Two seafront venues are celebrating two very different mariners this weekend. It’s all about fantasy pirates at Blue Reef Aquarium in Southsea, while over at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport there’s a fun day to help raise funds to restore a Second World War era submarine that’s a submariners’ memorial.
Youth groups from across Gosport will be getting together to showcase their skills and activities at the Submarine Museum tomorrow as part of the Gosport Stars Showcase event.
From 11am to 3pm, the Showcase will include a range of activities for families and young people to explore, including building a giant structure, make-up artistry to create wounds, building a Lego submarine, trying on army equipment and having a go at semaphore and code breaking.
The Gosport And Fareham Inshore Rescue Service’s latest boat will be on display and live music will be provided by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Army Cadet and Gosport District Scout bands.
Groups including the 5th and 2nd Gosport Scouts, 2nd Bridgemary Guides, Fareham Inshore Rescue, Gosport Army cadets and St John’s Ambulance cadets will be taking part.
As well as showcasing their groups, each Scout and Guide group have contributed to a mini Jubilee-inspired exhibition entitled Six Decades, Six Submarines, which will celebrate the links between the Royal Navy Submarine Service and the royal family.
Each group has chosen a decade and created a unique piece of art to represent that decade connected to a submarine from that era.
It is all part of the community project to save HMS Alliance, the submarine that is the memorial to 5,300 British submariners who have lost their lives in service.
Admission to the museum costs £9 to £12.50.
Meanwhile, across the water, Southsea’s Blue Reef Aquarium is holding a Pirates’ Weekend with live music, fancy dress, treasure trails and competitions tomorrow and Sunday.
Tomorrow, members of the renowned samba reggae band Batala Portsmouth (the UK’s first Batala band) will be performing at the aquarium dressed as pirates. Plus, there will be more music throughout the weekend from local radio station Jack FM (who will also be handing out pirate hats to help everyone get in a suitably mutinous mood).
Visitors will be able to take part in a pirate treasure chest competition and there will be a variety of other swashbuckling activities taking place including pirate talks, tours, facepainting and quizzes. And even the aquarium’s resident mascot, Charlie the Clownfish, will be joining in.
Admission costs £7.50 to £9.75.