What’s On

Fri. 14th Dec. – Sat 23rd Feb

Cool Coast Ice Rink – BIC Purbeck Hall, Bournemouth

Whether you’re a budding figure skater or feel more comfortable clinging on to the sides, everyone is welcome – the rink is big enough for all. Soak up the atmosphere whilst enjoying Bavarian inspired food and drinks in a cosy alpine setting.   Visit : bhlivetickets.co.uk

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Wed. 2nd Jan – Sun 31st Mar.

Winter ArcheryNew Forest Activities, Hazel Copse Farm
Beaulieu

Enjoy a 90 minute, fully instructed Archery experience as
your guide teaches you the correct way to handle a bow and arrow before you step up to the firing line to test your aim. There’s also fun scoring games and challenges along the way. Perfect for beginners and novices alike!.
Visit : newforestactivities.co.uk

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Wed. 30th   Jan. – Sat 2nd Mar.

The Shadow Factory – Nuffield Southampton Theatres City,  Above Bar Street, Southampton

Autumn 1940. The Battle of Britain rages. Southampton is home to our only hope of victory: the Spitfire. One of Britain’s greatest living playwrights, Hampshire-born Howard Brenton, tells the remarkable and little known story of how Southampton stepped up when the chips were down. Visit : nstheatres.co.uk

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Fri. 1st Feb. – Mon. 6th May

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing – Southampton City Art Gallery

This year sees the five hundredth anniversary of the death of one of the greatest artists and scientists the world has known. To mark this anniversary, there are  simultaneous exhibitions of Leonardo’s drawings across the United Kingdom. This exhibition will be accompanied by a series of special events including talks, tours and art workshops.

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Fri. 15th  Feb. – Sun 24th Feb

Half term Family Balloon Hunt – Various Locations

Go Southampton  has hidden 10 light up balloons in locations around the Bargate area of Southampton. Take your family & friends on a trail to find all the balloons, discover the letters and complete the phrase on the trail sheet. Complete the 6 fun challenges, then claim your gift at location number 10. You can even enter the colouring competition at the Mercure, Dolphin Hotel for your chance to win 1 of 3 £20 Smiggle vouchers!.

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Fri 15th and Sat 16th  Feb.

Hairspray – Berry Theatre, Hedge End

Artisan Theatre School proudly presents Hairspray, the irresistible feel-good show. We guarantee you will be dancing the night away. Fri : 7pm and Sat : 2pm and 7pm

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Sat 16th  Feb.

Kaiser Chiefs – The O2 Guildhall, Southampton

Join the indie icons as they perform tracks from across their extensive catalogue of work and continue their reign as one of Britain’s most treasured bands. Doors open at 7pm

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Sat 16th  Feb. – Sun 24th Feb

Hands-On Half-Term –  Beaulieu National Motor Museum

Open daily – 10am – 5pm : Get inventive and take part in activities to make your own creations. Discover curious gadgets from the 19th century in Palace House and follow in the footsteps of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s on-screen creator, Caractacus Potts and build your own balloon car !

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Sun 17th  Feb.

Lantern Festival Parade – Southampton Guildhall Square

Join in with the lantern building workshop from 3pm in the John Hansard Gallery and Thai Chi and Chinese Dance and meet Mr Panda and Hello Kitty in Guildhall Square.  At 5pm a Lantern Parade, followed by a Chinese ‘lion’ dance at the rear of the parade, will start from the Gallery at Guildhall Square through Above Bar to the Bargate area and back to the John Hansard Gallery via the city parks.

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Sun. 17th  Feb.

Resolution Run 2019 5k / 10k – Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley Abbey, Southampton

11am – 3pm : What’s your resolution this year? If you’re looking to shed a few pounds, aiming to be a bit healthier, a Resolution Run is the perfect goal to set yourself. Whether you decide to run, jog or walk the route there’s support every step of the way.     Visit : go.ewnt.com

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Sun 17th  Feb.

Revolution Pro Wrestling – The 1865, Brunswick Square,
Southampton

4pm – 8pm : Another top night of high-flying, hard-hitting action with Josh Bodom, 2018 British J Cup Winner El Phantasmo, CCK combination of Chris Brookes and Jonathan Gresham,  the “Dominator” Great-O-Kharn and more. Visit : revolutionprowrestling.com

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Mon 18th Feb – Sat 23rd Feb

Library Half Term Activities – Various Locations

There are some great half term fun activities lined up for you at you local library. Visit : southampton.gov.uk/libraries for more details.

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Mon. 18th Feb.

The Concorde Factor – Concorde Club, Eastleigh

6.30pm : A chance for singers, groups or bands to win £1000 plus a paid gig. Have you got what it takes ??!!.

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Tues 19th Feb – Sat 23rd Feb

The Wizard of OZ – The Point, Eastleigh

Frank Baum’s classic novel comes to life in this faithful adaptation by the Royal Shakespeare Company. It features all the most beloved songs and moments from the 1939 classic film.

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Tues 19th Feb. – Sat 23rd Feb

Swan Lake – Mayflower Theatre

Matthew Bourne’s innovative take on this classic ballet returns with a fresh look for the 21st century. A chance to catch this re-imagining of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece featuring an all male ensemble.

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Wed. 20th Feb.

Southampton Bike Kitchen – The Hub Cycleworks, 107-109 Shirley Rd, Southampton

7pm – 9pm : A DIY workshop where Southampton residents can learn the skills necessary to fix their own bikes with volunteers on hand to answer any questions, provide help, guidance and advice. Free drop in.

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Wed. 20th Feb.

The X Factor Live Tour 2019 – BIC Windsor Hall, Bournemouth

Doors open at 6.30pm : Becca Dudley returns as host for this must see live show that’s thrilled over three million people since it began 14 years ago

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Thurs. 21st Feb.

Older and Boulder – Boulder Shack, Imperial Park,
Southampton

10am – 12noon : Fun climbing sessions aimed at senior people. A great social gathering to stay fit, meet new friends and have fun! No climbing experience is needed and no need to book. Just show up!. Climbing is an activity suitable for all ages, heights and sizes.

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Thurs. 21st Feb. – Sat 23rd Feb

Return To The Forbidden Planet – Theatre Royal, Winchester

Fasten your seat belts, set your ray guns to stun and get ready for a cosmic adventure of meteoric proportions as award-winning ENCORE Youth Theatre takes you on a great musical adventure !

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Fri. 22nd Feb.

Explore Learning – Free Community Workshop – Central Library, Southampton

2pm – 5pm : The first workshop from 2-3pm is based around phonics and is aimed at 4-6 year olds investigate rhyming words and why they rhyme. The next workshop, called a Knight’s Journey runs from 3:30-4:30pm and is aimed at 7-8 year olds taking them back to medieval times with the kids jousting their way through many grammar tournaments. Visit : explorelearning.co.uk

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…until – Sun 24th Feb

Half term Family Balloon Hunt – Various Locations

Go Southampton  has hidden 10 light up balloons in locations around the Bargate area of Southampton. Take your family & friends on a trail to find all the balloons, discover the letters and complete the phrase on the trail sheet. Complete the 6 fun challenges, then claim your gift at location number 10. You can even enter the colouring competition at the Mercure, Dolphin Hotel for your chance to win 1 of 3 £20 Smiggle vouchers!.

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Sat. 23rd  Feb

Peter Andre – Celebrating 25 Years – O2 Guildhall,  Southampton

6.30pm : 25 years since Peter Andre burst onto the Australian music scene, the internationally acclaimed, global media star is back !!

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Sat 23rd   Feb.

Gimme Abba : Here We Go Again – Plaza Theatre Romsey

7.30pm : This spectacular show, with fascinating lighting and special effects, is not just another Abba tribute but a ‘truly complete and exciting Abba experience’. Suitable for all age groups.

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Sat 23rd  Feb.

Margo & Mr. Whatsit – Berry Theatre, Hedge End

2pm : Children’s show featuring Sophia’s imaginary friend, Mr. Whatsit. No matter where Sophia finds herself living, he’s always there with a new joke to tell and a new game to play. Suitable for 4 year olds and above.

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Sun 24th Feb.

Winter Trees and Flowers Walk – Peartree Green, Peartree Avenue, Southampton

2pm – 4pm : Join ecologist Phil Budd for a gentle walk around the ocal nature reserve. Phil will identify trees and flowers, and is always happy to answer questions about the Green as a habitat.

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Sun. 24th Feb.

Make Your Diversity Count: a talk by Shola Mos-Shogbamimu – The Railway Inn, 3 St Paul’s Hill, Winchester

7.30pm : The author and political and  women’s rights activist explores how women can make a change in and out of the workplace.

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Sun 24th Feb.

A Twilight Walk Around Southampton

5pm – 6.30pm : The city takes on a different atmosphere as night-time falls.  Explore streets old and familiar and gain a new perspective of the ancient walls and buildings. Meet at The Bargate for a 5pm start. Visit : southamptontouristguides.com