5 weeks of family fun at Portsmouth Museum & Art Gallery with the HAF Fun Pompey programme


This summer holiday from 26 July to 23 August, Portsmouth Museum & Art Gallery are running a fantastic programme of fun activities as part of the HAF (Holiday Activities and Food) Fun Pompey scheme. Families will discover Portsmouth’s heritage, the natural wonders of the area and stories of Tudor England.

The events are open to families with children from 5-11 years old. Free spaces are available for those eligible and pay as you go spaces are available at £7 per child per day and include a tasty lunch.

Councillor Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member for Children, Families & Education and Deputy Leader at Portsmouth City Council, said: “It’s great to hear about the events being put on by Portsmouth Museum & Art Gallery during the summer holiday. The HAF Fun Pompey scheme has such a positive impact on all who are involved and it’s great to see the museum working with the programme again. Families will be able to participate in a wide range of activities and learn a great deal about Portsmouth’s history.”

All events are at Portsmouth Museum & Art Gallery PO1 2LJ and are outside – please arrive dressed for the weather. Booked places cannot be exchanged and are non-refundable. See below a list of event details and how to book.


Keep Calm and Carry On (Mon 26 July & Tues 27 July)

Discover the stories of wartime food, diet and life on the home front in Second World War Portsmouth.

Wild about Portsmouth (Mon 2 Aug & Tues 3 Aug)

Make your own food chain by getting up close to nature.  Discover why we all need to be wild about Portsmouth

A Feast Fit for a King (Sun 8 Aug & Mon 9 Aug)

Explore the stories of how and why a Tudor King came to visit Portsmouth.  Take part in activities including sitting at the banquet table and hobby horse jousting.

Banana-rama (Sun 15 Aug & Mon 16 Aug)

Did you know Portsmouth imports ports handles £330 million worth of Bananas every year?  Find out more about why we are bananas about Pompey.

Pompey Old Pompey New (Sun 22 & Mon 23 Aug)

Travel through time and explore the city of stories and discover how Portsmouth came to be.  Write a postcard on how you imagine Portsmouth in 2040.

All 11am arrival-3pm departure


Places must be booked in advance by phoning Portsmouth Museum & Art Gallery Tues to Sun between 10am and 4pm on 023 9283 4779.

Funded places are free for the whole family, pay as you go spaces are available at £7 per child per day.

All activities are risk assessed to be compliant with the latest coronavirus restrictions.  Portsmouth Museum & Art Gallery encourage visitors to wear face coverings and share their details for test and trace purposes.  For more information on steps taken please visit: Covid-19 FAQs – Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery