Advanced festival tickets

Black Star Riders: from left, Scott Gorham, Chad Szeliga, Ricky Warwick,  Robbie Crane and Damon Johnson.  Picture by Richard Stow

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Advanced tickets for the popular family event, which this year saw around 35,000 people attend, takes place at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

People can browse stalls and listen to live music.

Director of visitor experience John Rawlinson said: ‘The festival has become an essential Christmas tradition for many families.

‘What’s incredible is, despite the weather being unkind for some of it, more than 35,000 people visited us, which is more than last year.

‘We’ve had so much positive feedback from visitors saying they’ve had an incredible time here.

‘We are grateful to everyone involved for making this special event run so smoothly. This event takes months of preparation and so planning for next year’s event has already started.’

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