‘When the press-gang dragged its net around a district, were short people at greater risk of being pressed into involuntary naval service than their lanky fellows?’

Events coinciding with home games in February
1 Chinese New Year
1/2 Guildhall Games Fest
15-23 Shipwreck Explorers
15 La Dolce Vita
17 (to 7 Mar) Portsmouth Bookfest
18 Wild About Portsmouth Pop-Up Museum
18 Airfix Extravaganza
29 History Centre Open Day
14 British Science Week
14 Holistic Fayre Fundraiser

to 31 Dec Entertainment Horrible Histories: Pirates

What to see
You’ll find accounts of Portsmouth’s tourist attractions in Towns of Two Halves (and of 91 other places: order the book now for £8 from info@townsof2halves.co.uk). For additional information plus shopping, eating out etc there’s Visit Portsmouth or Team Locals.
Links to Portsmouth attractions include:

Blue Reef Aquarium
Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum (Closed until Apr 2020)
Historic Dockyard
HMS Victory
HMS Warrior
Mary Rose Museum
National Museum of the Royal Navy
Portsmouth Museum
Royal Marines Museum
Southsea Model Village
The Spinnaker

‘Bags of ballast freighted the barriers, presumably in case the banners gave them aerodynamic qualities. The bags looked like unattended packages waiting for a controlled explosion’