Umbrella Festival at the Groundlings, Portsea

The Groundlings will host their annual Umbrella Festival tomorrow.
The Groundlings will host their annual Umbrella Festival tomorrow.
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Over three hundred years ago, on the site of Portsmouth’s Groundlings Theatre, the inventor of the umbrella was born.

But he has not been forgotten and on Saturday, August 8, Jonas Hanway’s life is being celebrated with the Umbrella Festival at the Groundlings Theatre.

In his honour, a day festival is being held with lots of activities for young and old.

The programme includes arts and craft stalls but also performances and workshops covering theatre, dance, music and poetry, showcasing the area’s talent.

Richard Stride, artistic director, says: ‘It’s a wonder to think that so many careers have started from this theatre.

‘Jerry Williams is a singer who recently performed at the America’s Cup and Victorious, and Celia Muir won the Best Supporting Actress at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood for the role of Lisa in Dead In France in 2012.’

This year sees over 100 artists and performers with dozens of craft stalls and lots more for all the family.

The doors are open from 11am until 4pm for everyone and the admission is free.

For more information about this event visit or call the box office on (023) 9273 7370.