Bring your group to the museum for a private tour

Did you know that we regularly open especially for School and Kids groups? Last week we were glad to welcome the 31st Itchen North Cubs, 1st Titchfield Beavers and the 1st Swanmore Beavers. Our head volunteer guide Alan loved answering their questions and showing them around the collection and they had a great time!

Highlights of a visit include

  • Fun and Informative tour of the collection
  • Exploring and sitting in the jewel of our collection the largest commercial hovercraft ever the SR.N4 “Princess Anne”
  • The option of doing our quiz as you explore the museum in smaller groups
  • Photo opportunity sitting in the pilot seat of James Bond’s hovercraft for each child.
  • A goodybag to take home with you.

Our volunteers work hard to make the visits as fun and informative as possible and we are working to create an education centre/classroom.

If you would be interested in bringing your group to the museum for a private tour get in contact!
Grown-ups groups are also allowed to book as long as you promise to behave yourselves.

‘The Princess Anne’ SR.N4 Joins Jubilee Salute

On Saturday June 4th 2022 to mark the Platinum Jubilee our historic hovercraft joined in the midday seventy second salute to Her Majesty the Queen. The jewel of our collection of over 50 hovercraft, this is the first time the klaxon of ‘The Princess Anne’ the only surviving Hovercraft of her type has been heard in years.

The Jubilee Salute

At noon throughout the Solent, Portsmouth Harbour and the country ships sounded their horns in Salute to the the seventy year rein of Queen Elizabeth II. It is thank to the hard work of volunteer restorers at the Hovercraft Museum that the horn of this craft was able to be sounded.

Watch ‘The Princess Anne’ join the Ships Salute

Help us save this historic craft

‘The Princess Anne’ is the last of the Saunder-Roe N4 Mountbatten class hovercraft left in existence, the largest civil hovercraft ever put into service she used to transport cars and passengers across the channel. She arrived in Lee-on-the-Solent along with ‘The Princess Margaret’ which was sadly torn apart in front of our eyes in 2018. She appears on the Historic Ships Register alongside other craft in our collection. It’s only thanks to the dedication of volunteers and their SRN4 Restoration work that she is still with us.

Did you know?

In 2019 HRH Princess Anne visited the museum and her namesake craft?
Read more: HRH The Princess Royal visits her namesake at the Hovercraft Museum

About the Hovercraft Musuem

Support our registered charity and secure our future by visiting Saturdays 10am to 4pm. Visit our Cafe, Ice Cream and Gift shop. We are proud to be family and dog friendly. Free on street parking at the moment and guided tours throughout the day.

Little Hover World

From Saturday 7th August “Little Hover World” arrives at the Hovercraft Museum – our younger visitors will need to keep their eyes peeled around the museum to see where all of our little helpers are working!

National Volunteers Week 2021

National Volunteers Week is where we get to say an absolutely massive THANK YOU to our incredible team who work very hard year-round to ensure that our…
– shop is stocked
– tickets are sold
– grass is mowed
– accounts are kept
– staff are trained
– craft are painted
– engines are repaired
– toilets are cleaned
– archives are sorted
– visitors are guided
– collection is managed
Like so many organisations in the UK, we cannot exist without our volunteers. The Hovercraft Museum, which is a registered charity, has no paid staff and is entirely independent, purely funded by donations and ticket sales.
Would you like to get involved with the Team as a volunteer?
Drop us a message via the website, call us 0n 02392 552090, or enquire at the Ticket Office any Saturday between 10am and 4pm when we are open to the public. We would love to speak to you!

#volunteersweek2021

Hovercraft Rides Are Back!

On Sunday 20th June not only are we open for an extra day that weekend but Hovertravel Ltd are back providing unique flights around the Solent from the Hovercraft Museum!

These flights are very popular so booking is strongly advised. Tickets can be purchased from Ryde or Southsea terminals, the Museums ticket office at Lee-on-the-Solent or by clicking on the “Excursions” tab at www.hovertravel.co.uk

Museum to Re-Open Saturday 22nd May


After the Government announcement on Monday that all museums can now re-open as of May 17th, we are delighted to announce we will be opening on
Saturday 22nd May (and all subsequent Saturday’s thereafter)

We aim to have a summer season full of events and activities including the return of Hovertravel Ltd to provide pleasure flights around the Solent from our slipway on selected dates. Our volunteers will continue to get the collection ready for you to visit and we can’t wait to be able to welcome you through the gates once again!

The Trustees & Volunteers

Filming Event at the Museum

The Hovercraft Museum were delighted to host TV production company TwoFour Broadcast Ltd for a segment of a program on hovercraft in their new series of ‘Impossible Engineering’, due to broadcast later this year on UKTV network channels.

Despite being closed to the public for several months our volunteers have worked hard to prepare the site to look tidy for filming so we would like to say a big Thank You to all who helped with the preparation. We would also like to thank Griffon Hoverwork Ltd who supplied a 380TD for the ‘on-water’ part of the filming. We’ll keep you all updated on the broadcast date!

Museum welcomes new craft to the Collection – AP1-88 ‘Falcon’

She has been gifted to us by her former Swedish owners Hoverline Ltd and will be available for you to view as of Wednesday this week when we are next Open!
Many thanks goes to all of our volunteers and other supporting organisations during the move from Southampton including Itchen Marine Towage Ltd, Boarhunt Garage, Southern Recovery Service Transport Ltd, Griffon Hoverwork, MRB Transport, Cushman & Wakefield and Wates Group (not forgetting all of the very patient residents of Lee-on-the-Solent!)
You can find out more about ‘Falcon’ in the Collection page of the website.

HRH The Princess Royal visits her namesake at the Hovercraft Museum

 Today we were honoured to welcome HRH The Princess Royal, amongst other distinguished guests, to The Hovercraft Museum and back to the Hovercraft she named 50 years ago.
Princess Anne was very interested in the collection and stayed longer than planned, taking time to speak to all the people presented to her from Museum and the Hovercraft Industry both past and present. After the speeches, unveiling of the plaque and presenting of a painting by founding trustee Warwick Jacobs, the 190 guests on site we able to partake of a cream tea on the car deck of the SRN4.
We would like to thank all of our volunteers who worked hard to make the event happen successfully. Our thanks also go to Cpt Robin Paine for helping to orchestrate the whole event, Griffon Hoverwork and Hovertravel Ltd for laying on a fantastic demonstration and the other representative organisations that attended.
The Trustees