Things to do, rain or shine

Pony Dance will be performing in the Hidden Hat Fair.
Pony Dance will be performing in the Hidden Hat Fair.
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WE’VE got three ideas for you to keep you and your family entertained come rain or shine.

MILITARY: To mark Armed Forces Day on Sunday, the D-Day Museum, Southsea, is opening its doors for free from 10am until 5.30pm. Visitors will have the chance to meet Normandy veterans, watch Second World War re-enactments and see a display of model ships from the Surface Warship Association. The Royal Navy Presentation Team will also be giving a talk about today’s Royal Navy at 12pm and 2pm. Go to for more information.

TOYS: Head to Portsmouth City Museum on Wednesday and get free advice on identification, age or clinical needs with the teddy bear doctors. Local bear experts and restorers - Amanda and Julie from Bear it in Mind – will be giving visitors all the help they need to look after their little ones. Some treatments such as eye replacements and claw stitching will be available for a small charge on the day. Families can also watch demonstrations of traditional bear-making techniques. Call (023) 9282 7261.

FESTIVAL: From today and Sunday, the annual Hat Fair is taking place in Winchester. There will be street acts around every corner, a bustling market and a multinational cast of acts over the weekend. An extra dimension - the Hidden Hat Fair - will provide intimate ticketed shows in unexpected locations. The terrace outside Winchester’s Discovery Centre will become a magic garden, safe for little ones up to five years old, with stories and an enchanting show. Go to