Half-term events in Portsmouth and Southsea

School’s out for the week! There’s plenty to keep the kids — and adults! — occupied between May 26th and June 3rd, whether it’s family events at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, all-ages shows at the Kings Theatre and New Theatre Royal, or Mutiny Festival for the young adults.

Mutiny Festival 2018

📍 King George V Playing Fields
⏳ 26th/27th May

mutiny Festival portsmouth 2018

R‘n’B comeback king Craig David, Jamaican dancehall rapper Sean Paul, grime pioneer Dizzee Rascal, and renowned DJ/producer Sub Focus are the headlining acts on the billing for Mutiny Festival 2018. This year marks the fifth birthday of the festival, which in 2018, takes place at the King George V Playing Fields in Cosham on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May.

Build Henry VIII with LEGO at the Mary
Rose Museum

📍 Mary Rose Museum
⏳ 26th May — 3rd June

Mary Rose Museum, in partnership with LEGO building company Bright Bricks, are giving LEGO brick enthusiasts the opportunity to recreate Holbein's portrait of Henry VIII in the form of a four-metre high LEGO brick mosaic, between Saturday 26th May and Sunday 3rd June.

Young and old will help build this iconic image of one of England’s most famous monarchs — the king who commissioned the Mary Rose. Participation costs £5


Love Southsea Markets

📍 Cosham High Street/Palmerston Road
⏳ Saturday 2nd/Sunday 3rd June

Love Southsea Markets 2018

The Love Southsea Markets have been an established monthly staple of shopping in Palmerston Road for five years. The next one takes place on the Saturday 2nd/Sunday 3rd June weekend.

The new Love Cosham Market in the north of the city, meanwhile, takes place every Saturday.


There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly

📍 New Theatre Royal Portsmouth
⏳ Monday 28th May, 2:30pm

The People’s Theatre Company bring one of the world’s best-loved nursery rhymes to life to celebrate the story’s 45th anniversary! Written especially for adults to enjoy with their youngsters, this hour-long show features singalong favourites like If You’re Happy and You Know It and Incy Wincy Spider. Tickets start at £10.

Start of the bandstand

📍 Southsea Seafront
⏳Saturday 26th May

Southsea Band Stand events 2018

As per tradition, Southsea Bandstand soon returns for the summer, offering a programme of the best free local outdoor music performances from singers, bands, and DJs. 2018’s programme kicks off at the same time as the half-term break! The bandstand’s sited in the West Battery Gardens down on Southsea’s seafront. And, as always, all shows are free.

Harbour life half-term activities at the Spinnaker Tower

📍 Spinnaker Tower
⏳ 26th May — 3rd June

Portsmouth kite festival 2018

Enjoy a week of fun family events at the Spinnaker Tower — their Harbour Life Half-Term programme is themed around all things nautical. Find out about plastic pollution and how you can tackle it with The Final Straw (featured in the TLMedia podcast below), explore the world of oysters with the Institute of Marine Science, learn about the history of the Gosport Ferry, and get creative with local artist Ian Whitmore then take your print home with you!

Roller Discos

📍 Southsea Skatepark
⏳ Saturday 2nd June

Southsea Skate Park roller disco 

Whether you’re already a keen skater or the only thing you’ve ridden with wheels is a taxi, make tracks for Southsea Skatepark — featured in the TLMedia podcast below — for their next Roller Disco on Saturday 2nd June. Learn from some of the best and let loose to a soundtrack spun by The K Sessions between 7:00pm and 10:00pm.

Cirque Berserk at Kings Theatre Southsea

📍 Kings Theatre, Albert Road
⏳ 27th May — 30th May


Zippos present Cirque Berserk, a circus show especially designed for the theatre! This jaw-dropping spectacle celebrates the 250th anniversary of the invention of the circus, with cirque-styled artistry, adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, jugglers, drummers, aerialists, and the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Death’!

Free dockyard entry

📍 Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
⏳ 26th May — 3rd June

Victorious Festival Portsmouth 2018

This half-term, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard are offering free entry for kids. Between 26th May and 3rd June, any £32 full-price adult 11-attraction annual pass admits children for free. Dockyard highlights during the half-term include Victorian-style fitness challenges aboard HMS Warrior 1860, craft activities, and character trails.

Sailing/windsurfing at
Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre

📍 Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre
⏳ 26th May — 3rd June

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The Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre are running sailing, windsurfing, activity camps, and junior ‘sea monkey’ sailing sessions this half-term, at their headquarters on the Eastern Road.

There’s kit for hire for all ages, and there are also land activities such as the climbing wall for those who’d rather stay dry! Find out more and make a booking by calling the watersports centre on 02392 663 873  or visiting aswc.co.uk/activities.


Street Food Awards

📍 Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth
⏳ 26th to 28th May 2018

British Street Food Awards Gunwharf Quays

Gunwharf Quays’ Plaza will welcome over a dozen innovative street food vendors, giving visitors the opportunity to sample some of the finest street food on offer in the region from 26th to 28th May.

Shoppers will have the chance to give their feedback on the tastiest dishes, sampling dishes and voting for their favourite.


Cirque Berserk at Kings Theatre Southsea

📍 Aspex Gallery, Gunwharf Quays
⏳ Wednesday 30th May, 10:30am

Aspex Gallery’s weekly Mini Makers session continues in the half-term holiday, on Wednesday 30th May from 10:30am ‘til 11:30am. Each Mini Makers workshop is inspired by storybooks from the Portsmouth Library Service, and incorporates painting, stamping, and collaging. No booking required.