What’s on at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard This Half Term

Written by Rachel Cave

Let’s head to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
There is so much to do, lots of fun for me and you!
From Priddy’s school of Magic to History Tellers and more,
There is so much more than naval ships to explore!

This half term there’s a whole host of additional activities taking place at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to keep the whole family entertained. These are all included within the entry price!

20-27th Oct: Trick or Treat Trail

Follow the ghastly, ghostly trail around the Dockyard and win a sweet treat to take home!

21st– 28th Oct HMS Warrior: Warrior Wounds!


In Georgian times if a sailor at sea got an infected wound, his arm would be amputated! Inspired by these gruesome events children can get grossed out by having a prosthetic wound created by make-up specialists!

22-26th Oct: History Tellers

Hear tales including Admiral Nelson’s victory of the Nile, discover the truth behind monsters of the deep and the man swallowed whole by a whale. Performed in a fun and interesting style to capture young imaginations!

23rd Oct: HMS Victory

(11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm)
Meet Hero Captain Hardy in his cabin onboard the HMS Victory and find out what life was like for the men who fought in the Battle of Trafalgar. Meet and Greets take place between 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm.

24th Oct: Ghost Ship Craft, HMS Warrior 1860


Join in with ghoooooulish art activities and create a mini ghost ship of your own!

26th & 27th Oct: Priddy’s School of Magical Defence, Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower in Gosport

(10am -5pm)

Calling all witches and wizards! Come along to Priddy’s School of Magic and learn how to take care of dragon eggs, make your own broomstick, mix potions with Divination teacher Astrid Knox and take part in herbology lessons, learning how to use plants for health and healing, with Professor Cordelia Violet Peashoot, head of Herbology.  Inspired by the 18th Century mysterious sorcerer Jane Priddy who took it upon herself to open a secret school to train gifted individuals in a very magical kind of defence!

What have you been up to? We’d really love to know! Someone else might love it, and really want a go! If you’ve got ideas, suggestions or reviews, you can shout all about it on whatever channel you choose!

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