Visit IBTC Portsmouth

Open Afternoons

Book your place at an IBTC Portsmouth Open Afternoon

Studying Joinery or Boatbuilding is a big decision; seeing the college in action and meeting the team can be the best way to work out if the courses are right for you.

Fill your details in on the form below and College Office Manager Fran will contact you to arrange your visit. Open Afternoons usually take place once a month on a Wednesday. Not free on Wednesdays? Don't worry, fill in the form below and we will get in touch to arrange a visit on another day.

Under 18's must be accompanied by an adult, but all are welcome to bring a friend or relative with them on the day. There is no upper age limit for students.

Why come to an Open Afternoon?


  • Learn first hand about our boatbuilding  and joinery courses and the application process
  • Meet IBTC Portsmouth students and instructors
  • Tour our world-class teaching facilities in the heart of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • Visit and learn about the new and heritage craft on which you can develop your skills

Join us for an Open Afternoon

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Courses on Offer

1 Year Course

Our full-time internationally recognised wooden boatbuilding training course


12 Week Joinery Course

Learn the essentials of traditional joinery and craftsmanship


Short Courses

See the range of courses available to book today


Thank you to our partners and supporters

Heritage Lottery Fund - Lottery Funded
Supported by the Regional Growth Fund
Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage
Shipshape Network - The Solent
Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust
National Historic Ships UK