Weekend Events in and around Portsmouth – 14th/15th June 2014

Live at the BandstandThis weekend is of course Father’s day and for a change, I managed to remember to post my card in time, standing a fair chance of arriving before the day rather than a week afterwards. However, if you’ve been caught short, don’t panic, there are two Father’s Day Art & Craft Workshop sessions in Cosham on Saturday morning where you can create a masterpiece to present your husband, father or grandfather. The workshops are run by Donna Holmes who runs FairyTaleStop based in Cosham. FairyTaleStop offer party packages, and design and make custom tutus. Donna has just been offered space at the Cosham Community Centre and will be running Saturday morning Arts and Craft workshops for children aged 8+ and Teens Sew & Save classes for 13+.

If you’re looking for a festival or fair, then this weekend offers you a choice.  St John’s Primary School in Havant will be hosting their Summer Fair with all the traditional games including coconut shy, facepainting and bouncy castle.

DaisyChain_mediumThe Albert Road will be holding their second Daisy Chain Festival, a fun vibrant and flower themed family fun day with FREE activities for all the family to take part in including Kite and bunting making workshops at Southsea Infants School, a gardening workshop by Southsea Greenhouse, and Circus skills by Top Banana Circus.  You can also see performances by Cantando Music, Drumnation Tribe, Portsmouth Dance Academy, Southsea Community Choir, the Pompey Pluckers amongst others.  The Kings Theatre will be showing Bee Movie and offering Theatre Tours (these two activities will incur a small charge).

Also on Saturday, the Toby Carvery in Hilsea will be holding a family day to raise money for Wessex Heartbeat which funds a house for families to stay in when they visit sick children at Southampton General Hospital.  The event is from 12 – 5 pm and from 7 pm there will be a disco, and due to a refit, the pub will be auctioning off pictures and bric-a- brac previously on display in the pub.

Over in Gosport, you can find Fun on the Waterfront at the Royal Clarence Yard where there will be a hog roast,  puppet shows, children’s activities, sailing ‘taster’ sessions, music, historical exhibits, a prize draw and lots of other activities. It’s a free event, so if you haven’t ever been to the Royal Clarence Yard, Saturday is a good opportunity to see what is available.

Also in Gosport is the HMS Sultan Summer Show, with Monster Trucks, Chariots of Fire Horse Display Team, The Festival Circus, live music, a petting zoo, steam fayre, wildlife displays fun fair, military vehicles and a village fete, all for the bargain price of just £15 for a  family ticket.

Further afield the Watercress Line will be holding War on the Line, a commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of D-day and the 100th Anniverary of WW1.   Find out about life on the Home Front, join in a 40s Jive and get a taste of railway life during the war.

makers fayreOn Sunday it’s the monthly Makers Fayre, full of unique hand crafted goods, held at Stansted Park in the courtyard. You could easily make an afternoon of it, taking in the House (currently open on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays)and grounds, the Stansted Light Railway and the Maze. You can then treat dad to a delicious cake from the huge selection at the Pavillion Tea Room, which is child friendly with books to borrow, changing facilities and a playground within view of the café or alternatively eat a freshly made pizza from the wood fired pizza ovens of the farm shop, or you may find that they are offering a hog roast.

If you would rather stay by the seaside, and who can blame you in this glorious weather, then Live at the Bandstand has a 1950s theme this Sunday and you can see Frank & Dean plus support. It’s free event, so all you need is a picnic and suncream. There will be a different theme each week and next week will be Latin/Multicultural. Also in Southsea is the Southsea Farmer’s Market.

At the cinema, Vue Kids AM are showing Mr. Peabody and Sherman at 10.30 am and Muppets Most Wanted at 10 am both Saturday and Sunday, tickets just £1.75.  Port Solent’s Odeon Kids will be showing Rio 2 on both Saturday and Sunday at 11 am, tickets £2.50.

Have a great weekend.


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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