FAMILY: The Great Brick Safari, RHS Garden Wisley, Sat 26 Jan – Sun 3 Mar
If you go down to the woods today… make sure not to step on any Lego. The landscape of RHS Garden Wisley, is transformed for the next month with the addition of some rather unusual statues. With gorillas and all manner of creatures in the medium of brick, The Great Brick Safari is a chance to get some fresh air and amuse the kids at the same time.
CULTURE: Leonard da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, Southampton Art Gallery, 1 Feb – 6 May
One of the original greats, Da Vinci was famed for his artistry and vision, much of it years ahead of its time. His work and legacy are heading to Southampton with a special exhibition of 12 of his drawings, each one representing a big part of his life’s work.
THEATRE: KIN, The Point, Eastleigh, Thurs 28 Feb – Fri 1 March
Tumbling, twirling, whizzing and whirling, the 5-piece circus troupe, Barely Methodical Troupe, bring all the fun and spectacle of the big top with a huge dose of theatrical emotion. Definitely not one to miss.
THEATRE: Octopuses and other Sea Creatures, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, Fri 1 Mar
Explore the briny depths of the ocean with this production of imaginative and fantastical creatures. With a mixture of spoken word and other performance, you can come across H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu and discover a world of sirens, mermaids and other things bobbing below the surface.
COMEDY: The Big Mouth Comedy Festival, Portsmouth Guildhall, Fri 1 & 2, 7 & 8 Mar
It’s a bit of a comedic affair for two weekends in Portsmouth as the Big Mouth Comedy Festival returns to the south coast. With a line-up featuring top comics such as Jo Caulfield, Ivo Graham, Craig Murray and more – there’s Q&As, stand-up and comedy-drama to boot. Sides will be well and truly split.
FOOD & DRINK: Hattingley Valley Winery Tour and Tasting, Sat 2 Mar
Can you think of a better way to spend a weekend then touring a beautiful vineyard and sampling some of the goods? Didn’t think so. Muddy fave Hattingley Valley is opening its doors so you can have a good old nose around and find out about the vino in your favourite bottle. Best book a taxi!
THEATRE: Vampires Rock, Mayflower Theatre Southampton, Sun 3 Mar
Vampires aren’t just for Halloween and this rock-opera musical, starring X-Factor winner Sam Bailey has all the bark as well as the bite. With hilarious comedy, brilliant 80s tunes and all the pointy teeth you can imagine, Count Dracula won’t have a patch on this production.
WORKSHOP: Art Workshops, Riverside Lifestyle, Mon 4, Tue 5, Mon 11 & Tue 12 Mar
How about unleashing your creative spirit in March with an art workshop? In these art discovery classes, each with its very own theme, you can change your perception to look and see like an artist before committing your unique point of view to canvas.
TALK: An Evening with the Hairy Bikers, Mayflower Theatre Southampton, Mon 4 Mar
The bearded pair head to Southampton this week for an evening of chat, anecdotes and knowledge from their twenty-year culinary partnership. Si King and Dave Myers are big hits on the Beeb and have travelled the length and breadth of the country (plus some of the world), so I bet this evening will be full of surprises.
FAMILY: The Worst Witch, Mayflower Theatre Southampton, Wed 6 – Sun 10 Mar
The clumsiest witch with the biggest heart, Mildred Hubble jumps off the pages of classic kids books and onto the stage this week. Whether you read the stories when you were younger or have never heard of them at all, the stage adaptation of a poor young witch getting into scrapes will have you and the family laughing (and secretly relieved not to have any powers yourself).
COMEDY: Jason Manford, Portsmouth Guildhall, Wed 6 Mar
On a whirlwind tour of the UK, Jason Manford is in the south coast this week with his dry, and totally relatable, style of comedy. As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats, The One Show and more, he brings his latest offering, Muddle Class, to the masses.
DANCE: KAYA, The Point, Eastleigh, Thurs 7 Mar
For something a little more… avant-garde... then head to The Point in Eastleigh as they host for the production of KAYA. Through the medium of interpretative dance the story of displaced people and their search to find their place in a new community is tipped to be moving and memorable.
FAMILY: Outdoor Adventure Explorers, Hampshire Collegiate, Fri 8 Mar
With spring well and truly on the way, it’s time to take the little ones out and about (no more Peppa Pig marathons, hooray!). The Hampshire Collegiate school is hosting a fun session for the under 5s this weekend getting them to discover the outside world. Wellies and a keen sense of imagination are suggested.
WORKSHOP: Jewellery Moves Stacking Ring Workshop, La Di Da Andover, Sat 9 Mar
If you’ve got an urge for some crafting but not keen on waving around a glue gun, then how about making something far more chic this weekend? With this special workshop with Jewellery Moves, you can create and fashion your very own set of bespoke stacking rings. You’ll be able to impress all your friends and family with your newly acquired silversmithing skills.
COMEDY: Ed Gamble, Theatre Royal Winchester, Sun 10 Mar
Super posh and pretty darn funny, Ed Gamble has been a fixture on our TV screens for a few years now with guest appearances on Mock of the Week, Drunk History and Comedy Central Roast Battle. This weekend he brings his latest tour, Blizzard, to Winchester treating the audience to an evening of increasingly awkward, but hilarious, content.
THEATRE: The Band, Mayflower Theater Southampton, Tue 12 – Sat 16 Mar
For anybody who has ever been slightly in love with a boyband, The Band will resonate deeply with your teenage soul. Following the story of five friends, reunited after 25 years, on their quest to meet their beloved boyband is filled with laughs, a TONNE of Take That music and all the fuzzy-wuzzy feelgoods you could need.
THEATRE: The Paper Cinema’s Macbeth, The Point, Eastleigh, Thurs 14 Mar
This is Shakespeare’s Macbeth… errrr, the “Scottish play” as you’ve never seen it before. A dark tale of power, witchcraft and revenge (we feel you Macduff), this silent adaptation is performed by a cast of hand-drawn puppets complete with live score.
SHOPPING: Kooky Two Pop Up, Old Down Hall, Basingstoke, Fri 15 Mar
We love pop ups here at Muddy, and Kooky Two jewellery is having one this week. Yay! As well as a free glass of fizz, you can peruse the collections of stunning jewellery as well as clothes from Solo-Mia at the same time. It’s been a long week and you deserve a treat!
FAMILY: Healthy Eating Cookery Class, Hampshire Collegiate, Fri 15 Mar
Getting the kids to eat healthily is a constant battle sometimes. However, one surefire way to get them interested in fruit and veg is to put the cooking into their hands. Geared up for the under 5s, you can help chop, prepare and cleverly manoveur them away from the beige food, in this healthy eating cookery class at the Hampshire Collegiate school.
EXHIBITION: This Green and Pleasant Land, Eastwood Fine Art, Stockbridge, Sat 16 – Sat 30 Mar
This exhibition of landscapes from various artists is a giant celebration of the fabulous English countryside. Featuring prominent artists’ depictions of the sweeping landscapes across the country, you’ll probably find yourself humming Jerusalem as you take it all in.
WELLBEING: Vegan cookery and yoga retreat, The Studio, Tiny Homes Holidays, Newport, Sat 16 Mar
If you’ve ever fancied a yoga retreat but can’t find the time, then this is the event for you. This vegan cooking and yoga retreat is all packaged up into a single one-day session on the beautiful Isle of Wight. With cooking demonstrations, breathing exercises and the promise of an Oreo Cheesecake, you’ll be able to recharge your batteries and learn some new skills in just nine hours.
THEATRE: Jersey Boys, Mayflower Theatre, Tue 19 – Sat 30 Mar
The absolute classic production, Jersey Boys, has been wowing audiences for years (go on, admit it, you’re humming Big Girls Don’t Cry right now!) And while it’s been on Broadway, the West End not to mention travelled the world it still brings the crowds flocking.
TOUR: Ghost Tour of Winchester, Tue 19 Mar
You don’t need to wait for Halloween to get all spooky in Hants. On this special tour around our original capital, you can discover the grisly past of the streets we walk every day. Peeling back the layers of history on your walk you’ll be treated to an evening of entertainment (and maybe a few scares along the way. BOO!)
FAMILY: Crafty Creations for Mother’s Day, Hampshire Collegiate, Fri 22 Mar
March means Mother’s Day and what do mums want the most? Diamonds, champagne and cashmere, of course. Sadly, most 4-year olds lack the necessary funds to purchase such things (more’s the pity) but they do have plenty of creativity, imagination and heart. This crafty session at Hampshire Collegiate will get them making thoughtful gifts for the mum-figures in their life, to be treasured forever.
EVENT: The Human Library, University of Winchester, Fri 22 Mar
The Human Library is a different and interesting experience for your Friday night. Head to the library and select your “book” which is, in fact, a person. This is the chance to meet individuals from different walks of life and talk about their values and experiences. This fascinating experiment will help you learn more about the world and perhaps even see things from a different perspective.
WORKSHOP: Flower Arranging at The Montagu Arms, Tue 26 Mar
Not content with just being an amazing place to eat, drink and stay, The Montagu Arms can now also help you to create the perfect floral arrangement. Under the guidance of expert florist Mala Williams, you will learn how to select the perfect stems, prepare and arrange them to make a bouquet even Elton John would swoon at.
THEATRE: What’s Love Got To Do With It, Portsmouth Guildhall, Weds 27 Mar
Featuring the music of Tina Turner performed by X-Factor’s Elesha Paul Moses, What’s Love Got To Do With It is a sparkling tribute to the “The Burner”. With a ten-piece band, you’ll have Simply The Best (sorry!) night.
FOOD & DRINK: Fever-Tree and Chase Gin Tasting, The Exchequer, Crookham, Thurs 28 Mar
Crafting the perfect G&T is an art form – lime or lemon? How much ice? Which tonic to choose? It’s a minefield of decisions to make, in fact, you’ll need at least three drinks to make you feel relaxed again. At this evening at The Exchequer, hosted by Fever-Tree tonics and Herefordshire’s Chase Distillery, you’ll learn how to create the perfect concoction ever time. Sounds like my kind of night school.
MUSIC: UB40, Portsmouth Guildhall, Fri 29 Mar
As the soundtrack to many a romantic moment, UB40 have been serenading us with their lilting, reggae-vibed music for over forty years now. The For The Many 40th Anniversary Tour 2019 is the perfect excuse to drink lots of Red Red Wine and dance the evening away with their classic tunes.
SHOPPING: Kooky Two Mother’s Day Shopping Experience, Dummer Down Farm, Basingstoke, Fri 29 Mar
What’s better than a bit of shopping? A bit of shopping with added brunch, lunch or afternoon tea, of course. Kooky Two are at it again, bringing their fabulous jewellery just in time to spoil your mum (or yourself, obviously) and along with clothes from Solo-Mia, you can book a slot to browse and enjoy a meal and glass of bubbles with your slot. Spaces are limited so make sure to book your tickets.