What’s on for Wednesday December 18, 2013

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

CONCERTS

OLD PORTSMOUTH: St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street. 7.30pm. Yuletide Celebrations. Concert with the Portsmouth Chorus and Junior Portsmouth Chorus. Admission: £10, concs. (023) 9261 9726.

DANCING

CLANFIELD: Memorial Hall, South Lane. 7.30pm-10pm. Clanfield Sequence Dance Club. Visitors and new members welcome. Admission £2.50. (023) 9259 8456 or (01243) 430048.

ROGATE: Village Hall. 7.30pm. Scottish Country Dancing. Suitable for both new and experienced dancers . Partner not necessary. Visitors and new members welcome. Admission: £3. (01730) 263008.

WATERLOOVILLE: Waterlooville Community Centre, 10 Maurepas Way (Asda car park). 7.45pm-10.15pm. WACA Sequence Dance Club. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Admission £3. (023) 9271 0060.

EVENTS

HAYLING ISLAND: Funland, Beachlands. 10am-4pm. Funland Winter Wonderland. See Santa and get an early Christmas gift. Admission: £14 child; £6 adult; under-twos free. (023) 9246 2820.

HAYLING ISLAND: St Mary’s Church, Church Road, South Hayling. 8pm. Wassail Evening. An informal evening of carol singing and Christmas music. Light refreshments will be served and mulled wine. Admission £6. All proceeds to the Homeless. (023) 9311 3011.

LEE-ON-THE-SOLENT: Methodist Church Hall, High Street. 9am-12.30pm. Lee-on-the-Solent Residents Association (LoSRA) Community BOOST Table Top and Craft Sale. Meet community organisations and craft businesses. Tables: 6ft at £6 and 4ft at £4. Refreshments available. (023) 9255 1706 or 9255 1303 to book a table, leeresidents.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsea Adventure Playground, Aylward Street, Portsea. 1pm-2.30pm. Connors Toy Library. For play, friendships, socialising, toy loan, craft and other activities. Admission £2 per family per week. (023) 9283 1259.

SOUTHSEA: Natural History Museum, Cumberland House, Eastern Parade. 6pm-8pm. Evening Opening: Explore Cumberland House. Also an opportunity to stock up on last-minute stocking fillers in the gift shop! Admission free. (023) 9281 5276.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Coffee Shop, B Level, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Art Exhibition. Featuring the Cat Art Group. 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-3.30pm. 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.

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

BORDON: Phoenix Arts Centre, Barbados House, Station Road. It’s A Wonderful Life (U); 7.30pm. Directed by: Frank Capra. Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. Admission £5, concs. (01420) 472 664.

HAVANT: The Spring, East Street. Oz The Great and the Powerful (PG); 1.45pm, 6.30pm. Directed by: Sam Raimi. Starring: James Franco, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz. (023) 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk.

GIGS

GOSPORT: Gosport and Fareham Rugby Football Club, Dolphin Crescent, (PO12 2HE). 7.15pm-10.30pm. Gosport Jazz Club Christmas Party. Featuring: Tim Eyles’ Ragamuffins and St Vincent’s Choir. (023) 9269 3988, gosportjazz.org.uk.

OLD PORTSMOUTH: The Wellington, 62, High Street (PO1 2LY). 8.30pm. Open Mic Night. Come on down. All welcome, whether to perform or listen. (023) 9281 8965.

PETERSFIELD: The Square Brewery, 7, The Square. 8pm doors for 8.30pm. Acoustix featuring The Hourglass, Claudia, plus Ash Watson.

PORTSMOUTH: Harvest Home, 106, Copnor Road. 8pm. Dave Barrett.

PORTSMOUTH: The Barn, Milton Arms, Milton Road. 7pm-midnight. Open Mic Club. Friendly atmosphere. Musicians of all levels welcome. Full turbo sound system. (023) 9229 6352.

SOUTHAMPTON: The Joiners Arms, 141, St Mary’s Street. 7.30pm. Pretty Visitors. Indie, rock, alternative. (023) 8022 5612.

SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 8pm. A Creepy Christmas with Ralfe Band, Mary Epworth, The B of the Bang, Joe Black. Admission £4. (023) 9286 3911.

STAGE

CHICHESTER: Minerva Theatre, Oaklands Park. 2pm, 7pm. The Witches. Roald Dahl’s story is presented by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre. This is a story of courage in the face of a fiendish threat. For ages seven plus. Admission: £17-£20, concs. (01243) 781312 or cft.org.uk.

FAREHAM: Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road. 1pm, 6.30pm. Jack and the Beanstalk. Starring John Altman and Tracey Penn. (01329) 231942, fernehamhall.co.uk.

GUILDFORD: Main Stage, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook. 10.30am, 2.30pm. Cinderella. Traditional family pantomime. Admission: £22.50-£24. (01483) 440000, yvonne-arnaud.co.uk.

HASLEMERE: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Street. 4.45pm. Parsifal. Live opera from the Royal Opera House. (01428) 642161 for further details.

PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 9pm. The Broadside Mummers perform. rmatavern.co.uk.

SOUTHAMPTON: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road. 1.30pm, 7pm. Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates. A swashbuckling pantomime starring Brian Conley and Lesley Joseph. Admission £14-£35. (023) 8071 1811, mayflower.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 2pm, 7pm. Sleeping Beauty. Starring Tony Adams, Christopher Maloney, Amy Morris and Danniella Westbrook. Admission £8-£22, concs. (023) 9282 8282 for tickets.

WINCHESTER: Theatre Royal, Jewry Street. 10.15am, 1.30pm. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Written and directed by James Barry with music by Simon Slater. (01962) 840440, theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk.

WALKS & TALKS

DENMEAD: meet Denmead Green, 10.38am. CHA Walking Club Walk. A Christmas quiz and four/five-mile walk incorporating part of the Millennium Trail. No stiles. (023) 9225 4289 for further details.

PORTSMOUTH: meet The Stacey Centre, Walsall Road, Copnor, 10.30am. Baffins Pond/Milton Foreshore Walk. Short walk to Baffins Pond/longer walk to Milton foreshore. Ideal for buggies and wheelchairs. 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.

SOUTHSEA: meet Canoe Lake, St Helens Parade (GR SZ656983). 10am. Petersfield Ramblers Club Walk. A four/five-mile walk including a quiz and seasonal refreshments. Cars leave Petersfield Town Station at 9.15am. Walkers should inform the leader in advance of their intention to take part. (023) 9273 5649.

SOUTHSEA: meet outside Canoe Lake Café, St Helens Parade. 10.30am. Canoe Lake/Southsea Seafront Walk. Through the Rose Garden and Rock Garden. 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.