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Free Mart Fair

The celebrations to mark 825 years of Portsmouth officially having city status will culminate in a Free Mart Fair held in the ga

The celebrations to mark 825 years of Portsmouth officially having city status will culminate in a Free Mart Fair held in the gardens of Portsmouth Museum.

A host of activities have been organised, including live performances, interactive experience and a range of local vendors. The event will showcase the best in local talent whilst harking back to the markets of old that Portsmouth was allowed to hold after being granted the Royal Charter.

Entertainment on the day will include:

Ebru interactive workshop
Try your hand at paper marbling or wood cutout marbling at these interactive sessions led by James Mouland from the Hotwalls Studios. Cost: £10 per tray per 30 minutes; £5 per wood cutout or 4 for £15; scarves £65; cards and woodcuts £3.50. James will also run free demos throughout the day.

Punch & Judy show
James Arnott delivers a traditional Punch & Judy show, to keep the old seaside tradition very much alive and well. Using an old Edwardian theatre and puppets, James recreates the show in authentic style. All the usual characters will be there for the 30-minute performances. What's more, each show throughout the day will follow a different storyline, so people can stay for as many as they like and get a different tale each time.

Greg Chapman
Victorian-style performer Greg will be roving through the crowds with his variety performance - featuring all manner of acts including juggling, comedy, circus skills and plenty more besides.

Sea shanties
The Portsmouth Shantymen will be on hand to give proceedings a suitably nautical feel. There will be three 30-40-minute performances to enjoy throughout the day.

Stallholders include Southsea Drinks Company and Sweet Cakes.

Please note, there will be no parking at Portsmouth Museum on the day of the Free Mart Fair. If you require disabled parking, please call ahead: 02392 832279.

Portsmouth Museum

In the ‘Story of Portsmouth’ you can discover how life at home has changed over the centuries, with reconstructions of a 17th century bedchamber, an 1871 dockyard worker’s kitchen, a Victorian parlour, a 1930s kitchen and a 1950s living room.

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