1 VISITORS to Fort Nelson can hear a free 30-minute talk on a major conservation project being carried out at the site.

Conservator Matthew Hancock will give the behind-the-scenes talk at the Royal Armouries in Fareham about The Marine Salvage Project.

The 17th century project focuses on three guns recovered from the sea, including two from the wreck of the HMS London, all of which require technical conservation treatments.

The talk will be held on Sunday, January 14 and will last for half an hour.

For more information visit the Fort Nelson website, www.royalarmouries.org.

2 FANS of rock band Pink Floyd and all things science will be in for a treat at the Winchester Science Centre when the two come together from Sunday, January 14.

Pink Floyd’s seminal 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon, will be played in full in the unique setting of the centre’s planetarium.

The event will take visitors through a journey in time and space with the world famous album adding to the audio-visual experience.

It will feature a 15-minute live planetarium show with the team of in-house expert astrophysicists.

Tickets cost £15 for the 45-minute experience and is for visitors aged 16 and above.

Visitors are warned that as with all planetarium shows, it includes large moving images which may affect people with photosensitive epilepsy, balance disorders and/or extreme motion sickness.

For more information, or to book tickets, visit the website at www.winchestersciencecentre.org.

3 GET face to face with the beasts of the insect world as Winchester Science Centre holds it Mighty Minibeasts event.

Over the weekend Invention Studio will be hosting the minibeasts in a drop-in session with free face painting so youngsters can make themselves look like the bugs they’ve just discovered.

You can also pick up a free spotters trail to explore Magdalen Hill Down, the adjacent Butterfly Conservation reserve, and enjoy views across the South Downs National Park.

The cost of the Mighty Minibeast is including in the price of the general admission ticket.

Face-painting will be available between 10.30am and 12.30pm, and 13.30pm and 15.30pm.

Photo by Ashley Hale.

4 AFTER a stint in Gosport, an exhibition of movie memorabilia from the famous Star Wars franchise will be going on show at the Willis Museum and Salisbury Gallery in Basingstoke from Saturday, January 13.

From X-Wings to light sabres, May The Toys Be With You will have a collection of vintage toys and classic posters to see at the The Gallery in Gosport on Friday and Saturday.

The exhibition will be open between 10am and 5pm each day. For more information, call 01256 465902 or visit www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/event/may-toys-be-you-0.

5 PANTO fans can still get enjoy the fun on stage as Otterbourne Village Hall will be holding its production of Dick Whittington.

The panto, which is the village hall’s 38th, will join Dick on his adventure from London to Morocco, but audiences are advised to keep an eye out for his cat as you can never be sure what he’s up to.

The panto will be on at 7.30pm on Friday, January 12; 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday, January 13; and 2.30pm on Sunday, January 14.

To buy tickets or for more information visit www.otterbournevillagehall.org.uk/whats-on/pantomime.

6 WINCHESTER Chamber Orchestra will be performing classics including Mozart and Bruch at St Paul’s Church in Winchester.

The performance will see the band playing Romanze for Viola and Orchestra by Bruch, Mozart’s Paris symphony and Haydn’s London Symphony, as well as a selection of works by Aaron Copland.

The new year concert starts at 7.30pm on Saturday, January 13 and tickets cost £10 per person.

To buy tickets, or for more information visit www.winchesterchamberorchestra.org.uk.

7 IT’S been 50 years since the famous folk/rock duo recorded their first number one single The Sound of Silence.

Now, following it’s West End success, The Simon and Garfunkel Story will be coming to Portsmouth Guildhall.

Featuring Greg Clarke and a cast of actor/musicians, it tells the story of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s rise from humble beginnings, with a stunning recreation of the 1981 Central Park reformation concert.

The show uses 1960s photos and film footage, while a full live band will be perform hits, including Mrs Robinson, Homeward Bound, Sound of Silence.

The show takes place at 7pm on Friday, January 12. For tickets, visit www.portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.

8 WINCHESTER Farmers’ Market returns on Sunday, January 14.

Officially the largest farmers’ market in the UK, with 95 stalls, the market takes place in the city centre with stallholders selling meat, eggs, cheese, cakes, wine, cider, bread, honey, jams and pickles, fresh and smoked fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, plants and shrubs. The event provides plenty of tasting opportunities and chances to meet and chat with local producers.

9 ONE of Britain’s most iconic figures will be portrayed on the big screen from Friday, January 12 in Darkest Hour.

Out in cinemas across Hampshire tomorrow, the film tells the story of Winston Churchill as Britain stands on the verge of war with Germany.

Churchill is played by Gary Oldman, who has already received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nomination in the US for the role. Kristin Scott Thomas, plays his wife Clemmie, and Lily James, is his secretary Elizabeth.

10 THE water may be a little but chilly at this time of year, but that’s not stopping people from canoeing along Beaulieu River in the New Forest this weekend.

New Forest Activities will putting on the winter paddles, which last for two hours.

It provides an opportunity for visitors to explore the river in a way many people don’t get to.

The sessions will be held on Saturday, January 13 and Sunday, January 14, with both starting at 10am.

To book your place, call New Forest Activities on 01590 612377 or visit www.newforestactivities.co.uk/booking.