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Autumn in Portsmouth: What’s On?

Summer may be over, but, that doesn’t mean the fun stops there! The coming Autumn months in Portsmouth are jam-packed with entertainment, culture, and good old Pompey tradition.
Whether you’re pumpkin-carving or sparkler-twirling, there’s something for everyone to get involved in over the next few months. Take a look at what you could be up to in and around Portsmouth in October and November…
Joe Lycett
Date: 03/10/2018
Venue: Portsmouth Guildhall
If the rain is bringing you down, then take a trip to Guildhall and have a few laughs with funnyman Joe Lycett. Known for his internet trolling, this brummy brings the digital world to life as he asks audience members to actively tweet him during his performance. His punchlines and witty delivery definitely shouldn’t be missed.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven Five
Date: 04/10/2018
Venue: Portsmouth Guildhall
Are you ready to be whisked away in beautiful harmonies and extraordinary rhythms? Prepare yourself for a stunning concert showing off incredible melodies and some of the world’s most famous musical scores. The show has been described as a ‘romantic fantasy’ – you can make that judgement after you’ve seen it.
Eastney Beach Clean
Date: 06/10/2018
Venue: Meet outside the Coffee Cup
Time to put those gloves on, grab those litter pickers, and get cleaning. Help keep our beaches clean to protect our environment and creatures. The aim of the beach clean is to remove anything man-made from the shores e.g. plastics, metals, and textiles. Clean for as long as you want, there is no limit to saving our oceans – just make sure you return your full bags to the start point.
Choose 90s
Date: 06/10/2018
Venue: Pyramids Centre
Get rooting through your wardrobes and drawers to fish out those huge hoop earrings, washed-out denim dungarees, and of course, that classic Britney-style mini skirt, because you’re going back to the days of Clueless and Saved by the Bell!
Featuring the classic artists such as N-Trance and Artful Dodger, grab your dancing shoes and glow sticks because this 90’s night will definitely set you free.
Love Southsea Market
Date: 06-07/10/2018
Venue: Palmerston Road
Running for its fifth year, the Love Southsea Market is back and bigger than ever. Browse through exciting arts and craft stalls, local trader pop-ups, and delicious street food stalls that send gorgeous foodie aromas through the air of Portsmouth. You wouldn’t be mocked for thinking you were on the cobbles of a little town in Italy – with the famous Pompey charm, of course!
Great South Run Weekend
Date: 20-21/10/2018
Venue: Southsea Seafront
Where’s your running shoes? Time to tie those laces because the end of October sees Portsmouth transformed into a city full of racers. Taking in some of the most beautiful sites Portsmouth has to offer, the race will run past the Spinnaker Tower, through the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and along the seafront.
Don’t be fooled into thinking you have to be Kelly Holmes to take part because there are a number of various races across the whole weekend. Whether you’re a beginner, a pro, or want to run alongside your little ones – there’s a race for everyone.
Monsters Week
Date: 20-28/10/2018
Venue: Blue Reef Portsmouth
Come face-to-fin with real life sea monsters this Halloween! October half term brings you MONSTERS WEEK. You’ll have the chance to learn everything about some of the most fearsome creatures in our oceans. There will be lots of competitions, quizzes, and fun!
Halloween Ghost Tours
Date: 31/10/2018
Venue: Groundlings Theatre
Halloween just took a ghostly turn because this year Portsmouth’s most haunted building is taking you on a spooktacular tour with ghouls around every corner. Live actors will take you through secret passages and hidden doors to give you a frightful Halloween you won’t forget – even if you tried…
Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra
Date: 01/11/2018
Venue: Portsmouth Guildhall
Take your seat as you witness a masterclass of musical ceremonies thanks to the legend that is Jools Holland and Marc Almond, who will be accompanying Jools on creating a magical night of rhythm and blues.
Sacrifice and Remembrance
Date: 01/11/2018
Venue: Becket Hall
To mark the 100th anniversary of WW1, Becket Hall presents a look at the sacrifices made during the war. You’ll be told the stories of fallen soldiers and learn how the Commonwealth War Graves Commission commemorate the sacrifices made.
Craft Show
Date: 03-04/11/2018
Venue: Fort Purbrook
With 70 professional exhibitors showcasing a variety of creative products, it’s your chance to get your Christmas shopping done early. Ranging from bespoke jewellery to statement art pieces, there’s something for everyone’s taste.
The Gin Sessions
Date: 03/11/2018
Venue: Hayling Island Community Centre
A gin lover’s dream is coming to Portsmouth early November, as this independent festival is giving you and your gin palette the chance to discover new and exciting gins. On your arrival you’ll be given a copa-style gin glass and a heavenly booklet packed with tasting notes. So, the real question who’s the gin to your tonic?
Joanna Lumley
Date: 04/11/2018
Venue: Portsmouth Guildhall
Oh, now this is going to be absolutely fabulous! British icon Joanna Lumley is embarking on her first ever live tour called It’s All About Me – a name that Patsy would certainly be on-board with. The tour will see Joanna Lumley excite her audiences with funny anecdotes and adventures from her inspiring career.
Will her sidekick Edina make an appearance? We guess you’re going to have to buy a ticket to find out!
Southsea Beach Clean
Date: 04/11/2018
Venue: Meet at Rocksby’s
Starting at 10am, let’s all work together to help keep our beaches clean. You’ll be on the lookout for any man-made products such as plastics and metals to discard from our shores. Millions and millions of tonnes of waste enter our oceans yearly and threatens the safety and lives of thousands of beautiful creatures. Join the people of Portsmouth early in November to help protect our oceans.
Gunwharf Quays Fireworks Extravaganza
Date: 08/11/2018
Venue: Gunwharf Quays
Remember, remember the fifth of November, right? Wrong! This year we need you to remember the eighth of November. Gunwharf Quays will be lighting up the Pompey skies once again with a firework extravaganza not to be missed. Along with a beautiful backdrop of Gunwharf Quays there will be live music and performances, which will be announced sooner to the time.
Pumpkins and fireworks at the ready, this Autumn is going to be exhilarating and we want to see everything you get up to! So, make sure you let us know on Instagram and Facebook.

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