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Once the kids complete their hundredth iPad game, they start pestering you for something a bit more exciting to do during the half-term break. We’ve got you. Here are our highlights for things to do in Portsmouth and Southsea during the week off.


Saturday 18th: Gangsta Granny at The Kings Theatre

Gangsta Granny Live on Stage at the Kings Theatre

This February, Portsmouth’s Kings Theatre welcome David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny to the stage, produced by the acclaimed team behind Horrible Histories!

It’s Friday night, and Ben knows that means one thing: staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie, and cabbage cake, and Ben knows it’s going to be so boring. But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret, and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

This is the world premiere of an amazing new story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children.

Read more about this event » and book your tickets through the Kings Theatre website »


Saturday 18th: Jack Frost at The Groundlings Theatre

Jack Frost at Portsmouth's The Groundlings Theatre

Puppetry company Moon On A Stick Productions transform the Groundlings Theatre stage for a performance of Jack Frost on Saturday 18th February.

Jack has no idea that his ability to freeze everything he touches is spreading havoc wherever he goes, and causing all sorts of problems in the village.

One day, a small girl spots him out of the corner of her eye, and Jack is no longer alone. She reaches out to him despite his icy hands and realises what it must be like for him to never have felt the warmth of another’s touch.

The playful performance takes place from 2:00pm, and tickets are £10.00 for adults, with £8.00 concessions. Book yours through the Groundlings Theatre website »


Saturday 18th — Sunday 26th: kids eat for a quid at the Spinnaker Tower

Kids eat for a Quid at Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower

From Saturday 18th through Sunday 26th February, kids eat for a quid at the Spinnaker Tower, especially for the half-term.

Marvel at the breathtaking views on offer from 100metres above sea level, venture across the glass floor Sky Walk, and get an insight into the 1,700 years of history on show through the 350º panoramic views.

Then descend to the ground floor Waterfront Café where, exclusively to tower visitors during the school holidays, children eat for just £1.00.

The £1.00 lunchbox contains a healthy selection, including a choice of tuna, cheese, or ham sandwiches, Mini Cheddars, a packet of raisins, a yoghurt, and a carton of juice.

Find out more about this event » and book your tickets online through the Spinnaker Tower website »


Monday 2oth — Friday 24th: Swashbucklers Kids Club at Portsmouth Water Sports Centre

Swashbucklers Kidz Club at Portsmouth Water Sports Centre

Swashbucklers Kids Club is an action-packed February programme at Portsmouth Watersports Centre.

Exciting activities include treasure hunts, swimming, inflatable fun, arts and crafts, tennis, field sports, climbing, high ropes, watersports, football, rounders, cricket, drop-the-egg, last man standing, and many more.

Call Portsmouth Watersports Centre to book on 02392 663 873.


Monday 20th — Friday 24th: Notorious Navvies at Fort Nelson

Notorious Navvies Fun at Portsmouth's Fort Nelson

Head to the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson this February half-term to learn about the people who built the impressive fort: the notorious navvies!

There will be tonnes of fun for the kids, including ‘navvy challenges’ and traditional Victorian crafts, plus chances to find out about the work of Florence Nightingale.

Call the fort to find out more: 01329 233 734.


Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd: Fractured Fairytales at the New Theatre Royal

Fractured Fairytales at the New Theatre Royal

The Young Creatives at Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal present a two-day drama workshop, Fractured Fairytales, on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd February, perfect for kids this half term.

The two-day workshop is inspired by Chris Colfer’s The Land of Stories children’s book series, and will feature a full programme of costume and fractured fairytale fun.

Fractured Fairytales is for those aged seven through 16, and runs from 10:00am to 3:00pm each day.

Read more about this event » and reserve a spot through the New Theatre Royal website »


Wednesday 22nd: Lego shipbuilding at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Lego Ship Building at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

On Wednesday 22nd February, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard host a LEGO shipbuilding workshop, perfect for kids during the half-term holidays.

After you’ve built your ship from LEGO, you can animate it and put yourself in the picture as captain, before emailing yourself the photo!

Read more about this event » and book your ticket through the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard website »


Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd: Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket Chocolate Workshop at Choc & Truffle

Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket Chocolate Workshop at Choc & Truffle

Portsmouth chocolatiers Choc & Truffle host the perfect half-term treat: their Willy Wonka Golden Ticket Chocolate Workshops on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd February.

Indulge in a world of pure imagination at Choc & Truffle’s real-life chocolate factory, and create your own golden chocolate ticket, followed by a three-course chocolate truffle meal — eat if you dare!

Read more about this event » and head to Choc & Truffle’s Facebook page for booking enquiries »


Saturday 25th: Brave at Cafe au Cinema

Brave at Cafe au Cinema

Eatery-filmhouse fusion Café au Cinema screen Disney•Pixar film Brave from 2:00pm on Saturday 25th February, bringing the half-term to a relaxed close.

Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, Brave features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right.

Solo beanbags are £6.00, and giant beanbags for two to share are £8.00.

Reserve your beanbag online through the Café au Cinema website »


Saturday 25th: Bright Sparks at The New Theatre Royal

Bright Sparks at the New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

Great for adults and children alike, Filskit Theatre perform their production Bright Sparks at Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal on Saturday 25th February — a delightfully humorous show!

Links and Rex are like light and dark, left and right. Links is logical — she likes order and fact — while Rex is different: she’s imaginative, a daydreamer. Playful and visually exciting, this original play explores the beauty of difference, and how things are always better when we work together.

Read more about this event » and book your tickets online through the New Theatre Royal website »


Saturday 25th February: Family Saturdays at Aspex

Family Saturdays Arts and Crafts at Portsmouth's Aspex Gallery

On Saturday 25th February, Portsmouth’s Aspex Gallery host their weekly Family Saturdays, perfect to keep the whole family occupied this half-term.

This workshop, named ‘35 & Counting’, will see children and parents making their very own illustrations inspired by Neal Layton, which Jordan will make into a group book.

Neal Layton is an award-winning, Portsmouth-based children’s illustrator and author.

Family Saturdays take place from 11:00am through 1:00pm, and no prior booking is required — this is a free drop-in event.

Read more about Family Saturdays on the Aspex Gallery website »

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