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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 in advance of travel.


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!

Portsmouth 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 AI 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.

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

Meet Bluey at the Spinnaker Tower this May Half Term. Bluey will be making appearances at various times on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th May. Every child will receive their exclusive collectable pop badge to commemorate the occasion. You can also enjoy the free Family Fun Trail. 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.

The D-Day Story

The D-Day Story Museum is just a short walk from our Southsea hoverport, enjoy a visit and learn more about the D-Day landings. 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.


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 the Treasures of the Deep, from Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June at Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth. Prepare to plunder the depths of the sea, don’t miss this unforgettable underwater escapade, including facts, treasure hunts, talks and feeds throughout the day.

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.