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The Post’s top 20 things to do | November 29 – December 6

1 Event. Victorian Christmas Festival. Travel back in time to a bygone era, where classic characters welcome you to a world of festive cheer, as you enjoy one of the south’s finest Christmas festivals at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The festival returns for its 20th year from November 29-December 1 and is open from 10am – 6pm. Advance tickets are available at discounted prices online at:


2 Music. Christmas Concerts. The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth and Chichester Cathedral Choir offer the best possible musical start to Christmas. The ebullience and panache of the band – with their stunning Corps of Drums – and the beauty and artistry of the choir are guaranteed to get you in a festive mood. Chichester Festival Theatre will be full of atmospheric music from December 2-7. For tickets, visit: or call 01243 781312.


3 Theatre. A Christmas Carol. Playing more than 20 characters, Martin Prest brings Charles Dickens’ timeless story of redemption to life in this spectacular one-man show. The venue, Denmans Garden tea room, next to Fontwell Racecourse, off the A27, will be open from 6.30pm on December 6 for drinks, mulled wine and mince pies before the 7.30pm performance. Tickets, at £10, are available by email at: or by calling 01243 278950.


4 Music. Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia. Included in the programme of “Classics and Moderns” on November 30 at Emsworth Baptist Church, at 7pm, are Benjamin Britten’s Courtly Dances from his opera “Gloriana”. The concert ends with a tuneful symphony written specially for a recorder orchestra. Tickets are on the door or from 01329 834297, adults £12, concessions £10, students £5 and children under-12 free.


5 Event. Carols in the Park. The Friends of Hotham Park and Bognor Regis Rotary Club are organising this festive concert at Hotham Park bandstand in the centre of Bognor Regis, on December 1, from 4.30pm-6.30pm. As well as music played by Chichester City Band, there will be mulled wine, mince pies and hot drinks to keep everyone warm.


6 Theatre. Black Friday. The Kings Theatre in Portsmouth is holding a Black Friday flash sale, offering savings across multiple shows including its star-studded Aladdin panto alongside some West-End classics. Customers can save £5 on each ticket when making a purchase online by using the code, BARGAIN. The offer is available for The Woman in Black, Thriller Live, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story and a select number of pantomime performances. The offer is available between November 29 and December 1. For full details, visit


7 Comedy. Laughing George. Semi-finalist in ITV’s stand-up talent show, Take the Mike, James Sherwood headlines the next outing of the monthly comedy club based at Felpham’s George Inn, on December 6. Opening act, at 8pm, is Darcie Silver with middle acts Harry Pugh, who was a semi-finalist in So You Think You’re Funny in Edinburgh, and Liam O’Brien. Adam Coumas will be doing his best to keep order as MC for the evening. Tickets are £10 from:


8 Event. Christmas Fair. Bognor Regis branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild’s fair and coffee morning will include tombola, raffle, sales table, sugarcraft decorations, cake stall, refreshments and children’s have a go table. Entry to the event, at Jubilee Hall, Shrubbs Drive, Middleton-on-Sea, is £1, to include tea or coffee. It is on November 30, from 10am-12.30pm.


9 Event. Table top sale. The Community Building, at Lakeland Avenue, North Bersted, Bognor Regis PO21 5FF is the venue for an event run by Freedom Leisure on December 1, from 9am-noon. A huge variety of stalls are expected, including from community business selling everything you could want for Christmas. Refreshments also available.


10 Theatre. The Gruffalo. Inspired by the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, children aged three and older are invited to join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood. Songs, laughs and monstrous fun in the much-loved show from Tall Stories. It is being performed at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre from December 3-15. For details of times and to book, visit:


11 Music. Carl Barat. Carl Barat, of The Libertines, will be launching a state-of-the-art 350-capacity live and club house music venue in Worthing with a DJ set on November 30. With a focus on grassroots music, The Factory Live will be programmed by atom promotions. The Factory Live is in the grounds of Soundhouse Studios, Unit 9A, Ivy Arch Road BN14 8BX. Tickets are £10 in advance from:


12 Arts. Christmas Fair. Oxmarket Centre of arts, St Andrew’s Corut, off East Street, Chichester, hosts 28 exhibitors offering a wide range of paintings, photographs, prints, textiles, ceramics, glass and jewellery for unusual gifts. Open From December 3-22, except Mondays, 10am-4pm.


13 Event. Flowers for Christmas. Demonstrators Lucinda Knapman and Gill Homer will show you how to make simple festive floral arrangements to enhance your home during an afternoon in aid of Chestmut Tree House children’s hospice. The event, at Pagham Village Hall, on November 30, 1.30pm-4pm, costs £10 per person and includes afternoon tea. To book, call Sue on 01243 262478 or Paula on 01243 584843.


14 Photography. Margaret Soraya. Some of Scotland’s most remote beaches are being featured at the Bosham Gallery, in Bosham Walk, until December 14 and on November 30 photographer Margaret Soraya will give a talk, accompanied by film and slide shows of her work, followed by tea. Admission to the exhibition is free. To book a seat at the talk, which is from 3pm-5pm, email:


15 Event. Christmas Fayre. Greenways Care Home will be hosting its popular annual fundraising fayre at 227 Hawthorn Road, Bognor Regis PO21 2UW on December 7, 2pm-4pm. There will be a host of festive stalls and activities for all to enjoy in the home’s brightly decorated communal areas.


16 Event. Christmas Tree Festival. St Paul’s Church, Northgate, Chichester, will host more than 40 decorated trees in a six-day event, starting on November 30. As well as the trees, there will be craft stalls, raffle and soup lunches available as well as children’s dance performances on the opening day. The festival is open from 10.30am-5pm and will culminate with community carols on December 6, when Rusty, from Hayling Island Donkey Sanctuary, will be a visitor.


17 Music. Brent Hutchinson. Known for his expert electric guitar skills, beautiful acoustic abilities and soulful vocal tones, Brent has more than 20 years’ experience, including solo and duo acoustic performances and fronting festival bands across the country. He delivers interesting twists on rock, pop, funk and blues covers and can always get the crowd singing along. His gig at The Hothampton Arms, 49 London Road, Bognor Regis PO21 1PR is from 5pm to 8pm on December 1. Free entry.


18 Event. Christmas Fayre. Get in the Christmas spirit and visit the 2019 Friends of Chichester Cathedral Christmas Fayre. Buy just the right gift for someone and enjoy chatting to friends over a cup of coffee, while browsing the stalls. It will be in the Vicars Hall, 10am until noon, on December 7, entry is £2, to include coffee.


19 Event. Basketball. Experience family sporting fun at the Arena Sports Centre. Westloats Lane, Bognor Regis, as the home team take on Oxford Stealers. Support GSD on December 1 as they fight to secure their first win and enjoy an evening of basketball and friendly entertainment. Entry is from 5pm with tip off at 5.30pm. Tickets on the door are £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children.


20 Music. Simply Kate Bush. The opera-trained singer Jane Clarity, from Arundel, is phenomenally close to Kate Bush in voice, style and poise. The evening, at Fishbourne’s Woolpack Inn, on December 6, is free admission with music starting at 8.30pm from ambient-sax duo Undersound.

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