17 things for Portsmouth residents to look forward to in 2021

To say that 2020 has been a disappointing year would be perhaps the understatement of the decade.

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This community run event has been an annual tradition and dates back over 100 years. However it was cancelled for 2020 due to the pandemic but organisers are planning to bring it back in 2021, depending on the circumstances.

A year that promised so much including the America’s Cup coming to town, yet another trip to Wembley for Pompey fans and of course the annual pilgrimage to Southsea Common for Victorious Festival.

However for the obvious reasons all of that has been put on hold.

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We didn’t get to enjoy the annual celebration of all things music on Southsea Common over the August bank holiday. However it will be back in 2021.

So we decided to pull together a list of things to look forward to in the Portsmouth area in 2021 - touch wood.

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The new football season has begun but fans are still not allowed into Fratton Park. Hopefully in 2021 we will be back to the ground being packed and in full voice week after week. With away trips back on the cards as well.
The annual event will be back in style in 2021 after having to cancel the 2020 edition. Fans have dug deep to help ensure it will return next year by backing a crowdfunding campaign.
Make sure you don’t misplace your lederhosen or your stein because Oktoberfest Portsmouth & Southsea will be back in 2021 after being postponed this year. In the past there have been Live Bavarian-style bands performing for the crowds.
The annual celebration of all things geek will return to Portsmouth Guildhall in 2021. It will take place between May 1 and May 2 next year. Customers who have tickets for the original dates will be able to use them for the rearranged event.
If you love sausages, cider or perhaps both at the same time, well then this festival is certainly one to get excited for next year. It will be back in Portsmouth on February 21, 2021 with a new range of sausages, even more cider than before and live music.
Due to take place earlier this year, the Chilli and Gin Festival at Fort Purbrook has been postponed to June 5 and June 6 in 2021. It promises to offer plenty for fans of spicy food and gin!
After years of anticipation, the Royal Navy’s future flagship will finally enter active service in 2021 and will be deployed on her first operational mission. It will come four years after she first arrived in Portsmouth.
This community run event has been an annual tradition and dates back over 100 years. However it was cancelled for 2020 due to the pandemic but organisers are planning to bring it back in 2021, depending on the circumstances.
Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it's a kite! The kite festival will return to the seafront in August 2021. The organisers say they ‘will return even stronger’.
The 10-day festival of culture across Portsmouth will be returning in 2021. There will be plenty of things to keep us all entertained.
The £244 million project to upgrade the M27 to a smart motorway between Junction 4 and Junction 11 is due to finish in September 2021. So no more weekend closures or speed limits.
April was supposed to see 50,000 Pompey fans descend on the famous Wembley Stadium for the EFL Trophy Final - but due to the pandemic it was postponed. Hopefully in 2021 fans will get to walk down Wembley Way and see the famed Arch.
Touch wood this season will finally be the one that sees Pompey promoted from League One and back into the Championship. PUP!
Fingers crossed we will see a Covid-19 vaccine being widely available in 2021 - and life will start to return to normal.
I’m sure that like us here at The News you have been unable to see plenty of your dearest friends and relatives over the last six months. But hopefully in 2021, with a vaccine, we will all get to be reunited with those we love - and never take that time for granted again.
With quarantine rules and the general risks concerned with the pandemic it is likely many of us missed out on our annual summer holiday trips to sunny Spain or Greece or other destinations. Hopefully in 2021 normal service will resume!