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Fri 17 - Sun 19 Jan

EXHIBITION: Jake Wood-Evans: Relic, Jewry Street Winchester, Fri 10 Jan – 29 Mar

This month sees the launch of contemporary artist Jake Wood-Evans’ solo show in Winchester. Known for his ethereal oil paintings, his modern images are very much influenced by past masters and this exhibition explores the link between the past and the future.

HERITAGE: Art Installation: Casting Light, Mottisfont, Romsey, Sat 11 Jan – Sun 8 Nov

This month sees the launch of a brand new light installation at Mottisfont – Casting Light – and its tipped to be very illuminating (sorry!) Located in the Red Room, this immersive experience is by renowned artists Heinrich & Palmer, and uses modern technology to show the layers of history in Mottisfont unlike ever before.

EVENT: Mindfulness Trail, The Vyne, Sat 11 Jan – Sun 9 Feb

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Photo: Kabadas via Wikimedia Commons

National Trust buildings and locations are known for being historically important and jaw-droppingly beautiful, so how about factoring this into some needed reflection? The Vyne is running a special Mindfulness Trail for the duration of January, giving visitors a chance to walk around its beautiful spots and take in some well needed mental clarity.

FAMILY: Surviving the Stone Age, Gosport Gallery, Sat 11 Jan – Sat 22 Feb

If the thought of the wi-fi cutting out gives you the cold sweats, then spare a thought for our poor old ancestors who didn’t even have dial-up. Surviving the Stone Age is a new exhibition at the Gosport Gallery looking at what life was like in Stone Age Hampshire, featuring artefacts that have lasted millennia and have-a-go activities.

THEATRE: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Mayflower, Southampton, Mon 13 – Sat 18


Photo: Darren Bell

Glitter, sequins and a whole lot of singing, Hellooooooo, Priscilla! The iconic sassy show is in Southampton this week with Joe McFadden (Heartbeat, Holby City, Strictly) at the helm. Expect classic tunes, plenty of camp comedy and an overwhelming fuzzy feeling from this modern fairytale.

THEATRE: 1984, Forest Forge Theatre, Ringwood, Wed 15 – Sat 18

Big Brother is watching you. No, not the long-forgotten reality TV show, but the super scary institution The Ministry of Truth. Originally written by George Orwell, this iconic dystopian tale is coming to the stage at Ringwood’s Forest Forge Theatre this month and is as relevant (not to mention scary) now as it was back in 1949 as it is in 2020. Gulp.

FOOD & DRINK: Fermentation Workshop, The Garlic Farm, Thurs 16

Kefir, Kimchi and Kombucha – we LOVE fermented foods and the trend doesn’t look like its stopping any time soon. Head to one of the top gourmet spots on the Island for a three-hour masterclass on cultivating your cultures under the expert guidance of Josephine. You’ll learn all the techniques and be able to take home your very own Kilner jar of Kimchi, milk Kefir grains and a kombucha starter to set you on your way.

EVENT: Winter Lights, Whitchurch Silk Mill, Fri 17 – Sun 26

Whitchurch IlluminationsAs we head deep into winter we are beyond excited to check out the fabulous illuminations heading to Whitchurch Silk Mill. With the River Test acting as a giant mirror for the twinkling display, wrap up warm for this beautiful after-dark event running this month.

EXHIBITION: Comedy & Commentary, Mottisfont, Sat 18 Jan – Sun 19 Apr

Who says cartoons are for kids? This new exhibition at Mottisfont features the works of respected and talented cartoonists, with a spin on modern events. With scathing wit and satire, this is comedy for grown-ups.

EVENT: Heckfield Place Produce Sale, Heckfield Place, Sat 18

Heckfield’s famous produce sale returns for its January outing and best be quick as the tickets always sell out super fast. Here you can pick up some of the brilliant wares grown and created on the estate and it also happens to be the same day as a special talk on sustainability called 50 Shades of Green.


FAMILY: Toy Stories: City of Southampton Orchestra, Central Hall, Southampton, Sat 18

Swap the Peppa Pig theme tune for something a little higher brow with this concert from the City of Southampton Orchestra. Bringing classical music, dance and the world of toys together, this will have the littlies enraptured and offer them a chance to discover some of the local culture.

EVENT: Evening Orchard Wassail, Chawton House, Sat 18

Grab your burning torch and whatever instruments you can get your hands on for this age-old tradition to ensure good harvest. The annual wassail at Chawton House leads through the Walled Garden, where there will be songs and toasting to the Bramley tree with the Shanty Men leading the tunes. And after all is said and done there’s hot soup and a roll for your graft.

EXHIBITION: Microsculpture, Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery, Basingstoke, Sat 18 Jan – 18 Apr

These are bugs like you’ve never seen them before. This fantastic new exhibition of photography by Levon Biss zooms in on micro-beasties and all the unseen beauty they behold. From the beautiful duo chrome colouring of the humble fly to the intricacies of the dragonfly’s wings, this exhibit features work of Hampshire naturalist Gilbert White along with studies conducted with Oxford University Museum of Natural History will have you fascinated, rather than appalled at these insects.

HERITAGE: Historic Baking Demonstration, Winchester City Mill, Sun 19

human-holding-a-bread-745988Fond of artisanal bread? Then take a look at this brilliant interactive event at Winchester City Mill to see how the humble loaf was made back in yesteryear. No fancy pants kitchen mixers or Paul Hollywood books here, this was pure hard graft to make a daily crust.

OUTDOORS: Shinrin Yoku: Forest Bathing, Foxbury, Sun 19

bright-daylight-environment-forest-240040If you’ve not had a chance to visit Foxbury then it really is a must. This ancient woodland is filled with glorious old trees and a real sense of tranquillity. And, while you’re there take advantage of the calming space with a spot of Forest Bathing with a Shirin Yoku practitioner. Don’t panic though, Forest Bathing isn’t stripping off in the middle of the woods but ‘bathing’ in nature and vibes from the forest, even if you don’t reach a state of nirvana you’ll be able to hit your step count for the day.

EVENT: Winchester Vegan Fair, Winchester Guildhall, Sun 19

This January sees a plant-based paradise in Winchester Guildhall as the Vegan Fair returns. Switch out your animal products for alternatives to try and help the planet, reduce waste and potentially even save a puppy. There will be stalls and goodies galore, with plenty of quirky new dishes to try out as well.

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