12 free family fun events over the bank holiday weekend

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Fancy some family fun for free over the bank holiday weekend? We hope our guide to some of the events taking place helps you.

On Saturday between 10am and 4pm Cosham Fire Station will host an open day.

There will be firefighting demonstrations and emergency vehicles from different services on display.

Crew Manager Lee Sheen said: ‘It’s a chance to meet the firefighters and get a behind the scenes look at the fire station.’

There’s a free community day at Ocean Retail Park in Portsmouth (11am to 4pm) in which fitness instructors, dance teachers, martial arts gurus and walking group leaders will showcase their groups at the Thrive Summer Series.

Also on Saturday, Fort Nelson on Portsdown Hill Road continues its free Threads Of War exhibition of contemporary textiles inspired by the First World War, created by members of the 1914-18 Commemorative Quilts and Textiles Group.

From 10am to 5pm at Gosport Discovery Centre in High Street, Gosport, you can visit the exhibition Pirates! Fact Or Fiction? Go on a journey through pirate history, film and literature from Cilician pirates of the Roman Mediterranean to the golden age pirates of the Caribbean. Meet Vikings, Barbary corsairs and Chinese pirates on the way. Discover facts about the ships, weapons, tactics and usually short lives. Includes costumes from Pirates Of The Caribbean, Peter Pan and Spartacus. Centre managers say it is a family friendly interactive experience.

From 10am to 4pm on Saturday, visitors to Portsmouth Guildhall can see the free Pie & Vinyl Poster Show: Gig Posters From Around The World. An exhibition of framed works of contemporary studios from all over the world: North, Central and South America, Europe and across the UK.

And at nearby Portsmouth Central Library third floor gallery from 10am to 3.30pm visitors can see Nature Exposed, a free photographic exhibition by Dr Asim K. Dasgupta showcasing 30 photographs that capture the beauty of nature.

On Sunday, there’s a fun day at Abshot Community Centre in Kelsey Close, Fareham, starting at 1pm. There will be an arena display with rugby teams tug of war, AA dog training display, majorettes and zumba as well as a hog roast and bbq, tea and cake, face painting, bouncy castle, candy floss, popcorn, lots of traditional games for the children - coconut shy, hook a duck, Buzz wire, and hoopla.

If you’re feeling patriotic then the Hayling for St George Concert is at The Eastoke Plaza, between midday and 5pm.

On Monday at Anders Hall, Jubilee Park. Waterlooville (1pm-4pm) children can meet the Gruffalo and have a picture taken with him. There will be a bouncy castle, face painting, stalls and more.

From 10.30am to 5pm the annual Emsworth Horticultural Show will be held at the recreation ground in Horndean Road in Emsworth, There will be a wide variety of stalls and entertainment.

The Stubbington Fayre and Donkey Derby (11am - 2pm) will be held at Stubbington recreation ground

Seven races, each with seven runners ridden by local children act as a framework for the rest of the programme.

Other arena events include the ever popular Big Noise Samba Band, The Stubbington Springboard Gymnastics Club and the Locks Heath Silhouette Majorettes.

And from 10am-3pm in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, between Debenhams and Burton, Jordan Greenwood, 16, of Landport, is organising a magic show in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

He said: ‘A lot of my family have got heart problems so this is a way of giving back.’

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