Things to do in Hampshire this month
PUBLISHED: 11:13 02 October 2017
We round up some of the best events and things to do across Hampshire this month
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Join the spooky creatures down at Marwell Zoo
Celebrate All Hallows’ Eve at Marwell Zoo. Dress up in your best Halloween costume and take part in Marwell’s spooky activities at Boo At The Zoo. With creepy storytelling in the Haunted Hall, broomstick flying sessions on the back lawn (earn your Level 2 licence) and a pumpkin patch where you can carve your own creation (£3 fee applies). Plus, design and make your own magical wand. (50p fee applies).
• When: October 21-29
• Where: Marwell Zoo, Thompsons Lane, Winchester SO21 1JH, 01962 777407, marwell.org.uk/zoo
Fest of Apples
Celebrate all that’s great about British apples, with opportunities to sample sweet crunchy fruits from the past, at Winchester City Mill. Apple experts from Sparsholt Agricultural College will be on hand with a wide assortment of local heritage apple varieties. In previous centuries many counties had their own apple varieties, with colourful names like Catshead and Frogmore Prolific. With recipe cards to try at home.
• When: Don’t forget to bring your own apples for identification.
• Where: October 21 & 22, Winchester City Mill, Bridge Street, Winchester, SO23 9BH, 01962 870057, nationaltrust.org.uk/winchester-city-mill
Marvel at a stunning collection of paintings and black and white photographs of exceptional quality and detail in A Tribute to the River Test. With paintings by Pete Gilbert and photography by Hugh Lohan, it captures the river banks over a year. Inspired by light and colour in the countryside and on the water, the exhibition hopes to draw attention to The Test and raise awareness of its plight. With a talk and auction on November 4 in aid of the Romsey Riverwalk Restoration project.
• When: October 11-January 7
• Where: Rum’s Eg Gallery, 27 Bell Street, Romsey SO51 8GY, 01794 511220, rumseg.co.uk
Cara in concert
With a string of folk awards behind her and a top ten album, Irish folk singer Cara Dillon makes music that reaches beyond the constraints of tradition.
• When: October 7
• Where: Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road, Fareham PO16 7DX, 01329 223100, hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/ashcroft-arts-centre
You’re the detective
Fareham Egyptology Society meets to discuss their finds from Pharaoh Hudmuchsekhs’ tomb. Then one of the party is found dead. Employ your sleuth skills to find the killer at this murder mystery evening.
• When: October 27
• Where: Westbury Manor Museum, West Street, Fareham PO16 0JJ, 01329 822063, hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/westbury-manor-museum
Rayner on food
The Ten Commandments have little to offer when it comes to the complex business of what we eat. Restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Jay Rayner fixes that in this audio-visual romp. With Q&A and book signing.
• When: October 5
• Where: Theatre Royal Winchester, Jewry Street, SO23 8SB, 01962 840440, theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk
Delights of the deep as film festival returns
The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is back with a new selection of the world’s best ocean themed short films, featuring action and spell binding footage from both above and below the water’s surface.
Viewers can expect incredible seafaring voyages, majestic marine life, breath-taking cinematography and a rare glimpse into barely explored depths of the planet. Follow intrepid freedivers as they explore haunting shipwrecks and nomadic sailors as they face the icy waters of Antarctica, plus witness the endangered Giant Pacific Mantaray.
• When: October 4
• Where: The Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 2QJ, 023 9282 8282, kingsportsmouth.co.uk
It’s Jane Austen on the hoof
Austentatious: The Improvised Jane Austen Novel On Tour, is an improvised comedy play starring a cast of comic performers. Every show the cast conjures up a brand new ‘lost’ Austen novel based on a title suggested by the audience. Previous ‘lost’ masterpieces have included Sixth Sense and Sensibility, Double 0 Darcy and Mansfield Shark. With live musical accompaniment, this is a Regency treat guaranteed to entertain and delight Jane Austen novices and die-hard fans alike.
• When: October 27
• Where: The Haymarket, Wote Street, Basingstoke RG21 7NE, 01256 844244, anvilarts.org.uk
A Rambert classic
Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances is possibly the most popular Rambert work. It tells stories of love and compassion, as death, in the form of ‘ghost dancers’, interrupts the lives of a series of ordinary people. Driven by the rhythms of Latin American music, this triple bill includes A Linha Curva, Rambert’s samba-flavoured party piece, and heart-breaking love story Transfigured Night.
• When: October 10 & 11
• Where: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton SO15 1GE, 02380 711811, mayflower.org.uk
It took Michael Portillo just over 10 years to get a seat in the Commons and become a leading figure in the Conservative Party. Some assume he is a privileged friend of the rich and famous with little or no understanding of the ordinary citizen. But since leaving the Commons, Michael has captivated many with his respect for solid workmanship and creative energy, including the Victorian Railways. Listen to his story, Life: A Game of Two Halves and then question him about it.
• When: October 30
• Where: The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet GU51 4BY, 01252 811009, theharlington.co.uk