Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Action Stations, 19 College Road, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ

Contact: 02392 893316



Action, adventure, thrills and history all under one roof! With so much to see and do, you will want to explore our attractions again and again.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

Historic boathouse No.6 is home to Action Stations, filled with dozens of interactive hands-on displays, activities and simulators, pupils get a real taste of life in today’s Royal Navy. All workshops are designed to maximise pupil’s learning and cater for students across all levels of the curriculum; from Early Years Foundation Stage to Higher Education. We offer a number of unique workshops; please see below for examples-


Ahoy there me hearties!

This workshop gives students the opportunity to live the life of a pirate for the day by taking part in a treasure hunt, making their very own pirate hat or mini pirate ship and learning all about the lives and adventures of famous pirates.

So weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen for exciting day of history and fun!


A look at the world through the eyes of a spy, focusing on a Portsmouth based story that resulted in a not so happy ending! In this workshop, students will be set the challenge of cracking both modern and historic codes whilst taking part in a top secret mission around Action Stations.


Boathouse No.6 has undergone endless changes since being constructed over 150 years ago. Allow us to show you how this 1840’s Boathouse was converted into an interactive tourist attraction. Students will learn about the hardware and software that goes into running our exhibits and displays on a daily basis. Their behind the scenes tour will offer them an extensive insight into how technology has advanced and changed over the past decade and how a modern tourist attraction has to keep refreshing in order to stay up to date. Students will also take an in-depth look at our Laser Quest arena, exploring the technology that powers it and the ins and outs of the arena itself. This workshop includes a game of Laser Quest for every student.


Teams work together to complete a range of challenges that develop communication, leadership, negotiation skill and require observation, awareness and hand-eye coordination.

There are a variety of challenges that can be adapted to suit the needs of the group – we will be happy to design a bespoke programme 


A cross-curricular workshop covering a range of creative subjects.

3 different options are available for this workshop: News Report, Advert, Short Film

Working in groups the students begin their day with an introduction to the chosen subject. They will be given time to discuss, plan and write their masterpiece, thinking about character, audience, genre and the message they want to portray. Once the planning process is complete, the filming begins! A variety of options for filming are available, including the use of our green screen, stop motion characters, and features around the Historic Dockyard site. To finish the day off they will get to watch their creation come to life on the big screen within the Action Stations cinema. This session can be adapted to focus on specific topics or schemes of work.


Incorporating maths, science and design technology into one exciting but challenging workshop. In this workshop pupils can explore how aerodynamics and ballistics are used in the design of modern shells. The session starts with a short introduction to the science of ballistics and the history of artillery. Pupils work in teams to construct their own shell to be fired from our compressed air cannon. Pupils will use data to predict the range and impact point of their shells.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

The learning team at Action Stations take pride in tailoring education visits specifically to your individual budget and learning needs, and will happily customise your workshop to incorporate as many or as few subjects as you need. All the workshops include ‘Free Time’ to explore and try out our climbing walls, simulators, assault course and other activities at no extra cost!

What does a typical educational visit include?

A typical visit will start at 10.30am and finish at 2pm. The visit will include a 1 hour workshop (sometimes longer depending on the chosen workshop), time to explore and use our building activities (climbing walls/simulators) and an area for lunch (packed lunches. This is only a general guide and can be adapted to suit your groups’ specific needs, timings and abilities.

What group sizes do you cater for?

This is dependent of which workshop you choose however we can cater for up 90 children/students in one visit.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

We offer a pre visit meeting for the leader/teacher, during this meeting the workshop leader will go through the workshop content, show you around the activities involved and work with you to create a personalised visit. This can all be discussed over the phone if that is more convenient.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?


What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Risk assessments are available on request however we encourage teachers to visit (free of charge) beforehand and carry out their own.

Does your venue have an education officer?

Lauren Mitchell

(Learning Executive)

Action Stations

19 College Road, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3LJ

Tel: 02392 893316  Mobile: 07554 663 497  (Education/workshop enquiries)

What is the cost of the visit?

The majority of our workshops cost between £8 a head and £10 a head.

We can tailor a workshop to fit within your budget and we offer discounted rates on Laser Quest games if booked as part of an educational workshop.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

We suggest comfortable shoes are worn during the trip. If possible PE shoes/Trainers are best as this ensures the students will be allowed to take part in the activities around the building (climbing/assault course).

Pirate themed fancy dress is also encouraged (but not required) when taking part in our Pirate Life workshop. 

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

All full time staff members (including the workshop leader) are first aid trained.

Please list facilities available.

A public picnic seating area is available inside Action Stations and can be used for packed lunches ect. A small selection of soft drinks/chocolate bars are available to buy from the Laser Quest Desk inside the venue.

Gift shops, restaurants and dining areas are available on site but not within Action Stations.

What are your disabled facilities?

Disabled access (via lift) is available to all floors. The majority of our activities are accessible; we are always available to discuss this ahead of your visit to ensure all students get the most out of the trip. The lower level of our Laser Quest arena is wheel chair accessible.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open from everyday 10am to 5:30pm April - October (summer hours) and

10am to 5pm November - March (winter) throughout the year, except when closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

The Laser Quest arena is open until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

•             Students from Riddlesdown Collegiate who took part in our ICT and Codes & Cipher workshops sent the following feedback-

“it was great and action packed”

“great for people who have no experience of computing”

“it had lasers and it was cool”

“it was cool to see how some of the stuff worked”

“That was fun”

“It was cool to understand the laser tag works”

“We would love to go again”

•             Christopher (Teacher) July 2016 said- I wanted to send you a quick email to say how grateful I was of all the support provided on the day. Everything went very smoothly and the Pupils who attended the event had a fantastic time throughout (especially on the ninja course!). It is quite likely that we will be looking to use the facility in future years

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?


To book or for more information on the individual learning programmes, contact Action Stations on 02392 893 316 or email

Alternatively contact Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s dedicated sales team on 02392 986572 (option 3) or email


A Discovery Visit is a self-guided visit to one or a combination of the attractions on the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. These can be added to your workshop visit.

Single attraction: £4 per pupil

Two attractions: £6.50 per pupil

Three attractions: £8.50 per pupil

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For teachers with a confirmed booking, to assist with planning and preparation, we allow free entry for the visit leader and up to two colleagues (if the planning visit is made during the week) or a free family ticket for the visit leader (if the planning visit is made at the weekend or in school holidays). A letter from your school quoting the booking reference number and identifying you as the visit leader will be required. If you do not have a booking but would like to experience what we offer education groups, we allow free entry (for one person) on production of a valid teacher ID or letter identifying you from your school.


All venues are fully or partially accessible by wheelchair and hands-on activities are designed to be as inclusive as possible. Please let us know of any special requirements at the time of booking so we can ensure your visit is an enjoyable one.


We allow adults free of charge in the following ratios: years R, 1, 2 and 3: one free adult for every complete group of five children. Year 4 and above: one free adult for every complete group of eight children. For the health, safety and enjoyment of your group, we advise that pupils are accompanied in these ratios but will allow lower ratio levels in accordance with the DFEE publication, ‘Health & Safety of Pupils on Education Visits’. However, please note we require a minimum ratio of 1:12.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Climbing Cinemas / Film Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Indoor Activity & Soft Play Centres Museums Paintball & Laser Tag Science & Technology Themed Attractions Tourism Organisations Team Building

Curriculum Topics Covered: Business Studies Drama English History ICT Leisure & Tourism Mathematics Media PE Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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