Still time to buy tickets for Southsea’s Christmas at the Castle

The Bog Rolling Stones
The Bog Rolling Stones
From left: PO Adam Hilton,  Father Christmas, Captain Peter Towell, CPO Chris 'Paddy' Gilkes and Malcolm Dent

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WE’RE just days away from an all-new festive spectacle in an historic setting.

And families still have the chance to snap up tickets and join in the fun at ‘Christmas at the Castle’ this weekend.

Co-organiser Ben Miles

Co-organiser Ben Miles

There’s plenty in store for guests when the occasion, organised by the team behind Victorious Festival, gets going at Southsea Castle.

Starting tomorrow, visitors will be treated throughout the day to performances from local singers and musicians culminating in a headline show from tribute act The Bog Rolling Stones.

Children will be treated to a sing-along with princesses on a stage and there will a wide range of Christmas market stalls dotted about.

Ticket holders can also enjoy going down a 5m high snow-style slide.

A winter champagne bar, barbecue and plenty of mulled wine will also be in store.

Big Love Soul will headline on Saturday evening and Fleetingwood Mac will wrap things up on Sunday night.

Other acts entertaining guests over the three days include Spinnaker Choir, Tom Bertram, The Three Belles and The Paper Trains – plus there’s a Michael Buble tribute act on Saturday afternoon.

Event co-organiser Ben Miles says he’s looking forward to everyone getting into the Christmas spirit.

He said: ‘The castle is an iconic building in the town, and we thought it would be great to see it being used for a wide range of different events.

‘We have already shown live rugby games there.

‘It’s great to utilise the space and the castle looks fantastic when it is lit up.

‘It really makes it a great centrepiece.’

Ben added: ‘It’s the start of the Christmas season, and it’s a great opportunity for families to get together and spend time together.

‘Christmas is the traditional time of year for that.’

The Victorious team are also holding a festive version of the annual Portsmouth Beer Festival at Portsmouth Guildhall from December 18 to 19. More than 120 cask ales will run through the taps. Tickets for Christmas at the Castle can be bought from the Meat and Barrel restaurant, in Palmerston Road, Southsea, and Cosham Library.