Armed Forces Day, Portsmouth Festivities and Weekend Events

Portsmouth FestivitiesPortsmouth Festivities continue over this weekend, with the event closing on Sunday 29th June. There are lots of events on, too many for me to list here, which are not so child and family orientated, so if you are interested in seeing what is available do have a look at the Portsmouth Festivities site.


Included in the family friendly events on this weekend, are the Planet Walk, The Sea Show, Pirate Adventure and a Family Concert by the Galliard Ensemble.

The Rose in JuneThe Rose in June will be holding their annual Charity Folk & Beer Festival from tomorrow, with a selection of Real Ales, Morris Dancing on Saturday and Sunday, BBQ and bouncy castle for the children.

Gosport Discovery Centre will  be holding a Rainbow Fish Story Time Special on Saturday, or you can find National Insect Week activities at the Natural History Museum between 12 noon and 4 pm. Both are free.

Trinity Pre-School in Fareham will be holding a Summer Fayre on Saturday from 10 am – 12 noon or alternatively there is a June Fayre being held at Landport Adventure Playground from 12 noon – 4 pm. Mill Hill Primary School in Waterlooville will be holding their Sizzling Summer Fair on Saturday with facepainting by Rainbow Rachel who has some lovely new Frozen designs on offer. St Josephs in Havant have a carboot sale and summer fair on from 12 noon – 3pm or there is a an NSPCC Summer Fayre on at St Swithuns Church in Waverley Road, Portsmouth from 2 pm.

Commemorating WW1 is A Letter Home, a play about Peter and George, friendship, conflict and sacrifice. Playing at 11.30 am and 2 pm, Saturday 28th at the Groundlings Theatre, this is suitable for children aged 7+, with an hours workshop after each performance and post-show discussion.

Southsea Skate Park will be holding a roller disco on Saturday evening, skate hire available.

armed forces day tea partySunday is Armed Forces Day and you can join in the celebrations at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with a Vintage Tea Party, meet veterans, enjoy a catwalk show showcasing the Royal Navy over 100 years. There will also be live music and a Charleston workshop and family activities throughout the day. The event is free and staged in the area outside HMS Victory.

Over at Action Stations there will be fire fighting demonstrations, mine clearing demonstrations and a chance to handle military weapons. This is a free event with a valid attraction ticket.

Admission is free for the day at the D Day Museum and there will be military vehicles on display, a chance to meet vetarans and a large model ship display. Pompey Para’s will be parading in front of the Royal Marines Museum from 10 am on Sunday.

On at the Kings Theatre is ‘Dance Like No-one’s Watching’ by Timestep School of Dance (Saturday) and Stagecoach Live at Southsea by Stagecoach Theatre Arts (Sunday).

There’s a choice of drumming workshops on Sunday with a Drum Circle with Richard Parker at Butser Ancient Farm or Drum Jam at Groundlings Theatre.  If you’d rather sit and listen to music instead, then Live at the Bandstand continues this Sunday with a blues theme with Big Bloater & The Limits plus support.

If you want to travel further afield then Portsmouth Train Station is Station of the Month which means discounted tickets this weekend – follow this link for more information.

If you find these weekend round ups for activities suitable for families and children useful, don’t forget to follow the blog by email, and visit the Mumsnet Portsmouth site which is being up-dated constantly. If you are running an event or know of one I haven’t added, please do add it to the site, anyone can add a listing.


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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