A guide to what’s on around the area today.
PORTCHESTER: St Mary’s Church, Portchester Castle. 1pm. Lunchtime Recital: Mrs Nell Wycherley (soprano). Admission free, retiring collection in aid of the church.
HAVANT: Leigh Park Community Centre, Dunsbury Way (PO9 5G) 2pm-4pm. Tea Dance. Admission: £2.50, inc tea/biscuits. (023) 9307 7596, 07950 730 274.
HORNDEAN: Merchistoun Hall, London Road. 2pm-4pm. Tea Dance. Sequence and some ballroom. Admission £2.50. (023) 9226 6177.
FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road (PO17 6AN). The Commando Course, 10am-4.30pm, challenging assault course for children aged three plus, £3 per child. Craft Activities, 10.30am-4pm, Commando masks, colouring, word search and puzzles for children aged three plus, £2 per child. History of Fort Nelson Guided Tour, 1.30pm, £3 per person. Handling Sessions, 11am, midday, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, handle objects from our collection, led by museum guides, objects include flak jacket, webbing, uniforms, WW2 Lee Enfield Rifle, etc. (01329) 233734, royalarmouries.org.
GOSPORT: RN Submarine Museum, Haslar Road (PO12 2AS). 10am-3pm. Sammy Sardine’s Summer School: The Great HMS Alliance Bake Off! Discover some of the more unusual dishes that were served on board HMS Alliance and then create a cake for the crew of our submarine. (023) 9254 5034.
HAVANT: The Spring, East Street. 10am-3pm. Jungle-themed Workshops. Willlow Creatures (for five to seven year olds) with tutor Lyn Unsworth. Street Dance (for eight to 12 year olds) with tutor Kate Hewitt. Cost £15.50 per day. (023) 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk.
SOUTHSEA: D-Day Museum, Clarence Esplanade. 11am-3pm. Meet Normandie Veterans. A chance to meet members of the local branch of the Normandy Veterans Association. Please telephone on the day to confirm that the veterans will be here. (023) 9282 8068.
COSHAM: Coffee Shop, B Level, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Art Exhibition. Featuring works by Belinda (paintings) and Steve Guilfoyle (photographs). Organised by the QA League of Friends. (023) 9238 7284.
GOSPORT: Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road. 10am-5pm. Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition. World-renowned annual exhibition puts the spotlight on the rarely-seen wonders of the natural world. All 100 winning and commended images from the 2012 competition are on display. Free admission. (023) 9252 3463.
HAYLING ISLAND: Station Theatre, Station Road, West Town. 10am-midday. HB50 Exhibition. To commemorate 50 years since the closure of the Hayling Billy train line, the Station Theatre is hosting historical displays about the railway line, the people who ran it and used it and the communities it supported. The exhibition features photographs and artefacts, many of which are on loan to the Hayling Billy 50 project from members of the local community. (023) 9246 6363.
PORTCHESTER: Library, West Street. 9.30am-5pm. Exhibition of Works by Maureen and Terry Flynn. Original water colour paintings and fine art prints: wildlife, land and seascapes, planes, etc. flynnspaintings.com.
PORTSMOUTH: City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Teddy Bear Story ... featuring 150 teddy bears, including many rare and diverse examples of the toy. 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.
GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street. 7.30pm. Get Loud in the Library. With local unsigned bands playing live music. Admission £2.50 in advance, £3 on door (023) 9252 3463.
ROWLANDS CASTLE: The Fountain, 34, The Green. 8.30pm. Herbie Armstrong and friends Open Mic Night. All welcome.
PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 7pm-midnight. Play at The RMA. Nick Courtney presents: Ade Cull, 7pm; Ben Brookes, 7.30pm; Eloise Keating, 8pm; Vab Laun, 8.30pm; Hooligan Choir, 9pm; Jesse Ray Band, 9.30pm; The Light Brigade, 10.15pm; Sidewinder, 10.45pm; Open Mic (three songs each, just turn up and put your name down to play), 11.15pm. Thursdaymusic.co.uk.
SOUTHAMPTON: The Joiners Arms, 141, St Mary’s Street. 7.30pm. Blueneck. Admission £5. (023) 8022 5612.
SOUTHSEA: Edge of the Wedge, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Housefires. Plus: High Hopes, Where’s The Addiction and Earth Born Kings. Admission £4. (023) 9286 3911.
SOUTHSEA: Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms, Albert Road. 9pm. Lou Taylor.
SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 8pm. Showcase 2013: Heat Four. Featuring: Good Devil Skin, Shores, Villiers and Trouble County. Admission £4. (023) 9286 3911.
CHICHESTER: Theatre in the Park, Oaklands Park. 2.30pm, 7.30pm. Barnum. A revised version by Cameron Mackintosh and Mark Bramble, starring Christopher Fitzgerald. Admission: £16-£40, concs. (01243) 781312 or cft.org.uk.
SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 1.30pm, 7.30pm. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Admission £19-£27.50. (023) 9282 8282.
WALKS & TALKS
FAREHAM: Catisfield Memorial Hall, Catisfield Lane, Catisfield. 7.30pm. The Beth Chatto Gardens, the Plants and Me. Talk by Steve Austin, organised by the Catisfield & District Horticultural Society. Visitors and new members welcome. (01329) 312269 or catisfield.com/CHS.