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Calls to stay safe this bank holiday

Plea to use open spaces and seafront wisely this May bank holiday

Summer events cancelled

The Southsea Food Festival, Bandstand events, International Kite Festival, VJ day events and Southsea car boot sales have been cancelled for this summer.

Easter fun at home

Easter at home needn't be boring! We have made it easy for Portsmouth families by pooling together a library of activities that can be done at home this Easter weekend.

Riverdance 25th Anniversary

Riverdance returns, with a powerful and stirring reinvention of the beloved family favourite.

Holistic fayre fundraiser for Groundlings Theatre

Spiritual Productions TV is helping Portsmouth's Groundlings Theatre raise funds to keep the old theatre open.

Portsmouth Bookfest 2020

Portsmouth Bookfest returns for 2020, featuring interactive events, workshops and appearances from top names in the literary world.

1878: The war that never was

Experience life under siege as the Fort Nelson garrison struggles to repel the dreaded French invasion.

'Gustav the Brave' book launch

News: 'Gustav the Brave' book launch

The city's celebration and learning event for learning disabilities returns

Event to showcase support available in Portsmouth for people with learning disabilities.

Holocaust Memorial Day at The D-Day Story

The D-Day Story will host a number of activities to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2020, as it marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.

Southsea Skiffle Orchestra

Come along and listen to the Southsea Skiffle Orchestra (SSO) perform songs from the 1920s-1950s

Support local shops on Small Business Saturday

Shop locally this Saturday for your festive goods and presents in support of the annual Small Business Saturday event (7 December 2019).

French market makes festive return on Friday

Say "Joyeux Noël" with a gift from Southsea's authentic French market, France at Home, which returns to Palmerston Road, Southsea this Friday 2 December 2019 from 9am - 5pm.

Remembrance events

News: Remembrance events

Annual fireworks display

Our annual fireworks display at King George V playing fields will take place on Wednesday 6 November.

Give us your views at our budget events

Give us your views at our budget events

Plan your journey for this year's Great South Run

As runners and spectators plan to travel to Portsmouth for the Great South Run on Sunday 20 October we are asking people taking part in the event to plan their journey and allow plenty of time.

New-look ice skating experience to open at Portsmouth Guildhall this winter #PortsmouthOnIce

An ice skating experience in Guildhall Square is set to bring festive family fun to Portsmouth this winter.

Free Introduction to Coding course

The new Google Digital Garage in Portsmouth is running a free Introduction to Coding course.

Free Start Your Own Business course

The new Google Digital Garage in Portsmouth is running a free Start Your Own Business course

Jobs on offer at Cascades event

News: Jobs fair comes to city centre

Comedy at the Kings

Coors Light presents Comedy at the Kings returns - bringing you a night packed full of laughs

Story Time at Fort Nelson

Popular children's tales are brought to life in Fort Nelson, for a fun and interactive storytelling experience

Hampshire Farmers' Market

Delicious food and drinks are brought to Palmerston Road by producers from across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

Fort Cumberland Tour

"Perhaps the most impressive piece of C18 defensive architecture remaining in England."

Say Bonjour to Southsea's French market this Friday

News: Say Bonjour to Southsea's French market this Friday

France at Home

Authentic French market, France at Home, pays its first visit to Palmerston Road on Friday 30 August, from 9am - 5pm.

Beats of the Streets

Head to Portsmouth Guildhall for a relaxing summer evening filled with live performances from local bands.

Victorious Festival 2019

Victorious Festival will return to Southsea Common for the 2019 August bank holiday

Say "bonjour" to Southsea's new French market

Authentic French market, France at Home, will be visiting Palmerston Road, Southsea for the first time on Friday 30 August 2019 from 9am - 5pm.

Collect the View

This summer, Emirates Spinnaker Tower is all about exploring!

Annual Beer & Cider Festival

The Admiral Drake celebrates the fourth year of its Annual Beer and Cider Festival.

Fort Nelson Junior Assault Course

There will be plenty of fun activities to keep the whole family busy at the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson over the summer holidays.

Summer of Sherlock

Get ready for a summer of Sherlock Holmes events and activities!

Festival of knowledge at The D-Day Story

Join us for a packed programme of Q&A sessions, workshops and drop in activities at The D-Day Story on Friday 26 & Saturday 27 July

Southsea Food Festival 2019

The annual Southsea Food Festival is back on 20 and 21 July 2019, from 10am to 6pm Saturday and 10am to 5pm Sunday.

Portsmouth Race for Life

Cancer Research UK's Race for Life returns to Southsea Common this year - and this time there's a major difference...

Turtles Don't Like Plastic - Show and Workshop

Todos Teatro brings its Turtle's Don't Like Plastic show and workshop to Hotwalls Studios' Round Tower.

Armed Forces Day 2019

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Portsmouth City Council will be hosting an Armed Forces Day event on Saturday 29th June.

Turtles don't like plastic - theatre show and workshop at Hotwalls

News: Turtles don't like plastic - theatre show and workshop at Hotwalls

Portsmouth Pride 2019

Portsmouth Pride returns to Castle Field in Southsea for a celebration of acceptance and inclusivity. Saturday 22 June

Portsmouth Festivities 2019

Portsmouth Festivities returns in June 2019 and what's more, it will be the event's 20th anniversary. 14 - 23 June

Portsmouth Seafood Festival 2019

Following its huge success over the past two years, the Portsmouth Seafood Festival returns to Gunwharf Quays this summer! 28 June - 30 June

D-Day 75 commemorations

In under two weeks' time Portsmouth will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day with a programme of events in honour of our Normandy veterans.

Hotwalls Creative Market 2019

Hotwalls Creative Market - Old Portsmouth - 19 May 2019

Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories live at the New Theatre Royal - 18-19 May 2019

Mayor Making Ceremony 2019

Portsmouth Guildhall - 14 May 2019

Portsmouth Comic Con 2019

4-5 May 2019 - Portsmouth Guildhall

Lord Mayor's Rural and Seaside Show 2019

Lord Mayor's Rural and Seaside Show - 4-6 May 2019 - Castle Field, Clarence Esplanade

Pop up on the Pier #2

Pop up on the Pier #2 - Southsea Parade Pier - 27-28 April 2019

Knights at the Museum

Knights at the Museum - Portsmouth Museum - 27 April 2019

Easter Egg-Stravaganza 2019

Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Mountbatten Leisure Centre - 14 April 2019

The Jungle Book 2019

The Jungle Book at the New Theatre Royal - 17-18 April 2019

Food Friday 2019

Food Friday - First Friday of every month - Commercial Road

Easter at the Blue Reef Aquarium

The Big Blue - Blue Reef Aquarium - 6-22 April 2019

Easter at the Spinnaker Tower 2019

Easter holiday fun for the family at the Spinnaker Tower 6-21 April 2019

Portsmouth Charter on display for 825th anniversary

News: Portsmouth Charter on display for 825th anniversary

Mary Rose - Mothers Day 2019

Mothers Day Weekend at The Mary Rose Museum - 30-31 April 2019

Southsea Beerex 2019

Southsea Beerex - 5-6 April 2019 - Wedgewood Rooms

Count down to D-Day 75

News: Count down to D-Day 75

Behind the Curtains Tour

Behind the Curtains Tour at the New Theatre Royal - 25 March 2019

BSO: Spirit of England

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Spirit of England - 21 March 2019 - Portsmouth Guildhall

Crafts in the Tower March 2019

Crafts in the Tower - 17 March 2019 - The Square Tower

Mary Rose Science Week

Mary Rose Science Week - 14-17 March 2019 - The Mary Rose

Portsmouth Big Mouth Comedy Festival 2019

Portsmouth Big Mouth Comedy Festival - Portsmouth Guildhall - 1-2 March 7-8 March 2019

Jason Manford

Jason Manford - Portsmouth Guildhall - 6 March 2019

CoderDojo Class

Learn coding and programming - Carnegie Library, Fratton - 23 February 2019

Portsmouth Jobs Fair 2019

Portsmouth Jobs Fair 2019 - Portsmouth Guildhall - 27 February 2019

Chinese New Year 2019

Chinese New year 2019 - Gunwharf Quays - 9-10 February 2019

Valentines Comedy 2019

Valentines Comedy at the Spinnaker Tower - 14-16 February 2019

Royal Marines Ensemble Concert

Royal Marines Ensemble Concert - Portsmouth Guildhall - 7 February 2019

Guildhall Games Fest

Guildhall Games Fest - Portsmouth Guildhall - 2 February 2019

My Mother Said I Never Should

My Said I Never Should - New Theatre Royal - 6-7 February 2019

Shaping Portsmouth Conference 2019

Shaping Portsmouth Conference 2019 - Portsmouth Guildhall - 18 January 2019

Uncovering D-Day

Uncovering D-Day - D-Day Story - 18 January 2019

New Year Beach Clean Up

5 January 2019 - Eastney Esplanade

Cinderella Panto

Groundlings Theatre - 1 December - 6 January 2019

Victorian Christmas

Victorian Christmas 2018 - Fort Nelson - 20 December - 4 January

Sleeping Beauty Ballet

Sleeping Beauty Ballet - Portsmouth Guildhall - December 27 2018

New GeoTour of Portsmouth available

News: Visit Portsmouth has created a 15-point tour geo tour of the city working with London based company GeoTourist

Peter Pan

Peter Pan - New Theatre Royal - 13-31 December 2018

BSO - Last Night at the Christmas Proms

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra present Last Night at the Christmas Proms - 20 December 2018 - Portsmouth Guildhall

Enjoy Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' this Christmas

News: To mark this anniversary the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum will have a special opening on 19th

Good Mental Health Cafe

Good Mental Health Cafe - Central Library - 12 December 2018 2pm-6:30pm

Hotwalls Christmas Market

Hotwalls Christmas Market - 1-2 December 2018

Jurassic Park Orchestra

Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary - Portsmouth Guildhall - 5 December

Discovering the Guildhall

Discovering the Guildhall - Portsmouth Guildhall - 26 November 2018

Gunwharf Express 2018

Gunwharf Express - Gunwharf Quays - 24 November-25 December 2018

Beam Engine Open Day

Beam Engine Day - Eastney Beam Engine House - 24-25 November 2018

Ice Skate 2018

Ice Skate Portsmouth 2018 17 November - 6 January - Guildhall Square

Christmas Craft Fair

Christmas Craft Fair - 17 November 2018 - The Blue Lagoon Tea Room & Venue

Birth of a Legend

Birth of a legend - 16-25 November 2018 - Groundlings Theatre

Queen Extravaganza

Queen Extravaganza - 15 November 2018 - Portsmouth Guildhall

Portsmouth Darkfest

Portsmouth Darkfest 19 October - 11 November 2018

Portsmouth Jobs Fair 2018

Portsmouth Jobs Fair - 2 November 2018 - Portsmouth Guildhall


Frankenstein - 1 - 10 November 2018 - Groundlings Theatre

Jools Holland & Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

Jools Holland & Rhythm and Blues Orchestra - 1 November 2018 - Portsmouth Guildhall

Armistice and Remembrance - events and services

News - Armistice and Remembrance - events and services

Journeys Festival International

Journeys Festival International Portsmouth 19 - 28 October 2018

Step up to the Green Space Challenge

Portsmouth City Council is running a free, family-friendly walking event which showcases some of the fabulous green spaces the city has to offer.

Annual firework display

News: Portsmouth City Council's annual bonfire and fireworks display will take place on Wednesday 7 November.

Portsmouth Vegan Festival

Portsmouth Vegan Festival 13 October 2018 Portsmouth Guildhall

Technology Pop-up Surgery

Technology Pop-up Surgery 17 October 2018 Central Library

Portsea Island Beer Festival

Portsea Island Beer Festival 12 - 13 October 2018 Groundlings Theatre

Oxjam Music Festival Portsmouth

Oxjam Music Festival Portsmouth 13 October 2018 Pyramids Centre

Fun Palaces Open Day

New Theatre Royal Fun Palaces Open Day October 2018

Southsea Market October 2018

Southsea Street Market October 2018

Annual Service of prayer for Seafarers

News: Annual Service of prayer for Seafarers – Sunday 14 October 2018

Let's Paint Pompey

Let's Paint Pompey at The Win Vaults 3 October 2018

Jaws Outdoor Cinema

Jaws Outdoor Cinema South at South Parade Pier 29 September 2018

Chase and Status

Chase and Status performing at Portsmouth Guildhall 5 October 2018

Hampshire Farmers' Market September 2018

Hampshire Farmers' Market - 16 September 2018 10am - 2pm. Enjoy the great taste of Hampshire!

Sign up for the 60 Plus Festival

News: Sign up for the 60 Plus Festival

One World

News: Portsmouth Music Hub is leading the way in increasing awareness of key environmental issues with an exciting new campaign.

Port Solent Waterside Market - September 2018

Take a stroll along the water in Port Solent and visit the Sunday Waterside Market. Find quirky gifts or impressive handmade crafts on 9 September.

Portsmouth Pride 2018

Celebrate Portsmouth Pride on 15 September with a parade from Eastney Esplanade to Southsea bandstand followed by speeches, live performances, family entertainment,stalls and a huge after party.

MiniLoco Express at Gunwharf Quays

All aboard the MiniLoco Express Road Train at Gunwharf Quays.The scenic trip will be available every day throughout the summer.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.