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Fri 30 Aug - Sun 1 Sep


THEATRE: Avenue Q, The Mayflower, Southampton, Tues 27 – Fri 30 Aug

For something a little bit naughtier then how about a night with foul-mouthed puppets? The triumphant (and totally cheeky) Avenue Q returns to The Mayflower for a short run this week.

SCREENING: Mama Mia: Sing-a-long, NST City, Southampton, Fri 30 Aug

mama mia

Who knew you didn’t have to be half-cut to belt out Abba without raising an eyebrow? Well at this special sing-a-long event at NST City you can screech out Dancing Queen, Waterloo and Starship Troopers to your hearts content. Best stock up on the throat sweets for the vocal chords the next day.

THEATRE: Cherry Trotter and the Dark Room of Secrets, Portsmouth Guidhall, Fri 30 Aug

And for another grown-up only show, then Cherry Trotter and the Dark Room of Secrets (Fri 30 Aug) at Portsmouth Guildhall takes the Harry Potter franchise and turns it into something extremely naughty. Not for the faint-hearted, this one comes with a warning of offensive language and full-frontal nudity, this is definitely worth watching after a few vinos for extra mirth.

FOOD & DRINK: Chilli Festival, The Ageas Bowl, Sat 31 Aug – Sun 1 Sep

It’s getting hot in here, with a fantastically fiery event at the Ageas this week. Gorge yourself on fantastic street food, check out local sleb and restaurateur Shelina Permaloo cooking up some treats in the demo kitchen and you can even watch some cricket if that’s your bag. And if you’re not a fan of spicy things there’s also plenty of cheese to check out too.

OUTDOORS: Outdoor Theatre: Illyria’s Frankenstein, Hinton Ampner, Alresford, Sat 31 Aug

Hinton Ampner

With a fantastic score, classic story and a backdrop like this, you know this al fresco production of Frankenstein is going to be pretty special. Tickets are £17.50 for adults and £8.50 for children and will treat you to professional singing actors, puppetry and a helluva lot of Illyria’s dark comedy.

FAMILY: John Lawson’s Circus, Yateley, Thurs 29 Aug – Sun 1 Sep

art-balloons-birthday-2337777The circus is in town and we are totally excited. This family-run circus is now it’s 45th year and promises all the thrills and spills you expect from the Big Top – from a 14-year old lad who juggles tennis rackets better than the aces on centre-court to the new for 2019, Duo Racers who zip and zoom all over the shop on the largest unicycle I’ve ever seen.

OUTDOORS: Jungle Fever, Robin Hill Country Park, until Sat 31 Aug

It’s the final few days of Robin Hill’s Summer spectacular, so if you’ve not had a chance to get along and check out the life-size African animal puppets, spectacular dancing shows and the night-time Flaming Risque show (over 16s only) then now is your opportunity.

MUSIC: Wight Proms, Cowes, Thurs 29 Aug – Sun 1 Sep

As we draw to theend of the month, The Wight Proms return over on the Island and bring SO much more than waving a flag to Land of Hope And Glory. As well as the musical calendar (Lesley Garett will be popping up as well) there’s also free workshops for kids in things such as drumming, stand-up comedy and even opera singing. Also worth checking out is the fantastic comedy line-up featuring Alan Davies and Shappu Khorsandi and Esther Manito.

EVENT: Carribean Evening, Gosport Ferry, Sat 31 Aug

I never thought I’d be recommending people have a pop along to the Gosport Ferry for a night out, but with this fantastic Carribean Evening – complete with dinner – I’m happy to be proved wrong. The evening’s tunes will be presented by Hurricane Force and their steel drums as you tuck into a Carribean-inspired menu for the princely sum of just £27.50 per person.

FAMILY: Ryde Illuminated Carnival, Sat 31 Aug

The Island’s carnival season draws to a close once again with it’s final event and it’s a total showstopper. Ryde’s streets will illuminate for one night only and bring all the fun of carnival onto the streets. Grab your glowsticks and watch the spectacle before enjoying an evening of nightlife and fun as the Wight get’s ready to settle into Autumn.

SCREENING: Grease: Outdoor Cinema, Mottistone Gardens, Sat 31 Aug

Jump into your tight leather trousers and fly off into the sunset, Grease is heading to Mottitstone Gardens. Ok, maybe not actually Grease, but an awesome al fresco screening instead. Enjoy one of the Island’s most beautiful spots while reliving all that nostalgia… and there’s bags of it with this classic.

OUTDOORS: Wolverton Manor Fair, Sat 31 Aug – Sun 1 Sep


Green fingers and thumbs will rejoice as Wolverton Manor Fair pops back for its regular annual opening. This is the Island’s largest garden fair, set in the grounds of a rather fancy pants building and knowing that famous Isle of Wight microclimate, this is the place to get flowers and plants you won’t see over on the mainland.

FAMILY: Brickosaurs, Marwell Zoo, until Sun 1 Sep

Marwell Brickosaurs

RAWRRRR! The dinosaurs have been extinct before and after this Sunday they’ll be extinct again. Best not risk them not coming back for a third time and make sure you take the fam to Marwell to see the final days of the Brickosaurs exhibit. Some of the fiercest and quirkiest dinos from wayyyy back, built piece by piece into giant replicas. Bricking awesome.

OUTDOORS: Victorian Seaside Fun, Osborne House, until Sun 1 Sep

Osborne House Amanda Slater

Osborne House – Photo: Amanda Slater

Punch & Judy, ice-cream and a cheeky little paddle in the sea, Queen Victoria’s favourite spot is celebrating the joy of the Victorian seaside holidays this Summer with activities and events aplenty. For the price of a ticket into Osborne House (£18.10 for an adult, £10.90 for a 5-17 year old), you can have a good ol’ family fun day out and spend the rest of the month humming Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside.


CULTURE: Artwave, Lewes, Seaford and Newhaven, Sat 17 Aug – 1 Sept

Artwave takes in three towns and their surrounding villages over three weekends and showcases the work of talented local artists. It’s not just about galleries, you get to mooch about in studios, gardens, workshops and artists’ own homes for free. There are over 150 venues with all sorts of work to admire and buy. There are also family events to tie in with free children’s workshops also art-related play sessions at Depot cinema. Check out Colourscape light colour and music labyrinth at Charleston on 17 and 18 Aug.


FASHION: Basildon Park En Vogue, Basildon Park Lower Basildon, now – Mon 18 Nov

Christian Dior label Basildon Park En Vogue exhibition

Strike a pose there’s nothing to it and saunter up to Basildon Park for a fabulous fashion exhibition. Lady Iliffe graced the glossy pages of Vogue in 1966, with the mansion as the backdrop to Henry Clarke’s stylish portraits. Bringing that shoot to life, you can rifle through her wardrobe and drool over the Dior, Valentino and Chanel. If you missed out on the V&A’s Dior exhibition, this will scratch that fashion itch.

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