Mon 24 - Sun 30 Sep 2018
PHOTOGRAPHY: International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition, Willis Museum & Salisbury Gallery, Basingstoke, now until Sat 29 Sep
The last week of this exhibition featuring the very best botanical photography from around the world with a collection of winning images from the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) competition, now in its tenth year.
FOOD FESTIVAL: Emsworth, now until 7 Oct
Foodies rejoice. The pretty coastal town of Emsworth, with its array of independent shops and renowned restaurants and pubs, is once again hosting 2 weeks of food and drink related events, showcasing the best from local producers and celebrating community.
COMEDY: Rich Hall’s Hoedown, Southhampton, Thurs 27 Sep
Join US comedian Rich Hall and his virtuoso musical mates for a mash-up of music and comedy. His deadpan grumpy style has earned him fans all over the world and he’s a well-known face on TV comedy shows like Have I Got News For You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Here he proves he’s a darn good musician too.
OUTDOOR CINEMA: Grease, Havant Park, Thurs 27 Sep
Don your headphones for a Silent Summer Screening of cult classic Grease under the stars. If you can’t make this one, head on down to Fleet on Fri 28 for La La Land, Oscar winning toe-tapping extravaganza. They’ll be food and drinks to buy on both sites but don’t forget to wrap up warm and take a blanket!
NATURE: Owls by Moonlight, The Hawk Conservancy Trust, Andover, Fri 28 Sep
Enjoy a tour of the Hawk Conservancy Trust grounds and then watch the owls fly silently, skimming the top of your head, and learn all about these beautiful creatures. Wear plenty of layers and bring a torch as you explore the owls’ nocturnal world.
COMEDY/BALLET: The Trocks, Mayflower Theatre, Fri 28 and Sat 29 Sep
The all-male comedy ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (affectionately known as The Trocks) are actually from New York and are well known for their homages to classical ballet. Comic timing and brilliant ballet technique combine to make what sounds like a hoot of a show in their 40th anniversary year.
COFFEE FESTIVAL: Winchester, Sat 29 Sep
Celebrate all things coffee at the first ever Winchester Coffee Festival taking place in the Guildhall on Saturday 29 September. Try roasting your own coffee, meet coffee roasters, taste coffee cocktails, enjoy live music and a DJ and then buy all the equipment to become a home barista!
TALK/COMEDY: Ruby Wax, How to be Human, Southampton, Sat 28 and Sun 29 Sep
Ruby’s manual How to be Human, published in January, sets out to answer life’s big questions and with the help of a monk and a neuroscientist she does a pretty convincing job. Her show of the same name is a chance to join in the conversation – in fact she actively encourages audience input. Ruby uses her razor sharp wit and her knowledge of Psychotherapy and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (she has a Masters in it from Oxford University, doncha know) to discuss everything from evolution, to emotions, to sex, to relationships and more. Sounds fascinating.
SHOPPING: Hampshire Arts & Crafts Fair, Lockswood, Sat 29 Sep
Potter around this lovely fair bursting with crafts and gifts from talented crafters, artists and makers. They’ll be furniture, glassware, jewellery, toys, clothing, vintage items as well as specialist food and delicacies. Tea and cake available for the weary shopper too.