Group Activities in Portsmouth
If you’re looking for a day out or weekend away with a stunning sea view, head South for Portsmouth!
The UK’s very own little holiday destination, Portsmouth and it’s harbour have long been a popular place for people to get away from the real world for a night or two. And if you’re organising any form of group outing, the city has a ton of activities and experiences to sink your teeth into. If you’re a lover of riveting history, this maritime city is steeped in it. On the flip side, if you’re just looking to relax and have a few cocktails and laughs, Portsmouth has your back too.
With over 150 different group activities in Portsmouth you might find it difficult to actually fit anything else in, but if you do there’s a whole load of places to see and buildings to visit. For impressive views, we suggest taking your group up the Spinnaker Tower and onto Europe’s largest glass floor.
Whatever occasion you’re organising for, Portsmouth can truly cater for everyone. It’s huge size and unique features make the city a memorable place to spend a few days with loved ones, whether you’re on a family trip, a lads weekend away or anything in between.
Top 10 Group Activities in Portsmouth
Mix up your very own concoctions for the evening as you learn the tricks of the trade in a central bar.
See the best bits of Portsmouth through a unique smartphone app while your teams compete through fun challenges, tasks and trivia.
Slip on your dancing shoes and choose from a over 40 different themes to learn the moves to and create a fun choreographed routine with your entire group – no matter what dancing skills you have!
Add a bit of friendly competition to any occasion with a classic go kart race, complete with all the gear you need to whip around the track.
5. Crafty Activities
Choose from an array of different crafty workshops and bring out everyone’s creative side with the help of an expert instructor.
Run wild as you shoot colourful paintballs at your opponents to earn points for your team in an adrenaline-pumping experience.
Travel back in time to those primary school sports days with the hilarious races everyone knows and loves including the egg and spoon and sack races.
Bounce and bump as you try to focus your footy skills and score goals against your pals without rolling all over the pitch in hysterics.
Discover hidden gems around Portsmouth as you explore the city’s watering holes with our interactive smartphone app.
Relax and add some class to any group outing with a traditional afternoon tea for all to enjoy.
Birthday Activity Ideas for Adults
An activity for every occasion, Portsmouth also has an activity for every birthday celebration too! No matter what the age, what your tastes are or what time you want to start celebrating, Portsmouth will welcome all with open arms. We’ve had people looking for 21st birthday party nightlife in the waterfront city to 50th birthday ideas for something a little more slow-paced and sophisticated – and everything in between.
The nightlife is a no brainer in a big city like this but push aside the experiences you can have after dark and discover some daytime group activities that might tickle your fancy. Who says that parties are just for kids? Our range of birthday party activities for adults goes to show that no matter how old you get, everyone loves a cheeky celebration.
Let the 150+ different Portsmouth group activities speak for themselves and have a browse to see if any jump out at you. If you’re feeling like you want to make a special occasion out of your birthday this year, combine a few different birthday party activities and make a whole weekend of it!
Ladies Night Out
As far as we’re concerned, a proper ladies night out are too few and far between these days. Who says you need an occasion to enjoy your best gal pals company with a few cocktails and a greasy pizza at the end of the night? If you’re looking to get all the girls together for a good ol’ knees up, Portsmouth nightlife is an excellent choice.
The array of bars, tavernas and nightclubs on offer is this huge city is enough to make you want to come back for another go, but there’s a few key areas that stick out if you’re looking to organise a ladies night out to remember. Primary known for shopping, Gunwharf quays is also a hub for lively bar like All Bar One to kick off the girls night. Aside from that, you can find unique night time venues in Guildhall Walk and down Palmerston Road just to name a few.
Fun Work Social Event Ideas
Group activities like ours know no bounds, so if you’re thinking that these experiences are only suited for family or friends – think again! If you’re looking for some fun work social event ideas that will get your colleagues out of the vicious ‘after work pint’ cycle than an energetic or unique event might be your best bet. It doesn’t have to be anything big or fancy or expensive but getting your workforce together for something exciting is sure to get everyone talking!
Fun work social event ideas can also span over special occasions at work like a leaving do or retirement party of a beloved colleague who you want to give an epic send off too. Opt for one giant activity or combine a few little ones, whatever the case our variety of group experiences are very well-suited to work families.
Reasons to Visit
The Views – Like a holiday without the flights, the impressive sea views that this harbour city houses is one of the major reasons Portsmouth is so popular.
Isle of Wight ferry – If you want a change of scenery while visiting Portsmouth, hop over to the Isle of Wight on this little hovercraft.
Gunwharf Quays – This huge shopping centre right on the waterfront is great for a bit of retail therapy but doesn’t take you away from those aforementioned sea views.
Canoe Lake – Take a break from the salty sea and head for this stunning lake, home to the retro swan-shaped pedalos you can hire for a relaxing paddle.
Free Things to Do in Portsmouth
If you’re on a tight budget, fear not! There’s plenty of Portsmouth activities that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Stroll along the Millennium Promenade for a lick of history, fresh sea air and interesting buildings and boats to marvel at along the way.
The beautiful Rose Gardens in Portsmouth are always free to visit, take a deep inhale of the pretty flowers and maybe enjoy a picnic if the weather’s nice!
Southsea Markets are a big draw for Portsmouth visitors, and a unique experience that you can’t find anywhere else in the UK.
Speaking of Southsea, the Southsea Castle is a free visit for anyone wanting to know a little more about the history of the city, dating right back to 1544.
Getting Around Portsmouth
Because Portsmouth is a city on the water front, a lot of the points of interest can be found within walking distance clustered together for a nice sea view. Once you get into the harbourside of the city, it’s pretty easy to traverse Portsmouth by foot – and this way you’ll see all the hidden gems along the way!
If you’re looking to go a little further afield or from one end of the city to the other, Portsmouth, like any other major city, has very useful transport links to access. Trains run constantly around the city, one of the busiest being a train line that will take you from main central station to Gunwharf Keys shopping centre.