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Brace the cold this winter and step out to enjoy the county by moonlight with some of these fabulous evening events...

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Festive nights Local diary listings from Hampshire Life


Brace the cold this winter and step out to enjoy the county by moonlight with some of these fabulous evening events...

Regency glamour


December 10


Regency costume or black tie is the dress code for an exclusive fundraising Regency ball and dinner at Gilbert Whites House & Garden. Guests will be welcomed to the charming 18th century house with a warming glass of Negus (a regency recipe for mulled wine) and then will enjoy a delicious four course Regency-style dinner in the elegant Georgian dinning room. The dinner will be interspersed with dancing in the Great Parlour, which will be led by the Hampshire Regency Dancers who will be accompanied by live musicians.


Tickets cost 95, or a table for eight can be purchased for 600 which includes personalised menu cards and place settings, plus your own waitress for the evening.


To book call 01420 511275



An evening of elegance


December 10, 7pm


Enjoy a sparkling evening with fabulous wine, fine dining and some fancy footwork at the wonderful Chewton Glen Hotel, New Milton. Dust off your dinner jacket, put on your dancing shoes and be indulged at this stunning New Forest hotel.


110.00 per person includes, Champagne Reception, Four-course dinner with wines, Coffee and truffles.


Tel, 01425 275341



Heavenly voices


December 16, 7pm


Join the Lord Lieutenant at Winchester Cathedral for her fabulous Christmas Concert full of popular Christmas carols and readings presented by Alan Titchmarsh; A truly unique chance to hear the Cathedral Choir at their best.


Tickets from 12.50


To book call the Cathedral Box Office on 01962 857275



Get your skates on


November 24 to January 2


Experience Winchester at its most beautiful with an exhilarating skate under the stars and see how the Cathedral provides a stunning backdrop to this wintery event. The real open-air ice rink can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. Ice skating sessions last for one hour and free skate hire is included.


Tickets are 9.50 Adult, 7.50 concessions, 5 children aged 4-7, 30 family


Tel, 01962 857275.



Shop til you drop


November 18, 6-9pm


Visit Stansted House and Garden Centre for a beautiful evening of shopping. Lit up with Christmas lights and full of wonderful goodies to suit all the family, have your Xmas gifts tied up and ready for the tree all in one go. With many local exhibitors as well as companies from further a field, the evening is set to be a shopping extravaganza, dont miss Santa arriving in style and carolers will be adding to the festive atmosphere along with some delicious refreshments.



Xmas in the city


November 17, 6pm


Join in the fun at the Marlands Shopping Centre, Southampton as Santa arrives and assists The Mayor in switching on the citys Christmas Lights, hosted by Patrick Sandford and his panto characters from the Nuffield Theatre. The Mayor will then join the Nuffield Theatre characters to declare the Southampton Christmas Festival Market as being officially open before being welcomed into WestQuay Shopping Centre for festivities including the making of a Chocolate Pizza with Willy Wonka.



Lighten up


November 19


Father Christmas is set to take time out of his busy schedule and lead a special Christmas lights parade in Eastleigh. The procession will start in Market Street at 5.15pm and make its way into the High Street before ending up at the bandstand on the Leigh Road recreation ground. Then at 6pm the town is set to be all lit up when Eastleigh Mayor, Councillor Wayne Irish will switch on the towns Christmas lights display. A spectacular fireworks display will follow the official switch on of the lights and cap a special day in the town centre.


Tel, 02380 688192 for more information



Switched on


November 19


See Santa and his Elves arrive on a giant magic sleigh as Gunwharf Quays switches on its Christmas lights. Enjoy music from Manchester boy band FTW, Portsmouth Rock Choir, The Neptune Girls and Portsmouth Grammar School Junior band. Wave 105 will continue the festivities after 6pm and fireworks will accompany the light switch on at 7pm.



Festive fireworks


November 10


Join in with the residents of Southsea as they celebrate the switching on of the towns Christmas lights. The event will be held in the pedestrian precinct area and will include a stage, musical acts, entertainment, childrens rides and a staged lights switch on followed by a firework finale.



Its behind you


Deecember 8 to January 2


Join the swashbuckling cast of Peter Pan as they battle to rid Never Never Land of the evil Captain Hook and his devilish crew. Follow Wendy, John and Michael Darling as they meet Tiger Lily and the Indians, the Lost Boys, and the Fairies led by the impish Tinker Bell, but watch out for the crocodile.


Adults 16.50, Children 13.50, Family 60


To book call Anvil Arts, Basingstoke on 01256 844244



Its showtime


December 9 to 31


If youre looking for an alternative to the Xmas Panto this year then Beauty and the Beast, at The Haymarket, Basingstoke is a must. When a handsome prince refuses to marry Satyra, Empress of the Forest, she turns him into a hideous beast who is doomed to stay a monster unless he can persuade a woman to fall in love with him. When her father picks the Beasts precious perpetual rose, Beauty becomes a prisoner to save his life. This is the chance that the Beast has been waiting for, can he make Beauty see through appearances and fall in love with him?


Adults 16.50, Children 13.50


To book call 01256 844244

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