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10 things to do in Hampshire this March

PUBLISHED: 10:22 04 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:22 04 March 2014

Hampshire Life March 2014 front cover

Hampshire Life March 2014 front cover


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

From the source to the Solent

Don’t miss this collaborative special exhibition from artist Pete Gilbert and photographer Hugh Lohan. At the outset, the duo gave themselves six months to walk from the source, the Lymington River to the Solent. Nearly two and a half years later they completed the task, creating a book to showcase their work. Witness pieces that capture the mystery and tranquillity of the river along with the ephemeral, transience of light and time.

When: March 22 to April 27

Where: The New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY, 02380 283444



Mother’s Day High Tea

Show your Mum how much you appreciate her on this special day with a mouth-watering High Tea at the Spinnaker Tower’s exclusive Café in the Clouds. Guaranteed to tickle those taste buds, tuck in to scrumptious sandwiches, savour delicious pastries and indulge in tempting cakes and scones with an unlimited supply of tea or coffee. Then sit back and relax, taking in the spectacular views on offer through floor-to-ceiling windows, set 105 metres above Portsmouth Harbour.

When: March 30

Where: Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3TT, 02392 857520



Charlie and Lola’s Extremely New Play

Watershed Productions present the BBC Worldwide and Polka Theatre production of Charlie and Lola’s Extremely New Play. Playful, funny and full of surprises, this new play is about friendship and adventures. Journey through the seasons with everyone’s favourite brother and sister with a magical mix of puppets, live action and music; it is a real treat for the whole family.

When: March 1 & 2, various times – see website for details

Where: The Haymarket, Wote Street, Basingstoke, RG21 7NW, 01256 844244



Josh Widdicombe: Incidentally

Get set for an evening of hilarity as the comedy star brings his brand new show to The Berry Theatre. Over the last twelve months, the Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee 2011 has been on an incredible journey, with the hit Channel 4 show ‘The Last Leg’ being commissioned for two series, regular TV appearances on BBC1’s ‘Mock The Week’ and Channel 4’s ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’ and securing the coveted Saturday breakfast slot on XFM.

When: March 28, 8pm

Where: The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane, Hedge End, SO30 4EJ, 01489 799499



CSI Winchester

Find out about crime research and evidence and discover how it feeds fiction. Bestselling writer NJ Cooper, author of three crime series, along with Solent inspired writer Pauline Rowson will be joined by two crime experts, Carolyn Lovell, the Head of Operations for Hampshire Police Crime Scene Investigations, and fingerprints expert Jane Aston to bring you this fascinating and informative talk.

When: March 8, 10am-12pm

Where: Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB, 01962 873603 


Writing Workshop

Drawing inspiration from Mansfield Park as well as Jane Austen’s other novels, her letters and her life in Chawton, this one day workshop will help you to plan your novel, develop your ideas and write some key scenes, all within the tranquil setting of Jane Austen’s House Museum. Suitable for those with a novel in progress as well as those who are just starting out.

When: March 8, 11am-3pm

Where: Jane Austen’s House Museum, Winchester Road, Chawton, Alton, GU34 1SD, 01420 83262



Dance Showcase

This year, Headstart, The Point’s annual showcase of young male dance performers, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in style, with a programme of bold, breathtaking dance. HeadStart has grown to be one of the largest male-only dance platforms in the region with over 150 dancers taking to the stage. This year the dancers have been working with ZoieLogic Dance Company, The Royal Academy of Dance and some extra special guests to develop and harness their skills, showcased in the evening’s performances.

When: March 9, 7.30pm

Where: The Point, Leigh Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9DE, 02380 652333



LEGO ® Lost World Zoo

If you missed it last month, don’t worry, you can venture to the LEGO ® Lost World Zoo again for March. Hunt for the extinct animal sculptures in your spotter’s guide, dress up as an explorer and make your own LEGO bug to add to the wall. Don’t forget to have your photo taken with the LEGO Megalosaurus head, Moa bird and the Neanderthal man!

When: February 29 – April 27

Where: Milestones Museum, Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke, RG22 6PG, 01256 477766



St Patrick’s Day

Embrace the spirit of the Irish and celebrate St Patrick’s Day at The Isle of Wight Steam Railway. With the first train of the season steaming away at 10.05am, there will also be live music and Irish Dancing throughout the day. And if all the festivities have left you with an appetite then worry not as the Refreshment Rooms will be serving good Irish fayre to keep hunger at bay.

When: March 16

Where: The Isle of Wight Steam Railway, The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight, PO33 4DS, 01983 882204




Immerse yourself in a powerful and passionate drama about love and rejection. The Russian State Ballet and Opera House present Carmen, one of the most popular and accessible operas. Featuring an impressive cast, this completely new performance is supported by a live orchestra with over 30 musicians, who bring to life the famous composition of Georges Bizet in a way that you have never experienced before.

When: March 9, 7.30pm

Where: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AB, 0844 4999 999


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