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A RIOT of rockets will blast off into the night sky tomorrow to see off the Portsmouth Festivities for another year.

The curtain will close on the 2011 arts and science extravaganza as darkness falls at Castle Field, Southsea, at 10pm.

The motto for this year’s 10-day festival is Space City and it will close in the traditional blaze of fireworks with a display of space-themed pyrotechnics.

The evening’s entertainment called Lift Off! begins at 5pm with a carnival-style procession from Gunwharf Quays to Southsea Bandstand, behind the D-Day museum.

Hundreds of young people from schools across Portsmouth will join circus artists, street dancers and costumed performers, to create the colourful spectacle.

Entertainment follows throughout the evening until the fireworks.

Other events on the festivities’ final day are The Sun Live – the chance to look, safely, at the sun under the guidance of members of Hampshire Astronomy Group at the Clanfield Observatory, Hinton Manor Lane, Clanfield from 11am to 1.30pm. £5.

From 11am until 3.30pm the Zero Gravity bike display team and street dancers will appear at Gunwharf Quays.

And from 1pm there will be an afternoon of karaoke fun at Southsea Bandstand.

At St Thomas’s Cathedral, High Street, Old Portsmouth, the eucharist at 11am will feature music by Haydn and evensong at 6pm will have music by Dyson and Harwood.

For a full progamme and more details, see portsmouthfestivities.co.uk

Wht’s on tomorrow:

Cathedral Eucharist. With Portsmouth Cathedral Choir. Music by Haydn. St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street, Old Portsmouth, 11am.

Extreme. Zero Gravity bike display team and Portsmouth-based street dancers entertain the crowds with performances choreographed to space themed music and interactive street art. Central Square, Gunwharf Quays. 11am-3.30pm.

The Sun Live. Come along to see the sun live, under the expert guidance of members of Hampshire Astronomy Group. Clanfield Observatory, Hinton Manor Lane, Clanfield, 11am and 1.30pm. Admission £5.

Live at the Bandstand: Karaoke. An afternoon to take to the stage and sing your favourite tunes with The Live Karaoke Band. The karaoke will be followed by headline act Big Brother Soul. Bandstand, West Battery Gardens (behind D-Day Museum), Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, 1pm.

Evensong. With Portsmouth Cathedral Choir. Music by Dyson and Harwood. St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street, Old Portsmouth, 6pm.

Lift off! Procession from Gunwharf Quays to Southsea Bandstand, West Battery Gardens (behind D-Day Museum), Clarence Esplanade, 5pm-6.30pm. Followed by entertainment, then at 10pm by Twilight Fire Spectacle at Castle Field, with live performance, music, dance, a touch of pyrotechnic magic, and a firework display will end the festivities with a bang!

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