Portchester Gala

On behalf of all our Trustees, volunteers and staff, and in light of the recent Corona Virus outbreak, the Portchester Community Association team, on the advice we have been given and after much discussion, have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s gala, which was to be held on Saturday the 20th June.

Many hours of planning and work behind the scenes, has been taking place over the last few months, but as a community association, our priority at this time, must be the safety of the everyone either taking part in, attending, or helping at the event.

With something that has long been a village tradition, it will be sad for the event not to be taking place this year, but we have taken into account government advice and want to keep all our community members, our volunteer teams, members of the public and gala visitors as safe as possible.

Depending on circumstances and government guidance, we will be planning next year’s gala, and we are determined to make it the best possible.

For all of the folks who have already supported the event that was planned for June, we wanted to say thank you, and we will be contacting you all via email or by phone.

In light of the cancellation we have two options at present,
Either a refund of money already paid, or the opportunity to leave the payment with us, and we will carry this payment over to next year’s event where your pitch will be booked at this year’s cost. Unfortunately, it is a distinct possibility that it will be necessary to increase stall costs for next year for new bookings.

We will be keeping the Portchester Hub open for as long as possible, and if we should have to close the shop and the office, we will still be contactable via the email, so please contact us if you have any questions and we will do our best to help.
Many thanks the Portchester Community Association Team


Portchester Gala is a community run event that dates back over one hundred years.  It is held annually comprising of a procession through the village followed by a day of events, games and stalls in the grounds of Portchester Castle, “the most impressive and best-preserved ‘Saxon Shore’ forts”.

The Gala is held every June (the 3rd Saturday in June) and over 5,000 visitors are expected each year.  The day includes craft stalls, a fun fair, dancing displays and much, much more to keep the whole family entertained all day.

Portchester Gala 2020 promises to be bigger than ever!  Please join in and help us to make the Gala as fantastic as possible be it as a volunteer, a procession entry or with a stall at the Castle.


The Gala is held annually on the third Saturday of June and is FREE entry, an event for all the family.This year the date is Saturday 20th June 2020.  Save the date!


Grounds of Portchester Castle, Church Road, Portchester PO16 9QW


Watch the Parade from 11.00am !

Enjoy all your favourites with the Fun fair and Have-a-go archery, arena performances from local organisations & musicians, tug-of-war, classic cars, army vehicles, children’s activities including Trigger the train rides,  ice creams & face painting. Also with a large variety of catering outlets and stalls to browse there’s something for everyone!


  • Fun Dog Show organised by Canine Communications
  • Circus Skills with Top Banana
  • Community Craft Tent showcasing local talent
Don't miss the parade!

The Parade will start from Wicor Primary School at 11.00 where it  will make its way down White Hart Lane and Castle Street arriving at the Castle by 12.30pm

Make sure you get a spot in the streets to get a good view!

Road Closure

On Saturday 20th June 2020, White Hart Lane and Castle Street will be closed from 10.30 -12.30. Roads will re-open once the parade has gone past. 

Many local children and families have great fun taking part in the parade and it is for their safety that the road is closed. We ask that vehicles are not left parked on Castle Street and White Hart Lane, for the safety of participants and the crowds. 

We organise the Gala for local people to enjoy! The event is brought together by the goodwill of local people who volunteer to help on the day to make this event a success for you. We therefore ask for your patience regarding the road closure.  

Volunteer Marshals Needed