Timetable of Armed Forces Day events this weekend

HMS Defender arrives in Portsmouth
HMS Defender arrives in Portsmouth
HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after spending three months in the Mediterranean Picture:  L/Phot Louise George

HMS Duncan returns to Portsmouth after three months away at sea

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Warships will throw open their gangways amid a weekend of family fun to mark Armed Forces Day.

Tomorrow is national Armed Forces Day, and the Royal Navy and Portsmouth’s historic dockyard are marking the event with a weekend of activities.

Here is a run-down of the events taking place at the base.

A historic dockyard ticket is not required to get access to many of the events, but some will require a ticket.

HMS Defender and HMS Westminster open to visitors

Two Royal Navy warships will throw open their gangways to the public for free over the weekend.

HMS Defender and HMS Westminster are open to visitors on Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 4pm each day.

All bags may be liable to a search and access for wheelchairs and pushchairs can be limited.

Entry to the ships is via the historic dockyard’s Victory Gate.

Forces through the years with the National Museum of the Royal Navy

Visitors will be transported from the time of Nelson through 200 years of naval history to see how clothing, navigation and weapons in the Royal Navy have changed.

This event takes place in the starboard arena of HMS Victory between 11.30am and 4.30pm on Saturday.

Armed forces at Action Stations

Put your skills to the test against sailors and Royal Marines at Action Stations on Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am.

Youngsters can try to beat the navy on a climbing wall, battle the Royal Marines in Laser Quest and meet members of the armed forces.

There are also firefighting demonstrations at the Mast Pond.

Gills and Gulls

Enjoy two playful, visual and comic performances by Tinder Theatre on Sunday between 11.30am and 3pm.

For more information visit historicdockyard.co.uk.

To see our coverage of yesterday’s Armed Forces Day parade, click here.