Living in the market town of Fareham, residents are treated to the best of both worlds. Every month we are spoilt with a wide range of local events and exhibitions in Fareham, as well as shows and sporting matches in our neighbouring cities of Portsmouth and Southampton. With so much on your doorstep, it can be difficult to keep up with all that your local area has to offer. Our guide to what’s on this February will give you a taste of what you have to look forward to.
Dates to Remember
Celebrated annually on 14th February, this year you might be keen to do something different to treat your loved one on Valentine’s Day. A Valentine’s High Tea experience at the Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth is sure to be a memorable experience for you both. Enjoy delicious savoury and sweet treats in The Clouds Café, whilst taking in the stunning views from 105 metres above the harbour. To celebrate in style, upgrade your celebrations with a bottle of prosecco or champagne and enjoy ultimate indulgence with a magnificent vista.
February Half Term
If you have children, you may be wondering how you’ll keep them entertained during the school holiday. In Hampshire, the half term holiday runs from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd February, and Fareham has plenty on offer to help you keep your little ones busy. Westbury Manor Museum has a range of craft activities available, including a workshop to help children design a film poster. Children can also design and create shadow puppets before putting on their own performance in the museum.
If you think your children might need to burn off some energy during the holidays, why not book them in for a day of dancing, or allow them to express their creativity in a day of theatre? Both of these active sessions are running at the Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham.
Portsmouth Coastal Half Marathon gets February off to a great start on 2nd February. Great for runners and spectators alike, the exhilaration of this race is sure to blow away any January blues you’ve been experiencing.
It’s another busy month ahead for local sport, and with both football and rugby regularly featuring in Fareham, you can look forward to Fareham Town Football Club’s four home games this month.
For local rugby, Gosport and Fareham Rugby Football Club have four games to look forward to in February, with one of these played at home.
Fareham Heathens Rugby Football Club have three Saturday games in February. They are also on the lookout for women aged 14 and over to join the Heathen Hags ladies’ team, a friendly team of women looking to establish a full squad. There is also a full range of children’s squads for children from school reception age (four) and upwards.
Portsmouth Football Club have three home games ahead of them this month, including the Football League Trophy Semi-Final, whilst Southampton Football Club have three games, two of which will be played at home.
Festival of the Sea
February marks the start of the Festival of the Sea 2020. Just down the road from Fareham, the New Theatre Royal Portsmouth is holding a topical talk on 13th February entitled The Problem With Plastic (And What To Do About It). This evening’s talk will give you the opportunity to hear from world class experts about the plastic pandemic, with helpful guidance on what we can do as individuals to reduce our plastic consumption and protect our oceans for future generations. If you have children aged 5+, you may also wish to book tickets for The Sea Show on 16th February. This family friendly show aims to help children and adults alike celebrate the sea in a fun and factual way.
Extreme Environments Talk
The Fareham Society cares for the natural and built environment of Fareham, and holds a series of talks throughout the year that are informative and illuminating. On 20th February, a talk entitled Extreme Environments will be held at United Reformed Church, featuring guest speaker Professor Mike Tipton MBE, Professor of Human and Applied Physiology at the University of Portsmouth. Professor Tipton is an expert in physiological and psychological responses to extreme environments and will be speaking about the preparation and protection required for those who enter them.
Fairtrade Fortnight begins at the end of February and the Fairtrade information stall will return to Fareham Shopping Centre on Saturday 29th February. The 2019 information stall was a huge success, with a visit from the Mayor of Fareham. With a wealth of information on how you can make a difference and get your voice heard, the 2020 event will be just as enlightening. The Fairtrade Borough working group aims to promote Fairtrade in Fareham to ensure the market town retains its Fairtrade status. If you would like more information on how you can help promote the use of Fairtrade products in your business, school, or the local area, pay a visit to the stall for practical advice and encouragement.
Drum Shake Jam
The Portchester Community Centre is holding a Drum Shake Jam session on 21st February. Spend the evening learning something completely new in your local area; with guidance on African drumming styles and rhythms. Under 16s can attend for free when accompanied by an adult.
If you miss speaking French, and would like to enjoy gentle French conversation with likeminded individuals, why not visit Titchfield Community Centre? The theme for February is ‘the seaside’ and will be held on 18th February.
Activities for Parents, Babies and Toddlers
If you have a young child at home, or care for a child, Fareham Methodist Church runs a number of baby groups throughout the week, including playgroups every week in February. Families are also welcome to attend Messy Church which, for a small entry fee, includes a film, a hot dog and popcorn for each child.
With modern life feeling hectic at times, it can be difficult to make time to help others. One thing you can do this February is to consider giving blood. Making a blood donation can help save a life; your donation could be required for poorly newborn babies right through to very elderly patients, and giving blood is a selfless act of kindness. Giving blood couldn’t be easier in Fareham, with a session available at Portchester Community Centre on 20th February. If this date isn’t convenient, you could visit the permanent blood donor centre in Southampton.
With so many great activities and events on offer on your doorstep, book your favourite events now to avoid disappointment, and look forward to learning, having fun, and making memories in and around Fareham.