‘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 in August
to 30 Stephen Fisher D-Day Lectures
to 31 Dec Pirate Treasure Trail
2-16 Shipwreck Explorers: Tasty Tudors
3/4 (& 10/11) Live at the Bandstand
4 Beach Dubbin’: VWs by the Sea
4 & 11 Sunday Vibes on the Terrace
7 Scalextric Demonstrations
10 Craft Market
10/11 Portsmouth International Kite Festival
14 Solent Meccano Club
17 Meet the Author: Patrice Lawrence
17 (to 2 Sep) Fighting at Sea on the Mary Rose
20 Southsea Skiffle Orchestra
21 Victory Model Railway Club
23-25 Victorious Festival
31 (to 1 Sep) Dockyard Alive: D-Day Stories

18 Hotwalls Open Studios
to 5 Operation Neptune
to 28 Jolly Roger: The Story of the Skull & Crossbones
to 30 Up Close with a Pacific 24 Rib
to 8 Sep DUKW on Display
to 31 Dec 2020 Horrible Histories: Pirates – the Exhibition

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
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’