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Mission: Explore

15 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020

Mission: Explore

February half term

We have uncovered some important secret intelligence and are looking for a new recruit of spies to help this February half term.

Young spies should report to HQ on arrival to be briefed on their mission. Navigate the Dockyard and uncover the mysterious world of spies and secret agents. Get hands on with spy craft sessions (pre-booking advised) and, the highlight of any mission, climb aboard HMS Ocelot, a real-life spy submarine. With an indoor and an outdoor trail, the weather will never foil your mission.

Do you have what it takes to solve the clues and crack the code? Only the best spymasters should apply!

Mission: Explore activities are free and included as part of your entry ticket. Tickets are valid for a year, giving you 12 months to enjoy the fantastic array of attractions at the fascinating 80 acre estate. For generations, the Dockyard was a secret and secure site – now it is open and waiting for you to explore…

Your mission if you choose to accept it...

Spy programme

Choose your mission and scroll down to plan your visit.

Secret Messages

Before starting your mission you’ll need to make your own ‘Red Reveal Decoder.’ You’ll need this essential piece of kit to complete the spy trail.  Navigate the Dockyard and use your decoder to reveal the secret message.


  • Sunday 16th
  • Wednesday 19th
  • Saturday 22nd

Crack the Code

Make your own ‘Cypher Dial Decoder’ and learn the important skill of code breaking. Get hands on before you begin your mission and head out around the Dockyard to complete the spy trail using your decoder. Become the ultimate spy!


  • Monday 17th
  • Thursday 20th
  • Sunday 23rd

Spy ID Band

First you must conquer the spy trail. Where will the clues lead you? To complete your mission, construct your own Spy ID Band using intelligence gathered on the trail. Can you get the colours in the correct order to break the code?


  • Saturday 15th
  • Tuesday 18th
  • Friday 21st

Don't forget there's more to explore...

Explore, Discover, Learn...

Once you’ve earned your spy badge don’t forget to explore the rest of the Dockyard. There are 10 galleries and exhibitions to enjoy – from discovering the secrets of the Namur timbers beneath the floor in Command of the Oceans, to following John North and his Grandson as they reveal what life was like in the Royal Navy, as well as stepping back in time in our working Victorian ropery.

Guided Tours

Your Dockyard entry ticket includes 2 guided tours at no extra cost.

Book a submarine and ropery tour on arrival and experience first hand what life is life under the waves and as a Victorian rope maker.

Ropery Tour – There are 2 types of tours: Live demonstrations (at 12.15 Mon-Fri)  & a Victorian Tour  – book both of these at Plan your Visit upon arrival

Submarine HM Ocelot – There are 2 types of tours: walk through (15 mins) & Guided Tour (30 mins) – book both of these at Plan your Visit upon arrival

Hearts of Oak – 35 minutes, Our very own walking cinema, telling the story of a true dockyard worker. This audio visual tour takes you through the old Mould Loft – the very building where the designs of HMS Victory were drawn.

Book at ‘Plan your Visit’ upon arrival.

Don’t worry if this is too much to do in one day, your Dockyard ticket is valid for 12 months so you can return as many times as you like for free.

Food & Drink

It’s hungry work being a spy so take a break and visit the Mess Deck restaurant. From hearty sandwiches and jacket potatoes to delicious Homemade Pies, Sausage & Mash and Fish & Chips – perfect winter warmers for the whole family.

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