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Things to do in Hampshire this July

PUBLISHED: 14:04 02 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:12 09 July 2019

Celebrate the 70th anniversary of Jane Austen’s House Museum

Celebrate the 70th anniversary of Jane Austen's House Museum


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

Discover weekly events and photography in the links above

Close Up Frescoes

Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: A Different View allows unprecedented closeness to the magnificent works of Michelangelo which adorn the chapel ceiling, normally 22m above visitors' heads. The frescoes have been photographed and using a speical technique, are shown in a true-to-life reproduction of the ceiling.

- When: 5 July to 29 September, 10am-3pm

- Where: The Gallery and City Space, Winchester Discovery Centre


Edinburgh Fringe must-see phenomenon, the Showstoppers return with a hilarious musical entirely based on audience suggestions. Using their ingenious and spontaneous musical theatre comedy, they create a new musical from scratch at each performance, with audience suggestions transformed into all-singing, all-dancing productions.

- When: 18 July, 7.30pm

- Where: The Berry Theatre, Southampton

Bentley Fete and Flower Show

Expect around 50 trade stands, a flower and produce show, live music, refreshments, barbecue, bar and a huge range of activities in the central arena.

- When: 20 July, 2pm

- Where: Bentley Recreation Ground

Comic Time Travellers

Travel through The Beano's history of mischief and mayhem in this new exhibition for adults and children. It covers 80 years of Britain's longest running children's comic, with original illustrations, vintage merchandise and craft activities. Outside, kids can whizz back to Mottisfont's ancient past with the comic's characters in an interactive trail.

- When: 20 July to September 8, 11am-5pm

- Where: Mottisfont, near Romsey

Opera and Kebab

Welsh National Opera perform a modern makeover of the classic comic opera Don Pasquale by Donizetti. This clever reworking takes the audience to present day Cardiff and Pasquale's doner kebab van. It tells the story of the old bachelor's romantic delusions and the young lovers who try and outwit him.

- When: 13 July, 7.30pm

- Where: Theatre Royal Winchester

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Maskers Theatre brings one of William Shakespeare's best-loved comedies, Twelfth Night, to a new outdoor venue in Southampton, Townhill Park House. Masker's production of Twelfth Night will be fusing the flamboyant fashion and music of the 1980s bringing back memories and past pleasures.

- When: 16-20 July

- Where: Townhill Park House, Southampton

Susie Dent

Delve into the curious, unexpected and downright surreal origins of the words we use every day in The Secret Life of Words with Susie Dent. Each evening she includes favourite words from the towns and regions she visits.

- When: 3 July, 7.30pm

- Where: The Haymarket, Basingstoke

Gin & Swing

Enjoy savouring gins and dancing the evening away with The Sunshine Kings at the Ashcroft Arts Centre's festival. There's a swing dance class to start the evening, plus cocktail making if you want to learn some tricks; or you can simply relax with friends and enjoy!

- When: 27 July

- Where: Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham

Kyla Brox

Blues and soul from singer-songwriter Kyla Brox. Not only is she the winner of the 2018 UK Blues Challenge but she is also one of only three British singers to be included in the 50 Women of the Blues Spotify playlist.

- When: 12 July, 7.30pm

- Where: Forest Arts Centre, New Milton

A Party at Jane's

In Chawton this month they are celebrating the 70th anniversary of Jane Austen's House Museum. The grounds will be filled with festivity and activities for all the family, including Regency dancing and garden games. Enjoy live violin recitals and drop into hourly Curator's Questions sessions. Take a picnic and enjoy cakes, scones and Jane's Party Pimm's, all on sale at pop-up stalls. All visitors will be issued with a special commemorative ticket.

- When: 27 July, 10am-5pm

- Where: Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton

Science Comes Alive

Brace yourself as Ministry of Science Live explodes onto the stage. Featuring liquid nitrogen frozen flowers, hydrogen bottle rockets, the discovery of methane and the invention of the battery. Expect tons of scientific fun! There's even a hovercraft built on stage.

- When: 15 July, 1pm and 6.30pm

- Where: Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Life Drawing

Set in the creative surroundings of The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, this one-off workshop will provide an introduction to the techniques of life drawing. under the expert guidance of Jules Roper. Experimental mark-making using a wide range of media will be encouraged. It's perfect for discovering your artistic side. This session forms part of The Spring's series of creative adult workshops.

- When: 13 July, 10am

- Where: The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant

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