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It’s big, it’s blue and it’s right here on our doorstep

A boy in the control room of a submarine at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum

A boy in the control room of a submarine at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum

There’s a definite theme to the summer holiday fun being laid on by the area’s top attractions.

It’s big. It’s blue and it’s right on our doorstep here in Portsmouth.

Yes – this summer you can explore every aspect of the sea.

There is a coastal heritage day at The Spring in Havant on Saturday, a Victorian seaside event at the Historic Dockyard this weekend, traditional seaside fun at Gunwharf Quays until the end of August, a special underwater adventure at the Spinnaker Tower from Monday until September and a newly launched boat ride experience at Butlins in Bognor Regis.

Cross the Solent to the Isle of Wight and you’ll find seafaring-based fun at Carisbrooke Castle from Tuesday to Thursday too.

And, on top of all that, Southsea is home to Blue Reef Aquarium, where families can meet all manner of sea creatures year-round.

On Thursday you can delve a little deeper as the Royal Navy Submarine Museum hosts a very special event.

A Deep Sea Detectives day at the museum in Gosport will include a display of cutting edge robot submarines.

In an interactive roadshow showcasing the work that is carried out at the bottom of the ocean, visiting families will get the chance to meet divers and maritime archaeologists.

Experts from Saab Seaeye will demonstrate Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and allow families a rare opportunity to have a go at navigating one.

These ROVs are used in the offshore oil and gas industry and a number of the world’s leading navies, for security, salvage and diver support tasks.

Divers from the Nautical Archaeology Society and the Hampshire & Isle Of Wight Maritime Archaeology Trust will also be on site to showcase the work they do on wrecks and other maritime heritage assets around the coast of Hampshire.

There will be talks about diving on submarine wrecks such as the Museum’s own exhibit Holland I, the very first Royal Navy submarine which itself was wrecked for 69 years and is now on show having been restored.

There will also be a craft and discovery table where young artists can create wonderful watery scenes to take home.

Bob Mealings, acting director at the museum, says: ‘We are delighted to welcome the deep sea detectives that work on wreck sites around our coast.’

Jackie Edelman, summer events organiser, adds: ‘Visitors will be amazed as the robot searches the murky waters for treasure.

‘We have made sure this will be an action-packed day for everyone.’

Deep Sea Detectives is part of a series of extra free activities being held every Thursday throughout August at the Submarine Museum in Gosport.

The Museum is open every day and a visit includes a tour of the historic Second World War era submarine – HMS Alliance with a submariner to hear his stories first hand about living beneath the waves.

Visitors can also peer into the only surviving Second World War midget submarine, step inside the Royal Navy’s first submarine Holland 1 and pretend to be pirates in the Skull and Crossbones exhibition.

For more information, please visit submarine-museum.co.uk or call (023) 92510354 ext 240.

 

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