Hilarious family fun this weekend at the dockyard

It's a Naval Knockout will be taking place at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this weekend
It's a Naval Knockout will be taking place at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this weekend
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The nation is well and truly in the grip of a sporting obsession right now. But families who didn’t get tickets to the Olympics can still enjoy some live physical challenges as It’s A Naval Knockout comes to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this weekend.

On Sunday, the Victory Arena will be hosting outdoor activities from 11am to 4.30pm as The National Museum of the Royal Navy holds its own games.

It’s A Naval Knockout is free to attend and includes an entire day of kids’ and adults’ activities plus knockout games for all the family too.

From 2pm, teams of five will compete to win the Portsmouth 2012 trophy.

Teams can be families, five-a-side football teams, pub quiz teams or work colleagues – any five willing participants will be accepted. And there really is something for everyone as far as the events go.

Competitors must decide which of their members will represent them at the rodeo bull challenge and who has the patience for the cannonball and spoon race. 

Team games will include a sack race, tug of war and a relay finale through tyres, under scramble nets and over an inflatable assault course.

All games will be for young and old alike, and just for fun. 

There’s plenty for spectators too with a ‘pin the medal on the Admiral’ game, wound workshop, bungee run, cupcake decorating, float-a-boat, face painting and balloon modelling.

Event organiser, Molly Wilson, says: ‘It’s going to be great, with many activities running all day long and even free candy floss.

‘Anyone can come throughout the day, and the competition will run from 2pm to 4pm.

‘Come along and enter a team, there are lots of fantastic prizes to be won and it will be hilarious – just like the TV show was.’

The It’s A Knockout gameshow ran on British TV for nearly 40 years, starting on BBC One in 1966 and ending on Channel 5 in 2001.

Its success was down to the fun and ridiculous games, which will make the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s version a hilarious day out for families this weekend.

To enter a team, call (023) 9272 7582 or download a registration form from royalnavalmuseum.org/documents/NavalKnockoutteamregistrationform.pdf

The event is free and families can enjoy the rest of what the dockyard has to offer, with every child getting in to the other attractions for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult until September 2.

Adult tickets cost £23.50 and are valid for one year from the date of purchase, giving unlimited access to HMS Warrior 1860, National Museum of the Royal Navy and Action Stations and one entry to all other attractions at the Historic Dockyard.