Coronavirus: council service information and advice

Information about changes to council services as a result of coronavirus

With the summer holidays underway, we have brought together information about free and paid-for activities that are taking place locally for different age groups. From arts and crafts, to sports camps and outdoor adventures, there is something for everyone!

We've also got lots of ideas on what you can get up to out and about in the city, as well as fun ideas for keeping the kids occupied at home.

Activities, camps and clubs

As lockdown measures are updated, events may be added or changed slightly. Do check with event organisers for the latest social distancing measures they have in place:

Activities, camps and clubs
 Activity Venue More information

Connect 4 summer free family fun days

  • Medina Primary School
  • ARK Dickens Primary Academy
  • ARK Charter Academy
  • Cottage Grove Primary School
Connect 4 website
Connect 4 summer free childcare
  • Highbury College
  • YMCA
Connect 4 website
YMCA summer day camps Charter Community Centre, 3-28 August YMCA summer day camps
BOSCAS holiday club for children aged 4-14 Isambard Brunel Junior School BOSCAS holiday club
Outreach youth work for young people aged 10-18

Across Portsmouth, incluidng

  • Heart of Portsmouth
  • Wymering
  • Paulsgrove

PYC Portsmouth

Motiv8 virtual and face-to-face activities for young people

Programme will run from various venues in Portsmouth and online

Motiv8 South

Pompey in the Community - multi-sports and football camps - boys and girls of all abilities aged 5-12 Various locations Pompey in the Community bookings
NCS "Keep Doing Good" programme for 16-17 year olds Two-week programme to plan and deliver a social action project and gain volunteering experience

Keep Doing Good

Watersports and land-based activities for 8-18 year olds Andrew Simpson Centre

Andrew Simpson Centres Portsmouth

Art and crafts activities, sports and outdoor adventures - a bumper list of activities for all ages Various locations Summer's sorted!

Out and about in the city

Many things to do in the city are now reopening, from museums to play parks. Social distancing guidelines will be in place, so do check the rules before visiting - you can find our more through the links below.

Out and about in the city
ActivityInformationFind out more 
Adventure playgrounds  

Adventure playgrounds are open but places must be booked in advance. The service is operating in bubbles

For more information, visit the PYC Portsmouth website.
Leisure centres BH Live runs our leisure centres and is reopening facilities where it is safe to do so and economically viable Information on what is currently available can be found by looking at the pages for each Portsmouth site on the BH Live website
Libraries A number of the city's libraries are open again with more to follow. You can find out more about opening times on our Library Services page

The D-Day Story museum is now open

Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery plans to re-open on Tuesday 11 August

All other museums remain closed at this time

You can help museums record Portsmouth's experience of coronavirus
Parks and playgrounds

Our parks are open.

Selected sports courts are open.

Play equipment is now open.


You can spend leisure time outdoors while staying 2m away from people not in your household and use outdoor sports facilities.

Read Gov.UK's guidance on what you can and can't do
Stomp for Stamps 2020!

Track down Pompey monsters, snap their photos and collect stickers to claim one of two fabulous prizes - a cuddly Stomper toy or a cool Pompey monster water bottle

To take part, request a map book online. Happy stomping!
Summer reading challenge All Portsmouth pupils in Year R - Year 6 should have received a Silly Squad summer reading challenge pack from their school Find out how to register and take part.

Things to do at home

We have put together some of our favourite ideas for keeping the kids busy at home over the summer holiday as well as links to websites with activities for kids of all ages. View activities for children while at home.