May event highlights in Portsmouth and Southsea
From family festivals and sports events to comedy nights and street markets, Portsmouth’s ever-bustling events calendar shows no signs of relenting in May. It’s tough to pick out the top recommendations, but here are 11 highlights for the month ahead.
Laugh the night away at Spinnaker Tower Comedy Club
Award-winning comedian James Alderson introduces another full line-up to the comedy club at the Spinnaker Tower on Friday 5th May, with Jarlath Regan headlining.
Opening the show is Karen Bailey. Karen has just supported Joe Lycett on tour, and can be seen performing at all the best clubs around the UK.
Call to book on 02392 857 520 or by visiting the Spinnaker Tower website »
Raise money for charity on Blue Day ‘17
Bring on Blue Day 2017! On Friday 5th May, schools and businesses in Portsmouth will don blue clothes, wigs, and face paint to raise funds for local charity the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
Blue Day celebrates the city and Portsmouth Football Club. Get involved, go blue, and raise funds for this vital cause. Every penny goes straight to the trust.
Get to the heart of the action with the Boxing Dinner Show at The Pyramids
Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy are hosting their first ever boxing dinner showhow at Portsmouth’s Pyramids Centre on Saturday 6th May.
Expect lots of action as the academy’s boxers take on fighters from clubs as far as London and western counties.
Support local traders and artists at the Love Southsea Market
An eclectic mix of traders will be setting up stalls at the Love Southsea Market in Palmerston Road on the first weekend of May — from makers, artists, illustrators, and vintage clothes traders to jewellery makers, shabby chic sellers, and giftware stalls.
And, ideal for lunchtime, they always offer a diverse selection of street food traders!
Drink local brews at Portsmouth Beer Festival
The ever-popular Portsmouth Beer Festival returns to the city on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th May at Portsmouth’s Guildhall.
Along with a wide range of ales and ciders, there will also be a selection of food traders, and live entertainment provided by local talent, making it a festival to remember.
Have your sides split by Russell Kane at the New Theatre Royal
Are you 16, but feel 21? Are you 40, but you’re still tragically channeling your twenties? Or maybe you’re full-on at 80, with the heart of three oxen and the sex drive of a bonobo chimp?
Russell Kane brings his new blisteringly funny show about growing up and growing down to the New Theatre Royal on Friday 19th May.
Sleepover at Action Stations in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Ever wanted to sleep over at Action Stations? Well now you can! Join Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on Friday 19th May for their Museums at Night event.
Head along from 6:00pm and be part of a fun-packed evening before the sleepover begins.
Call 02392 893 338 or visit the Action Stations website to book »
Travel back in time with Totally Tina at the Kings Theatre
Tina Turner is a phenomenon, having won eight Grammys and sold over 200 million albums and more concert tickets than any other artist, over a career lasting four decades.
Totally Tina is an-internationally acclaimed award winning tribute show to the Queen of Rock, hitting the Kings Theatre stage on Thursday 25th May.
Go outta control with 50 Cent at Mutiny Festival
Mutiny Festival returns to Portsmouth on the May bank holiday weekend, with 50 Cent headlining on Saturday and Chase and Status headlining the Sunday!
Four stages, carnival performers, secret discos, and the finest gourmet food all guarantee the complete weekender experience.
Revel in the classics with Live on Mars at Portsmouth Guildhall
Live on Mars is a bold new stage production celebrating iconic pop hero David Bowie: his music, artistry, style, and showmanship. It fills the Portsmouth Guildhall stage on Wednesday 31st May.
Influenced by Bowie’s legendary concert performances, Live on Mars fuses sound and vision to portray the essence of Bowie and his alter-egos and creative muses, with elements of mime, dance, and stunning big-screen visuals and animation.