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Enchanted Dockyard

19 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019

Enchanted Dockyard

19th October - 27th October

New for 2019…

This experience is like no other! Pre-book upon arrival and head to the arts and crafts station where you can choose from a variety of activities. Then get ready to be enchanted as you walk through our magical garden! This year this experience is located in No.1 Smithery, where our fairies are hiding!

We encourage our visitors to dress up in their favourite magical outfits!

This experience is all included within your entry ticket, be spell bounded this October half term!

Craft Activities

This year The Enchanted Dockyard will be taking place in No.1 Smithery, so come rain or shine this October half term you’ll be among our fairies!

As well as our digital story telling taking place, magical craft activities will also be available too…


Wand making

Cast your spells with your very own wand! A popular activity but this year with a difference! With a variety of decorations available, choose your own theme and our fairies will bring them to life in the digital story telling activity.

This activity is included in your ticket 

Butterfly Activity

Create your own magical origami butterfly. With plenty of crafts to decorate, you’ll be bringing a bit of magic home!

This activity is included in your ticket 

Pumpkin carving

Leave the mess to us! Our team are on hand to help you carve your pumpkins!

Please note that this activity is at an extra cost of £2.50 

Slime Making

Get hands on as you pick up a slime kit! Mix the potions together as you create your own magical slime!

Please note that this activity is at an extra cost of £2.50 

Enchanted Garden

This experience is like no other!

New for 2019! A member of staff will greet and take you to the fairy garden ready to explore! Walk through the magical room, look up to spot the owl, fairies, fairy doors and more!  Sit on toad stalls as you join in with the digital story telling where your wands come to life!!

No need to worry about the weather, this experience is undercover and is located in No.1 Smithery.

Heads up!

A polite notice to our visitors that the magical garden will be lit up with fairy lights so may be darker than usual. There will be no strobe lighting. This experience is wheelchair friendly and a buggy park will be available.



This year there will be a gift shop available in No.1 Smithery to purchase magical gifts to take home. More information coming this way! 

Plan your day

The overall Enchanted Dockyard experience is 1 hour – 30 minutes of activities and 30 minutes in the magical garden. To book this activity simply head to Plan Your Visit upon arrival and choose from a variety of time slots to book!

Explore the site!

What else is included in your tickets...

As we are an 80 acre site, we thought it would be a nice gentle reminder on what is included in your entry ticket and for the rest of the year! Don’t forget our tickets are valid for 12 months – tickets are activated on the day of first visit (we are open until 24th November) . See our What’s On page for all the details 

Guided Tours 

We have 2 guided tours that are included in our entry tickets – The Victorian Ropery and HM Submarine Ocleot . Please book upon arrival at the Plan Your Visit area before you go onto site.

Dockyard Talks

Discover The Dockyard Talks are new for 2019! These talks are presented by our staff & volunteers on an array of subjects.

Railway weekends

Join us on selected weekends where our locomotives will be steaming through the site!

Galleries & exhibitions

3 Historic warships, Command of the Oceans Gallery & exhibition, Hearts of Oak -digital tour, RNLI Collection, HMS Cavalier, HMS Gannet, HM Submarine Ocelot, 3 Slip: The Big Space, The Victorian Ropery & Steam, Steel & Submarines Gallery

Play areas!

We have 2 adventure play areas and an indoor soft play area! Break up your visit as you stop off and play throughout the site.

Commissioners Garden

Discover our real ‘secret garden’ This little gem is tucked behind Commissioners House. Top tip- pickup a homemade sandwich and cake from the wagon Stop cafe and have a picnic! It’s the perfect place to switch off and relax in these beautiful grounds.

What's On

What's on