Carnival, circus and more

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It’s back and it’s bigger and better than ever.

The Southsea Show has been revamped and relaunched and takes place this weekend.

Mayville High School pupils gave a stunning performance  in Palmerston Road Southsea for a preview of the return of The Southsea Show ''(left to right) Jasper Fassons (12), Nathan Milburn (12), Alice Milburn (13), Teigan Kemp (13) and Kai Austin Dean (14) ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (131891-1473)

Mayville High School pupils gave a stunning performance in Palmerston Road Southsea for a preview of the return of The Southsea Show ''(left to right) Jasper Fassons (12), Nathan Milburn (12), Alice Milburn (13), Teigan Kemp (13) and Kai Austin Dean (14) ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (131891-1473)

Over two days, community groups and businesses from in and around the city, will be taking to Southsea Common along with Portsmouth City Council to host a weekend of family fun.

On Saturday and Sunday from 10am, a big top tent will be the focal point, housing performances from local and national talent.

All day tomorrow there will be carnival workshops for children, culminating with a carnival procession around the site on Sunday afternoon, so they can show off their handiwork from the workshops alongside professional carnival performers.

Tomorrow, the climax of the day will be an old-fashioned End of The Pier Show to take visitors back to the 1970s with some classic family entertainment.

On Sunday, Cirque Bijou will close the weekend with a new piece of thrilling circus. They helped launch the London Olympics and have toured with Take That. There will also be a sing-along screening of a classic family musical.

The Tom Prince Cancer Trust Stage will present a selection of the very best local covers bands both days.

The show will also feature a giant tea tent, featuring baking demonstrations and workshops, storytelling for kids and entertainment from local singer-songwriters.

There will be gardening demonstrations and competitions, community stalls, a fun fair, petting zoo, sports activities, dog show, cider bus, milk shake wagon and a host of different food stalls.

A market marquee will offer the chance to browse the wares of a huge range of local traders, while buskers wander among shoppers.

The beer tent and real ale bar will be filled with folk, bluegrass, country and roots music for the whole weekend. There will also be fun arts activities from aspex gallery.

It’s all been organised by Portsmouth Guildhall, the Kings Theatre, New Theatre Royal, Wedgewood Rooms, The Cellars at Eastney and Love Southsea.

Tickets : £8 for adults, £6 for concessions or £24 for a family of four from the Guildhall on (023) 9282 4355 or at portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.

n Get a taste of the show at portsmouth.co.uk/video, look back at past events on page 48 of today’s News and see the offcial show guide in The News tomorrow.

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