Not sure what to get up to during British Beach Week? cottages4you has been asking the people in the know as to what’s on offer, so see below for events and days out to help fill the school holidays. If you know of any others, please let us know below!
22 – 31 July: Rather Unusual Gift Fair, Gunwharf Quays
22 – 24 July: Open Weekend, at locations across the city. Various events and activities will be held across the city to celebrate the one year countdown to the start of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
23 July: ImPact Dance Festival, Rose Gardens, Southsea. As part of Portsmouth’s imPact dance festival, a celebration of dance within the city, jAM jAR Dance Theatre take you on a journey of those ‘Beachy days’! 11am and 1pm.
23 – 24 July: Open Day, Eastney Beam Engine House. Meet the Saxons, City Museum garden
24 July: Race for Life, Southsea seafront. Live at the Bandstand, Soul / Blues. Support: Laurel Arnell-Cullen, Eden.
24 July: Headline: Sherman Robertson Southsea Art and Design Exhibition, Square Tower, 11am-4pm.
24 July: Spice island Guided Walk, meet Square Tower, 2.30pm. Adults £3, leisure card £1, accompanied children free.
28 July – 31 Aug: The Great British Seaside at Gunwharf Quays. The place for real sand in Portsmouth this summer.
29 July: RSPB “Date with Nature” – Southsea Common. The RSPB will be on Southsea Common to show you that the seaside is about more than seagulls!
29 July: Roller Disco with radio 1s Dave Spoon at Southsea Skatepark. 7pm-10pm, entry £5, skate hire £2.50
30 July: Opera in the Park, Victoria Park. An evening of popular operatic arias in the beautiful setting of Victoria Park
30 July: Macmillan Open Water Swim, Sponsored open water swim event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, taking place on the 30th July 2011 between Southsea- Eastney- South Parade Pier. The swim will be 1km long and we intent to have 300 participants. The event will take place between 11.30am and -2.00pm.
30 -31 July: Victorian Seaside Weekend on HMS Warrior 1860. Join thirty Officers’ and crew on board for a weekend of Victorian naval traditions. Free with valid ticket
31 July: Art on the Pier, 10am -5pm, arts and crafts by local artists to browse and buy. South Parade Pier
31 July: Pubs of Old Portsmouth Guided Walk. Meet Square Tower, 2.30pm. Adults £3, leisure card £1, accompanied children free.
31 July: Live at the bandstand, Jazz. Support: Dave Shepherd (Guest star), Jazz in Mind (4 piece blues band). Headline: The Old Thumper Jazz Band (6 piece Dixieland band)
23 and 24 July: Bungee by the beach! Take part or watch jumpers bungee 160ft leaps overlooking the sea on the famous Hove lawns. http://www.visitbrighton.com/site/whats-on/uk-bungee-club-p678931
31 July and 27 August: From Pool to Pier – Brighton Swimming School. Don the swimming cap and learn to swim with the tides with the Pool to Pier Sea Swimming Adventure Days. Teaching groups to go from swimming pools to the open sea, this day-event includes advice, lunch and a theory session as well as a supervised swim in the sea. www.brightonswimmingschool.com
July 22nd – September 4th: BEACH RANGERS TO PROVIDE A SUMMER OF FREE FUN FOR ALL ON EAST COAST BEACHES. Families and visitors to the East Coast this summer can get involved with a free summer of beach entertainment thanks to a team of Beach Rangers from East Lindsey District Council.
Similar to Butlins’ Redcoats or the team of entertainers for Hei-di-Hi, the Beach Rangers will be on the Blue Flag Award winning beaches in Mablethorpe and Skegness from July 22 until September 4.
Running daily, between 11am and 4pm, the Beach Rangers will offer a range of exciting activities for families and friends to enjoy free of charge.
This year, the Beach Rangershave teamed up with Volleyball England, Rounders England, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Lincolnshire Cricket, so as well as offering the traditional beach activities, such as sandcastle building, sand drawing and football, they will be offering young people and their families and friends a chance to try new sports.
July 22 and 23: Volleyball England’s National Beach Tour is set to be part of the activities and will take place in Skegness on the opening weekend of SO Festival.
July 30th: family day with the stars of Lincolnshire Cricket in Mablethorpe
1st – 27th August: Lincoln’s beach – The city-centre beach is returning to City Square on Monday 1st August for four weeks. This free attraction proved very popular last year and everyone is keen to see it return. Kids can play in the sand whilst parents enjoy soaking up the sun in the deckchairs. Punch & Judy will be making an appearance on set dates and there will be many other activities taking place on and around the sand.
Beach Volleyball contests will take place on a Thursday evening and other beach events and contests will run across the four week period.
Taking pride of place alongside the beach this year will be a brand new pirate ship, adding to the beach theme and providing kids with a free play area.
August 5 – 6 : Rounders England will be in Skegness
August 20 – 21 : Beach Cricket Tournament, Mablethorpe
Saturday 30 July: Rockpool Ramble and Beach Scavenge Art – Porth Mear is a gem of a rocky beach on the North Cornwall coast. Join the Rangers for a rockpool ramble. Then scavenge beach materials to make your own marine creature or collage. Beach is a 15+ minute walk from car park.
Meet: National Trust car park at Park Head, grid ref SW 852708. Time: 11am – 3pm. Bring: Wellies or wetsuit shoes for rock pooling, picnic or refreshments. Cost: £2 per head. Booking: Essential – Call 01208 863046