Keeping the whole family entertained for a summer of fun!

PETTING Scratby Donkeys from Great Yarmouth at Port Solent last year, with Chloe Ramsay from Havant. Picture: Sarah Standing (122628-4989)
PETTING Scratby Donkeys from Great Yarmouth at Port Solent last year, with Chloe Ramsay from Havant. Picture: Sarah Standing (122628-4989)
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WITH the school year ending and six weeks of holidays ahead, Summer of Fun will be bringing you ideas to keep your family entertained.

Our guide will give you daily ideas for events and trips to fit any budget.

If the hot weather continues or a downpour descends, there will be something for the family to enjoy.

From free, family fun days at Port Solent to themed combat days at the Royal Marines Museum, this summer should be one to remember.

It could be a day at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard or an afternoon at a summer fair, we will be showcasing it all.

Lisa Fowler, events co-ordinator at Port Solent, is excited about the Kids’ Club which begins tomorrow.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Port Solent will have different activities including donkey rides, crafts, an Hawaiian beach party and Horrible Histories days.

Lisa said: ‘This is the fourth year we have run our Kids’ Club and it is something we always look forward to.

‘This year, we will be working with Silly Scott who brings bundles of fun and also Groundlings Theatre which is organising the Horrible Histories day.

‘Our Kids’ Club always attracts large crowds and it’s nice that families have somewhere to come to enjoy free events but also free parking.

‘They can watch the boats or walk around the marina but also enjoy our range of activities.

‘We think it’s important to give families the chance to enjoy free entertainment.’

There are a range of activities happening across Portsmouth and the surrounding area.

Fareham Borough Council has organised their Access All Areas project giving 11 to 17-year-olds the chance to enjoy free events.

They will be at Locks Heath Open Space, Fareham Park Recreation Ground and Meadowside Leisure Centre, in Whiteley.

Young people will be able to enjoy BMX shows, laser quest, pamper sessions, crafts and circus skills.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines Museum also have a selection of events for the whole summer.

These will get children dressing as pirates, building ships with Lego and trying their hand at military assault courses.

There could be something fun happening just a short walk away that will keep the family entertained for hours.

You might also discover a new activity or game that your children love.

So if you’re stuck for ideas on what to do this summer, check The News for our Summer of Fun guide.


THIS week there is a range of activities for families to enjoy from pirates to the Victorian days.

Tomorrow, Port Solent will host the first of this year’s Kids Clubs.

From 11am, there will be an Under the Sea session where children can hear sea shanties and decorate their own fish to stick on a mural or take home.

On Friday, pirates will be taking over the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney Road at 10am for Commando Games fun days.

In the morning, the children will have to find a crime lord before retaking a hijacked ship in the afternoon.

Over the weekend, HMS Warrior, at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, will be having Victorian Navy Days with field guns, story telling and Dickensian street entertainers.

If you know of an event, let us know about it by contacting reporter Ellie Pilmoor on (023) 9262 2138 or at