Bandstand concerts, a church fayre, otters and more

Music at the Southsea Bandstand.  Picture: Paul Jacobs
Music at the Southsea Bandstand. Picture: Paul Jacobs
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More ideas for things to do around the area over the next few days.

MUSIC: The sounds of summer are about to fill Southsea Common. The annual programme of free live concerts at the bandstand will start on Sunday and take place from 1pm to 4pm. It’s a great excuse to get the family together and head down to the seafront with a blanket and a picnic basket. The first summer concert will feature Portsmouth-based cover band The Bootlegs who will be supported by The Casemates. On Sunday, June 7, Nick Courtney will host a 1940s and swing concert featuring female vocal group The Three Belles as well as The Bevin Boys. For a full programme visit

FAYRE: There will be a traditional church fayre at the Holy Trinity Church, West Street, Fareham tomorrow from 11.30am to 2pm. The fayre will feature stalls, games, a tombola, a beer tent and a barbecue. Profits will go towards the High Time project to restore the clock and tower at Holy Trinity Church. Entry is free, call 01329 232 688 for more information.

OTTERS: Blue Reef Aquarium in Southsea is hosting an otter-themed week full of events to coincide with the birthdays of its three resident otters, Ralph, Patty and Selma. Blue Reef’s Adam Makinson says: ‘This event is designed to be a fun way to discover more about the secret lives of these graceful and enchanting aquatic mammals and the dangers they face both in the UK and worldwide.’ The themed week finishes on Sunday and the aquarium is open daily from 10am to 6pm.

Other stuff...

INSIDE: There will be an Alice in Wonderland craft activity at Emsworth Library tomorrow, 9.30-midday.

OUTSIDE: There are Bug Bonanza activity days at Staunton Country Park in Havant daily 10.30am-3.30pm.

FREE: Eastney Beam Engine House has open days tomorrow and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

PAID: On Sunday there are vintage and craft fayres at the Mountbatten Centre in North End, entry: £1.