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Things to do in Hampshire this September

PUBLISHED: 15:03 03 September 2019 | UPDATED: 15:03 03 September 2019

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (Photo by Allison Burke)

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (Photo by Allison Burke)

Allison Burke

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

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The Dukes of Uke

The world's first Ukulele Orchestra is not just about ukuleles; it is about entertainment, joy, fun, strum and artistry. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain now tours the world, playing with the likes of Robbie Williams, Madness and Clean Bandit. Expect an evening of 'bonsai guitar' music guaranteed to get your toes tapping.

- When: 6 September, 7.30pm

- Where: Theatre Royal Winchester

The Jazz Age

Lady of Jazz, a new one-act play by John Gleadall and Greg Mosse, is an evocation of 1930s New Orleans and the gripping story of Honey Grey, lead singer in her daddy's band. With eight original songs, the dramatic climax coincides with the great migration out of the south. Followed by a post-show chat with bestselling author Kate Mosse.

- When: 13 September, 7.30pm

- Where: The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant

Back In Time

Experience life on the home front in World War II at this family-friendly, immersive exhibition. Each visitor can follow their own journey through wartime Hampshire. Highlights include training with the Home Guard, flying a VR Spitfire, and a realistic air raid experienced from a public shelter.

- When: Until 8 September, 10am-4.45pm

- Where: Milestones Museum, Basingstoke

Dickensian Drama

Enter a time of social upheaval with themes of love, power, poverty and choice. Co-commissioned by New Theatre Royal, this production is a physical, gothic retelling of the Dickens' Bleak House. Follow Esther Summerson's search for identity set against a brutal legal system hell bent on destroying those beneath it.

- When: 26-28 September, 7.30pm

- Where: New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

Get Neo-Romantic

Neo-Romantic art flourished in Britain from the 1920s to the 1950s. It was inspired by a particularly British strain of Romantic art that looked back to Turner, Blake and Samuel Palmer. Drawn from a remarkable private collection by Nicolas and Frances McDowall, this exhibition showcases 60 works by artists associated with the movement. Expect pieces by Paul Nash, John Piper, Graham Sutherland and Henry Moore.

- When: 6 September to 10 November, 10am-4pm

- Where: St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington

Story Of Survival

The true story of World War II prisoner of war, Arthur Robinson. In Loyal Company is written and performed by his great-nephew, David William Bryan. As Hitler's bombs rain down on Liverpool, Arthur joins up and is deployed to Singapore. When his ship is destroyed by Japanese dive bombers, Arthur is declared missing.

- When: 18 September, 8pm

- Where: West End Centre, Aldershot

Get On Your Bike

The UK's most decorated Olympian Bradley Wiggins freewheels into Basingstoke for an intimate live show. The Tour de France winner and 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year will be telling the stories behind his career highlights, as well as what he's been doing since he went into retirement in 2016.

- When: 27 September, 7pm

- Where: The Anvil, Basingstoke

Invasion Romans!

Head to Fort Nelson to join the Roman ranks or help to fend them off. The weekend features a Roman encampment, gladiator school and trebuchets.

- When: 21-22 September, 10am-5pm

- Where: Royal Armouries Fort Nelson, Portchester


A classic murder mystery is created on the spot by Bristol Improv Theatre's resident company, Degrees of Error & Something for the Weekend, entirely from audience suggestions.

- When: 14 September, 7.30pm

- Where: The Berry Theatre, Southampton

A Fine Hand

Learn the art of hand-lettering using a traditional pen and ink from tutor Tamsin Shearn. All materials will be provided on the day, and can be taken home to carry on practising.

- When: 17 September, 6-8pm

- Where: Forest Arts Centre, New Milton

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