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What's on this January in Hampshire

PUBLISHED: 17:22 01 January 2020 | UPDATED: 16:13 08 January 2020

We Will Rock You Credit: Johan Persson

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

EXHIBITIONS

Until 5 January

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern 

Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Ireland's most successful fashion and lifestyle designers. Her stylised plant-based patterns are innovative, influential and instantly recognisable. With unique access to company archives, don't miss a chance to delve into the designer's world and marvel at an array of her iconic designs.

The Gallery and City Space, Winchester Discovery Centre, 10am - 7pm, free, 

01962 873603; hampshireculture.org.uk/gallery-winchester-discovery-centre

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Until 11 January

Lucienne Day: Living Design  

This free exhibition celebrates the life and work of one of the most influential British designers of the post-war generation, Lucienne Day. The exhibition tells the story of Lucienne's design career, unfolding in a sequence of images and textiles drawn from the archives of The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation. 

Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery, Basingstoke, 10am - 5pm, free, 01256 456902; hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/willis-museum

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Until 11 January

Haroon Mirza: Waves and Forms  

For solo exhibition Waves and Forms, Haroon Mirza has filled all of the gallery's spaces with new and reconfigured artworks that test the interplay between sound waves, light waves, water and electric current.

John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, 11am-5pm, free, 02380 592158; jhg.art

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Until 19 January

Romantics 

Exploring what Romantic art might look like at the beginning of the 21st century, this exhibition weaves together themes of nature, expressive landscape, sprit of place, the human figure, drama and angst. The exhibition features a diverse group of artists who see themselves as continuing this great tradition in British art.

St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington, adult £5.45, concessions £4.55, child £2.70, 10am - 4pm, 01590 676969; stbarbe-museum.org.uk

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Until 19 January

Southern Ceramic Group Exhibition 

Southern Ceramic Group will be displaying a wide range of quality studio ceramics in Winchester for the first time, with more than 500 works from 50 potters. Don't miss the opportunity to purchase work from exceptional local makers and look out for demonstrations taking place.

City Space, Winchester Discovery Centre, 10am - 7pm, donations welcome, 01962 873603; hampshireculture.org.uk/gallery-winchester-discovery-centre

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Until 1 February

Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy 

Featuring works of art from national collections, this major exhibition highlights the importance of the Pre-Raphaelite movement and its influence on contemporary art, including Realism, Aestheticism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau, and culture, including the fantastical imagery of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.

Southampton City Art Gallery, 10am - 3pm, free admission, 

02380 833007; southamptoncityartgallery.com

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3 January - 28 June

Gilbert White Around the World 

Although Gilbert White's name is linked firmly to the village of Selborne, his legacy is international through his book The Natural History of Selborne. Learn about the global impact of Gilbert White's work 300 years since his birth.

Gilbert White's House, Alton, 10.30am - 4.30pm, adult £12, child £5, family £25, 

01420 511275; gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk

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18 January - 19 April

Comedy and Commentary 

Comedy and Commentary showcases the distinguished history of contemporary British cartooning. There are plenty of topical characters, including Boris Johnson and Donald Trump, in a show that explores social and political preoccupations that have gripped the nation. Humour is at its heart, with funny, beautifully drawn works from the likes of Matt of The Telegraph and Ronald Searle.

Mottisfont, Romsey, 11am - 4pm, adult £16.50, child £8.25, family £41.25, 

01794 340757; nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont

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MUSIC 

11 January

Farnborough Symphony Orchestra 

Conducted by William Carslake, enjoy a wide range of popular works, many familiar to younger generations as film theme tunes, including Hans Zimmer's Pirates of the Caribbean and John Powell's How to Train Your Dragon. 

Princes Hall, Aldershot, 2.30pm, £13.50, 01252 329155; princeshall.com

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17 January

The Schmoozenbergs 

Conjuring up the mood of 1930s Paris, fused with the energy of a campfire jam session, experience irresistible rhythms, lyrical melodies and playful improvisation from the group. Enjoy a repertoire of classic jazz tunes with a gypsy twist, plus original music from their new album Awaken. 

The Lights, Andover, 8pm, £12, 01264 368368; thelights.org.uk

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17 January

Toyah: Up Close and Personal 

Audiences can enjoy a lively, entertaining and revealing evening with Toyah performing an unplugged set of her best-loved hits and classic songs, while recalling stories from her colourful 35-year career. 

The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant, 8pm, £25, 02392 472700; thespring.co.uk

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16 January and 24 January

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 

Dorset's premiere orchestra is crossing back over to Hampshire for two concerts in Portsmouth. Unrequited Love combines romantic pieces by Nikolai Tcherepnin, Berlioz and Rachmaninov, whose Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini will be performed by pianist Andrei Korobeinikov. And on 24 January Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts a programme featuring R Strauss and Shostakovich, with guest soloist Ning Feng playing Elgar's Violin Concerto.

Portsmouth Guildhall, 7.30pm, £21, 02393 870211; portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

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25 January

Martin Carthy 

Martin Carthy's a ballad singer, ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material, with a sizable list of trailblazing musical partnerships behind him.

Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, 7.30pm, from £13, 01425 619983; hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/forest-arts-centre

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31 January

Jo Harman 

Soul and blues vocalist Jo Harman remains a genre-defying, independently minded artist of rare credibility. Catch her performing what Classic Rock describes as her "lip-biting beautiful songs".

The Forge, Basingstoke, 7.45pm, from £14, 01256 844244; anvilarts.org.uk  

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31 January

Graffiti Classics 

A combination of classical music concert, opera, stand-up comedy set and dance show, Graffiti Classics aims to make classical music exhilarating for all ages.

Theatre Royal Winchester, 7.30pm, £18/£14, 01962 840440; theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

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THEATRE

10 - 12 January

The Railway Children 

Dance, puppetry and film combine for this new version of E Nesbit's classic. Performed by Winchester-based theatre company Blue Apple, which supports performers with learning disabilities, the story follows three children whose lives are turned upside down when their father is suddenly taken away.

Theatre Royal Winchester, 7.30pm, 3pm Sunday matinee, £19/£14, 01962 840440; theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

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16 January

John Peel's Shed and Circled in the Radio Times (Double Bill) 

Writer and theatre maker John Osborne presents a double bill of two storytelling shows. Evocative, humorous and heart-warming, discover what John did next with a box of Radio 1 DJ John Peel's records in the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe sell out and also the changing ways all of us watch television in his new show.

Ventnor Exchange, Isle of Wight, 8pm, £10, 01983 716767; ventnorexchange.co.uk

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17 January

Jeremy Vine: What The Hell Is Going On?! 

Jeremy Vine is one of the UK's most successful broadcasters. 

Get ready to laugh and cry as Jeremy tries to make sense of a world that increasingly makes no sense at all — where as he puts it: "My listeners have better stories than I do."

NST City, Southampton, 7.30pm, £17, 02380 671771; nstheatres.co.uk

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20 January

Dementia-friendly La La Land (12A) 

Each dementia-friendly event includes a film screening, free refreshments and live entertainment from actors, singers and musicians to help bring the film to life. January's offering is this Oscar-winning musical starring Emma Stone.

The Kings Theatre, Southsea, 10.30am, £5, 02392 828282; kingsportsmouth.co.uk

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29 January - 1 February

Swan Lake 

This romantic fable of ill-fated passion, powerfully illuminated by Tchaikovsky's legendary score, has bewitched audiences for generations. Birmingham Royal Ballet create a beautifully romantic atmosphere with their exquisite ensembles, lyrical pas de deux, and bravura solos. 

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, from £12, 02380 711811; mayflower.org.uk

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31 January

Daliso Chaponda 

Britain's Got Talent finalist and star of BBC Radio 4's acclaimed Citizen of Nowhere, Daliso Chaponda presents a daring new show. Featured on QI, The Apprentice: You're Fired, News Quiz and The Now Show, he'll be looking at disgraced, blacklisted celebrities and historical figures we're ashamed we once admired.

West End Centre, Aldershot, 8pm, from £15, 01252 330040; westendcentre.co.uk

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31 January - 1 February

Heist 

An unlikely group of men band together to reclaim the place they call home. As the team try to bring down the villain, they grapple with morality, risk and betrayal, questioning constantly 'who can you really trust?' Conceived, directed and choreographed by Zoie Golding.

NST City, Southampton, 

from £10, 02380 671771; nstheatres.co.uk

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DAYS OUT

1 January

New Year's Day walk

With its far-reaching South Downs views, Hinton Ampner is a great place to shake off the post-Christmas fuzz. Join Hinton's knowledgeable gardener for a four-mile stroll across the ancient parkland and magnificent beech woodland. Plus there's hot drinks and biscuits for all walkers. Dogs very welcome.

Hinton Ampner, near Alresford, 11am - 1pm, £10, 03442 491895; nationaltrust.org.uk/hinton-ampner

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1 January

New Year's Day Lazy Brunch 

Start the New Year in style with a super-relaxed New Year's Day Brunch at a beautiful luxury country house hotel. Perfect for a family get-together or meeting up with friends. Why not make the most of the beautiful 66-acre estate with a pre or post-brunch stroll to blow away the cobwebs?

Tylney Hall, Hook, 11.45am, 01256 764881; tylneyhall.co.uk

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Until 5 January

The Snowman and The Snowdog Winter Trail 

Expect magic and snow whatever the weather! Inspired by Raymond Brigg's much-loved classic, this wonderful wintry adventure is suitable for children of all ages. With a special The Snowman and the Snowdog gift provided with each guide.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey, 10am - 3pm, £5 per trail (normal admission applies), 01794 369318; hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/hilliergardens  

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25 January

Alan Rosenthal: One-Pot Cooking 

Join culinary creative Alan Rosenthal for this hands-on workshop. Alan will guide you through six different recipes spanning traditional slow cooked British style one-pot cooking, to more exotic recipes like Spanish paella and Persian chicken.

Newlyns Cookery School, Hook 10am - 3pm, £175, 01256 704128; newlyns-farmshop.co.uk/book-a-course

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25 January

Burns Night 

Celebrate Burns Night at Portsmouth Historic Harbour below deck on HMS Warrior. Guests will be treated to a traditional three-course meal including a trio of haggis delights, accompanied by Scottish music and reflections on Robert Burns' life. 

HMS Warrior, Portsmouth, 7pm, £85, 02392 839766; historicdockyard.co.uk

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