Showing posts from September, 2017

International Comic Con Comes to Portsmouth in 2018

The best in comic book, TV, film and pop culture entertainment comes to Portsmouth on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May 2018 as Portsmouth Comic Con, International Festival of Comics hits the South Coast!

In one of the largest regional events of its kind, this brand new convention will celebrate the art of comics, illustration and the worlds of TV and film, providing fun for aficionados, lifelong fans and families alike. Glimpse behind the camera of Doctor Who, with one of its leading prosthetic makeup artists, see behind the scenes art from HBO’s Games of Thrones and dress in your best cosplay - prizes will be awarded on the day!  

Portsmouth Comic Con, International Festival of Comics will feature some of the most important comic writers and artists in the industry, with many creators appearing in the UK for the very first time. All guests have worked on some of the biggest properties in genre including Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Superman, Batman, Wolverine, Judge Dredd, In…

The Spirit of ’67: Portsmouth’s Summer of Love and its Legacy

We welcome a new, temporary exhibition which opens today at Portsmouth Guildhall and is available until 8th January 2018.

The exhibition, created by Dave Allen and hosted by the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, marks the 50th anniversary of the so-called ‘Summer of Love’ with a focus on Portsmouth in the late 1960s and the legacy of those interesting times.

The familiar histories tell tales of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, swinging London and young people with flowers in their hair and bells round their necks, traveling in their thousands to San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district to join the hippies there. The histories of those times also tell us that after the explosion of colour and new sounds of 1967, the following year’s revolutionary spirit became more political and less peaceful, leading to some terrible events in the immediate aftermath such as Altamont, Manson and Kent State.

Dave Allen’s book, Autumn of Love: How the Swinging Sixties & the Counter…

Portsea Lost Heritage Walk

The Portsea Lost Heritage Walk will be held on Saturday 23 September 2017, 10.00 from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Gate on The Hard, to St John the Evangelist RC Cathedral, led by Dr Ann Coats, University of Portsmouth.

The walk will last 2-2½ hrs with a break halfway
The distance is approximately 0.8miles/1.3 km.
If the weather is too bad on the day the walk will be cancelled and rescheduled.

Aim of the Walk: to gather ideas and opinions from the public via a short Questionnaire about what heritage places should be included in a Heritage Trail, what might improve green spaces and how to link these places by walking.

Following the Dockyard Wall, we shall locate the vanished sites of the Brewery, the Daniel Street Chapel, St John’s Church and St John’s RC chapel. Three streets: Marlborough Row, Gloucester Street and Frederick Street were taken into the Dockyard in 1944. What do street names tell us about Portsea’s history?

It will connect heritage and green places and explore quest…

Blogging from my mobile

So excited to be able to blog from my mobile phone! We hope this means that you will see more blogs about events and life around Southsea from this page. If you have any news or events you want to share, please email the details to

Meet Cressida Cowell

One of the most eagerly awaited children’s book of 2017, THE WIZARDS OF ONCE publishes in September, launching a brand new series by Cressida Cowell, author-illustrator of the 8-million-copy-selling How to Train Your Dragon series, which has inspired a generation of readers as well as a DreamWorks’ movie and TV franchise of the same name.

The Hayling Island Bookshop in conjunction with Portsmouth Grammar School are delighted to announce that they will run one of Cressida’ Launch Tour Events. The early evening event will take place at the David Russell Theatre, Portsmouth Grammar School, High Street, Old Portsmouth on September 26th starting at 5pm. The new book is suitable for children aged 8-12.

Each £12.99 ticket entitles the attendee to one copy of the new book and hear Cressida talk about her new series. Cressida will hold a book signing after her Talk. Ticket holders will also receive a poster. A selection of Cressida’s other books will be available to purchase, with cash, at …

World-leading artists for Portsmouth

The new season of Portsmouth Chamber Music series kicks off on 25 September with the incomparable pianist Paul Lewis.

Lewis has a busy international career, appearing in concert halls around the globe. He is renowned for his performances of the Viennese masters, and we will be treated to favourite works by Beethoven, Haydn and Brahms.

Then on the 30 October, we welcome back the Van Kuijk Quartet which so captivated the Portsmouth audience last season. First prize winners of the Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition in 2015 they will perform string quartets by Mendelssohn, Janáček and Ravel.

Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen has been touring the great UK and European concert halls last year as part of the ECHO Rising Stars series. Her partnership with star accompanist James Baillieu sees a programme of Schubert and Prokofiev sonatas sandwiched between works by C.P.E. Bach in their 27 November concert.

Welcome the new year with the series’ resident Ensemble 360 on 29 January, with a prog…