Christmas at the Fort

Christmas at the Fort


Fort Nelson invites you to experience a traditional Victorian garrison Christmas, including tours of the Redan and Officer’s Mess, areas of the Fort not normally open to the public.

Step back in time to meet Head Cook Sergeant Dobson as he prepares festive dishes for the garrison and civilian inhabitants of the Fort.
The barrack room will be decorated with oranges, cloves and seasonal greenery, the original range will be lit and the delicious smell of freshly baked mince pies will fill the air.

In the Officers’ Mess visitors will be able to compare the Christmas fare served to the ordinary soldiers and that reserved for the officers, giving an interesting in-sight into life in a Victorian garrison. Your guide will also describe what life and conditions would have been like in this cold, hilltop fort in mid-winter.

Visitors will be served warm mulled wine or non-alcoholic punch, as well as one of Sergeant Dobson’s famous mince pies, warm from the range.
Sessions: 11am, 12 noon, 2 pm and 3pm
£2.50 per adult / Children free
Each session will last approximately 45 minutes. Museum entrance is free.