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Guildhall Square, Portsmouth

The Guildhall Square, Portsmouth is a prime event space in the heart of the city; the beating heart of Portsmouth's civic and public life. The fully pedestrian Square forms a key thoroughfare to and from the city centre, close to popular bars, shops, restaurants and transport links. Situated adjacent to the Civic Offices, Central Library and Portsmouth Guildhall, the Square is a focal point for cultural and community events, a key meeting point, popular with shoppers, workers having their lunch, residents and visitors alike. The Square is also home to the Big Screen Portsmouth, Queen Victoria statue and the recently unveiled Charles Dickens statue. The event space lends itself well to open air concerts, film screenings, sports displays, military parades and other cultural events.


La bohème on 10 June 2015 at 7.30pm – The Royal Opera

Enjoy operatic royalty in Puccini's best-loved opera. International opera stars Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja lead a terrific cast in John Copley's exquisite production – don't miss your last chance to see this award-winning production, which The Royal Opera performs for the last time this Season.

Don Giovanni on 3 July 2015 at 7pm – The Royal Opera

An excellent cast including Christopher Maltman as Mozart's timeless anti-hero and Dorothea RöschmannRolando Villazón and Albina Shagimuratova star in this mesmerizing production from The Royal Opera's Director of Opera, Kasper Holten, with spectacular designs from Es Devlin.

Romeo and Juliet on 22 September 2015 at 7.30pm – The Royal Ballet

Kenneth MacMillan's ballet of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers is a classic of 20th-century ballet, and a heartbreaking match for Prokofiev's score. Created for The Royal Ballet in 1965, it's a key work in the Company's repertory and a must-see for ballet fans and newcomers alike.


What I need to know before I attend:

Guildhall Square is accessible to all. A slope alongside the Civic Offices enables access for wheelchair users. Guildhall Square has some occasional seating around the trees and also in front of the Civic Offices. There are also stone steps in front of the Civic Offices and Guildhall, which you can sit on – but you may wish to bring your own cushions or blankets. There will be food and non-alcoholic drinks available to buy from stalls in the square, alternatively please bring your own picnic.  All litter should be disposed of in bins provided or taken home.  Please dress appropriately for the anticipated weather conditions.

In the interest of public safety, the following conditions will apply in Guildhall Square:

- Event stewards will be entitled to search persons &/or their possessions in the Guildhall Square. Staff will not take responsibility for any prohibited items.

- Prohibited items include, but are not restricted to, alcohol, large parasols, gazebos, awnings and portable barbecues.

- All children (under 16) must be accompanied by an adult.

All litter should be disposed of in the bins provided or taken home. This is an outdoor event; please dress appropriately for the anticipated weather conditions.

For further information visit or call 02392 826722.

How do I get here?

Car - Follow signposts to the city centre. As well as on street parking across the city, parking is available at various city centre car parks, which are signposted.

Train - Portsmouth and Southsea railway station is less than 1 minute from the Guildhall Square with regular direct links to London, Bristol, Southampton, Cardiff, Exeter, Reading and Brighton.BP

Buses - All routes to the city centre:
Stagecoach 21, 23 and 700 (Coastliner)
First Bus services 1, 1a, 1c, 5, 5a, 13, 13a, 14, 14a, 16a, 17, 18, 19, 40, 40c, x40, 41, x41, 45, 45a, 57, x57