Events at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (May)

May 1, 2009toMay 31, 2009

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There is always something going on for families at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Archery at the Mary Rose Museum
Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 May
11am – 4pm

Shoot a bow! Meet the Purbrook Bowmen and see how longbows are made and strung.
FREE with valid ticket/children must be accompanied by an adult.

Celebration of Steam
Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 May
10am – 6pm

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, one of the greatest industrial complexes in the world during the 18th and 19th centuries will be transported back to an age of steam with displays of traction engines and road locomotives at work, steam fairground attractions, steam boats, model railways and a special appearance from Ivor the Engine.

Traditional craft stalls, entertainments and a Real Ale and sausage area combined with entrance to the historic ships, attractions* and a rare opportunity to see the oldest steam factory in the world, The Block Mills will complete this steaming day out for all the family.

Tickets: Adults: £12, Concs: £10, Family (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults/seniors): £36

‘Life before steam!’ at the Mary Rose Museum
Saturday 9 May – Sunday 10 May
11am – 12noon & 2pm – 4pm

Learn about the rigging on the Mary Rose and try your hand at making anti-boarding netting and knots
FREE with valid ticket/children must be accompanied by an adult.

Portchester Spinners at the Mary Rose Museum
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 May
10.30am – 4pm

The Portchester Spinners demonstrate the art of spinning.
FREE with valid ticket/children must be accompanied by an adult.

Arbory Primary Schools at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Wednesday 20th May
1pm – 1:30pm

All the way from the Isle of Man Arbory Primary School will be performing a short play about Captain Quilliam, Nelsons right hand man portside of HMS Victory.
FREE

Lunchtime Talks at the Mary Rose Museum – Henry VIII’s sister, Mary – was she ‘Mary Rose?’
21 May
12noon

In 1509 Henry VIII became King of England and decided to build the Mary Rose.  To mark this 500 year anniversary, come along to a free informal talk at the Museum.

Follow the Flag – family trail on board HMS Warrior 1860
Saturday 23 – Sunday 31 May
10am – 4.30pm

Find out about the men who lived and worked on board Warrior.
FREE with a valid Attraction ticket

‘Tudor games and pastimes’ at the Mary Rose Museum
Saturday 23 – Friday 29 May
11am – 12noon & 2pm – 4pm

Come and join in the fun and learn to play Tudor games.
FREE with valid ticket/children must be accompanied by an adult.

Inspiring Inventions – Scrapheap Challenge! On board HMS Warrior 1860
Tuesday 26 & Wednesday 27 May
11am – 4pm

Be inspired by Victorian technology and make your own invention out of junk.
FREE with valid attraction ticket

Octopus Ocean World at the Royal Naval Museum
Wednesday 27 May
11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm

Come along and create your own colourful octopus family and find out more about these amazing eight legged creatures.
FREE drop-in workshop, all ages welcome.

Vibrant Victory on board HMS Victory
Thursday 28 May
11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm

This is an important year for Victory-it’s her 250th birthday! Join us for a Drop In Activity to make special souvenir to mark this anniversary!
Free with a valid attraction ticket.

‘The Sound of Tudor Music’ at the Mary Rose Museum
Saturday 30 & Sunday
31 May 10am – 4.30pm

Did you know that musical instruments were found on the Mary Rose? Tudor Musicians, Kit and Kate, will show how they make their musical instruments.  Hear them being played and have-a-go yourself.
FREE with valid ticket/children must be accompanied by an adult

Tickets:
£18.00 adults
£16.00 seniors
£13.50 children
Family £50.50 (up to 5 members of the same family, maximum 2 adults/seniors)

All activities listed here are free with a valid attraction ticket and children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Dockyard opens at 10am daily and further information can be found at www.historicdockyard.co.uk or by calling 02392 839 766

More information on our Attractions page