What’s on for Wednesday, December, 24, 2014

Kirsty-Anne Shaw and Craig Golding star in New Theatre Royal's Beauty and The Beast. (171096-1)

Exploring the beautiful and beastly sides of Portsmouth in The New Theatre Royal's Christmas show

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What’s on around the area today

EVENTS

FRATTON: St Mary’s Church, Fratton Road. 5pm. Nativity Service. The Christmas story as told by children.

FRATTON: St Mary’s Church, Fratton Road. 11.30pm. Midnight Mass.

GOSPORT: Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower. Meet Santa at Explosion. Admission to museum free, £3 to meet Santa.

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.

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: 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: 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.

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. Faith’s Church, Crasswell Street, Landport. 11.30pm. Midnight Mass.

SOUTHSEA: The Golden Eagle. Somethin’ Else. Rock and sax Christmas Eve party.

EXHIBITIONS

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. 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 for more information.

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: 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. (023) 9283 4779, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 11am-4pm. Craft Emergency 2014. Craft Emergency winner, Malene Hartmann Rassmussen, will be displaying her work alongside 12 other artists from across the globe. (023) 9277 8080, aspex.org.uk

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) 9272 7582.

PORTSMOUTH: 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: 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: 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: 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.

GIGS

FAREHAM:Hill Park M.W.M. Club, Highlands Road. 8pm. Dave Barret. Admission free. Visit hpmwmc.co.uk for more details.

PORTSMOUTH: The Milton Arms, Milton Road. 7pm-late. Front Bar Disco. With DJ Miss Nixx. Admission free. Call 07505 953063 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: The Eastney Cellars, 56 Cromwell Road, PO4 9PN. 8pm. The Racketeers. Live music from Portsmouth-based seven piece band tagged in the industry as Jamaican RnB / Ska / Blues n Soul. Originally formed as a four piece in 2004 they then went on to add a brass section to their 60’s blues n soul sound. Admission £6 in advance, £7 on the door. Call (023) 9282 6249 or visit thecellars.co.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Shearer Arms, Shearer Road. 8.30pm-late. Kenny Mayes 50’s+60’s. All welcome.

SHEDFIELD: Samuels Rest, Upper Church Road. 9pm. Tangerine Tantrum.

SOUTHSEA: The RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, PO4 9PN. Xmas Eve. With Spike’s leg-endary classic vinyl rock roadshow.

STAGE

CHICHESTER: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, PO19 6AP. 2pm. 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. 11am, 2.30pm. Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Admission: children and over 60s £17.25, adults: £18.50. 01329 231942, fernehamhall.co.uk.

HAVANT: The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, 56 East Street, PO9 1BS. 2.30pm. Santa In Love. Family musical complete with games and Christmas songs. Santa will be available to meet children and give presents after the show. Tickets: £8.50.

PORTSEA: The Groundlings Theatre, Kent Street. 11am and 3pm. 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.

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 .