That’s The Princess Anne, the hovercraft, the largest civilian hovercraft ever made.

Assuming that the lockdown ceases when it’s expected to, then the Hovercraft Museum will be having a special open day on Saturday 5th December to mark the 20th anniversary of The Princess Anne arriving at the museum.

Tours will include areas of the hovercraft that are not normally open to the public, along with talks about the restoration project and from the people who worked on board.

And for photographers, the hovercraft will be floodlit from 4pm onwards to get those early evening photos.

Tickets need to be booked in advance here.

The museum is not far from Portsmouth. For non-drivers, the easiest way to get there is by train to Fareham and then the half-hourly X5 bus from Fareham station to Lee-on-the-Solent – journey time around 20 minutes.

(c) The Hovercraft Museum

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  1. I spent one of the more unpleasant half-hours of my life aboard that machine, back in the early 1970s. Never again!!!

  2. Fenline Scouser says:

    I enjoyed a return journey in maximum permitted swell. Chap in seat in front of me lost his sea legs 2 min in, dashed to the loo and remained there for the remainder of the crossing.
    I rather enjoyed it; amusement park ride at no extra cost! Disappointed that drinks service was suspended however!

  3. Dave Griffiths says:

    I travelled on her in 1980 en route to Italy. Still remember being amazed at being on her. The most memorable part was the noise and vibration!
    Wouldn’t mind going down to see the museum, but later next year as it’s a long haul for me from North Wales.

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