Culture24 Listings Pick: The Victorian Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

By Ben Miller | 25 November 2010
The Christmas spirit docks at Portsmouth
The Christmas spirit docks at Portsmouth© Courtenay Photographic Ltd
Culture24 Listings Pick: Victorian Festival of Christmas, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, November 26-28 2010

Festivities run wild a month early around the Historic Dockyard's famous ships this weekend, where snowy street scenes, a tavern run by Fagin, a gift market and a wonderland of enchantment starring Alice in Wonderland characters under a kite show aboard HMS Victory.

Giant teapots and cups punctuate artwork based on Lewis Carroll’s creations at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, which plays host to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, and A Christmas Carol Street recreates scenes from the Dickens classic courtesy of Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Cratchits.

Elsewhere you can learn to draw animals at Boathouse No 7, visit a Secret Garden, meet Peter Pan and a gaggle of pirates on HMS Warrior 1860, take a boat tour around the surrounding harbour or hear carols and recitals.

The award-winning Hampshire Fare also visits the festival for the first time this year, bringing with it some of the finest culinary delights the county has to offer.

Visit www.christmasfestival.co.uk for opening times and ticket details.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party takes place hourly at the National Museum of the Royal Navy between 10.30am and 4pm; Scrooge’s Office Scene features classic readings of work by Charles Dickens and Sherlock Holmes at the Mary Rose Museum at 10.30am, 11.45am, 1.45pm and 3pm; Carol services at 4.45pm on Friday and 5pm on Sunday at Fagin’s Tavern.

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