"An Unforgettable Sleepover Experience..."
Kip in a Ship offers an exciting and affordable sleepover experience for children aged 7-18 in the heart of London, where adventurous ‘Kippers’ can sleep in original sailor’s bunks for the ultimate after-hours experience.
U.K. schools, youth, and cadet groups are invited to enjoy nautical night-time activities and a private tour of the Captain’s Bridge and Flag Deck, and experience life below deck in this adventure on the River Thames.
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Our most action-packed package, the Officers’ Package provides the ultimate immersive and authentic HMS Belfast experience. Kippers will enjoy a Royal Navy-inspired dinner, one evening activity of your choice, and the Captain’s Bridge and Flag Deck tour, as well as breakfast and a complimentary learning session in the morning.
Ratings’ Activity Package
For the Kippers' ready for action, our Ratings Activity package includes one evening activity of your choice, the Captain’s Bridge and Flag Deck tour, as well as breakfast and a complimentary learning session in the morning.*
Ratings’ Dinner Package
For the Kippers looking for a more relaxed stay, our Ratings’ Dinner Package includes dinner, breakfast, and a complimentary learning session in the morning.
Ratings’ Dinner Package groups have the opportunity to hire our Learning Room to carry-out their own activities in the evening**. Alternatively, groups can also stay in the mess decks and create their own entertainment, just like the sailors of HMS Belfast did. We have a selection of board games and a DVD player with DVDs available; please contact us for more details.
For those looking for more flexibility or to make the HMS Belfast experience their own, the Cadets’ Package includes breakfast and a complimentary learning session in the morning only.
Cadets’ Package groups have the opportunity to hire our Learning Room to carry-out their own activities in the evening**. Alternatively, groups can also stay in the mess decks and create their own entertainment, just like the sailors of HMS Belfast did. We have a selection of board games and a DVD player with DVDs available; please contact us for more details.
We are currently updating our ticket booking system. You will need to choose when you wish to book your Kip in a Ship experience to access the appropriate booking system. Before booking please read our T&Cs.
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Children (aged 7-18)
Per person. We can accommodate a maximum of six adults (at least one for every ten children)
Depending on which package you choose, the Kippers can participate in one of our three evening activities.
Skills acquired in some of these workshops can contribute towards the Scout and Girl Guide Communicator Badges. They offer a unique opportunity to discover the realities of life on a warship and learn about some of the different jobs on board that helped to keep this floating town ‘shipshape’.
All evening activities include an exclusive tour of the Captain’s Bridge and Flag Deck with a chance to look out over the iconic London skyline at night.
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You’ll find out about the vital role of visual signallers in the Royal Navy and learn semaphore, a flag signal language, before making your own mini flagpole to raise a flag signal of your own.
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HMS Belfast was not only a place of work but home to 950 sailors during the Second World War. When not at work, the men spent their time in their mess decks where they would often spend their time ‘off watch’ with a hot drink! Inspired by what they learn of life on board and the jobs performed by the crew, Kippers can design and decorate their own mess mug to create a unique souvenir of their time aboard.
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Learn about the use of Morse Code on board HMS Belfast through the voices and memories of the veterans who had the very important role of Telegraphist on board the ship.
Kippers will learn all about how ships communicated with each other, and ship to shore, through transmitting and receiving their own coded messages to each other using Morse Code.
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With our dinner inclusive packages, Kippers can enjoy a traditional Royal Naval-inspired dinner in the Stoker’s Café, which was originally a mess deck where sailors relaxed, ate, drank, and slept.
Learning room hire:
Groups choosing the Ratings’ Dinner or Cadets’ Packages have the option to hire our on-board Learning Room, to carry-out their own evening activities.
The Learning Room was once an aircraft hangar, and later a mess deck. Now, with a capacity of 58, and decorated with both historic photographs and objects from Imperial War Museum’s collection, it provides the perfect historic environment for groups to learn about life on a warship.
The hire cost is £100, and groups can use the room between 6pm and 10pm.
All activities are subject to prior approval and our Terms and Conditions.
For more information about the facilities, please email [email protected]