Action Stations
Action Stations
3.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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mkatem
Portsmouth49 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I bought a single attraction ticket to visit Actions Stations having visited it before 2020 when it was a fun trip out for kids. I feel very ripped off. It is a shadow of what it was and contains only one activity suitable for an under 5 and only 3 things for an older child. We were finished in 10 minutes after paying £19 for a child. I understand the dockyard is in a difficult financial position and it probably was not viable to re open Actions Stations containing all the activities it previously had. However, I checked both the website and the FB page to find out about the Actions Stations reopening and there was nothing stating it was not the same as it was. They seem to be aiming it now as a few free activities to do along with a 3 attractions ticket and that makes sense. However they should be honest about the fact that it is no longer a stand alone activity. They also should not be selling single attraction tickets to people without making it clear that it is now a very different and much smaller place than it was.
Written 29 August 2022
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James
Weston super Mare, UK63 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Was included in part of our ticket for the wider dockyards so popped in to take a look.
Is aimed at children, andvif not part of the all inclusive ticket would probably be expensive in it's own right.
Nonetheless sill keep kids happy with interactive activities. However when we went at the end of the day it was clear some of the systems were "overloaded" as many electronic interactive things needed someone to press ctrl_alt_delete on to reset them. It wasnt that busy, and whilst spacious, could do with more to keep everyone entertained and simultaneously educated.
Written 19 March 2020
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Richard Clark
Swindon, UK526 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
We have been visiting Portsmouth Dockyards for decades with our disabled son, and his favourite attraction has been Action Stations. The reason why is all the hands on activities, the simulators and of course the cinema at the back where they show a 30 minute film about what the Royal Navy does.
Now my son is in his early twenties, has learning difficulties but he still loves this place. After the lockdowns, we took him back there twice over the past year to find Action Stations was being refurbished, however we decided to use up our Ultimate Explorer tickets one final time, and good news, Action Stations is now open again!
Now you would think that after a full year’s closure, it would have some excellent improvements, but no. Not a single simulator in sight. The cinema is gone too. Instead the whole place is full of various types of climbing frames and a Laser Quest.
There are Laser Quests and climbing frames all around the country. If the simulators were worn out as people say in other reviews, why could they not be refurbished during the year it was closed?
At least my son had a harbour tour instead, apart from a scary moment when the mooring rope snapped in Gunwharf Quay, but I can’t see the point of getting any ultimate explorer tickets in the future.
Written 1 October 2022
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Kezzer200
Portsmouth, UK6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Was really looking forward to taking my partners boys to this as I enjoyed it many years ago. Very disappointed. Not as much to do now as there used to be. Unless your child is under 7, it’s too old for them. The wall was great for the younger boy. The older boy the harness was too tight and they wouldn’t change it. There was no interaction with the staff. One member of staff was rude. Was more interested in reading her book.
We have an annual pass. Prob won’t go back in a hurry
Written 8 January 2024
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We appreciate your honest review. We set a high standard for ourselves, so we are disappointed to hear that your experience with us was not a positive one. We are always looking for ways to improve and we are sorry to hear of your experience with our team. If you would be willing, please contact us on reviews@nmrn.org.uk so we can review your experience further. Thank you, and we hope to hear from you soon. ^SF
Written 9 January 2024
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Stephen R
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This used to be a great day out for children. Went back for first time since 2019 and most activities have now been removed. All that’s left is a mini ninja course for very young children and a climbing wall. Outrageously overpriced for a family visit.
Written 8 October 2023
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karma99
Portsmouth, UK4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
We visited Action Stations Laser Quest on Saturday 14th April as a trial for our 2 girls (aged 10 and 11) to see if they would enjoy a birthday party there later in the year. Our youngest was nervous but was still looking forward to the experience.
Sadly it was a dreadful time due to the extremely poor staff who did not deal at all with a group of trouble makers. 5 unaccompanied boys aged between approximately 10 and 12 were very noisy in the briefing room before any staff arrived. They continued to talk and laugh loudly during the safety briefing making the staff member who was conducting it stop 2 or 3 times to tell them to be quiet. Eventually when it was clear that they weren't interested in listening to her I expected her to lay down an ultimatum of "be quiet and listen or get out". Instead she turned to the rest of us (about 10 people) and said "Well they're clearly not interested in safety so I'll just speak to all of you instead"!
At this point I should have realised how bad the session was going to be and just taken us out of there.

The game started and immediately devolved into a melee of pushing and shoving and grabbing guns and arms (all things that we were told during the briefing were understandably NOT allowed) by this disruptive group whilst the single staff member roamed around on the lower level (the play area has 2 levels) staying away from where everything was going on at the upper levels.
My wife and I spent the entire game trying to get away from this pack and play with/against the other members of the opposing team and to protect our children.

My youngest daughter left the entire event very shell shocked and in tears, our eldest just saying she never wanted to go back again.

The way that the Action Station staff dealt with this disruptive and aggressive group (or rather didn't deal with them at all) showed a complete lack of care towards younger players and I would not recommend taking children to this activity whatsoever.

Clearly they did not want to deal with this group at the briefing and risk having to refund 5x £6. In this case it cost them a £280 party booking and the guarantee that we will never return there.
I hope retelling this experience will make others think twice about risking taking their own children.

On a happier note we went straight from there to Rock Up (climbing centre) at Whitely Village where the staff could not have been more helpful (or understandably safety concious!) and the girls are having their party there instead.
Written 16 April 2018
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Nicole R
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
This would have to be the worst value for money I've experienced - we paid 18 pounds for myself to chaperone 2 children at 13 pounds each for an exhibit that was half closed (you can't go upstairs today because there's a conference on!! But they don't tell you that til you've paid your money and entered the exhibit - no reduction in cost!!) where you need closed toe shoes to climb the wall(but nobody tells you prior and it's not on any of the website info!) and worst of all the laser quest game that they rave about on the website actually costs extra!! (again they don't tell you that when you purchase your ticket!! ) it would be really helpful if all this information was made available BEFORE you purchased tickets
Written 29 June 2015
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Y2673SYandym
Dursley, UK351 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
Whoever is in charge of this needs to be moved. Absolute rubbish...nothing working and a total lack of coherency. An embarrassment to the Royal Navy.
Written 24 October 2014
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Walshy Travels 🇬🇧
Portsmouth, UK5,107 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Family
During busy periods the most action you will experience at action stations is queuing long periods. Naturally it is quieter during the week and when the children are at school and so is more enjoyable. The children enjoy the climbing wall but even then they only get 4 minutes climbing time when it is busy - other times our daughter has been given 30 minutes when there is no one else queuing. Some of the exhibits are becoming a bit worn out with many broken/ out of action. There are signs asking for people to limit their children's time on the simulated interactions but they are not staffed and it is down to the grace of parents to move them on after 2 minutes.
Written 3 November 2014
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Thank you for your review. Please allow me to shed some light on your points. As I'm sure you can understand, at peak times we limit the climbing time on our Climbing Tower to 3 minutes to ensure that queuing times are as minimal as possible. Since opening the Climbing Tower in 2006, 3 minutes has been proven to be an adequate amount of time to climb without inviting too much fatigue or cutting time too short. During their 3 minutes we always ensure that climbers are switched between easy and difficult walls to allow for an even experience for everyone. As you have mentioned in your review, if there is no queue during quieter periods, we tend to dispense with the timings if the climber is wanting to stay on, as this eliminates the pointless exercise of removing the climber and de-harnessing them, for them to just walk back up and put it all back on again. Regarding the broken exhibits, the only outage we have had for some weeks was our 19 seater motion simulator, which went out of action due to a technical fault on Saturday 25th October and was back in operation by Tuesday 28th. We do find that a few of our exhibits are misunderstood and therefore the assumption is sometimes made that they do not work. I have taken steps to remedy this by installing several instructional videos around the exhibits that seemed to cause issues. I am also delighted to say that we are currently mid-way through a refurbishment and upgrade of 2 of our main ground floor exhibits. Weapons Island and Flight Deck are presently undergoing a huge makeover and will soon be fitted out with both new hardware and software to bring them up to date. We are working with our suppliers of these exhibits to incorporate a player changeover into the experiences so as to alleviate the issue you have mentioned with visitors spending too much time on unmanned exhibits. We are continuously looking for ways to improve and upgrade the attraction but please be aware that we are owned and operated by a charitable organisation and therefore have to submit everything through a board of trustees and an audit committee for approval before we can implement it. I look forward to welcoming you back soon, particularly so that you can enjoy our new exhibits. I would be more than happy to discuss this further, so please don't hesitate to ask for me next time you visit or contact me directly at Action Stations. Will Beasley Front Of House Manager
Written 6 November 2014
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nnmercman
Camberley, UK14,186 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
Ok it was half term when I visited with my 5yr old grandson and so it was busy. However, it doesn't help when some of the attractions aren't working and the young staff seem unable or unwilling to take control and move kids on when they're clearly overstaying their times on some of the "attractions" (machine gun and helicopter simulator for example). The main simulator was out of order, as were some of the "computer" type games. The working ones were again hogged by kids whose parents were more interested in chatting than controlling their offspring. Make no mistake, this is not the rant of an old git but from someone who felt it could have been a lot better organised and supervised - if you're paying staff to do a job then they should do it but I guess it's not their fault for being young and perhaps intimidated by parents who want their kids to act selfishly. We left after a short time as my grandson was uncomfortable in the uncontrolled environment which was a shame as he enjoyed the other sights in the Dockyard, the river cruise and submarine museum. Fortunately it was a very balmy day and there was no need for us to be cooped up inside.

My view is either sort it out or close it down as currently it's out of keeping with the rest of the what's on offer on site and leaves a negative impression.
Written 30 October 2014
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