). 11am-4pm. Creating Balance, the result of a year-long collaborative project initiated by Portsmouth University. (023) 9277 8080, aspex.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. 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

HASLEMERE: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Street. The Railway Man (15); 8pm. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Hiroyuki Sanada. (01428) 642161 for further details.

HEDGE END: The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane (SO30 4EJ). The Family (15); 7.30pm. Directed by: Luc Besson. Starring: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Dianna Agron. (01489) 799499.

LISS: Triangle Centre, Mill Road. Film Festival Gala Opening Reception with canapés followed by: Sunshine on Leith (PG); reception 6.30pm, film begins 7.30pm. Directed by: Dexter Fletcher. Starring: George MacKay, Jason Flemyng and Antonia Thomas. Admission: £10 in advance. (01730) 301000.

PORTSMOUTH: Eldon Cinema Room, Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth, Winston Churchill Avenue (PO1 2DJ). Like Someone In Love (12A); 8pm. Japanese, 2012. Subtitles. Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. Starring: Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno and Ryô Kase. Admission £6, concs. 07580 715 982, portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: No 6 Cinema, Boathouse 6, Historic Dockyard. Jeune Et Jolie – Young and Beautiful (18); 7pm. France, 2013. Directed by François Ozon. Starring: Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas and Frédéric Pierrot. Admission £7.50, concs. 07435 029 408, no6cinema.co.uk.

GIGS

PETERSFIELD: The Good Intent, 40-46, College Street (GU31 4AF). 8pm. The Geckos. With a set full of fresh, modern songs from the 90s, 00s and today. (01730) 263838.

PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 7pm-midnight. Play at The RMA. Nick Courtney presents:

Ade Cull, 7pm; Sophie Darling, 7.30pm; Alfie Horne, 8pm; Logan Carter, 8.30pm; Winters Hill, 9.15pm; El Capitan, 10.15pm; Hannah Todd and Tim Brennan, 11pm. Thursdaymusic.co.uk.

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

SOUTHAMPTON: The Joiners Arms, 141, St Mary’s Street. 7.30pm. Taking Hayley. Farewell tour. (023) 8022 5612.

STAGE

BORDON: Phoenix Arts Centre, Barbados House, Station Road. 8pm. Duets. An examination of the chaotic world of love, relationships and why the grass is never greener. Admission £9, concs. (01420) 472 664.

GUILDFORD: Main Stage, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook. 2.30pm, 7pm. Kidnapped. An adventure tale for all the family. Admission: £19.50-£20.50, concs. (01483) 440000, yvonne-arnaud.co.uk.

HAYLING ISLAND: Hayling Community Centre, Hayling Park, Station Road, West Town (PO11 0HB). 7pm. Aristocats. Musical presented by Hayling Youngsters. Admission £8. (023) 9246 7545.

OLD PORTSMOUTH The Square Tower, High Street (PO1 2JE). 7.30pm. The Talking Cure. By Christopher Hampton. Presented by CCADS. Admission £12. (023) 9282 8282.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 7.30pm. Brendan Cole: Licence To Thrill. His brand new show. Admission £28-£34. (023) 9282 4355, portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.

SOUTHAMPTON: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road. 2pm, 7.30pm. War Horse. The powerful and uplifting story of young Albert and his beloved horse Joey. Admission £20-£52, concs. (023) 8071 1811, mayflower.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Beyond the Barricade. Celebrating 15 fantastic years. Admission £18.50. (023) 9282 8282 for tickets.

SOUTHSEA: Trinity Church Theatre, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Mother Goose. An eggceptional family pantomime presented by The Phoenix Players. Admission: £8, concs. 08454 676 462.

TITCHFIELD: St Margaret’s Arts Centre, 73, St Margaret’s Lane. 7.30pm. The Pub Quiz. The play uncovers the complex relationships, foibles, opinions and arguments of those taking part in this unique new play by Steve Harris. The audience won’t be left out as they have to take part in the quiz too. Admission: £9, concs. (01329) 556156, titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com.

TITCHFIELD: Titchfield Community Centre, Mill Lane. 7.15pm. Treasure Island. Original pantomime written by Maureen Taylor and presented by Titchfield Panto Players. Admission £6.50, concs. (01329) 842933 for tickets.

WINCHESTER: Theatre Royal, Jewry Street. 7.30pm. How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Musical presented by Encore Youth Theatre. Admission £13.50, concs. (01962) 840440, theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk.

WALKS & TALKS

GOSPORT: Search, Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street. 7.30pm. The Hampshire Historic Environment Record. An introductory talk to the Hampshire Historic Environment Record, the definitive list of archaeological and historic sites in the county. Admission free, but places must be booked in advance. (023) 9252 3463 to book.

HAVANT: The Spring, East Street. 8pm. Elizabeth 1: The Virgin Queen. A fascinating talk on courage, love and passion by Alison Weir, one of the UK’s leading historical novelists. Admission £8 concs. (023) 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk.

HAYLING ISLAND: Hayling Island Community Centre, Station Road (PO11 0HB). 2pm. Turning Fact into Fiction. Hints from local author Julia Bryant, organised by the Hayling Island branch of the U3A. Visitors (£2) and new members welcome. (023) 9246 5010, 9246 4893.