Five family fun events to enjoy in Hampshire this weekend

Here’s our pick of five of the best places to head with the kids this weekend.

Saints at home at St Mary’s

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Saints welcome Wolves to St Mary’s in Premier League action on Saturday – and they need your support.

Nathan Jones’s side lie bottom of the Premier League table with just three points under the new manager’s three-month tenure.

The match, which kicks off at 3pm, could see January transfer window signings Kamaldeen Sulemana and Paul Onuachu.

Captain James Ward-Prowse and teammates will be hoping for goals galore from the multi-million-pound newcomers.

Opponents Wolverhampton Wanderers lie 15th in the table following a victory over Liverpool last weekend.

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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at Royal Victoria Country Park

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Members of Maskers Theatre and LightUp Drama will come together to bring the much-loved children’s classic The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to life in the stunning chapel at Royal Victoria Country Park this weekend.

This is a fast-paced adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s classic story of four children evacuated from London during the Blitz to stay with Professor Kirk and his housekeeper, Mrs Macready.

Whilst exploring the large house, Lucy stumbles across a mysterious wardrobe.

It is not all it seems and opens up as a gateway to another world, a world where it appears to be always winter.

The land of Narnia is under the spell of the wicked White Witch.

Gradually all four children find their way through the wardrobe and very quickly find themselves caught up in a deadly struggle between good and evil.

Can the magnificent lion, Aslan, help restore Narnia to the good and beautiful place it once was?

This is the first collaboration between Maskers and drama group Light Up’s Shirley Groups who use Maskers Studio for all their weekly classes.

There are three shows on Saturday and Sunday (February 11 and 12).

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Starlight Cinema – Back to the Future, Winchester Science Centre 

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Are you ready for a completely unique cinema experience? Grab a seat, sit back and relax as one of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, Back to the Future, plays out under the stars of the Planetarium.

When the Science Centre doors close on Sunday, the cinema screen will be rolling! Why not spend the day exploring the science exhibits and live shows before grabbing some popcorn and reliving a worldwide cinema phenomenon.


Giddy Gallops at Mottisfont

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Let your imagination run wild as you create your own cartoon character and take part in country capers including hobby horse hurdles.

Trot around the gardens taking part in energetic and creative activities inspired by Thelwell’s beloved cartoons, on show in Mottisfont’s art gallery.

Normal property admission applies (free for National Trust members and under 5s), plus £2 per trail.


Room on the Broom, Theatre Royal Winchester 

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Based on the best-selling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Iggety ziggety zaggety zoom!

Jump on board the broom with the witch and her cat in Tall Stories’ fun-filled adaptation of Room on the Broom, the best-selling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

The witch and her cat are travelling on their broomstick when they pick up some hitch-hikers – a friendly dog, a beautiful green bird and a frantic frog. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – it snaps in two… just as the hungry dragon appears!

Will there ever be room on the broom for everyone? Find out in the magical Olivier Award-nominated show for everyone aged 3 and up.


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