HERE’S our guide to some of the attractions on offer over the Easter weekend.
The sun is set to shine and as families all over the city search for something to do with their free time, we’ve trawled through and found a variety of brilliant things to see and do.
Whether you’re looking for a traditional Easter service, an activity to please the whole family or if you fancy an alternative evening out, there’s something in our guide for you, from egg hunts to art exhibitions.
There are events all over the city and the surrounding area across the weekend.
Make the most of everything going on as our guide will leave you spoiled for choice.
A JOURNEY THROUGH HOLY WEEK – 10am. Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral. A simple service about the last days of Jesus’ life for children of all ages. All are welcome.
CASTLE ROAD FETE, top right, from 11am - 3pm in Castle Road, Southsea. Continuing to Saturday, Castle Road will be holding a two-day fete with live music and stalls. Incorporating world record day, Pie & Vinyl will be playing live music outside their store throughout the day.
SPRINGTIDE FESTIVAL at Thorngate Halls, Gosport. Doors open 5pm on Friday night and again at 12pm on Saturday afternoon. Friday night ticket: £10. Saturday ticket is £12. A festival of local and up-and-coming national artists across three stages.
The event also includes a Mini Ale Fest from Oakleaf Brewery and many other stalls. Friday night line up: The Family Rain, Dolomite Minor, The Butterfly Culture and many more. Saturday line up: 30+ bands including Young Kato, Eliza and The Bear and Fickle Friends.
TIME WARP EXHIBITION from 10am - 3.30pm. A collection of inspired work by Year 7 pupils at Portsmouth Grammar School. Free.
GUN DRILL ACTIVITIES, left, from 11am - 4.45pm. Royal Armouries’ Museum, Fort Nelson. Children can learn to follow an authentic 19th century gun drill. £3 per child.
THE SOOTY SHOW. 11am or 2.30pm. Kings Theatre, Southsea. Sooty is in town! Join in with the fun with Sooty’s birthday bash. £12 full price ticket, £10 child under 15 years, £38 family ticket (two adults, two children).
BEACH FISHING FOR BEGINNERS. 12 - 6pm. Victory Hants is offering the chance to learn how to fish with experienced fishermen.
All equipment is provided and a donation of £1 is suggested. Meet at the Hot Walls in Old Portsmouth at noon.
EASTER FAMILY FUN DAY from 1pm-3pm at Westbrooke Hal in Waterlooville. A range of activities have been organised in support of Phoebe’s Fight. There will be face painting, crafts, tombola, lucky dip, book stall, bouncy castle and meet the meerkats.
SOUTHSEA CAR BOOT SALE from 7am - 1.30pm in the field opposite the D-Day Museum, next to Southsea skate park. Pitches £8 a car or £10 for a van (small only).n KIDS EAT FREE from 9am to 10.30pm at Giraffe, Gunwharf Quays.
With every adult main purchased, get one free kids meal deal (kids main and selected drink). See Gunwharf Quays website for full terms and conditions.
EASTER ACTIVITIES from 10.30am at Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral. An Easter Sunday Eucharist from the Lord Bishop will be followed by an Easter Egg Hunt with over 300 eggs to search for in the Cathedral grounds. With music from the cathedral choir and consort
GUN FIRINGS from 11.30am to 2pm. Portsdown Artillery Volunteers will provide a spectacular display as they fire a British Land Service Mortar at Fort Nelson.
Easter Egg Hunt from 11am to 2pm at The Boardwalk, Port Solent. Join the fun and mayhem on Easter Sunday for our free Easter Egg hunt around The Boardwalk. You’ll meet some very special surprise guests.
TRICORN EXHIBITION, left, from 10am to 5.30pm at Portsmouth City Museum. Entry is free.
Take a trip to see Tricorn: Controversy in Concrete. Prince Charles once called the building ‘a mildewed lump of elephant’s droppings.’ Come and see what you think.
CRAFTS AT FORT PURBROOK from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Browse a range of handmade crafts, food ideas and gifts. Children under 16 go free, £4 adults, £3.50 seniors. Also running on Saturday and Sunday.
FREE FAMILY FUN from 2pm to 4pm at Berewood Green.
Various Easter crafts and activities including a design an Easter egg competition and an activity trail are sure to make this event an easy Easter treat. Free.
HAMLET FILM SCREENING at 7.30pm at the Kings Theatre, Southsea.
Watch Sir Laurence Olivier as Hamlet in the beautiful surroundings of the Edwardian theatre.
The perfect way to polish off a busy weekend with a classic film in a comfy theatre chair. £6 full price ticket, concession prices available.
OPEN MORNING at Lavant House for families to meet the horses, ponies and friendly donkeys.
Enjoy free pony & tractor rides, face painting and watch riding displays. Lavant House Stables, Lavant, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 9AH.