All Events

Guildhall Graduate Award 2015 Exhibition

Monday 31 August 2015 - Thursday 29 October 2015
Business Lounge, FREE.

Bhavisha Vadgama is the recipient of the first Guildhall Graduate Award and was selected for her work ‘The Deconstruction of Fairy Tales through Architecture’.

Guildhall: A Moment in Time

Monday 31 August 2015 - Tuesday 09 August 2016
Portsmouth Room, FREE

The Portsmouth Room will host a selection of archive images of the Guildhall from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Reproduced from the collections of Portsmouth Museum', highlights include the moment the Guildhall's foundation stone was laid and a visit from the future Edward VIII. We also reveal the interior of the building decorated for grand banquets and vast crowds gathering for parades and other major events.

Rock Shots Exhibition

Monday 31 August 2015 - Wednesday 30 September 2015
FREE. Access all Areas: The Portsmouth Music Experience Gallery

Exhibiting 50 years of music photography in Portsmouth.

The Pie & Vinyl Poster Show: Gig posters from around the world

Monday 31 August 2015 - Tuesday 29 September 2015
Free Exhibition, Zodiac Gallery & Café

This Summer, the Guildhall plays host to an exhibition of framed works of contemporary studios from all over the world: North, Central and South America, Europe and across the UK. Organised by Portsmouth Cultural Trust, Petting Zoo Prints and Collectables and Pie & Vinyl.

Writers’ Performance Skills Workshop

Saturday 05 September 2015 10am to 4pm. Free to Portsmouth Writers Hub members, £10 to non-members.

Portsmouth Writers Hub, partnered with the Portsmouth Cultural Trust & ReAuthoring are presenting this performance skills workshop. Writers of fiction, prose and poetry from Portsmouth and beyond are invited to a workshop that will help you perform your writing. You do not need to be a performance poet or actor.

Dementia Friends

Tuesday 08 September 2015 - Wednesday 16 September 2015
Starts at 6pm. Free, booking required. Limited spaces available.

Dementia Friends gives people an understanding of dementia and the small things you can do that make a difference.

From the Craftbox's Autumn Market

Saturday 12 September 2015 11am - 3pm, FREE.

Come Browse and purchase from amazingly talented and hard working stallholders with many handcrafted and unique items and products for you to see and buy, plus some crafting supplies.

Back to Bacharach

Friday 18 September 2015 Dinner 6.30pm / Doors 7pm - £19.75, £29.75 incl. booking fee.

CANCELLED - This is the first show to truly celebrate and showcase all of Bacharach's hits in one glorious production. Enjoy an intimate evening of dinner and a concert, cabaret style, in our main auditorium.

Top Banana Circus Workshops

Saturday 19 September 2015 - Saturday 12 December 2015
10:15am to 11:30am.

Circus skills are fun, physical and challenging, so join us for our circus workshops. Whether it’s juggling, diabolo, tightwire, clowning or performance, you’ll learn something new and have a great time doing it.

Heroes' Tide by James Dunlop

Sunday 20 September 2015 Tickets £10. Under 16s £1 with an adult. Doors 2.30pm.

A Live Recording Experience in aid of The Portsmouth D-Day Museum Trust, plus a programme of choral pieces by individual choirs introduced by D-Day Veterans.

"I WAS THERE!" Exclusive Film Preview

Wednesday 23 September 2015 - Thursday 24 September 2015
Screenings 3pm and 6pm, Free (must be booked in advance).

As part of Guildhall's 125th celebrations, Strong Island have been commissioned by Portsmouth Cultural Trust to create a short film of the public's donated memories and stories exploring The Guildhall's rich musical heritage over the years.

Darcy Oake

Saturday 26 September 2015 Doors 7pm - £21.45 / £32.45 / £49.45 incl BF*

SOLD OUT: Canadian magician Darcy Oake will be heading out on his first ever Nationwide UK tour with a series of thrilling live shows. Emerging in the world of illusion as a new generation of contemporary mysticism he has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting performers in magic right now.

Wedding Fayre - Autumn 2015

Sunday 27 September 2015 11.00am. £2, Children free

The centre of Portsmouth is the location for one of the largest PMN Wedding Fayres with in excess of 70 of the best local wedding suppliers, all ready to help you with your wedding day requirements.

An Evening with Bryan Ferry

Thursday 01 October 2015 Doors 7pm, £38.50/ £49.50/ £60.50/ £71.50 incl BF*

After an impressive set of performances around the world throughout 2014 including the lauded Glastonbury and Coachella debuts, British musical icon Bryan Ferry has announced a 20 date UK tour in May and June 2015.

Tonic 3

Saturday 03 October 2015 CANCELLED. First 1000 tickets £27.50 incl.BF* thereafter £33 incl.BF*, on the day £38.50 incl.BF*

CANCELLED. Festival of live music, DJs, art and spoken word is just the Tonic BRITPOP legends Cast are among a fantastic line-up of great acts set to perform as part of a one-day festival of music, art, spoken word, dance, comedy and much more at Portsmouth Guildhall later this year.

Milton Glee Club: SING! Featuring The RMA Band and Bath Chorus

Sunday 04 October 2015 3pm. Tickets £6.50-£14.00

Come and experience the wonderful sound of 150 singers. A 'coming together' of 2 choirs, the MGC and The Bath Chorus, combined with the renowned skills of the Royal Marine Association Band and the power of the Guildhall organ, in this musical spectacular.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Petrushka

Friday 16 October 2015 £14.75 - £29.50 (incl. booking fees). 7.30pm

The new BSO season opens with one of the most famous pieces in classical music, Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, played by Boris Giltburg who wowed BSO audiences in Poole last season. The concert is conducted by Mexican Carlos Miguel Prieto and also features Stravinsky’s great ballet suite Petrushka, bursting with the energy and inventiveness of youth.

Doric Quartet

Monday 19 October 2015 £16, £14 concession including booking fee: book all six concerts and get a 20% discount. 7.30pm

Described by Gramophone magazine as “one of the finest young string quartets”, the Doric String Quartet has emerged as the leading British string quartet amongst the new generation, receiving glowing responses from audiences and critics across the globe.


Wednesday 21 October 2015 Doors 7pm. £35.75 including booking fee.

With over forty UK Top 40 hit singles and sales of over 100 million records, making them one of the most successful British groups of all-time. UB40 are heading back on the road to play their history of hits once again.

Nine Below Zero Acoustic

Friday 23 October 2015 Tickets £16 / £18 including booking fee. Harlequin Room. Doors 7.30pm.

Dennis Greaves & Mark Feltham are heading to town to celebrate the Blues with an intimate concert. Nine Below Zero’s founding members are going back to their roots to perform a series of acoustic concerts as a duo.

An Evening with Donovan

Saturday 24 October 2015 £27.50, £33 including. booking fee, Doors 7pm

You will be treated to Donovan’s history of all his hits: ‘Sunshine Superman’, ‘Mellow Yellow’, ‘The Hurdy Gurdy Man’, Jenifer Juniper’ to name a few, plus also his legendary storytelling and cult songs.

Melena Dance Presents: Gala Night

Wednesday 28 October 2015 5.30pm / £7.50 - £10.50 incl booking fees

Come along and enjoy Melana Dance's Gala night, celebrating forty years of the dance school. The show will feature Ballet, Tap, Modern and Contemporary dance, showcasing Melana Dance Students from as young as 3 years old

The Legendary Dave Berry with The Norman Beaker Band

Thursday 29 October 2015 Doors 7.30pm, £19.25 incl.BF*

Dave Berry began his musical journey as a teen idol in the 1960s, accompanied by his backing band The Cruisers (which included for a time such notables as John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Big Jim Sullivan). He performed a mixture of R&B and pop and enjoyed considerable commercial success, including Memphis Tennessee, My Baby Left Me, Baby It's You, The Crying Game, Little Things and This Strange Effect, all of which hit the UK Top 40. Another single, Don’t Gimme No Lip Child was notably covered by the Sex Pistols!


Friday 30 October 2015 £14.75 - £29.50 (incl. booking fees). 7.30pm

Conductor James Gaffigan returns to the BSO for Shostakovich’s popular and massive Symphony No.11 “The Year 1905”, which depicts events of a first, failed attempt at a revolution in Russia in 1905.

Stewart Francis

Saturday 31 October 2015 Doors 7pm, £19.25 inc BF*

The star of 'Mock The Week', 'Michael McIntyre's Roadshow' and 'Live At The Apollo', embarks on a brand new stand up tour with a fantastic and hilarious new show!

Queen Extravaganza

Sunday 01 November 2015 Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £26.95 incl BF*

Roger Taylor’s Queen Extravaganza plays one special night in Portsmouth to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their platinum-selling album.

Jools Holland & His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

Saturday 07 November 2015 Doors 7pm. £32.45 / £39.60 incl BF*

Jools Holland will be bringing the greatest boogie-woogie party around the UK once again with his annual tour.

Joe Satriani

Monday 09 November 2015 £41.80/ £37.95 incl BF*

Unstoppable Momentum certainly isn’t Joe Satriani’s first trip to the record-making rodeo. Prior to the new album, the guitar superstar had already released 13 landmark solo studio recordings that changed the landscape of six-string-oriented music, including his multi-platinum effort from 1987, Surfing With The Alien.

An Audience with Gareth Thomas

Wednesday 11 November 2015 Doors 7pm. £10 including booking fee.

One of the most successful and well-respected Welsh rugby players shares his life experiences and moving personal journey of his identity struggle amidst sporting triumph through to his work as a gay rights activist and icon.

Go West & Nik Kershaw with T'Pau

Thursday 12 November 2015 Doors 7pm. £27.50 / £29.70 / £31.90 including booking fee.

The 80s are back as three critically acclaimed legends of the era join forces in this major new UK tour. Celebrating their 30th anniversary, Go West together in concert with Nik Kershaw and very special guest Carol Decker from T’Pau are united for one night only in Portsmouth.

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