Victorian Festival of Christmas 2015 Visitor Information


Important Information for Visitors


Your Ticket

If you have ordered online in advance, your Ticket will look like this:



You MUST print your ticket and bring it with you.


Travelling to the Festival

We expect routes into Portsmouth to be very busy during the Festival. 

Portsmouth Park and Ride

Portsmouth Park and Ride is located at junction 1 off the M275 - follow signs. Extra buses are running for the festival, scheduled to be leaving the Park and Ride every 6 minutes or less on all 3 days of the festival. The buses stop at The Hard Interchange, which is right next to the Historic Dockyard. It costs just £4 per vehicle (with up to eight people travelling on one ticket). For more information visit

Please note that the Waterbus service will NOT be running during the Festival, and your tickets are NOT valid to enter off-site attractions. 


On arrival

It is very likely that you will need to queue, as the Festival is very popular. We will be operating 100% bag search at this event. Please expect to have your bag searched. If possible, please avoid bringing bags into the event. There will be a short delay, but we will keep this to a minimum. 

The queuing system will be slightly different to previous years, but plenty of staff will be on hand to guide you into the correct queue.


Site Map and Programme

Find your way around the Festival. Download the site map here

Find out what's on Download the festival programme


Site Re-entry

If you want to leave the Festival and return on the same day, for example if you want to go back to your car to collect something or drop off some shopping, your hand will be stamped on exit to allow you to return whenever you like on the same day.