From needlework to incredible scale models, there is something for everyone at The D-Day Story this half-term (Monday 27 May – Friday 31 May).

On Saturday 25 May the South Coast Modellers will be returning to the museum with a selection of hand-made models. Members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and share their passion for their craft.

Ever thought you’d make a good spy? Then Operation: Spies and Lies is the perfect challenge. Your mission is to work together to complete the tasks, crack the codes and answer questions to find a mystery object hidden in the museum. If you complete all the puzzles, you win a prize. You can take part at your own pace on Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 May.

There is also a drop-in family stitch workshop on Wednesday 29 May, where you will be able to learn stitches and try needlework with an expert Royal School of Needlework tutor. The drop-in sessions run from 11am until 1pm and 2pm until 4pm.

The D-Day Story museum is run by Portsmouth City Council, and Leader Cllr Steve Pitt said:

“I am delighted that once again The D-Day Story is offering a range of activities this half-term for families of all ages visiting the museum, the week before Portsmouth will be become the focus of the UK’s commemoration of the 80th anniversary of D-Day.”

Alongside all of this there is also the Gustav trail, where visitors need to look out for Gustav the pigeon hidden around the museum. Just tell the staff at the desk how many you spot to receive a sticker.

And you can take part in our family trail Resist!, which is inspired by the French Resistance and their role during D-Day. Work together as a team to find and solve clues and puzzles on board LCT 7074 and throughout the museum. The trail is perfect for a family group (recommended age 7 plus).

Families can also experience our brand-new family audio guide together to learn more about the objects in the museum and the stories behind those impacted by the events of June 1944. It has been specifically designed with a younger audience in mind but can be experienced by all the family, from the youngest to the oldest members.

Both trails and the audio tour are available at the museum throughout the year, just ask at the desk when you come for your visit.

All the events and trails are included in the entrance fee to the museum, where you can explore the last surviving landing craft tank LCT 7074 from D-Day. Find out more about the planning and Battle of Normandy, and then finish your visit in the Legacy gallery with the impressive 83 metre Overlord Embroidery which tells the story of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

For the full list of events and more information about The D-Day Story, visit