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Things to do in Hampshire this May

PUBLISHED: 14:09 29 April 2019

The Great Gatsby

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

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Croft and Pearce

With an impressive list of credits behind them, including winners of the Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award, the stars of BBC Radio 4's The Croft & Pearce Show and Sketchorama are bringing their new show to Fareham. Join comedy double-act Hannah and Fiona for a hilarious night that is guaranteed to please.

• Where: Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham

• When: 15 May, 7.30pm. 01329 223100

Concrete Plant Pots and Mosaic Plaques

Embrace your creative side and make some concrete plant pots using recycled containers and geometric moulds. Different types of concrete and colourants will be used in the workshop. You can also make mosaic ornaments for the home and garden.

• Where: Forest Arts Centre, New Milton

• When: 9 May, 10am

May half-term bee trail

With the garden in bloom and plenty of space to play in the parkland, venture to Hinton Ampner and explore the grounds on its honey bee-themed family trail. Spot, listen and draw while discovering fun bee facts. Find out how bees help our gardens and countryside and what we can do to help protect them. Suitable for all ages though, very little ones may need help from parents.

• Where: Hinton Ampner, near Alresford

• When: 25 May–2 June, 10am-4pm


Don't miss the latest offering from the team behind Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Tabby McTat! Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's much-loved Zog comes to life in Mike Shepherd's magical adaptation with Johnny Flynn's folk score featuring live musicians. Immerse yourself in the fantastical world, designed by Katie Sykes, and follow Zog's quest for a golden star. Guaranteed roaring fun for all ages.

• Where: The Haymarket, Basingstoke

• When: 29-30 May, Wed 4.30pm, Thu 10.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Don Kipper

Get set for a musical journey through Europe with Don Kipper! The multi award-winning ensemble play a range of traditional musical forms reflecting the cultural diversity of North East London, from Turkish and Greek folk music to Romani music and Klezmer.

• Where: West End Centre, Aldershot

• When: 31 May, 8pm

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – 'Contemplations'

Head to Winchester Cathedral for a concert from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and bear witness to history in the marking. Presented with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute in London, it sees the world premiere of the Hampshire Symphony by Calin Huma. Featuring Alexandru Tomescu on Violin and conduction by Christopher Petrie.

• Where: Winchester Cathedral

• When: 3 May, 7.30pm

The Undertones' 40th birthday

For the 40th anniversary of their debut album, The Undertones present tracks taken from what is considered to be one of the best punk albums of all time. With guest Neville Staple, also known as The Original Rudeboy.

• Where: The Engine Rooms, Southampton

• When: 18 May, 7pm

The Great Gatsby

You're invited to the most glamorous party in town. Lose yourself in the decadence of 1920s' New York as Northern Ballet's sell-out sensation The Great Gatsby arrives in Southampton. F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel is brought to life as characters in Chanel-inspired costumes dance to a cinematic score by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Murder on the Orient Express). This blockbuster ballet is full of passion and drama.

• Where: Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

• When: 15-18 May, 7.30pm. Thur and Sat 2pm

Tracy Borman: The King's Witch

Drawing inspiration from her debut novel The King's Witch, join author and historian Tracy Borman for this fascinating and entertaining talk. Delve into the turbulent world of the early Stuart court, hear the Crown's war on witches and Catholics alike and discover the Gunpowder Plot.

• Where: The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant

• When: 7 May, 7.30pm

Birds, Boats and Back Garden Wildlife

Rachel Hudson celebrates the wildlife of Hampshire and Dorset with her distinctive illustrations. Her fresh style, with its clarity of line, vibrant colour and sense of movement, brings her nature subjects to life and is earning her wider recognition across the South East. She has collaborated with the BBC Wildlife magazine, Butterfly Conservation and the Wildlife Trusts.

• Where: Westbury Manor Museum, Fareham

• When: 11 May-6 July 6, 10am-5pm

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