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If it wasn’t already obvious to everyone, this area really does have so much to offer.

As we report today, online review website Trip Advisor has honoured Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard with a certificate of excellence.

This is given to businesses that rank in the top 10 per cent worldwide for visitor feedback.

That will come as no surprise to anyone who has visited.

It was already a special place before the revamp of the Mary Rose Museum, but now it’s spectacular.

And that is borne out by this honour.

It’s no mean feat either. As any of you who have visited Trip Advisor know, it’s got tens of thousands of attractions and even more opinions.

But it’s important to remember that this area has so much more to offer than heritage.

A glance through today’s Guide in The News will show there’s no shortage of ways to stay entertained over the bank holiday weekend.

The dockyard itself plays host to the Victorious Festival. More than 20,000 people are expected at an event that’s got everything from live music from great acts to Peppa Pig for the young ones.

In Gosport, there’s the GosFest – four days of music and entertainment that will bring out the crowds.

Back in Portsmouth, there’s the Kite Festival on Southsea Common.

If you’ve not been before, then go.

It truly is spectacular, with weird and wonderful creations from around the world alongside everything from stunt flyers to giant kites. And on top of all this, there are the things for free – whether a walk on one of the fantastic beaches or in the great countryside we’re so close to.

In short, we’re spoiled for choice, so go out and enjoy it.

It may rain, it may not, but either way, make the most this weekend of this fantastic part of the country we call home.

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