Portsmouth Guildhall will be throwing open its doors on Sunday 21st August, 11am – 3pm, to give people an opportunity to sample some of the entertainment, activities and workshops that are on offer throughout the year and provided by The Guildhall Trust, the charity that runs the city’s premier Concert & Events venue.

SAMPLED is a FREE event that will offer something for everyone including live music showcasing the Guildhall Studio music programme and Future Folk evenings, plus performances from over 55s singing group; Recharge and the chance to see and join in workshops with UVG – The Urban Vocal Group’s youth vocal group, both of which are supported by The Guildhall Trust.

In a sample of what it would be like to compete in Dance Live! the Trust’s annual dance contest for schools and colleges, people will be able to use a green screen to create their own content for a screen backdrop.

Families will also be able to enjoy a taste of the Trust’s Portsmouth Comic Con and Guildhall Games Fest events with the opportunity to have their photo with their favourite superheroes with Inclusive Events CIC, play retro and board games and design their own superhero or mask in a messy craft zone.

For those keen to find out more about the history of the Guildhall and Portsmouth’s music scene, the venue’s exhibitions Portsmouth Music Experience and Discovering the Guildhall will be open with a series of tours and talks also available.

SAMPLED is your chance to enjoy some FREE fun and entertainment, meet the team and get to know what’s happening at your Guildhall.

Check back to this page as more details for the day will be added.

No need to pre-book, just come along on the day!

Event details

Festivals & Events

Approximate running time: 180 mins

Age: 14's and under to be accompanied by an 18+ adult


No flash photography or iPads are allowed.


No externally bought drinks or any liquids - only certain food will be allowed. See our house rules for more information.


See our house rules.

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