Fri 27 - Sun 29 Sep
MUSIC: Beyond the West End, Shanklin, Theatre, Wed 4 – Thurs 26 Sep
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.
CULTURE: Neo-Romantic Art: the McDowall Collection, St Barbe Museum, Lymington, until Sun 10 Nov
We’re getting all swoony over this fantastic exhibition in the New Forest focusing on the Neo-Romantic movement of the 20s to the 50s. Comprising of over 60 works from artists such as Graham Rigby and Henry Moore, this is a rare chance to see works that are normally in a private collection in all their glory.
CULTURE: Lichfield, Duffy and Donovan: Snapping the Sixties, Mottisfont House, until Sun 10 Nov
Swing, 60s-stylee, over to Mottisfont House for a fab new exhibition kicking off on Sat 21st. Lichfield, Duffy and Donovan: Snapping the Sixties exhibition will give you a sneaky-peek into one of the most iconic decades of the 20th-century with its famous faces, fashion and fun, all captured on film. Groovy baby!
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.
CULTURE: Eastleigh Film Festival, Mon 23 – Sat 28 Sep
For all you cinema buffs make sure to grab your tickets for the pinnacle of the Eastleigh film calendar. With headline shows including a screening of The Evil Dead at Itchen Country Park (Thurs 26) and a showing of the classic Quadrophenia at The Point (Fri 27), you can enjoy some of the best classics – plus maybe a few you’ve not had a chance to see – at this celebration of the silver screen.
CULTURE: Lucienne Day: Living Design, Willis Museum & Sainsbury Gallery, Basingstoke, Tues 24 Sep 2019 – Sat 11 Jan 2020
An absolute legend in design, Lucienne Day was a trailblazer and her work in image and textiles is synonymous with Mid-Century Design in Britain. This new exhibition charts her career, iconic prints and ‘uncompromisingly modern‘ look on life.
THEATRE: Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet, Mayflower Southampton, Tues 24 – Sat 28 Sep
For all you Matthew Bourne fans his production of Romeo and Juliet hits the Mayflower stage this week and features all the amazing choreography, spectacle and brilliance you expect from his productions. The New Adventures show also features up-and-coming talent from Southampton as well, with dancers to watch as they start on their career to stardom.
THEATRE: Bleak House, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, Thurs 26 – Sat 28 Sep
Born in Portsmouth and with his very own statue mere steps from the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth, Dickens’ classic Bleak House treads the boards between. A gritty look at Victorian Britain, the tale follows orphaned Esther Summerson in David Glass’ interpretation of the iconic tome.
COMEDY: Aidan Goatley, Quay Arts, Newport, Fri 27 Sep
A spot of the Edinburgh Fringe heads to the Island with this one off comedy show by Aidan Goatley. All about bonding with his dad over a love of film, this honest and amusing look at father son relationships will have you giggling all the while.
FOOD & DRINK: Isle of Wight Tasting Menu, The Seaview Hotel, Fri 27 Sep
It’s no secret that the Island’s food-game is STRONG, and for an evening of pure unadulterated foodie fun then get yourself to The Seaview Hotel’s Isle of Wight Tasting Menu this Friday (a regular Bib Gourmand winner). Featuring Isle of Wight Blue, Green Barn Farm Goat Cheese Soufflé and hand dived scallops, for your £55 per person meal you’d be hard-pressed to find as wide and fresh a selection as this elsewhere. Plus, Seaview is absolutely magical.
CULTURE: Josie Eastwood’s September Show, Longstock, Stockbridge, Fri 27 Sep – Sun 13 Oct
Mark your calendar as Josie Eastwood’s September Show opens at the gallery in Longstock, Stockbridge this week. Head here to see a wealth of amazing artists and start visualising where you’re going to put that cracking piece in your home.
OUTDOORS: Festival of Light, Robin Hill Country Park, Fri 27 Sep – Sat 2 Nov
The woods on the Island will be aglow the final weekend of the month when the absolutely awesome Electric Woods returns once again with Festival of Light Inspired by Diwali at Robin Hill Country Park. Instagram-worthy, a fab place to explore and definitely a different way to see in the brand new season.
FOOD & DRINK: Petersfield Oktoberfest, Sat 28 Sep
Grab a stein and start practicing some dance moves for the Oompa band, Munich is heading to Petersfield. This celebration of all things beer, comes with a healthy dose of pretzels and plenty of entertainment to soak up the hoppy liquors.
EVENT: Sommelier Wine-Tasting Afternoon, Heckfield Place, Sat 28 Sep
We love wine. We love Heckfield Place. And, when you combine the two, you’ve got a cracking afternoon in the making. This expertly guided wine-tasting at Heckfield is just what the weekend ordered. Looking at wines that have a “twist on the classics”, you’ll come away with a lot more knowledge and feeling all warm and wine-fuzzy for £65 pp.
CULTURE: Exit 6 Film Festival, Basingstoke, Sat 28 Sep
Basingstoke turns into Cannes this weekend with the ever popular Exit 6 Film Festival. This festival is rammed with short films from across the globe, each one more thought-provoking, poignant or funnier than the last. What’s even better is that tickets start at a super reasonable £14 for a day pass, meaning you can get a lot of screen time for your buck.
FAMILY: Family Fun Day, The Brickworks, Swanwick, Sun 29 Sep
In Swanwick this weekend there’s a Family Fun Day over at The Brickworks on Sun 29. This is a chance to find out more about how bricks are made (I know, I know, but honestly kids love this kind of thing!), have-a-go activities and if it pours (and to be honest, that’s pretty likely at this time of year) there’s plenty of room inside to keep everybody happy. Result.