Discover city’s history for a summer of fun

FUN FOR KIDS A Punch and Judy stand at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
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WITH more than 12 hours of daylight in the summer, finding activities to keep the family busy all day can be difficult.

But with The News’ Summer of Fun guide, we will be listing exciting and different things to do throughout the holidays.

Explore Clarence Pier in the beaming sunshine or visit the new Mary Rose Museum when its rains; the possibilities are endless.

The Royal Armouries Museum, at Fort Nelson, has got a host of events lined up for summer.

Children will have the opportunity to handle a Second World War rifle or learn about the history behind the fort.

Nigel Hosier, fort operations manager, said: ‘There really is something for everyone at Fort Nelson this summer.

‘For those seeking excitement, we have the firing of our impressive collection of big guns and gallery tours and handling sessions for those wishing to learn more about our history.

‘There is also the option to simply relax and just enjoy spectacular views of Portsmouth Harbour, the Meon Valley and South Downs National Park from the ramparts.’

But Fort Nelson isn’t the only historical spot in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard is also getting into the summer spirit with activities for all ages and for all interests.

Families can enjoy small arms demonstrations, themed days with Victorians and Peter Pan but also crafts like making navy hats.

But, families can also enjoy all the other attractions the dockyard has to offer.

Thousands of people flocked to the exciting, new addition to the dockyard, the Mary Rose Museum which opened earlier this year.

Alongside it is HMS Victory where visitors can learn about Admiral Lord Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar.

For whole list of Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard events visit

If you know of an event, let us know by contacting reporter Ellie Pilmoor on (023) 9262 2138 or at


DISCOVERING the life of a Royal Navy marine, playing football and learning judo are just some of the activities for the week ahead.

The Royal Marines Museum is hosting its Special Forces day on Monday.

Children will have the chance to become a special forces marine and save Britain from terrorists.

Normal museum admission applies and events start at 11am.

Families can also take a trip to Gosport to take part in their Summer Passport scheme.

Starting on July 30, families can go to Walpole Park to make Brazilian headdresses, learn how to samba drum and try a 75ft assault course.

Tomorrow, at Stubbington Recreation Ground, Bells Lane, kids can take part in football and messy crafts from 10am.