Free festival fun for the family at host of events

Crowds at last year's show
Crowds at last year's show

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The forecast may be for rain this weekend, but that won’t dampen the spirits of families heading for a host of free festival events.

The Love Southsea Show returns to Castle Field for a second year on Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

As well as live music from some top local acts, the free event includes more than 100 stands, a children’s fun fair, local food, plus fun and games.

There will also be a pizza eating contest, a charity balloon pop, a dog show, and theatre and dance shows.

n Over at Staunton Country Park in Havant on Sunday is Hampshire Welcomes the World.

From noon, this free event will celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games coming to the UK with a day of live music, dance and crafts.

And, like a recent precursor at The Spring in Havant, the event will have an Australian and South Pacific Islands theme. Also on hand will be producers from the Hampshire Food Festival (which began this week) with a selection of local food and drink.

n There will be more foodie events tomorrow in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, as the Winner Eats Them All event comes to town from 10am to 4pm.

As part of the Portsmouth Festival of Food, this one-day Kitchen Theatre event will provide demonstrations on how to cook quick and healthy family meals on a budget, featuring energy-boosting dishes and meals produced from garden allotments.

This year’s theme will link in with the Olympics, giving people food for thought on ways to improve their day-to-day productivity and energy levels.

n Meanwhile, up in Winchester, the Hat Fair kicks off today.

It’s not, as its name suggests, an event for milliners. Instead it’s a three-day carnival of street performance.

The festival takes its name from the hats that street performers traditionally lay on the ground to encourage donations for their work.

Now in its 38th year, it’s Britain’s longest-running festival of street theatre and outdoor arts.

Highlights at this year’s event include free running, Indian dance, bike stunts, theatre, dance and crazy golf.

There will also be storytelling, circus skills, crafts, workshops, an Indiana Jones tribute and all kinds of other stunts and weirdness.

n For further information about the Hat Fair, see hatfair.co.uk.

n For information about the Hampshire Welcomes The World and Kitchen Theatre events, see visitportsmouth.co.uk.

n To find out more about the Love Southsea Show, see page 52 of The News and page 4 of The Guide today.