The best holidays are those that strike a balance between relaxation and enjoying engaging activities. This is no truer of family holidays. Parents need to make sure that wherever they holiday, there are facilities and activities to keep children entertained – if for no other reason that so that they can enjoy some much-needed time together.

Visit the Solent and you’ll discover a wealth of outdoor activities that are fun for the whole family. Whether your intent on hitting the waves at one of the UK’s premier kite surfing destinations are spellbound by nature. or who loves nothing more than learning about Tudor history, you’ll discover a range of environments and activities perfect for the whole family.

Situated in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on College Road, a stone’s throw from HM Naval Base is Action Stations. A fantastic day out with something for the whole family, Action Stations marries thrills, adventure, history and, of course, action under one roof.

It’s here that children – and adults alike – can enjoy a wealth of fun and energetic activities, make friends, and perhaps even learn a little something too! Test your might running the Ninja Force gauntlet. Inspired by the television show of the same name, Ninja Force is a forty-meter course which encourages children and adults to take on the challenge of jumping, swinging, climbing and balancing their way through a range of obstacles. Perfect for fitness fanatics no matter how old, finishing the Ninja Force gauntlet offers a tremendous sense of accomplishment.

Similarly, scaling the climbing tower gives anyone a sense that if they can do this, they can do anything! Action Stations’ 28ft wall features four separate faces if varying degrees of difficulty. Anyone with steadfast determination and nerves of steel is welcome to try to reach the summit. Trained members of staff are on-hand to educate anyone unsure of how to navigate the wall and all participants are kitted out with climbing harness and given a thorough safety briefing prior to stepping away from the ground.

Ever wondered what it’s like to be at the controls of a helicopter? Visit Action Stations and wonder no more. Discover the Merlin Flight Deck, take your seat in the cockpit and put your piloting skills to the test. This engaging aerial adventure features five separate open world missions. Military grade simulation technology, the Merlin Flight Decks offers the most realistic and immersive experience anyone could wish for.

Venture up to the first floor of Action Stations and discover a plethora of interactive exhibits, each centred around maritime technology. Certain to engage those with a keen interest in learning about how technology has influenced the seas of Portsmouth – and across the world – these interactive exhibits give children the opportunity to learn and explore new and interesting topics – despite being on their school holidays or away with the family.

To learn more about the range of fun and engaging activities at Action Stations, call: 0239 289 1370 ext. 2040 or email: You can also get in touch by filling out the contact form here.

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