Portsmouth Cumberland House natural history museum reopens

Portsmouth’s Cumberland House natural history museum reopens on Saturday 8th April, with a fresh new look. The building has been closed for repairs, redecoration, the installation of a new wheelchair ramp, and work to bring the terrace at the back of the building to its former glory. Staff have been …

£130,000 in funding approved for new Portsmouth butterfly house

Plans for a new tropical butterfly house at the Cumberland House natural history museum by Canoe Lake have been given a £130,000 boost. Allocation of the funding to build a modern replacement for the current enclosure was approved today by Councillor Linda Symes, Portsmouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, …

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Strictly Come Dancing contestants jive into Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Visitors to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard we treated to a sneak preview of Strickly Come Dancing stars first dance ahead of this last weekends opening live televised competition. Contestants couple Louise Redknapp and dancing professional Kevin Clifton sprinkled a bit of dancing magic onto The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s …

Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth launch back to school alphabet trial

Portsmouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium is preparing for the end of the school holidays by launching a fishy-themed Alphabet Trails. The Southsea wildlife attraction is hoping the fun trails will help get reluctant pupils back into the swing of all things scholastic before the start of the new term. Staff have …

Battle of Jutland survivor brought into Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Marking nearly 100 years to the day since the sinking of her parent ship HMS Falmouth at the Battle of Jutland, unique survivor Armed Steam Cutter (ASC) number 26 has arrived at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Built in 1910, ASC 26 marks an important chronicle in our maritime history. The only powered …

Claws Weekend at the Blue Reef Aquarium Southsea

Visitors to Portsmouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium will be able to enjoy close encounters with weird and wonderful crabs and lobsters from around the world as part of their ‘Claws – Incredible Crustaceans’ event this weekend. From comical cleaner shrimps and hermit crabs to giant lobsters and mighty edible crabs this …

New Flooded Forest feature unveiled at Portsmouth Blue Reef Aquarium

A spectacular new freshwater display based on a flooded tropical rainforest is set to open at Portsmouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium this weekend. Themed around a mysterious ruined temple complex, Flooded Forest is home to a variety of exotic freshwater species including motoro stingrays, angel fish, turtles, piranha, and 1,000 tetra …

Mary Rose Museum reopens in July with floor-to-ceiling views

On 20th July 2016, the Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard embarks on the next chapter of its exciting journey. Since November 30th 2015, the Mary Rose Museum has been closed as work to remove the walls separating Henry VIII’s iconic flagship from the museum’s nine viewing galleries is …

Emirates Spinnaker Tower unveil new entrance experience

Emirates Spinnaker Tower has unveiled their brand new entrance experience, the result of a six figure investment from managing operators Continuum Attractions, which includes a redeveloped admissions area and the introduction of an animated pre-show. The entrance’s design now matches the modern, sleek design of the iconic Tower with curved …

Spinnaker Tower added to UK rough guide of most accessible attractions

Imaginative new features are helping transform the experience of days out in the Southeast for disabled visitors according to the new Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, which includes 17 attractions from the Southeast in a new 2016 edition. A wheelchair accessible roundabout at the Thomley Activity Centre in Buckinghamshire, a …

Blue Reef Aquarium otters celebrate tenth birthday

A trio of otters celebrated their tenth birthday together at Portsmouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium over the weekend. Asian short clawed otter siblings Ralph, Patty, and Selma were all born at the aquarium back in 2006. For all three to now be celebrating their tenth birthdays is a major achievement, and …

Portsmouth museums receive national recognition

Six Portsmouth museums have been awarded national accreditation status by Arts Council England. Charles Dickens’ Birthplace, Cumberland House, D-Day Museum, Eastney Beam Engine House, Portsmouth Museum, and Southsea Castle have all achieved the coveted status. The accreditation scheme sets nationally agreed standards for all museums in the UK. It allows …