Open Days

Throughout the restoration we held regular open days which have given those interested in Boleh a chance to visit our workshop and see the restoration for themselves.

We have enjoyed the opportunity to share our experience with members of the public, in addition to talking about Boleh's fascinating history and our plans for the future.

Although her restoration is now complete, we are still keen for people to have access to Boleh to see how beautifully she has been restored and learn about her story. Keep an eye out for details of our next Open Day here!




14th October 2016

For the first time since returning from Falmouth, we were delighted to hold an Open Day at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth over the weekend of 14 October.   

After a swift passage from Chichester, we welcomed a steady flow of visitors onboard Boleh while she lay alongside in bright sunshine.  Among the Boleh guides were our former apprentice, Jason Rankin and former Project Manager, Tim Gallier.

At the end of the weekend we were also proud to offer passage back to Chichester for the prizewinners of Sussex University Royal Naval Unit's auction in aid of maritime charities and the picture shows Boleh returning to her berth in Chichester  with lucky prizewinners Tom Meineck and his father among the crew.


27th April 2014

Following on from the success of the public open days during 2013, we had one final open day before we concentrate on completing the resoration and launching Boleh this summer.

We were joined by over 170 visitors and were pleased to host the Lord Mayor, Cllr Lynne Stagg for her returning visit to the project. The Lord Mayor also kindly contratulated one of our apprentices after securing a role in full time employment.



27th October 2013

On our final restoration open day we were delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Lynne Stagg. We had over 200 visitors on the day, despite road closures and very high winds.

There has been so much progress achieved since receiving our lottery grant, and holding these open days has given us the opportunity to share this experience with everyone else.

Please look out for dates next year when we will open the doors to show case Boleh in all her glory, before she is returned to the sea to carry on inspiring others.


25th August 2013

Our summer Open Day saw over 100 visitors, with many returning faces from previous events. As the story of the project unfolds, more people are getting in touch to find out how the restoration is progressing.

We were also delighted to welcome local police officers into the workshop to update other local organisations about the work we are doing.


30th June 2013

As the project progresses and the cabin structure is developing, it was fantastic to share another open day with so many supporting members of the public.

The team enjoyed showcasing the work that they have achieved since joining the project.

Another big thanks to Southsea Choir for your support.


28th April 2013

Our first open day since we received our HLF grant saw over 240 visitors. It was a fantastic opportunity to open our doors to the community for the first time, and share our story.

Visitors ranged from those who had sailed on Boleh in the past, to people interested in maritime history and finding out about what our local young people are learning.

Big thanks to Southsea Choir for providing a great atmosphere with their sea shanties.