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What’s On at Portsmouth Museums

We update this list regularly, as new events are confirmed. Click on the month to jump to that point in the listings: November - December
Also see our Exhibitions page.


Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th November

Eastney Beam Engine House

Eastney Beam Engine House Open Day, including special Meccano event! Visit this impressive Victorian building containing a pair of classic Boulton Watt beam engines and pumps restored to their original 1887 condition. We hope that the beam engine will be in steam on both days.

Free admission.


Saturday 21st November

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Southsea Wildlife Watch - Animals: Then and Now. Come along to learn and discover all about nature through fun games and activities.
Who for - For children aged 5-14 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult, all the family are invited to stay and join in!

Cost - £3 per child suggested donation
Booking - No booking required.

10am-12 noon


Friday 11th to Sunday 13th December

Christmas at the Castle

The team that brings 100,000 people to Southsea seafront in Portsmouth over the August bank holiday weekend for Victorious Festival are excited to announce their newest event…

Christmas at the Castle is a fun filled 3 day event with snow in the air and plenty to see and do. Featuring a seasonal Christmas market filled with festive food and gifts, a giant free Yuletide Slide, free elf masks for children & the chance to spot Father Christmas.

Merry music will be performed with entertainment on stage all day and evening headline slots from Bog Rolling Stones, Fleetingwood Mac and Smiley Campbell Band. Stick around after dark to indulge in a glass or two of bubbly at our Winter Champagne Bar, fill your cup of cheer with real ales or winter warming mulled wine and enjoy the Christmas-y lights bathing the Castle into the night.

We will have many more seasonal delights on offer with extras such as traditional fairground rides, a nativity petting zoo & carol-singing. What's more the Beautiful Ice Princess and Ice Queen have cordially accepted their invitation and can't wait to have a big sing-a-long plus many more activities still to be announced. So please join us for a wonderful Christmas at the Castle.

For more information on what is included in the ticket price, and to book tickets visit www.christmascastle.co.uk.

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Line Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Details are correct at time of upload. Every effort will be made to keep this site up-to-date but Portsmouth City Council reserves the right to make changes to the programme in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Tel: 023 9282 6722 Fax: 023 9287 5276

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