Seriously Spooky: Halloween thrills and chills at historic Fort Nelson - Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Dare you descend into the depths of Fort Nelson during the spookiest week of the year? The Royal Armouries are staging family events and ghost tours to mark the run-up to Halloween.
Family events to keep the kids out of mischief run from Tuesday 27 October to Friday 30 October.
Highlight of the Halloween week is the chance to visit Dr Terror, the mad Victorian scientist who takes up residence in the tunnels under the Fort during October half term. Witness the hideous new additions to one of the most ghoulish collections known to man, including frightening freaks, mighty monsters and hordes of hideous horrors!
The spine-chilling tours include ghoulish sound effects, spectral sightings, and all manner of things that go ‘bump in the night’. With an all-new story for 2009, regular visitors and newcomers alike are sure to enjoy venturing into the labyrinth of chambers beneath Fort Nelson.
Tickets are available now:
Tel: 01329 848500 *Prices: £4, 3-15 £2.50 (16+)
Fort Operations Manager Mark Selwood said, ‘This is a unique underground Halloween adventure for all age groups – except for those with a nervous disposition and we would advise parents to decide whether the event is suitable for their youngsters, based on their knowledge of the individual child.’
On a less chilling note, there’s also a chance for kids to enjoy make and take Halloween craft activities (£2 charge per child applies), plus free spooky storytelling and more.
Twilight Tour’s popular Ghost Investigations (adults only, 16+) will take place on Tuesday 27 and Friday 30 October at the Fort. Come and experience paranormal investigations in a historic setting.
For more information, and to buy tickets priced £25, call 01329 848511.
Further details can also be obtained by visiting www.royalarmouries.org
- Tickets for Dr Terror Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 October
- Fort entry is FREE but the Dr Terror tours are ticketed.
- Advance booking is strongly recommended and tickets can be bought now, priced at £4 for the 16s and over, and £2.50 for ages 3-15 (under 3s are free).
- Call 01329 848500 for tickets – £1 booking fee applies for postal sales. Any tickets not sold will be available on the day, on a first-come, first-served basis.
During half-term week, the Royal Armouries regular guided tour schedule will not include the tunnels and they will be closed to non-Halloween visitors because of the event. Guided tours will still be available, but concentrating on other areas of the Fort.
Free admission will still apply for the museum, daily gun firings and dramatic historical performances for non-event visitors. The café and shop will be open for business as normal.
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Notes to editors
- The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson houses the national collection of historic cannon and big guns. The museum houses one of the world’s finest collections with over 350 cannon dating back over 600 years. The collection originated at HM Tower of London and has been on display in Hampshire since 1995.
- The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson also tells the story of the Palmerston Forts, built to protect Portsmouth from a feared French invasion in the 1860’s.
- Every day, visitors can see one of the big guns fired in salute, watch our resident actors bring to life characters from 1,000 years of history, explore secret underground tunnels and enjoy incredible views from the ramparts. An extensive programme of special event spectaculars takes place throughout the year.
- Fort Nelson is open every day except 24-26 December. April to October 10am –5pm (Wed 11am-5pm), November – March 10.30am – 4pm (Wed 11.30-4pm).
- Admission to the Royal Armouries is FREE.
- Admission charges apply to some events.
- Information line: 01329 233734
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour with sites at Fort Nelson, Leeds, HM Tower of London and Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.