The 2005 festival was held same year that Portsmouth was celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.
Over 500 vessels came to the International Festival of the Sea, which was from June 30th to July 3rd 2005 with more Tall Ships appearing than ever before. The visiting naval fleet is also the largest ever assembled for the event with visiting warships from the guest nations of International Fleet Review (June 28th) joining in the festivities and allowing unique “climb aboard” access to the public. Hundreds of smaller classic, traditional and working vessels will add to the colour, vibrancy and unique atmosphere of Europe’s greatest celebration of the sea.
Whilst the ships are undoubtedly some of the biggest stars of the show, the Festival’s unique character is bought to life ashore by the thousands of artists, entertainers, musicians, and actors, who were specially commissioned to help create a truly extraordinary event.
The next Festival of the Sea to be held in Portsmouth will be in 2009.
A ceremony is usually held on board HMS Victory at Portsmouth Naval Base to remember the 199th anniversary of Admiral Lord Nelson's triumph at the Battle of Trafalgar.
During the service a laurel wreath is laid on the spot, where Admiral Nelson fell when he was shot in the battle.
If going for a walk along Portsmouth and Southsea beach, anywhere from Southsea Castle to Eastney, keep a look out among the shingle for 'millenium pebbles'. This was an art project in 2000 when visitors to the beach were encouraged to mould and decorate clay 'pebbles' which were then numbered and fired and later scattered along the beach. A good way to keep children occupied on a less than brilliant day! Have fun but then throw them back for someone else to enjoy.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the day out for all the family and with a full calendar of events. Tourist should look out for memorable visits to this town every year, as there are several events that goes on here.
Portsmouth being home to the Royal Navy makes it one of the best place to see. The sea tradition and culture of the british has always been to the sea and there are several muzieum which show case this.
As I said in the opening remark, Portsmouth is home to Mary Rose, HMS Warrior 1860, Action Stations - the Royal Navy interactive showcase, boat tours of Portsmouth Harbour. The people here are sea fearers, and their entire live is determined by the sea.
Be nice to Policemen, be nice to traffic wardens, be nice to waiters, these people can make your life hell.
There are 3 phrases that will get you everywhere in Portsmouth. Please. Thank you. Excuse me. The british are so polite our stiff upper lips need propping up :-)
I don't know whether this still applies, but it did when I lived there (1984-1988).
The Naval Provosts exist to make sure that the Royal Navy personnel do not make trouble when they are ashore. They act as the Navy's police force. As such they sometimes 'raid' Portsmouth pubs. In theory they only have jurisdiction over the Navy personnel, but students, football supporters and others have been known to be caught up in the 'action' (so they say).
At beginning of May, come and watch them burn the Wicker Man, to celebrate the Festival of Beltain. Music, entertainers, food and drink - an amazing time.
Portsmouth is a military town with a long history with the Navy. I don't imagine they were too happen to see this type of gentleman though!