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Fri 15 - Sun 17 Mar

FAMILY: Dress Like a Victorian, The Vyne, Basingstoke, Dates from Mon 11 Mar

the vyne

Photo: Kabadas via Wikimedia Commons

This is fashion – 19th-century style. Starting from this week you can take the kids to experience what life was like in the Victorian age at The Vyne in Basingstoke. With a rack of costumes to try on, complete with hoop skirts, bustles and more, the kids will have a ball dressing up at this ongoing event.

THEATRE: The Band, Mayflower Theater Southampton, Tue 12 – Sat 16 Mar

The Band

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.

FAMILY: Science Week at the Mary Rose, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Thurs 14 – Sun 17 Mar

Mary Rose Photo by Michael Brace

Photo by Michael Brace

Henry VIII’s ill-fated vessel, The Mary Rose, is one of Portsmouth’s most famous attractions (and housed in a rather amazing building in the Dockyard as well). Obviously keeping an artefact of this scale and historical magnitude isn’t an easy task, and to celebrate Science Week the preservation team will be explaining how they managed to raise, and protect, this icon of Tudor life.

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!

Kooky Two Pop Up Facebook Event

FAMILY: Healthy Eating Cookery Class, Hampshire Collegiate, Fri 15 Mar

healthy food

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 manoeuvre them away from the beige food, in this healthy eating cookery class at the Hampshire Collegiate school.

SHOPPING: Wessex Guild of Craftsmen, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey, Sat 16 – Mon 25 Mar

Whittling, braising, weaving and more, there’s a lot of effort that goes into some of our countryside crafts. The Wessex Guild of Craftsmen is setting up shop in the pretty surroundings of Sir Harold Hillier Gardens for the public to take a look and pick up some of their wares made around the Hampshire area.

EXHIBITION: This Green and Pleasant Land, Eastwood Fine Art, Stockbridge, Sat 16 – Sat 30 Mar

eastwood fine art green pleasant land

White Horse Hil by Stella Agnew

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

yoga sea

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.

WORKSHOP: Starting Your Own Vegetable Garden, Minstead Study Centre, Sat 16 Mar

vegetable patchEmbrace the Good Life and make your daily life a bit more self-sufficient, with this introduction to vegetable growing. The one-day course headed up by horticultural maven Rosie Yeomans, will get you from seed to your own brand of kale smoothie in no time at all.

EVENT: Science & Engineering Day, Southampton, Sat 16 Mar

science weekWith a whole week of science and engineering discover in Southampton this week, the pièce de résistance is the Science & Engineering Day this weekend. All activities are free of charge and range from a Musical Tesla Coil, a talk on the evidence of evolution to even coding your very own emoji. Suitable from kids to grown ups, looking to get their science on.

WORKSHOP: Introduction to Lino Printing, The Garlic Farm, Sat 16 Mar

Set trends with your very own prints at this beginners guide to Lino Printing at the Garlic Farm this weekend. Headed up by fine artist Debbie Chessell, you’ll learn all about the process from prepping to carving and have your very own set of swish prints to take home with you.

FAMILY: DIY Science: Slime, Winchester Science Centre, Sat 16 – Sun 17 Mar

Will the slime craze ever end? Well, in the meantime, placate your little monsters love of the goo with this entertaining (and yes, educational. Woohoo!) event at the Winchester Science Centre. They can create the perfect slime, while also learning about chemistry and not destroying your kitchen surfaces at the same time.

SHOPPING: Crafts in the Tower, Square Tower Old Portsmouth, Sun 17 Mar

Restarting for 2019, Crafts in the Tower is an exhibition once a month of local creators that brings some of the best of Portsmouth’s craft to the public. Not only is it a great place to grab a gift or two, but the Square Tower with its historic past and epic heritage interior is worth a gawp at the same time.

FAMILY: Doggy Paddles, Beaulieu, Sun 17 Mar

doggy paddleForget the same old forest walk with Fido this weekend and instead take to the river. New Forest Activities are holding their regular Doggy Paddle where you, your family and pup, can take a trip down the Beaulieu River in a Canadian canoe for an adventure like no other. Bring a blanket (and probably some towels if your dog is fond of a swim), for an epic family day out in the New Forest.



FAMILY: Legoland Opening, Legoland Windsor, Fri 15 Mar

Lego Movie 2

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME! That earworm should see you through til’ this weekend when Legoland Windsor re-opens for 2019. With brand new attractions and a celebration of the brand new Lego Movie 2, you’ll be able to placate the kids with a trip to the fabulous theme park.


SHOPPING: Vintage Fashion Fair, Farnham Maltings, Sat 16 March

A quick nip over the border to Surrey will come up trumps this weekend, as you’ll be able to rummage through a fabulous vintage fashion fair in Farnham. With items from the 1900s to the 1980s, including some designer labels and fabulous accessories, your £2 entry fee will boost your classic wardrobe pieces to no end.

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