Southsea Common hosts a festival showcasing community sports to mark the Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay arriving in the city on 6 July.
The international relay (to promote the upcoming Birmingham Commonwealth Games) won't just visit Portsmouth, but also take in some of the city's famous landmarks. As such, Portsmouth City Council is using the occasion to highlight the range of sporting opportunities available across the city, and encourage people to take part with a free Get Active event, featuring opportunities to try new sports.
The Queen's Baton will arrive on the seafront by hovercraft around 5.30pm and loop through the Get Active event before travelling to Gunwharf Quays, the Historic Dockyard and city centre ahead of a return to Southsea Common's sports festivities.
The official route is:
Gunwharf Quays - starting at Gunwharf Quays' Plaza travelling through to the main square before leaving by the pedestrian exit to The Hard - expected time 5.50pm to 6pm.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard - from the main Victory Gate entrance on The Hard onto Main Road and HMS Warrior, with the Royal Marine Band Corps of Drums performing - expected time 6pm to 6.10pm.
Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum - along Old Commercial Road and the footpath to All Saints Road - expected time 6.20pm to 6.30pm.
Commercial Road precinct - from the north of the precinct at the junction with Lake Road to the southern end junction with Edinburgh Road - expected time 6.30pm to 6.35pm.
Victoria Park and Guildhall Square - entering the park on the north-east corner on Bishop Crispian Way and following the path along the eastern side of the park before exiting via the Cenotaph memorial and heading south through Guildhall Square - expected time 6.35pm to 6.45pm.
Southsea Common - from the Serpentine through the Get Active event and onto the event stage.
The Get Active celebration of grassroots sports and community fitness will take place on Southsea Common from 5pm-7pm, displaying everything the city has to offer, from athletics to Zumba.
Attendees will have the chance to try new activities at the different sports club's stands as well as seeing what the city's sport and leisure centres have to offer, with BH Live bringing a range of taster activities including free fitness classes for people to try.
Clubs and societies from across the city are being invited to take part and showcase what they do to encourage new people to join them.