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School Holiday Activities at Fort Purbrook, Peter Ashley Activity Centres

Offering services to:
  • Children 0-5
  • Secondary school aged children
  • Primary school aged children
Supporting people with:
  • Activities for children and young people

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The Peter Ashley Activity Centres mission has always been to care and encourage youngsters and create a place that is full of adventure, friendship, success and most importantly fun. Each participant gets to spend some healthy outdoor time with other youngsters in a new environment, where team work is encouraged and each child can develop self-confidence and friendships in a safe, exciting and secure setting.

Our instructor team is on hand all day to supervise and guide all the young participants through their time with us, it is their job to ensure the holidays are never dull. All our instructors are qualified in their activity fields and have experience in working and caring for children; and most significantly they are brilliant role models for the children in their care.

Our School Holiday Activities for children programmes run throughout every school half-term and summer holidays. The multi-activity programme guarantees no holiday blues for any 5-13-year-old. Activities vary from day to day due to weather, previous days’ programme and attendees. We also have special themed days depending on the time of year, end of summer water fight and the Halloween days are extremely popular.

Participants will get the chance to take part in five activities throughout their day at the centre. Starting at 8.45am each morning and finishing at 5.00pm, each youngster will need to come along with some snacks and lunch, some spare clothing (some activities are wet and muddy), some change if they want to buy anything from the tuckshop and most importantly they need to come along ready to have fun!

For more information about School Holiday Activities for Children at the Peter Ashley Activity Centres call Fort Purbrook on 023 9232 1223 for details.

School Holiday Activity times:
Monday to Friday: 8.45am to 5.00pm


Standard days cost £20.00

Please call 023 9232 1223 for details.

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Peter Ashley Activity Centres
Fort Purbrook
Peter Ashley Lane


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Looking for Group Activities for children and adults near Portsmouth?

The Peter Ashley Activity Centres are based on the south coast, just north of Portsmouth and is a registered charity providing and enabling a wide range of sports and activities for children and adults.

The centre is based on top of Portsdown Hill, in one of the Napoleonic forts that surrounds Portsmouth and is classed as a scheduled monument. Our purpose is to provide high quality outdoor experiences to make life better for everyone - and in particular for the young people of Portsmouth and the surrounding areas as Peter Ashley first envisioned. We are licensed to provide Adventure Activities by the British Activity Providers Association and have accreditation with the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge and Adventure Mark status.

Our dedicated team of professional staff specialises in providing training and development in a range of activities and courses including Climbing, Rifle Shooting, Mountain Biking, Team Activities and Archery, as well as many other challenging and imaginative outdoor and environmental activities. From basic taster sessions and beginner courses right up to instructor level, choose the package that is right for you.

Peter Ashley Activity Centres is able to provide tailored, short to long term educational and development programmes for young people in primary, secondary and further education, complementing their formal timetable. All our sessions and programmes have the ability to reinforce a positive and focused attitude towards key personal and social skills. Here at PAAC, we recognise the fundamental potential within every young person to enable them to achieve their full potential.

As well as our day visits, we have residential accommodation for groups of 10-100 people from schools, colleges, universities and clubs as well as a camping area on top of the Fort. The centre boast clubs such as Archery, Rifle shooting, Judo, Kata and Karate all of which cater for beginners through to high level and national competition.

We also have our purpose-built indoor climbing walls "The Cellars" ( which are open to the public outside of private group bookings. The Cellars are open to group bookings as well as public access, please call Fort Purbrook on 023 9232 1223 for more details and to check public availability or check the times on the Cellars Facebook page.

We also run Holiday Activity Programs for kids aged 5-13 every half term and summer holidays, along with Family Adventure packages and Kids Birthday Party packages plus much more outdoor fun for the whole family!

Visit our website so you can find a package that suits you, please feel free to phone us and tell us what you are looking for. We can always tailor a package to your needs.

Peter Ashley Activity Centres is fully accessible to clients who have physical disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs. Many of the sessions offered are suitable for people with disabilities and all our staff have experience of teaching students who have special needs. In order to ensure that we are able to provide a quality course for you, please phone the Centre to discuss your needs if you do have a physical disability.

We welcome enquiries from clubs, groups or businesses and we will be more than happy to discuss your specific needs or recreational requirements. Contact the Centre for an informal talk today.


£20.00  per day
Offering services to:
  • Children 0-5
  • Secondary school aged children
  • Primary school aged children
Supporting people with:
  • Activities for children and young people


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Last Updated: 12 April 2023

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