27th/28th September – What’s on in Portsmouth?

Sci FiThis weekend sees the long awaited re-opening of the Pyramids Centre, with refurbished pools and soft play together with a new café.  No doubt it will be busy, so get there early if you want a swim.

For family viewing you could try  Oliver! which opened on the 18th September and will be playing at the Groundlings Theatre until the 4th October.  Odeon Kids at Port Solent is showing Rio 2 at 11 am both Saturday and Sunday for just £2.50 a ticket and Vue Cinema’s Kids AM will be showing Earth to Echo at 10 am Saturday and Sunday for £1.75 a ticket.

Portsmouth made the national  press this week when a hoax UFO sighting was used to publicise the Sci Fi weekend at Action Stations at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.  This is a free event with a valid dockyard ticket (single or all attraction).  Come along and see two rare Dr Who episodes at various times throughout the weekend.  If Sci Fi isn’t your thing, then there is also a costumes exhibition on at Groundlings Theatre on Saturday showcasing 11,000 items which have been hired out to theatre, and the film and television industry. There will be opportunities to try some of the costumes on – entry is £5, open between 10 am – 5 pm.

Don’t forget Bransbury Park Miniature Steam Railway is still running on Sunday afternoons (weather permitting) and will be up to and including the 19th October. At just 40 pence a ride, it’s very cheap and great fun.

For teens/adults there is a Roller disco on at Southsea Skate Park on Saturday at 7 pm, skate hire available for an extra charge featuring Miss Funky Fox vs Ted @ The controls.

Funky Town FestShopping wise, it’s the last two days of the Portsmouth Shopping Festival, so do take advantage of the discounts available to you (list here).   On Saturday get yourself down to the Guildhall where Funky Town Fest will be taking place. A giant spectacle of street theatre, art and carnival with a 30ft long, 15 ft high fire and smoke breathing dragon in attendance.  You can also find Ethiopian Jugglers, the Bonkers Balloon Show fresh from sell out shows at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, a busking showdown, carnival parades, circus skills workshops and lots of child and family friendly activities including flag and dragon making, a doodle club, puppet workshops and gardening for kids by Southsea Greenhouse.  Love Southsea gift market will be there too.



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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