Get set for a lip-smacking treat as The Big Mouth Comedy Festival returns with duo days full of delightful comedy.

Following an inevitable hiatus in 2020, Big Mouth is back with the finest in live stand-up and the best of the fringe – 2 days of laughter that is guaranteed to put a smile back on your face!

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Coronavirus Information

An extensive range of Covid Safe measures are in place to ensure the wellbeing of all.

The safety of our customers and colleagues is our priority.

We want you to have an enjoyable and stress-free experience so we have put in place an extensive range of measures and ask that you follow our guidelines to ensure your wellbeing and that of others.

Please check back to this page regularly as we will be updating this information in line with any changes in guidelines.

We are Good to Go! We have successfully met the Industry Standard Mark of Visit Britain and See it Safely mark of UK Theatre which demonstrates that we are adhering to Government and Public Health guidance, have carried out all necessary risk assessments and that we have the required processes in place.

For our full policies, procedures and processes, visit https://portsmouthguildhall.org.uk/your-visit/covid-safety/


We want to ensure that you have the best possible experience when visiting our Grade II listed venue. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or to discuss your requirements on 023 9387 0200.

If you require assistance whilst in our building please ask a member of staff and we will help in any way we can.

There is gentle ramp access into our main foyer for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. From the main foyer you can access the stalls, our café and lifts to all other floors. The steps inside the auditorium are quite shallow – our staff can advise on the best routes and access points at the time of booking or on your arrival.

We have a limited number of wheelchair spaces in our auditorium. Special Access tickets can be booked online for most events. If you cannot see this available for your event, you can call 02393 870 200.

Portsmouth Guildhall has accessible toilets on the Basement level which can be accessed by lifts on both sides of the main foyer areas.

Hearing and Guide dogs are welcome but please inform Box Office at the time of booking as there is limited space available.

Customers can park in the Isambard Brunel Multi Storey Car Park which is 200m from Portsmouth Guildhall (including accessible spaces) and can purchase a reduced exit ticket from the box office during your visit to the Guildhall. More information on this car park can be found here: Isambard Brunel Multi Storey Car Park – Parking in Portsmouth | ParkMe

There are a very limited number of on street parking spaces outside the venue.


Portsmouth is a great place to stay and make a weekend of it!

Home to the Historic Dockyard and its famous attractions; HMS Victory, Mary Rose Museum and HMS Warrior 1860, see the sites from 170m high at the top of the Spinnaker Tower, explore the city’s 2 miles of beach front and enjoy shopping and leisure at the waterside Gunwharf Quays.

There are a number of hotels within walking distance of Portsmouth Guildhall – please see www.visitportsmouth.co.uk for information  

Age Restrictions

The Big Mouth Comedy Festival will include material that is of an adult nature so is not recommended for under 16s. Please check the information regarding individual shows/artists as some shows may only be suitable for over 18s.

Challenge 25! We operate a Challenge 25 policy. If you are lucky enough to look under 25 you will be asked to prove that you are aged 18 or over when buying alcohol.

Dates & Times

Friday 3rd September 2021   Doors: 7pm

Saturday 4th September 2021   Doors: 3:30pm

Food & Drink

Please note Food & Drinks brought externally will not be allowed on the premises and Guildhall Café will not be open to non-ticket holders on this day.

How to Get to Us

By Car

There is easy access into Portsmouth on the M275 from Junction 12 of the M27, with links to the M3 and A3 connecting the city with Southampton, Chichester, London and beyond.


Isambard Brunel Multi Storey Car Park has 460 spaces and is 200m from Portsmouth Guildhall.

There are a very limited number of on street parking spaces outside the venue.

For more information on car parking in Portsmouth please see www.portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Blue Badge holders are exempt from pay and display charges in Portsmouth City Council owned car parks – just display your badge. This is not the case with NCP owned car parks or the Isambard Brunel Multi Storey car park.

By Train

Portsmouth Guildhall is just a couple of minutes walk from Portsmouth & Southsea Train Station with frequent services operating from London Waterloo, Southampton and Brighton.

By Bus/Coach

Local and regional bus services stop at Commercial Road City Centre which is a 5 minute walk from Portsmouth Guildhall.

National coach services will stop at The Hard Interchange, a 15 minute walk or short taxi ride away.