Mon 9 - Sun 15 Sep
THEATRE: Kinky Boots: The Musical, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Tues 3 – Sat 14 Sep
MUSIC: Beyond the West End, Shanklin, Theatre, Wed 4 – Thurs 26
For those who love a touch of la fromage, encourage those sing-along vibes with Beyond the West End at Shanklin Theatre. Running between Wed 4 – Thurs 26 it’s rammed full of songs and show tunes. Think Whitney Houston. Carousel, Tina Turner and of course, The Greatest Showman.
MUSIC: Have I Got Tunes For You, Stansted House, Havant, Thurs 12 Sep
Head for a cheeky weeknight concert at the beautiful Stansted House with this evening of tunes written by Sir Patrick Moore (yep, the astronomer). He was a keen xylophonist (who knew?) and musician, composing many scores and tinkling the ivories in the process. His works will be performed by accomplished musicians at this one-off event.
THEATRE: Bleak House, Theatre Royal Winchester, Thurs 12 – Fri 13 Sep
Dickens’ gritty tale comes to the stage in Winchester this week in this adaptation by David Glass. Featuring a rather sketchy line-up of reprobates (the characters, not the actors, mind!) you can really feel the gloom and doom of Victorian London while cheering on the fact that love will conquer it all.
EVENT: Southampton Boat Show, Mayflower Park, Fri 13 – Sun 22 Sep
Fancy yourself sipping champers aloft a beautiful yacht in the Med. While the dream may be slightly unattainable (I’ll keep checking my Lotto tickets in the meantime), you can certainly dip your toes into the water with the annual extravaganza that is the Southampton Boat Show. Featuring impossible dreams and some more realistic ones, there’s also plenty of entertainment and quirky extras to check out on a visit.
THEATRE: Death In The Afternoon, The Diving Museum, Gosport, Fri 13 Sep
Part-theatre, part-true crime this fantastic free show at Gosport’s Diving Museum is all about a little duel that took place just mere meters from the location back in 1854. Not only was it totally illegal but is also possibly the final time a person died on British soil with this archaic practice. Who were they? Why were they fighting? All will be revealed this weekend.
MUSIC: Martin Kemp presents 80’s Gold, Winchester Guildhall, Fri 13 Sep
For a good slog of teenage dreams rolled up into one Friday night out then head to Winch for Martin Kemp Presents 80’s Gold at the Winchester Guildhall. With already two shows sold out, this night is promised to be a throwback. Although 80’s dress is not essential it is very much encouraged, so grab your leg warmers and head on over an unforgettable night.
FOOD & DRINK: Cellar Door Day, Alresford, Fri 13 Sep
Muddy faves Hattingley Valley are opening their (cellar) door in Alresford for a no-book required sip and sup on their award-winning wines. Cellar Door Day is happening on Fri 13. Hey, it may be unlucky for some, but we can weather the storm with wine. Amma right?
THEATRE: A Murder Has Been Arranged, The Phoenix Theatre, Bordon, Fri 13, Sat 14 & Fri 20 Sep
If Bake Off hasn’t been dramatic enough this week and you’re looking for a bit of a thriller this weekend then make a beeline to Bordon for A Murder Has Been Arranged at The Phoenix Theatre. Follow the tale of the eccentric Sir Charles Jasper as he comes entangled in a haunting, money-grabbing situation which just happens to be during his 40th birthday party.
FOOD & DRINK: The Gunwharf Quays Gin Festival, Portsmouth, Fri 13 – Sun 15 Sep
Speaking of drinks, the weekend of Fri 13 – Sun 15 sees The Gunwharf Quays Gin Festival in Portsmouth. Hosted by The Gin Lounge, this festival offers exclusive gin bars, a complimentary cocktail, various tasters and many masterclasses. A great day out for all gin lovers (which, to my knowledge, is a lot of us). It’s also coinciding with Gunwharf’s Restaurant Week which has special events and offers at its numerous restaurants.
EVENT: Open Taster Day at The Retreat New Forest, Christchurch, Sat 14 Sep
Ever wanted to get a wiggle on with mindfulness but don’t know where to start? Then how about a slight sneak over to Dorset (honest, I won’t tell!) for a fab Open Taster Day at The Retreat New Forest in Christchurch. This is an all-day bumper session of some of their most popular classes. So don those yoga pants and get ready to find a brand spanking new improved you.
FOOD & DRINK: Pop-Up on the Pier Food Festival, South Parade Pier, Southsea, Sat 14 – Sun 15 Sep
Need a bit of help soaking up all that booze? Then stumble along down the seafront to the Pop-up on the Pier Food Festival at South Parade Pier, Southsea this weekend. As well as being a gorgeous pier (fun fact: The Who almost burned it down once, whoops!) this day of street food from local businesses and live music will make a brilliant family day out by the beach. Get there early and head to nearby Canoe Lake for free parking.
OUTDOORS: The Romsey Agricultural Show, Romsey, Sat 14 Sep
Grab a pair of Hunter wellies and get your tweed on, because The Romsey Agricultural show is also on Sat 14. Locally grown food, a fairground, dogs and horses – totally countryfied but well worth the trip.
FOOD & DRINK: New Forest Vegan Festival, Brockenhurst Village Hall, Sun 15 Sep
Heading to the West now, Sun 15th is New Forest Vegan Festival at Brockenhurst Village Hall. A 100% vegan festival full of delicious food, talks, live music and children’s entertainment. This festival is perfect for any vegan families, flexitarians and general lovers of ALL the food.
MUSIC: West Meon Music Festival, Fri 13 – Sun 15 Sep
For something a little more highbrow this weekend, not to mention a rather stunning area (honestly, the Meon Valley is beeeautiful) then this music festival will tick all the boxes. Classical music favourites from the likes of Debussy, Tchaikovsky and many more, performed by incredibly talented musicians. Get a good dose of culture all in one weekend (and a lot of the tickets include cake as well, woohoo!)
EVENT: Audience with Lesley Garrett, Theatre Royal Winchester, Sat 13 Sep
Everybody’s favourite soprano Lesley Garrett sashays into Winchester this weekend for an evening of chatting, anecdotes and utterly knee-trembling music. Having returned to the English National Opera this is a brilliant opportunity for an intimate evening led by the operatic sensation.
FOOD & DRINK: New Forest Foraging, Ringwood, Fri 13 & Sun 15 Sep
As the Autumn draws in and Brexit becomes more of a reality (la, la, la lets all stick our fingers in our ears), self-sufficiency isn’t looking like a bad shout at the moment. So, don your wellies and your eagle eyed vision and learn from the team at Wild Food UK about what you can eat during a zombie apocalypse and what to leave the hell alone. While you may not swap Waitrose for the great outdoors completely, it’ll change the way you think about food in the future.
KIDS & FAMILY: In The Night Garden:Live, The Anvil, Basingstoke, Sat 14 – Sun 15 Sep
Ahh Iggle Piggle, what have you been up to? If the kids are back at school and you’re trying to keep the ankle biters at peak happiness (and thus your sanity) then lull them into a mild hypnotic state with their favourite CBeebies characters live on stage at the Muddy Award-winning Anvil Theatre. While it may not be particularly gripping for you it could potentiallly help you win the bedroom war that evening.
THEATRE: House of Burlesque, Kings Theatre, Southsea, Sat 14 Sep
Oh we do love a bit of cheekiness here at Muddy, and this evening of beautiful burlesque has it in droves. Hosted by the ever-droll Joe Black this evening of dark humour, sequins and more than a little bit of skin (in a classy way, obvs) is bound to have you in stitches and thinking seriously about investing in an ostrich feather fan.
EVENT: Bake Off and Bubbles with Jon Jenkins, Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel, Sun 15 Sep
Beloved for his Hawaiian shirts and epic bakes, Jon Jenkins GBBO 2018 alum is heading to Southampton this week for an afternoon of chat, demonstrations, fizz and what Paul and Prue are REALLY like. And yep, there’s cakes with afternoon tea included in your ticket
POP-UP: Crafts in the Tower, Square Tower, Old Portsmouth, Sun 15 Sep
Hosted in the rather beautiful Square Tower come and see the wonderfully quirky creators of Portsmouth and beyond as they bring their wares to this month’s Crafts In The Tower. If you’re a bit of a book fiend keep your eye open for the stall that sells lots of local-based fiction as well.
KIDS & FAMILY: Sunday Circus School, The Point, Eastleigh, Sun 15 Sep
While we would never *want* our kids to run away with the circus the fab Circus School held at Muddy fave The Point is a great way to get them prepared if they decide to. Physical fun and plenty of comedy, it certainly beats a rainy Sunday playing Fortnite.
CULTURE: I Grew Up 80s,Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery, Basingstoke, until Sat 14 Sep
If you’ve not had a chance to check out this cracking exhibition in Basingstoke then make sure you head there this week. It’s the final week of big hair, crazy jumpers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, all carefully curated into one exhibition. And, if you can’t make it don’t cry into your United Colors of Benetton jumper as it’ll be popping back up in Gosport from next week.
EVENT: “So You Think You Know Me” with Graham Cole OBE, Riverside Centre, Newport, Sat 14 Sep
PC Tony Stamp is heading to the Island to clean up the streets. Ok, maybe not but actor and OBE, Graham Cole is hosting an evening of chat, insider-gossip from behind the scenes of that classic cop show. And for your £15 ticket you also get pie and chips, in true London copper style.
FAMILY & KIDS: The Brading Faerie Festival & Woodfair, Brading, Sun 15 Sep
The Isle of Wight is full of legend and mystery, if you fancy really embracing it to its full extent then definitely flit down to this festival of fairies, woodland creatures and more. Expect to see unicorns, a full fairy market and many more cool and quirky things to do.
EVENT: An Evening with Michael Parkinson, Theatre Royal Winchester, Sun 15 Sep
After a reschedule because he was a bit poorly (he’s feeling better now though, hoorah!) TV legend Parkie rocks up to Theatre Royal Winchester for An Evening with Michael Parkinson on Sun 15 Sep. AND, for once he’s not asking the questions… his son is. Bound to be a fascinating look behind the scenes with the King of Interviews.
CULTURE: Artist takeover: Mary Wollstonecraft, Chawton House, until Fri 29 Nov
It’s been 230 year since the French Revolution and this fantastic exhibition chronicles the musings and accounts written by Mary Wollenstonecraft, a writer and philosopher who resided in Paris during The Reign of Terror. Her accounts have been taken and transformed into striking imagery by artists Louisa Albani to give visitors a real experience for all senses.