Sultan Summer Show is back for huge weekend

The monster truck Grim Reaper in action at the HMS Sultan Show in Gosport last year.''Picture: Steve Reid (122054-212)
The monster truck Grim Reaper in action at the HMS Sultan Show in Gosport last year.''Picture: Steve Reid (122054-212)

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EXCITEMENT is building ahead of HMS Sultan’s annual Summer Show.

The Gosport naval base is set to put on a spectacular weekend, raising thousands of pounds for local charities.

This weekend will see attractions such as the Bolddog Lings Motorcycle Display Team and the Gosport Tigers Motorcycle display team at the base.

Visitors will hear musical delights from the Rose and Thistle Pipes and Drums Band, and the Battling Cumberland Giants, along with many more.

But there will be a special night before thousands flock to see military vehicles, aircraft, a village fete, classic cars, motorcycles and steam and traction engines.

Friday will see navy personnel host special needs children at an annual invitation-only afternoon.

Lt Cdr Roy Johnson is the director of the show.

He said: ‘We are concentrating a lot on our younger visitors, there’s a special arena set aside for them.

‘It’s not all noise and excitement – there’s something for everybody really.

‘The main aim of the show is to put on an event for the people of Gosport that is affordable and good quality.’

He added that the show raises cash for local community projects and charities.

The show is open on both Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

Visitors can enjoy the Volunteer Cadet Corps Field Gun Competition in the main arena, as well as performances from Elson Youth Orchestra.

And helicopter rides will give people a chance to soar above the ground for an aerial view of the showground, Gosport, Portsmouth, and of the Solent.

Youngsters can enjoy a fairground, inflatable playgrounds and free bungee trampolines and water walking. And those of a cheeky disposition can enjoy ‘soak the sailor’ where they can soak the base’s top brass.

There will be a free car park via Browndown Road from the direction of Privett Road in Gosport.

Disabled parking will be signposted from Military Road, Gosport.

Tickets can be bought from HMS Sultan, shops in the area and The News offices.

Advance family tickets cost £15.