What’s on around the area today
HORNDEAN: Merchistoun Hall, London Road, Horndean. 2pm–4pm. Tea dance.With sequence dances and some ballroom. Admission £2.50 which includes refreshments. (023) 9226 6177.
CHICHESTER: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, PO19 6AP. 10am-8pm. Living with dementia festival. Organised by the Chichester Cultural Learning Partnership. Events include craft workshops, interactive history sessions and a tea dance. Tickets must be booked in advance. Visit cft.org.uk/dementiafestival or contact the box office on 01243 781312.
COPNOR: The Stacey Centre, Walsall Road. 11.30am-1.30pm. Lunch club. Fresh homemade lunch and dessert with entertainment afterwards, which can include bingo, a quiz or a guest speaker. Admission £3.95. Call (023) 9261 7890 for information.
FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 10am-4.30pm. Hidden histories. Family activities include an ‘archaeological dig site’ where you can help the team uncover artefacts from Fort Nelson’s Victorian past. Excavate and examine hidden objects to discover what life as a Victorian soldier was really like. Sessions start at 11am, 2pm and 3pm every day. Daily gun-firing at 1pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the session. Tickets £3.50, can be purchased on arrival at the visitors’ centre. Suitable for ages 3+. Visit royalarmouries.org for more information.
FRATTON: Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place, off Clive Road. New age kurling. Admission £2.50 per session. Phone (023) 9278 0500 for more details.
FRATTON: Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place, off Clive Road. Friendship club. A different activity each week. Admission £2.50 per session. Phone (023) 9278 0500 for more details.
GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, PO12 1BT. 9.30am-3.30pm. Circus school. Local circus skills expert Matt Blossom teaches children how to juggle, diablo and spin plates. The children will perform a short circus show on the last day for friends and family to watch. Suitable for 7-12 year olds. Bring a packed lunch. Tickets £40, booking advisable. Tel: (023) 9250 3280. Visit mattblossom.com for more information.
GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, PO12 1BT. 7.30pm. Forgotten wrecks of the first world war. Along the south coast of England lie approximately 700 wrecks from the First World War. The importance of the war at sea during the Great War is often overlooked, despite the significance it had on Britain’s war effort. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Maritime Archaeology Trust are investigating these wrecks, and the story they tell. Tickets £3.
PORTSMOUTH: St Wilfrid’s Church, George Street. Midday. Charity lunch. A chance to enjoy a light lunch. The money raised will be used to support a charity. For further information call (023) 9281 4444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SOUTHSEA: The Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3TT. 10am-6pm. Celebrate with chocolate. The iconic tower will be celebrating its 10th Birthday by inviting guests to decorate a sweet treat to a Birthday, Easter or spring time theme. Prizes will be given to the best decorated treats. Admission £9.50 adults, £8.50 concessions, £7.50 children. Visit spinnakertower.co.uk for more information.
SOUTHSEA: Trinity Methodist Church, Albert Road. 10am-midday. Thursday chat and tea club. Come along for tea, cake and a warm welcome. Admission £2. Call (023) 9268 8705 for more details.
SOUTHSEA: St James Church hall, Milton Road. 11am. Singercise. Activity session for older people to improve fitness. Admission £2.50. 07754 528814.
SOUTHSEA: Southsea Common, Duisburg Way, PO5 3SB. 12.30pm-9.30pm. Netherlands national circus. A fast paced show featuring comedy, juggling, illusions, aerial performances, acrobatics and a flying trapeze. Accompanied by a live orchestra. For more information and specific show times contact 01132 602444 or visit netherlandscircus.com
COSHAM: Queen Alexandra Hospital, League of Friends’ coffee shop, Level B. 10am-4pm Mon-Fri; midday-3.30pm Sats and Suns. The paintings of Victoria Levy. Admission free. Cards by local artists on sale. Contact (023) 9238 7284.
EMSWORTH: Emsworth Museum, 10b North Street, PO10 7DD. Sat 10.30am-4.30pm, Sun 2.30pm-4.30pm. The Emsworth Improvement Scheme 1961-1962. A continuation of the exhibition on the improvement of Emsworth in 1961 when the Civic Trust led a drive to revitalise town centres in a Britain still suffering from the war. Features images of the town centre ‘before and after’ the formation of modern Emsworth. The new oyster display is also now open. Admission free, all welcome. Contact 01243 378091 or visit emsworthmuseum.co.uk
GOSPORT: Gallery @ Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Paul Kidby: Discworld and Beyond. Paul Kidby’s exhibition showcases the book covers and illustrations for Pratchett’s novels. It also reveals Paul’s own projects influenced by British folklore and landscapes. Admission free. Visit hants.gov.uk/gosport-gallery
HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Pass It On: Our History, Your Heritage. A revealing collection from the archives of Chichester Festival Theatre that allows for a unique insight into the
venue’s past. On display will be many items which have remained hidden away and unopened for decades, including photographs, letters, vintage costume and set designs and even antique props and models. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk
HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Jewellers’ Showcase. Wendy Nutt and Jill Clark are exhibiting as visiting artists in the first half of 2015. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk
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
PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 11am-4pm. Pompey Prints. A rolling exhibition of prints which celebrate Portsmouth and Southsea as its subject, showcasing the work of artists who live locally. Call (023) 9277 8080 or visit aspex.org.uk
PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, south corridor, ground floor. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Portraits. This exhibition shows highlights from a series of photographic portraits of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra players. Admission free. Visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk
PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Castle Road: Exhibition. This is the first exhibition in a new project partnership between The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Cultural Trust. Castle Road features photographs by BA (Hons) photography alumnus Dainius Šciuka, from the ‘Taste the Street’ series, 2013-14. Free admission, visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk for more information.
PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Diversity: Exhibition. The next in a series of local artists to exhibit in the Guildhall Cafe is Carol Ellen Stickland. Carol is self-taught and explores and experiments with styles and media, ranging from Chinese brush and watercolour to mixed media with collage. Free admission. Visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk for more information about this exhibition.
PORTSMOUTH: No. 6 Cinema, Boathouse 6, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3JL. Tea and pencils. Matthew Anstee presents work from his on-going collection ‘Cinefilms’, a playful and imaginative rendering of some of his favourite iconic, and cult classic films. Visit no6cinema.co.uk for more information.
PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Film Society, Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, PO1 2 DJ. 6pm. Great Dictator (U). In this anti-war epic, Chaplin plays both a humble Jewish barber and the monstrous Adenoid Hynkel, deranged dictator of Tomania. The first of Chaplin’s all talking films, The Great Dictator is a caustic satire of Hitler’s regime and a humanist plea for peace and tolerance. Duration: 122 mins. Tickets £6 or three films for £10. Contact 07528 808400 or visit portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk
PORTSMOUTH: No.6 Cinema, Boathouse 6, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3LJ. 7pm. Still Alice (12A). Alice is a linguistics professor married to the wealthy, loving John and is secretly diagnosed with genetically driven Alzheimer’s. The deterioration accelerates, and worse still, one of her children tests positive for the same gene. Tickets £8, concessions £6.50. Contact 074350 29408 or visit no6cinema.co.uk
SOUTHSEA: The RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Rd, PO4 9PN. Play@The RMA. Presented by Nick Courtney. An evening of live music from Abi Godley, Parv, Winters Sun, Sirpico, Electric Eden and more.