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Forthcoming Events at Southsea Castle

The Southsea Castle Champagne Bar will be open 6pm-12pm most Fridays during the summer.

French Takeover of Southsea Castle

Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th April, 10am-5pm.

Southsea Castle is the site of a friendly French invasion this weekend (8 and 9 April).

Nearly 500 years since Henry VIII watched a hostile French fleet from the castle's battlements, it will host a free weekend festival of food, drink and music from across the Channel.

The event has been set up by Portsmouth City Council and organisations in Portsmouth's twin city of Caen in Normandy, including the Caen tourist office and its Memorial museum.

From 10am to 5pm each day, visitors can sample traditional Normandy goodies including biscuits, shortbread, cider and puddings, with live music from a Caen indie-folk duo.

Cllr Linda Symes, the council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "We've been twinned with Caen since 1987 and our two cities have built up a close friendship.

"We invited them to hold this event and bring over some of their best producers. It's a great way to make use of the castle and offer something a little different. The products coming over sound delicious, too."

Makers Market

Sunday April 30
Sunday May 28
Sunday June 25
Sunday July 23
Sunday August 20 (date set to avoid clash with Victorious)
Sunday September 24
10:30am - 4pm

The Makers Market at Southsea Castle is a fantastic artisan market set within the Castle itself. Held on the last Sunday of the month April-September, the market will feature some of Hampshire's best makers and artists. It's the ideal place to find that special gift for someone, or treat yourself!

As well as the makers market, the on-site Waterfront Gifts shop will be open, plus there will be great food and drink available from The Courtyard. With the Castle to explore, the pirates trail for children and The Southsea Brewing Company's microbrewery for the grown ups, there is certainly something for everyone!

If you are a maker and are be interested in trading at one of the markets, email:

The Creation Station

Wednesday 31st May - Pirates!
Friday 2nd June - By the Seaside

Local favourites The Creation Station will be heading to Southsea Castle for a series of family-friendly workshops.

Children can get hands-on with a load of activities, each following a different theme. Each will involve a number of fun things to do, aimed at children aged 2-11.

Sessions are at 11am, 12:15pm and 1:30pm. Each session costs £3 per child, or £1.50 with a Leisure Card.

For a complete listing of events at all our museums please visit our portal site:

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.

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Aerial photo of Southsea Castle

Exploring the castle walls

Exploring the tunnels around the moat