This weekend Portsmouth will be continuing D Day 70 commemorations, and there will be activities on throughout Saturday and Sunday on Southsea Common and Clarence Esplanade. In particular there will be an Armed Forces Reserve Parade along the Seafront on Saturday at 11 am, and an arena programme from 12 noon including cadet field gun challenge, a parachute display, marching bands, unarmed combat and much more. The D Day Experience along the front will include military vehicle exhibitors, children’s activities, 1940s vintage market and archive film screenings. A special play opens on the tonight (6th June) at the Square Tower, ‘Tender Loving Care’ and this will be on at various dates until the 21st June.
A commemorative concert will take place on the common at 7 pm featuring the hit music of the 1940s and a Big Band Finale. If that’s not enough music for you or too late for your children, don’t worry because Live at the Bandstand will be starting again this summer on Sunday at 1 pm with the Memphis Belle Swing Orchestra, plus The Patriot girls as part of the D Day 70 commemorations. Bring a picnic and enjoy.
Further afield the Weald & Downland Museum will be remembering the bravery of horses during WW1 and WW2, with enactments, parades and demonstrations. Or you can take part in workshops at the Gosport Discovery Centre ‘Living Through D Day’ or ‘Make a Gas Mask’.
Carnegie Library’s regular Saturday Craft Club is on this weekend and the theme this week is Harry Potter, so come along for stories, crafts and lots more. This is a free activity, so just drop in. If you’re in Cosham you could drop into the Cosham Baptist Church for a Messy Church Session.
Highbury Primary and Nursery School will be holding their annual Summer Fair in Cosham on Saturday from 12 noon – 4 to celebrate their 60th Anniversary. Locals are invited to attend wearing 1950s dress and enjoy traditional tea and cake, a marching band, maypole dancing, a costume parade and hoola hooping. There will also be a BBQ, Pimms and Real Ale.
The Garden Show opens today (Friday) at Stansted Park House & Gardens and will continue over the weekend. Over 300 stalls including plants, gifts, crafts and local food and wine, together with children’s entertainment. The miniature steam railway, Stansted Light Railway will be open as well (weather permitting), making this a very family friendly event.
For Peppa Pig fans, the wait is over, and brand new show Peppa Pig’s Big Splash will be at the Kings Theatre on Saturday and Sunday. There are some rave reviews for this, don’t miss it. You can see The Hare and the Tortoise at The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre in Havant.
Baffins Pond Association’s monthly carboot sale will be taking place on Saturday at 12 noon, and Love Southsea’s regular monthly Palmerston Road market also takes place this Saturday. On Sunday there will be a table top sale at Portchester Community Centre at 10 am.