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The Navy at the time of Jane Austen: Fighting, Flirting & Fortune

Runs to 20th September Monday to Saturday 10.00 - 17.00

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of the universally admired author Jane Austen – and Hampshire Cultural Trust is coordinating a yearlong series of events to celebrate her creativity and talent.

In her later novels, Jane Austen describes a new type of hero, one who has made his own fortune through hard work and intelligence. The inspiration for the naval officers in Mansfield Park and Persuasion undoubtedly came from her brothers, Francis and Charles. Both already making names for themselves in their chosen careers, her brothers were on active service in this golden era of the British Navy - the victorious Battle of Trafalgar had been fought just a few short years before. The Navy at the Time of Jane Austen fittingly on display at the port of Gosport - will look at the danger and the drama as well as the entertaining and social life aboard ship, through her novels, her letters and contemporary accounts.


Gosport Gallery @ Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, Gosport. PO12 1NS


Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm until 20th September


FREE Admission to exhibition


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Scenic Solent Cruises – Two Rivers

Friday 25th August Depart 12.00 Return 17.30

Cruise the Solent to the Beautiful Hamble River taking in the scenery of this major yachting centre.  Return via the Medina River, the main river of the Isle of Wight.  The cruise finishes with a tour of Portsmouth Harbour.

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Pirates & Sunken Treasure

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 11.00 - 16.00 each day

A Bank Holiday of Piratical Fun and Games - walking the plank, speaking like a pirate  'Aaarrrrr' solving clues to the treasure hunt, dancing singing, bamboozling magic.


Adults £3, Under 16's & Seniors £2, Under 5's Free, Families £8


The Diving Museum, No. 2 Battery, Stokes Bay Road, Gosport PO12 2QU

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Scenic Solent Cruises – Grand Harbour Cream Tea

Sunday 27th August Depart 14.00 Return 16.30

A leisurely cruise (with commentary) of the historic Portsmouth Harbour to learn about its exciting past.  Home of the Navy since the middle ages and now a major commercial port and waterside leisure destination.

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Vehicle Rally

Monday 28th August 10.30 to 17.00

Vintage vehicles including military vehicles, motorbikes and bicycles will be on Stokes Bay Field

Entry fee: Adults £2, Children (aged 3 -16) 50p

Scenic Solent Cruises – Four Forts Cream Tea

Wednesday 30th August Depart 14.00 Return 17.00

A three-hour afternoon cruise taking in Horse Sand, No Man’s Land, Spitbank and St Helen’s forts, designed and built in the 19th century by Lord Palmerston to protect the eastern approaches to Portsmouth Harbour.  

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