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Things to do in Hampshire this month

PUBLISHED: 11:15 31 July 2017




We round up some of the best events and things to do across Hampshire this month

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Fun with the Bard

Pack a picnic and head to the north lawn at this Tudor mansion to enjoy a light-hearted Shakesperian tale of mistaken identity. Performed by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, with an all-male cast, The Comedy of Errors follows two pairs of identical twins, Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus, and their servants, both named Dromio. A classic, riotous comedy that will keep you laughing until the end.

• When: August 12

• Where: The Vyne, Sherborne St John near Basingstoke RG24 9HL, 01256 883858, nationaltrust.org.uk/vyne

Garlic galore

It’s Garlic all the way at the Island’s summer show, The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival. Now in its 35th year, highlights include the expanded food theatre kitchen with Valentine Warner and Jane Beedle, classic 60’s and 70’s hit-makers Marmalade on the big stage and The Vander Brothers new Quad wheel in the arena. Plus Titan-The-Robot is back. With food of all kinds, live entertainment and arts and crafts as well as the popular Garlic games, it is set to be a great day out.

• When: August 19 and 20

• Where: The Garlic Festival, Fighting Cocks Crossroads, Bathingbourne Lane, Sandown PO36 0LU, 01983 761475, garlicfestival.co.uk

Animal magic

This summer Marwell becomes the first UK zoo to host The Great Brick Safari, a collection of 80 life-size Lego brick animals. Bright Bricks, Lego’s building company, used over two million bricks to create the sculptures. Among them is a 1.5 tonne elephant and a trio of giant Panda cubs. Other sculptures are inspired by Marwell’s animals, with a red ruffed lemur, a warthog and meerkats all featuring on the trail. Have a go at making your own animal sculptures out of Lego.

• When: August 1 – October 1

• Where: Marwell Zoo, Thompsons Lane, Winchester SO21 1JH, 01962 777407, marwell.org.uk

Riddle of the Titanic

Was the sinking of Titanic in 1912 an insurance scam? Historian and SeaCity Learning Officer Andy Skinner explores various conspiracy theories.

• When: August 11

• Where: SeaCity Museum, Havelock Road, Southampton SO14 7FY, 023 8083 4536, seacitymuseum.co.uk

Weekend is bang on

A fun weekend of science and explosions with Wonderstruck’s Bang! Discover the science of movie FX. Get involved in science workshops and watch model boat and tank battles. Free museum entry.

• When: August 5 and 6

• Where: Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower, Heritage Way, Priddy’s Hard, Gosport PO12 4LE, 023 9250 5600, explosion.org.uk

Open air cinema returns

Experience outdoor cinema in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral. With a choice of seating options and food and drink, enjoy Back to the Future (August 3), Star Wars Rogue One (4th) and Mamma Mia (5th).

• Where: Winchester Cathedral, The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS, 01962 857 275, winchester-cathedral.org.uk

A wall of noise as Stomp hits town

Don’t miss this opportunity to see Stomp, the British theatrical sensation that has become a global phenomenon.

Delight in an infectious mix of percussion, dance, theatre and comedy with an exhilarating soundtrack inspired by the commotion of everyday life. Eight performers use everything from Zippo lighters, bin lids, and even the kitchen sink to hammer out an explosively feel-good rhythm enjoyed by audiences of all ages the world over.

• When: August 16-19

• Where: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton SO15 1GE, 02380 711811, mayflower.org.uk

Art of the Gruffalo

Axel Scheffler is perhaps best-known for his collaborations with Julia Donaldson, including the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over five million copies worldwide and been translated into 50 languages. Admire many favourites from his collection in family exhibition The Gruffalo and Friends: The Art of Axel Scheffler. Alongside the exhibition is a Gruffalo-inspired trail as well as themed craft days for children. These include a Gruffalo sculpture workshop (August 1&2) and Gruffalo mural workshop (August 29 & 30).

• When: Until September 3

• Where: Mottisfont, near Romsey SO51 0LP, 01794 340757, nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont

The vintage games

Gilbert’s Games is celebrating its 10th year, so travel back to the 18th century and enjoy a range of traditional period games and activities – whatever the age and ability! Try your hand at Aunt Sally, ferret racing and stall ball as well as games you’ll recognise such as coconut shies, croquet and checkers. This year, to commemorate the 200th annniversary of Jane Austen’s death, experience a regency twist to the event with games inspired by Jane Austen, Regency dancing and Regency bicycles. Plus, check out the very best in local arts and crafts with daily demonstrations.

• When: August 5 and 6

• Where: Gilbert White & The Oates Collections, Gilbert White’s House, The Wakes, Selborne, Alton GU34 3JH, 01420 511275, gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk

It’s 00-heaven

Internationally acclaimed Q The Music Show are bringing the iconic music of James Bond to Fleet in an 007 concert. Featuring top musicians, dancers, and an informative compere, enjoy the songs from the spy movies, including Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Skyfall, Thunderball, Live And Let Die, Goldeneye and Licence To Kill. A must for Bond fans, it’s guaranteed to leave you shaken and stirred.

• When: August 18

• Where: The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet GU51 4BY, 01252 811009, theharlington.co.uk


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