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This cracking day out in Portsmouth, of equal interest to men and women, is available all year but if you come between 13 April and 24 June 2018 Wave - an impressive installation of the Tower of London Poppies will spill over the wall at Fort Nelson to mark the final year of the First World War. This is one of the last opportunities to see a significant display of the Tower Poppies before they go indoors at the Imperial W ar Museums. We also visit the ‘D-Day village’, beautiful Old Portsmouth and take a jolly cruise around the harbour to see which ships are in port.

Meet the Blue Badge Guide at 10.30am at Fort Nelson, just outside Portsmouth, to buy morning refreshments. Fort Nelson is one of five Palmerston Forts built on the summit of Portsdown Hill overlooking the Dockyard to guard it from French attack. Now part of the Royal Armouries there are great views over the city.

From 13 April to 24 June 2018 Wave: a poignant sculpture of thousands of individual ceramic poppies will spill over the forts walls. Wave formed the key dramatic element at the Tower of London in the autumn of 2014. This unforgettable sight is a beautiful way for your group to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.

Next to Southwick - an unusual village of thatched cottages occupied entirely by tenants of the manor in the way of the middle ages. The manor and village were requisitioned during WWII and the plans for D-Day were drawn up here by Generals Eisenhower and Montgomery.

We stop at Gunwharf Quay for free time for lunch. There’s lots of choice here and some interesting shopping. If you prefer we can pre-book a group lunch, just let us know.

Our afternoon begins with a sailor’s eye view of the Historic Dockyard and the warships of the modern Royal Navy on an entertaining 45 minute Ships in Port Harbour tour. We might see the immense new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in her home port.

To round off a very memorable day out we are going to visit the rather handsome conservation area of Old Portsmouth to gaze out to sea from the Hot Walls where sweethearts have shed tears for departing lovers for hundreds of years.

There will be time at the end of the afternoon to buy refreshments (and even take a peek inside Portsmouth’s compact cathedral) before heading home at 4.45pm.

Adults & Seniors: £22.00

The Poppies run 13 April to 24 June 2018

Add a 2-course lunch with coffee for £13pp

We have Portsmouth day trips available

throughout the year

Prices valid 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019

Too far for a day trip?

Winchester & Portsmouth SleepOver

2-nights dinner, bed & breakfast at

the excellent and recently refurbished

3* Royal Maritime Hotel just 200 yards

From the Royal Dockyard.

Day One: Blue Badge Guide Winchester inc the Cathedral, Meon Valley

and check in.

Day Two: Full day Blue Badge Guide -

Panoramic Portsmouth tour including Fort

Nelson (poppies 13 April - 24 June ‘18 only),

Southwick & the Brewhouse, Old Portsmouth, Gunwharf Quays free time for lunch and The Mary Rose in the Historic Dockyard.

Day Three: Free time after checkout

Inc 10 single rooms without supplement,

free organiser place, all admissions.

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