Mon 30 Dec - Sun 5 Jan
FAMILY: Victorian Christmas at Beaulieu, until Wed 1 Jan
Hear ye! Hear ye! If you can’t quite give up that Christmas vibe yet then Beaulieu is running its magical Victorian Christmas right up until New Year’s Day. Take the kids to wander around the heritage buildings, placate the petrolheads with fast cars and consume as much mulled punch and mince pies before your resolutions kick in.
EVENT: New Year’s Eve at Lime Wood, Lyndhurst, Tues 31
Get the party started for the new Roaring 20s with an evening at the legendary Lime Wood. From 9pm, the corks will be popping, the jazz band Freddie & The Freeloaders will be bopping and you can see in the New Year in style. Love it!
FAMILY: Horrible Histories® Pirates: The Exhibition, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, until Tues 31
Getting a touch of cabin fever with the kids being off? We hear ya. Then take the salty seadogs down to the Dockyard to catch the last few days of the fab Horrible Histories® Pirates. Gruesome tales, slightly dodgy goings-on and also SUPER conveniently placed by Gunwharf to spend your Christmas moolah in the sales.
EVENT: Alcohol-Free New Year’s Party, Somerton Lodge, Tues 31
Divisive thought…you don’t necessarily need to have a drink to have fun. There I said it. Whether you’re a total teetotaller or just fancy giving your liver the night off, this fab New Year’s Eve do is all the fun without the spirits at the gorgeous Somerton Lodge on the Island. See in 2020 with a clear head and while the night away as we count down to the new decade.
EVENT: New Year’s Eve at Watership Down Inn, Tues 31
Muddy’s Destination Pub of the year for several years on the trot means its certainly making a move for this coming New Year’s Eve. With a fab landscape that’ll be full of wintery beauty, a cosy pub with plenty of character and a well-stocked bar, we know this will be the perfect ticket for the last hours of 2019.
EVENT: New Year’s Eve Party, HarBar, Southampton Harbour Hotel, Tues 31
For something with a hint of cosmopolitan glamour, join the bright and beautiful of Southampton as the HarBar sees in the New Year. It’s all GOLD as well from gold leaf in your drink, gold decor and all the gold sequins you can shove on one outfit. Book a VIP booth to really maximise on the party atmosphere as you see out this decade.
EVENT: Sandown New Year’s Day Fireworks, Wed 1
If you’ve managed to avoid the inevitable New Year’s hangover (hurrah!) then make the most of the last throes of the festive season with Sandown Carnival’s fireworks. There was a little switcheroo with dates to celebrate 130 years of the carnival and a whopping brand new decade, so get down to the pier for the 6pm show.
FAMILY: Aladdin, Shanklin Theatre, until Thurs 2 Jan
I’m not sure if we have the 2019s Disney remake to thank for this overload of Aladdin productions but whatever it is Aladdin is the hottest performance on this Crimbo. Enjoy the trad panto at the Island’s gorgeous Shanklin Theatre, plus if you come over from the mainland and miss the ferry, I bet Aladdin will give us all a lift home on his magic carpet.
OUTDOORS: Fossil Walk, Yaverland, Fri 3 Jan
Need an excuse to tote your brand new cashmere scarf? Then wrap up warm and head fossil hunting on the Island this weekend. It’ll blow out your cobwebs and help uncover some amazing fossils that have donned the Wight’s coastline for millions of years.
WORKSHOP: New Year’s Resolution Calendar, St Barbe Museum, Fri 3 Jan
Grab the glitter glue and good intentions for this fab New Year’s Resolution Calendar workshop. Not only will you feel more inclined to stick to them past the end of January (looking at YOU gym membership) with something cool to look at, but you’ll also be invited to a follow-up session to see how you got on. How’s that for some accountability?
MUSIC: Thrive In 2020 – New Year Concert with Magdalena Atkinson, The Retreat, New Forest, Sat 4
Ease into the new decade with the dulcet tones of Magdalena Atkinson and her catalogue of zen-inducing melodies. Less rock and roll and more roll into it, this one-off concert is just what the yogi ordered when it comes to early January entertainment.
EVENT: Torchlit Wassail, Heckfield Orchard, Sat 4
Bonkers British Tradition Alert! Heckfield Orchards need your help with a good ol’ singsong and raising a toast to a plentiful year. This tradition dates back to pre-William the Conqueror and is as unusual and quirky for locals, plus totally requires booking in for lunch or dinner at one of Harry and Meg’s alleged fave spots.
THEATRE: Dick Whittington, The Theatre Royal, Winchester, until Sun 5 Jan
Join Dick and his cat on their wild adventure to the streets of Winchester. As Dick seeks to make his fame and fortune, he must overcome challenges and obstacles (such as the Winchester one way system) set by the sinister King Rat and his revolting rodents. Filled with plenty of audience participation, festive songs and ‘oh yes you did’ this is a great take on a classic panto.
FAMILY: Jack and the Beanstalk, Prince Albert Hall, Aldershot, Fri 6 – Tues 31 Dec
It has taken a whole year to make this panto so we expect great things. So, imagine a panto with up off your seats dancing, stunning costumes, fabulous sets and excellent music – this is it! Plus, they are even encouraging audience members to come in fancy dress… now where’s my Wicked Witch costume…?
CULTURE: Aladdin, Kings Theatre, Portsmouth, until Sun 5 Jan
Aladdin is all the rage this year and I promise you that this show is worth it. With a star-studded cast including The Voice’s Lucy Kane, Phats & Small’s Ben Ofoedu and none other than (drum roll, please) Boyzone’s Shane Lynch this pantomime will be an epic festive production.
EVENT: Tree planting, Cubridge Nature Reserve, Sun 5
Feeling the guilt over all that wrapping paper? Then give back to old Ma Nature with a spot of tree planting to set off the new decade. Organised by the National Trust at Mottisfont and SC Johnson, you can plonk a brand new sapling into the ground and it’s totally free. There’s 6000 to plant so we best get cracking…