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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. Mulled wine or a non-alcoholic punch and mince pies will be served. 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: Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Priddys Hard, PO12 4LE. 10am-12pm. Meet Santa. The museum will be free to Gosport residents (proof of address will be required) today and tomorrow only but there will be a charge of £3 to visit Father Christmas. Presents are suitable for ages 3 years and up. Children under 3 free. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk.

GOSPORT: Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Priddys Hard, PO12 4LE. 10am-4pm. Reindeer trail. Can you find the reindeer hiding in the museum galleries? Pick up a trail sheet at the front desk and take part in this self-guided activity. Free with a valid ticket. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk.

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 for more information.

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. Onlu children can ride on the donkey cart.Tickets available from the Visitor Centre or by contacting Staunton direct on (023) 9245 3405.

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. 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.

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

PORTSMOUTH: HMS Warrior 1860, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, PO1 3QX. 10am-4.30pm. Hunt the slipper. Family trail. Free with a valid ticket. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk for more details.

PORTSMOUTH: HMS Warrior 1860, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, PO1 3QX. 10am-3pm. Family activity area. Festive family craft activities. Free with a valid ticket Visit historicdockyard.co.uk for more details.

SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road, PO5 3NB. 1pm. Ukelele lunchtime session. Beginners welcome. Christmas party buffet. Call (023) 9278 0860 for more information.
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 for more information.

SOUTHSEA: King’s Ship, 96 Marmion Road, PO5 2BB. 12pm-6pm. Legacy. This entirely photographic exhibtion holds 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 for more information.

STAGE

FAREHAM: Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road, PO16 7DB. 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Dick Whittington. A show for all the family, Dick Whittington tells the rags-to-riches tale of a young man and his loyal cat on their exciting quest to find fame and fortune. Ticket prices vary. Call 01329 231 942 or visit fernehamhall.co.uk for more information.

HAVANT: The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, 56 East Street, PO9 1BS. 11.30am & 2.30pm. The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness. An over-stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises crammed with puppets, songs, quizzes and comedy. With crazy characters, silly slapstick, tall tales and facts. Meet a snowman who lives in the fridge, spy some naughty elves, play hunt the brussel sprout, endure the world’s worst Christmas jumper and gaze at the Christmas fairy.

Tickets £8, or £28 for a family of four. Call (023) 9247 2700 or visit thespring.co.uk.
PORTSMOUTH: New Theatre, Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2DD. 11.30am & 2pm. 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 for more information.

SOUTHAMPTON: Nuffield Theatre, University Road, SO17 1TR. 10.30am-3pm & 7pm. Merlin. Enter the enchanting, mythical kingdom of Camelot and discover the magical legend of Merlin. Age guidance: 5+. Ticket prices vary. Call (023) 8067 1771 or visit nuffieldtheatre.co.uk for more information.

SOUTHSEA: Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, PO1 3BS. 2pm & 7pm. Jack and the Beanstalk. Packed full of magic, adventure, laughter, mayhem and featuring a great cast. Call (023) 9273 7370 or visit groundlings.co.uk for more information and to book tickets.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road, PO5 2QJ. 11am & 3pm. Cinderella. Throw on your glad rags and dust off your glass slippers, your pumpkin is waiting to whisk you away to the world of the fairytale princess, Cinderella. Starring Anita Harris and Towie’s James Argent. Ticket prices vary. Call (023) 9282 8282 or visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk for more information.

WALKS & TALKS

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

OLD PORTSMOUTH: Meet at the Royal Garrison Church, Grand Parade. 1.30pm. Walk. Taking in the views of the Spinnaker Tower. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.

PORT SOLENT: Meet in front of the Odeon Cinema. 2pm. Walk. Suitable for beginners but does include an area of uneven ground, sturdy shoes recommended. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Meet outside Canoe Lake Café, St Helens Parade. 10.30am.

Canoe Lake/Southsea Seafront walk. Through the Rose Garden and Rock Garden, suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.PORTSMOUTH: Meet at The Stacey Centre, Walsall Road. 10.30am. Baffins Pond/Milton Foreshore walk. Shorter, slower walk to Baffins Pond, ideal for buggies or wheelchairs. Or a longer, faster walk to Milton foreshore. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.


christmas eve
EVENTS

DRAYTON: Church of the Resurrection, PO6 2AP. 4pm. Crib Service for children and families. Parents and carers are invited to take their children along to this service, where the events of the Nativity will be celebrated, including the visit of the shepherds to the stable and the coming of the Wise Men from the East. With Christmas carols.

DRAYTON: Church of the Resurrection, PO6 2AP. 11.15pm. Midnight Mass. The annual Midnight Mass service, which begins at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve and goes through to Christmas morning. The choir will be singing from 11.15 pm.

FARLINGTON: St. Andrew’s Church, PO6 1AA. 2pm. Crib Service for children and families. Parents and carers are invited to take their children along to this service, where the events of the Nativity will be celebrated, including the visit of the shepherds to the stable and the coming of the Wise Men from the East. With Christmas carols.

GOSPORT: Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Priddys Hard, PO12 4LE. 10am-12pm. Meet Santa. The museum will be free to Gosport residents (proof of address will be required) today, but there will be a charge of £3 to visit Father Christmas. Presents are suitable for ages 3 years and up. Children under 3 free. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk for more details.

PORTSMOUTH: St. Mary’s Church, Fratton Road. 5pm. Nativity service. The Christmas story told by young people and children. 
PORTSMOUTH: St Wilfrid’s Church, George Street. 6pm. Nativity service and Christingle.

PORTSMOUTH: St Wilfrid’s Church, George Street. 11.30pm. Midnight Mass.
PORTSMOUTH: St. Mary’s Church, Fratton Road. 11.30pm. Midnight Mass.

PORTSMOUTH: St Faith’s Church, Crasswell Street. 11.30pm. Midnight Mass.

PORTSMOUTH: St. James’ Church, Milton, PO4 8PG. 3pm & 4.30pm. Christingle - blessing of the Christmas tree and a nativity play. Come dressed as an angel or shepherd.

PORTSMOUTH: St. James’ Church, Milton, PO4 8PG. 11.30pm. Midnight Mass with carols.

SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road, PO5 3NB. Teatime. Dan’s heavenly host at teatime. Christmas carols in front of the fire. Mulled wine and mince pies. Call (023) 9278 0860.

EXHIBITIONS

GOSPORT: Gallery, Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-4pm. 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 for more information.

GIGS

PORTSMOUTH: The RaOB Club, 204 New Road, PO2 7RW. 8.30pm until late. Kenny Mayes. 50s and 60s music. Ticket only, contact Kenny.

PORTSMOUTH: The RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Road, PO4 9PN. Spike’s Leg-Endary Classic Vinyl Rock Roadshow. Christmas special. Visit rmatavern.co.uk for details of other events.

STAGE

FAREHAM: Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road, PO16 7DB. 11.30am & 2.30pm. Dick Whittington. A show for all the family, Dick Whittington tells the rags-to-riches tale of a young man and his loyal cat on their exciting quest to find fame and fortune. Ticket prices vary. Call 01329 231 942 or visit fernehamhall.co.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: New Theatre, Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2DD. 11.30am & 2pm. 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 for more information.

SOUTHAMPTON: Nuffield Theatre, University Road, SO17 1TR. 10.30am-3pm. Merlin. Enter the enchanting, mythical kingdom of Camelot and discover the magical legend of Merlin. Age guidance: 5+. Ticket prices vary. Call (023) 8067 1771 or visit nuffieldtheatre.co.uk for more information.

SOUTHSEA: Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, PO1 3BS. 11am & 3pm. Jack and the Beanstalk. Packed full of magic, adventure, laughter, mayhem and featuring a great cast. Call (023) 9273 7370 or visit groundlings.co.uk for more information and to book tickets.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road, PO5 2QJ. 12pm & 4pm. Cinderella. Throw on your glad rags and dust off your glass slippers, your pumpkin is waiting to whisk you away to the world of the fairytale princess, Cinderella. Starring Anita Harris and Towie’s James Argent. Ticket prices vary. Call (023) 9282 8282 or visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk for more information.

WALKS & TALKS

HILSEA: Meet in Scott Road car park, off Military Road by The News Centre. 10.30am. Hilsea Lines walk. Uneven footpaths take you around ‘Foxes Forest’ where there is an abundance of wildlife. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.


christmas day
EVENTS

EMSWORTH: Hewitts, 35-37 South Emsworth Street. 11am-4pm. Festivities and cheer. A free event for anyone on their own this Christmas. Door to door transport, lunch with all the trimmings, traditional carols and entertainment. Call 07955 375103, 07792 722726 or e-mail ssnharvey@aol.com for more information.

FARLINGTON: St. Andrew’s Church, PO6 1AA. 10am. Christmas morning. Celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on his birthday. This is a service for children and their families.

PORTSMOUTH: St. Mary’s Church, Fratton Road. 9am & 10am. Book of Common Prayer Communion followed by Christmas morning carols.

PORTSMOUTH: St Faith’s Church, Crasswell Street. 10am. Christmas morning carols.

PORTSMOUTH: St. James’ Church, Milton, PO4 8PG. 9.30am. Parish Mass with carols.

SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road, PO5 3NB. 12pm-3pm. Lunchtime tipple. Drinks before the queen’s speech. Call (023) 9278 0860 for more information.


boxing day
GIGS

PETERSFIELD: The Square Brewery, The Square, GU32 3HJ. 9pm. Betty Blue. Rockabilly music.

STAGE

FAREHAM: Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road, PO16 7DB. 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Dick Whittington. A show for all the family, Dick Whittington tells the rags-to-riches tale of a young man and his loyal cat on their exciting quest to find fame and fortune. Ticket prices vary. Call 01329 231 942 or visit fernehamhall.co.uk for more information.

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 for more information.

SOUTHAMPTON: Nuffield Theatre, University Road, SO17 1TR. 2pm. Merlin. Enter the enchanting, mythical kingdom of Camelot and discover the magical legend of Merlin. Age guidance: 5+. Ticket prices vary. Call (023) 8067 1771 or visit nuffieldtheatre.co.uk for more information.

SOUTHSEA: Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, PO1 3BS. 3pm & 7pm. Jack and the Beanstalk. Packed full of magic, adventure, laughter, mayhem and featuring a great cast. Call (023) 9273 7370 or visit groundlings.co.uk for more information and to book tickets.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road, PO5 2QJ. 12pm & 4pm. Cinderella. Throw on your glad rags and dust off your glass slippers, your pumpkin is waiting to whisk you away to the world of the fairytale princess, Cinderella. Starring Anita Harris and Towie’s James Argent. Ticket prices vary. Call (023) 9282 8282 or visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk for more information.


sunday
EVENTS

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 10am-4pm. Family adventure trail. The café will be open serving hot drinks and warming snacks. Visit royalarmouries.org for more information.

GOSPORT: Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Priddys Hard, PO12 4LE. 10am-4pm. Reindeer trail. Can you find the reindeer hiding in the museum galleries? Pick up a trail sheet at the front desk and take part in this self-guided activity. Free with a valid ticket. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk for more details.

PORTSMOUTH: HMS Warrior 1860, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, PO1 3QX. 10am-4.30pm. Hunt the slipper. Family trail. Free with a valid ticket. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk for more details.

GIGS

SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road, PO5 3NB. Helene! Chilled music session. Call (023) 9278 0860.

STAGE

FAREHAM: Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road, PO16 7DB. 11am & 2.30pm. Dick Whittington. A show for all the family, Dick Whittington tells the rags-to-riches tale of a young man and his loyal cat on their exciting quest to find fame and fortune. Ticket prices vary. Call 01329 231 942 or visit fernehamhall.co.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: New Theatre, Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2DD. 11.30am & 2pm. 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 for more information.

SOUTHSEA: Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, PO1 3BS. 2pm & 6pm. Jack and the Beanstalk. Packed full of magic, adventure, laughter, mayhem and featuring a great cast. Call (023) 9273 7370 or visit groundlings.co.uk for more information and to book tickets.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road, PO5 2QJ. 12pm & 4pm. Cinderella. Throw on your glad rags and dust off your glass slippers, your pumpkin is waiting to whisk you away to the world of the fairytale princess, Cinderella. Starring Anita Harris and Towie’s James Argent. Ticket prices vary. Call (023) 9282 8282 or visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk for more information. 


monday
DANCING

GOSPORT: Thorngate Hall, Bury Road.

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

EVENTS

GOSPORT: Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Priddys Hard, PO12 4LE. 10am-4pm. Reindeer trail. Can you find the reindeer hiding in the museum galleries? Pick up a trail sheet at the front desk and take part in this self-guided activity. Free with a valid ticket. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk for more details.

PORTSMOUTH: HMS Warrior 1860, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, PO1 3QX. 10am-4.30pm. Hunt the slipper. Family trail. Free with a valid ticket. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk for more details.

PORTSMOUTH: HMS Warrior 1860, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, PO1 3QX. 10am-3pm. Family activity area. Festive family craft activities. Free with a valid ticket Visit historicdockyard.co.uk for more details.

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

STAGE

FAREHAM: Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road, PO16 7DB. 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Dick Whittington. A show for all the family, Dick Whittington tells the rags-to-riches tale of a young man and his loyal cat on their exciting quest to find fame and fortune. Ticket prices vary. Call 01329 231 942 or visit fernehamhall.co.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: New Theatre, Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2DD. 11.30am & 2pm. 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 for more information.

SOUTHAMPTON: Nuffield Theatre, University Road, SO17 1TR. 2pm & 7pm. Merlin. Enter the enchanting, mythical kingdom of Camelot and discover the magical legend of Merlin. Age guidance: 5+. Ticket prices vary. Call (023) 8067 1771 or visit nuffieldtheatre.co.uk for more information.

SOUTHSEA: Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, PO1 3BS. 2pm & 7pm. Jack and the Beanstalk. Packed full of magic, adventure, laughter, mayhem and featuring a great cast. Call (023) 9273 7370 or visit groundlings.co.uk for more information and to book tickets.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road, PO5 2QJ. 12pm & 4pm. Cinderella. Throw on your glad rags and dust off your glass slippers, your pumpkin is waiting to whisk you away to the world of the fairytale princess, Cinderella. Starring Anita Harris and Towie’s James Argent. Ticket prices vary. Call (023) 9282 8282 or visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk for more information. 


Tuesday
EVENTS

GOSPORT: Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Priddys Hard, PO12 4LE. 10am-4pm. Reindeer trail. Can you find the reindeer hiding in the museum galleries? Pick up a trail sheet at the front desk and take part in this self-guided activity. Free with a valid ticket. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk for more details.

PORTSMOUTH: HMS Warrior 1860, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, PO1 3QX. 10am-4.30pm. Hunt the slipper. Family trail. Free with a valid ticket. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk for more details.

PORTSMOUTH: HMS Warrior 1860, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, PO1 3QX. 10am-3pm. Family activity area. Festive family craft activities. Free with a valid ticket Visit historicdockyard.co.uk.

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 for more information.

STAGE

FAREHAM: Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road, PO16 7DB. 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Dick Whittington. A show for all the family, Dick Whittington tells the rags-to-riches tale of a young man and his loyal cat on their exciting quest to find fame and fortune. Ticket prices vary. Call 01329 231 942 or visit fernehamhall.co.uk for more information.

SOUTHAMPTON: Nuffield Theatre, University Road, SO17 1TR. 2pm & 7pm. Merlin. Enter the enchanting, mythical kingdom of Camelot and discover the magical legend of Merlin. Age guidance: 5+. Ticket prices vary. Call (023) 8067 1771 or visit nuffieldtheatre.co.uk for more information.

SOUTHSEA: Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, PO1 3BS. 2pm & 7pm. Jack and the Beanstalk. Packed full of magic, adventure, laughter, mayhem and featuring a great cast. Call (023) 9273 7370 or visit groundlings.co.uk for more information and to book tickets.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road, PO5 2QJ. 12pm & 4pm. Cinderella. Throw on your glad rags and dust off your glass slippers, your pumpkin is waiting to whisk you away to the world of the fairytale princess, Cinderella. Starring Anita Harris and Towie’s James Argent. Ticket prices vary. Call (023) 9282 8282 or visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk for more information.


wednesday
EVENTS

GOSPORT: Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Priddys Hard, PO12 4LE. 10am-4pm. Reindeer trail. Can you find the reindeer hiding in the museum galleries? Pick up a trail sheet at the front desk and take part in this self-guided activity. Free with a valid ticket. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk for more details.
HAVANT: Havant Leisure Centre, Civic Centre Road, PO9 2AY. 10am. Ladies cycle ride from Havant to Stansted Park. 13 miles, leisurely paced with a break in the middle at the Pavilion Tea Rooms. Places are free but must be booked at breezebikerides.com.
PORTSMOUTH: HMS Warrior 1860, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, PO1 3QX. 10am-4.30pm. Hunt the slipper. Family trail. Free with a valid ticket. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk for more details.

PORTSMOUTH: HMS Warrior 1860, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, PO1 3QX. 10am-3pm. Family activity area. Festive family craft activities. Free with a valid ticket Visit historicdockyard.co.uk for more details.

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 for more information.

STAGE

FAREHAM: Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road, PO16 7DB. 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Dick Whittington. A show for all the family, Dick Whittington tells the rags-to-riches tale of a young man and his loyal cat on their exciting quest to find fame and fortune. Ticket prices vary. Call 01329 231 942 or visit fernehamhall.co.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: New Theatre, Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2DD. 11.30am & 2pm. 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 for more information.

SOUTHAMPTON: Nuffield Theatre, University Road, SO17 1TR. 10.30am, 3pm & 7pm. Merlin. Enter the enchanting, mythical kingdom of Camelot and discover the magical legend of Merlin. Age guidance: 5+. Ticket prices vary. Call (023) 8067 1771 or visit nuffieldtheatre.co.uk for more information. 
SOUTHSEA: Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, PO1 3BS. 2pm & 7pm. Jack and the Beanstalk. Packed full of magic, adventure, laughter, mayhem and featuring a great cast. Call (023) 9273 7370 or visit groundlings.co.uk for more information and to book tickets.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road, PO5 2QJ. 12pm & 4pm. Cinderella. Throw on your glad rags and dust off your glass slippers, your pumpkin is waiting to whisk you away to the world of the fairytale princess, Cinderella. Starring Anita Harris and Towie’s James Argent. Ticket prices vary. Call (023) 9282 8282 or visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk for more information.

WALKS & TALKS

OLD PORTSMOUTH: Meet at the Royal Garrison Church, Grand Parade. 1.30pm. Walk. Taking in the views of the Spinnaker Tower. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Meet outside Canoe Lake Café, St Helens Parade. 10.30am.

Canoe Lake/Southsea Seafront walk. Through the Rose Garden and Rock Garden, suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Meet at The Stacey Centre, Walsall Road. 10.30am. Baffins Pond/Milton Foreshore walk. Shorter, slower walk to Baffins Pond, ideal for buggies or wheelchairs. Or a longer, faster walk to Milton foreshore. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.

PORTSDOWN HILL: Meet at The George Inn, Portsdown Hill Road. 11.07am. CHA Walking Club walk. A flat, circular walk across the top of Portsdown Hill. With great views. 4/5 miles. Call (023) 9225 4289 fo more information. 


new year’s EVE
DANCING

WICKHAM: Wickham Community Centre, Mill Lane, Fareham, PO17 5AL. 8pm-12.30am. New Year’s Eve Dance. A party with 50/50 ballroom, latin and sequence dancing. Ticket only, £12.50. Includes a two-course finger buffet, no bar so guests can take their own drinks. With party games. Large car park. Call 07980 058310 or visit ballroomrazzmatazz.co.uk for more details.

EVENTS

COSHAM: Cosham Library, Spur Road, PO6 3EB. 2pm-4pm. Relax with Colouring. For adults. Beat stress and aid relaxation. Drop-in, all materials are provided. Call (023) 9268 8259.

GOSPORT: Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Priddys Hard, PO12 4LE. 10am-4pm. Reindeer trail. Can you find the reindeer hiding in the museum galleries? Pick up a trail sheet at the front desk and take part in this self-guided activity. Free with a valid ticket. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk for more details.

PORTSMOUTH: HMS Warrior 1860, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, PO1 3QX. 10am-4.30pm. Hunt the slipper. Family trail. Free with a valid ticket. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk for more details.

SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road, PO5 3NB. 8.30pm. New Year’s Eve party. Call (023) 9278 0860.

SOUTHSEA: St. James’ Church Hall, Milton Road. 11am. Singercise. Seated fun activity session to music for older and disabled people to help improve fitness. Tea and chat after. Admission £2.50. Call 07754 528814 for more information.

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: Portsmouth Museum, Museum Road, PO1 2LJ. 10am-5pm. The Story of Children’s Television. From 1946 to today. Tracing the history of children’s television, bringing together seven decades of iconic objects, memorabilia, merchandise, clips and images. With interactives for kids. Free admission. Call (023) 9283 4779 or visit portsmouthcitymuseums.co.uk for more information.

GIGS

PORTSMOUTH: The Druid’s Arms, 13 Binsteed Road, PO2 7PH. 8.30pm until late. Kenny Mayes. 50s and 60s music. Free admission.

PORTSMOUTH: The RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Road, PO4 9PN. Spike’s Leg-Endary Classic Vinyl Rock Roadshow. New Year’s Eve special. Visit rmatavern.co.uk for details of other events.

STAGE

FAREHAM: Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road, PO16 7DB. 11am & 2.30pm. Dick Whittington. A show for all the family, Dick Whittington tells the rags-to-riches tale of a young man and his loyal cat on their exciting quest to find fame and fortune. Ticket prices vary. Call 01329 231 942 or visit fernehamhall.co.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: New Theatre, Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2DD. 2pm. 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 for more information.

SOUTHAMPTON: Nuffield Theatre, University Road, SO17 1TR. 2pm. Merlin. Enter the enchanting, mythical kingdom of Camelot and discover the magical legend of Merlin. Age guidance: 5+. Ticket prices vary. Call (023) 8067 1771 or visit nuffieldtheatre.co.uk for more information.

SOUTHSEA: Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, PO1 3BS. 2pm. Jack and the Beanstalk. Packed full of magic, adventure, laughter, mayhem and featuring a great cast. Call (023) 9273 7370 or visit groundlings.co.uk for more information and to book tickets.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road, PO5 2QJ. 12pm & 4pm. Cinderella. Throw on your glad rags and dust off your glass slippers, your pumpkin is waiting to whisk you away to the world of the fairytale princess, Cinderella. Starring Anita Harris and Towie’s James Argent. Ticket prices vary. Call (023) 9282 8282 or visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk for more information.

WALKS & TALKS

HILSEA: Meet in Scott Road car park, off Military Road by The News Centre. 10.30am. Hilsea Lines walk. of wildlife. New walkers to arrive early to register. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.

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