Eastern Solent & Hampshire Food Festival Cruise - Sailing from Southampton

Sunday 23rd July 2017, 12:00 - 18:00

A perfect way to spend a summer afternoon, on a steamship cruise of the Eastern Solent. Enjoy the sights of the Strawberry Coast before heading eastwards towards Ryde, Bembridge and The Palmerston Forts. Built around Britain in the second half of the 19th century, the Fort’s represent the country’s largest ever defensive building program in peacetime. Ranging from small gun positions and bunkers to huge walled forts several acres in size, the defences remained important military structures for almost 100 years after they were built and many on the mainland are still in service today. The defence of Portsmouth was central to these installations and today the evidence of this massive programme can still be seen around the Solent.

Shieldhall will get close to the mighty No Man’s Land, Spitbank, St Helens and Horse Sand Forts. On our return to our berth, we will steam by the departing Celebrity Ventura, Oriana, and Aurora – always the cue to sound our whistle and play the ‘Shieldhall Organ’!

As part of your cruise, see the impressive engine room with its original steam engines at work and the bridge, with its traditional instruments and gleaming brasswork; admire the ship’s steam assisted steering gear (similar to that used on Titanic); talk to the Captain and our volunteer crew; listen to the informed commentary on the sights and sounds of Southampton Water and The Solent; pass close to the great ocean liners and container ships; walk the teak decks; relax in the Saloon with our wide range of refreshments including tea / coffee; real ale; a range of Titanic bottled beers; wine and hot and cold food, available on all trips.

NEW FOR 2017! - Have you ever wanted to toot our Shieldhall whistle as we sail past the departing cruise ships? On this excursion, we now have the opportunity for you to do this! Just purchase a “Whistle” ticket below when you purchase your tickets for this trip. We are asking for a small donation of £5 to help Shieldhall continue steaming. Please note that this package is only available to a small number of passengers and this is done on a first come, first serve basis online.  “tooting of the whistle” will be at the discretion of the master on the day.

For detailed parking and berthing information for this excursion please click here.




Eastern Solent Cruise

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Toot our Whistle


Eastern Solent Cruise

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