*Some events may have been affected by the weather, please check before heading out.

1 THIS weekend marks the final chance to see Howard Brenton’s The Shadow Factory which opened in Southampton’s new theatre, NST City, with a star-studded cast to a packed audience last month.

The play tells the story of Southampton’s courage in 1940 during the Second World War, when, despite more than 2,000 bombs being dropped and the Woolston Supermarine Spitfire factory being destroyed, community spirit reigned on.

From the moment the lights dim, the audience is transported back in time to the Battle of Britain, and the cast and special effects ensure that is where they remain.

The show is atmospheric, and deeply poignant of a time when sacrifice was at the heart of every home and yet it is still dusted with humour which, using connotations of another war which still rages today as obvious as it did back in the 1940s – that of Southampton vs Portsmouth.

The show runs until March 3 and tickets are available from www.nstheatres.co.uk.

2 FANS of rock band Pink Floyd and all things science will be over the moon following the return of an event at Winchester Science centre on March 2.

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.

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

3 THE water may be a little but chilly at the moment, 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.

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

4 ART lovers have until the end of the month to see an exhibition by members of the prestigious Royal Society of British Artists.

The show is running at The Minster Gallery until March 30 and features work by 20 members of the 194-year-old society including Royal Academicians Ken Howard and Fred Cuming and honorary member Andrew Marr.

5 GOT the running bug after last weekend’s 10k?

The Southampton Park Run returns on March 3.

The 5km run starts a 9am on Southampton Common and it costs nothing to take part.

However, first-time runners must register beforehand at www.parkrun.org.uk/register and bring your barcode along to the event.

Runners of all abilities are invited to take part, or organisers are also on the look out for volunteers. To help email southamptonhelpers@parkrun.com.

6 SOUTHAMPTON was at the front line of defence during the dark days of the Second World War, and now you can see the war secrets of the city as part of a tour this weekend.

The guided walk will show visitors how the town was the UK’s number one military port and home of the Spitfire production, making it a target for the Luftwaffe. Tourists can also hear how medieval vaults became air raid shelters.

Walks will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, between 11am and 12.40pm and cost £5.

Those taking part should meet at Guildhall Square. For more information call 07974 292414.

7 WINCHESTER Cathedral’s monthly Jane Austen tour returns on March 3.

Lasting approximately an hour, organisers promise that the tour will provide intimate and amusing insights into the life of one of Britain’s most celebrated female authors, investigating Austen’s life in Winchester and her connections with the cathedral, where she was buried in 1817.

The tour starts with a walk through the cathedral’s historic Inner Close to the house on College Street where Jane and Cassandra stayed during their time in Winchester, and finishes with tea, coffee and cake in the cathedral refectory. Tickets: £12.50.

Visit www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk or call 01962 857275.

8 IF you missed the exhibition in Gosport, there’s still time to see movie memorabilia from the famous Star Wars franchise which is currently on show at the Willis Museum and Salisbury Gallery in Basingstoke.

From X-Wings to light sabres, May The Toys Be With You will have a collection of vintage toys and classic posters to see.

The exhibition will be open between 10am and 5pm. Call 01256 465902 or visit www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk.

9 FILM fans will get an out-of-this-world experience this weekend when Nasa-based film Hidden Figures plays at the Winchester Science Centre.

The film tells the story of a group of African-American female mathematicians who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in US history, during the US-Russian space race.

Hidden Figures will be screened in the planetarium from 8.50am on March 3.

Tickets cost £2 per person when added to general entry, or £5 per person as a standalone ticket. Advance booking is recommended.

10 ROY ‘Chubby’ Brown is back and he’s as naughty as ever. His choice of language and his politically incorrect jokes are all delivered with a cheeky grin and perfect comedy timing.

His trademark flying helmet and goggles, coupled with his coat of many patches, make him instantly recognisable as the man who put the “F” in Alice, with his popular version of “that” song.

Chubby Brown returns to Southampton’s 02 Guildhall on March 3 with his trademark but often controversial politically incorrect jokes and tales of goings on in Royston Vasey.

Roy is a master of his craft and guarantees a regular supply of new jokes every time you see him. So If you’re not easily offended, book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are on sale now from 023 8063 2601 or academymusicgroup.com.