Business as usual – festive fun at Fort Nelson this Christmas - Thursday, 16 December 2010
The Royal Armouries has lined up plenty of festive fun at historic Fort Nelson this Christmas – despite the museum’s £3.5m revamp.
Kids can enjoy fun-packed holiday sessions in both the run up to Christmas and during the traditional lull between the ‘Big Day’ and the New Year.
Fort Nelson, near Fareham, will continue to be open every day throughout December (excluding Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day), even though work is now well underway to transform the museum into a visitor attraction fit for the 21st Century.
There’s no need to book – just drop in. Events run as follows:
Tuesday, December 21 – Festive Fun at the Fort. Lots of seasonal activities, including Punch and Judy shows, and Christmas craft activities.
Thursday, December 23 – Off with their Heads. Dress up as Tudor lords and ladies – but watch out for the executioner!
Tuesday, December 28 – Commando Kids. Join the Army and practise commando skills, including a junior assault course, radio-controlled tank driving, firing range and more.
Thursday, December 30 – Roundheads and Cavaliers. Learn how to swing a sword and fight for King or Parliament – but watch out for the gruesome surgeon.
Operations Manager Mark Selwood said, “Kids can get very over excited in both the run up to Christmas and the New Year and the Fort is an ideal place for them to let off steam, get some fresh air, and enjoy stimulating events that have nothing to do with the latest “must have” presents.”
Tickets cost £2.50 for the over fives and £1 for adults, or buy a family ticket for £5 (two adults and up to four children). Under fives are free.
For more information regarding these, and all Royal Armouries events, visit our “website:“http://www.royalarmouries.org
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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.