Portsmouth appears on the oldest surviving route map of Great Britain, the Gough Map, which dates from circa 1360 and shows 600 towns and cities. Portsmouth is labelled Portis Mouth and is represented by a single red-roofed building.
MAR / Big Mouth Comedy Festival - In Portsmouth Guildhall, taking place over two weekends of side-splitting laughs from some of comedy's funniest faces.
AUG / Victorious Festival - For music lovers and just a stone's throw from the sea. Camp at Victorious' offsite campsite and enjoy some of the biggest acts in the UK.
NOV/DEC / Dickens Christmas Festival - Travel back in time to a bygone era of snowy, Dickensian streets at Christmas. Held at Portsmouth's historic dockyard.