Mon 6 - Sun 12 Jan
MUSIC: Learn the Ukelele: Taster Session, Theatre Royal Winchester Cafe Bar, Wed 8
I always like to start the New Year off by learning something new and it’s an added bonus if it winds up the kids while I’m at it. This free taster session in the fab cafe at the Theatre Royal will get you creating ukelele tunes in no time and, if you end up really liking it, there are regular sessions to meet other pluckers throughout the year.
THEATRE: Buddy, The Mayflower, Wed 8 – Sat 11
Put a bit of 50’s spring in your step with the 30th-anniversary tour of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, as it jives into Southampton. Featuring classic tunes such as Chantilly Lace and Peggy Sue, you’ll be gyrating your hips and tapping your toes so much you’ll be able to skip the gym sesh.
WORKSHOP: Feel Good Art, Darn It & Stitch, Southampton, Thurs 9
A little spot of art therapy to warm your soul? Then pop along to Darn & Stitch, located right on the river to create your very own inspirational wooden sign. Here you’ll be guided through staining and painting your fave inspirational quote onto something to adorn your walls.
CULTURE: Learning to Look- One day workshop, Hampshire Art Studio, Thurs 9
The Hampshire Art Studio runs a range of fab artistic classes from absolute beginners to more confident artistes. If you’re thinking about dipping a toe into the creative world, then check out this one-day workshop – Learning to Look. This drawing workshop covers the absolute basics, will help you to actually look at things (and it’s surprising how much we don’t!) and then how to interpret that onto paper. Here’s to 2020 being the year we all win the Turner Prize!
FAMILY: The Railway Children, Theatre Royal Winchester, Fri 10 – Sun 12
Move over Famous Five and James Bond, The Railway Children were solving all the espionage back in the Edwardian era. This classic tale by Edith Nesbit has been made into films and TV series galore, but this week hits the boards in Winchester for a fab family show courtesy of Blue Apple Theatre who have a cast of extremely talented individuals with learning disabilities.
EXHIBITION: Jake Wood-Evans: Relic, Jewry Street Winchester, Fri 10 Jan – 29 Mar
This month sees the launch of contemporary artist Jake Wood-Evans’ solo show in Winchester. Known for his ethereal oil paintings, his modern images are very much influenced by past masters and this exhibition explores the link between the past and the future. Good to get a bit of culture in early doors I say.
WORKSHOP: New Year New Intentions, Yoga & Meditation Day Retreat, The Retreat, Sat 11
Hands up if mindfulness is on your New Year resolutions (*raises hand*). Then get a bit of a January boost with one of the fab day retreats at The Retreat in the New Forest. New Year New Intentions brings together yoga and meditation, plus a vegan lunch from ‘Raw is for Real’ to get your 2020 off to a flying start. I feel so zen just thinking about it.
FOOD & DRINK: Nose to Tail – Curing ‘a pig in a day’, Wolverton, Sat 11
There’s a spot of foodie fun on this weekend with Hampshire’s famous salami school branching out into total curing workshops. This event sees the whole of the pig being used, with no waste and making it last with clever artisan curing techniques. Vegans probably aren’t going to enjoy this one but if you’re mad about charcuterie it is definitely worth the £200 price tag.
WORKSHOP: It’s A Gin Thing, Chewton Glen, Sat 11
Giving Dry January a miss? Then have we got the course for you! It’s A Gin Thing held at Chewton Glen is a one-stop masterclass on creating your very own bespoke blended gin. Guided by co-founder and craft distiller of Pothecary Gin, Martin Jennings, you’ll be taught how to create the perfect tipple and also enjoy a specially crafted gin-themed lunch. You’ll also get to take home a 500ml bottle of your gin, Pothecary goodie bag and famous The Kitchen apron.
HERITAGE: Art Installation: Casting Light, Mottisfont, Romsey, Sat 11 Jan – Sun 8 Nov
This month sees the launch of a brand new light installation at Mottisfont – Casting Light – and it’s tipped to be very illuminating (sorry!) Located in the Red Room, this immersive experience is by renowned artists Heinrich & Palmer and uses modern technology to show the layers of history in Mottisfont unlike ever before.
EVENT: Mindfulness Trail, The Vyne, Sat 11 Jan – Sun 9 Feb
National Trust buildings and locations are known for being both historically important and jaw-droppingly beautiful, so how about factoring this into some well-needed reflection time? The Vyne is running a special Mindfulness Trail for the duration of January, giving visitors a chance to walk around its beautiful spots and take in some well needed mental clarity. Plus after lots of contemplative walking, you can justifiably treat yourself to a slice of cake at the cafe.
FAMILY: Surviving the Stone Age, Gosport Gallery, Sat 11 Jan – Sat 22 Feb
If the thought of the Wi-Fi cutting out gives you the cold sweats, then spare a thought for our poor old ancestors who didn’t even have dial-up. Surviving the Stone Age is a new exhibition at the Gosport Gallery looking at what life was like in Stone Age Hampshire, featuring artefacts that have lasted millennia and have-a-go activities.
FOOD & DRINK: Veganuary Pop-Up, Hunter Gatherer Coffee, Southsea, Sat 11
Plant-based lovers rejoice, there’s a fab pop-up dining event in Southsea this week and you’re going to love it. Located in one of Southsea’s coolest cafes (they even have a little ‘Confessions Box’ in the loo) this Middle-Eastern inspired feast is as yummy for the eyes as it is for the stomach. You’ll need to give them a bell for a ticket to the event, but the buzz from the local food community is that this is worth the lifting the receiver for.
THEATRE: What’s Love Got To Do With It?, The Mayflower, Southampton, Sun 12
Elesha Paul Moses is channelling the spirit of Tina Turner with brand new show What’s Love Got To Do With It? Created by the producers of the award-winning Whitney – Queen Of The Night, you’ll be treated to Turners back catalogue, delivered by Moses’ epic vocal talent in Southampton for one night only. We bet it’s going to be Simply The Best (haha, sorry I couldn’t help myself!)
FAMILY: Circus Fun Day, Badger Farm Community Centre, Sun 12
If the Christmas period has left you wanting to run off and join the circus then up your skillset before you sneak off with this family-friendly event in Winchester. Circus Fun Day gives the whole family a chance to have a go on unicycles, tightropes and spinning plates (we’re already masters at that I can guarantee!) Sessions are £5 for 2 hours and the proceeds go to the Wessex Cancer Trust.