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HMS Warrior Venue Hire

Venue Hire on HMS Warrior

Moored at the entrance to Portsmouth’s historic harbour, the Victorian splendour of HMS Warrior 1860 serves as a unique and memorable venue for all manner of private celebration. From the grand surroundings of the Captain’s cabin to the truly unforgettable setting of the gun-deck, HMS Warrior 1860 has spaces to suit a range of occasions and styles.

Weddings on Board HMS Warrior

HMS Warrior is a truly unique wedding venue, offering a blend of romance, style and individuality that will make your day as memorable as it is special. The beauty of design and high quality workmanship that made the HMS Warrior the pride of the British fleet make it an unequalled venue for your wedding and reception.

The ceremony itself will be held, according to your wish, either in the grandeur of the Captain's cabin or upon the Officers' Half Deck. Your wedding can take place at 1100, 1400 or 1715 (when followed by evening reception) providing stunning day light views for you and your guests across Portsmouth harbour.

HMS Warrior is the most unusual and enchanting wedding venue Hampshire has to offer, resonant with an illustrious history of Royal visits and military service. The unparalleled experience that is offered by this sought after Portsmouth wedding venue will exceed your expectations in every way. There are also a range of services available designed to help you to make your wedding everything that you want it to be.

Food & Drink

Our catering and events partner provides exceptional, innovative food supported by superb, friendly and professional service for every occasion.

From your very first meeting with them, they’ll provide you with as many suggestions and as much guidance as you need to give the peace of mind that this most special day will be perfect.

Whether your dream is a canapé and champagne reception followed by a 5-course hot wedding breakfast, complete with bar service and evening buffet or an elegantly understated afternoon tea, our team are happy to oblige. They can also make creative suggestions - knowing what works - if you’d like something more unusual.

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FAQs - 

WHERE WILL OUR CEREMONY TAKE PLACE?
On board Warrior, both the Captain's cabin and the Officers' Half Deck have been selected as suitable for a Wedding licence. The Captain's Cabin is an ideal venue for the smaller wedding seating up to 25 and the Officers' Half Deck, adjacent to the Captain's Cabin can accommodate up to 100 guests.

WHEN CAN OUR CEREMONY TAKE PLACE?
Wedding Ceremonies can take place on board at either 1100, 1400 or 1715 hrs (this ceremony must be followed by an evening reception) The licensed area being used will be closed to the public 30 minutes before the ceremony to allow youruests to take their seats. The ceremony takes approximately 15 minutes and once you have signed the register, a glass of Warrior Champagne will be served to you and your guests with the Captain's compliments. The area will remain closed for a sufficient time to enable you to enjoy the surroundings and capture the moment with photographs.

WHO PERFORMS THE CEREMONY?
Registrars from Portsmouth Register Office will perform the ceremony for you, please contact them for further information regarding the service and costs to attend. Tel 023 92829041.

CAN WE PLAY MUSIC AT THE CEREMONY?
Musicians such as a quartet or harpist can augment the occasion and we shall be happy to recommend a selection of choices for you. Alternatively we can supply a CD player for you that will be set up before the ceremony. Any music, readings or words must be of a nonreligious nature and checked by the Registrars prior to the ceremony.

HOW DO WE ARRANGE FOR OUR GUESTS TO GAIN ADMISSION?
It should be appreciated that HMS Warrior 1860 lies within Portsmouth's Naval Base and therefore comes under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Defence Security Guard. Therefore we must adhere to strict regulations set up in accordance with the Naval Base. Arrangements can be made for three wedding cars to enter the Naval Base via Unicorn gate and to drive onto and park on Warrior's jetty. All other cars must park outside the base and guests will enter on foot via Victory Gate. We request that a full alphabetical list of guests is forwarded to the ship along with wedding car registration numbers and passengers no later than three working days before the event so that we can perform the necessary administration to gain access.

ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS WHICH WE SHOULD BE AWARE?
In view of the historic nature and construction of HMS Warrior, smoking is not allowed on board in any area. Smoking is permitted only on the concrete jetty adjacent to the ship. Ladies are to be made aware that stiletto or very narrow healed shoes are not permitted onboard due to the damage caused to the decks and for personal safety. There must be no confetti, rice or helium balloons on board or the jetty alongside the ship.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
If you would like to proceed further you should:
1. Check with the Special Events Department on 023 92778604, that the ship is available for you at the time and date of your choice Then make a provisional reservation and arrange an appointment to visit the ship.
2. Contact Portsmouth Register Office on 023 92829041, and make a booking with the Marriage Office. The registrar will then advise you of the legalities and costs involved.
3. When the booking is confirmed with the Registrars, please send us a letter of confirmation along with your deposit payment as detailed on the price list enclosed.

ARE THERE DISABLED FACILITIES ON BOARD?
There is a chairlift to enable elderly or disabled guests to access the Main Gun Deck level (please note this chairlift has a 15 stone weight limit). There is also an easy access toilet on this level. The ship has a wheelchair and walking frame for guests to use whilst on board.

 

Christmas Parties On Board HMS Warrior

HMS Warrior's Christmas illuminations have become an iconic festive symbol, welcoming visitors to the Historic Dockyard and Portsmouth each December. With our excellent reputation for hosting events HMS Warrior is the perfect venue for a Christmas party guests will remember.

Enjoy a delicious Christmas menu, served by our caterers on board our fantastic harbour venue. Should you wish to arrange entertainment, live music or a DJ that keeps everyone dancing until midnight we can help.

Stunningly unique and bathed in over 150 years of history, what more traditional surroundings to eat, drink and be merry than the hospitality and atmosphere of a magnificent Victorian ship?

We cordially invite guests to wander the ship at leisure before being seated for dinner.
If you would like to hire HMS Warrior for your Christmas Party please contact the Special Events Department on 023 9277 8604, email:specialevents@hmswarrior.org or fill out the contact form.

 

Corporate Events on HMS Warrior

Thank you for your interest in holding an event on board HMS Warrior 1860. The ship provides a superb maritime setting for those who seek a unique historical venue for corporate entertainment.

Warrior is one of the most sought after locations on the South coast. Able to accommodate a wide range of events, from a breakfast meeting for 10 to a sit down Dinner for 288 or 400 for a drinks reception or buffet, Warrior is a uniquely versatile venue for your special event.

Your guests will have the opportunity to tour the ship and talk to the knowledgeable Quartermasters and guides who will be on hand to answer questions. On fine summer evenings, pre-dinner drinks may be taken on the upper deck with views across Portsmouth harbour, before moving below to dine and absorb the special atmosphere of this Victorian ship.

If you would like to make an appointment to view the excellent facilities on board, please contact the Special Events Department on 023 9277 8604, email: specialevents@hmswarrior.org or fill out the contact form.

 

Private Parties on HMS Warrior

Whatever the occasion, from landmark birthday, wedding anniversary or just bringing family and friends together, HMS Warrior is a spectacular choice for those looking for a party venue with a difference.

We offer you hospitality of the highest standards, turning any dining event into a truly memorable occasion.

Party guests will have the opportunity to tour the ship and talk to the knowledgeable Quartermasters and guides who will be on hand to answer questions. On fine summer evenings, pre-dinner drinks may be taken on the upper deck with views across Portsmouth harbour, before moving below to dine and absorb the special atmosphere of this Victorian ship.

Working with our catering partners, Warrior has built an enviable reputation as the "venue of choice" for that special event If you would like to make an appointment to view the excellent facilities on board, or would like to find out more about party venue hire please contact the Special Events Department on 023 9277 8604, email: specialevents@hmswarrior.org or fill out the contact form.

 

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