Thursday, August 17, 2017
Student Life / What's on

What's on in Portsmouth

The Great Waterfront City

Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant waterfront city bursting with great reasons to visit. From the pomp and ceremony of our proud naval and maritime heritage, to towering world-class visitor attractions, museums and galleries, unique shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles and miles of beautiful seafront, Portsmouth offers something for absolutely everyone.

To find out more about Portsmouth Visit http://www.visitportsmouth.co.uk/things-to-do

Here are some of our students' favourite local activities

Portsmouth Indoor Tennis Centre

Indoor Tennis Centre - Classes for toddlers through to 50+ - Open coaching sessions - Ladies only nights - Club nights - Private coaching lessons - Junior classes - Tennis Academy See http://www.dcleisurecentres.co.uk/?gym

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Be a part of your history and come face to face with fascinating artefacts, ships and people that helped shape our history. See http://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/

Miniport at Gunwharf Quays

Family boat hire with a difference, for all ages! Drive a miniature ship in our sheltered boating pool. Our fleet of ships include ferries, a Royal Navy destroyer and a fire boat. The ships are electric powered, easy to drive and seat up to four. No previous experience required.

See http://www.miniport.uk.com

Spinnaker Tower

A 170 metre tall visitor attraction overlooking historical Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent. Of the 2 viewing decks the first is a glass floored number so kids feel they're floating, the second houses the cafe and the third is open air. See http://www.spinnakertower.co.uk/

Local Haunts Portsmouth

Visit the local haunts of Portsmouth to get a new perspective of the city and discover secrets and stories you never knew. Whether you are a visitor with time to spare, an hour to fill, a rainy day to while away, or you just want to learn more about the place you call home, then come aboard Alf our friendly London Routemaster Bus.

See http://www.localhaunts.com/

Southsea Skatepark

Arguably the oldest skatepark in the World, this beginner friendly facility also boasts big bowl, ledges, banks, rails, ramps and mini ramps. See http://www.southseaskatepark.com/

Blue Reef Aquarium

This award winning facility brings the magic of the undersea world alive. Come face to face with tropical sharks, rays, otters, seahorses and hundreds of other aquatic creatures. Highlights include walkthrough underwater tunnel, open top ray display and the Amazing Amphibians and Riveting Reptiles exhibition.

See http://www.bluereefaquarium.com/portsmouth/

D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery

The Museum The D-Day Museum was established in 1984 to tell the story of Operation Overlord from its origins in the dark days of 1940 to victory in Normandy in 1944.
See http://www.ddaymuseum.co.uk/

Southsea Castle

A magnificent castle over 400 years old! Built by Henry VIII to protect Portsmouth it is a sight to be seen! See http://www.southseacastle.co.uk/

Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Dive into history and go onboard our submarines with a submariner to hear his stories about living beneath the waves. Peer into the only surviving WW2 midget submarine, climb inside the Royal Navy’s first submarine Holland 1 and relax in our harbour side coffee shop.
See http://www.submarine-museum.co.uk

Southsea Model Village

A quaint model village in a great location with over 40 models and a miniature railway.
See http://southseamodelvillage.com/

Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower

Explosion! the Museum of Naval Firepower, is a hands on, interactive Museum set in the historic setting of a former gunpowder and munitions depot at Priddy’s Hard, on the Gosport side of Portsmouth Harbour.

See http://www.explosion.org.uk/

Hayling Island Beach

Boasts the International Blue Flag, and the Solent Water Quality Award in recognition of its high standards. Good for swimming and water sport

See http://www.hayling.co.uk/guides/

The Isle of Wight

This beautiful island is only short trip  by hovercraft from Clarence Pier in Southsea or by ferry from Gunwharf Quays.  The Isle of Wight has many places of interest on it, including the holiday towns of Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor.  One of Englands most popular holiday resorts and well worth a visit or two.

Further away

  • London (1 hour 30 mins) - Visit London's world class attractions, shops and restaurants and enjoy exciting special events.
  • Winchester (50 mins) – Ancient capital of England, cathedral, King Arthur’s Round Table and historic market place.
  • Brighton (1 hour 15 mins) - Lively seafront, fantastic restaurants and shops, The Royal Pavilion, historic pier.
  • Bath (2 hours 20 mins) – World heritage sight, Roman Baths, Georgian housing, cathedral, superb shops.
  • Cardiff (3 hours 20 mins) – Capital of Wales, castle, lively & fun city.
  • Southampton (40 mins by train) – Large shopping centre and famous port (The Titanic sailed from here in 1912).

Portsmouth English Language School

Testimonials

“I came to PELS because it was near my Host family and because it's a good English School. This experience was good for me. Portsmouth is very nice. I like the UK so much.” Alessandra, 50 y.o from Italy, A2  

Alessandra, 50 y.o. from Italy

“I came to PELS because I won a scholarship and I wanted to improve my English. In class, we did games and a lot of very helpful activities. At PELS, there were people from around the world so it was easy to learn to communicate in English with everybody. The City of Portsmouth and the UK are so beautiful. I’ll...

Roberta, 22 y.o. from Italy

“I enrolled at PELS for professional reasons because English is very important for my job. I needed to improve my communication skills. The lessons were very challenging. However, my English is much better now than when I first started.” Guiseppe, 54 y.o from Italy, B1   “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family was the greatest one ever...

Giuseppe, 54 y.o. from Italy

“My teacher Claire is really friendly and it is easy to talk with her. She enjoys talking about everything and she is very flexible with her lessons. I really enjoyed the subjects and the course in general” Noemie, 20 y.o. from France, C1

Noemie, 20 y.o. from France

 “I came to PELS to improve my English. I chose it because it looked nice and it was next to my place. In PELS, I did morning courses with Marc and IELTS courses with Betty, Claire or Laura. My English improved a lot and I met a lot of people in this school. I went to different activities such as...

Erell, 24 y.o. from France

“I had very useful lessons. The teachers try to push you to the next level.I also enjoyed the activities organised by the school which helped me to improve my English language at the same time.” Khalaf, 18 y.o. from Kuwait, B2/C1

Khalaf, 18 y.o. from Kuwait

“My agent recommended Portsmouth English Language School where I studied for 6 weeks. I met lots of friends and had a nice coffee with my teachers. My homestay family was great. I loved my stay in Portsmouth and want to come back next year.” Asami, 31 y.o from Japan, B1

Asami, 31 y.o. from Japan

“I came to PELS because a friend told me she had been here to learn English. At the beginning I didn't speak English very well but thanks to PELS I really improved it and now I can speak it better. I loved Portsmouth and Southsea. Being an Aupair I stayed in host family in Southsea and I looked after two...

Andrea, 24 y.o. from Spain

“I came to PELS to learn English grammar and culture. I met a lot of people from different countries and made new friends whom I will miss when I come back home to Saudi Arabia. I will come back to PELS next year.” Mana, 18 y.o from Saudi Arabia, B1 “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family...

Mana, 18 y.o.from Saudi Arabia

“I wanted to speak English and I thought that Portsmouth English Language School could help me to do it. As I expected, the school was great and staff were very helpful. We visited lots of places in Portsmouth city and I enjoyed a lot. I think that I will go back to PELS next year. Thank you for everything.” Kristina, 15 y.o from...

Kristina, 15 y.o. from Belarus

“I came to PELS as a part of the Erasmus+ project. In the morning I had lessons with Marc and in the afternoon I worked as an intern helping the administration and marketing deparment. Lessons with Marc were always interesting and pleasant. He is an excellent teacher. He helped me to improve my English better. I had a really good...

Virginia, 18 y.o. from Italy

“My experience at PELS was positive and good value for money. I enjoyed my lessons a lot. Marc is a very professional teacher, he is apt to teach high classes such as advanced and proficiency with adult students. My expectation has been satisfied in terms of attending an excellent advanced general English course and having had the opportunity to meet...

Giovanni, 48 y.o. from Italy