Laid back grooves make a great day at Southsea Bandstand

FUN Niamh Grayston-James, three, and her 18-month-old brother Ethan from Baffins Portsmouth dance as the group Big Love Soul, pictured inset, played. Pictures: Malcolm Wells (122658-653 and 735)
FUN Niamh Grayston-James, three, and her 18-month-old brother Ethan from Baffins Portsmouth dance as the group Big Love Soul, pictured inset, played. Pictures: Malcolm Wells (122658-653 and 735)
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WHAT better way to while away an afternoon than listening to live music in the sun?

That’s what music lovers decided to do as they lounged around at the bandstand, on Southsea seafront, on Saturday.

Big Love Soul perform. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122658-735)

Big Love Soul perform. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122658-735)

Hundreds of people made the most of the glorious weather to listen to top quality free acoustic and soul sounds thanks to Big Love Soul, Half Way House, Zina Jaza and Scott Jowett.

It was a family day out for Tanya Grayston-James, 32, from Baffins, who went along with her mum, brother, nephews and children Niamh, three, and 18-month-old Ethan.

Mrs Grayston-James said: ‘It was an absolutely lovely afternoon.

‘When the sun is shining there’s no better place to be.

‘The children love it here.’

A wide range of free performances were arranged for the bandstand throughout the summer but many were cancelled because of the bad weather.

Organiser Dave Clarke said: ‘It’s been a quite demoralising at times because you put so much effort into it.

‘But when you get days like Saturday it makes it all worthwhile. The music was great.’

WHAT’S ON TOMORROW

· Children can gather around for a Victorian storytelling onboard HMS Warrior. There are four sessions that run throughout the day – 11am, midday, 2pm and 3pm – at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Children and adults can look forward to a spooky retelling of the Dan and the Ship of Bones story. The activity is free for those that have a ticket to the dockyard.

· Play with a variety of old-style games and toys at the City Museum. The free event runs between midday and 2pm at the museum in Museum Road, Portsmouth. Children aged four to 12 are invited.

· Portsmouth Golf Centre is offering reduced-cost lessons for children aged between five and 16. One lesson costs £3 and there are two taking place – at 10am and 11am. There is also a chance to take part in competitions and join the Tiger Club at the Burrfields Road venue. People must book in advance, call (023) 9266 4549 or visit portsmouthgolfcentre.co.uk.

· Go along to Queen Elizabeth Country Park and create a creature out of clay and other naturally-found materials. Clay Critters runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm and again from 1pm to 3pm. Each session costs £1.50 per activity and there is no need to book in advance. To find out more call (023) 9259 5040 or email qecp.enquiries@hants.gov.uk.