Clocktower Classics Weekend of Retro and Family Fun Comes to Portsmouth Guildhall!
Clocktower Classics Weekend of Retro and Family Fun Comes to Portsmouth Guildhall!

Clocktower Classics Weekend of Retro and Family Fun Comes to Portsmouth Guildhall!

If you’re looking for ideas to keep the holiday boredom at bay this summer look no further than Portsmouth Guildhall who have not one, but two family fun events coming up on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August.

Gamers! Prepare to get your geek on as the ultimate in Retro and Board gaming takes place on Saturday 18thAugust in a brand new event, Guildhall Games Fest. In a partnership between Portsmouth Guildhall, Game Over and Dice Portsmouth, there will be an unbeatable selection of consoles and games to enjoy from Pong, and Pac Man to Mario and Minecraft and board games including traditional favourites Cluedo and Monopoly to modern hits such as Dead of Winter and King of Tokyo.

Locally based market leaders in computing and custom PCs and sponsors of the event, Novatech, will also be in attendance with their Retro Arcade Virtual Reality Experience.

Daytime sessions from 11am - 5pm are open to families and players of all ages, with evening sessions from 6 - 11pm restricted to over 18s. A range of tickets are available which include free entry to the Guildhall’s Clocktower Classics Car & Family Fun Event on the following day, Sunday 19th August, 10am - 4pm.

In what is the fourth year of the annual Clocktower Classics event, Guildhall Square will be transformed with over 100 classic cars from the 1950s onwards, starring the elegantly futuristic 1966 Batmobile!

Retro music entertainment comes in the form of a Q&A and tunes with internationally acclaimed DJ and Presenter, Mike Read, facilitated and hosted by Geoff Dorsett and Adrian Collis of Express FM’s The Soft Rock Show. Winner of 10 Broadcaster of the Year Awards, an International Music Award, The Music Industry’s Gold Badge for Services to Songwriting, Mike Read was created a Knight of Malta in 2011 and has written 38 books, 8 stage musicals, has had songs recorded by over 40 artists and currently hosts the Breakfast Show on United DJs, The Station of the Stars.

The day also features Phil Freeman (formerly of Portsmouth bands Soul Society and Image) with his new band; The Class of 69 and vocal duo, It’s all in the Swing, plus vintage hair demos by Tony Wood Hairdressing, The Swing Dance Company and stalls including a surname historian. And with prizes for the best 50s and 60s outfits on offer, dressing up is positively encouraged.

Clocktower Classics is the ultimate family day out with all the fun of the fair including Bowling, Crazy Golf, Buzz Game and Nerf Shooting, sporting activities including Table Tennis and Badminton provided by BH Live, a Virtual Reality Track Experience from Novatech, Retro Gaming and Scalextric with Game Over, a musical wonderland for 0-5s with Jiggy Wrigglers, face painting and more.

With a variety of food and drink available all day and the last chance to see The Isle of Wight Festival, 1968, 1969, 1970 Exhibition prior to it ending in September, there really is something for everyone.

With proceeds from the event going toward the development of a new Studio space within the Guildhall - a much needed facility to support emerging talent, develop a diversified programme and create an accessible hub for the community.

Early bird Tickets for Clocktower Classics are just £3 in advance from the Guildhall Box Office with a reduced price for under 12s and under 5s free. On the gate prices are £4 Adults/£3 Under 12s.

Guildhall Games Fest
Saturday 18th August
11am – 5pm afternoon session, 6 – 11pm evening session (over 18s)

Clocktower Classics Car & Family Fun Day
Sunday 19th August
10am – 4pm

Box Office: 023 9387 0200

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