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What’s On M — Aug ay ust 2014

© Hannes Lochner (SOUTH AFRICA) Curiosity and the cat

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide

Welcome… … to a Summer of sizzling events. Did you know that last Summer more than 1700 children from Winchester breezed through the Summer Reading Challenge? They improved their reading levels and took part in author events and activities along the way too. Flip the brochure over for this Summer’s line-up and instructions on how to get involved this year – your children will thank you for 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 Hiccup Theatre, who thrilled us with Rumpelstiltskin last season, are back in town with a new version of Pinocchio (p8) featuring more live music and fabulous puppetry. Talking of puppets, Winchester favourites Blunderbus also pay a visit with Dotty the Dragon (p10), following two sold out performances of How to Catch a Star. Plus: Time machines and Old MacDonald? See p15 for an explanation.

Festivals Festival season kicks-off with the London Bridge Ensemble for Winchester Chamber Music Festival in May (p16–17) before the highly-anticipated arrival of Winchester Science Festival (p20–21) with TV’s Dr Helen Czerski, Simon Watt’s Mutants (pictured) and free activities for all the family.


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The Gallery Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm Saturday 9am – 5pm Sunday 11am – 3pm City Space Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm Saturday 10am – 5pm Sunday 11am – 3pm

Until 18 May

City Space

Grayson Perry The Walthamstow Tapestry Free entry

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.

The Walthamstow Tapestry explores the emotional resonance of brand names in our lives. Charting man’s passage from birth to death, the tapestry is peppered with leading brands encountered along the way. Stripped of their logos and thus much of their identity, the names run alongside – often incongruous – depictions of people going about their everyday lives: walking the dog, nursing children, skateboarding, hoovering, and, of course, shopping. Inspired by antique batik fabrics from Malaysia as well as eastern European folk art this vast work provides a colourful, rich and complex visual journey across our contemporary landscape. Grayson Perry CBE was awarded the Turner Prize in 2003 for his ceramics. Since then he has become a familiar face (both as himself and his alter-ego Claire) with Channel 4’s All in the Best Possible Taste in 2012 and BBC Radio 4’s flagship annual lecture series The Reith Lectures, entitled Playing to the Gallery, in 2013. wdc


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


17 May — The 6 July Gallery

24 May — City 8 June Space

Vision of the Past Free entry Vision of the Past is an exhibition that examines the social history of sight loss in Hampshire over the last 90 years. Supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund, it tells the story of how changing attitudes and legislation have transformed the way that blind and partially sighted people live and work. The exhibition focuses on the stories of ordinary people who, each in different ways, have led extraordinary lives, describing the devastation of loss, courageous new beginnings, their aspirations and challenges. From sailing ocean going yachts to climbing Sidney Harbour Bridge to the equally daunting achievement of leading normal lives in exceptional circumstances. The exhibition will also contain some handson objects that will allow people to type their own Braille for example, or read a newspaper through specially made sight loss glasses.

14 June — City 6 July Space

Live Work Play

Aveling community centre, Waltham Forest © Architecture PLB

Free entry Live Work Play is a new exhibition of architecture and urban design, staged by RIBA Hampshire and curated by author Lucy Bullivant, showcasing the rich work of Hampshire-based architects. There is an architectural legacy in the region of high creative standards and deep responsiveness to society, and the exhibits feature a mix of considered, robust, elegant and ingenious designs, showing how a variety of highly talented local architectural practices have added value to a wide mix of client briefs, responding to today’s needs across ‘Live Work Play’. 4

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Š Hannes Lochner (SOUTH AFRICA) Curiosity and the cat

12 July — The 21 Sept Gallery

Free entry World-renowned exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year is once again on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, featuring 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behaviour to breath-taking wild landscapes. Now in its 49th year, the internationally-recognised annual competition has drawn around 43,000 entries from 96 countries, from amateur and professional photographers alike.

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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. 22 Apr – 21 May

12 Jul — 7 Sep

Andy French – Mathematicon

City Space

Mathematically generated shapes which blur the line between art and science.

Putting on a Show Free entry This year the Theatre Royal Winchester celebrates its 100th anniversary and to mark this momentous event City Space is joining in the party with an exhibition that takes visitors behind the theatrical scenes. Experience the magic of theatre from props to make-up, special effects to costume design, curtain–up to curtain-call, there may even be the odd ghost waiting in the wings! This free family friendly exhibition will have plenty of fun things to try on, colour in, touch and even smell. There will be a number of free tours of the theatre during the exhibition but places are limited so please phone 01962 873 610 or book at the City Space desk when you visit.

23 May – 15 June

Nathan Molineux – Graffiti Graffiti and other works by this Winchester School of Art Student 17 June – 15 July

Bergina Leka – Photography Bergina presents her unique photographic viewpoint. 24 July – 17 Aug

Wessex Quilt Makers Exhibition The society present an exhibition of mini quilts on the theme of Winchester 19 Aug – 14 Sept

Little Funky Art – The Big One A monster mural produced by kids at Little Funky Art Club to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge. For details about exhibiting in WallSpace and submissions contact Gilbert Yates


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Wed 7 May



The Occasional Cabaret presents

The Taking of Zena Charbonne 7.30pm A blistering mix of performance, video and live music.


… entertaining, challenging and surprising… The Herald 7777

When Zena, the wife of Environment Minister Sir Michael Charbonne, is bundled into the boot of a car, her life, as she knows it, is obliterated. Offered a fantastical choice between the dangerous new, or the safe old, Zena is trapped between two worlds. But, who, ultimately, is calling the shots? And what, really, is real? The Occasional Cabaret was founded in 2010 by Peter Clerke and Catherine Gillard, formerly joint Artistic Directors of the groundbreaking Edinburgh based touring ensemble, benchtours.

Thu 8 May


Martyn Joseph 8pm


He has been called ‘The Welsh Springsteen’, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Visit to listen to Martyn’s latest tracks. ‘ Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut.’ MOJO wdc


Sun 11 May

Family Sundays


£6 or four for £20

For ages 4+ Follow Pinocchio and his grasshopper friend as they set out on an adventure – to find some fun! Now, if only his nose would just stay still… Hiccup Theatre join forces with acclaimed writer for children Michael Rosen (We’re going on a Bear Hunt) to bring Carlo Collodi’s classic tale to life. Live music, puppetry, physical storytelling and longer and longer noses combine in a magical combination for children and their grown ups. 8

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A new version by Michael Rosen

Sun 11 May

Meet the Author

Val McDermid’s Northanger Abbey 7.30pm


Wed 14 May



with LiTTLe MACHiNe

Winchester Poetry Festival Val McDermid is one of the biggest selling and most loved crime novelists writing in the 7.30pm £10 UK today. She is the author of twenty five novels and recipient of numerous awards. Val now focusses her scalpel sharp wit on a glorious EPIC! is LiTTLe MACHiNe’s inspirational and reimagining of the Gothic classic Northanger entertaining ‘story of poetry’, a light-hearted Abbey. Part of The Austen Project where six look at what poetry is and what it has meant contemporary authors reover the last 3000 years. It is Fri The imagine the six complete a 60 minute dash through the 23 May Discovery novels of Jane Austen. history of poetry from Homer Centre to Carol Ann Duffy with slides, Books for sale and signing music, drama and comedy. on the night. Barnstormers To start the evening off LiTTLe Comedy Night MACHiNe will present a short programme of Music in Poetry 8pm £12.50 in advance in their inimitable style. £14 on the door This is a pre-festival event for Winchester Poetry Festival 2014. Three top comedians are in For the full line-up visit town to give you a taste of the London comedy scene – right on your doorstep. An A modern excellent choice for staffre-imagining do’s, first dates and afterof the Gothic dinner entertainment. Classic

For the latest news on which comedians are lined up visit wdc


Sun 18 May

Family Sundays

Dotty the Dragon 11.30am & 2pm

£6 or four for £20

For ages 3–7 From the company behind The Very Snowy Christmas and How to Catch a Star. Dotty is a baby fire dragon. She lives at the top of a mountain with her grumpy dad, Mr Dragon. In the village below, everyone fears for their lives, for dragons eat children! Or so they believe. But Dotty would never eat children! Not ever… Instead, she loves to gaze down and watch the children playing in the orchard, and one day, she decides to pay them a surprise visit. After all, everyone loves surprises – don’t they? Blunderbus is proud to present this enchanting fairy tale adventure with a very happy ending. This clever new show comes to life with an irresistible blend of live music, fabulous puppets and high energy storytelling. Little people aged 3–7 will love this funny, heart-warming tale. But, big people will have lots of fun, too. You can’t help but fall in love with Dotty the baby dragon…

Thu 22 May


London Bridge Ensemble Trio 7pm £16.50 (OAPs £14.50; students and under 18s £5) London Bridge Ensemble established the Winchester Chamber Music Festival in 2008 and have become popular visitors to the city ever since. Join them for an evening of piano trios, featuring three much-loved masterpieces.

Mozart Piano Trio in E, K542 Schumann Piano Trio in F, op. 80 Mendelssohn Piano Trio in C minor, op. 66 Daniel Tong piano Tamsin Waley-Cohen violin Kate Gould cello For information on study sessions associated with this concert on 21 and 22 May, see


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Fri 30 May

Fri 23 May

Folk & Dance

WEA Study Day

Causes of the First World War 10am to 4pm

£26 includes lunch (no concessions)

2014 marks the centenary of the start of the Great War of 1914–1918. The seeds of this monumental tragedy were sown several hundred years earlier. The study day will link the seminal events between 19th Century empires and attitudes, employing unforeseen and uncontrollable 20th Century technologies. Led by Roy Doughty.

Sat 24 May


Threepenny Bit Summer Ceilidh 7.30pm

£12 / £14 on the door £10 concessions

Meet local designers and makers who will be selling their handmade jewellery, cards, ceramics, photographs and more in the hall.

Threepenny Bit is a unique example of how traditional dance tunes and contemporary sounds can blend together into a totally fresh interpretation of folk music. This raucous 8-piece band combines a group of diehard folkies with some of the finest young jazz and classical musicians in the south to create an exciting live show you won’t forget! Their big stomping sound will have you dancing all night.

If you are a local craft maker interested in selling at this fair please email

2013 saw the self release of their second album ‘Cartography’ which was nominated for the FATEA awards instrumental album of the year.

Craft Fair 10am – 4pm

FREE entry wdc


Fri 6 Jun


Sun 8 Jun

Family Sundays

Robin Ince In and out of his mind 8pm

£14 / £12 concessions

Robin Ince – Sony Gold Award winning comedian and science enthusiast (Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage with Prof Brian Cox) – presents another in his line of unhinged stand up comic lectures. After dabbling in Darwin and Feynman, and cleaning out Schrodinger’s Cat, Robin now delves into his mind and possibly your mind too. From Freud and Jung to Laing and Milgram, from rats after rewards to insanity cured by ink spots, Robin looks at the last 100 years of psychiatry, psychology and skewiff brain dabblings. Just how hard is it being a self conscious being on planet earth? Come along, he may cure you.

Thoughtful, provocative and very funny The Times


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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.

Thu 19 Jun


Fri 20 Jun

New Tempest Club and Platform 4 present

Summer Party Night with Live Band

Twelfth Night


by William Shakespeare 7.30pm



Welcome to Illyria; to shipwreck and survival, plots and intrigue, love and desire, crossdressers and clowns. For the past five years the Platform 4 creative team has been working with a new generation of young performers, we are proud to share another little gem from this exciting collaboration. Platform 4 brings you fresh emerging talent, its trademark strong visuals and a multi-layered soundscape in an intelligent, intimate, and fresh production of a classic.


£15 / £17 on the door

Join Silvia and Max for a special treat: a party night with true Cuban ambiance and live Cuban band Sarabanda. There is nothing like dancing to the rhythms of a live band. Everyone is welcome, whether you have been dancing for years or you just enjoy live Latin music, whether you come with a partner or on your own – we’ll get everyone dancing! Bar open all night with Sangria on offer. Book your tickets early as the last party night sold out!

Performance time: approx 90 minutes wdc


Sun 22 Jun

Family Sundays

Thu 14 Aug

Old MacDonald Had a Farm 11.30am

£6 or four for £20

First World War Day 10am – 4pm

For ages 4+ Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O… But Old MacDonald’s animals have gone missing! Can you help a friendly scientist and his amazing time machine get them back for him? Thu Written especially for parents to enjoy with their children, this fun filled farmyard tale brings to life all the best loved characters from the original nursery rhyme along with a magical medley of games, giggles and sing along songs including Heads, Shoulders Knees and Toes, She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain and of course Old MacDonald Had a Farm. So come and relive the delights of this most charming of tales told with a combination of live action, puppetry and animation by one of the UK’s leading theatre companies. 14

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Free entry No booking required

Drop in and get up close and personal with a rare survivor from the First World War; a ‘J’ type Thornycroft lorry. Thornycroft had manufactured about Local 10 Jul Writing 5000 ‘J’ types by the end of the war and this surviving example from Hampshire County Council Arts and Museums Service was delivered to the War Office on 28 March 1916. 7.30pm Readers £4 Members of the Great War Listeners £3 Society will be on hand with a Living History display and will be A night of local poets happy to share their detailed reading their work. Vote on knowledge of the period. who you think should go home with the evening’s top Children can also make their prize. Poets should register to own First World War postcard to participate by phoning the take away. Literature Officer on 01962 Free drop-in activity suitable for 846018. A maximum of three 8+, all materials provided. poems may be read by each, one must be on this Parental supervision is required season’s theme of ‘Myth’. at this event.

Poetry Café

Mon 16 Jul

Stand-up Comedy



Mark Thomas. Comic, Radio 4 regular, Activist and occasionally changer of laws, is back. Ten years ago an activist and close friend of Mark’s was exposed as a spy for BAE Systems infiltrating the movement. Now Mark wants to find him and has some questions to ask. This is a true story.

BBC Radio 4 regular returns with new show

It is a personal and timely tale that tries to unearth what it means to be spied upon by a corporation under the sanction of the state. As usual plenty of laughs, some weird characters, documentary styles, probably a tear or two and the vague possibility that Mark might get beaten up in the making of it as he tries to find out if he wants revenge or if he can forgive a friend. wdc


1–4 May

Concerts, talks, open rehearsal, masterclass, outreach project at the Discovery Centre and St Lawrence Church Now in its seventh year the Winchester Chamber Music Festival is an important part of the cultural calendar in Winchester. This year we welcome for the first time a guest ensemble the prize winning Heath Quartet. The 2014 Festival will celebrate the music of German greats Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann alongside composers from the Russian school.

Festival Subscription Ticket* £85, £70 Concession Save over £30 by buying a ticket for all the concerts! There are a limited number of free tickets available for 8–18 year olds, please see the website for more information and to download the form.

*Creative learning concert not included


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The London Bridge Ensemble Daniel Tong piano/Artistic Director Benjamin Marquise Gilmore guest violin Michael Gurevich guest violin/viola Kate Gould cello/Artistic Director

with guests

Heath Quartet Oliver Heath, Cerys Jones violins Gary Pomeroy viola Christopher Murray cello

Masterclass Sunday 4 May, 11am (until 1.15pm) Discovery Centre Free on the door*** Members of the London Bridge Ensemble give a masterclass to local young ensembles. Audiences can drop in and out as they like at any time during the session. ***subject to availability

Thursday 1 May

Friday 2 May

Saturday 3 May

Concert 1 1pm St Lawrence’s Church

Concert 4 7.45pm Discovery Centre 6.15pm Pre-concert discussion ‘Schumann’s Chamber Music’ with festival artists*

Concert 6 6.00pm

Bartók String Quartet No 3 Mendelssohn String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13 £13, £11 over 60s £6 concession

Thursday 1 May Concert 2 7.45pm

Discovery Centre

Schumann Piano Quartet in E flat, Op. 47 Prokofiev Sonata for 2 Violins Op.56 Glazunov String Quintet in A, Op. 39 £17.50, £15.50 over 60s £6 concessions

Friday 2 May Open Rehearsal 3 (one hour) 10.30am Discovery Centre Schumann Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 63

Beethoven Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1 No 3 Rachmaninov Prelude and Vocalise Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat, Op. 44 *pre concert talk included in the ticket price

£17.50, £15.50 over 60s £6 concession

Saturday 3 May Concert 5: Coffee Concert** 11.30am Discovery Centre

Beethoven String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 ‘Serioso’ Beethoven Violin Sonata in G, Op. 96 Beethoven Piano Trio in B flat, Op. 97, ‘Archduke’ £17.50, £15.50 over 60s £6 concession

Saturday 3 May Concert 7: Late-night Concert 9.45pm St Lawrence’s Church Brahms String Quintet in G, Op. 111 £15.50, £12 over 60s £6 concession

Sunday 4 May

Bartók From 44 duos for two violins Beethoven Piano Trio in G, Op. 1 No 2

Concert 8: Webern Miniatures 4pm Discovery Centre

**Tickets include coffee available from 10.45am

£6, £6 over 60s £3 concession

Discovery Centre

£13, £11 over 60s £6 concession

Schumann Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 63 Brahms String Sextet in B flat, Op. 18 £17.50, £15.50 over 60s £6 concession

Creative Learning Concert Friday 2 May, 1.30pm, Discovery Centre


A show case concert for the festival education programme. Members of the London Bridge Ensemble and children from St Bede’s Primary School and Oliver’s Battery Primary School perform in this interactive concert lead by cellist Sam Glazer and guitarist Jack Ross. wdc


13–14 June

Come and celebrate WGF’s 10th anniversary with two days of inspirational celebrity concerts and events. This year we welcome French guitarist extraordinaire, Gaëlle Solal, whose captivating concerts are infused with a real sense of theatre, and the internationally renowned Eden Stell Guitar Duo, for whom 2014 marks their 25th anniversary. It’s a double reason to celebrate with us, so don’t miss out and visit for more information and the latest news.

Friday 13 June, 1 pm St Lawrence Church



Friday 13 June, 7.30 pm St Lawrence Church


Young Artists’ Concert

Gaëlle Solal

Students from the Specialist Music Course at Peter Symonds College present a programme of music for guitar and strings.

Hailed as the ‘The new star of the guitar in France’ (Chitarre Magazine), Gaëlle presents ‘An emotional performance that you will not forget’ (La Marseillaise). A rare UK performance from a true artist.

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Celebrity Concert

Saturday 14 June, 5.30–6 pm The Discovery Centre

The Eden Stell Guitar Duo played to the max! New York Times


Gaëlle Solal In Conversation A unique insight into the world of Gaëlle.

Saturday 14 June, 7.30pm Winchester College Music School


Eden Stell Guitar Duo Celebrity Concert

Saturday 14 June, 1 pm The Discovery Centre


Guitar Circus

Internationally renowned for their dynamism, innovation and breathtaking virtuosity the Eden Stell Guitar Duo have “breathed new life into the world of the classical guitar” (Rotterdam Dagblad).

Young Artists’ Concert Come and hear GUITAR CIRCUS, some of the most talented young classical guitarists in the UK who receive monthly coaching with leading tutors; Christopher Stell, Mark Ashford and Matthew Robinson.

Saturday 14 June, 3–5.30 pm The Discovery Centre


Gaëlle Solal Masterclass Public Masterclass given by Gaëlle Solal. wdc


25–27 July

Events over the weekend range from science, music and comedy to hands-on workshops, with plenty of entertainment happening around the venue too! Tickets On Friday 25 we have a special focus on events and activities for children and their parents during the daytime. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, children accompanied by a paying adult will be admitted free of charge. Evening entertainment, with a science based theme, is more suitable for adults. Register for news updates at The University of Southampton’s ‘Bringing Research to Life’ roadshow will be at the Festival. Visit our collection of hands-on and interactive science activities, talk to our researchers, and explore cuttingedge science and engineering topics ranging from cancer vaccines to citywide energy storage. Suitable for all ages.

*available on the day, only at Discovery Centre. Standby Tickets are transferable, but do not guarantee access to a specific event.

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On sale at the Discovery Centre and at Weekend Pass

£45 per adult, eveing events are not included Day Pass (per day) £18 per adult Evening Pass (3 evenings) £30 per adult, day events are not included Single Event Standby ticket* £3 per adult Weekend/Day Passholders get priority access to talks. FREE University of Southampton Family Roadshow

Science Talks Programme (subject to change) 20 events take place covering a range of topics, from Science Vikings to Extreme Environment Physiology. Visit to see each day’s programme of talks. Entrance to these events is included in day/weekend passes.

Punk Science – Making Science Fizzy and Awesome Friday

Helen Czerski – The Jet Stream Saturday

Prof Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell – We are all Star Dust Saturday

Evening Entertainment (subject to change) Simon Watt: Frogs The Best of Bright Being 747 Club Guildford Science! Music! and Neil Denny: Saturday 26 July, 7.30pm £12 Sunday 27 July, 7.30pm What Do I Know? Friday 25 July, 7.30pm


Simon Watt thinks frogs are among the most fascinating and freaky species on our planet. Neil Denny shares his favourite bits from 8 years of Little Atoms Radio Show and Podcast. Ribbitting!


Described as The Thinking

BEING 747 are a pop/rock

Person’s Variety Club, Bright Club blends comedy, music, art, research, science, performance, and anything else that can happen on a stage.

group based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. They abandoned the traditional approach to rock music and started work on a new collection of educational pieces all about evolution, greatly inspired by the work of David Attenborough. Sharing a fascination with the wonders of the natural world, they decided to combine their musical and vocational skills to do something truly worthwhile and tell this incredible story. wdc


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Film Screenings All Thursday showings at 8pm with no previews

Wild at Heart 18 10 July A never cooler Nicolas Cage and the lovely Laura Dern travel down David Lynch’s yellow brick road-movie. A surreal masterpiece and genuine cult classic.

Ghostbusters PG 15 May Who Ya Gonna Call? We open our new season in honour of the late Ghostbuster Harold Ramis – just be careful you don’t get slimed… Altogether now; if there’s something strange, in your neighbourhood…

Amélie 15 19 June More popular perhaps than any other foreign flick, Amélie was a hit around the world. A charming, quirky, and vividly memorable film.

RoboCop 18 24 July Director Ken Russell called this ‘the best science fiction film since Metropolis’ and he may have been right. Prizes for anyone who can repeat all the Prime Directives in the best robot voice.

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Café Scientifique Mondays Winchester Café Scientifique meets the first Monday every month for science talks in a café setting. There is no charge for admission but donations towards expenses are welcome.

Dance Classes Mondays Improve your fitness and have fun dancing with Silvia and Max. for details. • Zumba Kids Jr for ages 4–6 • Zumba Kids for ages 7–11 • Zumba: Latin American • Dance Fitness • Zumba Gold: Lower impact version of Zumba with all the Fun! • Salsa: Latin American Music is naturally uplifting

The group meet at 7.15pm for 7.45pm for a talk on a current scientific topic which is accessible to a general audience, with a break and question and answer session. Participation is encouraged. Come early for a good seat and grab a drink or bite to eat from the café. Please check for updates as the programme may be subject to change. Follow the group on twitter: @wincafesci 5 May

Population and the Environment Roger Martin, Venue for this talk is 2 June

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.

Winchester Skeptics in the Pub Monthly This group exists to provide an opportunity for people who are interested in science and critical thinking to discuss matters of interest. Visit winchester. for more. 24 Box Office 01962 873603

Hands are Handy Things Dr Cheryl Metcalfe, University of Southampton 7 July

From Papanicolau to Papilloma – the corporatisation of diagnostic innovation Dr Stuart Hogarth, King’s College London 4 August

From coal dust to the cosmos – Forgotten stories of Victorian fire science Claire Benson


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 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.

Every Sunday at 12.30pm 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 Tuesday 10am to 12noon Knitting has never been so sociable. Share tips and have a chat with other knitters.

Story Time

Specialist Reading Groups Various days Chatterbooks is a children’s reading group that meets after-school on Fridays. Contact for more information. HIP and VIP 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 to find out more.

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. wdc 25

Children’s Writing Day


Friday 30 May 10am to 12noon (ages 8–13) 2pm to 4pm (ages 4–8) £6 per child

with Brian Evans-Jones

Boost Your Writing A Four Week Creative Writing Course Friday 16 May, 23 May, 6 June & 13 June 10am to 12noon


Does your writing need a boost? Maybe you’ve been writing for a while but would like some feedback on how you’re doing, and help to improve. Perhaps you’ve reached a dead end, or don’t know how to get started. This four-week course will help you achieve your potential, whether you’re writing short stories, poetry, autobiography, or a novel. Learn creative tools, develop your skills, do practical writing exercises, and get feedback on your work from an experienced writing tutor – all in a friendly, supportive group. Suitable for beginning to intermediate writers. 26 Box Office 01962 873603

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is all about the Mythical Maze – a place where you’ll meet all sorts of fabulous and fantastical creatures! Come to this Writing Workshop to invent your very own Mythical Maze, fill it with Mythical Monsters and Curious Creatures, then make a brilliant poem and story about it. Writer and teacher Brian Evans-Jones, Hampshire Poet and Writer-in-Schools, will help you come up with a-Maze-ing ideas, and writing you can be proud of!

Poetry of Conflict Learning from the First World War Poets Saturday 7 June £25 per workshop (£22.50 if booked with Quiet Natures) Even after a century, the poetry of the First World War still shines with undimmed brightness. But what can poets writing today learn from these men who wrote in such different times to our own? In this workshop you will explore how Owen, Sassoon, Gurney and many others created enduring, innovative work, and what you can take from them to add to our own poetry. You will learn that these writers can offer many lessons to develop and enrich your writing.

Quiet Natures Saturday 21 June

£25 per workshop (£22.50 if booked with Poetry of Conflict)

Michael Longley is one of the British Isles’ foremost poets, known for his precise observation of nature in quiet but highly skilled poems. Edward Thomas, writing a century ago in Hampshire, was another poet in the same tradition, writing much-loved poems of English pastoral. Both will be featured at the inaugural Winchester Poetry Festival in September, where Longley will be the headline poet. This workshop will look in detail at the achievements of their work, as well as the wider tradition of British nature poetry to which they belong. You will explore how their approaches to nature and poetic technique can inspire and improve your own poetry. Suitable for all levels.


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.

Adobe Photoshop Elements for Beginners An introduction to the most popular editing software Mondays, 7.15pm to 9.15pm from 2 June £55 / £49.50 concessions 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 Photoshop Introduction An introduction to the industry standard photo-editing software 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.

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


Friday Now on afternoons Thursday evenings

Uplifting and fun


Choir at The Discovery Centre Thursdays, 24 April – 29 May and Thursdays, 5 June – 10 July 7.30 – 9pm £6 per session £30 for six sessions Fridays, 11 April – 23 May and Fridays, 6 June – 11 July 1.30 – 3pm Fully booked 4 – 5.30pm £5 per session £25 for six sessions 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.

Learn a Language £6

Want to understand and be understood in basic Spanish? Prefer doing rather than just listening? Want to make progress from the start? Like to laugh, have fun with others and learn as a team? Then this is for you. Peter has lived in Northern Spain for 12 years, where he learned everyday Spanish from local people. He uses unique, fun ways to learn, working in small groups to promote relaxed learning. Contact Peter on 07925 655946 for a chat about the workshops.

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Gemma Nash is a registered Yoga Teacher RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance UK and teaches a Vinyasa Flow style of Yoga at the Discovery Centre on Mondays. To book and for more information visit or email £48 (6 week block)

Hatha Flow 7.45pm – 9pm on Mondays 7.15pm – 8.30pm on Thursdays


Wednesdays 7.15pm – 9.15pm

Blossom Yoga

A dynamic flowing yoga class that integrates the movement of the body with the breath to steady and focus the mind and create stillness within.

Pregnancy Yoga 6.15pm – 7.30pm on Mondays (from 14 weeks) An uplifting prenatal yoga class designed to strengthen, open and restore the body and mind during pregnancy and in preparation for labour and birth.


Acupuncture Every Wednesday 1pm to 5pm High quality, affordable community acupuncture for all ages where everyone is welcome. Treatments are given in a relaxed, peaceful setting in the Learning Rooms. To book and for more information visit or email

Job Seekers and Employability These sessions cover a range of skills needed to gain employment and are free to attend. Prior booking is required. All sessions take place on a Thursday from 10am to 11am and are followed by a one hour drop-in session.

Basic computing 3 April, 15 May, 26 June

Start your CV

Judith Needham Mon 16 Jun

Make a Climbing Plant Support 9.30am & 12.30pm


Learn the techniques to make your own wigwam supports for your beans, peas, clematis or roses. Using hazel and willow we will be making a strong, sturdy support that should last a few seasons. All materials provided. You may want to put a roof rack on your car to get your work home! A 2.5 hour workshop

Sat 12 Jul

Plaiting with Willow 9.30am & 12.30pm


24 April, 22 May, 5 June, 3 July

Search and apply for jobs 1 May, 12 June, 10 July

Handling Interviews 8 May, 19 June, 17 July

Discover how willow can be plaited using a technique borrowed from corn dollies. You will start by making a spiral bird feeder and a little hanging basket. You will then have time to experiment with the method and try out your own ideas. A 2.5 hour workshop 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.

April 28th 9.30-12.30

How to use a Sewing Machine

28th 1.00-4.00



Dressmaking course (1 of 6)

May 6.30-9.30

10th 9.30-3.30

Roman blind masterclass

12th 9.15-4.45

Fab shift dress

14th 6.30-9.30

Dressmaking course (2 of 6)

17th 9.30-12.30

How to use a sewing machine

17th 1.00-4.00

Knicker making

19th 9.30-12.30

Custom curtain headings

19th 1.00-4.00

Sumptuous piped cushions

21st 6.30-9.30

Dressmaking course (3 of 6)

28th 6.30-9.30

Dressmaking course (4 of 6)




Revamp your patio cushions



How to use a sewing machine



Kitchen textiles masterclass



Essential Wrap Skirt

11th 6.30-9.30

Dressmaking course (5 of 6)

14th 9.30-3.30

Beginners Sewing Masterclass

18th 6.30-9.30

Dressmaking course (6 of 6)

23th 9.30-12.30

How to use a Sewing Machine

23th 1.00-4.30

Cool beach bags

28th 9.30-3.30

Patchwork tips and tricks


Fab shift dress

July 9.15-4.45

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unkyart clu f e l b litt Fun Pre-School Science Classes for 2-4 year olds

•Experiments •Stories •Singing •Interactive

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

Come along and help nurture a lifelong passion for science! Our classes are based at the Winchester Discovery Centre. 2-3 year old classes £5 per class Tuesdays and Fridays at 9.30am and 10.20am 3-4 year old classes £5.50 per class Tuesdays and Fridays at 11.20am Tuesdays at 1.30pm Tel: 07548 194015

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muchfun! 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. 45 minute sessions take place on Wednesdays at 10am & 11am for ages 1-4 £5 per session Visit or call 01962 873603 to book a place for your child.

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

• 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.

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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.


















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Winchester Discovery Centre What's On Guide: Summer 2014  
Winchester Discovery Centre What's On Guide: Summer 2014  

All the exhibitions, comedians, gigs and family events taking place between May and August. Visit