Today sees the start of the Portsmouth Festivities, a 10 day festival to celebrate diversity and explore Portsmouth’s heritage. This will be the 15th year and there is plenty going on to suit all tastes. For a full programme of events do have a look at the Festivities site, but I’ve highlighted some events below particularly suited to children and families.
Starting this weekend, you can take a Planet Walk from Guildhall Square and explore the whole of the Universe walking past a scale model of the Solar System, spread across central Portsmouth. The Royal Marines Museum is holding Sea Soldiers – Journey Through Time on both Saturday and Sunday featuring combat displays, battle re-enactments and social living campments, food, fashion and music. Children under 5 go free.
Also on Saturday is Comedy Academy 4 Kids (suitable for children aged 6+) where the best stand ups and sketch acts from the international circuit do their thing for an audience of children and their families – but without the rude bits!
Festivities Through the Week:
On Monday you can enjoy The Feather Catcher, children’s theatre suitable for 3-6 year olds. A wordless children’s show playfully using music and beautiful projection to tell a delightful tale of friendship and mischievous feathers. Performances at 11 am and 1.30 pm. On Wednesday local schools unite to tell the story of astronomy through the ages with their Star Gazers: Play in a Day following just one day of intensive devising and rehearsing. Quirky puppet comedy cabaret is in store for you on Saturday 28th June with The Sea Show where you can meet Morwenna the ‘beautiful’ mermaid and Salty Seadog Captain Pemburthy. There are two showings, at 10.30 am and 1.30 pm. An afternoon of music is also available on the 28th June as the Galliard Ensemble present chamber music in their lively, entertaining and distinctive performance style. Finally, you can join in with a Pirate Adventure on board HMS Warrior on Sunday 29th June as Storyteller Dani Bradstreet takes children on a multi sensory adventure where they are the stars of the story. Tickets will need to purchased for all of these events, with the exception of the Planet Walk which is free.
Back to this weekend:
Carnegie Library will be holding their regular Saturday Activity Club – and the theme this week is Dinosaurs. No need to book, just turn up.
At the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, you can take part in a HMS Uckers tournament for just £2 an entry. Action Stations are holding The Wrong Trousers Day and invite you to come wearing weird and wacky trousers. There is a prize for the best and your ticket will include a screening of The Wrong Trousers at No.6 Cinema.
Butser Ancient Farm will be holding a Fairy Festival, come in fancy dress and take part in fairy related activities. Live at the Bandstand will be continuing on Sunday with an afternoon of latin music. At the Mountbatten Centre, you can find the All Woman Show, a shopping and pampering event with a Pimms Bar.
Alverstoke Dance School – Turn up the music is taking place at Kings Theatre in Southsea.