This article provides information about the numerous social and cultural events organised by the Global Office.

Your 2019-20 Social and Cultural Calendar 

We organise a wide range of social events and coach trips throughout the year. We hope you can join us!

Coach trip tickets can be bought at


Coach Trips

London – Saturday 5 October 2019- £18 

London, the capital of England and the UK, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the entire city. There are also famous museums and galleries, street food markets, shopping and lovely music scenes! 


Oxford– Saturday 9 November 2019 - £18 

For over 800 years Oxford has been a home to royalty and scholars, and nowadays it is a bustling cosmopolitan city, full of history and culture. Visit this famous historic English town and see Oxford Castle, visit some of Oxford's colleges or take a boat ride down the river. Visit Oxford Natural History Museum, the Botanical Gardens or Museum of the History of Science and visit the local markets and boutiques!


Winchester Christmas Market – Saturday 7 December 2019 - £13  

Winchester Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe! Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance, with a delightful Food Court, British Crafts Village, and over 100 chalets to explore. Winchester is an ancient English town, most well-known for its medieval cathedral and the Great Hall, which houses King Arthur’s Round Table. 


London Musical – The Lion King – Wednesday 5 February 2020 - £48 

Join us in London’s famous West End for one of the most successful stage shows of all time! Based on Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ film, this spectacular theatrical performance is filled with glorious colour, stunning effects and enchanting music. The powerful and moving story follows young Simba the lion cub on his epic journey to become King of the Pridelands.


Stonehenge and Salisbury – Saturday 14 March 2020 - £30 

Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world; a famous pre-historic monument standing in beautiful English countryside. It is 5000 years old and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The purpose of Stonehenge remains a mystery to this day.

After visiting Stonehenge, the coach will take you on to the medieval cathedral city of Salisbury; typically English and full of medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian architecture, as well as shops, cafes and attractions. 


Bath – Saturday 25 April 2020 - £18

Bath has been a wellbeing destination since Roman times, and is a World Heritage. It is home to the only natural hot springs you can bathe in in Britain and the famous Roman Baths. The Georgian architecture of Bath is like something straight out of a Jane Austen novel, and the streets are filled with independent and quirky boutique shops and cosy tearooms for traditional English afternoon tea. 


Cultural Events Calendar 

Christmas Quiz–Monday 2nd December 2019 – The Waterhole Bar, 6pm  

Join our ambassadors as they host a festive themed pub quiz. Prizes to be won!


Christmas Crafternoon

Wednesday 4 December, 1pm-3pm, The Chaplaincy, Nuffield Centre – FREE 

Enjoy an afternoon of fun and creativity making festive themed crafts, from Christmas tree decorations, gifts and greetings cards. Materials will be provided, as well as a nice warm cup of hot chocolate!


Christmas in the Cathedral 

Monday 9 December 2019, from 5pm, St John’s Catholic Cathedral – FREE 

Students, staff & their families are warmly invited to St John’s Roman Catholic Cathedral to sample Christmas food from around the world and enjoy Christmas themed activities including a Christmas Tree Festival. The event will continue with a service of Christmas Carols and Readings, accompanied by our wonderful University of Portsmouth choir.

Look out for more details nearer the time on university news or on Facebook at: Portsmouth Uni Chaplaincy


Christmas Vacation Socials

27th and 28th, December 2019, Midday-5pm each day – Rees Hall – FREE

Are you staying in Portsmouth during Christmas vacation? If so, join our International Student Ambassadors for food, games, Christmas movie marathons and general chat. Drop in any time between 10am and 4pm.


Chinese New Year Celebrations – Year of the Rat – January 2020

The Chinese Society hosts an annual show to celebrate their Lunar New Year through traditional dance, songs and other performances.


Global Week –March 2020 – FREE 

Global Week celebrates the global culture we have at the University of Portsmouth!

A week-long programme of events, from open lectures to fashion shows, sports sessions and cultural society events including the highlight of the week Festival of Cultures. This exhibition style event celebrates the diversity we have on campus with an evening of food, music, costume and more!


Social Events 


HOST UK is a scheme where you can spend a day or weekend with a British family anywhere in the UK. You will get to learn more about British culture and share your culture with them. This is a great opportunity to fully immerse yourself in British culture and to make new friends along the way!

Weekend visit: £25

Day visit: £15

The cost of travel is extra.


Global Café- FREE

Global Café hosts weekly themed discussions every Wednesday during term time, 3.30pm-4:30pm. All students welcome. FREE

If you would like to meet other students in a friendly, informal environment then Global Café is for you! You will meet students from other countries and share knowledge and experience of other cultures and languages, or just a chat over a hot drink. 

For further information and location of the cafes, contact


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Disclaimer: All our events are subject to change or cancellation at any time. All registered University of Portsmouth students are welcome to attend our events and trips. Please note, we cannot accept bookings for Dependents (who are not UoP students) on any of our coach trips.

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