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10 events and things to do in Hampshire - April 2016

PUBLISHED: 16:21 23 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:53 24 March 2016

An Inspector Calls (Photo by Mark Douet)

An Inspector Calls (Photo by Mark Douet)

Photo by Mark Douet

Charlotte Tomlinson-White has scoured the county to bring you the top events taking place this month

The Schlee Collection

Visitors can enjoy rarely exhibited drawings and sketches from artists including Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Gillian Ayres and David Hockney, alongside some of Mottisfont’s own collection of drawings. Recently donated to Southampton City Art Gallery, the exhibition features observational drawings, people, landscapes, abstract works and compositional sketches.

• When: April 23 – July 3, Mottisfont, near Romsey, SO51 0LP, 01794 340757

• Where:

Spring Walk

Blow away the cobwebs and head over to Bramdean to marvel at the bluebells. Hinton Ampner’s ancient woodland is set in a quintessentially English landscape. Stroll slowly through glorious beech avenues and drink in the bluebell phenomenon that appears there on a guided walk. Finish at the tearoom and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea.

• When: April 30, 1-3pm

• Where: Hinton Ampner, near Alresford, SO24 0LA; 01962 771305,

Plaster Cast

Discover your creative side and try your hand at making plaster reliefs. During this adult workshop, you will learn how to cast with plaster using two different techniques - casting in sand and casting in clay - to produce two beautiful wall-based reliefs. Take along your own objects, for example shells, blocks, flowers to cast or you can use objects provided by the tutor, Penny Davis. Suitable for beginners, all materials are provided.

• When: April 23, 10am-3pm

• Where: The Spring Arts & Heritage, 56 East Street, Havant, PO9 1BS, 02392 472700,

Peter Snow

As the climatic showdown between Napoleon and Wellington, Waterloo is one of the world’s most famous battles. Join historian and journalist Peter Snow as he examines the strengths and weaknesses of the leaders, and explores the questions the battle raised.

• When: April 26, 7.30pm

• Where: The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, GU51 4BY, 01252 811009,

The Art of Filmmaking

The Hampshire Picture Co presents a unique lecture to enhance your perception of the collaborative film making process.

• When: April 27, 7.30pm

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

Defining Movements

Discover the most influential art movements to have shaped 20th century British Modern Art in a unique selection from Southampton City Art Gallery’s Collection. Witness some of the Collection’s best paintings, prints and photography that epitomise significant movements and artists in Britain over the last one hundred years.

• When: Until April 16

• Where: Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery, Market Place, Basingstoke, RG21 7QD, 01256 456902,

An Inspector Calls

Hailed as the theatrical event of our generation winning more awards than any other play in history, this landmark production from the National Theatre has thrilled audiences throughout the world. When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman. His startling revelations shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge us all to examine our consciences. With its wildly imaginative staging, raw emotion, evocative score and lashing rain you’ll be locked in the chilling suspense.

• When: April 5 - 9

• Where: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE, 02380 711811,

The Odyssey

Experience an Odyssey of now - contemporary horror and fantasy splintering from ancient myth with the universal themes of how we face our mortality and the Gods inside us. Homer’s epic poem is retold in an extraordinary dance theatre production from the multi award-winning Mark Bruce Company. Not to be missed.

• When: April 27 and 28, 7.30pm

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

Bread Making Bushcraft

Take the family to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens for a gastronomic bush craft workshop. Embrace the great outdoors and discover and identify some common herbs and their culinary uses before making and cooking bread on a campfire in Ampfield Woods.

• When: April 4, 10am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-4pm

• Where: Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Romsey, SO51 0QA, 01794 369318

Rock Musical

Green Day’s explosive, award-winning Broadway musical is making its way to the south coast - straight from a hugely successful and critically acclaimed London run. Starring X Factor finalist Amelia Lily as Whatsername, American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world. The show features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer.

• When: April 26-30

• Where: Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2SH, 02392 828282,

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