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Welcome to Fort Purbrook and Fort Widley – home of the Peter Ashley Activity Centres in Portsmouth, Hampshire

Our Peter Ashley Activity Centres are based on the south coast, just north of Portsmouth and we are a registered charity providing and enabling a wide range of sports and activities for children and adults.

Thank you for visiting our website and we hope you discover the facilities and exciting activities available at the Peter Ashley Activity Centres, here in Portsmouth.

It was in 1983 that the Portsmouth Youth Activities Committee, a charity led by its Chairman, the late Peter Ashley, took Fort Purbrook on a 21 year lease from Portsmouth City Council and embarked on an extensive renovation programme to transform it into a dynamic activity centre for young people. Their work later extended to nearby Fort Widley in 1990 and the two Forts together were re-named The Peter Ashley Activity Centres in 1993.

Since then, many varied activities and facilities have been provided including a residential block allowing groups to stay and enjoy all that the Centres and surrounding areas have to offer.

There is no doubt that the historic environment of the Forts, with unrivalled views over Portsmouth, make for a unique setting in which to learn and enjoy new and challenging activities. Over the years, thousands of young people and members of the community of all ages and abilities have enjoyed the “experience of the Forts” and, with a new 40 year lease on the premises, the Trustees of the now Peter Ashley Activity Centres Trust aim to build on progress to date and continue to expand and upgrade the facilities in order to provide meaningful and challenging opportunities for all for years to come.

Whether you are planning a visit for a particular activity or for a longer stay we hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy the unique atmosphere afforded by these historic buildings.

Lyn Ashley, President of the Trust.

Just take a quick look at some of the activities we have on offer here at the Peter Ashley Activity Centres: