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Fort Nelson

A Victorian Christmas

Festive tales from the garrison
17th December, 10:00 am to 18th December, 4:00 pm

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Christmas in a military establishment is a time for good food, good comrades and, most importantly, good entertainment! Join the men of the garrison and their wives as they plan how they will celebrate – it’s like a military operation, so anything that could go wrong just might!

Step back in time and meet a cast of characters who will bring to life what Christmas would have been like in a Victorian garrison, plus there’ll be festive activities for our younger visitors.

Come and explore the Fort and meet the Victorians including:

Corporal Kirk, a volunteer
Christmas is a busy time at the Fort, there’s lots of organising to do – the food, drink, decorations and entertainments all need careful planning and Corporal Kirk is the man to get it all done. He’ll be glad of a helping hand, so come along and join in – you might even learn a new song or two.

A medical surgeon and an injured soldier
Medical care for the soldiers has come on in leaps and bounds since the bad old days of the Crimean War. Discover what the sick or wounded soldier can expect in the way of treatment in the Infirmary at Fort Nelson.

Private Taylor
Decorating the bare brick walls for Christmas brings a bit of cheer to the barrack room. Private Taylor will tell you all about how the soldiers live at Fort Nelson and the kind of work they have to do to keep the garrison running.

The garrison cook and her assistant
The kitchen is the heart of the barracks at Christmas, and everyone has a part to play. Find out what sort of food and tasty treats the soldiers will be looking forward to for their Christmas dinner. There might even be some spare mince pies to sample.

An officer’s wife
Putting on a show at Christmas is very important for the officers. Everything must be just right. Join one of the officer’s wives as she prepares this year’s entertainment – a play. Come and help her rehearse scenes from ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Festive fun for all the family
There’ll also be traditional make-and-take craft activities, including Christmas cards, paperchains and decorations, plus a reindeer trail.

This is a free event but please pre-book your tickets to guarantee your visit.