Heights are not the only thing to fear at the top of the tower

BUGS Sally-Ann Spence from Minibeast Mayhem talking to Edward Brisley, seven, about hissing cockroaches. Picture: Sarah Standing (122580-4344)
BUGS Sally-Ann Spence from Minibeast Mayhem talking to Edward Brisley, seven, about hissing cockroaches. Picture: Sarah Standing (122580-4344)
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VISITORS to the Spinnaker Tower got up close and personal with some rather unusual tourists.

As part of Face Your Fear Fridays the tower was giving children a chance to get hands on with a number of different creepy-crawlies.

Yesterday’s Mini-beast Mayhem event saw youngsters handle a variety of big bug species including cockroaches, praying mantises and giant snails.

Robin Brisley, 47, from Peterborough took his two sons, Ewan, seven, and Edward, nine, along to fun event.

He said: ‘They enjoyed holding them.

‘It was not the sort of thing you would expect to see 100 metres off the ground is it?

‘They weren’t worried about the view, they were only interested in the bugs!’

Face Your Fear Fridays are part of the Spinnaker Tower’s summer initiative Aim High which seeks to inspire visitors through a series of challenges and competitions

Events will be taking place throughout August.

For more information call (023) 9285 7520.


· Learn about the mysterious and murderous past of the city with an Old Portsmouth Ghost Walk. The walk starts at 8pm tomorrow at The Square Tower. Tickets must be bought in advance from the Visitor Information Centre or the City Museum.

· Get ready for a hoedown at the Southsea Bandstand with an afternoon of Country & Western. Featuring music from Hoedown and Plain Loco. The music starts at 1pm tomorrow and goes on until 4pm.

· Discover the bird life within Farlington Marshes with a guided bird watch.

Experts will be on hand to help with identification. Drop in from 1pm until 4pm tomorrow. For more information call 01489 774 429.

· Pop down to Old Portsmouth for the Love Southsea Sunday Market for all your vintage, antique and boutique needs. The market is situated at The Square Tower and is open from 11am until 3pm tomorrow.

· Its A Knockout at The National Museum of the Royal Navy. Head to the museum tomorrow for a day of family fun with a competitive edge. Can your team lift the Portsmouth 2012 trophy? Admission is free. The fun starts at 11am and goes on till 4.30pm.

· The D-Day Museum is giving people a chance to meet some real life heroes with Meet The Normandy Veterans this Monday. Listen to the veterans as they share their experiences. The day starts at 11am and goes on till 3pm. Admission starts at £4.50 but is free for under 17s. For more information call (023) 9282 7261.