Bank holiday madness when thousands flocked to Southsea | Nostalgia

Back in the day, bank holidays meant the world and his wife headed to Southsea, the first resort.

Wednesday, 17th November 2021, 6:58 pm
Bank holiday crowds at Southsea. There was nothing unusual about scenes like this.
Bank holiday crowds at Southsea. There was nothing unusual about scenes like this.

This selection of photos from our archive shows Portsmouth ‘en fest’ on bank holidays, when it seemed the sun always shone. Of course it did…

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Portsmouth Municipal Airport opened in July 1932. That year the first air passenger service began between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight and was particularly popular around bank holiday weekends.
With a packed carousel and boat swings we see 1920s people at the Bank Holiday fair on Portsdown Hill. Picture: Barry Cox postcard collection
Cosham, Portsdown Hill is crowded on a bank holiday about 1910. Picture: The News PP5633
Bank holiday crowds at Canoe Lake, Southsea, in Edwardian days. Note the carriage in South Parade.