Seven Days

First published in What's On Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainments Editor

AT MOTTISFONT, ROMSEY… FROM twinkling snowflake stars in the winter garden to giant willow shapes, Mottisfont’s garden ‘Star Gazing’ sculptures have all been made by artists working across the south. There’s a telescope to peek into, a stained glass constellation, and even a star that turns into a fountain when it rains!

Natalie Guy from Bournemouth has made a star covered in tiny pearlised mosaic tiles to sit in front of Mottisfont’s historic house.

Artist Bev Newman has worked with The Headway Craft group from Southampton, who are all recovering from head injuries.

Together they have created a big star mobile for the Stable Yard, combining knitting, embroidery, crochet, toy cars and even kids’ drawings, all reflecting their personal journeys back to health and how each of them has ‘reached for the stars’ as they’ve recovered.

Kids can run on ahead to find the next sculpture as they complete the Shooting Stars trail, which includes craft activities to make and take away. It builds into a map that shows you how to spot the constellation Orion, only visible in the winter night sky.

Star gazing is open everyday from tomorrow to January 27, except Christmas Day, from 10am to dusk.

IN WINCHESTER Winchester book fair returns tomorrow from 10am.

Books, maps and all things paper.

All interests and all budgets catered for.

Founded more than thirty years ago the Winchester book fair attracts dealers from all over Hampshire. With a selection of books, maps and prints there is something to suit all budgets and interests.

Free entry, Winchester Guildhall.

IN FAREHAM… AS part of a celebration of 800 years of markets, Fareham Town Centre Management has organised a French Market on Sunday.

There will be a wide range of firstclass produce on offer from authentic French traders from Normandy and Brittany who will be selling biscuits, cheeses, charcuterie, croissants and tarts, olives, spices and dried fruits.

Gift ideas include basket work, wooden toys, handbags, purses, belts, hats and scarves, wooden flowers, music, soaps, jumpers, rugs and carpets.

Bread will also be freshly baked on site.

AT WINCHESTER CITY MILL… THIS atmospheric medieval mill is a great place to soak up some festive spirit in the lead-up to Christmas.

Enjoy some seasonal baking demonstrations and discover how the mill’s freshly milled flour can be combined with locally grown Hampshire produce to make delicious sweet and savoury foods tomorrow between 11am and 4pm.

AT CITY COLLEGE, SOUTHAMPTON...

GET into the festive spirit tomorrow and pay a visit to the Christmas Fair at City College, Southampton.

With seasonal gift ideas from wood sculptures to children’s books, individually designed Christmas and birthday cards to a host of homemade goodies like jams, jellies, cakes and fudge. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

The children will also love to have their faces painted and of course visit the main man himself, Father Christmas, in his grotto.

Everyone is welcome and entry is free.

AT ROYAL VICTORIA COUNTRY PARK… CHANNEL your inner Father Christmas!

Hampshire Autistic Society’s annual Santa Cycle Ride will see hundreds clad in fancy dress completing one, three or five circuits of a one-and-ahalf- mile course around the park on Sunday.

AT THE WOOLSTON CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL… ENJOY a festive feast of food, various stalls, children’s entertainment, live music and a Christmas Grotto in Victoria Road tomorrow.

The event starts at 1pm and will culminate in a Lantern Parade and carol singing at 4.30pm. Enjoy the switching on of the Communicare Tree of Light in Woolston Millennium Garden too!

There will also be a craft market, dancers, stilt walkers, funfair rides and even a visit from Father Christmas!

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