February is here and that means half-term!
Find a selection of fantastic, low-cost and FREE family-friendly activities and events, all in one place.
See all events (paid for and free), all year round at Visit Portsmouth
February at Portsmouth Natural History museum, Cumberland House
Bee amazed at bee hives, learn about local geology or flutter by the butterfly house this February. Find out more about all the interesting thing to see at Cumberland House.
You can also follow the Southsea Sculpture trail
A new sculpture trail has been created in Southsea around Canoe Lake, the garden of Cumberland House Natural History Museum, and the Japanese Garden. The sculptures, have been carved by chainsaw sculptor Chris Bain and all have a connection to Portsmouth, and the surroundings they’ve been placed in. Take a seat on the bumble bee bench at Cumberland House gardens, catch up with a giant sea snail and other creatures around Canoe Lake.
3, 10, 12. 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 February – HAF Fun Pompey
The HAF Fun Pompey team are using the Government’s Household Support Fund to deliver events that support families and help to reduce cost of living pressures. Find out more and book an activity
Find out more about the HAF Fun Pompey programme that runs in the Easter, summer and Christmas school holidays.
5, 12, 19 and 26 February – Join a Parkrun community in Portsmouth
Get active, have fun and make friends! Parkruns are free, fun, and friendly events. Every Saturday there’s a 5k community event where you can walk, jog, run, volunteer or just watch – it’s up to you!
- Find out more about the Lakeside Parkrun
- Find out more about the Southsea Parkrun
- Find out more about the Great Salterns Parkrun
1 February till 7 April – Languish at Aspex Portsmouth
‘Languish’, an exhibition by artist Katie Smith. Hand-built clay pieces with organic textures and human qualities. Languish explores ideas about how both nature and the body’s movements are linked. Read more about this FREE exhibition
3, 10. 17 and 24 February – Family Saturdays at Aspex Portsmouth
FREE creative workshops suitable for the whole family. Explore a different creative activity each week, such as painting, model making, print making, and inventing in relaxed sessions suitable for all ages, interests and abilities.
2, 9, 16, 23 February – Generate at Aspex Portsmouth
A FREE, inclusive art workshop for people with dementia. Find out more about Generate workshops.
February until 1 April – The Temperament Index at Aspex Portsmouth
A FREE exhibition by artist Melanie Jackson. Viewers are invited to wander amongst projected animations, cut-out figures and body bits, handmade clay objects, drawings and more. Read more about the exhibition.
7 February – Charles Dickens birthday anniversary
Celebrate the 212th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens at his first home, right here in Portsmouth.
Every year, the Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum hosts a special event to honour the great author, showcase his work and celebrate his connection to the city. Read more about the anniversary event.
10 to 18 February – Ocean themed half term fun for all the family at Portsmouth Museum
Craft activities, an art competition where winners will have their art displayed and more. It’s free entry to Portsmouth Museum but there is a small cost for the activities; £2 and £2.50. Leisure card holders pay 50p or £1. Find out more about events and times
10 to 18 February – Half term at the boathouse
Head to Boathouse 4 for a week of fun activities this February Half Term! There will be a range of activities on offer for all members of the family to get involved with, including:
- Boat-themed badge making (50p per badge)
- Activity sheet (with a prize to be won at the end)
- Rope making (Wednesdays and Saturdays)
- Boat word search
- Entry to the interactive display upstairs
Remember, Boathouse 4 is free to enter, just ask for an ‘Historic Quarter Pass’ at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Visitor Centre. Read more about Half Term at the Boathouse
12 to 17 February – 50% off at Pitt Street Skatepark
Pitt Street Undercover Skate Park have a rad offer for young skaters this half term; 50% off for under 16’s. Find out more about Pitt Street’s offer
12 to 17 February – Farm at Fort Nelson
Meet Gregory the goat and his friends at a mobile petting farm heading to Fort Nelson this February half term.
Farm at the Fort takes place Monday 12 to Saturday 17 February. Kids can meet a mixture of animals and birds – including pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs and a donkey.
13 and 15 February – Kid’s Club at Port Solent
Fun and games galore with Children’s Parties Portsmouth Disco Sessions. Find out more about Kid’s Club sessions.
17 February – Hampshire Farmers market
Delicious food and drink from producers from across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, including honey, meat, craft beer and artisanal spirits, chocolate and much, much more. Read more about Hampshire Farmer’s market.
18 February – Hotwalls Open Studios with Maria Yadegar
On the third Sunday of every month Hotwalls Studios hosts its monthly Open Studios. All 13 studios open their doors between 11am and 4pm, for the public to chat, watch and buy. Find demonstrations and possible drop in sessions throughout our studios and find our guest artist in the Historic Round Tower. Read more about Hotwalls open studio events.
18 February – Hampshire Farmers’ Market at Palmerston Road precinct, Southsea
Hampshire Farmers’ Markets brings beautiful, fresh local produce to Portsmouth every month. Find out more about Hampshire Farmers’ markets.
21 February – Messy Church at Empower Centre, Kingston Road
Craft, food, fun and creative worship for accompanied children. Read more about Messy Church.
25 February – Eastney Beam Engine House open day
Eastney Beam Engine House is an impressive Victorian building containing a pair of classic Boulton Watt beam engines and pumps restored to their original 1887 condition and in steam. Admission is FREE. Read more about the open day.