What’s on around the area today
CHICHESTER: New Park Centre, New Park Road. 10am-4pm. Father Christmas. Children can meet Father Christmas , refreshments available for parents. Admission £3 per child.
DRAYTON: The Drayton Centre, Havant Road, PO6 1PA. 10am-3pm. A Christmas Arts and Crafts, Singing and Dancing Workshop.
Run by the ‘Acting Up’ children’s drama group. For boys and girls from five years upwards. Admission £15.00. For more information, ring Julia on 0780 464 2457.
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 heave read, to receive a virtual badge and secret video as a reward. Register interest with Beddow Library staff. Call (023) 9268 8144 for more information.
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: 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: The Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays. 10am-6pm. Santa at Spinnaker Tower. Kids can meet Santa on the view decks 100 metres above Portsmouth Harbour. Festive treats will be available in the Waterfront Café and Café in the Clouds on view deck two. Admission £6.95 for children, £7.95 concessions and £8.95 adult.
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.
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.
GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm Mon to Sat. The Artists’ Rifles. Exhibition showcasing the work of soldiers from the Artists’ Rifles volunteer regiment. Free admission, closed Suns and Bank Holidays. For more information visit hants.gov.uk/gosport-gallery
PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Lines of Best Fit. Features existing artworks and two site specific drawings; created especially for the Aspex Guildhall space. Both artists have reacted within the limitations set by the space whilst continuing to expand the definition of ‘drawing’ within their current modes of practice. Visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk/your-visit/aspexguildhall 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: 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. 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: 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. (023) 92727582.
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
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. South Central Group Exhibition. Aspex’s new open submission group exhibition, which seeks to highlight the work of emerging visual artists working in any media in the South of England. A winner will be chosen from this shortlist, who will then be supported by the team at aspex to produce a solo exhibition. Visit aspex.org.uk for more information.
HAVANT: The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, 56 East Street, PO9 1BS. 1.45pm. It’s a Wonderful Life. (U) 132 minutes. Tickets: £6, £5.40 concessions.
PORTSMOUTH: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road, PO4 0JW. 8pm. The Good Time Charlies. Plus special guests Paul Groovy and The Pop Art Experience, You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn In To Demons and The Cartel. Admission £5. Call (023) 9286 3911 for more information.
ROWLANDS CASTLE: Fountain Inn, The Green. 8.30pm-11pm. Open mic night with Nigel and friends. Free admission. Call (023) 9307 2783 for more information.
SOUTHSEA: The RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, PO4 9PN. Lounge@The RMA. Acoustic showcase night.
CHICHESTER: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, PO19 6AP. 2pm and 7pm. 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. 2.30pm and 6.30pm. Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Admission: children and over 60s £17.25, adults: £18.50. Call 01329 231942, or visit fernehamhall.co.uk for bookings and more information.
PORTSEA: The Groundlings Theatre, Kent Street. 2pm and 7pm. Cinderella. Family panto performed by a cast of professionals as well as local children. Adult tickets £16, concessions £12, children £10, family £42. Concessions available. Call (023) 9273 7370 for bookings and more information.
PORTSMOUTH: The Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 10.30am. 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 bookings or more information.
WALKS & TALKS
BUCKLAND: Meet at Bucklands Community Centre, Malins Road. 10.30am. Stamshaw Foreshore Walk. Healthy walk with views to Portchester Castle. New walkers to arrive early to register . Led by volunteer walk leaders and organised by Portsmouth City Council’s Independence & Wellbeing Team. Contact Paula Day on (023) 9284 1762 for more information.
PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 11am. Guildhall Tour. Led by a concierge, the tour takes a closer look into the history of the Guildhall and the events and occurrences which have made it the building that it is today. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Admission free.
PORTSMOUTH: Meet outside Civic Offices, Guildhall Square. 12.15pm. Lunchtime Walk. Take a break with this brisk walk to Gunwharf or Southsea and back. New walkers to arrive early to register . Led by volunteer walk leaders and organised by Portsmouth City Council’s Independence & Wellbeing Team. Contact Paula Day on (023) 9284 1762 for more information.