Fri 17 - Sun 19 May
FOOD & DRINK: Isle of Wight Produce Night, The Boathouse, Seaview, Sat 18 May
On the Island this week The Boathouse continues its calendar of fantastic foodie events with a night of Isle of Wight produce on Sat 18th. It’s no secret that some of the food and drink made on the Island is some of the best and, this evening, in the beautiful surroundings of Seaview, brings the creme de la creme together for a total foodgasm.
COMEDY: Chris McCausland: Speaky Blinders, Forest Arts, New Milton, Sat 18 May
With a sell-out show at Edinburgh Fringe and a highly rated Live At The Apollo, Chris McCausland has a knack for getting the audience going with his own unique brand of insight. The comic’s show centres around the struggle and hilarity of first-time fatherhood with the added element of being blind.
EXHIBITION: Colours, Josie Eastwood Fine Art Gallery, Stockbridge, until Sat 18 May
The exhibitions are popping up left, right and centre this May, with Muddy Award-winning Eastwood Fine Art opening their Spring show all about the topic of ‘colour’. This show, in Stockbridge, is full of mixed media and, for the first time, includes outside exhibits and even some inside the gallery owners home.
EXHIBITION: The Wykeham Gallery Spring Exhibition, Stockbridge, until Sat 18 May
Meanwhile, also in Stockbridge, The Wykeham Gallery has its Spring show opening up as well. This collection of pieces comes from three artists, Mike Bernard, Paul Jackson and Jethro Jackson (Paul and Jethro are actually father and son), and features impressive insights of the Cornish coastline, ceramics and a great diversity of scope.
EXHIBITION: ‘A Good Year for the Roses’, Mottisfont, until Sun 30 Jun
For all you shutterbugs there’s a fantastic exhibition of photography at the National Trust’s Mottisfont started on Wed 1st. ‘A Good Year for the Roses’ is a collection of images, some of which are super quirky, that were snapped during 2018 in the Rose Garden by The Caravan Gallery. The show runs until Sun 30 June.
EXHIBITION: Spring Hampshire Art Fair & New Gallery Opening, Nadia Waterfield Fine Art, Andover, until Sun 19 May
Over in Andover, Nadia Waterfield Fine Art is celebrating not only the Spring Hampshire Art Fair but also the opening of a brand new gallery space. Make a point to visit the new gallery and check out work from a vast range of artists in different mediums (I particularly like Alexandra Brown’s work of oil on copper leaf). The show runs until Sun 19th, but the work can be viewed on certain days or by appointment after the exhbition ends.
FESTIVAL: Dogstival, Pylewell Park, Sat 18 – Sun 19 May
Grab your pup and make your way down to the New Forest for a fabulously woofing good time this weekend. The inaugural Dogistval kicks off this with everything you (and your dog, obviously) could want. Live music, fabulous entertainment and plenty of corners to sniff out in the giant estate.
OUTDOORS: Isle of Wight Walking Festival, Various, Until Sun 19 May
Its the final week of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival where Islanders and visitors alike can discover some of the beautiful scenery of the Wight on foot. With a range of guided walks and special events, if you’ve ever wanted to explore a bit more this is the perfect opportunity.
MUSIC: La Voix, Shanklin Theatre, Sat 18 May
Over on the Island at The Shanklin Theatre, the fabulous La Voix, shimmies to the Wight on Sat 18th with her repertoire of wit and pitch-perfect musical impersonations. She’s so good that Sir Ian McKellan said of her ‘Better than Bassey, Camp my dear’’
FAMILY: Barmy Britain, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, Sat 18 – Sun 19 May
If you haven’t had the chance to check out the fantastic Horrible Histories: Pirates exhibit at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard yet, you’ll be able to make it a double feature as the HH team are bringing their show Barmy Britain, to Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal this week. This West End show brings the best (and gruesomest) bits of British history into full walking, talking and joke-cracking reality.
FESTIVAL: Alresford Watercress Festival, Sun 19 May
Also this weekend is the annual Alresford Watercress Festival. With the ever important Watercress Eating Championships plus guests such as Masterchef Champs Shelina Permaloo and Jane Devonshire, this is a fantastic celebration of local fare and Hampshire fun.
COMEDY: Julian Clary: Born to Mince, The Mayflower, Southampton, Sun 19 May
For something fabulous and utterly laconic, Julian Clary hits Southampton Mayflower this weekend with his show – Born to Mince. Campy, witty, funny – Julian is the embodiment of everything smutty and wonderful on the comedy scene.
FOOD & DRINK: Perfect Pizza with Sylvian Gachot, Season Cookery School, Lainston House, Winchester, Sun 19 May
If you’re a fan of a slice (always) but feel like your pizza making lacks some panache then this half-day cookery course, led by Exec Chef Sylvia Gachot will get you throwing dough like a master. For £85pp you’ll be shown all the techniques to create the perfect pizza and be able to enjoy it with a chilled glass of vino after your rigours.
FAMILY: Work Bee Day Family Day, Chawton House, Alton, Sun 19 May
The humble bee may be small but their impact on our world is huge. To celebrate World Bee Day (Mon 20 May), Chawton House is throwing a family extravaganza to celebrate our buzzy little pals. With family-friendly talks on beekeeping, face-painting, honey-based cream teas and an on-site antique fayre, it’s also completely free.