10 top activities for half term in Portsmouth

The May half term is always bumper packed with events to keep the whole family entertained. With lighter evenings and a better chance of some decent weather, there's usually a vast array of events scheduled throughout the week.

This year is no exception, with scores of events taking place across the next 9 days. So, if you're looking for things to do in Portsmouth this half term, look no further. Here is our run down of the 10 best events, ranging from the family-friendly to the more adult-oriented.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard's Fit-Tastic Half Term

The Historic Dockyard has organised a whole host of events for this half term, all centred around the theme of Naval fitness. Activities are inspired by Royal Navy exercised past and present, and one even offers the chance to replicate the moves of some shipmates' pets through the ages.

There will also be creative crafts, film screenings and special talks held across the week.

If all that wasn't enough, kids go free at the Dockyard throughout the May half term with each full price adult or concession ticket purchased.

Live at the Bandstand

One of the city's best-loved events starts its summer season over the late May bank holiday.

Live at the Bandstand sees over 60 bands, artists and DJs play to thousands of people under the summer sun (if we're lucky!) each year. Every show is completely free to attend and the various weekends offer a variety of styles and genres - meaning there's certain to be something for all tastes. Performances are every Saturday and Sunday until 12 August.

British Street Food Awards 2018 South Heat

Street food is big business, with countless providers popping up across the land with their new takes on dishes from across the globe. If you want to sample some of the best the South has to offer, you simply have to visit Gunwharf Quays over the May bank holiday weekend, as it hosts the regional heats for the British Street Food Awards 2018.

Some of the best chefs the South has to offer will pitch up and offer you the chance to take a whistle-stop tour of world cuisine, without going anywhere.

Mutiny Festival 2018

Superstars of dance, hip hop and RnB descend on Cosham's King George V Playing Fields every year for the huge party that is Mutiny Festival. The line up for 2018 is among the event's biggest and best yet, with Dizzee Rascal, Sub Focus, Wilkinson, Craig David and Sean Paul headlining.

It's not just about the music, however, as there's street food, cocktail bars and the much-loved Paint Fest. Mutiny regulars will also find something new to enjoy this year, with brand new stages added to the line up, providing more choice than ever before.

Harbour Life Half Term

Everybody knows that the views from the Emirates Spinnaker Tower are something to behold, but do you know the fascinating stories about the harbour below? This half term, the tower will be a hive of educational activity, as visitors can learn about Portsmouth Harbour and the skills of those who work within it. There will be fun and informative talks from those living and working on the tower's doorstep, as well as a special harbour trail for children to follow.

Boogie at Port Solent

This year marks Port Solent's 30th - so it has a number of special events planned in celebration. The festivities kick off this half term with a free live music event, featuring headliners The Bootlegs. The live performances will kick off at 12.30pm and run until 4pm. As always, visitors can enjoy a trip around the shops, a nice walk along the harbourside or something from the 17 onsite bars and restaurants to complete the visit - and parking is totally free.

Hayling Island Donkey Sanctuary Visit

Over on Hayling Island there's something to suit nature lovers this half term, as the area's Donkey Sanctuary pays a visit to the Hayling Island Library. Provided the weather is kind, some of the donkeys will be in attendance for visitors to see and pet. Even if the rain sets in, members of the Hayling Island Donkey Sanctuary will still pop along for informative talks covering how they care for their animals and the work that these intelligent creatures can do.

Undercover Skatepark Fundraiser

There's a project taking shape in Portsmouth to turn some disused land into a fully fledged undercover skatepark. This would provide all-weather activities in a central location that will boost physical fitness and a sense of society.

To help raise funds and awareness, the team behind the Undercover Skatepark have organised an event at Southsea Castle, featuring stalls, activities, a raffle and plenty of live music.

Southsea Skatepark Roller Disco

On a similar theme, the Southsea Skatepark hosts its monthly Roller Disco events throughout summer, with the June event falling during half term. The Roller Disco is a chance to get your skates on and dance to some of the area's most well-loved DJs. On the decks this week will be The K Sessions.

No prior experience is necessary, nor is equipment, as that can be hired on the day. It's more about getting out and having fun!

The Fitness Festival

Castle Fields is a popular spot for exercise in the city, so it's little wonder the area is also the location of the annual Fitness Festival. On 2 June, the area will be chock-full of people showcasing a whole host of different events and activities. Whether you want to speak to someone about general fitness, try out a few open-air courses, or simply enjoy the positive atmosphere, this is a day not to be missed.

These are some of the biggest events taking place during half term, but that's certainly not all that's happening. Click here to see the full list of what's on.


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