What’s on for Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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EVENTS

CHICHESTER: Chichester Country Music Club, North Mundham Village Hall, PO20 1LA. 8pm. New Year’s Eve Party - Montana. Admission £8. Call 01243 527439 for more information.

FAREHAM: Royal Armouries Museum, Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 10.30am – 4pm. Fort Explorers. A chance to explore the fort this winter with the Fort Explorer Trail pack. Follow the clues and explore the ramparts, tunnels and galleries. Complete the quiz to win a Fort Nelson goody bag. Admission £5, includes trail, pencil and guidebook. Suitable for all the family. Call 0113 220 1888 for more information.

FAREHAM: The Red Lion Hotel, East Street, PO16 0BP. New Year’s Eve Dinner Disco. Admission £53.50 per person. Contact 01329 822640 for more information.

FAREHAM: 7.30pm-1.30am. Holiday Inn, Cartwright Drive, Titchfield, PO15 5RJ. New Year’s Eve. Party night in the Abbey Suite. Tickets from £75 per person.

FAREHAM: Hill Park M.W.M. Club, Highlands Road. 8pm. New Year’s Eve Party Night. With Robi Lee. Admission £5 for members, £10 for guests. Visit hpmwmc.co.uk for more information.

FRATTON: Froddington Arms, 55 Fratton Road, Portsmouth PO1 5AB. New Year’s Eve Party. Music from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Last entry will be at 11.15pm. Admission is free. Call (023) 9282 3391 for more information.

GUNWHARF QUAYS: Grosvenor Casino. 8pm-4am. New Year’s Eve party. The Disco Disciples party band will perform in the show bar. Last entry is at 1am. Admission: £10. Call (023) 9273 2277 for more information or visit grosvenorcasinos.com

GUNWHARF QUAYS: Tiger Tiger. 5pm-2am. ‘Twisted Circus’ New Year’s Eve Party. Last entry is at 10pm. Entry: £15. Call (023) 9288 2244 or visit tigertiger.co.uk for more information.

MILTON: The Old House At Home, 291 Locksway Road. New Year’s Eve Party. 9pm-midnight. Music and entertainment from Dave Barrett. Free entry. Call 07411 708740 for more information or to book tickets.

OLD PORTSMOUTH: The Still & West, Bath Square, PO1 2JL. New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance. An evening of food and entertainment, with a three course meal accompanied by jazz guitar and voice duo. Glass of prosecco and canapés on arrival. Live entertainment from Peach and the New Beats playing soul, blues, jazz and disco. Dancing until 1am. Tickets £60. Visit stillandwest.co.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Beddow Library, Milton Road. 9.30am-6pm. Christmas Mini Challenge. A challenge for children to read any three library books between 12 December 2014 and 6 January 2015. To take part children need to update their profile page on the summer reading challenge website with the three books they have read, to receive a virtual badge and secret video as a reward. Register interest with Beddow Library staff. Contact (023) 9268 8144 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: On board HMS Warrior 1860, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3LJ. 10.30am-4.30pm. Family Activity Area. Once the lower deck mess and schoolroom for Warrior’s young officers, Warrior’s Gun Room is now an activity area for children including costumed role-play, toys, games and colouring sheets. Free with a valid museum ticket.

PORTSMOUTH: On board HMS Warrior 1860, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3LJ. 10am-4.30pm. Hunt The Slipper Family Trail. Free with a valid museum ticket.

PORTSMOUTH: The Royal Marines Museum. 11am and 2pm. Get Me Out of Here: Survival in the Arctic. Test your arctic survival skills in a range of winter themed arctic activities. Learn how Royal Marines survive in harsh cold climates, make your own igloo and complete the snow show challenge. Admission free with a valid museum ticket.

PORTSMOUTH: Marriott Hotel, Southampton Road, PO6 4SH. 7.30pm-1am. New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner. Held in The Mary Rose Suite with live music from ‘The Lionels’ plus DJ until late. Arrival drinks at 7.30pm, dinner to be served at 8.00pm. Dress code: Black tie. Seating arrangements: Round tables of 10 people, smaller parties will be joined. Tickets £85.

PORTSMOUTH: Holiday Inn, Pembroke Road, PO1 2TA. 7.30pm-1am. New Year’s Eve party. ‘Kojak’s Revenge’ plus DJ Rob Moore. Complimentary bacon rolls. Tickets £19, available on the door or online at wegottickets.com/event/295566. No food or drink may be brought on to the premises and ID will be required. No refunds or exchanges.

SOUTHSEA: Best Western Royal Beach Hotel, South Parade, PO4. 7pm-1am. New Year’s Eve Party. £62.95 including sparkling wine reception, four-course gala dinner, fresh coffee and petit fours. Dancing until 1am. Call (023) 9273 1281 for more information.

SOUTHSEA: The Eastfield. 124 Prince Albert Road, PO4 9HT. 8pm-midnight. New Year’s Eve Party. Lawrence and Landing will provide a cracking night of disco and entertainment. Admission is free. Call (023) 9275 0102 for more information.

SOUTHSEA: The Golden Eagle. 8.30pm. Hazzard County. Southern rock New Year’s Eve party. Free admission, arrive early.

SOUTHSEA: Popworld. 1 King Henry I Street, Portsmouth PO1 2PT. 9pm-2am. New Year’s Eve Party Masquerade Ball. Free mask upon entry and a glass of bubbly for the first 50 guests. There will be a range of special drinks available all night and a ‘snowstorm’ is planned for midnight. Tickets: £3. Call (023) 9283 0150 for more information.

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.

FAREHAM: Royal Armouries Museum, Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 10.30am – 4pm. Inspired By...Facing-Recovering. This exhibition explores the complex issues injured soldiers face in their transition from military to civilian life. Through drawing, video and words a number of soldiers and veterans share their personal stories and experience of injury and post-traumatic stress disorder in what one veteran described as closure in ‘graphical evidence’. Suitable for over 16’s. Admission free. Call 0113 220 1888 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: 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: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 11am-5pm. Early Warning Signs. Ongoing project by Ellie Harrison on climate change. Initiated at Two Degrees festival in 2011, the project aims to allow the four rotating ‘climate change’ signs she produced for the festival to continue to promote their cause long into the future. Each autumn, four new host venues are invited to ‘adopt a sign’, agreeing to keep it on public display for the following year. Call (023) 9277 8080 or visit aspex.org.uk 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. Call (023) 9277 8080 or visit aspex.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. Call (023) 9283 4779 or visit portsmouthmuseums.co.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Seven Ages Of Woman, Photography Exhibition by UoP Graduate Tyran Hawthorn. A series of seven photographs, showing the ageing process over time, linked by Tyran to Shakespeare’s ‘Seven Ages of Man’ from ‘As You Like It’. Free admission.

PORTSMOUTH: The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 10am-4pm. Weighing Anchor: An Artist at Sea On Board 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. Call (023) 9272 7582 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 8.30am-5.30pm. Kroma: Kate Bishop Exhibition. Illustrations from Kroma’s collection of prints created for the home, inspired by Scandinavian living, food and lifestyle as well as Kate’s love of colour. The collection includes both current & past ranges as well as digital and original pieces of artwork. Admission free. Visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

GIGS

PORTSMOUTH: The Milton Arms, Front Bar, Milton Road. 7pm-late. International DJ Dr Funkenstein. See the New Year in with the butcher of Milton. Call 07505 953063 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: The Milton Arms, In The Barn, Milton Road. 7pm-late. The last ever Georgie loves NYE. With Colin Dale and very special guest. House, techno, drum and bass, hard dance and hardcore. Tickets: £10, advanced tickets only. Over 18s only. For bookings and more information call 07505 953063.

SOUTHSEA: The RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, PO4 9PN. New Year’s Eve. With Spike’s legendary classic vinyl rock roadshow. Visit rmatavarn.co.uk for more information.

STAGE

CHICHESTER: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, PO19 6AP. 2pm. 101 Dalmatians. Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of the classic tale. Tickets range from £10-£25. Book online at cft.org.uk or call 01243 781312.

FAREHAM: Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road. 11am and 2.30pm. Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Admission: (11am) super-saver performance - all tickets £13; (2.30pm)children and over 60s £17.25, adults: £18.50. Call 01329 231942 or visit fernehamhall.co.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: The Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 12pm and 4pm. 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 more information.