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Report: Portsmouth Dockyard

On Saturday 21 March 2015 we joined Cubs from across Petworth & Pulborough District on a visit to the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth. Our 9 Cubs and 4 adults travelled by one of the three coaches arranged by the District. Ours started in Billingshurst and then picked up Cubs from Wisborough Green and Ifold en route.

Once we got into the Dockyard we explored the many decks of  HMS Warrior (lots of steep ladders) and had a rather chilly boat trip round the harbour. After a lunch stop it was onto HMS Victory (low ceilings) before we visited the new Mary Rose museum.

After all the good behaviour in the museums we let off steam in the hands on “Action Stations” area where the rock climbing and simulator proved popular. Then it was time to get back on the coach for the journey home.

As usual we used our Parbrook Cashback to subsidise the coach travel, reducing the cost by £6. We can only continue to do this if you support us by clicking through from Easyfundraising when you are shopping online.

For more pictures please see our
Portsmouth gallery

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos


Those that followed us (@ParbrookCubs) on Twitter or checked the home page of the website for our Twitter feed got extra information (including pictures) during the day:

Last time: We last visited Portsmouth in 2011

Web links
You can keep up to date with the ships we saw in the harbour

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Event: Portsmouth Dockyard, Saturday 21 March

We’re going to visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on Saturday 21 March. Our tickets will give access to all the attractions at the dockyard and the price includes coach travel too.

Where: We’ll be visiting the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

When: Our trip takes place on Saturday 21 March. Timings are now confirmed. Our coach will start from the layby outside the Primary School on Station Road. We leave at 8.15am so please try to arrive at around 8am so that the coach is not delayed. Our coach will then continue to Wisborough Green to pick up more Cubs there (at 8.30am). For the return journey we expect to leave Portsmouth at 4.30pm and will call at Wisborough Green before returning to the stop in Station Road. We have not been given arrival times but expect that we should be back at about 5.45pm. As usual we’ll update you on our progress via Twitter.

Transport: We will travel to Portsmouth Harbour by coach. These have been organised by the District.

About Portsmouth dockyard: Situated within a working naval base, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the only place in the world to see the Royal Navy past, present and future. Featuring the new Mary Rose Museum and the chance to explore world famous ships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860. Also including the National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth, Action Stations and a harbour tours by boat there’s plenty to see and do.

What: Our combined ticket will give admission to all the attractions in the Historic Dockyard. We’ll split into smaller groups to avoid swamping each attraction with Cubs. We’ll probably save the Action Stations activity centre until last to allow the Cubs to let off steam before we head back to the coach.

Who: Our trip has been open to all our Cubs but the guest list is now closed. We have now confirmed the numbers to the District as follows:

  • 5 Adults: Jacala, Baloo, Hawkeye, Kaa, Laura Hill
  • 1 Young leader: Tabaqui
  • 10 Cubs: Harry, Lily, Adam P, Alex, Daniel, Jim, Lucas, Isabella, George, Max

Cost: The District has set the costs for admission to the Dockyard and coach travel. The cost for Cubs is £26. We’ve previously advertised this at £20 so will use our Parbrook Cashback to make up the difference. Remember that we can only continue to offer our Cashback discounts if you contine to raise money for us through Easyfundraising. If you have booked a place then please note that your admission & coach fees are now due.

Wear: You should wear your uniform. We’ll be out in public so want to look smart. The site has both indoor and outdoor exhibits so please dress appropriately for the weather.

Bring: You should bring a packed lunch. There is a museum shop which you can visit during the day. We suggest that you limit pocket money to £3. You will be responsible for your own pocket money and souvenirs. You may like to bring something to do quietly on the coach.

Paperwork: As usual for our trips and expeditions you will need to complete a health form nearer the time giving an emergency contact for all Cubs that are on the trip. The emergency contact cannot be an adult who is on the trip although we would like a mobile number for them too. We’ve used our new Eventbrite site to handle these bookings. Everybody on the guest list should have received an e-ticket but you will not need to bring a paper copy.

Previous visit: It has been a long time since we last visited the Historic Dockyard. You can see our report from 2011.