EXHIBITION: Stars of Fleet Street, Dimbola Museum & Galleries, Freshwater, Sat 26 Oct – 15 Dec
This exhibition is a throwback to the golden era of newspapers when Fleet Street reigned supreme over what the world knew (or in some cases didn’t know). Featuring the work of five prominent photographers, this will give attendees a snapshot into behind the scenes of the famous snaps, the celebs and royals they worked with and where they went next.
THEATRE: Les Misérables, The Mayflower, Southampton, Tues 29 Oct – 23 Nov
Vive la révolution! Les Misérables is a classic show and continues to enchant audiences both on stage (as well as screen – partly filmed in Hampshire, no less!) many, many years after it first appeared as a live performance. The show will be taking over the Mayflower for the majority of November and bringing classic show tunes such as I Dreamed A Dream and Do You Hear the People Sing? to the stage. Bring your hankies, it’s a tearjerker.
MUSIC: Feeder, The Pyramids, Portsmouth, Fri 1
Tearing up the music scene since the 90s, Feeder is back in Portsmouth this week with the band’s trademark high-octane rock. Grab your dancing stilettos and get ready to jump around to classics such as Seven Days In The Sun, Buck Rogers and (my personal fave) Just A Day – DOO DOOO DOO DOO!
MUSIC: Rocky Horror Tribute Live, The Village Hotel, Portsmouth, Fri 1
Also on in Portsmouth today, equally iconic tunes but of a different ilk is a live dinner performance of Rocky Horror. Held at the slightly swanky Village Hotel on the outskirts of the city, guests can enjoy a three-course meal with a side helping of The Timewarp and Dragtacular costumes.
EVENT: BBC History Weekend in Winchester, Fri 1 – Sun 3
There really isn’t a better location to step back through time than Winchester. The country’s original capital city, BBC History Magazine transforms the whole city into a lecture theatre allowing people to find out about the myth and legend of the city plus further afield. Speakers include Dan Jones, Tracy Borman as well as walking tours and various Q&A events.
THEATRE: Sh!t-faced Shakespeare®: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, Sat 2 Nov
This is culture with a distinctly Muddy-feel. Enjoy one of the Bard’s top tales, with one cast member chosen to chug some booze in the hours leading up to the show. What can you expect? Complete hilarity, everything going slightly awry and probably a pretty accurate show comparison to what it would have been in Shakespeare’s era. Drink up!
FOOD & DRINK: The Cliff House Bonfire Night, Barton on Sea, Sun 3
If you love this time of year but don’t fancy traipsing to a same-old-same-old firework display, then head to Muddy fave The Cliff House for an epic bonfire party. Swapping sparklers for boozy hot chocolate, plus a delicious three-course meal for a pocket-friendly £25, this is a perfect Autumn evening event. And, with no fireworks its perfect to take your pups to as well.
EVENT: Playzone Adult Night, Cosham, Tues 5
Soft play wasn’t really a thing when I was a kid, and I have to say I’ve always been just a teeny bit jealous of my kids when they dash around, headfirst down slides, having a whale of a time. However, the tides have turned as Playzone is hosting one of its famous adults-only nights this month. Grown-ups, giant slides and booze – what could go wrong?
COMEDY: Ben Elton, The Anvil, Basingstoke, Tues 5
Lighten up your Tuesday night with one of the tour de force of comedy. Ben Elton is known for his stinging stand-up, excellent writing and generally being a little bit outspoken. This latest show sees him trying to make sense of the current chaos in the world in a witty and ‘If you don’t laugh you’re going to cry’ fashion.
EVENT: Claudia Bradby Jewellery Sample Sale, The Grosvenor, Stockbridge, Thurs 7
Double bubble with this one, spend an evening perusing some awesome jewellery bargains from Hampshire’s Pearly Queen Claudia Bradby at one of our fave spots in Stockbridge. If it’s good enough for Kate Middleton it’s certainly good enough for us. Also, make sure to check out our interview with Claudia.
TALK: Meet the Distiller with Winchester Distillery, The Leather Bottle, Mattingley, Thurs 7
Winchester’s famous distillery has just launched a brand new look for its famous Twisted Nose Gin (have you seen it? It’s gorgeousssss). To celebrate the Winchester Distillery are hosting a special meet the maker event at The Leather Bottle in Mattingley, with tasters, a Q&A and a chance to find out what goes into our fave botanical sprit. Tickets are £10.
FOOD & DRINK: Supper Club with Saliha, The Greyhound On The Test, Stockbridge, Thurs 7
Masterchef ‘s 2017 winner Saliha Mahmood Ahmed is cooking up a right old storm in Stockbridge this evening. Drawing on her Pakistani heritage, mixed in with some Indian and Persian flavour, the menu features mouth-watering dishes such as Mughlai Lamb and Turkey Chapli Kebab Bites. Tickets are £45 pp.
EVENT: Mary Rose Platinum Ship Hall VIP experience, Portsmouth, Fri 8
No doubt at some point you’ll have seen the amazing Mary Rose – be it on a school trip or just to check out the historic icon. This week sees a SUPER exclusive chance to see Henry VIII’s ill-fated ship up close and personal with a special VIP experience. You can actually go into the Weston Ship Hall and get just a few feet from the wreckage, guided by an expert and catch a glimpse like no other. It’s not cheap at £250 per person, but this is a major once in a lifetime opportunity, and you get a goody bag, refreshments, access to world experts and a year’s ticket thrown in. Amazing!
COMEDY: Dave Gorman: With Great Powerpoint Comes Great Responsibilitypoint, The Anvil, Basingstoke, Fri 8
Dave Gorman is known for his amusing presentations and insightful mirth, and with his latest show heading to Basingstoke, it’s a great chance to see his famous Powerpointing in action. If you’ve ever heard of Googlewhacking or laughed yourself silly at Modern Life Is Goodish (the Toot-Toot switcheroo was inspired), then you’re going to love this evening of graph-based hilarity.
COMEDY: James Aldersons: Bring Back the 80s, The Spring, Havant, Sat 9 Nov
With a name like Bring Back the 80s and I KNOW that this is going to be awesome. Comedian James Aldersons’ show is an amusing look back on the decade that brought us Pac Man, Duran Duran and microwaved lobster as a dinner party showstopper. Tickets are £14 which is much cheaper than trying to build a time machine. If you miss this one, he’s also playing the show at Ashcroft Arts on Sat 23.
EVENT: West Quay Ice- Rink, Southampton, Sat 9 Nov – Sun 5 Jan
Winter is coming, and while that usually conjures up images of dragons and Sean Bean getting killed (again) it actually means that the skating rinks are returning to our towns and cities. Wooohooo! Southampton’s West Quay is kicking off from Sat 9th, perfectly placed for you to do some Christmas shopping as well, and features the Moguls Alpine Bar and a fab view of the ancient walls of Southampton. Skates on!
FOOD & DRINK: Chewton Glen Wine Club, Chewton Glen, Tues 12 & Tues 26
The first rule of Wine Club? Tell everybody about Wine Club! Chewton’s exclusive plonk tasting/food pairing event is back for two outings this month. The first is a special focus on award-winning South African biodynamic winery Avondale, followed by an evening all about Australian wine-royalty Jim Barry in Clare Valley. Tickets are £100 per person and include an incredible four-course meal, apertif and wine pairings.
THEATRE: Little Women, The Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth, Tues 12 – Sun 17
With news of the brand new Little Women film opening just after Christmas, The Groundlings in Portsmouth are putting their own spin on Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale. The show follows the trials and tribulations of Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy in Civil War-era America, expect plenty of haircutting, the dreaded Scarlet Fever and thoughts on sisterhood.
EVENT: An Evening With Andy McNab, The Grosvenor, Stockbridge, Wed 13
Even if you’re not into army and military books, Andy McNab is a name you’ll certainly recognise. The bestselling author is in Stockbridge this month for ‘An evening with…’ where he will be sharing his experiences of life in the SAS and his switch over to the life of a famous writer. The perfect excuse for a bottle of wine matched with some jaw-dropping real life stories.
POP UP: KemptonBranson Walk In Wednesday, Lymington, Wed 13
Muddy’s fave pop up duo are hosting a special Walk In Wednesday this month, perfect for grabbing bits and pieces for Winter and the Christmas season. With everything from clothing to homeware (I’ve got it on good authority they have some rather awesome candles too), you can enjoy a leisurely browse with the local indie outfit.
FAMILY: Winchester Christmas Lights Switch On, Thurs 14
If you’re one of those people who put your tree up on the 1st of November and have been tunelessly singing Mariah Carey since the clocks changed, you’ll be pleased to know the capital of Christmas (ie. Winchester) is back. On the 14th the lights will be on, the mulled wine will be flowing and the return of the Christmas Market will be but a mere week away (21st November). Bring on the mince pies, I say!
EVENT: Hormonal Housewives with Suzanne Shaw, The Anvil, Basingstoke, Thurs 14
Grab some gal pals for this honest look at what it’s like to be a woman. Hosted by Hear’say alum’ Suzanne Shaw, nothing is off the table at this frank chat about everything from bikini waxing to wobbly bits. Expect cringe-inducing tales that you’ll definitely relate to and cackles aplenty with this night.
FOOD & DRINK: The Little Kitchen Bistro Supper Club, Winchester, Fri 15 Nov
Yesssss, another pop-up and this time its the turn of The Little Kitchen Bistro. As well as being a previous Muddy Award winner (and totally providing the nibbles at this year’s winners’ drinks) the business knows what makes a culinary spectacular. This evening includes gems such as Jerusalem artichoke risotto, roast grouse and other lovely seasonal dishes. And for four courses it’s a pretty reasonable £35pp.
WORKSHOP: Silver Charm Necklace Workshop, J’adore Maison, Wickham, Tues 19
If you’ve not had the chance to check out one of Jewellery Move’s workshops (check out our review here), then this is a great one to start with. Located in Wickham (which is a super creative hotspot anyway) you can create your very own silver charm necklace under Fi’s careful tutelage. Perfect for a Christmas gift or to keep for yourself, you’ll get all materials, instruction and assistance to make your ideal bling.
FOOD & DRINK: Game Supper with Chef Gary, Myers Touch, Winchester, Thurs 21
This month’s Supper Club at Myers Touch is a celebration of game. Enjoy local wood pigeon and venison, all finished off with a chaser of sticky toffee pudding (you know how we feel about sticky toffee!) Tickets cost £45pp and it’s bring a bottle, so a perfect excuse to crack out that red you’ve been saving.
EVENT: Craft in Focus, Winchester Guildhall, Fri 22 – Sun 24
Oooh! Lots and lots of shiny things in Winchester this weekend as Craft In Focus combines the Contemporary Art & Design Fair and Desire Jewellery Fair. Whether you’re a budding crafter who can create Instagram-worthy items with a few pipe cleaners and glitter glue, or are totally creatively stilted, there’s plenty to see and buy at this event.
MUSIC: 80s Mania, The Anvil, Basingstoke, Thurs 21
We’ve had 80s comedy this month and now we’ve got 80s music. Arguably one of the best decades when it comes to the charts, this evening is packed with 35 hits from the era including good ol’ Madge, Madness and more. Dig your New Romantic togs from the back of your wardrobe and sing the night away at this one.
THEATRE: Carmen, The Mayflower, Southampton, Tues 26 – Fri 29
The Welsh National Opera is back in town for THREE performances, starting off with Bizet’s classic, Carmen. A passionate and tumultuous tale, the opera is en français, but thankfully there are Welsh subtitles with this one… oh and English too. Phew. They’ve also got Rigoletto (27-30) and The Cunning Little Vixen (28), so plenty to choose from.
MUSIC: Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Anvil, Wed 27
It’s Murder on the Dancefloor in Basingstoke this week as Ellis-Bextor warbles her way into Wednesday. As well as being the daughter of a Blue Peter presenter (I wonder how many badges she has?) she’s had her own stellar music career that’s spanned a couple of decades. Time to tap your toes methinks.
FOOD & DRINK: Wine, Port & Champagne Tasting Evening, The Chalet, Eastleigh, Wed 27
Want a chance to sip your way through the festive season must-drinks. Don’t mind if we do! This special evening at Eastleigh watering hole/venue/foodie spot, is hosted in conjunction with The General Wine Company and will provide an entertaining evening as well as VVVVV important research for December.
TALK: Sir Trevor McDonald: An Improbable Life, The Anvil, Thurs 28
The dulcet tones of Trev have been telling us what’s been occurring around the globe since he started his TV career in 1969. He’s covered some of the biggest world events in recent history, interviewed Saddam Hussein and Nelson Mandela – safe to say, he’s had a VERY interesting life. This is a chance to hear the tales straight from the newscaster’s mouth.
FOOD & DRINK: Winchester Wine Festival, Fri 29 – Sat 30 Nov
Forget your Summer music festivals, this is MY kind of event. Susie and Peter aka the Masters of Wine, return to Winchester once again for a full-on celebration of plonk, vino, glogg, bubbly and more. For £35 you get unlimited (UNLIMITED!!!!) tasting samples, a free wine glass and special event discount to stock up your wine fridge. You can also take advantage of various masterclasses and workshops and various other events that are on. Woohoo!
TALK: Achieving Cohesive Design, Myers Touch, Winchester, 29 – 30 Nov
After a good long mooch through Pinterest, we’re often full of great ideas that we’re keen to implement straightaway. Yet, imagination and reality can often end up resembling an explosion at an ideas factory. If you’ve ever got a bit overwhelmed with how to match up various designs and details, this is the talk for you. Led by Interiors & Colour specialist, Helena Myers, you’ll be guided through how to brainstorm and filter out the ideas so you can build a cohesive and elegant space. And, even better it’s totally free to attend.
CHRISTMAS: The Victorian Christmas Festival, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, 29 Nov – 1 Dec
Were getting all a bit Dickens in Pompey for Christmas. Complete with brass band, green Father Christmas and the smell of chestnuts and mulled wine in the air, the Victorian Christmas returns – probably one of the pinnacles of the Historic Dockyard’s calendar. I particularly love this event as it always seems to capture the real ‘feel’ of Christmas, and gets you ready for the next few weeks of tinsel/turkey chaos.