DANCE: Rambert2, Theatre Royal Winchester, Tues 2 Apr
Calling all Culture Vultures, renowned dance company Rambert’s little sibling, Rambert2, is heading to Winchester this week with their exciting take on contemporary dance.
COMEDY: Kiri Pritchard-Mclean: Victim, Complex, West End Centre, Aldershot, Wed 3 Apr
A fan of leopard print and that Cruella inspired hair, you may have seen Kiri on shows such as The Russell Howard Hour. She doesn’t do things by half, and her show, Victim, Complex, is no exception. Spinning a funny take on some quite heavy issues this is comedy to make you think.
WORKSHOP: Arm Knit a Throw, Ursula Studio, Portsmouth, Wed 3 Apr
Beloved by the Instacrowd, those huge chunky throws made from mammoth yarn look incredibly cozy. But rather than shelling out hundreds for one how about making your own? This workshop, held by Cloud Nine Knits, will allow you to create your own bundle of snugglieness with a spot of arm-knitting. Yes, arm-knitting.
MUSIC: Live at Lepe, Thurs 4 Apr
Spot of music in a rather breathtaking spot? Sounds like a plan. Launching for 2019, you can enjoy the sounds of acts such as Lauren Ray, Kitty O’Neil and Djuno with spectacular views over to the Isle of Wight. With your £15 ticket, you’ll also get a free drink as well.
CULTURE: Churchill’s Abandoned Prisoners, Waterstones Winchester High Street, Fri 5 Apr
Local author Roger Wieloch is launching his new book this week with an event at Winchester’s High Street Waterstones. The book is a poignant tale about 15 British POWs that were captured during the Russian Civil War and the fallout that still has ramifications today.
FOOD & DRINK: Isle of Wight Distillery Gin Tasting, Seaview, Fri 5 Apr
Did somebody say gin? And not just any gin but the Isle of Wight’s very own botanicals. This evening of tasting at The Boathouse in Freshwater is a great opportunity to try some of the local specialities in a gorgeous location.
FOOD & DRINK: Southsea Beerex, Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, Fri 5 – Sat 6 Apr
To beer now, and in Southsea’s most eccentric venue you can sample a range of craft ales while listening to some up and coming music talent. You get a free commemorative glass and the chance to spot many beards and hipsters.
THEATRE: Shakespeare in the Garden, The Point, Eastleigh, Sat 6 Apr
Shakespeare is always better al fresco. Two of Shakespeare’s most memorable plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest, will be performed in abridged versions by The Point Youth Theatre this weekend. Fingers crossed for good weather to match the performance by the younguns.
DANCE: Here Come The Girls, Princes Hall, Aldershot, Sun 7 Apr
Get ready to SALSA! A mixture of individual and group performances by some of the ladies of Strictly, this show really proves that women have all the moves when it comes to strutting their stuff.
FOOD & DRINK: Spring Foraging Course, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Waterlooville, Sun 7 Apr
Off we head to the great outdoors and the chance to live the good life. This guided workshop in the expanse of Queen Elizabeth Country Park will show you what you can pick, prepare and eat for the Spring, plus get you some great big lungfuls of fresh air.
THEATRE: FLUX Festival, Smack That (A Conversation), New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, Tues 9 Apr
Part of the New Theatre Royal’s brand new festival, FLUX, Rhiannon Faith’s groundbreaking show Smack That is heading to Portsmouth. You, the audience, are guests at Beverly’s party filled with dancing, games and more, while also looking at the deeper issue of domestic violence. Expect a show that is both raw but thought-provoking.
EVENT: Cocktail Masterclass, The Jetty, Southampton Harbour Hotel, Tue 8 Apr
Cocktail time! This fabulous masterclass will take you from casual supper to confident mixologist with tips and tricks to creating the perfect cocktail. At this event, you get to mix (and sip!) a range of concoction for £30 per ticket.
EXHIBITION: Turning The Tide, Explosion! Museum, Gosport, Tue 9 – Sun 14
This art exhibition takes the issue of ecology in the modern world and how we can do more to protect our seas. With eight local art groups and a children’s take on the situation, all proceeds raised will go to A Plastic Ocean charity.
THEATRE: The Amazing Bubble Man, Theatre Royal Winchester, Tue 9 Apr
Go on, admit it. There’s still something quite fabulous about blowing bubbles, even as an adult. The Amazing Bubble Man has garnered world-fame for his amazing, science-defying creations made with just bubble mix. I dare you not to be as amazed as the kids.
FAMILY: Isle of Wight Children’s Festival, Quay Arts, Newport, Wed 10 – Fri 12 Apr
Launching for 2019, Quay Arts in Newport is celebrating the sprogs with the Isle of Wight Children’s Festival. Over the course of three days, there are shows and workshops for kids, with the majority being absolutely free.
FAMILY: Continental Circus Berlin, Southsea Common, Tue 9 – Sun 14 Apr
The circus is heading to town, complete with a ‘Globe of Death’ – eek! If you fancy treating the kids to a night of adrenaline, foot-juggling and general laughs then grab your tickets quick.
EVENT: Beauty is your Duty!, The D-Day Story Museum, Portsmouth, Fri 12 Apr
We take a lot of our makeup for granted nowadays and in the war era it was a major luxury. In this workshop at the recently refurbed D-Day Story Museum, you can find out exactly what it was like to put your face on in the 40s and even get some tips to make your beauty regime a bit more sustainable. Tickets are £60.
MUSIC: Record Shop Day, Sat 13 Apr
April means it’s time for another Record Shop Day. This national celebration of vinyl and local business, culminates in some exclusive releases, live performances and events around the country. In Hants and the Isle of Wight, we’re blessed with some particularly fab record shops and there are events happening across both counties.
Check out Pie & Vinyl – Southsea, Elephant Independent Record Shop – Winchester, Hundred Records – Romsey, Vinilo Record Store – Southsea, Heathen Chemistry Records – Fareham and Reflex Records – Southsea. And over on the Isle of Wight you have The Record Shop IOW – Newport, Ventnor Exchange, plus a special Record Fair in Cowes.
EVENT: New Forest Spring Sportive, Ringwood, Sat 13 – Sun 14 Apr
The sun is out and the New Forest will be filled with lycra this weekend at the New Forest Spring Sportive. This 81-mile race takes the cyclists all around the area, enjoying the sights and sounds of the Forest as they ride. Even if you’re not into your bikes its worth watching them whizz by in a sea of neon.
FOOD & DRINK: Honey Tasting Experience, Old Customs House, Portsmouth, Sat 13 – Sun 14 Apr
The weekend is looking pretty sweet with this honey tasting event. Not only does honey not go off but has some pretty impressive natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties. This taster session will let you try some local wares and discover how different each one can be. Definitely one for all you foodies.
SHOPPING: Port Solent Waterside Market, Port Solent, Sun 14 Apr
The Port Solent Waterside Market is back for 2019. Here you can take a look some of the talented crafters and creators of Hampshire while enjoying the scenic view of the marina. There’s also live music and lots of places to grab a bite to eat while you’re here. Free parking too!
MUSIC: Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage: Hidden Things, West End Centre, Aldershot, Wed 17 Apr
One for all you folk fans. Hannah and Ben are particularly noted for their excellent chemistry and intimacy through music. With the British duo receiving acclaim in the UK as well as the big US market, this is a nice chilled way to spend an evening.
FOOD & DRINK: Easter Supper Supper Club, Myers Touch, Winchester, Wed 17 Apr
Celebrating Great British Beef Week, Myers Touch returns for another one of their stellar supper clubs with McCrimmon & Reid. With four-courses of perfectly prepared food in their super chic showroom, this is a great way to kick off the Easter celebrations. Tickets are £50 per person.
MUSIC: Jack Up The Weekend, Newport, Fri 19 – Sat 20 Apr
Calling all you 80s fans, Jack Up The Weekend returns for another year at 1Leisure Medina in Newport. With two nights of music from Big Country and From The Jam, you can party like its 1989 all weekend.
FAMILY: Easter Duck Races, Yarmouth, Sat 20 Apr
Other nations may think us quackers but us Brits do love a good Duck Race. Purchase and name your duck from Holdings, Harwoods or the Pharmacy in Yarmouth before throwing them off the Yar Bridge to try to win a cash prize.
MUSIC: Idlewild, Engine Rooms, Southampton, Tue 23 Apr
Scottish rockers Idlewild are in Southampton this week at the super intimate Engine Rooms. Expect tunes such as You Held The World In Your Arms and Collect Yourself. Tickets are £22 inc booking fee.
FOOD & DRINK: Free-From Cookery Workshop, The Kitchen, Chewton Glen, Wed 24 Apr
The world is starting to take dietary restrictions a lot more seriously nowadays (hoorah!) However, there are many dishes that are quite tricky to replicate when you can’t use particular ingredients. At this class at Chewton Glen you can learn to create dishes such as meringues, mushroom risotto and gooey brownies that are completely gluten-free and vegan. Cost is £95 per person.
MUSIC: Back To The Future: In Concert, Anvil Arts, Basingstoke, Thurs 25 Apr
Great Scott! Saddle up the DeLorean for an evening of time-travel… with added culture, of course! In Basingstoke this week you can watch the classic 80s movie, Back To The Future, complete with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra providing the score. Now, to get to 88mph….
FAMILY: Circus Extreme, Mayflower Park, Southampton, Fri 26 Apr – Mon 6 May
Southampton gets the Big Top treatment this week with Circus Extreme screaming into Mayflower Park. With a wealth of daredevil acts to watch through your fingers and the UK’s largest big top tent, this is one to get your heart racing.
WORKSHOP: Silver Ring Workshop, Loam., Petersfield, Fri 26 Apr
Jewellery Moves are now bringing their fantastic workshops to Petersfield at the gorgeous Loam. Studio. You can learn the techniques and skills to create your very own silver rings while enjoying pastries and refreshments with your class-buddies. Spaces cost £65 and includes materials, refreshments plus you get to take your new bling home.
FOOD & DRINK: Toast on the Coast – Sourdough Workshop, Lee on Solent, Sat 27 Apr
Foodies, learn the magical art of Sourdough in Lee on Solent this weekend with this 4-hour class at the New Cottage Loaf Bakery. As well as the epic brunch staple you can also learn how to make the perfect pizza base and sexy sounding flavoured brioches. Yum!
WELLBEING: World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, Southampton Guildhall Square, Sat 27 Apr
Get yourself super zen in Southampton city centre this weekend (that’s not a sentence I thought I’d ever write…) as the city celebrates the art of Tai Chi and Qigong. With live performances at this free event, you’ll be well on your way to inner peace… via a quick nip into West Quay.
FOOD & DRINK: Gin Parlour, The Point, Eastleigh, Sat 27 Apr
The Point Theatre in Eastleigh is turning into a gin den this weekend. With live music from Tenderlore, you can enjoy a spread of excellent tapas for just £9.95 per person, along with some carefully crafted gin cocktails on offer.
TALK: The Really Wild Show, Nuffield Southampton Theatre, Mon 29 Apr
This evening takes a look at what we are doing to preserve wildlife and our natural world. With talks from Debbie Tann (CEO Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust) and comedian and environmental economist, Matt Winning, plus a panel discussion – it’s an evening to discuss some of the bigger picture facing the earth.
DANCE: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Theatre Royal Winchester, Tue 30 Apr
Featuring brand new choreography from Christopher Moore, the classic tale of Swan Lake is in Winchester for one night only. Performed by Ballet Theatre UK you will be enraptured by the beautiful costumes, traditional score and talented dancers of this show.
DOGSTIVAL, Pylwell Park, Sat 18 – Sun 18 May
Make sure to pick up your tickets for the most barking brilliant festival this Spring. Hosted by Chris Packham and with activities, events and stalls for you and your canine friends, you’ll be wagging your tail all weekend.
MUDEFORD SEAFOOD FESTIVAL, Dorset, Sat 25 – Sun 26 May
This free seafood festival in Dorset is tipped to be a great family-friendly weekend. With celeb guests including Rustie Lee, Fred Dineage and Brian Turner, you can eat your way around the seas while taking in demonstrations, music and more.