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Fort Nelson

History Live! weekend

Discover the Fort’s fascinating history
31st August - 10:00 am - 1st September - 5:00 pm

The Fort has played its part in conflicts from Victorian times through to the First and Second World Wars. Find out more about its fascinating history at our action-packed summer weekends featuring themed talks and tours, craft activities, have-a-goes, costumed characters and much more.

Time travel with a Second World War soldier

The outbreak of hostilities in 1939 has put Fort Nelson back on a war footing. But things are very different to the last war. Technological advances mean that Portsmouth falls easily within the range of enemy raiders, bombers are massing just the other side of the Channel and coastal targets are very difficult to disguise or hide. If the bombers come at night it will be a hard task to stop them.

Join our soldier as he mans the anti-aircraft guns overlooking one of the most important military bases in England and hear his side of the story. Will the bombers get through? Can they be stopped from destroying the city of Portsmouth and the naval base? Find out about Fort Nelson’s role in protecting the south coast as Great Britain once again faces the threat of invasion.