Summer of fun continues into first full week

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THE first full week of the summer holidays is here and with it a whole range of summer activities.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy has got two main events this week for all the family to enjoy.

(left to right), Michelle Fright, Ian Whitewood who is the captain of HMS Warrior and Sally Coombs.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (132085-1)

(left to right), Michelle Fright, Ian Whitewood who is the captain of HMS Warrior and Sally Coombs.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132085-1)

Children are being invited to build ships with Lego and enjoy a Peter Pan themed day with Navy Neverland.

Deborah Hodson, learning manager for the museum, said: ‘The Lego Ship Builders activity is just a taster of some of the great activities families can expect to enjoy once the HMS – Hear My Story Galleries open in spring next year.’

The dockyard also saw some Victorian fun over the weekend with families stepping back into 1800s.

Events included gun drills, small arms demonstrations and Victorian messing such as sea songs, street entertainers, storytelling and workshops.

Ian Whitewood, from Gosport, was leading a group of 45 Victorian re-enactors.

Ian said: ‘I thoroughly enjoy doing it.

‘It’s recreating history, it’s a chance to educate the public as to what went on.’

Joanne Gillingham, from Milton, was joining in the fun with her mother, Jan Collier, from Portchester.

Jan, 69, said: ‘It’s fun, it’s good and it’s historical.’

This weekend also sees the return of the Southsea Show.

Visitors can see a variety show, go to beer and food tents and see entertainers across the seafront.