There’s a lot to look forward to in the Great Waterfront City this year, with even more for visitors to enjoy as they come and go from Portsmouth International Port.
The famous D-Day Museum opens its doors again this spring after a £4.9million refurbishment. The museum has been transformed with interactive displays, improved gallery space, the introduction of landing craft and the events of D-Day told through real life stories.
A new visitors’ centre marking the centenary of the end of the First World War is also due to open in Portsmouth this Easter. Based at Fort Widley on Portsdown Hill, the museum will tell the stories of groups of friends from Portsmouth who fought and died together during the Great War. Fort Widley is where many of them trained before setting off for the trenches. The new facility is being set up by the Pompey Pals Project, an organisation dedicated to remembering those from the city who gave their lives in WW1.
Music festivals in Portsmouth look set to be even bigger and better in 2018, with tickets for two of the most popular events already selling quickly. The Mutiny Festival is first on the calendar, with R&B star Craig David booked as the headline act for the May Bank Holiday Weekend event.
The Victorious Festival follows on the August Bank Holiday Weekend. Organisers have only announced the Friday night line-up, however, with big name acts like The Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs, Shed Seven and the Lightning Seeds on the first day it already looks like a classic.
Later in the year the city will once again host its Oktoberfest celebrations, with a massive beer tent coverage the Guildhall Square. 10,000 beer lovers visited in 2017, and organisers are brewing up for an even bigger success this October.
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