Final countdown to the return of the Southsea Show

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THERE are now only two days to go until the relaunched Southsea Show.

And it seems to be the hottest ticket in town with many people buying tickets in advance.

The Show Girlz at the launch of the Southsea Show (l-r) Emma Lyford (22), Clare Jefferson-Jones, artistic director of Splodge Designs who will be making the carnival costumes and Rebecca Edwards (21) with (front) Lucy Smith (25) who will be at The Southsea Show.''Picture: Sarah Standing (131526-7377)

The Show Girlz at the launch of the Southsea Show (l-r) Emma Lyford (22), Clare Jefferson-Jones, artistic director of Splodge Designs who will be making the carnival costumes and Rebecca Edwards (21) with (front) Lucy Smith (25) who will be at The Southsea Show.''Picture: Sarah Standing (131526-7377)

Organisers say sales of advance tickets exceeded their expectations.

The show, which takes place this weekend on Southsea Common, has a host of events and entertainment for the family.

A beer tent, cake stall, baking demonstrations and children’s workshops will surround a giant big top which will house a variety show on Saturday.

Steve Pitt, one of the organisers, said: ‘When you start planning a show like this, everyone puts so much effort into making sure that we showcase the best of local and national talent.

‘You just hope that people remember the fantastic Southsea Shows of years gone by, when it was the biggest event in the local calendar.

‘Things seemed to become more commercial in the latter years of the show.

‘But we were keen to return it to what should be – a big family weekend.’

As well as the variety show, live music will be played throughout the weekend.

The Tom Prince Cancer Trust Stage will feature the best of local cover bands during both days.

There will also be gardening demonstrations, competitions, community stalls, carousels, and bumper cars, as well as a petting zoo, sports activities, crafts, dog shows, a cider bus, a milkshake wagon, and food stalls.

Steve added: ‘We are delighted that the people of Portsmouth and Southsea are keen to see the return of the show and are as excited as we are about the huge variety of acts and entertainment which will be offer.’

Tickets are available via the Guildhall at portsmouthguildhall.co.uk or by calling (023) 9282 4355.

Tickets ensure fast-track entry to the show.

More information on the line-up and activities can be found at thesouthseashow.co.uk