Here’s our quick-fire guide to eight of the many great events happening in Portsmouth over this bank holiday weekend.
Friday, 8pm & 11.30pm
HMS Warrior, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base
The HMS Warrior Ghost Walk
Travel back in time to 1879 and explore the strange happenings below deck on the HMS Warrior.
Hear the strange tales and legends of the sea after dark portrayed by actors and group participants. A tour of intrigue, history and secrecy with the crew of one of England’s most feared warships.
Tickets £15. For more information 01962 435020 or visit darkencounters.co.uk
Ladies Shopping Night at Portsmouth Football Club
Charity-based shopping event at Fratton Park. Browse and purchase items from an array of stall-holders selling their wares. Guest speakers talking about wine and chocolates.
Tickets £10. Purchase by calling 07864829921
Saturday and Sunday, 11am - 11pm
King George V Playing Fields, Cosham
Portsmouth Summer Show
A weekend of family fun, live music and entertainment and much more over the bank holiday weekend. Star-studded line up includes Scouting for Girls, Diversity, Hoosiers and X Factor winner Sam Bailey. Early bird tickets £10.
Standard tickets £15 adult, £7 child (5-15years), £1 (under 5s). Anyone aged 15 or under must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. For tickets portsmouthsummershow.co.uk/ or for more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday - Monday, 10am - 5pm
Castle Field, Southsea
Rural and Seaside Show
Celebrating traditional seaside entertainment, The Rural and Seaside Show brings in elements of life in the countryside, creating a village by the sea. From dog shows and horse displays to ultimate frisbee and scurry diving championships, the show is set to be bigger and better than ever before.
Free entry. For more information contact 02392841400
Friday (7pm) - Saturday (2.30pm & 7.30pm)
Kings Theatre, Portsmouth
Green Day’s American Idiot
Award-winning Broadway musical comes to Portsmouth directly from their West End run. To book tickets contact the box office (023) 9282 8282 or visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk
Main House, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
Max and Ivan: The End
Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winners and Melbourne Barry Award nominees Max and Ivan embark on their first UK tour. A narrative sketch comedy depicting the hopes, fears and dreams of a doomed town. Tickets £12. Contact (023) 9264 9000 or visit newtheatreroyal.com
Fort Nelson, Portchester
Sunday Gun Firings
Experience live black-powder firings of historic artillery pieces. Plus gun drills by uniformed detachments from Portsdown Artillery Volunteers. Guns fired at 11.30am, 2pm and 3pm.
Free entry. For more information visit royalarmouries.org
Square Tower, Portsmouth
The third annual Mayfly pop-up festival in Portsmouth’s oldest venue, the Square Tower. A combination of music, art and spoken word performances. Free entry. For a full line-up call 07867522681 or visit the facebook page barebones-music.