‘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 November
16 (to 24 Dec) Christmas Market
23 (to 5 Jan) Portsmouth Ice Skating
30 Dickens Christmas Festival
30 Cathedral Christmas Fair
3 Old Portsmouth Pub Crawl & Treasure Hunt
21 King Henry’s Christmas Court
26 Boxing Day Car Meet

to 31 Dec 2020 Horrible Histories: Pirates – the Exhibition
19 Dec (to 5 Jan) Shipwreck Explorers

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’