Armoured Assault

It’s a legendary children’s day out – and not only today!

This year at Fort Nelson, every Tuesday and Thursday during the Easter, Summer and half term holidays will be action-packed children’s days.

Event Programme

Armoured Assault!

For active younger visitors, why not have a go at our junior assault course, featuring a number of obstacles and activities guaranteed to work up an appetite! Plus, feel the ground tremble as our 26-tonne Sexton Self Propelled Gun is put through its paces!

Tank-tastic Workshops!

Get busy with paper, card, scissors and glue in the Education Room and you can make a camouflaged helmet plus an anti-tank bazooka for yourself.
£2 charge per child applies.

Dramatic Interpretations

For high drama, watch one of our dramatic interpretations, as our resident professional actors in authentic costumes tell tales from history – sometimes stirring, sometimes poignant, always dramatic!
These will be performed in the Theatre near the Powderkeg café.

Children’s Alphabet Trail

Explore the Fort – can you find all 26 letters? Collect a free activity sheet from the Information Point beyond the shop and follow the instructions – it’s a great way to see the Fort!

Event Timetable

10.30am Fort Opens
10.30-noon Commando Assault Course
10.30–1pm Bazooka & Helmet Workshops
11am Tunnel Tour
11.15am Handling Session: WWII Weaponry – Meet a Royal Marine Commando, find out about 20th century weapons and even try on helmets and equipment! Ideal for children – don’t forget your camera!
12 noon Armoured Assault – a driving & firing display with the 26-tonne Sexton, on the main parade. Afterwards, climb inside for a closer look!
12.30pm Dramatic Interpretation: The Cockleshell Heroes, 1942 – Listen to the story of one of the most dramatic commando raids of the Second World War, as told by Bill Sparkes – the last of the Cockleshell Heroes.
12.30-2pm Commando Assault Course
1.15pm Tour of the Fort
1.30pm Dramatic Interpretation: Marooned! – Meet a pirate and find out why he has been marooned on a desert island…
2pm Armoured Assault – as at 12 noon
2.30-3.45pm Bazooka & Helmet Workshops
2.30-3.45pm Commando Assault Course
2.45pm Tour of the Fort
3pm Dramatic Interpretation: The Battle of Britain, 1940 – Meet a Spitfire pilot and find out and learn about the aerial battles over The Solent in WWII.
4pm Fort closes