If you’re looking for a quirky place for some team building fun, we can highly recommend No Man’s Fort, a private island just off the coast of Portsmouth. Our intrepid explorers Mollie & Chloe spent a day checking out the food, the views and the activities on offer and transmitted the following report back to Inntel HQ.
No Man’s Fort
No Man’s Fort was originally one of four granite and iron ports that were built in the Solent in the late 1800s to protect the eastern approach to Portsmouth Harbour from attack. Since April 2015 the site has been owned and operated by AmaZing Venues, who are pitching it as the perfect location for corporate events with the ‘Wow factor’.
We set out for No Man’s Fort by boat from Gunwharf Quays, passing Southsea Castle on the way and Spitbank Fort, which is a smaller island also in the AmaZing Venues portfolio.
The Fort has its own lighthouse which is spread over three storeys and has a dedicated ‘rum’ bar. There are three main rooms in the lighthouse, each on its own level and all boasting panoramic views of the sea. Each floor has a glass panel on which you can stand and look right down to the bottom of the tower – if you’re brave enough!
There are a variety of hospitality options at No Man’s Fort. We dined in the ‘Mess Hall,’ a beautiful private dining room with wood floors and original features. The menu catered for every taste and everything we chose was delicious. Guests can also dine on the cobbled streets within the fort, or enjoy a barbecue on the outside deck.
There are 22 bedrooms and suites available for overnight guests, all of which are modern and spacious with homely features. The nautical theme continues in the accommodation at No Man’s Fort, with blues and greens throughout the interior.
There are plenty of team building opportunities on the Fort. One of these is the LaZer Battle Arena, where players can team up and shoot their opponents with laser guns on the lower deck. You can also take a boat trip from the Fort to look around one of the disused neighbouring fort and learn about the military history behind all the fortifications.