What's on in and around Alton

Thursday 24th May 2018 12:14 pm
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TO MAY 25: Rabbit trail at the Curtis Museum, Alton. Explore the museum while you try to find the rabbits. Free entry, donations welcome. Call 01420 82802.

TO MAY 30: ‘Scratching the Surface’ exhibition by local art group Borderlands at the Allen Gallery, Church Street, Alton. Open 10.30am-4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Free entry.

TO MAY 30: ‘Of Land and Flower’ exhibition of contemporary watermedia paintings by Hampshire artist Libby May at the Allen Gallery, Church Street, Alton. Open 10.30am-4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Free entry.

TO JUNE 24: ‘Woman’s Hour Craft Prize’ exhibition of work by the 12 finalists in the competition Run by BBC Radio 4 and the Crafts Council at Mottisfont Art Gallery (National Trust), near Romsey. Featuring some of the most innovative and exciting craft makers in the UK.

MAY 24: Talk on ‘Jane Austen the Banker’s Sister’ by Professor Emma Clery, of Southampton University, on Jane Austen and her brother Henry who at one time ran a bank at 10 High Street, Alton. Professor Clery will also be signing copies of her book of the same title. Tickets £5 to include light refreshments available from the Allen Gallery or by calling 01420 82802.

MAY 24: Employment/apprentice information evening at the Future Skills Centre in Bordon, 4pm-7pm. Exhibitors with apprenticeship opportunities and advice, guest speakers. Refreshment and parking available, open to everyone.

MAY 26: Jigsaw drop-in at St Lawrence Parish Centre, Vicarage Hill, Alton, 2pm-4pm. Deliver completed puzzles, choose another to take home and complete, or join in completing a puzzle on the day over a cup of tea and chat. Call 01420 86063.

MAY 26-27: Privett Church Flower Festival at Holy Trinity Church, Privett, 10am-5pm. Displays on theme of ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, with special children’s corner. In aid of the Privett Church Restoration Fund. Entry £5 adults, children free. Tea and refreshments at the Privett Centre. Free parking.

MAY 26: Alton Town Park Festival in Alton Public Gardens, 10am-6pm. Live music, bouncy castles, craft, food and charity stalls. In aid of the Rhiannon Trust. Free entry.

MAY 27: Alton Ramblers meet 9.35am at Alton Health Centre car park (SU723398) for an 11-mile walk led by Lynn, starting 9.45am. Walking from Alton along the start of the Hangers Way to Selborne and returning via Hartley Mauditt. Bring lunch. (Part of Alton’s Walking Festival). Call 01420 23323 or visit altonramblers.org.uk.

MAY 27-28: Nature Festival at Gilbert White’s House Museum, Garden and Field Studies Centre, Selborne. Visit gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk.

MAY 30-JUNE 2: Half-term nursery rhyme and story trail in the garden of the Allen Gallery, Church Street Alton, 10.30am-4.30pm. Drop in and find objects hidden in the garden that come from some well-known nursery rhymes and stories. £1 per child.

MAY 30: Ready Steady Mums Walk. meet 1.15pm outside Bushy Leaze Children’s Centre, Eastbrook Road, Alton, for ‘a gentle walk and plenty of talk’, starting 1.30pm and led by Hampshire Healthy Families Service. Ideal for meeting new friends with babies. Every Wednesday.

MAY 30: Alton Ramblers meet 9.40am at King’s Pond car park (SU724394) for 5.8-mile walk led by Trevor & Gill, starting 10am. Following the River Wey from King’s Pond to Neatham, up over Neatham Downs to Clay’s Lane, and returning across fields and alongside the Worldham golf course to Windmill Hill. (Walk No.10 from ‘Walks From Alton’ book - part of Alton’s Walking Festival). Call 01420 23323 or visit altonramblers.org.uk.

MAY 31: Alton Ramblers meet 1.30pm in car park to rear of The Selborne Arms (SU741334) for a 3.8-mile walk led by Penny, starting 2pm. Short circular walk on quiet lanes and footpaths ending back of the Selborne Arms. You can use bus from Alton to join this walk. Can finish with tea at Selborne Tea Rooms. (Part of Alton’s Walking Festival). Call 01420 23323 or visit altonramblers.org.uk.

JUNE 2-3: Froyle open gardens in aid of the National Gardens Scheme, open 2pm-6pm. Featuring nine gardens, including unusual plants, greenhouses, water features, vegetables, roses, clematis, wild flower meadows and a courtyard garden. Plants for sale. Cream teas at the village hall, plus new playground with zip wire and climbing frame. Parking at the recreation ground. Visit ngs.org.uk.

JUNE 2-3: Exhibition of 18th Century vestments at St Mary’s Church, Upper Froyle, 2pm-6pm. Unique collection of beautifully embroidered and embellished European church vestments.

JUNE 6: Ready Steady Mums Walk, meet 1.15pm outside Bushy Leaze Children’s Centre, Eastbrook Road, Alton, for ‘a gentle walk and plenty of talk’, starting 1.30pm and led by Hampshire Healthy Families Service. Ideal for meeting new friends with babies. Every Wednesday.

JULY 7: Medstead Gardeners’ Club summer show at Medstead Village Hall, 2.15pm. Award ceremony 3.30pm. Refreshments, raffle. No entry fee. Schedule from the Handy Store, Medstead. Visit medsteadgardenersclub.xyz.

JUNE 7: ‘Get to Know Your ipad’ free course at Alton library, 10am-1pm and 1.30pm-4.30pm.

JUNE 9: Alresford Music Festival at Arlebury Park, 10am-midnight. More than 25 bands playing across five stages. Family arena, big screen showing main stages, bungee trampolining, climbing, craft work, theatre tent, festival village with wide choice of local and international food, fine ale, cocktail and cider bars. Free shuttle bus service from Winchester or Alton train stations. Children under five free entry. For more details, visit alresfordmusicfestival.com.

* If you have anything you wish to be included in the What’s On column, send details to the Alton Herald, 13 Market Square, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1HD or e-mail [email protected]. The service is free to clubs and charitable organisations.

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