HIVE Directory: Hobbies Arts & Crafts Clubs

Portsmouth City Brass Band

As a small band of approx ten people we are a very friendly and supportive group of individuals of mixed abilities. We enjoy playing popular tunes that the audience can sing along and dance to. This is not typical of traditional brass bands.

We fully support anybody that used to play a brass instrument, whatever their ability, that wishes to return to the hobby and meet new friends.

We rehearse at The Deaf Centre in Arundel Street, Fratton, PO1 14X, Monday and Thursday nights 7:30pm - 9pm.

Contact for more information via our band secretary;

Portsmouth Deaf Centre

The Portsmouth Deaf Centre was set up to provide a place where Deaf people can meet on both a social and educational basis. Other members of the local community are encouraged to participate in the facilities that are offered by the Centre. The centre also hosts a monthly carers support group for people caring for a family member or friend who has dementia.

279 Arundel Street
United Kingdom
023 9234 0725

Portsmouth Film Society

Portsmouth Film Society aims to use English and international film as a medium to support the development of local culture, community and education and encourage both film and diversity appreciation.

Southsea Community Cinema & Arts Centre
1-3 Palmerston Road
United Kingdom
07528 808400

Portsmouth Music Hub

Portsmouth Music Hub aims to transform lives through music.

Marsden Road
United Kingdom
02392 375655

Reading Groups

Joining a reading group is a great way to meet new people, try new authors and books and share your feedback.

There are a number of groups that you can join that are run by the Library and Archive Service both in and outside of libraries. There is sometimes a waiting list to join the groups but we will let you know when a space becomes available if you tell us which group/s you are interested in joining.

We can also support you in setting up your own reading group. The Library and Archive Service supports independent reading groups that meet in community locations or in peoples' homes by providing free book sets of up to 15 copies on a regular basis.

Take a look at our selection of reading group sets here:

If you'd like to ask about availability in one of the Library run groups or would like to find out more about setting up your own group email

Guildhall Walk
United Kingdom

Royal Voluntary Society - Social Activities

Our goal is to inspire and enable people to give the gift of voluntary service to meet the needs of the day in their communities. We believe that our volunteers’ service makes them, and Britain, healthier and happier.

We also work closely with the NHS, providing valuable support services that allow hardworking hospital staff time to focus on looking after the people in their care.

Working one-to-one, in groups and online, our network of trained volunteers provide the time and skills that help people feel stronger, healthier and more able to cope with any challenges they may be facing.

Through social activities and groups, they create connections and friendships that help communities thrive and boost the wellbeing of the people involved.

Our services vary from area to area and in some cases are available via your local authority or health services.

United Kingdom
CF23 8RP

Rummikub Klub at Southsea Library

If you enjoy playing Rummikub or would like to learn as you meet new people, drop-in to our friendly group. We recommend you ring the library first to check the club is running that week.

19-21 Palmerston Road
United Kingdom
023 9268 8999

Scrabble Clubs in Portsmouth Libraries

If you enjoy playing scrabble and meeting new people, drop-in to one of our Scrabble Clubs. We recommend you ring the library first to check the club is running that week.

United Kingdom
02392 688057

Seekers Create

Seekers Create offers a diverse range of services designed to engage and empower communities. From creative workshops and immersive walkshops to interactive trails and community murals, we collaborate with various community groups to ensure their voices are heard. We're committed to promoting inclusion and actively partner with local councils, charities, schools, universities, and businesses to facilitate creative consultation events.

United Kingdom

Sewing/Sustainable Textiles

Slow-Sew: Every First and Third Wednesday in Southsea Library. We can teach how to repair clothes and other textiles, how to upcycle and adjust your textiles and how to do basic hand-sewing. We also have projects provided free of charge. Contact

Power-Sew: We have 10 sewing-machines, fabric and haberdashery. Learn to machine-sew whilst making one of the projects we offer, or bring your own project. Bring your own sewing-machine if you'd like a lesson on how it works.

Bring clothes you need to repair or adjust. We can inspire you on re-purposing and upcycling too. You'll need to book your place. Clothes-making lessons also available.
Opening hours: Usually the third Monday each month. Morning and Evening sessions. Booking ESSENTIAL
email to join the mailing-list.
Age: any age. Parents: stay with your child ( unless they are normally allowed out on their own 14+). We are DBS checked and trained.
NO charge but Optional: make a donation if you can.

Sewing: hand- and machine-sew
Age range, we also have children's kits available in our sessions. Under 13 must have an adult with them.