Museum opening hours: 10AM to 5PM.

Museums to host an array of Festivities

Two of the city's museums have been chosen as host venues for this year's Portsmouth Festivities.

Southsea Castle and Portsmouth Museum will host three events between them over the 10-day cultural extravaganza, with all three being completely free to attend.

Portsmouth Museum will run an art and history trail throughout the Festivities, for families to discover more about the museum itself, the collections it holds and the city's wider history. The trail will be accessible during normal opening hours from 16 to 25 June.

On 17 June, the museum hosts 'Life on the Water's Edge', a chance to discover Milton's hidden seashore. The session (which runs from 3.30pm to 5pm) will feature the premiere of a new short film, alongside family activities and lots more. There will also be talks on the tranquil beauty of the shore at Milton, which was a favourite of painter Edward King, whose works currently hang in the museum. The event is run with the support of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, which will welcome donations on the day.

Family entertainment will be on offer at Southsea Castle, with The Spice Box. This riotous one-woman show will tell young visitors all about Tudor life and the spice trade. Expect puppets, pirates and a whole load of anarchy as people try to get their hands on the valuable spices (which, in fact, are worth more than gold).

Performances will run at various times on 18 June.