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Things to do: February


‘How Many Elephants’ White Space, Alresford, all of Feb

A devastatingly beautiful representation of the African elephant’s plight: each tile in White Space’s soaring interior reflects the number of elephants poached each day. Suitable for all the family, there’s a colouring an elephant campaign for children to take part in.

Public views every weekend, Sat & Sun, 10am – 3 pm.


Travels Along the Spice Route, Cooking Demos with Gee Cartwright, London and Hants, Feb & Mar

South East Asian Food Market

Cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and pepper — it was the Spice Route that brought these wonders to our table. Take a culinary tour of Japan, Indonesia, India and the lands of the Middle East, with Gee Cartwright. Learn about the sensational flavouring these spices bring to our table and create dishes full of zing and aroma; is there any better way to soothe the soul during a gloomy British winter? Oh your mouth’s watering now? Places for these demos book-up quickly peeps. Take your pick between a morning in Gee’s own kitchen in Hampshire’s dreamy Test Valley, or jump at the excuse for a day in The Big Smoke and book a place on one of the Wandsworth Demos.




Rooftop walkway at The Vyne open daily until Wed Feb 28

Last chance to view the incredible 360 panoramic views. Protected by a huge metal shrink-wrap shell, this is one to do whatever the weather. Watch some of the 71,000 roof tiles going into place, erm, or if building work isn’t your thing enjoy stonking views of the estate.

The rooftop walkway is included in the admission price and is accessible daily until 28 February between 11am and 3pm. Last entry is at 2:30pm.


Holistic Yoga course with Wai Chung, New Energy Yoga, Parchment St, Winchester, beginning Feb 8 (8-week course)

New year, new you? Hmmm? Where do we even begin? Well New Energy Yoga might be a start, with its 8-week introduction to holistic yoga. The course is perfect for beginners, exploring all aspects of yoga from meditation to pranayama breath work.

Holistic Yoga Course, New Energy Yoga, 71 Parchment St, Winchester, £93 for the 8-week course.



Heath Robinson: Dreams and Machines exhibition at Mottisfont. Open daily until Sun Apr 15

‘The Gadget King’ Heath Robinson draws eccentric contraptions and each one of these screwball sketches is a treat. Expect over 60 original pieces plus a family trail.

11am-4pm (5pm from 5 February) at Mottisfont House & Gardens, entrance is included in standard ticket price.


Howard Brenton’s The Shadow Factory, NST City, Southampton, Wed Feb 7 – Sat Mar 3

Not only a world premiere but a grand opening: Howard Brenton’s The Shadow Factory launches NST’s new city centre location. It is 1940, The Battle of Britain rages and Southampton is home to our only hope: The Spitfire. Yes folks, there’s more, much more, to Hampshire’s first city than football and John Lewis.



May the Toys be with You at Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery, Basingstoke, Jan 13 – April 14

Credit: Joe Low Photography

In a galaxy not so far, far away an unmissable exhibition for Star Wars fans young and old has come to Basingstoke. May the Toys be with You is a beautiful exhibition containing rarely seen toys and original posters, spanning the franchise’s 40-year history. From X-Wings and light-sabres to cuddly Ewoks, expect treats for Star Wars fans young and old.

Admission Free, donations welcome.



Miss Saigon at The Mayflower, Feb 21 – Mar 17

Cameron Mackintosh’s epic rendition of Miss Saigon tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris – but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.


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Sparkling & Champagne Masterclass, Berry Bros & Rudd warehouse shop, Sat 10 Mar, 2 – 3pm

Modern, scandi wine store.

Did you know that the UK’s oldest wine merchant has its warehouse shop in the easily-accessible outskirts of Basingstoke? The Muddy-award winning store holds lots of wine & spirits masterclasses as well.  This one, hosted by wine experts Amelia Thornhill & Paul Keating, will cover 6 wines including Louis Roederer Champagne, Brut Premier, Massotino Prosecco and Cava. Each will be discounted by up to 20% on the day; an excuse to buy fizz, if ever an excuse was needed. [Read more about BBR Basingstoke in our Little Black Book]

To book a place call 01256 247 933.




Epoch presents WAREHOUSE 30, The Railway Inn, Winchester, Sat 10 Mar

Let me tell you a secret. Before I settled into my Muddy welly boots, stilettos were never really my thing (as I said, shhh!). No, I was more of an Adidas trainers and repetitive beats kind’a gal. And I’m not alone. Enter Winchester’s brilliant Epoch — the spiritual home of all us reformed-ravers. In 1987 a handful of DJ’s came back from Ibiza with a new sound, house music. They were hooked and by the beginning of 1988 the UK was raving to epic, euphoric warehouse parties every weekend; that was the start of the 2nd summer of love. To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary, Epoch present WAREHOUSE 30 playing classic tunes that defined the scene: epic old skool dance anthems, uplifting classics and beats from the eighties, nineties and beyond. Dancing boots on Muddies.



Chewton Glen Hotel, Mother’s Day, English Afternoon tea, Sun Mar 11

On Mother’s Day, treat Mum, Grandma and the whole family to a glass of fizz on arrival followed by a English afternoon tea served buffet style in the Lake Suite at Chewton Glen.


Further afield:

Modigliani, Tate Modern, until 2 April 2018

The Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work is quite a treat. During his brief, turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. His nudes that are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. First shown in 1917, police closed down his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. Also expect sculptures, and portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne.




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