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Family friendly things to do

Hi,

We are coming to Portmsouth for a weekend soon with children from ages 14-8.

Any suggestions as to what we could do? We are already planning on seeing the Aquarium and Tower but the Naval Side isn't really our thing.

Is Hayling Island worth a visit?

We do have a car so can travel.

Many thanks!

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1. Re: Family friendly things to do

Personally, I would do the naval stuff - especially the historic dockyard. More naval stuff at Gosport, too, but also SEARCH, which is Hampshire Museums' Hands-On Centre.

Details of all, and more at http://www.24hourmuseum.org.uk/

It's been a long time since I've been to Hayling Island, but I remember it as a pleasant place to walk.

Portsmouth
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2. Re: Family friendly things to do

Do the kids like swimming? There is the Pyramids which has 2 slides and a large pool with a wave machine!!

Blue Reef which is a small sea life.

Dockyard as mentioned in the last post.

if the weather is nice a walk along the sea front. There is a small fair ground.

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3. Re: Family friendly things to do

"the Naval Side isn't really our thing."

IME kids like the stories (esp the gory elements) of the Victory trip.

Gloucester
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4. Re: Family friendly things to do

Thanks everyone for your tips - will have a look for more info.

Didn't mean to cause offence re the Naval comment, just 3 of the kids are girls - girly girls at that - and I know from past experience the type of things they enjoy. We did Plymouth a couple of years ago and they really didn't enjoy it, whereas my son was in his element. Each to their own I guess!

Portsmouth
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5. Re: Family friendly things to do

What about shopping at Gunwhaf then?

There is some fab shops, resturants, Vue cinema and a bowel plex.

There are boat rides around the habour and often at weekends some sort of entertainment going on?

Gloucester
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6. Re: Family friendly things to do

Sounds great, particularly the boat rides.

We are staying at the Marriott - is that fairly near?

Also - going off on a a tangent - we are on a bit of a budget here, can anyone recommend cheap places to eat out, are there any restuarants with 2 for 1 offers on for example?

Portsmouth
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7. Re: Family friendly things to do

Yes only about 10 minutes away from your hotel straight up the M275.

Shorties do nice meals at a resonable price

http://www.shortiesrestaurant.com/

There is also a Frankie + Bennys at gunwharf which we find resonable priced or Slug And Lettuce when we go out with the kids.

http://www.gunwharf-quays.com/

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8. Re: Family friendly things to do

"We are staying at the Marriott"

this hotel is just outside Portsmouth, nothing to do night times around the hotel..Its a 5 mile drive to get to the sea front areas..the Holiday Inn would be a much better place to stay...if you have not booked and payed..lots to do in walking distance.

anyway have a great time :)

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9. Re: Family friendly things to do

Marriott is near a beef eater pub / resturant and a Pizza hut + KFC all walkable and a Huge Tesco. I think these pep's have a car so not a real problem??

Marriott is a nice clean hotel.

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10. Re: Family friendly things to do

like i said not much to do around the marriott.

and yes it is a clean hotel.

Just stating the Holiday Inn is better placed area for a weekend visit to Portsmouth.