What’s on for Thursday October 31, 2013

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

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. 10am-5pm. Half-term Hocus Pocus. Prepare to be scared this half-term with a terrifying trio of events that will fright and delight audiences of all ages. Tunnel Tales; Crafty Crypt; and Haunted Halls. Little Monsters wanted, the scarier the better. Children are invited to dress up today, the spookiest day of the year, to create a host of Halloween horrors. Admission £4. (01329) 233734.

HORNDEAN: Butser Ancient Farm (Chalton/ Clanfield turnoff on A3). 1pm-3pm. Children’s Samhain Afternoon. Come dressed as your favourite Halloween character and take part in a treasure trail culminating in a story around the fire in the Great Roundhouse. (023) 9259 8838, or butserancientfarm.co.uk.

PETERSFIELD: Folly Wine Bar, 10, College Street. 7pm-late. Halloween Party. Fancy dress optional. Bar games. Admission free. (01730) 264816.

PETERSFIELD: Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Halloween. Children’s activities throughout the week. Pre-booking essential. (023) 9259 5040.

PORTSMOUTH: City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 1pm-1.45pm, 2pm-2.45pm. Inked! Egyptian Style! Work with our specialist make-up artist to transform yourself into an ancient Egyptian with make-up fit for Cleopatra and painted hieroglyphic ‘tattoos’. For children aged seven to 11. No charge, but pre-booking required (places limited). (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Connaught Arms, Guildford Road, Fratton. 3pm. Halloween Party in aid of The Rowans Hospice. Featuring local entertainers, DJ Miss Ninxx, face painting, fancy dress competition with prizes, grand raffle, games for youngsters, etc.

PORTSMOUTH: Groundlings Theatre at The Old Benny, 42, Kent Street, Portsea. 6pm-10.30pm. Halloween Ghost Tours. A ghost tour (every half-hour) of Portsmouth’s most haunted building with twists and turns at every corner. Admission: £5, concs. (023) 9273 7370, groundlings.co.uk.

SELBORNE: Gilbert White’s House and Garden, The Wakes, High Street, (GU34 3JH). 10.30am-5.15pm. Wild at White’s Apples and Tortoises. Keep the children entertained with lots of autumn activities. (01420) 511275, gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA: D-Day Museum, Clarence Esplanade. 11am-3pm. Meet Normandy Veterans. Members of the Portsmouth branch of the Normandy Veterans Association will be at the museum to chat to visitors about their experiences around the time of D-Day. Please telephone on the day of your visit if you wish to confirm their attendance.

SOUTHSEA: Natural History Museum, Cumberland House, Eastern Parade. 10am-5pm. Family Trail. Take a trip around the museum during half-term to find some of the animals in our collections with spooky connections. (023) 9281 5276.

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 works by Val Carter. Organised by the QA League of Friends. (023) 9238 7284.

GOSPORT: Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road. 10am-5pm. Animated Hampshire. A collection of animated short films which celebrate the wealth of young creative talent in Hampshire. Free admission. (023) 9252 3463.

GOSPORT: RN Submarine Museum, Haslar Road (PO12 2AS). 10am-4.30pm. Horrible Science of Submarines. Subs are cool and exciting ... subs are horrible and scary ... A funny family exhibition looking at the Horrible side of life as a submariner. (023) 9254 5036, submarine-museum.co.uk.

PETERSFIELD: Petersfield Museum, The Old Court House, St Peter’s Road (GU2 3HX). 10am-4pm. Beliefs: Religion and Spirituality in Petersfield and Beyond. At the centre of the exhibition are a series of portraits of local people of different faiths and of no faith featuring their personal thoughts on religion and spirituality, and related artefacts. (01730) 262601.

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

PORTSMOUTH: No 6 Cinema, Boathouse 6, Historic Dockyard. Nosferatu (PG); 7pm. Germany, 1922. Directed by FW Murnau. Starring: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim and Greta Schröder. Admission £7.50, concs. 07435 029 408, no6cinema.co.uk.

GIGS

HAVANT: The Spring, East Street. 8pm. John Etheridge and Christian Garrick. Admission £10, concs. (023) 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Lucky Bar, 223, Kingston Road (PO2 7EG). 9pm. A Different Beat.

PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 7pm-midnight. Play at The RMA. Nick Courtney presents: Luke and Sasha, 7pm; Perry and Harry, 7.30pm; Lewis Bennett, 8pm; Carl Lewis Track and Field, 8.30pm; The Shamans, 9pm; Dan Gordon, 9.30pm; Obscene Locals, 10.15pm; The Milkmen, 10.45pm; Open Mic (three songs each, just turn up and put your name down to play), 11.30pm. 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. Not the Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is a scaled down version of The Rocky Horror Picture show featuring each and every one of the songs from the original motion picture, except this time – YOU are in it! Admission £5. (023) 8022 5612.

SOUTHSEA: Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms, Albert Road. 9pm. Soul Patch.

SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 8pm. The Pigeon Detectives. Plus special guests The Mexanines; and Hares. Admission £14. (023) 9286 3911.

STAGE

CHICHESTER: The Riverside Theatre, Chichester College of Arts & Technology, Westgate Fields (PO19 1SB). 7.15pm. The Wedding Singer. Musical presented by CAOS Musical Productions. Admission £16. (023) 9282 8282, 9286 3911.

FAREHAM: Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road. 11.30am, 2.30pm. The Sea Show. A quirky mix of puppet show, natural history and comedy cabaret, presented by Squashbox Theatre. Admission £7, concs. (01329) 223100.

FAREHAM: Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road. 7.30pm. Grease. Presented by Stage One Youth Theatre. Admission £10.50, concs. (01329) 231942, fernehamhall.co.uk.

FAREHAM: Octagon Studio Theatre, Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road. 7.45pm. Jekyll & Hyde. A new re-telling of the classic horror chiller, presented by Interalia. Admission £10, concs. (01329) 231942, fernehamhall.co.uk.

GUILDFORD: Main Stage, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook. 2.30pm, 7.45pm. The Duck House. A comedy set in the world of dodgy receipts, dodgier deceit and pure parliamentary panic, starring Ben Miller. Admission: £17-£28.50. (01483) 440000, yvonne-arnaud.co.uk.

HAYLING ISLAND: Hayling Community Centre, Hayling Park, Station Road, West Town (PO11 0HB). 7.30pm. The Sound of Music. Presented by Hayling Musical Society. Admission £10. (023) 9246 7545.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 8pm. An Evening of Burlesque. Join a riotous romp into the bizarre world of burlesque and cutting-edge variety. Dress up and come to the cabaret. Admission £23, concs. (023) 9282 4355, portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.

SOUTHAMPTON: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road. 2pm, 7.30pm. Ghost: the musical. Based on the Oscar-winning film. Admission: £28-£42, concs. (023) 8071 1811, mayflower.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA: Trinity Church Theatre, Francis Avenue (PO4 0LX). 7pm doors for 7.30pm. Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders. A comedy by Derek Webb, presented by the Phoenix Players. Admission £6-£8. 0845 293 9350.

WALKS & TALKS

PORTSMOUTH: meet Scott Road car park (off Military Road by The News Centre). 10.30am. Hilsea Lines Walk. Uneven footpaths take you around ‘Foxes Forest’ with its abundance of wildlife. New walkers to arrive early to register please. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. (023) 9268 8390.