What’s on in Portsmouth this Easter?

Easter lambsThe Easter 2014 holiday is upon us at the end of the week, and we’ve got plenty of ideas for things to do in and around Portsmouth with your children.

A number of local attractions are running events for the entire two week holiday, in particular:

1. Step into Spring! at Staunton Country Park; meet the newborns on the farm and have a go at their Spring Trail or seasonal crafts.

2. There is a  Family Activity Area for the whole holiday on HMS Warrior at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard,  plus there will be various other activities throughout the dockyard’s other attractions ranging from Felting, Morse Code School, HMS Victory’s Junior Crew, Naval ER and more. Have a look at our listings for a full list.

3.  Get Me Out of Here! Commando Training will be taking place at the Royal Marines Musuem, suitable for the whole family.

4. You can find an Easter Trail at Queen Elizabeth Country Park,  plus additional activities on various dates including Beautiful Bugs Suncatchers, Art Stones and Clay Creations.

5. The Giant Easter Egg Hunt will commence on the 5th April at Spinnaker Tower, and you can hunt eggs every day until the 21st April.

6. Learn how to  Defend the Fort! at Victorian Fort Nelson and explore the tunnels, ramparts and fortifications.

7. For just 50 pence you can pick up the Easter Animal Trail at City Museum.

Groundlings Theatre are running several events, including Talk like a Pirate!, Kids Art Attack and if you fancy a family friendly show, book tickets to see Bugsy Malone showing from the 16th to the 26th.

Also offering Art sessions is Aspex Gallery who will be holding the regular See! Make! Do! on the 12th April (2nd Saturday of the month).  Children aged 8-13 can book to take part in their Easter Art Club. Aspex are also organising Spring Painting and Planting at Greenspace (in the grounds of Beddow Library) on the 5th, just turn up to take part.

Alice_in_Wonderland_mediumThink pantomimes are for Christmas? Think again – you can get tickets for the Alice in Wonderland Easter Pantomime starring Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee at the Kings Theatre. Fans of Sooty can see him the Kings Theatre on the 19th April for The Sooty Show! Kings will also be showing Gnomeo & Juliet on the 20th April.

Port Solent Kid’s Club will be running an African Drumming Workshop, an Easter Craft Workshop, a Circus Skills Workshop and a Fun Food workshop making Easter themed biscuits and not forgetting of course, the Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday.  You can also decorate and roll eggs down Butser Hill for the Great Butser Easter Egg Roll event on Sunday 13th April.

For sea themed activities, try Under the Sea! at Cumberland House, Natural History Museum on the 9th where you can meet some rock pool creatures with staff from the Blue Reef Aquarium.  The Blue Reef Aquarium will be running Easter Activities on Sharks this holiday although a press release wasn’t available at the time of writing this blog – I have it on good authority that there will be a new Shark tank to see. The Royal Navy Submarine Museum are running several events to celebrate the re-opening of HMS Alliance to the public including Natty Knots,  HMS Alliance Party Cakes, Alliance Rust Busters and Mini Monsters and Chocolate Eggs Subs.

Don’t miss the Easter Eggstravaganza at City Museum taking place between the 18th – 21st April featuring an Easter Egg Hunt, Indoor Market, Easter Arts and Crafts, Funfair, Donkey Rides, Giant Board Games and an Easter Bonnet Competition.

Roko, Mountbatten Leisure Centre, Pompey in the Community and Portsmouth Watersports Centre are all running Holiday Clubs.  For all of these you’ll need to get in touch asap to check whether there are any spaces left.

1653834_1411057209034352_1962085570_nLove Southsea will be holding their monthly Market in Southsea on Saturday 5th April, and Love Whitely takes place on the 12th. If you fancy a trip out to Petersfield, then you can find a Farmers’ Market on Sunday 6th April.

Port Solent are holding their Sunday Waterside Market also on the 6th April and again on the 20th (1st and 3rd Sundays of the Month) where you can find craft and artisan themed stalls. There is a new craft and artisan market The Makers Fayre which will hold its second ever market on the 13th April at Stansted Park. On the 20th you can also visit Southsea Farmers Market.

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About Shelley Cook

Self employed blogger, editor and copywriter. I work from home around my two children and am delighted to be able to visit local attractions and cafes and call it work.
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