Festival of Christmas 2019

Join us for our 20th anniversary extravaganza at the Festival of Christmas 2019 as you meet classic characters from the past. Travel back in time to a bygone era, where snowy streets welcome you to a world of festive cheer, as you enjoy one of the south’s finest Christmas festivals. Tickets are now available to purchase online for the 2019 christmas event but at 2018 prices. 

Get ahead and treat yourself to some well-earned retail therapy as you browse our Christmas markets and be entertained by festive additions. We'll be announcing the full line-up for Festival of Christmas 2019 very soon - so stay tuned for more information. 

Buy your tickets at 2018 prices and save today! 

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Baubles and Buccaneers

Get your dancing shoes and your best pirate party outfit (if you want) for the ultimate themed Christmas party onboard HMS Warrior. Join us on Friday 6 December, Saturday 7 December, Saturday 14 December and Friday 20 December. 

Our special baubles and buccaneers event is perfect for your work's Christmas party or group as you step onboard Queen Victoria's favourite ship. 

Enjoy a delicious mulled wine or hot cider on arrival as you take in the glorious surroundings, lit up by Christmas illuminations. Guests will enjoy 1/2 a bottle of wine per person on each table as well as a sumptious three course meal.

Get the party started with your pirate hat and sword at the ready for a night you'll never forget.

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Baubles and Buccaneers

Get your dancing shoes and your best pirate party outfit (if you want) for the ultimate themed Christmas party onboard HMS Warrior. Join us on Friday 6 December, Saturday 7 December, Saturday 14 December and Friday 20 December. 

Our special baubles and buccaneers event is perfect for your work's Christmas party or group as you step onboard Queen Victoria's favourite ship. 

Enjoy a delicious mulled wine or hot cider on arrival as you take in the glorious surroundings, lit up by Christmas illuminations. Guests will enjoy 1/2 a bottle of wine per person on each table as well as a sumptious three course meal.

Get the party started with your pirate hat and sword at the ready for a night you'll never forget.

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Baubles and Buccaneers

Get your dancing shoes and your best pirate party outfit (if you want) for the ultimate themed Christmas party onboard HMS Warrior. Join us on Friday 6 December, Saturday 7 December, Saturday 14 December and Friday 20 December. 

Our special baubles and buccaneers event is perfect for your work's Christmas party or group as you step onboard Queen Victoria's favourite ship. 

Enjoy a delicious mulled wine or hot cider on arrival as you take in the glorious surroundings, lit up by Christmas illuminations. Guests will enjoy 1/2 a bottle of wine per person on each table as well as a sumptious three course meal.

Get the party started with your pirate hat and sword at the ready for a night you'll never forget.

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Essential maintenance notice

We'd like to wish all our visitors a Happy New Year. If you're planning on visiting Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS Warrior in January, it is worth noting down dates of closures during this time. HMS Warrior will be closed on Thursday 17 January and Tuesday 22 January. 

If you are visiting the Historic Dockyard on those dates, you can still access our other ships and museums across the dockyard. Save 20% online when you buy a Full Navy Ticket

Essential maintenance notice

We'd like to wish all our visitors a Happy New Year. If you're planning on visiting Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS Warrior in January, it is worth noting down dates of closures during this time. HMS Warrior will be closed on Thursday 17 January and Tuesday 22 January. 

If you are visiting the Historic Dockyard on those dates, you can still access our other ships and museums across the dockyard. Save 20% online when you buy a Full Navy Ticket

Lights, camera, action! Warrior webcam is back.

We’re pleased to announce the return of the HMS Warrior camera after a short sabbatical, the camera has now been installed up the Mizzen Mast. The new camera now streams in full HD – so sunsets over the camber have never looked so good. 

From Australia to Scotland, our HMS Warrior webcam is popular far and wide and we’re excited to see it come back. 

Phil George, Head of IT at The National Museum of the Royal Navy said: “After a small amount of downtime, we’re pleased to bring back the Warrior webcam. We’ve taken the time to source a good quality webcam which provides the best viewing experience for web users.”

It wasn’t just the IT team who had issues with sourcing the best quality camera. The new in house rigging team also faced challenges installing the camera, finding a calm day around the recent high winds and installing it in the best position possible.

Andy Hodder Smith, Master Rigger at The National Museum of the Royal Navy said: "Installing a camera aloft is a challenge as it is easy to damage the cable if it is not supported correctly during installation, and the manufactures don’t consider the challenges of installing it 40m up hanging in a harness so there is always too many loose and fiddly parts."

To prolong its life, the IT team have made a change to how the camera transitions between viewpoints. The camera will move every 30 seconds instead of every 10 seconds with the transitions being much slower. It will also only pan between 7am and 5pm, outside of those times it will just sit and show the Portsmouth Ferries view. Then at 7am it should burst back into life and start moving again.

We celebrated the launch of the new camera on The Prince of Wales 70th birthday by capturing a gun salute. If you would like to watch the Warrior webcam, simply visit the webcam page. Happy viewing!

Sea Shanties

Enjoy a unique dining experience, eating at sailors’ mess tables, surrounded by all the fixtures and fittings of this Victorian warships’ massive gun deck. However, you certainly won’t be napping in the hammocks as an evening of singing and entertainment will have you ‘reeling around the wheels’.

Your ticket includes a cocktail on arrival, ½ bottle wine pp and a two course dinner.

19:00     Boarding & reception drinks

20:00     Dinner

23:45     Carriages

Dress    Nautical or smart casual

Download our full menu here

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HMS Warrior 1860 celebrates the 30th Anniversary of her return to Portsmouth

30th Homecoming Anniversary

There were mixed emotions in Hartlepool as the town bid farewell to the ship that had spent seven years in its care.

In the afternoon of Friday 12th June 1987, Warrior was pulled by tugs from her moorings and she began the four day journey back to Portsmouth. Tankers, ferries and trawlers turned out all along the east coast to salute her. In the English Channel, she had a memorable encounter with HMS London, the Royal Navy's newest vessel. London signalled the message "The Navy's newest ironclad is in company with the oldest... I hope we look as good as you at your age".

On June 16th 1987, 58 years after she left Portsmouth in a terrible condition, Warrior made her triumphant return. As she came slowly towards the narrow entrance to Portsmouth Harbour a flotilla of small boats greeted her, guns fired, klaxons sounded, crowds cheered, fireworks exploded, and red, white and blue balloons filled the air.

After an hour of careful manoeuvring, she entered her berth. When the tow rope was dropped, Warrior was home to stay and took her place within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

For further information about her homecoming, including interviews with our CEO Cdr Tim Ash, Shipwright Bob Daubeney, and one of our longest serving volunteers (24 years) Alastair Wilson who watched HMS Warrior return, please press the link to the BBC Radio Solent interview - http://bbc.in/2rysR5e 

Working with Maritime Films UK

All of us on board HMS Warrior 1860 are delighted with the kind words from Maritime Films UK about the filming we have been working on together. The footage has been collated and edited for us to use as promotional videos when giving our outreach presentations in the community. Our shipwright, Bob, even got a glowing review as being "one of the best TV naturals" they have come across - nice one Bob!

If you would like to read the article, it can be found here.

 

 

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