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What’s On April


Sounds Interesting! at Winchester Science Centre daily until Mon Apr 16
Prepare to be marvelled by the power of audio as you learn the secrets of sound and watch music brought to life.

Day out with Thomas at the Watercress Line until Apr 8
Meet Thomas, shake hands with the Fat Controller and take unlimited rides on steam trains.

Easter High Tea at Emirates Spinnaker Tower Sun Apr 1-15
Celebrate Easter with panoramic views across Portsmouth.

Medieval Double-bill: Day-long guided tour around Medieval Southampton, Mon Apr 2
A morning tour around the old town walls (just as magnificent as Chester and York, if we say so ourselves) and an afternoon exploration of the lives Southampton’s medieval citizens.

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs! Theatre Royal Winchester, Wed Apr 4
Dinosaur aficionado, Dr Ben Garrod, pitches child against parent in this prehistoric adventure. Swat up now.

Sourpuss at The Point, Eastleigh, Fri Apr 6
Toy pussy cat
A magical piece using string and shadow puppetry to take you on a journey through the garden.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Various National Trust properties, Mar 30 – Apr 15
Whether your little ones are playing detective or wildlife explorer, there’s a chocolatey treat at the end of every National Trust Easter egg hunt, with plenty of games and activities to keep them entertained and busy all day long.

Peter Rabbit™ Meet and Greet at Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Sat Apr 7 & 14
The most mischievous and adventurous rabbit around comes to Spinnaker Tower.

Winery Tour & Tasting at Hattingley Valley Wines, Sat 7 April 2018

English sparkling wine, Englisg fizz
An in-depth tour of the state-of-the-art winery followed by a seated tasting of its award-winning English Sparkling Wines.

Jane Austen Tour and Tea, Sat Apr 7
An intimate and amusing insight into Jane Austen’s life and connections with Winchester.

Miniature Steam Gala at Viables Craft Centre, Sat Apr 7 & 8
With train rides, activities, and crafts there’s more than just steam engines at this family fun-day.

The Jungle Book, The Theatre Royal Winchester, Sat Apr 7 – 14
Now I’m the king of the swingers, oh the jungle VIP…. expect catchy music, audience interaction and even the chance to meet the characters.

Four Seasons Art Spring Exhibition at Exbury Gardens, Southampton, Sun Apr 8 – 14
Local artists interpret the natural world through painting, drawing, collage, printmaking and wood turning.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Interactive Story-telling Workshop, The Lights Theatre, Andover Mon Apr 9
When the little caterpillar builds a house and falls asleep, something very magical happens. Join the magic this classic story is brought to life with music, movement and imaginative fun.
This workshop is suitable for children aged 2-5 (must be accompanied by an adult)

Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret About Gin, The Phoenix Theatre, Bordon, Wed Apr 11
A raucous journey through the history of gin, this darkly comic cabaret is equal parts historical and hysterical.

Isle of Wight Children’s Festival, Quay Arts Centre, 12-14 Apr
3 days of jam-packed Easter holiday fun at the very first Isle of Wight Children’s Festival. That’s right, a festival dedicated entirely to children and their families.

The Gin Stall at Andover Artisan Market, 15 Apr, 10am – 2pm
G&T sign
The Gin Stall brings a gin-ormous *soz* collection of over 150 small-batch and artisan gins to Andover’s craft market. Keep an eye out for them at fête’s and weddings this summer, plus date for your diary folks: the stall’s inaugural Gin Festival launches at The Lights on 27th and 28th July.

Botanical Art Class at Gilbert White’s House, Selborne, Apr 15
Fruit blossoms to sweet peas, learn how to capture the beauty of flowering plants with paint.

Style and Substance at The Mantique, Winchester, Apr 19, 7 – 8.30pm

Man in dressing gown.
A Gentleman’s club for the discerning male to celebrate Winchester Fashion Week.

The Hampshire Art Fair, Nadia Waterfield Fine Art, Goodworth Clatford, Fri 20 Apr – Sat 5 May

Contemporary British art

Credit: Arabella Shand

For browsers and buyers alike, Nadia Waterfield’s welcoming gallery exhibits over 250 original paintings, sculpture, ceramics and garden sculpture from Contemporary British and International artists. Prices start at a very affordable £100, heading all the way up to £4,000 plus, but there is no pressure to buy. Come along for a quiet coffee and the chance to view world-class art in a beautiful, light-filled rural venue. Preview champagne drinks on Sat 21 Apr from 11am – 5 pm.

Health & Wellbeing Course, Mandala Living at New Energy Yoga, Winchester: 8 weeks from Tue Apr 24
This course is for those wanting to experience the benefits of a mindfulness and meditation practice in their daily lives (so all of us right?)

I Do! at Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery, Apr 25 – 7 Jul
With a royal wedding this year, what better excuse for Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery to delve into their collections and share exquisite wedding dresses from the last 250 years.

The Woman’s Hour Craft Prize Exhibition at National Trust Mottisfont, Romsey, Wed Apr 25 – Jun 24

From a bespoke bicycle to giant willow sculpture, this exhibition provides an important snapshot of how contemporary British craft connects with the world today.

The Spring Collection, Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Stockbridge, 28 Apr – 12 May

Contemporary British art
Abstracts, garden sculpture and everything in between, our Muddy award-winning art gallery: Josie Eastwood Fine Art, opens its doors for a limited time during The Spring Fair, expect stunning pieces for the house and garden.

Winchester Fashion Week, Sat 21 Apr
Fasten your frocks for Hampshire’s very own fashion bonanza featuring all that is Winchtastically fabulous. Be there or… you catch my drift.

Club Epicure, Good Life Farmshop, Winchester, Sat 28 Apr
A pop-up spring supper club with Masterchef’s Alex Parker and a glass of English sparkling on arrival, plus you’re welcome to bring your own — what’s not to love?

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