What’s on from Friday, December 18 – Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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Today
EVENTS

MILTON: Beddow Library, Milton Road. 10.30am-12.30pm. Milton Social Group. A group for those aged 50 and over to meet new people. Call (023) 9268 8705 or email julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

PAULSGROVE: Paulsgrove Healthy Living Centre, Allaway Avenue. 2-4pm. Friendship Club. A group for those aged 50 and over to meet new people. Call (023) 9268 8705 or email julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: St. Mary’s Church, Fratton Road. 12pm. Churches Homeless Action Carols. A celebration of Christmas and a distribution of vouchers collected by local churches and groups, who will be supporting the homeless over Christmas.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square, PO1 2AB. 6pm-11pm. Portsmouth Beer Festival – Christmas Sessions. With over 120 cask ales, mulled ciders and mulled wine, a cider bar, delicious festive street food and live entertainment during each session. Tickets are £11.25 per person, per session (includes souvenir glass, programme and beer token). Featuring Great Scott. Visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: The RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Road, PO4 9PN. Southsea Alternative Choir fundraiser night. Call (023) 9282 0896.

SOUTHSEA: Canoe Lake. 5pm-7pm. Light up a life. Service at 5.45pm. visit rowanshospice.co.uk.
WATERLOOVILLE: Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, PO8 0BG. 2pm & 3.45pm. Roman Christmas in the Villa (Saturnalia) at 2pm and Tales of Winter Magic (storytelling with Red Phoenix) at 3.45pm. Each child will also get a chance to create something to take home and receive a gift from Butser Ancient Farm. Hot drinks will be available. Free parking.

EXHIBITIONS

GOSPORT: Gallery, Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Defining Movements. Discover the most influential art movements to have shaped 20th century British modern art in a selection from Southampton City Art Gallery’s collection. Free admission. Visit hants.gov.uk/gosport-gallery.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square, PO1 2AB. 9am-5pm. Footsteps to the Square: A reflective journey to Portsmouth Guildhall. By University of Portsmouth fine art student Ailsa Brims. The exhibition has 18 black and white images showing people rushing past the Guildhall and Eldon Building. Call (023) 9387 0200 or visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA: King’s Ship, 96 Marmion Road, PO5 2BB. 12pm-6pm. Legacy. In this entirely photographic exhibtion he has curated the work of Madeleine Waller and Mattias Pettersson. The concept is about pondering on essential questions like what is important, what should be encouraged and with all the information available today, how to focus on quality and craft as well as matter over superficiality. Call (023) 9307 3478.
GIGS

SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road, PO5 3NB. 8.30pm. Helene. Party tunes from the 60s onwards. Call (023) 9278 0860.

MARKETS

FAREHAM: Stubbington Library, Stubbington Lane, PO14 2PP. 9am-12pm. Stubbington Country Market. With cakes, savouries, dairy and gluten free products, crafts, flowers, fruit and vegetables. Everything is home baked, hand crafted, or home grown. Free parking.

STAGE
HAVANT: The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, 56 East Street, PO9 1BS. 7pm. The BFG. A multi-media production of Roald Dahl’s 1982 classic. Tickets £9, £8 concessions, family of four £30. Call (023) 9247 2700 or visit thespring.co.uk.

HAYLING ISLAND: Station Theatre, Station Road, PO11 0EH. 7.30pm. Panto at the Ok Corral. A pantomime by Jim Sperink. Call (023) 9246 6363.
PORTSMOUTH: John Pounds Centre, 23 Queen Street, PO1 3HN. 7pm. A Christmas Carol. A family musical based on story of Charles Dickens. Call (023) 9289 2010 or visit visionworksproductions.co.uk.

WALKS & TALKS

SOUTHSEA: Meet at the Pyramids Centre. 10.30am. Seafront walk. Walk along the promenade. Suitable for all. New walkers to arrive early to register. Call (023) 9268 8390.

Tomorrow

CONCERTS

COSHAM: Queen Alexandra Hospital, Southwick Hill Road. 1.30pm-2.30pm. Spirit-of-the-South. Christmas carols.

HAVANT: Meridian Shopping Centre, Elm Lane, PO9 1UN. 10am-11am. Spirit-of-the-South. Christmas carols.

DANCING

PORTSMOUTH: Admiral Lord Nelson School, Dundas Lane, PO3 5XT. 8pm-11pm. 50/50 ballroom, latin and sequence dancing. Last dance before Christmas. No bar, guests are allowed to take their own drinks. Ample parking.

TITCHFIELD: Titchfield Community Centre, Mill Street. 7.30pm-11pm. 78 Club Christmas Dance. Admission £6 for members, £7 for non-members. All welcome.

EVENTS

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 11am, 12pm, 2pm & 3pm. Victorian Christmas experience. Step back in time to meet the head cook, and his helper as they prepare dishes for a Victorian Christmas feast for the inhabitants of the Fort. Warm mulled wine or a non-alcoholic punch and mince pies will be served to the tour group. Sessions can be booked in advance or on arrival at the cost of £3.50 per person (age 5 upwards). Each session will last approximately 45 minutes. Museum entrance is free. Visit royalarmouries.org.

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, PO12 1BT. 10am-4pm. Discover Santa. Chat to Santa in his grotto and receive a gift. £2 per child, booking essential. Call (023) 9252 3463.

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, PO12 1BT. 11am-12pm. Christmas Magic Story Time Special. When Santa is stranded in Firefly Wood, he’s sure that Christmas will have to be cancelled. Can Russell the Sheep get to the rescue with a magic all of his own? Make your own Christmas lantern to take home afterwards. Suitable for children aged 3 – 10 who must be accompanied by an adult. Free, but donations are appreciated. No need to book but places are limited. Call (023) 9252 3463.

GRAYSHOTT: Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Surrey, GU26 6TZ. 7.30pm. Grayshott Folk Club’s Christmas Special with The Young ‘Uns. Advanced tickets are £14 for adults and £7 for under 16s. Call Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096 to book tickets.

HAVANT: Staunton Country Park, Middle Park Way, Havant, Hants, PO9 5HB. Varying session times between 9.30am & 2.15pm. Country Christmas. Make a Christmas craft in the elves’ workshop, follow the trail, then go on a donkey cart ride to meet Santa in his grotto and receive a gift. Experience will last around two hours. Standard park admission applies for accompanying guests. Tickets available from the Visitor Centre or by contacting Staunton direct on (023) 9245 3405. 
PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square, PO1 2AB. 12pm-5pm & 6pm-11pm. Portsmouth Beer Festival – Christmas Sessions. With over 120 cask ales, mulled ciders and mulled wine, a cider bar, delicious festive street food and live entertainment during each session. Tickets are £11.25. Visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.
PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Progressive Spiritualist Church, 2 Vivash Road, Fratton, PO1 1PR. 7pm. Special evening of mediumship with Adi Townsend. With carols, lights and a raffle. Light a candle for your loved ones. Refreshments and a buffett afterwards. Raising funds for the church. £3 members, £4 non-members.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall Square, PO1 2AD. 1pm. Sing-along Frozen on the big screen. Portsmouth City Council will be showing the sing-along version of Frozen so children and their families can join in. Kids can go in their best fancy dress and there will also be free face painting and crafts. Limited seating will be provided on a first-come first-served basis but families can also bring their own chairs, picnics and blankets.

PORTSMOUTH: Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3TT. 10am-6pm. Festive fun at the tower. Meet Santa and follow the sparkling reindeer trail around the tower to see if you can find his four flying friends. Call (023) 9285 7520 or visit spinnakertower.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3TT. 8pm. Festive SASSY Party Night. DJ Claire Fuller will be there to entertain you. Tickets are £10 and aren’t guaranteed to be available on the door so book in advance. Call (023) 9285 7520 or visit spinnakertower.co.uk.

EXHIBITIONS

GOSPORT: Gallery, Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Defining Movements. See ‘Today’ for full details.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square, PO1 2AB. 10am-2pm. Footsteps to the Square: A reflective journey to Portsmouth Guildhall. See ‘Today’ for full details.

SOUTHSEA: King’s Ship, 96 Marmion Road, PO5 2BB. 10pm-6pm. Legacy. See ‘Today’ for full details.

GIGS

CHICHESTER: The Brick Kiln Garden Centre, Bognor Road, PO20 1EJ. 12pm-2.30pm. Sarah Hellyer.

HAVANT: Old House at Home, 2 South Street, PO9 1DA. 9pm. Betty Blue. Rockabilly music.

HAYLING ISLAND: Hayling Billy, 117 Elm Grove, PO11 9ED. Splitscreen Radio.

PORTSMOUTH: The George & Dragon, 137 Kingston Road, PO2 7EB. 8.30pm until late. Kenny Mayes. 50s and 60s music. Free admission. 
SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road, PO5 3NB. 8.30pm. Diva DJ. Christmas party tunes. Call (023) 9278 0860.

MARKETS

SOUTHSEA: Palmerston Road. 9am-5pm. Love Southsea Christmas Market.

STAGE
HAVANT: The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, 56 East Street, PO9 1BS. 11am & 2.30pm. The BFG. A multi-media production of Roald Dahl’s 1982 classic. Tickets £9, £8 concessions, family of four £30. Call (023) 9247 2700 or visit thespring.co.uk.

HAYLING ISLAND: Station Theatre, Station Road, PO11 0EH. 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Panto at the Ok Corral. A pantomime by Jim Sperink. Call (023) 9246 6363.
PORTSMOUTH: John Pounds Centre, 23 Queen Street, PO1 3HN. 7pm. A Christmas Carol. A family musical based on story of Charles Dickens. Call (023) 9289 2010 or visit visionworksproductions.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: New Theatre, Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2DD. 2pm & 4pm. The Santa Trap. Bradley Bartleby is bad.So bad that he plans to trap Santa Claus and steal all his presents. Will Santa be able to escape this awful ambush? Will Bradley succeed in ruining Christmas?

With guillotines, tigers and a houseful of dynamite. Tickets £10. Call (023) 9264 9000 or visit newtheatreroyal.com.

WALKS & TALKS

HILSEA: Meet at the Blue Lagoon, London Road, PO2 9RP. 10.30am. Walk. Walk along the foreshore footpath to the Mountbatten Centre and back. A flat and paved route. New walkers to arrive early to register. Call (023) 9284 1762.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Harbour. 9am. CHA Walking Club - Isle of Wight. 9.15 ferry from Portsmouth Harbour for bus to Beaper Farm. Linear walk via Seagrove Bay and Seaview to Ryde. 6 miles. Call (023) 9225 4289.

WORKSHOPS

FRATTON: Make & The Craft Kitchen, 1 Cornwall Road. 11am-1pm. Fireside festive canvas. Create a festive canvas to hang up. Fireside scenes, glittery snowflakes, reindeers and more. £8. Call (023) 9282 2026 or visit makesouthsea.com.

FRATTON: Make & The Craft Kitchen, 1 Cornwall Road. 12pm-2pm. Snowman ornament. £6, age 6+. Drop in. Call (023) 9282 2026 or visit makesouthsea.com.
FRATTON: Make & The Craft Kitchen, 1 Cornwall Road. 2pm-4pm. Christmas cake flowers (sugarcraft). Learn sugarcraft skills while making some festive blooms, berries and leaves. £25. Call (023) 9282 2026 or visit makesouthsea.com.

Sunday
CONCERTS
PORTSMOUTH: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, PO2 7BL. 2.30pm. Portsmouth Light Orchestra Christmas Concert. Programme includes The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, Christmas Festival, Sleigh Bells, Paul Simon Medley and more. Admission free. Tea or coffee as well as a mince pie in return for a donation to Buckland Community Centre. Raffle. Call Val Loft on (023) 9237 1135.

EVENTS

CHICHESTER: Fishbourne Roman Palace, Roman Way, Fishbourne, PO19 3QR. 11am-3pm. A Roman festival to celebrate Saturnalia. An event for the whole family. You can taste feast day food and drink, make a candle to take home, dressin Roman costumes, play Roman games, create some festive decorations and hear a Saturnalia tale told by a Roman story-teller. Normal admission charges apply. Call 01243 785859.

DRAYTON: Church of the Resurrection, PO6 2AP. 6pm. Service of lessons and carols. Traditional service telling the story of the events leading to the birth of Jesus Christ.

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 11am, 12pm, 2pm & 3pm. Victorian Christmas experience. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

FARLINGTON: St. Andrew’s Church, PO6 1AA. 4pm. Service of lessons and carols. Traditional service telling the story of the events leading to the birth of Jesus Christ.

HAVANT: Staunton Country Park, Middle Park Way, Havant, Hants, PO9 5HB. Varying session times between 9.30am & 2.15pm. Country Christmas. See ‘Tomorrow for full details.

PORTSMOUTH: St. Mary’s Church, Fratton Road. 6.30pm. Festival of Nine Lessons and carols. Traditional telling of the Christmas story through readings and carols sung by the congregation and choir. Followed by sherry and mince pies.

PORTSMOUTH: St. James’ Church, Milton, PO4 8PG. 6.30pm. Nine lessons and carols by candlelight.

PORTSMOUTH: The Square Tower, Broad Street, PO1 2JE. 11am-4pm. Festive fair. Celebrating five years of art. With a Christmas theme. See and buy original fine quality artworks from local artists and makers. The vintage tea room will be selling hot drinks, home-made cakes and savouries. Visit craftsinthettower.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3TT. 10am-6pm. Festive fun at the tower. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

GIGS

CHICHESTER: The Brick Kiln Garden Centre, Bognor Road, PO20 1EJ. 11am– 3pm. Stacey Turner.

PORTSMOUTH: The RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Road, PO4 9PN. Tongues and Grooves Christmas show. Call (023) 9282 0896.

SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road, PO5 3NB. 8pm. Helene. Christmas party tunes. Call (023) 9278 0860.

MARKETS

SOUTSHEA: Palmerston road. 10am-2pm. Hampshire Farmers’ Market.

STAGE

PORTSMOUTH: New Theatre, Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2DD. 11.30am & 2pm. The Santa Trap. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details. 


Monday
DANCING

GOSPORT: Thorngate Hall, Bury Road.

1.30pm-4pm. Tea dance. Admission £2.50 including tea and biscuits.

EVENTS

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 11am, 12pm, 2pm & 3pm. Victorian Christmas experience. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, PO12 1BT. 10am-4pm. See ‘ Tomorrow’ for full details.

HAVANT: Staunton Country Park, Middle Park Way, Havant, Hants, PO9 5HB. Varyting session times between 9.30am & 2.15pm. Country Christmas. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

PORTSMOUTH: Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3TT. 10am-6pm. Festive fun at the tower. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road, PO5 3NB. 8pm. Pompey Pluckers uke session. Christmas party buffet. Call (023) 9278 0860 for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

GOSPORT: Gallery, Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Defining Movements. See ‘Today’ for full details.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square, PO1 2AB. 9am-5pm. Footsteps to the Square: A reflective journey to Portsmouth Guildhall. See ‘Today’ for full details.

STAGE

PORTSMOUTH: New Theatre, Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2DD. 2pm. The Santa Trap. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

WALKS & TALKS

FRATTON: Meet at The Bridge Centre, Fratton, 10.30am. Victoria Park Walk. Buggy and wheelchair friendly walk. New walkers to arrive early to register. Call (023) 9268 8390.

SOUTHSEA: Meet at South Parade Pier. 1pm. Pier to Pier Walk. Ideal for buggies and wheelchairs. New walkers to arrive early to register. Call (023) 9268 8390.

SOUTHSEA: Canoe Lake, Memorial where the buses terminate. 1pm. Short Canoe Lake Walk. Slow short walk of 30 minutes. Call (023) 9268 8390.


Tuesday
EVENTS

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 11am, 12pm, 2pm & 3pm. Victorian Christmas experience. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, PO12 1BT. 10am-4pm. Discover Santa. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

HAVANT: Staunton Country Park, Middle Park Way, Havant, Hants, PO9 5HB. Varying session times between 9.30am & 2.15pm. Country Christmas. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

HAVANT: Saint Faiths Church Hall, The Pallant, PO9 1PP. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Solent Male Voice Choir. Seeking new members. Go along and sit in one of the rehearsal evenings. For more details visit smvc.co.uk or contact McAndrew on (023) 9222 1531 or 07736 877506.

HAVANT: Avenue Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, PO9 2RS. 7pm. Bridge Players Wanted. Bridge club needing new members. Meet every Tuesday evening. Beginners are welcome, but some knowledge and experience of bridge is necessary. No need to bring a partner. Call Linda Collins on 07826 000330, Angela and Nigel Peake on 01243 372718.

PORTSMOUTH: Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3TT. 10am-6pm. Festive fun at the tower. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road, PO5 3NB. 7pm. Auckland Superdoodlz! Crafty colouring, doodling, glasspainting, origami and things with glitter. Call (023) 9278 0860.

WATERLOOVILLE: Waterlooville Leisure Centre, Waterberry Drive, PO7 7UW. 1.30pm–3.30pm. World of Play Christmas Party. Christmas jumper themed. The party includes playing in the indoor play centre, a disco and a visit from Santa and a snowman. The price also includes a goody bag for each child. Children £8, adults free. Free entry for non-walkers with paying siblings. Tickets available at the centre.

EXHIBITIONS

GOSPORT: Gallery, Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Defining Movements. See ‘Today’ for full details.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square, PO1 2AB. 9am-5pm. Footsteps to the Square: A reflective journey to Portsmouth Guildhall. See ‘Today’ for full details.

SOUTHSEA: King’s Ship, 96 Marmion Road, PO5 2BB. 12pm-6pm. Legacy. See ‘Today’ for full details.

WORKSHOPS

FRATTON: Make & The Craft Kitchen, 1 Cornwall Road. 11am-12pm. Gingerbread house making and decorating. Construct a gingerbread house, then use a slection of sweets and edible items to decorate it. £9.50. Age 8+. Call (023) 9282 2026 or visit makesouthsea.com.

Wednesday
EVENTS

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 11am, 12pm, 2pm & 3pm. Victorian Christmas experience. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, PO12 1BT. 10am-4pm. Discover Santa. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

HAVANT: Staunton Country Park, Middle Park Way, Havant, Hants, PO9 5HB. Varying session times between 9.30am & 2.15pm. Country Christmas. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

HAVANT: Havant Leisure Centre, Civic Centre Road, PO9 2AY. 1.30pm–3.30pm. Horizone Christmas Party. Christmas jumper themed. The party includes playing in the indoor play centre, a disco and a visit from Santa and a snowman. Children £8, adults free. Tickets available at the centre.

PORTSMOUTH: Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3TT. 10am-6pm. Festive fun at the tower. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road, PO5 3NB. 1pm. Ukelele lunchtime session. Beginners welcome. Christmas party buffet. 
STAGE

PORTSMOUTH: New Theatre, Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2DD. 11.30am & 2pm. The Santa Trap. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

WALKS & TALKS

HAVANT: Meet at Hilsea Lido. 10.30am. CHA Walking Club walk. A 2.5 mile walk to Portsmouth. Call (023) 9225 4289.