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Kids go free at The Mary Rose

This summer head down to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and set sail for The Mary Rose - the pride of Henry VIII's fleet and experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board.

Summer at Gunwharf Quays

Head down to Gunwharf Quays this summer where there will be plenty of events and activities for everyone including live musical performances, a prosecco van, alfresco dining, a children's funfair and giant deckchairs!

Live at the Bandstand 2018

This summer come down to the Bandstand for some amazing live music! These free shows will be held every weekend from 26 May - 12 August.

Enjoy a Summer of Sherlock

News: Enjoy a Summer of Sherlock

Transform lives at Fareham's Solent Hotel & Spa

News: adoption and fostering event at Solent Hotel & Spa

Southsea Food Festival 2018

Treat your taste buds and celebrate over a decade of fine food in Southsea with the 12th Southsea Food Festival from 14 - 15 July.

Cheese Fest

Cheese Fest UK will be joining the fun at Southsea Food Festival and taking over Castle Field to bring you a whole host of cheesy regulars from 14 - 15 July.

Acting can be murder / Life of Brian

Portsmouth Central Library is hugely excited to welcome stars of stage and screen Brian Murphy (of George and Mildred fame) and Linda Regan on Saturday 14th July at 2pm.

Buckland Fun Day

Head down to Buckland Park on 30 June for a free, fun-filled day. There will be a whole range of entertainment from inflatables to live music.

Buses, bikes and electric vehicles: Clean Air Day comes to Portsmouth

On Thursday 21 June, Clean Air Day (CAD) will see schools, hospitals, workplaces and communities across the UK run events and inspire people to act for cleaner air for all

Mamma Mia

Here we go again! The smash- hit musical Mamma Mia comes to Portsmouth for 20 performances only. Get yourself down to the King's Theatre from 8-23 June.

Totally Tudors at the Mary Rose

Set sail for the Mary Rose this half term and take part in some totally Tudor activities from 26 May - 3 June.

Dinosaur World Live

Let's go back to prehistoric times when dinosaurs ruled the Earth! From 17-18 May you can see Dinosaur World Live - an interactive family show.


What a feeling! Flashdance hits The King's Theatre from 14-19 May. An inspiring musical with phenomenal choreography - it's not to be missed!

Pint of Science 2018

Head down to your local pub and meet the people working on the future of Science! Pints of Science will be holding events across the city from 14-16 May so come on down and listen to talks covering a variety of subjects.

Tickets for mayor-making

News: free tickets for colourful traditional event

The Lord Mayor's Rural and Seaside Show

Come on down to The Lord Mayor's Rural and Seaside Show from 5-7 May. This free event has something for everyone from the children to your dogs!

Portsmouth Comic Con 2018

Crazy about comics? Come along to The Guildhall on 5/6 May for Portsmouth Comic Con 2018. This annual event brings you the best of comic, film, TV and pop culture entertainment.

Southsea Castle Champagne Bar Opens for 2018

The Southsea Champagne Bar returns for the summer season. where it will be open Fridays from 6pm until late. Come along to the opening party on 4 May.

Southsea Beach Clean

Join the biggest volunteer beach cleaning project in the UK and come along to Southsea beach on 21 April to help us work towards a plastic free coastline!

Repair Cafe

Come along to Portsmouth Repair Cafe on 21 April and work with friendly volunteers to repair your things rather than replace them!

Tattoo Fest 2018

Ink fan? The Portsmouth Tattoo Fest is bringing some of the best tattoo artists from all over the country to the Pyramids Centre from 21-22 April.

Rural and Seaside Show returns to Southsea

News: Rural and Seaside Show returns to Southsea

The D-Day Story opens its doors for Easter

News: The D-Day Story opens its doors for Easter

Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum re opens

News: Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum re opens

The Netherlands National Circus

Don't miss The Netherlands National Circus, back again in Southsea for 2018! Running from 5-15 April.

Weekly Car Boot Sales 2018

Grab a bargain with weekly car boot sales returning to Southsea. Open every Sunday from 8 April. Free entry for browsers!

Emirates Spinnaker Tower Easter Trail

Head up the Emirates Spinnaker Tower for a special Easter trail running from 30 March-15 April. With a craft table and Easter treats available in the cafe - you may even catch a glimpse of the Easter Bunny!

Young women's event to celebrate women's achievements

News: A free day of festivities to celebrate young women in Portsmouth takes place on Saturday 10 March at The Charles Dickens Centre in Lake Road.

Young Women's Day 2018

Head to the Charles Dickens Centre for a free day of celebration and activities for Young Women's Day on 10 March.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018

There are a range of diverse events happening across the city until 11 March to promote Fairtrade Fortnight and the difference Fairtrade can make.

International Women's Week 2018

With 2018 marking 100 years of women's suffrage, a whole host of events have been scheduled across Portsmouth to celebrate International Women's Week from 5-10 March. Find out what events are available and see how you can get involved.

Free event will inspire women of the future

A free event to celebrate women's achievements

Stories From The City

Head to the Emirates Spinnaker Tower and follow the trail around the view to learn more about our great city from 10-18 February.

Fishtastic Favourites

Discover your fishtastic favourite at the Blue Reef Aquarium with an event showcasing some of the much-loved aquarium residents from 10-18 February.

Ice Breaker Festival

Come along to the Ice Breaker festival where 130 sets will be played by local unsigned bands across 13 venues in Portsmouth from 2-3 February.

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

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.

Free kids' events in the park

News: Holiday activities for children