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Half Term Activities & Days Out Portsmouth

Enjoy a fun day out with the whole family on the mainland this half term. Start your day out on the world's only year-round passenger hovercraft service, flying you across the Solent in under 10 minutes, while experiencing the unique and fun adventure of flying above the waves.


We've put together some half term activities in Portsmouth and Southsea to do with the family. From educational attractions to fun-filled indoor play areas, you'll find a wide range of ideas below.

Make the most out of our Family Flyer Day Return. This advanced offer allows up to a family of 5 to travel to or from the Isle of Wight from £6.00 per person, per journey. Your crossing has to be booked at least 48 hours.

Half term activities in Portsmouth & Southsea

Take a look at our suggestions below for great half term days out for the family and book your Hovertravel flight today!

The D-Day Story

The D-Day Story Museum is just a short walk from our Southsea hoverport. Visit this half term for Operation: Spies and Lies event - complete challenges, crack codes, answer questions and find a hidden mystery object in this fun trail activity. Our great value combination ticket deal includes your Hovertravel flight and entry fee. Book on the journey planner below, select the Events/Attractions tab and The D-Day Story and select your dates.

Porsmouth Historic Dockyards

Delve deeper than ever before at Portsmouth Historic Dockyards. Discover the Worlds Beneath the Waves exhibition and the secrets of the seabed. Use AR technology to create your own unique sea creature. Our combination ticket includes your day return flight and Ultimate Explorer Ticket, giving you unlimited access to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for 12 months! Book on the journey planner below, select the Events/Attractions tab and PHD Ultimate Explorer Ticket and select your dates.

Portsmouth FC v Cambridge United

On Tuesday 13th February take advantage of our late charter and watch the Portsmouth FC v Cambridge United match at Fratton Park. Book on the journey planner below, select the Events/Attractions tab and Portsmouth FC Charter available with and without coach from Fratton Park to our Southsea terminal at the end of the match.

Bath Hover Day

Enjoy a Hover Day to Bath on Wednesday 14th February, ticket includes your day return flight on the hovercraft and return coach transfer. Book on the journey planner below, select the Excursions tab and Bath Day Trip.

Gunwharf Quays

Get from Ryde to Gunwharf Quay in just 17 minutes including our Hoverbus. Whether you want to watch a film at Vue Cinema, enjoy a game of bowling at Hollywood Bowl, indulge at one of the many restaurants or shop over 90 premium brands with up to 60% off, this is a fun day out for all the family. 

Spinnaker Tower

Paddington is coming to the Spinnaker Tower on 16th and 17th February, where he will be making appearances at intervals on each day. Book our great value combination ticket which includes your day return flight, Hoverbus and Spinnaker Tower ticket. Book on the journey planner below, select the Events/Attractions tab and Spinnaker Tower Entrance and select your dates.


Explore the world of fun and wonder at Exploria, Southsea’s newest play and bounce attraction. Exploria is fun for all ages and is just a short walk along the promenade from our Southsea terminal. 

Blue Reef Aquarium

Join in the fun of Eco Week at the Blue Reef Aquarium, from fishy facts to an exciting Eco Trail and engaging talks and feeds the event is designed to inspire and empower visitors to make a positive impact on the planet.

Save on flights - HoverBlue Island Resident Discount

Our HoverBlue Island Resident members receive discounted fares from Ryde to Southsea, save over 30%* on day returns and save over 10%* on adult period returns. Sign up for HoverBlue Island Resident discount online today and book online using the Journey Planner below and your discount will automatically apply!

Each passenger must hold a HoverBlue Card and show it at the time of boarding.

*Terms and Conditions
  • Discount only valid from Ryde to Southsea only.
  • Day return discount valid on adult, child and senior fares.
  • Period return discount valid on adult fares only.
  • Discount only available online and over the phone only.
  • Each passenger must hold a HoverBlue Card and show it at the time of boarding, failure to do so may result in full fare being charged.