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Victorian Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Nov ’13
10:00 am




Here is a taster of what will be on offer over the festival weekend.


Friday 29th November to Sunday 1st December, 10am – 6pm.


A whole host of colourful characters filling the snow covered Victorian streets, from festive street musicians to Her Majesty Queen Victoria and Mr Brown; our best-loved Victorian entertainers will bring a bygone era back to life. Keep your eyes peeled for the penny farthings, chimney sweeps and cheeky pickpockets!


Mr Alexander’s Travelling Show is back by popular demand to wow the crowds once more with his incredible magic tricks. Also making a return this year are the Larking About Angels – ‘floating’ around the site on their heavenly Segway’s! Look out for grumpy scrooge who will be working his way through the crowd spreading his own special brand of Christmas ‘cheer’!


Both the young, and young at heart, can say hello to our traditional green Father Christmas, his trusty reindeer and his fairy helpers throughout the day. They will be greeting all of our festival guests on the Santa stage nearMarket Square, and handing out gifts of satsumas and reindeer masks in their live shows.


The much loved Sherlock Holmes and his trusty partner Dr Watson will be joining the festival. Explore the bustling Victorian Streets where they may have walked and try to solve the Christmas Mystery. Follow our Sherlock trail of discovery, finding clues along the way to win an amazing family prize! Continuing the Sherlock theme, there will be a showing of two short Sherlock films throughout the weekend, as well as a short theatre production, called Ho Ho Holmes, to get even the biggest of scrooges in the festive spirit!


As well as all of that, each of the Historic Dockyard world-class attractions will be open for you to enjoy on your visit, including: the brand new Mary Rose Museum, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Action Stations and the Harbour Tour (weather permitting).


There is so much to see, why wait buying your tickets now could you save anything up to £4.50. Don’t forget you can also buy joint tickets with our travel partners; South West Trains, Hovertravel, Wightlink and First Bus check their respective websites for full details.


Advanced Ticket Prices:


Purchasing tickets before 4pm on Thursday 28th November 2013 could save you up to £4.50. Advance prices are as followed: Adult – £15.00, Child – £13.00, Senior (60+)/ Students – £14.00, Family (up to five people, max 2 adults/seniors) – £45.00. Tickets purchased online at our website after 4pm on Thursday 28th November 2013 will be charged at the standard on the day price.


2 for 1 Senior Ticket:


Portsmouth Historic Dockyard are also currently offering 2 for 1 on all Senior tickets purchased for Friday 29th November 2013. This offer ends on Thursday 28th November at 4pm and cannot be bought on the day. All you need to do is simply enter the code ‘sherlock’ at the checkout if booking online or quote when you telephone. (Offer applies to Senior tickets on Friday 29th Nov 2013 only. Offer not valid on Adult, Child, Student or Family Tickets. Maximum of 4 full price Senior tickets per household.)

For tickets see or call 0844 880 5419 – telephone bookings will stop on Sunday 24th November.


After 24th November tickets will only be available online, through the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Visitor Centre, our Travel Partners and Tourist Information Centres.


For full details on this event and a full list of terms and conditions for both ticket offers please visit out website