Steamship Shieldhall to spend week in Poole!

Steamship Shieldhall is about to embark on her summer holidays, leaving the confines of the Eastern Docks in Southampton to sail to Poole on Monday 15 August, where she will spend one week before returning to Southampton on the following Monday, 22 August. The trips to and from Poole are amongst the most eagerly anticipated of the season, with Shieldhall passing the sights of Southampton Water, The Needles, Hengistbury Head, Old Harry Rocks, Poole Harbour, Sandbanks and Brownsea Island.

Whilst in Poole, Shieldhall will be moored alongside Poole Quay, where she can be visited on Tues 16, Weds 17 and Thurs 18 August between 10am – 4pm. Visitors will be able to access the ship’s Engine and Boiler Rooms and the Bridge, and learn how a steamship operates. The largest working steamship of her kind in Europe, Shieldhall will also provide a great viewing platform when she visits the Bournemouth Air Festival on Fri 19, Sat 20 and Sun 21 August. For the Festival, Shieldhall will be anchored between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers, commanding some of the very best views available. An informed commentary on the sights and sounds of the air show will be given on board. Shieldhall has a licensed bar, and will be serving a range of hot and cold food. Tea, coffee, ice cream and other refreshments will also be available.

Tickets for the Saturday trip to the Air Festival have now sold out, whilst tickets for the one-way trip to Poole are in short supply. However there is good ticket availability on other dates.

BUT DON’T FORGET . . . before Poole Shieldhall has a special sailing on Sunday 14 August, between 3pm – 6pm, when children travel FREE! Marking 1000 years of King Canute being crowned King of the English in Southampton, we welcome Viking re-enactor group ‘Manaraefan’ on board. There will be hands on opportunities for families including the trying on of helmets and swords, and playing of contemporary games including ‘Hnefatafl’, a strategy game which has similarities to chess. There will also be weaving demonstrations presented by the group, who will all be wearing Viking clothing presenting some great photographic opportunities! King Canute is closely associated with Southampton – it is where he is said to have ordered the waves to go back – and there are many buildings that have taken his name, most famously Canute Chambers, once home to the White Star Line, on Canute Road. On her return to port, Shieldhall will pass the departing cruise ships Celebrity Eclipse and Seven Seas Voyager, always an opportunity to sound the Shieldhall whistle and sirens as the ships acknowledge one another in time-honoured tradition! Tickets are just £27.50 adults, children (aged 3-15) FREE! Up to 6 per adult. 

SS Shieldhall’s Poole programme:

Mon 15 August, 10am – 4pm One-way trip to Poole. Departs Eastern Docks Southampton. Limited ticket availability. Adults £35, Children £10, Family £80. Passengers make own-way back to Southampton.

Tues 16, Weds 17, Thurs 18 August, 10am – 4pm – Open for visits alongside Poole Quay. Refreshments available on board. Tickets Adults £2.50, accompanied children free.

Fri 19 August, 10am – 7pm. Cruise to the Bournemouth Air Festival – great views from the open decks of the ship! Tickets Adults £42, children £10, Family £94.

Sat 20 August (tickets sold out), Sun 21 August, 10am – 7pm. Cruise to the Bournemouth Air Festival – great views from the open decks of the ship! Tickets Adults £48, children £20, Family £100.

Mon 22 August, 10am – 4pm One-way trip to Southampton. Departs Poole Quay. Adults £35, Children £10, Family £80. Passengers make own-way back to Poole.

Tickets are available on line, or through the ticket manager on 0844 357 2329 (calls cost 7p per minute from a landline, calls from mobile can vary).


Posted by Lewis Folland, Wed 3 Aug 2016