Heavy horse event to attract thousands to Southsea

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CASTLE Field in Southsea will be bustling next week as the annual heavy horse weekend is staged.

From Saturday April 30 to Monday May 2, the 27th annual event takes place with activities ranging from arts and craft stalls to children’s rides.

Entrance is free, and activities will start from 10am each day.

Heather Todd, Portsmouth City Council’s assistant events manager, said: ‘This year is shaping up to be brilliant, especially if the weather is going to be as sunny as it has been recently.

‘There’s going to be lots going on, so why not bring the family down and make the most of our second bank holiday weekend in a row?’

On Sunday, the arena will host a National Horse Obstacle Driving Championships plus dressage and falconry displays.

And on Monday, a heavy horse parade starts at 12.30pm, featuring 30 horses making their way from Castle Field to Southsea Common.

On their return to the arena, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Paula Riches, will present all entrants with rosettes and horse brasses.

The event is expected to attract between 5,000 and 10,000 people a day.