There are plenty of reasons to visit The Mary Rose: the thousands of wonderfully-preserved original objects recovered from the seabed; the award-winning volunteers; the fact there is 20% off all tickets purchased online until 30 September 2018 - and, of course, the spectacular remains of the ship herself.
But if all that’s still not enough, there are a number of equally exciting events going on this autumn and winter!
Firstly, there’s Mary Rose Live – Waterfront Sessions on Saturday 29 September: a day-long celebration of contemporary music and performance arts (you’re unlikely to be hearing Greensleeves here!) During the day, there’ll be everything from Morris dancing and the Rocksteady Music School to performance poets and Ebru art workshops.
That evening, an after-hours performances by local musicians Ben Brookes, Megan Linford and Richard Morris of Mayfield Studios will take place in the museum. To find out more, click here .
October brings the anniversary of the raising of the Mary Rose: was it really 36 years ago? Every year there are anniversary lectures, where experts in their field talk about their research and experiences.
They are being held on Saturday 13 October and will cover various aspects of life in Tudor England. To find out more, click here .
There are some fascinating evening talks too: ‘Raising the Mary Rose’ on Wednesday 10 October and ‘Fighting and Refighting Agincourt’ - all about the medieval longbow – on Friday 26 October. To find out more, click here .
For families, there is the ‘Totally Tudor: Men of War’ week over half-term 20-28 October, when kids of all ages can find out about how the crew of the Mary Rose fought the King’s enemies. There’ll be archery demonstrations at the weekend, the chance for kids to make their own shields and wrist guards, and even a chance for some grown-ups to get a sneak peek at the huge longbow collection! To find out more, click here .
Half term week also sees the return of our ‘Tudor England Brick by Brick’ event: help us create a giant LEGO® brick picture of the Battle of the Solent in 1545, where the Mary Rose sank defending England from the invading French. You’ll also be able to make and take home your own mini LEGO brick model. To find out more click here
Finally, this Christmas King Henry’s Tudor Court will be welcomed to to The Mary Rose, where visitors can experience Christmas traditions from the time of Henry VIII.
There will be dancing, merrymaking, magic, music and an audience with the King. To find out more, click here
So, if you’re looking for great things do over the next few months, just remember that 500 years is only a heartbeat away at The Mary Rose: Portsmouth’s number one attraction on TripAdvisor!