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May

Strangers on a Train Set - Wed 1st May, 7.30pm
Award-winning theatre company, LipService – which has been creating original comedies for over 30 years – brings to the stage a murder mystery with a difference. Strangers on a Train Set tells the story of an elderly lady suspected of murdering a young man on a train. But this is no ordinary train. Each passenger is reading a book, which is a portal in to a parallel universe of train related crime fiction. Clever projection and multiple train-sets help tell the story. Includes a post-show chat. Tickets £10 - £19. Theatre Royal Winchester, 21-23 Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB. To book tickets call 01962 840 440 or visit www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

Murder She Didn’t Write - Fri 3rd May, 7.30pm
Bristol Improv Theatre’s resident company, Degrees of Error, presents a show for fans of murder mystery nights. Each night the cast of Murder She Didn’t Write performs a brand-new, completely different story as it is audience suggestions, which determine how the show will go. This means no two shows are the same and result in hilarious, unpredictable events. Entirely unplanned and unscripted, audiences will be impressed by this clever concept. Tickets £10 - £19. Theatre Royal Winchester, 21-23 Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB. To book tickets call 01962 840 440 or visit www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

Alistair McGowan – Introductions to Classical Piano - Sat 4th May, 8pm
The comedian best known for his impressions of celebrities such as David Beckham and Gary Lineker comes to the stage with a new talent. Alistair McGowan shines on the piano in his show, Introductions to Classical Piano, during which he performs solo pieces from classical composers, after learning to play in the space of nine months. Last year the stand-up had a chart-topping debut album and he hopes his show will inspire others to take up an instrument. Tickets £18. Theatre Royal Winchester, 21-23 Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB. To book tickets call 01962 840 440 or visit www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

Beltain Festival at Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton, Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO8 0BG, Saturday 4th May 2019 4.30 – 10pm
Beltain is the ancient Celtic celebration to mark the beginning of summer, with music, dancing and the burning of the giant Wickerman. This sell-out event is the highlight of the Butser year, attracting thousands of festival goers to welcome in the summer months. To find out more please call 023 9259 8838 or visit  http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk

Metamorphosis, Wed 8th – Thurs 9th May, 1.30pm (Thurs matinee), 7.30pm
Franz Kafka’s 1915 story, Metamorphosis, about a salesman called Gregor, who wakes one morning to find himself transformed in to a beetle, is given a makeover with a modern setting and state-of-the-art make-up and prosthetics effects. The story, presented by critically-acclaimed theatre company, Beyond the Horizon, explores how our perceptions shape our interactions. A post-show chat follows the performance. Tickets £10 - £19. Theatre Royal Winchester, 21-23 Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB. To book tickets call 01962 840 440 or visit www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

Vintage Fayre at Buriton Village Hall, Sunday 12th May 2019 Open 10:00am - 16:00pm
Vintage Fair at Buriton Village Hall now in it's 3rd year. Full of all things vintage, antique and contemporary. Refreshments include tea, coffee, cake & bacon baps all served vintage style. Set in the picturesque village of Buriton. Buriton Village Hall
High Street, Buriton, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 5RX. To find out more call 07759697108/01798 343344 or email sara-hughes@btconnect.com

DILEMMAS- Two Short Plays – Titchfield Festival Theatre, Mon 20th – 25th of May, 7:30pm

What's Left Of The Flag

New recruit Yossi has just graduated from the Mossad training academy in Tel Aviv, the Midrasha, and is sent to Dublin on his first mission. He’s teamed up with, soon to retire, veteran feild agent Jacob, who is on his last mission. As the minutes tick away and the target nears Yossi discovers that a conscience is a luxury he can no longer afford. A spy with a dilemma and a job to be done but what would you do?

THE DOCTORS DILEMMA
London’s finest physician, at the peak of his career, is on the horns of a dilemma – having discovered a miracle cure for tuberculosis, should he treat a penniless fellow doctor or save a talented yet unscrupulous artist? A keen-eyed examination of medical morals and malpractice, The Doctor’s Dilemma is a witty, compassionate and timely classic by master playwright, George Bernard Shaw.

For more performances, dates and times please call 01329 556156 or visit http://titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com/

Alresford Watercress Festival 2019, Sunday 19th May
The Alresford Watercress Festival is a nationally acclaimed festival which attracts thousands of visitors every year. It’s a festival to celebrate the delicious, locally grown watercress! There will be over 80 stalls showcasing the best local food and drink producers, alongside art and crafts, jewellery, clothing and much more. Well known chefs will demonstrate watercress inspired dishes, and there will be lots of entertainment for children too including face painting, Punch and Judy shows and a petting farm. Musicians and street performers will be entertaining both on the main stage in St John’s Church and on the streets on Alresford. For more information call https://www.watercressfestival.org/

Nature Festival 2019 Gilbert White - 26th-27th May 10.30am – 5:00pm
Meet the animals and plants of Selborne and surrounding areas, including reptiles, cattle, bees, and worms. Each stall has an interactive nature activity. Collect stamps for each activity in your Nature Passport, a reminder of your fun packed day…In addition to the stalls we also have talks, walks and bioblitz activities (details to be confirmed). Join us for fun packed 24 hours either book your ticket (tickets will be added closer to the event) or just turn up and pay on the door! To find out more call  01420 511275 or visit www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk

Woodland Craft Petersfield Craft Show May 18th & 19th -  Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4EA (a few minutes from the A3)
Discover the very best in contemporary Art, Craft and Design. A fantastic opportunity to buy from an inspiring range of original and affordable products, created by carefully selected makers and designers. Browse, shop, stop for refreshments and take home something unique. The show takes place between 10:30am-4:30pm. Free Parking. Admission £2.50, accompanied under 16’s free. To find out more please visit www.woodlandcrafts.co.uk

Dirty Dancing at The Kings Theatre – May 20 - 25th
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage is back, exploding with heart-pounding music, and breathtaking emotion! This worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, including Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart-stopping (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life. For tickets visit www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk

June

The ICC Cricket World Cup at the Hampshire Bowl, Wednesday 5th – Monday 24th June, Hampshire Bowl, Botley Road, West End
Southampton, Hampshire SO30 3XH

The ICC Cricket World Cup returns to Hampshire for the first time in 20 years and the Hampshire Bowl will be hosting five matches during 2019's cricketing showpiece. The five matches will see England, South Africa, India, West Indies, Bangladesh and Afghanistan all compete at the Hampshire Bowl with matches taking place between 5th -24th June. For more information and tickets visit www.icc-cricket.com or call 02380 475619

Van Gogh & Japan from the 4th of June
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN, the award-winning series that explores the biographies of history’s most revered artists, concludes its sixth season with Van Gogh & Japan. Van Gogh & Japan journeys from the critically acclaimed exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, to the beauty of Provence, and the enigma of Japan itself. Featuring Van Gogh’s personal letters and written accounts by friends and contemporaries this moving film reveals the story of Van Gogh’s deep connection to Japanese art, despite never travelling to Japan himself, and the role it has in understanding his most iconic works. Van Gogh & Japan is on limited release in 250 cinemas across the UK, including all major cinema chains (Odeon, Vue, Curzon, Picturehouse, Empire and Everyman) and independent cinemas, from 4 June 2019. Screenings can be found at http://www.exhibitiononscreen.com.

Ballet Central - Tues 4th June, 7.30pm
Graduates from the Central School of Ballet, in London, perform a host of dances, including a vibrant piece inspired by the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel. Touring with Ballet Central – the school’s touring company that gives young graduates the chance to perform professionally in theatres around the world – many join celebrated companies internationally. The evening promises technical excellence, drama, stunning costumes and powerful music. Includes a post-show chat. Tickets £12 - £21. Theatre Royal Winchester, 21-23 Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB. To book tickets call 01962 840 440 or visit www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

Stars of Les Miserables, Live in Concert – Featuring The Barricade Boys - Friday 7th June, 7.30pm
After sell-out performances in London’s West End, The Barricade Boys’ return with an incredible international tour which showcases the UK’s finest male voices from the world’s longest-running musical, Les Miserables. Celebrated for their incredible vocals and glittering personalities this group of talented singers promise an unforgettable evening of superb song and fun. Tickets £22 - £25. Theatre Royal Winchester, 21-23 Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB. To book tickets call 01962 840 440 or visit www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

The South of England Show – 6-8th June 2019
This three-day spectacular will of course still feature the best of British agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and equestrianism with multiple displays and competitions throughout the programme. However, this year’s event will - more than ever - centre around the pure ‘everyday’ yet undiscovered pleasures of countryside lifestyle, products and activities. Foodies will love the artisan and street food markets featuring a mouth-watering selection of food and drink and showcasing the best of ground to plate. To find out more information or to buy Tickets for the South of England Show please visit www.seas.org.uk or call 01444 892700.

Alresford Music Festival, Saturday 8th June 2019 Alrebury Park, The Avenue, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9EP
Alresford Music Festival is back for its 9th year! A chilled, family friendly festival, this much loved ‘party in the park’ promises great music and lots of fun. There will be 5 stages of live music, a festival village plus a huge family arena with lots of free activities for children to try! Free shuttle buses run between the festival and Alton and Winchester train stations from midday until midnight. Weekend camping and motorhomes available Friday and Saturday. For tickets visit www.alresfordmusicfestival.com/tickets or call 07444 552475.

Simply VW at Beaulieu, Saturday 15th June 10.00am – 6.00pm, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu,
New Forest, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN

All VW owners are invited to drive into Beaulieu on Saturday 15th June and park up within the museum complex for Simply VW. It promises to be a superb day out for both VW owners and enthusiasts. All participants have the opportunity to be chosen as the winner of the People’s Choice Award, selected by public vote. Prizes will be awarded to the winner and runners-up. Call: 01590 612345.

Unusual Plants Fair 2019, GILBERT WHITES HOUSE, 15th – 16th of June
One of the longest running events, the Unusual Plants Fair, is back! Join us for a brilliant day out with great stallholders from across the region, expert advice, talks and workshops. The list of stallholders will be announced soon! For more details call 01420 511275 or visit www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk 

Kitesurfing Armada – Hayling Island, Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd June
This unique kitesurfing festival will be taking place on 21st – 23rd June on Hayling Island Beach. It promises to be a fantastic weekend of kiting, live music, family fun, fundraising and record breaking. This event is the biggest kitesurfing and live music event of the year! Everyone is welcome to this fantastic event, whether you want to kitesurf all day or chill out with a beer and watch all the live music. The festival is free to attend, with just a charity donation on the door from anyone not kitesurfing in the event. 

Isle of Wight Festival 2019, Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th June, Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight.
Headliners include Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, George Ezra, Biffy Clyro and more! To purchase tickets visit www.isleofwightfestival.com

The Nostalgia Show 2019 at Stansted Park, 28th, 29th and 30th JuneStansted Park, Rowlands Castle, PO9 6DX
The Nostalgia Show is back! Experience a step back in time, with an incredible selection of classic cars, vintage stalls, and live music and dancing! You can op over to the Vintage Marketplace, where you can purchase vintage inspired clothes, collectables, homeware, and accessories or join in the daily dance classes for both beginners and advanced dancers. You will also be able to admire a selection of classic vehicles and enjoy vintage fairground rides! For more information and tickets visit www.thenostalgiashow.com