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Fri 4 - Sun 6 Oct

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

Herry Lawford Mottisfont Abbey Halloween Half TermSwing, 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

Mary-Wollstonecraft-red-bird-FINAL-360x502It’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: 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.

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

spirit of the orient robin hill half termThe 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.

THEATRE: Amelie: The Musical, NST City, Mon 30 Sep – Sat 5 Oct

AmelieThe Gallic classic transforms for the stage in this magical retelling of Jeunet’s Amelie in Southampton this weekThe Parisian woman’s little acts of kindness lead her on a romantic rollercoaster, and what’s even better is you don’t need your high school French to watch this one.

CULTURE: Behind The Scenes Tour, The Vyne, Basingstoke, Tues 1 – Tues 29

the vyne

Photo: Kabadas via Wikimedia Commons

We love having a nose around the glorious old houses across Hampshire and the Island, and so this evening “behind the scenes’ tour of The Vyne is definitely one we’re excited about. See the bits that the public don’t normally see including the Tudor attics, 14th-century tunnels and all finished off with a glass of fizz.

THEATRE: Motown: The Musical, Tues 1 – Sat 12, 

10. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. The Company. Photo Tristram Kenton

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Getting a bit funky in Southampton this week with the magic of Motown heading to the Mayflower stage. This celebration of some of the most iconic music from the 20th century features music from Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and more. So definitely crack out the spangly dresses and beehive for this singalong showstopper.


COMEDY: Ed Byrne: If I’m Honest…., Winchester Guildhall, Thurs 3 & Fri 4

Ed’s a frequent guest on our TV screens with appearances on BBC’s Live At The ApolloMock The Week and QI and his latest tour is a stark (and obviously funny) look at whether or not he’s got any traits worth passing onto his kids. Self-deprecating to a tee, this is worth £25 for the hour of laughs.

EVENT: Inflate ‘Til Late, Proteus Creation Space, Basingstoke, Fri 4

So, there’s plenty of weird and wonderful things to do around the county but this may be one of the most unusual I’ve ever come across. The Proteus Creation Space is going to be full of air this week as Balloonatic Becky shows her audience balloons aren’t just for kids. Cheeky humour, fascinating displays and more than a few cheeky cocktails… should be interesting!

EVENT: Playwrighting Workshop, Forest Forge Theatre, Ringwood, Sat 5

Pull that award-winning script out of your subconscious with this full-day of expert guidance, hints, tips and tricks for creating your very own play. For £35pp you can learn all the tricks of the trade and start planning how you’re going to recreate that epic Phoebe Waller-Bridge post-Emmies snap.

COMEDY: Autumn Comedy Gala, Theatre Royal Winchester, Sat 5

As the Autumn draws in the weather certainly is making me feel in need a bit of a laugh. Featuring Dead Ringers Jan Raven, Edinburgh Fringe smash Lauren Pattison and more, you get a whole lot of chortle for your quid on this one. Tickets cost £20.

MUSIC: Dials Festival, Albert Road, Southsea, Sat 5

Featuring a whole host of local talent at some of the trendiest pubs and spots in Southsea, Dials Festival is a rough and ready mini-fest that also is doing some brilliant things for local mental health support. With five venues and around 40 acts, tickets cost £20.

FOOD & DRINK: Mezze, Music and Mojitos, The Garlic Farm, Sat 5

One of my favourite places for food is holding a belter of an evening featuring local music, plenty of food and cocktails (plus a rather fab buy-one-get-one-free happy hour to boot). If you’ve ever wanted to try some of the awesome food at the famous Garlic Farm this is the perfect event for you.

FAMILY: Twilight Safari, Isle of Wight Zoo, Sandown, Sat 5

One of the annoying things about visiting the zoo is that a lot of the animals are nocturnal, so you don’t get to see them. If you agree, then you’re in luck as the Isle of Wight Zoo is hosting a very special Twilight Safari this weekend, opening its gates after-hours for an evening peruse at some of the fabulous creatures that call it home.

WORKSHOP: Perfume Workshop with New Forest Aromatics, Tiny Homes, Cowes, Sat 5

Looking for a new signature scent? Well how about your very own, one-of-a-kind perfume that is also totally natural? This one-day course on the Island, headed up by Debbie Mulkern of New Forest Aromatics, will teach attendees how to create the perfect pong, how perfume is made and much more. You can even make a weekend of it and book in accommodation at the super cool Tiny Homes as well.

EVENT: Makers’ Weekend, Heckfield Place, Sat 5 – Sun 6

heckfield makers weekendIt’s getting super crafty this weekend over at Heckfield with bench-building with the talented Sebastian Cox, rush-weaving with Felicity Irons, a natural art masterclass with Carolyn Quartermaine and much more. This super cool calendar of events is also, as you can imagine, surrounded by the amazing Heckfield Place itself.

FAMILY: Pumpkin Festival, Sunnyfields Farm, Totton, Sat 5 – Thurs 31

Pumpkin Picking autumn half-termWatch out Instagram, the pumpkins are coming! The annual Pumpkin Festival is a brilliant celebration of orangey fun for all the family and the ideal spot to pick out some pumpkins for carving that ever-important Jack O’Latern later this month.

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COMEDY: The Infinite Show: Mark Watson, Theatre Royal Winchester, Sun 6

MW_InfiniteShow_QuarterPage_v1.inddThe ever awkward, but impossibly funny Mark Watson is back in the safety of outdoors (if you’ve not had the chance to check out the grilling he got on Dave’s Taskmaster its certainly worth a watch), with his latest tour. This show, given the current political climate, is all about empathy and understanding one another. Should be very interesting…

FAMILY: Bushcraft Introduction, New Forest Activities, Sun 6

So, if there’s ever a Zombie Apocolypse or things go really wrong, do you think you could survive on your wits alone? If the thought of losing your flat white is giving you the shivers then how about booking on for this introduction to bushcraft. Knife skills, how to build a shelter and make a fire, all the basics you’ll need if society goes a bit awry… or at least make camping a little less painful!

EVENT: Clothes Swap, The Beehive, Portsmouth, Sun 6

In the name of sustainability, I am LOVING the sound of this fabulous clothes swap. Basically, this weekend take along all your unwanted togs in good condition and swap them for tokens at the brand spanking new Beehive. You can then swap your tokens for new-to-you garb and get a new wardrobe and a warm fuzzy feeling from being eco-conscious all at once.

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