HUNDREDS of people packed out Southsea seafront and enjoyed the warm weather and a host of family-fun activities.
The Rural and Seaside Show opened up to the public on Saturday, and is due to conclude today.
The free three-day event included live entertainment, a range of food stalls, arts and crafts, animal displays and funfair rides.
Emma Godson, 23, a student, of Pretoria Road, Southsea, said she was pleased a free event like the show was put on it Portsmouth.
She said: ‘It was a really good event, and there was lots of things to do for people of all ages.
‘I think the hot weather helped, as there were loads of people there.
‘I own ferrets, and so I was glad I caught the ferret racing as I thought it was hilarious.
‘I’m glad Portsmouth had something like this to do over the bank holiday.’
Across the weekend people got to pet sheep and miniature horses, watch a ferret race, experience a horse-and-cart ride, and a donkey ride along the seafront.
There was also a welly-throwing competition, tug-of-war, beach volleyball and a bucking bronco.
Younger children got to enjoy funfair rides in castle Field, while bigger rides for older children were on Southsea Common.
The Southsea Archery Club also offered taster sessions in the moat of Southsea Castle.
Adam Palmer, 23, of Edenbridge Road, Milton, went along with his family.
The radiological protection professional for the Ministry of Defence said: ‘I love animals, so a highlight for me and my family was to see the sheep, horses, dogs and ferrets.
‘There was a lot of things to do for younger children.
‘I enjoyed walking around and trying some of the hot food, which was pretty good.’
A Love Southsea marquee was also on hand, a Punch and Judy show, and a heavy horse show.