Portsmouth’s International Kite Festival: Ups And Downs

This year was the 26th anniversary of Portsmouth’s International Kite festival which brings colour and life to Southsea Common every year. As the bare bones of Victorious Festival loomed in the distance, large kites flew overhead of various shapes and sizes. I could see Aladdin, a sting ray, crocodile and half a male torso. Smaller … Continue reading Portsmouth’s International Kite Festival: Ups And Downs

The First Portsea Carnival: Making Pompey Proud

Portsea has never had its own carnival before but on the 12th August this changed, thanks to a community group who decided to organise it themselves. Run by Portsea Events Group South, and supported by organisations, services and groups from the local area and beyond, the first Portsea Carnival started at John Pounds Centre on … Continue reading The First Portsea Carnival: Making Pompey Proud

Boathouse 4 Summer Festival: A Ship That Already Sailed

Aiming to celebrate traditional and heritage crafts, Boathouse 4 welcomed the public into the Historic Dockyard, free of charge, for 3 days of family festivities between 4-6 August. Featuring demonstrations from Groundlings Theatre and the Fort Cumberland Guard and activities including boat-building, wool-spinning and leather-working, it seemed too good to be true. I found the Boathouse … Continue reading Boathouse 4 Summer Festival: A Ship That Already Sailed

Castle Road Summer Fayre: Quintessentially Southsea

On the first weekend of August, I travelled down to Castle Road for their Summer Fayre, sponsored by Southsea's Coastguard Studio. Castle Road is home to many popular independents including the infamous Pie and Vinyl (see my review as part of the Southsea Food Tour, coming out this Thursday) and Tony Wood hair salon in the old Victorian … Continue reading Castle Road Summer Fayre: Quintessentially Southsea

Portsmouth University Library: A Trove of Historical and Cultural Treasures

On the 25th July, the University library invited the public on a tour of their special collections for the first time. Their impressive array of maps, rare books, artwork and archive materials were unveiled alongside a talk that no member of the public has experienced before. All for free. There were about 15 of us … Continue reading Portsmouth University Library: A Trove of Historical and Cultural Treasures