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New Forest Show
With more than 90,000 visitors expected to descend upon New Park in Brockenhurst for the annual New Forest and Hampshire County Show, here are the top reasons why you need to join them for three days of fun and entertainment in 2018.
Award-winning theatre company Illyria, presents Shakespeare’s great courtroom drama - The Merchant of Venice. This gripping, funny, romantic and thought-provoking story will keep you on the edge of your seat! Pack a picnic and watch the drama unfold in the beautiful surroundings of Uppark’s gardens.
The Harry Strutters Hot Three return to Hinton for two summer dates of cool acoustic jazz. Set high above the South Downs, with panoramic views as far as the Isle of Wight, Hinton’s beautiful lawns are the perfect place to settle down to enjoy the sounds of vintage jazz.
At 6:30 PMa panel talk will be taking place at The Rifles Museum. The panel will be discussing a wide range of topics relating to the families and loved ones of Riflemen, and the Army’s support networks and welfare teams. The Rifles, and the British Army, rely strongly on the support of military families and communities. After the talk, the attendees are welcome to ask the speakers questions. Refreshments provided. Tickets £10, on sale now over the phone at 01962 828505.
Don’t miss this beginners’ session in wildflower identification at Basing House. Enjoy the delightful surroundings of the ruins and grounds whilst you learn the basics by focusing on plant families and their characteristics. By the end of the session you should be able to identify a number of common grassland plants. Why not sketch some of your findings? Don’t forget to check out the barn, museum and walled garden whilst you are there.
Inspired by Argentina’s recent heart-rending past, Libertango is an evening of Argentine tango that tells a story of strong will and liberty. Hampshire-based choreographer and world-class performer, Flavio De Brito, leads his local dance school in this new mesmerising show at New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth. Full of energy and spirit, Libertango highlights the joy, beauty and passion of modern tango.
Don’t miss the first Gin Festival from The Gin Stall! With three sessions to choose from, enjoy a fabulous range of gins as well as cocktails. There will be food stalls to tickle your tastebuds and live music. A free gin glass is included to commemorate the occasion.
Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed is a history of British tattooing, featuring cutting edge designers, leading academics and major private collectors. Marvel at over 400 original artworks, photographs and historic artefacts.
Head to the Forest Arts Centre to learn how to create mini 3D, shapes from Maltese Limestone. You will make an apple or pear to learn the process, then craft another piece to your own design. All tools and materials are supplied.
They’ve had seven Top 40 albums, including the number one album Zeitgeist and their platinum-selling 1991 album Levelling The Land, as well as a number of Top 40 singles such as This Garden, Hope St, Just the One and What a Beautiful Day, yet after 30 years in the business, Brighton folk-punk band The Levellers are still going strong. Catch them at The Anvil as part of their current tour following the release of their acoustic album recorded at Abbey Road Studios with producer John Leckie.
Best-known for presenting Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, Martin Hughes-Games has worked for many years producing and presenting well-known wildlife, natural history and science TV programmes. This month Martin is heading to the Trust for a weekend celebration of all things wild! Martin will be making appearances throughout the day plus there will be an opportunity to quiz him. He will also be joined by Dr Matt Stevens for a demonstration of bird ringing after the Trust’s Wings of Africa display.
Just what the doctor ordered! Award-winning comedian Adam Kay reads from his diaries as a junior doctor in this engaging evening of stand-up and music. Having received sell-out success at Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre, expect horror stories from the NHS frontline, silly spoof songs and some witty wordplay. The accompanying book, This is Going to Hurt is a Sunday Times bestseller – and copies will be available to purchase and for signature after the performance.