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After a brief hiatus last week, we’re back with another five fabulous thins you need to know this week…

1. Monday 27th: Michael McIntyre at the Mayflower

After Showtime was the biggest selling comedy tour in the world in 2012, McIntyre is preparing for his upcoming Happy and Glorious arena tour with this “work in progress” performance. He will be performing from notes, but this is sure to be an incredibly funny performance.

2. Tuesday 28th: Deadline to sign up for Walk the Wight

This year is the 25th anniversary of Walk the Wight, which will be on May 10th. They’re expecting 10,000 people to take part in this 26.5 mile walk from Bembridge in the east to Alum in the west. All of the money raised goes to running the Isle of Wight hospice, so it’s a great cause too. I like the idea of ten thousand people walking from one side of the island to the other, like some sort of bizarre science experiment to see if we can tip it slightly to one side! This Tuesday is the deadline for entries, so if you fancy taking part be sure to visit their site and sign up!

3. Thursday 30th: Mike and the Mechanics at Bournemouth Pavilion

I never realised that Mike and the Mechanics were a supergroup! I think they’re probably known as that because of Mike Rutherford of Genesis. He’s actually the only original member in the group on this tour of “The Hits.” This is a “new generation” of the band, with Andrew Roachford taking vocals. The band has sold over 10 million records worldwide so there are plenty of hits for them to choose from!

4. Saturday 2nd May: Downton Cuckoo Fair

It’s the 36th anniversary since the fair was reinstated, and it’s always really popular. Last year there were over 15,000 visitors and although there’s ample parking my top tip for this event is to catch a bus! The road through Downton does not lend itself to heavy traffic, and I’m not a big fan of queueing to get out of car parks! The fair is sure to be really popular again this year too, with loads of stalls with crafts and all sorts of other things, a Punch and Judy show, clowns, inflatables, roundabouts and a farmers’ market. There’s also maypole dancing and morris dancers, street entertainers, Downton Brass Band and live music in both of the village’s pubs.

5. Sunday 3rd May: Cunard 175th Anniversary

175 years ago the Britannia left British waters for America, and Cunard have been crossing betwen continents ever since. Every cruise they run in 2015 has special features and events, and this Sunday all three Queens will arrive in Southampton. Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria will all dock, and then sail out together to launch celebrations. Queen Victoria then sets sail for Guernsey and Le Harvre before heading to Cobh in Ireland. This is a special Lusitania memorial cruise to mark 100 years since the sinking.

That’s all for this week, we’ll be back next week with another five things…

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


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