Seven great things to do in Portsmouth this weekend

Short of inspiration for the weekend? Check out our selection of events in the Portsmouth area on Friday and Saturday.

Tuesday, 19th April 2016, 2:06 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th April 2016, 3:10 pm


Spinnaker Tower Comedy Gong Show

Spinnaker Tower

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7pm - 3am (last entry 8pm)

Thirteen new comedians will step onto the stage for you to decide if they should stay and tell jokes or leave! Hosted by award winning comedian James Alderson (pictured), this night is full of laughs and audience control.

Tickets £8, minimum age 18 and no advance entry. More at

The Big Chris Barber Band

The Kings Theatre


Europe’s finest traditional jazz and blues band are coming to Portsmouth. Playing hits including ‘Bourbon Street’, ‘Ice Cream’ and ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’. Promising fans an exciting evening of high quality music.

Tickets from £18 available at

The Petty Criminals

RMA Tavern


The Petty Criminals are returning to the RMA Tavern to play more Tom Petty and the heartbreakers classics.

Free entry. Visit for more information.

The Ruff Fashion Show

The Square Tower

5.30pm - 9pm

Young designers are showing off their versatility by fusing modern fashion with Shakespearean. Collections include nods to Shakespeare as part of the Much Ado About Portsmouth festival week, celebrating the times and achievements of England’s most famous playwright. Plus local dramatic groups and street dancers will be performing.

Tickets are £9.50 or £4.50 for students. Available in advance from; or on the door.


Annual Rotarail Model Railway Exhibition.

Fareham College

10.30am - 5pm

With over 20 layouts varying in scales and sizes this event is great for railway model collectors, enthusiasts and families. All money raised from the event will go to the Naomi House and Jacksplace Hospice.

£6 admission for over 16s, and £2 for children aged 5-16. Visit for more information.

Royal Armouries Museum, Fort Nelson

10am - 5pm

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson will celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday and St George’s Day, inviting visitors to stretch their legs and brains to solve clues and discover some of the noble associations of the big guns at Fort Nelson.

Museum admission is free, the make and take activity is available for £2.50 and the majestic trail is £2 both for children aged 3-15 year olds. For more information call 01329 233 734 or visit

Tea Party Celebration

Bedhampton Social Hall

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in style with a British tea party. Entertainment for everyone with a red, white and blue theme. Plus, best hat competition and children’s activities.

Free entry, £2 for a plate of food. Call 023 9264 6572 for more information.

Full list of what’s on this week in Portsmouth.