2013 Programme

Portsmouth Spring Visit

Booking is essential to obtain security clearance - please book through Rosemary Joy, Secretary    

22nd March 2013

Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth Dockyard – all day visit
Group costs: £14.70 per head. Group ticket booked online by secretary has 10% discount, allows admission into all the places within the Dockyard, including the Royal Naval Museum (but our special tour of the library is an added extra, see below)

  • 1000 - All meet at Dockyard Gate ticket office for Group admission. Visit to main attractions in Dockyard at own choice, Victory, Warrior, Mary Rose Story (possibly not the new Mary Rose display yet, due April 1st)
  • lunch - plenty of small cafes and eateries in the Dockyard to choose from, at own choice
  • 1330 - All meet for coffee and special introductory guided visit behind the scenes of the RNM archives and library, inc. coffee, Approx £7.20 per head
  • Dinner - in ‘A Bar/Bistro’ in Old Portsmouth, booked for 7.30 p.m. Menu choices for starters, mains and puds to follow for those attending: 3 courses at £22 per head

23rd March 2013

  • Morning -
    • EITHER, Walkabout in Old Portsmouth, along the Hot Walls, Portsmouth Sailing Club, spot Tower House, seek Wylie models in Portsmouth Cathedral, coffee in Still and West pub, admire passing ships (binoculars?)
    • OR, Visit with Jeremy Lines to Camper & Nicholson archives in Gosport, across the harbour on foot passenger ferry, goes every 15 minutes, at 07, 22, 37, and 52 minutes past the hour from dock just below Portsmouth Harbour station.
    • OR, If inclement, spend time in the Royal Naval and Royal Albert YC libraries
  • lunch - at Royal Naval and Royal Albert YC: Cost about £16, wine or coffee extra
  • 1400 - AYH AGM - agenda has been circulated to members
  • 1500 - Speaker: Stuart M Roy
    “A Naval Architect’s view of building the Gloriana, Royal Jubilee Pageant’s barge”
  • Evening - Depart at leisure. The treasurer shall stay on till Sunday to help anyone extending their stay.

Alternative Activities

  • Commercial boat trips round the harbour may be in operation.
  • Shopping for the non-maritime in Gunwharf Quays, a short walk from the Dockyard, view Spinnaker Tower, go up it if you have a head for heights. Wide choice of lunch places, great views, lots of interest, lots of bustle
  • Royal Marines Museum at Eastney, eastern end of Southsea.
  • D-Day Museum on Southsea Parade, including 1944 version of Bayeux Tapestry.
  • Excellent Armoury Museum on top of Portsdown Hill