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Harry Potter Quiz Night

Are you a true Potter fan or a muggle? Test your Harry Potter knowledge with a magical quiz night on 26 January at Central Library.

Hampshire Farmer's Market - January 2018

Tempt your taste buds with delicious food, drink and fresh local produce at the Hampshire Farmer's Market on Sunday 21 January.

Eastney Beam Engine House

Experience a slice of history at the Eastney Beam Engine House. Featuring classic Boulton Watt beam engines and pumps: 27-28 January.

Dates for your diary in 2018

News: Here are some dates for your diary to help plan ahead your year of activities in the city and beat the January blues.

BookFest 2018

Tickets are on sale now for Portsmouth BookFest 2018 - the city's 8th book festival.

The Marine Salvage Project – Conservation Talks

Head down to Fort Nelson on Sunday 14 January to learn more about The Marine Salvage Project: a project focusing on guns recovered from the sea.

The Simon and Garfunkel Story

Take a trip down memory lane at the Guildhall on 12 January and relive some classic hits with this 50th anniversary celebration: The Simon & Garfunkel story.

Teach Portsmouth recruitment event

News: Teach Portsmouth recruitment event

Christmas Activities at Portsmouth Libraries

Head down to some of the libraries across Portsmouth this month for some free children's Christmas activities including rhyme time, visits from Santa, Christmas story time and holiday activities.

Celebrate Small Business Saturday

News: Small Business Saturday is coming

Healthy Elfie Christmas Event

Come along to the free 'Healthy Elfie' Christmas event at Somerstown Hub on 1 December. Fun for everyone with activities for all ages.

Victorian Festival of Christmas

Discover the magic of Christmas with the Victorian Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Explore the snow covered cobbled streets and enjoy a medley of street entertainers from 1-3 December.

Enchanted Narnia

Follow in the footsteps of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie and enter the magical world of Narnia at Gunwharf Quays this December!

Cosham Christmas Lights Ceremony

News: Cosham Christmas Lights Ceremony

Skate Portsmouth

Get your skates on with a real ice rink set in Guildhall Square this festive season.

Visit Santa at Cascades

Pop down to Cascades and visit Santa who will be there from 16 November in his sparkly grotto.

Cosham Christmas Lights

Fill your heart with Christmas cheer and head down to Cosham high street for the Christmas lights switch on and entertainment on 22 November.

Get into the festive spirit at Hotwalls Studios

News: Get into the festive spirit at Hotwalls Studios

City centre Christmas lights switch on

News: City centre Christmas lights switch on

Southsea Christmas lights switch on

News: Southsea Christmas lights switch on

Annual remembrance ceremonies

News: Annual remembrance ceremonies

Fort Nelson Commemorative Gun Firings

Head over to Fort Nelson this weekend for commemorative gun firings in honour of Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday on 11 and 12 November.

Get to Gunwharf in a flash with our Park & Ride

News: Get to Gunwharf in a flash with Portsmouth's Park & Ride

Gunwharf Firework Extravaganza

Head down to Gunwharf Quays for a free night of entertainment with live performances and a waterfront fireworks display on 9 November. Featuring former Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle and 2016 X Factor winner Matt Terry.

Southsea Fireworks & Christmas Lights

With winter fast approaching, head down to Southsea on 10 November for some festive cheer and family fun with the annual Southsea Fireworks & Christmas Lights switch on event.

Half term Harry Potter fun for muggles

News: Half term Harry Potter fun for muggles

Lights, fireworks action…

News: Lights, fireworks action…

The Great South Run

Cheer on the runners as the Great South Run comes to Portsmouth on 22 October. The 10 mile running event takes them through the iconic sights of Southsea and Portsmouth and finishes on the seafront.

Journeys Festival International

Journeys Festival International celebrates the creative talents of refugee and asylum seeker artists with ten days of creative events from 19-29 October.

Dog and Bone Halloween Trail

There's a skeleton dog on the loose in the Emirates Spinnaker Tower! Find the bones and solve the puzzles on this fun family trail from 21-29 October.

Created in Portsmouth

Celebrate artistic talent in Portsmouth as twenty eight Portsmouth artists open their studios to the public for free from October 13 to 15.

Wellbeing Day

Join us at the Central Library for a Wellbeing Day on 11 October to celebrate the launch of the new Wellbeing Zone. There will be a range of free wellbeing talks, workshops and free health checks.

60+ Festival

Fancy trying Zumba, Pilates, Karate or bread making? The 60+ Festival offers a range of events for mature residents to enjoy from 2-13 October.

Oktoberfest Portsmouth

Bring on the beers at Oktoberfest Portsmouth on 6 & 7 October where there will be 30,000 litres of beer, traditional German food and entertainment.

Student Shopping Night

Calling all students - grab a bargain at Gunwharf Quay's student-only shopping event with discounts, music, freebies and competitions on 3 October.

Meet author Cressida Cowell

Meet 'How to Train Your Dragon' author Cressida Cowell who will be talking about her newest book: 'The Wizards of Once.'

Events at Cascades

Head to the Cascades Shopping Centre for some exciting events including a free roller skating rink and a pop up cinema every weekend until December.

Car Boot Sale

Grab a bargain at the final car boot sale of the season on Southsea Common on 24 September. Free entry for browsers.

New butterfly house gets visitors all a-flutter

News: Visitors flocking to new butterfly house

Light up the night at the Glow Ride

News: The Pedal Portsmouth Glow Ride will take place on Saturday 14 October 2017.

Portsmouth Vegan Festival

Treat your taste buds to some delicious food at the Portsmouth Vegan Festival, with 100 stalls featuring food, clothing and crafts on 17 September.

Watercolour Workshop

Express yourself through art and create beautiful images with watercolour techniques and ink blowing at a modern watercolour workshop on 20 September.

Fort Nelson Story Time

Bring the kids along for a free story time session at Fort Nelson on 20 September. An interactive experience where you can listen, play and have fun with props.

Start planning for 60 Plus Festival

News: Lots of events and activities on offer

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture. From 7-10 September you can visit new places and try out new experiences for free.

Fort Nelson's Special Sunday Gun Firing

Listen to the sounds of the past with Fort Nelson's Special Sunday Gun Firing. See the 16-pounder Victorian Field Gun on 10 September.

Eastney Beam Engine House Open Day

Experience a slice of history at the Eastney Beam Engine House. Featuring classic Boulton Watt beam engines and pumps: 9-10 September.

Sherlock Holmes High Tea

Celebrate the 125th anniversary of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle's first Sherlock Holmes novel with themed High Tea at the Emirates Spinnaker Tower throughout September.

Royal Marines School of Music Concert

Treat your ears to the sound of the musicians from the Royal Marines School of Music at a concert at St Mary's on Thursday 7 September.

Gunwharf Quays

Why not head over to Gunwharf Quays for some back to school shopping? This weekend there is a special pre-screening of new children's blockbuster: The Jungle Bunch or you can take part in the free Gunwharf Quays history trail.

Groundlings' Tour

Experience history with a Groundlings' tour. Costumed actors will give you a fascinating insight into the past and the sights and sounds of The Old Beneficial School.

Comedy Club

Food, comedy and disco! The oldest comedy club in the city promises plenty of belly laughs on a Friday night.

Victorious Festival 2017

Dance the weekend away at Victorious Festival which returns to Southsea for the bank holiday weekend. Expect three days jam packed with fantastic music and entertainment!

Plan journeys to Victorious Festival to avoid delays

News: avoid traffic delays this weekend with park and ride, public transport, walking and cycling

Victorious news for Hayling festival-goers

News: Shuttle-bus service to help people get from Hayling Ferry to Victorious Festival

Cityscapes Watercolour Workshop

Recreate beautiful skylines using watercolour techniques and ink blowing at a modern watercolour workshop themed around cityscapes.

Hampshire Farmer's Market

Tempt your taste buds with delicious food, drink and fresh local produce at the Hampshire Farmer's Market on Sun 20 Aug.

Viva Port Solent

Rock and roll the night away at the Viva Port Solent Elvis anniversary event with free live music and entertainment on Sat 19 August.

New butterfly house opens

News: enclosure for beautiful tropical species opens Saturday

Portsmouth is ready - join us in welcoming HMS Queen Elizabeth

News: Portsmouth is ready - join us in welcoming HMS Queen Elizabeth

Southsea Castle Champagne Bar

Celebrate the end of the week at Southsea Castle Champagne Bar, open Friday nights throughout the summer.

Family activities at Portsmouth Cathedral

On Thursday 17 August Portsmouth Cathedral will be hosting fun craft activities and a film screening on the Cathedral's big screen.

Royal Marines Concert

The Royal Marines School of Music returns to the Guildhall for an exciting concert followed by the renowned Ceremony of Beating Retreat on Saturday 12 August.

Visitors from Italy learn all about nautical tourism from Portsmouth experts

News: Visitors from Italy experience nautical tourism in Portsmouth

Museums beat summer holiday boredom

News: fun family activities with Portsmouth museums

Creation Station Family Crafts

Take a stroll to Southsea Castle for the Creation Station's sandcastles and crabs family craft activities on Tuesday 8 August.

Guildhall Tour

Discover over 125 years of unique history at Portsmouth Guildhall in an informative 1-hour guided tour, followed by cake in the cafe on Monday 7 August.

Live at the Bandstand

The summer season continues at Portsmouth's popular free music event with more live music this weekend at the Bandstand.

Free kids' events in the park

News: Holiday activities for children

Opera in the park

The delightful Opera in the park live performance on Wednesday 26 July is a free event set in the leafy setting of Victoria Park.

Lost in time

Travel back in time to the year 1642 and meet residents of Little Woodham village at the Portsmouth Museum, Sunday 23 July,

Artillery on parade

Artillery on parade is an action-packed weekend featuring firings of some big guns from the First and Second World Wars and much more.

Opera in the park next week

News: light-hearted show comes to Victoria Park

Butterfly house campaign extended

News: Extra chance to contribute to new butterfly project at museum

Gearing up for summer holiday cycling fun

News: Pedal Portsmouth summer series of free family cycling events starts 27 July 2017

Watercolour and Ink Blowing Workshop

Learn how to create captivating, unique and exciting imagery, using watercolour techniques and a distinctive new style of ink blowing in Southsea on Wednesday 19 July.

Lord Mayor's Quintessentially English Garden Party

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth is hosting a charity garden party on Sunday 16 July in the wonderful walled gardens of the Portsmouth Museum.

Southsea Food Festival

The Southsea Food Festival returns this weekend, 15 and 16 July, with over 50 stalls in Palmerston Road and Osborne Road.


The Big Screen Portsmouth's summer of live broadcast events from The Royal Opera House concludes with Puccini's final masterpiece, Turandot. on Thursday 14 July from 7pm.

Lord Mayor's Coffee Mornings

The Lord Mayor is hosting a coffee morning on Wednesday 12 July at Portsmouth Guildhall with proceeds going to charity.

Rhythm of the Dance

Rhythm of the Dance is an incredible live show which creates a new era in Irish entertainment. Showing at The Kings Theatre, Southsea, on Tuesday 11 July.

New Waterfront Garden Centre opening in Southsea

News: New Waterfront Garden Centre opening in Southsea

Festival of food and fun next weekend

News: Southsea Food Festival is back 15-16 July

Traineeship and apprenticeship event

News: We're holding a traineeship and apprenticeship event on 4 July from 1pm - 4.30pm

Portsmouth Schools' Music Festival

The Portsmouth Schools' Music Festival gives children from local schools an opportunity to celebrate their musical talents. From 4 to 7 July at the Guildhall.

Portsmouth and Southsea Car Boot Sales

Grab yourself a bargain or sell your unwanted items at our weekly car boot sales every Sunday until 24 September.

Hotwalls Studios 1st Birthday Celebrations

One year after opening, the Hotwalls Studios isn't just celebrating its own birthday, but Portsmouth's wider creative arts offering with an Open Studios event on Friday 7 July.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes - Life at the Limits

Visit The King's Theatre on Weds 28 June for 'Life at the Limits' - Sir Ranulph Fiennes offers a personal journey through his life; from his ancestral heritage through to the present day.

Portsmouth Seafood Festival

Gunwharf Quays hosts Portsmouth's very first Seafood Festival, celebrating the city's seafood and fishing heritage.

Armed Forces Day

Portsmouth celebrates Armed Forces Day with a whole day of events. Come down to Castle Field on Saturday 24 June where there will be things for the whole family to enjoy.

Armed Forces Day event: more attractions announced

News: Chinook fly-past among highlights of free day out

Open studios at the Hotwalls

The third Sunday of every month is Open Studios Day at the Hotwalls Studios.

The Spice Box

The Castle Road Summer Fayre returns with a unique street market set in the heart of Southsea.

Portsmouth Festivities

More than 100 arts, culture and heritage events around the city over 10 days from local, national and international artists.

Emotions: Friend or Foe?

Our feelings can have a big impact in our everyday lives, and in particular on our mental health and wellbeing.

Soul Legends

Soul Legends is the smash-hit, Stateside spectacular featuring more soul classics than any other production.

Carers Week Events 12-18 June

News: carers week events

Portsmouth to celebrate armed forces

News: flag-raising and free community day

Free Live Royal Opera on the Big Screen Portsmouth

Join the Big Screen Portsmouth on Wednesday 7 June for the screening of the first of three live BP Big Screens Royal Opera events.

Live at the Bandstand 3 & 4 June

The summer season continues at Portsmouth's popular free music event with more live music this weekend at the Bandstand.

Southsea Fitness Festival

Southsea Fitness Festival returns to Southsea's Castle Field for the third year to inspire and celebrate active and healthy lifestyles on Saturday 3 June.

Live ballet and opera for free on Big Screen

News: latest screenings from the Royal Opera House

Open Day at Eastney Beam Engine House

View a pair of classic Boulton and Watt beam engines and pumps at this special open day at Eastney Beam Engine House

Mutiny Festival

Mutiny Festival is back for 2017! Featuring some of the biggest names in dance and hip hop.

Live at the Bandstand

Free live music at the Bandstand through the summer kicks off this weekend.

Find out about opportunities to volunteer

News: Volunteers' Fair Friday 2 June Cascades Portsmouth

Southsea Castle Champagne Bar Opening Party

The hugely popular Southsea Castle Champagne Bar is back every Friday throughout Summer! To celebrate the new season there will be a special opening night party.


F-Con is a fun-packed family convention with cosplay and fancy dress competitions, appearances from film and TV stars and other attractions.

Land Rover BAR 35th America's Cup update

Land Rover BAR 35th America's Cup update final drop-in session plus Q & A.

Free entry to Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Find out about fostering at the Emirates Spinnaker Tower on Tuesday 16 May, 7pm-9pm.

Portsmouth Beer Festival

Portsmouth Beer Festival returns to Portsmouth Guildhall for its fourth year with over 100 cask ales, draught beers, ciders, wines, gin, live music, games, food and more.

Transform lives with free entry to the Emirates Spinnaker Tower

News: Emirates Spinnaker Tower free entry for prospective foster carers on Tuesday, 16 May, 7pm-9pm.

One Night of Queen

Gary Mullens presents One Night of Queen.

Boite En Valise

Aspex presents Boîte-en-Valise

Mayfly Music and Arts Festival

The Mayfly music and arts pop-up festival features acoustic music and poetry.

Rural and Seaside Show

Rural & Seaside Show returns to Southsea's Castle Fields for the May Day bank holiday weekend.

Lord Mayors Charity Abseil

A chain of mayors will be suspended from the Emirates Spinnaker Tower for a charity abseil. Sunday 30 April.

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Experience an evening of extraordinary short films from the world's most prestigious mountain film festival.

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare's joyous comedy, Much Ado About Nothing is being shown at the Groundlings Theatre.

Southsea Car Boot Sales

Car boot sales will be returning to Southsea on every Sunday until September.

The Kings Theatre hosts short films from the Banff Film Festival

The Kings Theatre hosts short films from the Banff Film Festival 27 April.

Car boot sales generate £1,000 for charity

News: Car boots raise £1,000 for Rowans Hospice in first two weeks

Eggs-tra Park and Ride buses for Easter

News: more buses to help visitors beat traffic

Cara Dillon at New Theatre Royal

With music that transcends genres and crosses barriers, her unique voice is truly enchanting and reaches well beyond her award winning Irish Folk origins.

Woodland crafts market in Southsea

A lovely Crafts Market to the heart of Southsea each month from April through to November.

Go Totally Tudor this Easter at the Mary Rose Museum

We will be running a fantastic range of engaging activities for children, offering a fun and memorable day out for the whole family.

Free live music at the bandstand

Saturday and Sunday performances returning this summer.