August events in Portsmouth and at the Royal Marines Museum

Portsmouth is a hidden jewel of the South Coast, as the city has more to offer than most people imagine.

2009 is a big year for Portsmouth, with a range of anniversaries to commemorate.  Search our events listings for further details of the events planned.

  • 65 years since the D-Day landings
  • 500 years since the accession of Henry VIII
  • 500 years since the building of the Mary Rose began
  • 250 years since HMS Victory’s keel was laid
  • 150 years since HMS Warrior’s keel was laid
  • 150 years since the birth of Sherlock Holmes’ creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 100 years since the death of George Meredith, the novelist and poet who was born in Portsmouth

Things to do this month:

  • Portsmouth International Kite Festiival at Southsea Common
  • Live at the bandstand every Sunday on Southsea Seafront
  • Cadet Field Gun Team at the Royal Marines Museum

Events at the Royal Marines Museum:

Commando Fit

  • 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th of August
  • Family Fun at 11am, 1pm & 3pm!
  • Being a Royal Marines Commando is a tough job: you need to be strong in mind and body. Our activities will give you a taster of that as we test you physically and mentally (but not too hard…). Have you got what it takes?

Learn how Royal Marines Commando survive in a variety of climates…Survival

  • 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th of August
  • Family Fun at 11am, 1pm & 3pm!
  • As a Royal Marines Commando, sometimes you need skills and training just to get by. From shelters to food, there’s more to operations than just the enemy…
  • Find out what is involved for yourself with our range of family activities…

Royal Marines Commandos use brain and brawn to achieve breathtaking resultsCommando Operations

  • 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th of August
  • Family Fun at 11am, 1pm & 3pm!
  • Fighting man, thinking soldier; as a Royal Marines Commando, you’ll need both mind and body to succeed. See for yourself what is required of them through a number of fun family activities, and discover the range of talents they use on a daily basis…

Go Ballistic – a fun family event!Go Ballistic

  • FREE Explosive fun for everyone!
  • 16th August – 11am to 4.30pm
  • How do firearms work? With the aid of demonstrations, explosions and a few things flying through the air you can find out for yourself! With a wealth of activities on offer at this FREE event in the Museum grounds (normal admission prices apply to enter the Museum), there’s something for everyone!

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