25 essential things to do in Portsmouth this September
South Parade Pier, Portsmouth

While we may be welcoming in the Autumn leaves and cooler climate, September remains your last chance of 2016 to enjoy a bit of good weather and get along to some outdoor events.

There’s also plenty going on across the cinemas, theatres and venues as well – meaning there’s no excuse to stay at home.

Sep 1: Embrace Of The Serpent – Oscar-nominated foreign weirdness brought to by the No 6. Embrace Of The Serpent is a German-language epic which travels deep into the Amazon and is a feast for the eyes. A must see for any cine-buffs.
(No. 6 Cinema, Boathouse 6, PO1 3LJ / more info)

Sep 1: Beach Breeze Bimbley – A cycling day-out for women only, the eight mile route takes in the picturesque Southsea seafront, all the way down to the Marina. It’s no race, so there’s plenty of time to stop in a cafe or two along the way.
(Hampshire Terrace, PO1 2QF / more info)

Bit windy but lovely evening at Southsea Castle Champagne Bar! 💗

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Sep 2: Champagne Bar Southsea Castle – Sipping champagne with a castle-eye view of the coastline? Don’t mind if we do. The Champagne Bar at Southsea Castle will be popping the corks throughout the summer and have three sessions on offer throughout August. A classier night out than most.
(Southsea Castle, Clarence Esplanade, PO5 3PA / more info)

Sep 2: The Enemy – Indie trio The Enemy are calling it a day this year, but not without one last farewell tour. The Coventry band will be playing a warm-up gig at the iconic Wedgewood Rooms.
(The Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Rd, PO4 0JW / more info)

Sep 2-4: National Watersports Festival – Whether you’re a watersports novice, or a dab hand at windsurfing, there are plenty of activities to check out at Hayling Island in the first of week of September.
(Hayling Island / more info)

Sep 3: Back To The Future – Part 2 – Portsmouth Film Society bring out their big screen at the start of September to showcase an eighties classic at the Southsea Bandstand. Be sure to bring your hoverboard and self-tying laces.
(Southsea Bandstand, West Battery Gardens, PO5 3NT / more info)

Sep 3, 17: Southsea Skatepark Roller Disco – Strap on your boots and get rolling. The Skatepark continues its run of roller discos for spring and summer with music from DJ Nelly and Solskate to accompany your strutting moves.
(Southsea Skatepark, Clarence Esplanade, PO5 3NZ / more info)

Sep 3-4: Love Southsea Market – Southsea’s favourite market full of local traders, tasty food, sweet treats and so much more.
(Palmerston Road Precinct, PO5 3QQ / more info)

Sep 6: Twin Peaks event – To mark the 25th anniversary re-issue of the Twin Peaks soundtrack, Southsea record shop Pie & Vinyl are holding a special event involving cherry pie, fancy dress, damn good coffee and vibrato guitar. Suitably weird.
(Southsea’s Pie & Vinyl, 61 Castle Rd, PO5 3AY / more info) 

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Sep 7: Romesh Ranganathan – Panel show favourite and all-round funny man Romesh Ranganathan will be bringing his new show Irrational to The Kings this month, discussing his worldview and issues close to him.
(The Kings Theatre, Albert Road, PO5 2QJ / more info)

Sep 7-11: No Briton is an Island – A travelling art exhibition from the people at The Photographic Angle, ‘No Briton is an Island’ explores British culture through its often most overlooked angles.
(Lakeside North Harbour, Western Rd, PO6 3EN / more info)

Sep 8: One More Time With Feeling – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds return with a new album, The Skeleton Tree, and a concert film which promises to be a dark but interesting chapter from the Prince of Darkness.
(No. 6 Cinema, Boathouse 6, PO1 3LJ / more info)

Sep 8-11: Heritage Open Days – A number of Pompey institutions will be opening their doors as part of this national festival, giving you a glimpse behind the scenes at spaces such as the Kings Theatre, Hilsea Lido and Hotswall Studios.
(Various locations / more info)

Sep 17: Suzi Ruffell and Tom Allen – Two up-and-comers of the comedy circuit offering a night of laughs at The Minghella Studio.
(New Theatre Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2DD / more info)

Sep 19: Milburn – It’s a month for indie nostalgia, with Sheffield band Milburn reuniting after an eight year absence and bringing out all the classics.
(The Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Rd, PO4 0JW / more info)

Sep 22: Akira – One of the most celebrated Japanese animes of all time is getting the big screen treatment from No 6. Despite being released in 1988, Akira still feels like a futuristic masterpiece.
(No. 6 Cinema, Boathouse 6, PO1 3LJ / more info)

Sep 24: Southsea Pscyh Out – Psychedelic noises set to rock the Wedgewood Rooms, including Dead Coast, Dead Rabbits, The Confederate Dead is Bliss and Grasshopper.
(The Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Rd, PO4 0JW / more info)

Sep 24: The Man Who Fell To Earth – Nicolas Roeg’s sci-fi classic will see David Bowie on the big screen at No 6. An opportunity not to be missed for fans of the Thin White Duke.
(No. 6 Cinema, Boathouse 6, PO1 3LJ / more info)

Sep 24: Big Band Bond Night – The New Theatre Royal’s house band, Rhythm and Fuse, will be treating their audience to big brassy music from the world of 007 – accompanied by singers and soloists. An audible treat for Bond fans.
(New Theatre Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2DD / more info)

Sep 24: Ocean Film Festival World Tour – A showcase of films exploring the deep blue sea, both from above and below, will be coming The Kings Theatre at the end of the month. Expect tales of surfing, adventure and travel.
(The Kings Theatre, Albert Road, PO5 2QJ / more info)

Sep 25: Shappi Khorsandi – British-Iranian comic, Shappi Khorsandi, is looking to reclaim patriotism for her country, and she says the skinheads are welcome too. Khorsandi has become one of the most recognisable voices on the comedy circuit, with appearances on Live at the Apollo and Mock the Week and will be bringing her own unique take on British life to The Wedge.
(The Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Rd, PO4 0JW / more info)

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Phil Smithies

Sep 26: Rat Boy – A rising star of the music world who mixes the sounds of hip-hop, punk, dance and indie. Rat Boy remains to be divide opinion, but is sure to pack out The Wedgewood Rooms this month.
(The Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Rd, PO4 0JW / more info)

Sep 27: The Hunna – Watford’s The Hunna only debuted themselves to the world in October of last year, but already their infectious brand of indie-rock is selling out venues and they’re racking up millions of views on YouTube.
(The Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Rd, PO4 0JW / more info)

Sep 30: Nathan Caton – The Tower’s Comedy Club gets underway after the summer break with a headline appearance from comedian Nathon Caton, who will be bringing material from his upcoming Straight Outta Middlesex tour.
(Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3TT / more info)

Sep 30: Al Murray – Has Al Murray’s Brussels-fearing landlord ever been more relevant than right now? Possibly not. It will be interesting to see where Murray takes his character in the wake of Brexit and his own general election madness.
(New Theatre Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2DD / more info)

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