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The reflections and comments of a resident in Southsea, Portsmouth, England.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Join the festive season!


Article as it appears on Portsmouth View, 9 December 2016.



It is December and places are getting festive. A Christmas tree is up in my office, ready for us to take our decorations out of the box and put them on display.

Putting up Christmas decorations, can be a lovely family occasion. It is my favourite time of the year even though I only have a very small artificial tree at home.

I buy decorations from places I visit on holiday so that my tree is like a memory tree. It is a good way to remember happy times.

Holiday season is also party season. I am looking forward to see friends and family over the festive period.

Urbond, a Portsmouth community organisation which aims to promote togetherness is holding a Community Christmas Celebration on Saturday 10th December at the Charles Dickens Centre from 8pm.

The Santa Claus show at the New Theatre Royal promises some dancing penguins, and that is enough for me to want to head there and bring the family for a festive season. The show is on until 31st December.


King’s Theatre has always put on a very good traditional panto and this year it is Jack and the Beanstalk. You have until January 1st to catch the show.

Team Locals featured Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls as one of their top music events this season. The ‘Get Better Tour’ will take in 20 cities and on 14th December they will be in Portsmouth Guildhall.

In the spirit of giving, Turner has partnered with Plus 1 so that £1 from every ticket sale goes to War Child, a charity supporting children and families affected by conflict and striving for a world where no child’s life is torn apart by war. You can enjoy a concert and know that you have contributed to a worthy cause.

On 17th and 18th December head down to Guildhall Square for Portsmouth's newest Christmas event. There will be live music, family entertainment, street performers, an arts and crafts tent, film screenings and snow cannons, as well as market stalls selling everything from food and drink to Christmas gifts, vintage clothing and jewellery. That is like our very own Christmas Market!

The most coveted ticket in town right now is the Guildhall’s New Year’s Eve Party on Saturday 31st December. With the masquerade theme, it is a really fancy way to usher in 2017.




Have a happy and safe holiday season!












Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Christmas at The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre


The Spring in Havant is getting geared up for Christmas with a range of festive shows, and we are assured that there is something for everyone!


This year The Spring is putting on two special festive shows – one for the adults, and one for the children.

A Christmas Carol and Cabaret takes place from Wednesday 14 December – Friday 16 December, and is a night strictly for the adults to enjoy! Each evening, there will be a performance of A Christmas Carol by the hilarious (and slightly rude) Living Spit, plus a cabaret performance from a different artist each night before and after the show. The Spring will be turned into a winter wonderland, with festive food from Tilly the Tram outside, Christmas cocktails, and even some bauble-making!


This year, The Spring has commissioned their very first Christmas family show exclusively for Havant, with the talented Commotion Dance. The show, Where is Christmas? is an enchanting, immersive performance for little ones aged 7 and under, and their families, and runs from Wednesday 21 December – Saturday 24 December. Come along and peek inside a world of boxes, where three jolly characters dance their little stockings & through an unforgettable festive adventure to try and discover, just where is Christmas? Stacking, sorting, packing and piling unfold into adventurous possibilities with quirky characters, enthralling movements and enchanting live music.


In the lead-up to Christmas, there are two varied music shows to get you into the festive mood.

If you are looking for a relaxed, nostalgic evening, Johnny Coppin, one of England’s finest folk singer-songwriters, is performing on Saturday 10 December. He will be playing a mixture of traditional carols and new songs, together with stories, superstitions and folklore from the UK and beyond.


For the party-goers, the world renowned soul and blues singer Geno Washington and his Ram Jam Band on Saturday 17 December. Geno is referred to by many as the ‘King of Soul’, and his world famous live shows were immortalized in two of the biggest selling albums of the 60s – Hand Clappin’ Foot Stompin’ Funky Butt Live, and Hipsters Flipsters and Finger Poppin’ Daddies.



Expect a night of barnstorming feel-good songs to get you dancing into Christmas!

For further details contact
Box Office: 023 9247 2700

Website: www.thespring.co.uk