A CELEBRATION of Portland will culminate in a firework extravaganza this Sunday.

The Spirit of Portland Festival kicked off last Saturday with dozens of people turning out to the events at Portland Marina. There were lots of community stalls, displays of stone carving and all sorts of activities.

The isle was bathed in sunshine and lots of people turned out to the 'Celebration of the Sea.'

And there was lots to see and do at the Bid Wild Chesil event hosted by Dorset Wildlife Trust at the Chesil Beach Centre.

Events have been running throughout the week and range from a teddy bear's picnic to family history to a First World One-themed cream tea.

Today (fri) the cream tea and quiz will take place at Muntsy's Con Club Jubilee Hall from 2-3.30pm, or if you like your activities more Jurassic Coast themed- why not get involved in building a giant Legosaurus at a workshop at Portland Museum from 10am-3pm.

The finale will be on Sunday throughout the day at Portland Marina, which will play host to a variety of community and craft stalls, music, a hog roast, barbeque and a display of Porsche cars.

Rachel Barton from Portland Community Partnership said that everyone had a really good time and the launch event and urged people to get involved in the final weekend's events.

She said: “We were very pleased with the launch event. There was a steady flow of people- obviously the weather helped. The stall holders were pleased with the response they got.”

She urged people to get involved in the remaining events.

She said: “Obviously the more engagement we get this year, the more likely Spirit will be able to grow year on year.”

The finale on Sunday will see all sorts of food, music and stalls, before the fireworks close the event.

Mrs Barton said: “There will be a variety of stalls, both community and craft stalls. There will be music during the afternoon and people can try gig rowing in the harbour.

“It should be quite busy down there. It will be great fun.”


FRI AUG 1 Open studio at the Sculpture Hut, Portland Bill 12-5pm

Country market at Community 2000 Hall 9-11.30am

WW1 theme tea and quiz with tombola at Muntsy's Con Club Jubilee Hall 2-3.30pm

Lego Workshop 'Legosaurus' at Portland Museum 10am-3pm

Teddy bears picnic at Victoria Gardens 11am-1pm

St. Andrew's Church open at Avalanche Road, Southwell, 2 - 4pm

Poetry evening at Portland Museum, starting at 7pm

Portland discovery day at the Heights Hotel 10-11am

Court Leet display and local information talk at the Heights, 2.30pm

Royal Portland Arms cricket club, continental and craft ales festival at Drill Hall, Easton Lane 6pm-midnight

Dance to the sounds of Cacaphonix at St John's Hall, 7.30-10.30pm


Memo sculptures at Bowers Quarry, off Wide Street. 11am-4pm

Royal Portland Arms Cricket Club, continental and craft ales festival at Drill Hall, Easton Lane, 11am-midnight Street party at Wakeham 2.00pm Breakfasting with moths at Chesil Beach Centre 10.30am

Try windsurfing - £10 at OTC sailing academy, various times

Commemoration start of WW1 event at Eight Kings, Southwell,

Mesolithic Site - open at Culverwell, Portland Bill Road 2-4.30pm

Group cycle ride, starting at Cycleccino, Reforne, 10am


Spirit finale including Porsche owners rally at Portland Marina and Harbour Lights, 12noon-9pm

Try gig rowing in Portland Harbour at Portland Marina, various times

Free entry to Portland Museum at 10.30am Chesil Beach Clean at Chesil Beach Centre, 11am-12.30pm

Royal Portland Arms Cricket Club, continental and craft ales festival at Drill Hall, Easton Lane, 12noon - 10.30pm

Country dancing at the Islanders Club, Verne Common 1.30-4.00pm

Mesolithic site - open at Culverwell, Portland Bill, 2-4.30pm

Stone carving sessions and sculpture tour at Tout Quarry stone carving workshop 10am - 4pm