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10 reasons to love January in Hampshire

PUBLISHED: 09:46 14 January 2014 | UPDATED: 11:49 16 January 2014

New winter walks. ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

New winter walks. ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

We’ve scoured the county to bring you thetop events taking place this month

Lambing weekend. Robin Jones/Digital SouthLambing weekend. Robin Jones/Digital South

1 Lambing Weekend

Flock to this hugely popular event and see ewes at lambing time. 250 female sheep will be on display, providing the perfect opportunity for families to witness and educate themselves in the shepherding activities as they take place. A wonderful family day out, enjoy farm based puzzles and craft activities, milking, tractor rides and animal encounters. Please leave your dogs and pets at home – you don’t want to scare the sheep!

When: January 25 and 26, 9.30am – 3.30pm

Where: Sparsholt College, Sparsholt, Winchester, SO21 2NF, 01962 797396, www.sparsholt.ac.uk

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2 Dance like an Egyptian!

Inspired by the Museum’s blockbuster exhibition Secret Egypt, put on your dancing shoes and join a specialist Egyptian dance tutor for an afternoon of dancing ancient Egyptian style. Perfect for families, it is recommended for children aged 5+. Pre-booking is essential. Don’t forget to check out the exhibition (until February 23) which explores the popular myths behind modern-day misconceptions about ancient Egypt and brings together over 150 objects drawn from Birmingham Museums’ ancient Egyptian collection, including a section about the ‘stars’ of ancient Egypt.

When: Thursday 2nd January, 1pm - 1.45pm and 2pm - 2.45pm

Where: Portsmouth Museum, Museum Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2LJ, 02392 834744, www.portsmouthmuseums.co.uk

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3 The Snowman

Be a part of the magic for its 21st birthday and watch spellbound as The Snowman flies above you! Based on Raymond Brigg’s much-loved book and featuring the classic song Walking in the Air, this captivating live show has already delighted audiences all over the world. It’s Christmas Eve and a young boy is building a snowman. To his amazement it comes to life and the two set off on an exciting night-time adventure, but will they escape the evil Jack Frost and get back home for Christmas morning?

When: January 21 – Saturday 25, various times – see website for details

Where: The Mayflower, 26 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE, 023 80711811, www.mayflower.org.uk

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4 Johann Strauss Gala

Enjoy a Viennese Party with the Johann Strauss Gala. Starring irrepressible showman and conductor Rainer Hersch, take a light-hearted journey through an assortment of music and dance. Hear well known pieces such as Radetzky March, Perpetuum Mobile and Il Bacio ‘The Kiss’, plus many more of your favourite waltzes and polkas. With glorious costumes, graceful dancers and a distinctive elegance, the evening features a sparkling selection of much-loved songs performed by soprano Kristy Swift.

When: January 17, 7.45pm

Where: The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, RG21 7QR, 01256 844244, www.anvilarts.org.uk

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5 New Winter Walks

If the ancient trees at Hinton Ampner could talk, they would tell of Civil War battles, war time evacuees and ghostly hauntings. A downloadable trail delves into the amazing stories from the trees that have been there since Tudor times to the gnarled oak that overlooked the 1644 Battle of Cheriton. Venture a little further and you’ll discover enticing paths set in 1,600 acres of newly opened estate. Dog-friendly walks reveal glorious woodland beech avenues and stunning views over the South Downs.

When: January onwards, 10am – 4pm

Where: Hinton Ampner, near Alresford, SO24 0LA, 01962 771305, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hinton-ampner

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6 Olympic Works of Art

Art dealer Graham Bentley will be showing a number of lithographs by Sir William Nicholson, an artist who specialised in wood-engraving and illustration. Nicholson’s portrait of Queen Victoria became one of the most famous British prints ever made. He competed in the 1928 Olympic Games and was awarded a gold medal in the graphic works section of the Art competitions for his Almanach de douze sports 1898. Be sure to check out these pieces by Britain’s only known artist to win an Olympic gold medal.

When: January 31 – February 2, 10.30am-5.30pm

Where: Petersfield Antiques Fair, The Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, GU31 4EA, 01825 744074, www.penman-fairs.co.uk

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7 WWI & the Hospital

Join author and historian, Philip Hoare for a fascinating talk and slide show. In this 100th anniversary year of World War I, discover what life was really like at Royal Victoria Military Hospital.Held in the Heritage Centre, an optional tour of the tower will take place afterwards.

When: January 18, 1.30pm

Where: Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley Abbey, Southampton, SO31 5GA, 02380 455157, www.hants.gov.uk/rvcp

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8 Anne of Green Gables

Forest Forge Theatre presents a brand new stage adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s best-selling novel. This heart warming story about family, friendship and the fun of childhood is brimming with beautiful music and the usual magic and mayhem you look forward to from this company. Join Anne as she turns a rural community upside down with her passionate nature, joyful honesty and infectious energy.

When: January 15, 1.30pm & 7.30pm

Where: The Spring, 56 East Street, Havant, PO9 1BS, 02392 472700, www.thespring.co.uk

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9 Japanese Treasures

Not to be missed, stunning and decorative masterpieces feature in this touring exhibition of treasures. Edwin Davies CBE donated one of the world’s finest collections of Japanese cloisonné to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Witness a superb selection of those exquisite objects, illustrating elegant inlaid metalwork of the late 17th century, through the Golden Age and into the 20th century.

When: Until January 5, 9am – 5pm

Where: The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB, 0845 603 5631, www3.hants.gov.uk/wdc/wdc-gallery

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10 Painted Pebbles & Driftwood

Discover your creative side and make permanent pieces of artwork. With the help of Natural History illustrator Wendy Bramall, design and paint on driftwood and pebbles and create a paperweight or hanging for the wall. Some materials are included, but don’t forget your own gouache paints and brushes if you have them, plus any pebbles and driftwood that you may have collected. Wendy will have some to share or purchase on the day. Book to avoid disappointment.

When: January 26, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Where: Rum’s Eg, 27 Bell Street, Romsey, SO51 8GY, 01794 511220, www.hampshireartandcraft.org

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