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Events (Jan/Feb 2019) 

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January

Winter I Spy at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Ampfield, Romsey, 7th January – 8th February.
Spot the signs of winter in the Gardens at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, look out for the colourful berries and smell the scented flowers. Notice changes in the weather and what wildlife is living in the Gardens. Call 01794 369318 or visit www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/hilliergardensfor more information. 

The Saga of Ken and Sandra, Titchfield Festival Theatre, Oak Theatre, 9th-19th January.
Laugh-out-loud comedy set amongst rhythmic beats, bells and morris dancing. Will Sandra successfully re-ignite the fire in her marriage with Ken?  Book tickets online titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com or call  01329 556 156 for more information.

A Christmas Carol, 11th – 13th January, 7.30pm, Theatre Royal Winchester.
Your winter festivities won’t feel complete without an encounter with Scrooge – and this season’s Ebenezer will be unlike any other in this innovative new adaptation of what is, for many, the ultimate Christmas classic. www.visitwinchester.co.uk/event/a-christmas-carol/

Pirates and Mermaids: Science at Sea, Winchester Science Centre, 12th January, 10am-5pm.
Dive to the depths of the ocean at Winchester Science Centre!
WEEKEND ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
• Live science show exploring marine life and some of the issues affecting our oceans – running at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 & 15:00.
• Inspirers will be roaming the exhibition floor with themed busking activities.
• Pirate and mermaid fancy dress encouraged!
• More exciting activities TBC!
Tickets available at www.winchestersciencecentre.org

Groundlings Theatre Tours, 17th January, 1pm, Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, Portsmouth.
Discover the history of The Old Beneficial School on one of Groundlings' historical tours. Explore the truth surrounding Charles Dickens' birth and learn of former pupil Sir Henry Ayers, the man who became a rock in the middle of Australia. With guided tours and illustrated talks by costumed actors taking you through the sights and sounds of this wonderful Georgian school, this open day is a fascinating insight into the past.
Call 023 9273 7370, or visit groundlings.co.uk to find out more.

Elizabeth Blackadder: From the Artist's Studio at Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester Discovery Centre, 8th January – 20th March.
Dame Elizabeth Blackadder is one of the greatest, and this specially curated exhibition from the artist's studio shows the breadth and variety of Blackadder's work and aims to reveal and celebrate an exceptional career. Call 01962 873603 or visit www.hampshireculture.org.uk for more information.

Cinderella at The Berry Theatre, Hedge End, 18th-19th January.
Production of Cinderella at The Berry Theatre, Hedge End. Tickets £8 / £7 available now from the Berry Theatre's Website www.theberrytheatre.co.uk. All profits donated to the Salvation Army's work for the homeless. Friday 18th January 2019 7pm, Saturday 19th January 2pm & 6pm £8 (full) / £7 (Concessions)

Winter Wedding Fair, SOUTHEND BARNS, Chichester, 20th January, 10.30am-3pm.
Get inspired for wedding season with the winter wedding fair at Southend Barns in Chichester. Find out more by calling 01243 641247, email enquiries@southendbarns.co.uk or visit southendbarns.co.uk.

Burns Night on HMS Warrior in Historic Dockyard, 25th January, 7pm.
An evening of traditional food and entertainment to celebrate the life of famous Scottish Poet, Robert Burns. Annually celebrated in Scotland, Burns Night commemorates the life of bard Robert Burns who was born on 25 January 1979. The day also celebrates all things Scottish including likes to culture and the arts. www.historicdockyard.co.uk/fireworks-2017/event/1268-burns-night-2019

Knit & Knatter, Chichester Library, 24th January, 10am - 11.30.
Pop along to the Knit & Knatter event at Chichester Library to meet new friends and pick up new crafty tips. All ages and abilities are welcome! Find out more about this event here www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-libraries

Breast Cancer Haven, Sunday 27th January, Jane Austen Afternoon Tea, Southampton.
Come and enjoy a fantastic afternoon tea and quiz at the Hotel Mercure, Southampton. Welcome in the new year with a cosy event at the luxurious Hotel Mercure Jane Austen suite, the same room Jane herself celebrated her 18th birthday. Enjoy a quiz with an MC and indulge in a delicious afternoon tea. All proceeds raised will go to support local people affected by breast cancer. Does your loved one appreciate afternoon teas? Purchase tickets today and gift them on Christmas day or as a birthday gift. Downloadable gift vouchers are available after booking. Tickets available via breastcancerhaven.org.uk/Event/janeaustentea

Southampton Ghost Tour, St Michaels Square, Bugle Street, 30th January.

The citys most popular ghost tour returns this January with live actors who take on the part of Southampton’s most notorious ghosts including the owner of Tudor House Sir John Dawtrey and Ellen Wren, a lady known for all the wrong reasons! Tickets available here www.supernaturaltoursandevents.com.

February

Petersfield Antique Fair, 1st – 3rd Feb.
Antiques fair with between 35 and 50 stands of traditional antiques and art, for sale from friendly, reliable British dealers. Authentic antique furniture, silver, jewellery, paintings, ceramics, prints, lighting, rugs and decorative accessories. Vetted for authenticity, bar and refreshments and delivery service. Find out more here www.penman-fairs.co.uk.

Winchester Cocktail Week, 4-10th February. Jewry Street Winchester.
Across the city, cafes, bars, restaurants and shops will be getting into the swing of things by offering discounted signature cocktails and hosting special events and parties.
1. Purchase your ticket online www.winchestercocktailweek.co.uk/
2. Nearer the time, exchange your ticket for a wristband and souvenir guide at the Cabinet Rooms Hub on Jewry Street. We'll tell you when they're available!
3. Show your wristband at participating businesses to access exclusive Cocktail Week deals and events.
Find out more here www.winchestercocktailweek.co.uk.

A Dangerous Woman, Titchfield Theatre, Acorn Studio, 18th-23rd February.
Using Victorian and Edwardian music hall songs the play tells the story of the remarkable Kitty Marion, ‘the music hall suffragette’, a story of spies, struggle, betrayal and bombs. Book tickets online here titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com.

Portsmouth Big Mouth Comedy Festival, Portsmouth Guildhall, 1st and 7th of March.
The Big Mouth Comedy Festival returns to Portsmouth Guildhall this March, this year taking place over two weekends of side-splitting laughs from some of the industry's biggest names. Visit bigmouthcomedyfestival.co.uk/ to find out more and get tickets for the event.