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What’s On Janua r — Apriy l 2014 Wednesday 5 March

Welcome… …to a programme featuring many artists, authors and anecdotes – but there’s just one Alan. Go straight to page 15 for full details on our cover-boy’s Little Victories preview show in March, and maybe read the rest of the guide once you have some tickets in the bag. The Discovery Centre is known for its range of events and we’ve really stepped it up this season. Surgeons? – yes. Crime Scene Investigators? – yep. Celebrity Gardeners? – of course. So, have a browse, visit our website and don’t be a stranger to Winchester’s award-winning Discovery Centre. You won’t regret it. Steven Hunt, Winchester Discovery Centre

CAFÉ & BAR Hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks are available during the day and at evening shows.

FAMILIES After seeing so many happy faces at The Very Snowy Christmas shows in December, Blunderbus Theatre returns to a galaxy of smiles with How to Catch a Star (p10) in February – a stellar choice for stargazers aged 3–7. For more down-to-earth stories, check out Marty MacDonald’s Farm (p22) in April and free screenings of blockbusters Planes and Monsters University (p25).


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ADULTS Radio 4’s science-comedy queen, Helen Keen, explains that, yes, It Is Rocket Science (p12) when she discovers the work of Space Nazis and Aeronautical Engineers in February. The Perfect Crime (p16,17) is due to be committed in March with a handful of literary accomplices, whilst Radio 2 presenter Stuart Maconie highlights the soundtrack to our lives based on his popular radio show, The People’s Songs (p19), also in March.


The Gallery Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm Saturday 9am – 5pm Sunday 11am – 3pm

11 Jan — 9 Feb

City Space

City Space Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm Saturday 10am – 5pm Sunday 11am – 3pm

Until 5 Jan

The Gallery

Kings, Saints and Servants

Detail of vase, Unsigned; Nagoya c.1880–1900 Cloisonné enamel. Henry Luis Florence Bequest © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Japanese Treasures Cloisonné enamels from the V&A Free entry Edwin Davies CBE donated one of the world’s finest collections of Japanese cloisonné to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. This touring exhibition showcases a superb selection of those exquisite objects, illustrating elegant inlaid metalwork of the late 17th century, through the Golden Age and into the 20th century. Stunning, decorative masterpieces not to be missed.

Free entry Local ceramicist and illustrator Sophie Wiltshire has distilled the essence of larger than life characters from Winchester’s history, such as William Walker, the ‘Trusty Servant’ and King Alfred, into a series of exquisite figurines that affectionately evoke the unique place their stories hold in popular imagination. Sophie has just finished her Ceramics MA at the Royal College of Art and is now working from her studio in Winchester and loves to incorporate illustration, colour, and slip into her ceramics. Each figure will be accompanied by objects that relate to the characters’ story and perhaps reveal a hidden aspect to otherwise familiar tales. wdc


PORTRAITS 14 PORTRAITS 14 is a celebration of the art of portraiture across four cultural venues at the northern end of Jewry Street; The Gallery and City Space, both in Winchester Discovery Centre, the Artcafé and the Theatre Royal.

22 Mar — City 20 Apr Space

22 Mar — Artcafé 11 May

22 Mar — Theatre 9 May Royal

Opening times The Gallery Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm Saturday 9am – 5pm Sunday 11am – 3pm City Space Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm Saturday 10am – 5pm Sunday 11am – 3pm Artcafé, Jewry Street Gallery Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm Saturday 10am – 4pm Sunday 11am – 3pm Theatre Royal Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm Saturday 10am – 5pm

Face Forward Theatre Royal Winchester explores the theme with an exhibition of portraits by artists Rob Truscott (drawing and sculpture), Mike Weller (oil painting) and Katharine Davies (photography) in different styles to exemplify how this genre provides endless fresh perspectives on who we are and how we appear in the captured image.

9 out of 10 humans believe… Three of the most exciting local artists – satirist Mark Michael, realist Evelina Dee-Shapland and expressionist Ben Mousley – present different aspects of the same ten personalities. Each collection of portraits is connected by statements about the subjects, some true, some hyperbole, others total fabrication. By presenting different facets of portraiture and balancing tall tales with the truth, the exhibition examines how contemporary artists with juxtaposing views interpret today’s modern world and how their subjective manipulation affects a society fed by the images of others. The exhibition in City Space in the Winchester Discovery Centre will also include ‘portraiture of the macabre’, a selection of 19th century plaster casts of the living and the dead once used in the now discredited ‘science’ of Phrenology, part of Winchester Museums’ collections.


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22 Mar — The 11 May Gallery

Family; Familiar A selection of paintings by members of The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, which takes the theme of ‘Family; Familiar’ as the starting point for a specially curated exhibition. Featuring self-portraits and portraits of the artists’ family members, as well as portraits of people who have played an important role in the development of their careers by inspiring, supporting and facilitating their creativity. This exhibition will be an intimate collection of portraiture, depicting the hidden views and hidden stories in the life of the artists and the people that surround them.

Portrait of my Father, 2012 by Andrew James, Oil on Canvas 48×36in / 122×91cm

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters was founded in 1892 to encourage the appreciation, study and practice of the art of portraiture. The exhibition was organised jointly with the Society. wdc


18 Jan — 16 Mar

The Gallery

Red Saunders Hidden Free entry Red Saunders’ epic photographic tableaux vivants (‘living pictures’) recreate momentous but overlooked events from Britain’s struggle for democracy and equality, from the Peasants Revolt of 1381 to the Chartist movement of the mid nineteenth century. Fascinating and thought-provoking, these impressive large-scale works shed light on the contribution of ordinary men and women, who were revolutionaries and radicals in British history. An Impressions Gallery Touring Exhibition.

15 Feb — City 16 Mar Space

Mayor’s Choice Free entry A selection of paintings from Winchester City Council’s art collection of local views and scenes graces this always popular exhibition. Mayor’s Choice is an annual show that gives visitors a rare opportunity to see pictures from the collections that are not usually on public display. This year Cllr Ernie Jeffs, the 814th Mayor of the City, has included amongst his selection views of the handsome Georgian town of Alresford and the area of the Itchen Valley.

The Swing Riots, 1830 © Red Saunders / courtesy Impressions Gallery


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26 Apr — 18 May

City Space

WallSpace On what used to be the rear wall of the original Corn Exchange building is this fantastic community exhibition space. This space informs, educates and showcases diverse projects from the Winchester area. 6 Jan — 30 Jan

Watercolours by the Andalusia Watercolour Association Beautiful paintings to brighten up your January! 2 Feb — 2 March

City Space Winchester Photographic Society Annual Exhibition Free entry Winchester Photographic Society’s Annual Exhibition of prints and projected images showcases the very best of its members’ work and is also open to photographers from around the world. The consistently high standard of images on view ensures that this popular exhibition provides inspiration for experienced photographers as well as those who are new to the delights of the digital age. There will be an opportunity for you to vote for your personal favourite and decide if you agree with the judges’ selection.

Expedition Medicine Sierra Leone Charting four medical students’ mercy mission and research trip to Sierra Leone. 3 Mar — 30 Mar

Diane Rush Beautiful abstract works from this Winchester artist. 1 Apr — 21 Apr

Rita Milton With a background in architecture, Rita now produces striking large scale works. 22 Apr — 21 May

Andy French: Mathematicon Mathematically inspired visualisations which blur the line between art and science. wdc


Sat 18 Jan

Local History


24 Jan 28 Feb 25 Apr

Barnstormers Comedy Nights

Regent Theatre, now the Discovery Centre, 1917

The First World War – Your Time to Share 1pm to 4.30pm

8pm FREE

Do you have an interesting story about Hampshire’s role in the First World War 1914–1918? Do you have memorabilia, photographs, documents, or household items from the period, from a family member who was in the army, played an active part in Hampshire’s war effort or was a conscientious objector? If the answer is yes, then we’d love to see you on Saturday 18 January to hear your First World War story. Your story or memorabilia might form part of a major exhibition being planned for 2014 by museums in Hampshire to commemorate the start of the First World War. Please note we cannot carry out valuations. Please don’t bring firearms or munitions.


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The Discovery Centre


Our monthly stand-up gig with three top comedians from the London circuit. Three professionals from the London circuit return to the Discovery Centre for a night of stand-up comedy. For the latest news on which comedians we have lined up visit

Sat 25 Jan


Children’s Concert 11am


Following their sell-out summer concert Winchester Chamber Orchestra is back by popular demand with a winter-themed children’s concert. It will be a chance for children (and adults!) of any age to experience a short, child-friendly orchestral concert with the opportunity to meet the players and try out some instruments themselves.

Fri 7 Feb

Thu 20 Feb

Fri 7 Mar

Travel Talk

A Balkan Adventure with John Pilkington 7.30pm

Wed 29 Jan


Trust Matters: Working to Rebuild Shattered Lives 7.30pm

FREE – no booking needed

How important is it to be trusted to make us feel valued? How important is it to have a job, an identity in employment? Guest speaker Vic Laws MBE, Ambassador for ‘The Clink’ Restaurants in high security UK prisons, will talk about the extraordinary success of training prisoners in the hospitality industry. There will also be talks from Winchester Cathedral and the University of Winchester who have worked with the Nightshelter on successful work placement schemes for the homeless in Winchester.


Hampshire’s award-winning adventurer is back from five months exploring the Balkan mountains. “I visited Yugoslavia briefly in the 1970s,” he says. “Since then they’ve abandoned communism, suffered brutal conflicts and taken small steps towards coming together with the rest of Europe. In Bosnia and Kosovo I found people still traumatised, but many were working hard to create a peaceful future.” John also met people in the remotest villages of Albania, Macedonia and Bulgaria. His stunning photos and entertaining and informative commentary make this a show not to be missed.

For further information please visit wdc


Sun 9 Feb

Family Sundays

From Blunderbus Theatre Company, who brought us The Very Snowy Christmas

how to catch a

11.30am and 2pm

£6 or four for £20

For ages 3–7 Once there was a boy and he loved stars very much. Every night he watched stars from his bedroom window and wished he had one of his own. One day, he decided he would try to catch a star. But first he had to think of a plan… This clever new show comes to life with an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and storytelling – a must-see for small people aged 3–7, and grown-up stargazers! 10

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based on the bestselling children’s book by awardwinning author, Oliver Jeffers

Fri 14 Feb


Sun 16 Feb

Family Sundays

Helen Keen’s Space Race 1.30pm

Threepenny Bit Ceilidh with caller Gordon Potts 7.30pm

£12 / £10 concessions

Threepenny Bit are a young and energetic eight piece concert/ceilidh band who play a raucous mix of British folk tunes with a hint of klezmer and glam rock thrown in. Consisting of guitar, fiddle, drums, electric bass, flutes, accordion, clarinet and saxophone, their big, stomping sound will have you dancing all night! As a special Valentine’s Day treat Gordon Potts, one of the best known ceilidh callers in the country, will be calling out the steps for the evening’s dancing (who says a man with a beard and a kilt isn’t romantic?)

£6 or four for £20

For ages 7–12 Helen Keen’s Space Race is a new spacetacular show for discerning younger space fans… Arrive in your space costume or whip one up out of free tinfoil before the show starts! See how rockets fly, learn how they stay in orbit and find out about the intrepid animals who have travelled into space. Featuring Helen’s trademark unique mix of fascinating facts and space-based silliness along with plenty of audience participation, come and join her for a joyful exploration of stargazing, space-racing and the boundless opportunities of an infinite universe – with shadow puppets. More children’s science events are here this July for the Winchester Science Festival. Visit for the latest news. wdc


With Helen Keen 8pm


For ages 14+ (Adult show)

as heard on BBC Radio 4

Sun 16 Feb

Science Comedy

Science Comedy Queen Helen Keen loves space rockets and brings their story to life with a fusion of stand-up comedy and tinfoil in her award-winning show. Join Helen’s joyful exploration of stargazing, space-racing and the boundless possibilities of an infinite universe. With Space Nazis, Satanists and Aeronautical Engineers, ‘It Is Rocket Science’ will take you on a whistlestop tour around the great brains who put monkeys, ladies, dogs and gentlemen into orbit. Comedian Helen Keen’s debut solo show, ‘It Is Rocket Science!’ won the Buxton Festival Fringe Award for Best Comedy Performance and extensively toured the UK & Ireland, becoming a huge critical and audience hit before being snapped up by the BBC. Look out for Winchester Science Festival this July. Visit for the latest news


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Fri 21 Feb

Sat 22 Feb


Pool [No Water] 8pm

£12 / £11 concessions / £10 students

Pool [No Water] directed by Ryan Grimshaw in association with SJ Theatre Productions.

Tue 18 Feb

A famous artist invites her old friends out to her luxurious new home and, for one night only, the group is back together. However, celebrations come to an abrupt end when the host suffers an horrific accident. As the victim lies in a coma, an almost unthinkable plan starts to take shape: could her suffering be their next work of art?

Children’s Crafts

Collage Picture Make and Take 10am to 4pm


Drop in to the Discovery Centre and make

This transparent yet shocking play, by renowned playwright Mark Ravenhill, takes a candid approach in considering the fragility of friendship and the jealous resentment instigated by success.

your own collage version of one of the historic paintings of Winchester in the Mayor’s Choice exhibition in the City Space gallery over half-term. Free drop in make and take activity suitable for 8+. All materials provided. Parental supervision is required at this event. wdc


Sun 23 Feb

Family Sundays

Mon 24 Feb

WEA Study Day

Pre Columbian Art Aztecs, Incas and Mayas 10am to 4pm

Teddy Time Stories

Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs 11.30am & 2pm £6 or four for £20

For ages 3+ A wonderful introduction to theatre full of audience participation and the cuddliest form of storytelling we know of. It’s bedtime for Lily and she knows that bedtime is never fun without a story. Her teddy bears think so too. They love to hear stories told from her magic storybook and then join in the fun of bringing the stories to life! Bring your own teddy bear along and join in with the storytelling as Lily transforms her bedtime to Teddy Time and reveals two of her favourite stories. Children will love seeing their teddy become part of the story as Lily tells the tales. Children are encouraged to bring their own teddy bears along with them to help Lily and her teddy bears tell the story together. This show most enjoyed by ages 3–7 but all ages are welcome. Teddies of all ages are welcome too.


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£26 (includes lunch)

A compact and informal introduction to the marvellous worlds of Aztec, Mayan and Incan art. With new discoveries and interpretations transforming our understanding, Pre-Columbian art is more exciting now than ever before. Tutor: Richard Cupidi

Wed 5 Mar


… packed with deft silliness and shrewd observation… The Guardian

Little Victories Preview 8pm

£16 / £14 concessions

Following the sell out success of his long-awaited return to stand up, Alan Davies returns with his highly anticipated follow up show, Little Victories. Much lauded as resident dunderhead on QI or the charming but reticent crime solver Jonathan Creek, Davies’ virtuosic story-telling and whipsmart funny bones combine to make this a show not to be missed. Recommended for ages 15+.

Star of BBC’s QI wdc


CSI Winchester Crime Fiction Meets Crime Fact 10am – 12noon including book signing Crime writers NJ Cooper and Pauline Rowson are joined by crime experts, Head of Operations for Hampshire Police Crime Scene Investigations, Carolyn Lovell and fingerprints expert Jane Aston. Find out about crime research and evidence and how it feeds fiction. NJ (Natasha) Cooper is a bestselling crime novelist and critic. Her most recent title ‘Vengeance in Mind’, was shortlisted for the 2012 Gold Dagger. She has written three series: the first featuring part-time civil servant Willow King, who moonlights as a romantic novelist; a second led by barrister Trish Maguire; and most recently the Isle of Wight sequence about forensic psychologist Dr Karen Taylor. Pauline Rowson writes contemporary crime novels featuring DI Andy Horton whose patch is 16

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Portsmouth and the Solent. The tenth in the series ‘Death Surge’ is out now. She has also written a couple of popular fast-paced thrillers. Carolyn Lovell has worked for Hampshire Constabulary for over 17 years, starting as a Crime Scene Investigator. Now she is the senior manager in charge of CSI and provides wider forensic consultancy advice and training. Jane Aston is a Supervisor with the Hampshire Police Fingerprint Bureau. She will be on hand to talk about and demonstrate the methods used in this fascinating area of crime detection.

A day of crime-inspired literature events

Meet the Authors

The Perfect Crime

Sat 8 Mar

A day of crimeinspired literature events Sat 8 Mar

Sat 8 Mar

Are You Sitting Comfortably? 7.30pm


White Rabbit presents an evening of criminally good short stories, including a selection by local writers, read aloud for your listening pleasure. Featuring stick ‘em-ups and corporate greed, the perfect crime, the bungled heist, double-crossing and faked death. Be as thick as thieves in the prohibition themed bar, accompanied by smokin’ visuals and rambunctious music, with free treats and a literary crime quiz with prizes so great they should be illegal. Teapot cocktails available from the bar.

Meet the Authors

Crimes in Foreign Climes 2pm


Pack your fedora and moral ambiguity and join us in the underworld for a night on the tiles.


Join writers Anne Zouroudi and Ed Chatterton as we explore the lure of crime fiction in foreign settings.

Writers: please submit stories of around 1000 words on the theme of CRIME to by 22 February. For more details visit

Anne Zouroudi has written a set of critically acclaimed novels, each based on one of the seven deadly sins, set amongst the beautiful landscapes of Greece and featuring detective Hermes Diaktros. Ed Chatterton is a prize-winning author of more than twenty children’s books. He turned to crime writing with the creation of DCI Frank Keane. ‘Down Among the Dead Men’ is Ed’s second novel in the series and is split between Liverpool, Los Angeles and Australia. wdc


Wed 12 Mar

Sun 9 Mar

Family Sundays


Sustainability and Sense of Place Green Infrastructure with an International Perspective

Gruffalo Storytelling


and other stories

As Directors of two of the UK’s leading Landscape Architects practices – Terra Firma & The Independent Landscape Management Consultancy, Lionel & Nigel will be sharing tf-LAB’s recent experience on prestigious international projects.

11.30am & 2pm

£3 or a family of five for £10

For ages 2+ “A gruffalo? What’s a gruffalo?” “A gruffalo! Why, didn’t you know? He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws.” And so begins the story of a quick-witted mouse as he encounters a host of predators who seem to think he might make a tasty treat. Delight your little ones with a special family storytelling featuring the magical books of Gruffalo creator Julia Donaldson.

Plus meet the Gruffalo in person!


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A collaborative presentation given by two of tf-LAB’s founding partners – Lionel Fanshawe & Nigel Thorne (current Vice President of the IFLA).

The presentation and Q&A session will draw on tf-LAB’s desire to create inspirational and sustainable designs derived from a holistic approach born of cultural, climatic and commercial experiences. A free event with a drinks reception from 6pm and the lecture at 7pm until 8pm. To book places please email

Sun 16 Mar

As heard on BBC Radio 2

Sat 15 Mar

Family Sundays

Meet the Author

Stuart Maconie

Big Red Bath

The People’s Songs




Spend an evening in the company of this prolific TV and radio presenter, journalist, columnist and author as he talks about his new book and takes a look at the songs that have soundtracked our changing times, and – just sometimes – changed the way we feel. The companion to Stuart Maconie’s landmark Radio 2 series, The People’s Songs shows us the power of ‘cheap’ pop music,– one of Britain’s greatest exports. These are the songs we have worked to and partied to, and grown up and grown old to. Stuart Maconie is one of the UK’s best-selling travel writers and also co-hosts the Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC Radio 2.

£6 or four for £20

For ages 2+ Rubba-Dubba-Giggle, Rubba-Dubba-Laugh, there’s magic to be found in the Big Red Bath. It’s the end of a busy day and it is almost time for bed, and Ben and Bella are in the bath. Come with us on a bubbly, barmy bath time adventure around the world and home again celebrating all things bath time. A quirky, vibrant and humorous adaptation of Julia Jarman and Adrian Reynolds’ popular children’s picture book that will appeal to families, as it blends music, song and humorous character based performances in a unique new take on this well-loved book. “It was so captivating my two children sat mesmerised. An interesting storyline with a magical twist. Musically appealing to the whole family.” wdc


Wed 26 Mar

Local Writing

Poetry Café 7.30pm

Readers £4 / Listeners £3

A night of local poets reading their work. Vote on who you think should go home with the evening’s top prize. Poets should register to participate by phoning the Literature Officer on 01962 846018. A maximum of three poems may be read by each, one must be on the theme of ‘Voice’.

Fri 10 Jan for six weeks

The Discovery Centre


Velcro Lung

Choir at the Discovery Centre 1.30pm to 3pm

Fully booked

4pm to 5.30pm

£5 per session £25 if block booked

“I don’t sing because I am happy; I’m happy because I sing.” (William James, psychologist and philosopher) Everyone welcome. No auditions. No musical experience necessary. All songs mainly taught by ear. We sing songs from Abba to Motown, musicals to spirituals, songs to uplift and inspire. We sing for the sheer joy of singing and even if you have never sung in a choir before, come along. Friday afternoons will never be the same again. 20 Box Office 01962 873603

Sat 29 Mar


£10 / £12.50 on the door

The sound of velcro ripping apart is also the sound of the lung disease Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis as heard through a stethoscope. Killing more people each year than breast cancer and with no known cause, there is little modern medicine can do for those with the disease. Velcro Lung is an evening of insight, sounds and science with Professor Richeldi as he explains how he is using this distinctive sound in research to fight this disease and create the new concept of acoustic imaging in medicine. Provided by

Tue 8 Apr

Children’s Crafts

Portrait Make and Take Sun 30 Mar

Family Sundays

Beatrix Potter Storytelling 11.30am & 2pm

10am to 4pm

FREE drop-in

Drop in to the Discovery Centre and create your own portrait of a friend or family member, or perhaps a self portrait, to take home with you. Free drop in make and take activity suitable for 8+. All materials provided. Parental supervision is required at this event.

£3 or a family of 5 for £10

For ages 2+ Hear the story of a very mischievous rabbit and the trouble he encounters in Mr McGregor’s vegetable garden, along with other timeless tales, in this storytelling for all the family.

Plus meet Peter Rabbit in person! wdc


Wed 23 Apr


Surgeon 7pm

Featuring the voice of Justin Fletcher Sun 13 Apr

Taking you to the scalpel’s edge in the theatres of a leading surgical centre, surgeon Tim Underwood sheds light on a life in scrubs; the pressure, the surgery, the challenges, the drive to improve.

Family Sundays

Marty MacDonald’s Farm 11.30am

£10 / £12.50 on the door

An evening of conversation, real-life surgical footage and working demonstrations, Surgeon is Tim Underwood’s personal story of a surgical career, the challenges he confronts every day and his efforts to help eradicate oesophageal cancer.

£6 or four for £20

For ages 3–7 Come and join in the adventure to help Marty, Pongo the Pig, Molly-Moo the Cow and Sheena the Sheep rescue their farm from Crafty and the Crows… Sing along to your favourite nursery rhymes in a live, interactive puppet show full of fun and laughter, down on Marty MacDonald’s Farm Presented by Martin Parsons, Kate Ashmead and featuring children’s TV’s Justin Fletcher as the Voice of Pongo the Pig and Nicole Davis as the Voice of Molly-Moo the Cow. Please note that Justin & Nicole do not appear in person.

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From 24 Feb


Garden Design Course 6.30pm to 8.30pm £260 30 hours Creative and thoughtful design is the starting point for cultivating beautiful gardens. Led by RHS Chelsea gold medal winner Chris Bird who is also a Master of Horticulture and holds a certificate of education. This course teaches gardeners the principles and implementation of successful garden design. As well as encouraging ambitious gardeners to craft their dream space, this course will also develop the skills needed to design at a professional level. This in-depth course will teach surveying and drawing methods, highlight emerging trends, cover all four seasons’ planting plans and focus on hard and soft landscaping options. For full details please request a scheme of work from the course manager and garden designer Pauline Weeks on 01489 600534.

Gardens Weekly present two evenings with: Wed 19 Feb

Free gardening goodie bags under the seats at each talk


Toby Buckland Planning and Planting for Continuous Colour 7pm


Toby Buckland is one of Britain’s premier gardeners, as well as an established author on the subject, but he is best known for presenting BBC’s Gardeners’ World. The focus of the evening will be his latest book, Planning and Planting for Continuous Colour, which will be available for sale and signing on the night.

Wed 19 Mar


Christine Walkden The Life and Times of a Gardener 7pm


As a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time and a regular guestexpert on BBC’s The One Show, Christine will tell us about the thrills and spills of her gardening life and reveal how she has spent the last 45 years doing what she loves. Gardens Weekly Design supports and opens for the Hampshire National Garden Scheme | wdc 23


Judith Needham Sat 8 Feb

Willow Heart 10am, 12.30pm & 3pm


Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Judith will show you how to use willow and other natural materials to make a heart to decorate your home or give as a gift. Men welcome! A two hour workshop suitable for adults and ages 14+.

Make a Colourful Willow Platter £12

Using freshly cut willow, hazel, ash and dogwood in their bright spring colours, weave a simple tray to display fruit or hang on the wall. A perfect introduction to willow weaving for complete beginners. A two hour workshop suitable for adults and ages 12+. 24 Box Office 01962 873603

Make an Easter Basket 10am to 4pm


Go on an Easter egg hunt using a beautiful willow basket you’ve made yourself after this one day course. You will be using the ‘frame’ technique which is ideal for newcomers to the world of basket making. Suitable for adults and ages 14+.

Mon 31 Mar

Sat 15 Mar

10am, 12.30pm & 3pm

Sat 29 Mar

Basket Making – next steps 10am to 4pm


You will make a round basket with a flat base using the stake and strand technique. This might be a shallow fruit basket or a waste paper basket, the choice is yours. Returners may want to move on to an oval based basket and perhaps try adding a handle. If you have a specific basket in mind call Judith on 0774 985 2229 so that the appropriate materials can be provided. Suitable for adults and ages 14+.

Free Family Film Screenings FILM SCREENINGS All Thursday showings at 8pm with no previews

Les Miserables 23 January The Discovery Centre demands ‘Liberty or Death’ as we join Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Oscar winner Anne Hathaway for the stirrings of the French Revolution. (2012, 12A)

Blade Runner – Final Cut 6 February The definitive version of Ridley Scott’s majestic future-noir gets a rare big screen outing. Not to be missed. (2007, 15)

All Family films are Sundays at 11.30am with no previews

Planes 19 January Disney animated comedy following an aircraft who dreams of becoming a racer. (2013, U)

Monsters University 23 March Two monsters must work together to become Scarers at Monsters University. (2013, U)

Accessible Screenings

Withnail and I 6 March The incomparable cult classic with incredible script and unforgettable characters. Relax man, and find your neutral space here. We’ll be stocking the finest wines available to humanity. Camberwell carrots not included. (1987, 15)


£3 per screening, pay on the door These film screenings are especially enjoyable for adults with learning disabilities and their carers but anyone is welcome. It’s not too dark and the volume is at a comfortable level throughout, plus each film includes a social beforehand (6.30–7pm) and a talk about the film afterwards.

20 March Touching drama that depicts Charles Darwin’s relationship with his young daughter as he writes Origin of the Species. Presented in association with the Hampshire Skeptics Society. (2009, PG)

The Mask

North by North West

Wednesday 12 February (1998, 15)

3 April The master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock created some of the most memorable scenes in cinematic history for this incredible thriller, which has often been imitated but never matched. Cary Grant is fantastic as the ordinary Joe mistakenly dragged into murderous espionage, with James Mason as the archetypal suave villain. (1959, PG)


Wednesday 8 January (1994, PG)

Shakespeare in Love

Wednesday 26 March (2000, C. 12)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Wednesday 9 April (2005, C. PG)

Organised with Amy-Beth Unlimited, films chosen by Hayley. wdc 25


These evening workshops will give you the skills needed to unlock your creativity and the confidence to start taking quality photos.

Get the most out of your Camera For keen Compact Camera, iPhone & Smartphone users Mondays, 7.15pm to 9.15pm from 13 Jan £55 / £49.50 concessions You don’t need thousands of pounds and bags of equipment to take stunning photos. With a little direction you and your iPhone/ smartphone or compact camera can take gorgeous shots worth printing, framing and enjoying for years to come. This course will help you by showing you the basics of composition, the settings worth knowing, what works best when photographing people and landscapes, how to shoot moving objects and how computer software can improve the quality of your photos. 26 Box Office 01962 873603

Digital SLR, Bridge and CSC Cameras: an introduction For those starting out with an advanced camera Mondays, 7.15pm to 9.15pm from 3 Mar £55 / £49.50 concessions The auto setting on your camera is a barrier between you and the imaginative photos you’d like to be taking, but turning that dial and discovering the power of your camera and creativity is surprisingly simple when shown in this hands-on course. By covering all the basics of digital photography, picking up composition tips; looking at aperture, exposure, depth of field, shutter speed and full manual settings you will start enjoying your camera like never before and be shooting images just the way you want to.

Improving your Digital SLR, Bridge or CSC Camera Skills

Adobe Photoshop Elements for Beginners

For those with some experience under their belt

An introduction to the most popular editing software

Wednesdays, 7.15pm to 9.15pm from 23 Apr £55 / £49.50 concessions

Mondays, 7.15pm to 9.15pm from 2 Jun £55 / £49.50 concessions

As someone who knows a thing or two about cameras, you enjoy photography but would appreciate pushing your knowledge a bit further and revisiting the basics without starting from scratch. This course will familiarise photographers with all manual camera settings, explore shutter speed and showing motion, how to make the most from available light and setting up a website to share your photos.

Adobe Photoshop Elements is the most popular software package for enthusiastic photographers. Both affordable and powerful, it unlocks a whole new level of creativity and puts you firmly in control of your photos. By the end of this course you will be able to crop images, fix wonky shots, adjust colours, lighten/darken parts of an image, create montages, restore old photos and apply special effects. Suitable for all types of camera and level of ability.

Adobe Lightroom Introduction For those who want to edit large numbers of images Sat 26 Apr, 10am to 3pm £25 / £22.50 concessions


Photographing Children and Pets for Beginners

Using your own laptop with any version of Lightroom already installed, you will be guided through screen layout and customisable options, importing and backing-up images, batch processing, developing images through exposure, colour, crop and straightening controls as well as exporting images ready for print. You must provide your own laptop and software to this workshop.

Dates for your Diary 12 Jul — 21 Sep

The Gallery

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 Exhibition The best images from last year’s competition

Suitable for all camera types

Adobe Photoshop Introduction

Sat 1 Mar, 10am to 3pm £25 / £22.50 concessions

An introduction to the industry standard photo-editing software

Photos of our children and pets are cherished for a lifetime, so it makes sense to get them as stunning and vibrant as possible. During this workshop, suitable for any type of camera, you will learn to choose the best locations and backgrounds, make the most of available light, pose your subjects so they look natural, use the most flattering settings and get the best from your photos using a free online photo-editor.

Sat 10 May, 10am to 3pm

£25 / £22.50 concessions

If you have Photoshop installed on your laptop but haven’t managed to get to grips with it, this is your chance. Learn to use the main tools to get your photos looking sharp, correctly exposed and ready for sharing, either as prints or online. By learning about the use of layers, histograms, levels and curves to make exposure and colour corrections; clone and healing tools to touch up blemishes; selecting, and applying special effects using filters, you will be well-equipped to begin unlocking the full power of your imagination and software. You must provide your own laptop and software during this workshop. wdc



Sat 22 Mar


Find Your Voices A Poetry Workshop with Brian Evans-Jones Brian has been writing for over 20 years. His poetry has appeared in national magazines and local anthologies, and has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. He teaches Poetry and Creative Writing to students of all ages and backgrounds, from beginners to advanced degree students.

Poetry Festival 2014 Poetry of Conflict Learning from the First World War Poets Sat 7 Jun

£25 per workshop (£45 for both)

10am to 4pm


Many poets wish they could ‘find their voice’. In this workshop, you will go beyond that idea, exploring the huge range of voices that are possible in poetry. Boost your confidence by learning how to create voices you’ve never used before, how to make your poems fresher and stronger by choosing the right voice each time, and what the elements of your voice might be. Suitable for all levels.

Sat 26 Apr


Quiet Natures A Poetry Workshop Sat 21 Jun

£25 per workshop (£45 for both)

Creative Writing Workout Build Your Mental Muscles! 10am to 4pm

Next Season Preview Boost Your Writing A Creative Writing Short Couse Four sessions 16 & 23 May and 6 & 13 June 10am to 12noon £55

Children’s Writing Day Summer Reading Challenge, Mythical Maze Friday 30 May (ages 8–13) 10am to 12noon (ages 4–8), 2pm to 4pm £6 28 Box Office 01962 873603


What can you do to keep good writing ideas coming? How can you make inspiration appear when you want it? What can cure writer’s block? Where do professionals find their ideas? This workshop will help you answer all these questions and more, by exploring different techniques for finding, developing, and honing your ideas. From first draft to final polishing, planned to accidental, you will learn how to fill your mind with useful ideas, whenever you need them. Suitable for all levels, and all forms of creative writing.

Mencap Winchester Fundraiser

Exploring the Treasures of the Deep with Prof. Rachel Mills Fri 21 Mar £15 – includes a drink and canapés

Practical, Living Philosophy: a philosophy for living 7.15pm

Rachel will introduce the audience to ocean exploration and discuss results from her most recent expeditions to study the hot vents in the very deepest parts of the ocean.

Course Fee: £75

A 10 week course starting Tuesday 14 January What is real happiness? Is there lasting happiness? If so can I find it and know it in everyday life?

Job Seekers and Employability

The second 10-week term of this practical philosophy course looks at these questions and builds on the first term’s practical approach of living wisely.

These sessions cover a range of skills needed to gain employment and are free to attend. Prior booking and completion of an enrolment form is required.

Come and join the course and enrich your life. Find out more from our website and enquiries: 0800 373 620

All sessions take place on a Thursday from 10am to 11am and are followed by a one hour drop-in workshop.

Basic computing 9 January, 6 February, 6 March, 3 April

Start your CV 16 January, 13 February, 13 March, 24 April

Search and apply for jobs 23 January, 20 February, 20 March

Handling Interviews

Last Tuesday of the month from 28 Jan 2014

LGBT Reading Group A new reading group that will mostly read books by lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender authors or about LGBT themes is being formed. If you are interested in being part of this exciting new group please contact to register your interest.

30 January, 27 February, 27 March wdc 29

From terrified beginner to talented seamstress. We have a course for you. Check out more details on our website and come and join us at Winchester Discovery Centre.

January 15th 20th 22nd 20th 27th 29th

6.30-9.30 pm 9.30- 12.30pm 6.30-9.30pm 1pm-4.30pm 9.30-3.30pm 6.30-9.30pm

10th 10th 24th 5th 12th 19th

9.30-12.30am 1pm-4pm 9.30-3.30pm 6.30-9.30pm 6.30-9.30pm 6.30-9.30pm

Dressmaking Course (1of6) How to use a sewing machine Dressmaking Course (2of6) Cosy Lounge pants Beginners Sewing Masterclass Dressmaking Course (3of6)

February How to use a sewing Machine Knicker Making Roman Blinds Dressmaking Course (4of6) Dressmaking Course (5of6) Dressmaking Course (6of6)

March 3rd 5th 10th 17th 24th 19th 26th

9.30-3.30pm 7pm -9.30pm 9.30- 4pm 9.30-3.30 9.30-3.30pm 6.30- 9.30pm 6.30-9.30pm

Patchwork How to use a Sewing Machine A lovely lined skirt Curtain Masterclass Beginners Sewing Masterclass Dressmaking Course (1of6) Dressmaking Course (2of6)


2nd 9th 16th 23rd 28th 28th

6.30-9.30pm 6.30-9.30pm 6.30-9.30pm 6.30-9.30pm 9.30-12.30 1-4pm

Dressmaking Course (3of6) Dressmaking Course (4of6) Dressmaking Course (5of6) Dressmaking Course (6of6) How to use a Sewing Machine Bunting

Mini Professors Fun Pre-School Science Classes for 2-4 yr olds • • • •

Experiments Stories Singing Interacve

“Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.” - Chinese proverb

Come along and help nuure a lifelong passion for science! Our classes are based at The Winchester Discovery Centre, please call 01962 873 603 to bk your place today. Tel: 07548 194015 !"#$%&'$()$"&$*+,-.""/$+&'$0#122-34 51/-$"3$6"77"#$()$6"3$3-8(7+3$(9'+2-)$ "&$&-#)$+&'$-:-&2);


Little Funky Art Club Wednesdays 10am or 11am, 45 minutes For ages 1–4 £5 per session

Chatterbooks Monthly Fridays at 4pm Activities, games and chat are the ingredients in this monthly reading group for 8–11 year olds hungry for book-banter. Contact kate.pearson@hants. for full details.

For small children, being creative means making a mess. No ‘not on the kitchen table’ – they just want to dive in and have fun. This club creates an environment where they can do that in perfect confidence and where you don’t have to clear up the mess afterwards! Each session is based on a theme, including: hand and feet painting, touch and feel, craft tables, easel painting and more.

Winchester Photographic Society Tuesdays throughout the year Competitions, guest speakers and exhibitions are just a snapshot of what this local club do. Visit for the full picture.

NCT Yoga Thursdays Women of all fitness levels are welcome at the Yoga for Pregnancy and Relax, Breathe and Stretch sessions that take place here. See for more details. 32 Box Office 01962 873603

Salsa & Zumba

HIP and VIP Reading Groups

Mondays throughout the year Monthly Improve your fitness in a joyful way through dancing with Silvia and Max: Zumba Kids Jr for ages 4–6 Zumba Kids for ages 7–11 Zumba Fitness Zumba Gold Salsa Visit for a full flavour of dancing in Winchester.

Two reading groups are available for people with a visual or hearing impairment (or both) to join. Large print and audio versions of books together with a hearing loop make the groups accessible and enjoyable for all. Contact for more information.

Scrabble Club


First and Third Monday of the month from 10am to 12noon Play with words, meet other players and slurp some tea in the comfort of the café.

Crafts for Children Every Sunday at 12.30pm

Computers for Beginners Various Days Volunteer-led sessions will help you develop basic internet and computer skills. Contact the team on 01962 873603 to book a one-to-one session.

Baby Rhyme Time Every Thursday at 9.45am and 11am Thirty minutes of songs, rhymes, rhythm and actions to get your little ones moving and singing. For children under two and their parent/guardian.

IT4VIPs Thursdays If a visual impairment is making it difficult to use a computer, we can help. Contact Helen Macdonald on 01962 873617 for full details.

Creative, crafty fun for ages 4–10 in the children’s library. Parents/guardians will need to remain with children under 8.

Knit and Knatter Every Monday 5pm to 6.45pm Every Tuesday 10am to 12noon Every Thursday 2pm to 4pm Knitting has never been so sociable. Share tips and have a chat with other knitters.

Fun with Maths Thursdays Discover how addition, subtraction and multiplication for ages 5–11 can be fun! This after-school club is run by staff and students from Winchester College. Call the team on 01962 873603 for more information.

Story Time Every Tuesday at 11am Every Saturday at 11am Stimulate your child’s imagination and watch them fall in love with reading as they enjoy a range of picture books being read aloud. Fantastic fun for pre-schoolers and great for parents to socialise afterwards. Parent/guardians will need to remain with their children. 33

Grayson Perry, The Walthamstow Tapestry, 2009, Courtesy the Artist, Paragon Press and Victoria Miro, London, © Grayson Perry


1— 4 May

Winchester Chamber Music Festival The London Bridge Ensemble and Guests: Ben Gilmore – violin, Michael Gurevich – violin/viola and Heath Quartet. Join us for a stellar line-up and a feast of sublime music from Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Bartók and more. Full programme details available at: Tickets on sale mid-January – don’t miss out!

25 — 27 July

17 May — The 6 July Gallery

Grayson Perry Hampshire County Council is pleased to announce the display of The Walthamstow Tapestry by Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry. The work will be exhibited in The Gallery at Winchester Discovery Centre from 17 May to 6 July 2014. The tapestry is a rich and colourful textile work that explores the emotional resonance of brand names in our lives. 34 Box Office 01962 873603

Winchester Science Festival Lectures, discussion, demonstrations and hands on activities for children. Details coming soon to

Fri 6 Jun

Robin Ince Robin returns to the Discovery Centre with a brand new show. Sign up to our email newsletter (details on rear cover) to read more.

Volunteer Centre now open at Discovery Centre Winchester Volunteer Centre is now based on the first floor. Advisers are available on Tuesdays between 9.30am and 4pm and Thursdays between 9.30am and 3pm to answer questions and help you find a suitable volunteering opportunity. Book an appointment by talking to a member staff or call 01962 871700. Opportunities can also be found online at

Online Booking System

In Person At the Box Office at the Café end of the Discovery Centre

By Phone


• Children under 8 must have a parent/guardian with them at all times during an event. • Details correct at time of going to press. • There is a £1 booking fee for credit/debit cards. Postage will cost 50p. • With proof of eligibility, some events have concessionary rates for: essential carers accompanying registered disabled customers, the over 60s, NUS card holders, those claiming job seekers allowance. • You, as parent or guardian, must complete an enrolment form for an under 18 taking part in an activity unaccompanied. • The Performance Hall has unreserved seating at all events. • There will be a £1 administration fee for any re-sale of tickets.

01962 873603 During Discovery Centre opening hours: Weekdays 9–7, Saturday 9–5, Sunday 11–3

Finding the Discovery Centre By car Follow signs for Winchester City Centre from J9 or J11 of the M3. Jewry Street is on the one-way system – turn left into Jewry Street car park immediately after Brasserie Blanc restaurant. Sat Nav users can use SO23 8RZ as their destination. Alternative parking is available at Tower Street – SO23 8TA. By train Walk downhill past the registry office and cross the junction onto City Road. At the end of the road turn right onto Jewry Street – the Discovery Centre is next to Theatre Royal Winchester. The walk is less than five minutes. wdc 35

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