When: From 26 October 2018 until 27 October 2018, 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower
Categories: Family Events , Special Events , D-Day 75

Calling all witches and wizards! Come along to Priddy's School of Magic on the 26 & 27 October as it opens its doors at the Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower in Gosport, Hampshire, offering instruction in skills needed to help defend the country against attack by the dark forces.

In the mid 18th century, it was believed that powerful sorcerers were being employed to attack the England using magic and dark arts. The mysterious Jane Priddy took it upon herself to open a secret school to train gifted individuals in a very magical kind of defence. After centuries of closure, Jane Priddy's secret school will be opening it's door once more this halloween, giving little witches and wizards the chance to all kinds of magic and spells - dragons, ghosts and zombies, as well as using herbs to mix magic potions, casting spells, mind-reading and, of course, broomstick flying. 

Fancy dress is encouraged with the best dressed being awarded a prize at the zombie disco. Join us at Explosion Museum for to meet our truly talented teachers and take place in magical classes.

Is the event included as part of any attraction ticket? 

Priddy's Hard School of Magical Defence is included as part of any annual or single ticket and to National Membership holders. If you don't have any tickets, you can purchase a separate ticket for the event online or at the visitor centre in Gosport. 

What is the age range for the event?

The event is suitable for ages 4 -11 years old. Children who are older are welcome to join in. 

How will the event run? 

Demonstrations, workshops and some crafts are at set times. Other crafts will run throughout the day. 

Do I need to pre-book? 

Pre-booking for the event is not essential. Please turn up on the day at the desk inside Explosion Museum to register attendance.

Is there special access at the event?

The museum is based on one floor with even floor access throughout. On a couple of occasions, you will find a change in the floor level, but ramps are built throughout the building.

What if I'm a carer? 

Carers go free on the day. Tickets cannot be reserved online but can be collected on the day of your visit. 


Here be Dragons
Meet our fearless Dragon Tamer, Violetta Skyforth and learn about taking care of Dragon eggs. Or make your own little Dragon sock puppet friend to take home!

The Art of Flying 
Lessons from Thaaldric Jones on how to care for your broomstick and keep it in tip top shape, plus make and fly away with your own broomstick

Spells for Beginners 
Watch a demonstration from a magician who has travelled many miles to perform, and practice mixing potions with Astrid Knox, Divination Teacher at Priddy's School.

Ghost Taming 
Learn the techniques for attracting friendly ghosts wtih Synthia Emerald, head of Potions and Creatures, or have your very own ghostly makeover with our face painters.

The Zombie Gang
Try walking like Zombie and learn how to tame them from our Defence Against Sorcery teacher, Septimus Maxwell.

Potions and Herbs
Budding magical botanists may want to take part in herbology lessons, learning how to use plants for health and healing, with Professor Coredlia Violet Peashoot, head of Herbology.


Priddy's School of Magical Defence